Saturday, February 28, 2009

Into space we go…

We want to introduce this young French dude by the name of Deluce for you. He’s only 19 years old and makes great music. He’s still a student and studies to become an engineer but in his spare time he produces nice electronic music inspired by the eighties and new wave. If you ever will travel in space in a space ship and there should be a soundtrack with that, this is the music that you will hear, especially “Lead the Galaxy” that is a pretty nice track for the universe!

Deluce – Lead The Galaxy

Deluce – Odyssea

Deluce ft. The Noizy Kidz – One Dream, One Night

Illapa - Zenith TV (Deluce Remix)

Irish Steph - Shamrock (Deluce Remix)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Disconet part I

I think it's finally time to post some great obscure disco tunes remixed by Disconet; a group of legendary New York based dj's from the 70's. They are Bobby Guttadaro, Tom Savarese, Kevin Guilmet as well as the founder Mike 'captain' Wilkinson.

Wilkinson presented his project during the "Billboard Disco III Forum". His aim was to start a service featuring exclusively remixed records, including unreleased songs and hit medleys, to be released on 12" vinyl records. Originally, the Disconet records were to be issued on a monthly basis. Only a limited number of 1000 - 1500 copies of each issue was available. The first Disconet record was released in October 1977.

Ok, no more talk this is Part One of my favourite Disconet tunes. Until second part comes out: enjoy!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Ted & Francis, we like woah!

Once again an electronic duo, and once again from Australia. There is so much great music coming from that continent right now.
Their name is Ted & Francis but they also have another project named Like Woah! Both acts are awesome! This post is going to be about the Ted & Francis project though.
In real life their names are Rhys and David and they are in their early 20’s. They call their music Tropical Pop. And the music carries you away; it’s dreamy synth-pop with catchy beats. Hard not to beat time with one’s foot. They have also done a couple of great remixes, the latest one are a remix of Sébastien Tellier's ”Kilometer”.
The French record label Kitsuné has signed them for a record deal and their debut EP is going to be released in April. Good job by the Frenchmen to pick these guys up. Maybe it’s time for Ted & Francis to hit it off during 2009? We believe so! The song “Erlend” is a real beauty…

Ted & Francis – Erlend

Ted & Francis – I Wish I Was a Polar Bear

Ted & Francis – Heart Shake

Ted & Francis – All Ways

Empire of the Sun – We Are The People (Ted & Francis Remix)

Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (Ted & Francis Chiller Mix)

Appaloosa – The Day We Fell In Love ((Ted & Francis Remix)

And here are some bonus tracks from their other project Like Woah! along with two good remixes.

Like Woah - Discombobulator

Like Woah! – Space Disco

Like Woah! – Oh I Like

Like Woah! – Oh I Like (Knightlife Remix)

Like Woah! – Oh I Like (Whitenoise Remix)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A great new acquaintance

One of our first friends at Tracasseur’s MySpace was for us an unknown band from Portland, Oregon. The first thing that first popped my mind was that Matt Groening, the creator of Simpsons, is from Portland. But now there is one more big thing from that city and that’s the electronic synth pop duo Mackintosh Braun. Quite a pleasant get-together I would say. I’ve been playing their album “The Sound” almost on repeat since the introduction.

Their sound is if M83, Junior Boys, Kraftwerk and Cut Copy were incorporated. And that is not a bad incorporation. A dreamful and romantic feeling with a nice discrete and pumping beat with gentle vocals. It was love at once!

And there are other people who have understand Mackintosh Braun’s greatness. For example they were chosen as on of the top 25 bands of 2008 by The song “Wake Up” is going to be in the NBC show “Chuck” this Monday. And for you who are going to miss “Chuck” on Monday we give you a video instead.

When I asked them if they have been to Sweden, the answer was no, but that they would love to come here soon. So now it’s up for us Swedes to get them here, so fall in love with them!

Mackintosh Braun - On And On

Mackintosh Braun - Now

Mackintosh Braun - Wake Up

Mackintosh Braun - Good So Far

Mackintosh Braun - Here

Mackintosh Braun - I Won’t Fall

Mackintosh Braun - Raincrest

Mackintosh Braun - My Time

Mackintosh Braun - Stuck

Mackintosh Braun - The Sound

Mackintosh Braun - Nothing Else Is Real

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Love Love Love

Last week was started off at a fashion party at Café Opera. Free booze and robotlike models walking around the place...but hey, the music sucked! I mean, 2 Unlimited, Dr. Alban (he made som nice tracks), Haddaway, Snap, Ace of Base.... That music can be fun if you're really drunk and not for more than 3o minutes! But hour after hour.... and oh yes, Pandora played live. Don't look her music up, it sucks trust me. Well that was Wednesday.

