It’s not all about shaking your ass at clubs, there’s also staring at your computer. RA bookmarks the best features, opinions, websites and videos out there in the electronic music community. This is what caught our eye this week:
Politics of Dancing: Ibiza Voice interview Paul Van Dyk, who has a thing or two to say about the "death" of dance music, downloading and trancing in the Middle East. You might think Van Dyk's brand of trance might be all about the euphoria, but he shows why titled his last couple of mix CDs ‘Politics of Dancing’. Van Dyk on his recent gig in Lebanon: “I was there last Saturday in an even bigger venue, 12,000 plus, the promoter said. Again, it was a celebration of being respectful to one another, peaceful living. And then two days later, these same people get attacked by the Israeli army force, which completely overreacted. It's crazy.”
Once in a Lifetime: Wannabe remixers would do well to check out this site where you can download the 24-track master tapes of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s seminal 1981 collaboration ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’, rated for being one of the first albums to meld ‘world music’ with electronic beats. And if you’re happy with the results, you can post them up to the site for other remix freaks to listen to. As Byrne and Eno put it: “You are free to edit, remix, sample and mutilate these tracks however you like.” So far 179 bedroom producers have uploaded their take on the album.
Finders Keepers: Once a week this blogger heads down to the Dalston Oxfam Shop, snaps up a bunch of cassette tapes for a few cents and uploads them for our pleasure. The locals of Dalston seem to be heavily into late eighties R&B and early nineties house, and there’s a few unexpected gems to download. What a concept. There's also great lost eighties videos posted like spleen-rupturing Bobby Brown dances which take us waaaay back. Why bother paying through the nose for rarities when there's an Oxfam Shop down the road? And your pennies go to a good cause, too. [via blissblog]
My milkshake: 'Easy Love' is the latest single from dance rock flavor of the monthers MSTRKRFT and the video [quicktime][youtube] is worth a squiz. We don't know about the music, they’re nowhere near as good as the French competition at this kind of thing, but the video is a laugh, if somewhat not safe for work. MSTRKRFT is a project from Jesse Keeler of rock band Death From Above 1979 and their getting a lot of press these days. But hey, who are we to complain, if it get new kids into the clubs it's all good, especially if they’re making videos as eye-poppingly audacious as this.
Minimal Man: Longtime minimal techno advocate and Wire magazine critic Philip Sherburne pens a column for American indie rag Pitchfork which is always a worthwhile read. This month he backgrounds Berlin label Perlon in an article reprinted from German dance magazine Groove. Philip also has a blog that’s worth bookmarking if you’re of the techno persuasion. In his latest posts he learns to love Ibiza (not surprising given the minimal invasion on the island this year?) and spills the beans on the Synch Festival in Greece, where it seems he was won over by rock and roll. Nice photos, too.
Transmission ends. If you have any interesting links that you think might fit here (no promo spam please, we beg you), post them in the forum or send them to us at info (at) residentadvisor.net with the subject line 'Essential Clicks'.