Maybe Tuesday isn’t the best day of the week for dance tunes but sometimes you just gotta MOVE, you know what I’m saying? “Motivation” by UK producer DiscoSocks is like a fat fucking bazooka of fun straight to your dome. Frenetic horns, playful drums and a funk nasty bass line drive what has to be one of the most entertaining tracks you’d come across in a gay club. I’m already tempted to bust out the rainbow thong and dance the night away to this on repeat.
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This is one of those rare occasions where I’m at a loss for words. Came across this quartet from Liverpool today and was immediately addicted to “Ill Fit,” a jam off an upcoming album to be released next year. Can’t think of another time where a song about a relationship mismatch sounded so sexy. They come from rival cities, but maybe Wave Machines was working from The Smiths’ playbook of lyrical and rhythmic dichotomy. Either way, this is some freshy freshness – as if we didn’t have enough to look forward to in October already. The single “Ill Fit” officially drops October 22nd.
CMJ 2011 has officially kicked off with over 1,200 artists set to take over New York City this week. Electric Panda Music featured artist My Pet Dragon is playing a showcase this Saturday at Mercury Lounge along with today’s artist – Fresh Millions. Where My Pet Dragon leans toward the spiritual, these guys make up for it in pure sleaze.
In some ways, Fresh Millions’ “Control Freak” reminds me of my favorite song of 2010, Staygold’s “Backseat”, in that it’s funked up to the max and covered in references to casual sex. Is there a better way to spend your Saturday night?
Saturday, October 22nd – Mercury Lounge
My Pet Dragon 8pm
Fresh Millions 1am
(Check the full lineup and get tickets here)
After a short delay due to technical issues, Electric Panda Music is back with one of the more electrifying artists to grace its pages this year. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound are a funky soul outfit from Chicago who have been making some big time friends with their big time sound. Most notably Wilco (whose song “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” was covered by the band) and political powerhouse Rahm Emanuel, who invited the band to play at his inauguration concert. Their fiery live performances, hard work and networking have paid off as JC Brooks & The Uptown Band recently signed with Bloodshot Records and will be releasing a full length with them soon.
Below you can listen to and download a free MP3 of “The Beat of Our Own Drum” which is essentially a souled-up, more substantial alternative to Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” They just doin’ they own thing. Which is nice, because with the latest soul revival of artists like Mayer Hawthorne – JC Brooks & The Uptown Band hit the heart strings with an aggressive, upbeat approach that hasn’t been attempted on the big stage thus far. Dare I say that JC Brooks could be our generation’s James Brown? Listen to the track and check out the live performance of “Baltimore Is The New Brooklyn” and judge for yourself.
They’ll be hitting the Cameo Gallery on June 28th, you won’t want to miss it.
Despite his apparent disdain for Brooklyn, Bronx artist Gordon Voidwell has joined up with BK battle emcee Iron Solomon on a jam welcoming a much needed season after such an awful winter. “Spring Fever” is a friendly, laid back track that will come out on Iron Solomon’s album Monster, due out this summer (maybe that’s why they gave us the track now). Voidwell’s Prince/Morris Day influence on the track blends well with Iron Solomon’s smooth delivery.
Voidwell must be having a change of heart, recently kickin’ it with (and remixing the songs of) Brooklyn pals and Electric Panda Music faves Bear Hands. Hopefully all this recent buzz means we’ll be getting a lot more work out of Voidwell, who has been smashing with his hits “Ivy League Circus” and “Disco Afternoon.” For now though, bump this and enjoy some of that sweet, warm weather coming in.