Thursday was the day Jonny Puma had an AMORE party to celebrate Valentines day at his design agency inside an old bank from the early 20's. Probably one of the best locations in Stockholm to have a party at. We were five Dj:s playing inside an old bank vault. Thats what I call a great place to Dj in. Did I mention there was free booze all night, a handreader and a burlesque stripper!

Awesome night...I was the last Dj to play and here are some of the songs I played:

Soulwax - NY Lipps (Kawasaki Dub)
This is the best version...makes everybody dance.

The Gypsy says dance!!

This vocalfilter housetune is from 1999. There will be more Dj Falcon soon....keep posted!

I know, quite commercial but I love it and so did the dancing crowd...

I supported Mr. Gopher once and he is still one of my favourite Dj:s.

And some bonus tracks from Jonny Puma that he played during his set:

Sneaky Sound System - Kansas City (Lifelike Remix)

Xinobi - BMX (Moulinex Remix)

Sambassadeur - Final Say

Astrolabe - Leave the Station (Pelifics Remix)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Brand new live video with Cut Copy

We had the fantastic opportunity to see Cut Copy live when they visited Stockholm late last year. Here is a brand new video of them performing in San Fransisco. Cut Copy was a blast live! Next time you get the chance, go and see them!

Cut Copy Two by Yours Truly from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Pegase to Stockholm next week!

Great news for all you Swedish Valérie fans! Or at least to those of you who are in Stockholm next week, because Pegase is playing at Debaser Medis next Thursday, on February 26. He is playing along with fellow Frenchmen Tahiti Boy and the Palmtree Family, who are playing at the SXSW festival in March, and folk rockers Moriarty.

Monsieur Pegase is the singer of the duo Minitel Rose and made his first remix of his own of The Teenagers' "Feeling better" (even if it was credited to Minitel Rose). He has recently put out a few demo tracks under his own moniker along with (yet) an awesome remix of Empire of the Son's "Walking on a Dream". Check them out and go see his show on Thursday!

Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Pegase Remix)

Pegase - Dream Awake

Pegase - Spellbound Girl

Pegase - Tears in the Rain

Pegase - Without Reasons

The Teenagers - Feeling Better (Pegase of Minitel Rose Remix)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Zombie aka Kavinsky

This guy isn’t new to me and has been around for quite a while now. But he’s great and for those who haven’t discovered Kavinsky yet, I will introduce you to him. This is for example what the press release said about him:
“The first thing to know about Kavinsky: He’s a zombie. Legend says he was killed in a car wreck in 1986, speeding through the back roads of France at over 120 mph in a Ferrari Testarossa before veering off the road and being hurtled through the windshield. Though pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, he quietly got up off his stretcher and left, never to be seen or heard from again…until 2006.”
Kavinsky has created a concept of himself containing the zombie, the car, the eighties in a cartoon animated way. For example, check out this video and you know what I’m talking about:

But Kavinsky in real life is a Frenchman named Vincent Belorgey. He is very good friend with Mr Oizo and the Ed Banger guys (French electronic music record label). He started exploring music in 2003, has been around since 2005 at MySpace, released two EP:s in 2006 and 2007. The SebastiAn remix of his tune “Testarossa Autodrive” is featured in the pretty famous video game “Grand Theft Auto IV”.
Now I give you some great tunes from this excellent French zombie, where “1986” is my favourite! Back to the eighties!

Kavinsky – Testarossa Autodrive

Kavinsky – Testarossa Autodrive (SebastiAn Remix)

Kavinsky – Testarossa Nightdrive

Kavinsky – 1986

Kavinsky – Wayfarer

Kavinsky – Grand Canyon

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Lost Boys

Hey, what ever happened to our favourite teenidols Corey Haim and Corey Feldman?
The Coreys were really big in the 80's with movies like "License to Drive", "Dream a Little Dream" and of course one of my favourite: "The Lost Boys". A true classic vampire flick with Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric co-starring. If you haven't seen it before, all I can say is that I truly envy you...I'm not a big fan of The Thrills but I do really enjoy their tribute to the Haimster.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Hoff still loves you

It's Valentine's Day, in case you've missed it, so I thought I'd post some love songs. It's not really a top 10, more like 10 tracks from the top of my head (or Winamp rather). I've chosen some more uptempo tracks to make your heart beat faster for several reasons.

The Concretes - Keep Yours (Pacific! Remix)

BMX - Refero Beach

Bikini - Tonight

Sally Shapiro - He Keeps Me Alive

Coeur De Pirate - Comme Des Enfants (Le Matos Andy Carmichael Remix)

Anoraak - Nightdrive With You

Hellogoodbye - Here (In Your Arms) (Young Americans Remix)

Cut Copy - Out There On The Ice

Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)

The last one is my favourite track at the moment; French electro funk maestro Breakbot's remix of Swedish indietronica act Pacific!. I slept on this one, missing the first few appearences in the blogosphere in June last year, and the (moderate) hype in December. Complete with trademark basslines and piano melodies, it's a true gem. 27 plays in the last seven days according to says it all...

Pacific! - Hold Me (Breakbot Remix)

A little love from Jonny Puma

Today is the day for love. Tonight is the night for love. So I would like to put up some nice slow electronic love songs for all you lovers out there. With love from Jonny Puma!

Cicada - I'm Waiting

Jakatta - One Fine Day (Cicada Remix)

Bruce Springsteen - I'm on Fire (Cousin Cole Bad Desire Remix)

Frost - Messages (OMD Cover)

Röyksopp - Sparks

Pleasure - Back to You (with Brett Anderson)

Worship - Underwater (The Dome Part I)

The Whitest Boy Alive - 24K

The Legends - Over and Over (Pallers Remix)

Valerie Dore - The Night

Sir Lancelots Valentines day tribute

Yeah its valentines today so i thought doing a list of my favourite love songs. The themes are about lost love, breaking up, finding a new love, or just love in general. Some songs are new and some are old....and yes im a Bettie Page fan.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday night is disco night... here are some disco house bangers and an informative instructional video on disco dancing (in Finnish). Dance cautiously though, because tonight is Friday the 13th...

Database - Dance Like 107

Discorockets - Running to You

Galactik Knights - With All My Love

Pierre De La Touche & Norman Doray - Dance All Night

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Move your feet!

Tonight Benjamin (aka Sir Lancelot) and me will set the dance floor on fire. We are playing records at Amore’s big party in Stockholm, Sweden. For those who will attend, we promise some nice tunes that wanna make you sweat. We want to give you guys a little preview of the night and for those who are not attending we want to give you some great floorfillers. Into the night with Les Tracasseurs!

The Pointer Sisters – Send Him Back (Pilooski Edit)

Fake – Frogs in Spain (DW Remix)

The Presets – This Boy’s in Love (Lifelike Remix)

Soulwax – NY Lipps (Kawasaki Dub)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

“We are Emperor Steele and Lord Littlemore”

That was what the great epic electro-pop duo Empire of the Sun told BBC in a radio interview. They also said that they were superheroes, and I could agree on that one. They have been smokin’ hot on my playlist for quite a while now, since early autumn until now. I wasn’t wrong about these guys that they had something special going on. Now they are played on clubs here in Sweden but it took a while for them to make it here. In Australia where they are from, their excellent tune “Walking on a Dream” made the charts quite fast after the release in late August. Fully understandable! Check out their ambitious and theatrical video filmed in Shanghai, China, for that song.

Empire of the Sun consists of Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore. Both with other music projects as well. Steele has the indie-pop band The Sleepy Jackson and Littlemore is active in another superb electric duo Pnau, who are mentioned here at Tracasseur before. More on Pnau will come further on, check out their MySpace until then.

Steele and Littlemore say that they are on a mission, an epic journey to seek out ancient cultures across the globe, searching for inner enlightenment while creating a musical dynasty that will last forever. I think they are on to something. They also dress like they were in an oriental science-fiction movie.

The name of the duo is taken from a JG Ballard novel from 1984, later adapted by Steven Spielberg to the movie screens starring a young Christian Bale. Great film by the way look at the trailer here.

Enough said about Empire of the Sun at this point. Now it’s your turn to hear them out together with some remixes!

Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream

Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream (Van She Tech Remix)

Empire of the Sun – We are the People

Empire of the Sun – We are the People (Ted & Francis Remix)

Empire of the Sun – Half Mast

Empire of the Sun – Standing on the Shore

Empire of the Sun – Without You

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A week and a day...

We've been up a week and a day, so it's time to summarize the last eight days. There were a lot of small details to prepare (mostly consisting of trying to remember the passwords to different Google/Blogger/Gmail accounts, or so it seemed). But then again, it's always a lot more practical things than you anticipate when you start a project. You can always take some comfort in the fact that there are always people worse off than you though. Just think about everything Darth Vader had to fix when building the Death Star, and he had to build it twice!

Anyways, there were a few things that happened last week that we didn't have time to bring up. First of all, electro pop icon/Eurovision contestant Sébastien Tellier played in Stockholm together with Swedish singer/songwriter Laleh. The show was aired on Swedish public service TV-channel SVT2, so I caught a glimpse of the rerun on Saturday. Tellier seemed to put in a good performance, which also is what I heard from people who attended the concert. It seems the most memorable thing of the show, however, was when Monsieur Tellier didn't recognize the voice or picture of Lykke Li, who were present via telephone, for whatever reason, and who opened Tellier's shows in Britain. Funny stuff.

I Like both Tellier and Lykke Li, and there are quite a few excellent remixes of both of them, so here are a few. I'm quite indifferent to Laleh though, so I won't bother posting anything with her.

Sébastien Tellier - Kilometer (Donovan Remix)

Sébastien Tellier - Roche (Breakbot Remix)

Sébastien Tellier - Divine (Danger Remix)

Lykke Li - Breaking It Up (Familjen Remix)

Lykke Li - Little Bit (Gigamesh Remix)

Friendly Fires - I'm Good, I'm Gone (Lykke Li cover)

In other news Kiwi synth rocker Pip Browne, better known as Ladyhawke, played at Melkweg in Amsterdam last Tuesday, before taking her tour to Germany. I love her, but the concert got very mixed reviews, with my sources in Amsterdam suspecting she sang playback, complete with all-male backing vocalists with suspiciously feminine voices, and an involuntary increase in tempo which seemed to catch the band off guard. Sounds a bit like that infamous Milli Vanilli concert where the record got stuck, eventually unravelling the awful secret that they never sang on their records...

I hope it's not true, or that she was sick that evening and had to cut some corners to avoid having to cancel the concert or something. Or else my heart would be broken.

Here are some favourite Ladyhawke.

Ladyhawke - Back of the Van (Crisis Remix)

Ladyhawke - My Delirium (JBAG Hot Pop Remix)

PNAU ft. Ladyhawke - Embrace

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sir Lancelot a bit hard mix

Here is a live mix by yours truly Sir Lancelot. For once i won´t do a playlist but hope you can guess the songs instead. Maybe if you ask nicely i´ll give it to you....
Sir Lancelot says enjoy!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Lights on Francis

This band with Francis Farewell Starlite as frontman could be the next big thing. Francis and the Lights are somewhere in-between funk and soul with a little twist. Their latest album A Modern Promise (2008) have a much more electronic sound than their first album Striking (2007). You could imagine them as a mix of Prince and Hot Chip.
Francis Farewell Starlite is quite an energetic man. He dances in a unique and peculiar way. Check out this amazing video for the song "The Top" and you will understand what I’m talking about.

Check out their website where they have made their two albums available for free download. Until then, we give you two songs from Francis and the Lights.

Francis and the Lights - The Top

Francis and the Lights - My Goals

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Two thirds of Les Tracasseurs decided to do some clubbing on a Wednesday night in Stockholm.
So its me Benjamin and Arnie Becker starting out at KNAST, Upplandsgatan 7, a hot spot they say in some fashion magazines....Well i was there playing records about six years ago, but it has changed completely now. To the better. Some people say its the closest you can come in Stockholm to a hip Berlin bar. I guess they're right. Anyway, wunderkind Kornél Kovacs started his dj set with DAFT PUNKs "TEACHERS". What a great way to start your set....these are the lyrics:

Paul Jonson
DJ Funk
DJ Skull ?
DJ Rush
Kevin Carol
Bryan Wilson
George Clinton
Lil Louis
Ashley Beatto
Neil Landstruum
Kenny Dope
DJ Hell
Louie Vega
Carol Lexi
Dr. Dre's in the house yeah
Omega in the house
Kevin Edmonds in the house
Jeff Mills is in the house
DJ Deya
DJ Milton
DJ Slugo
DJs of the low
Green Velvet
Joey Beltram
DJ Else
Roy Davies
Boo Williams
DJ Tonka
DJ Snow
DJ Kell
Mark Dana in the house
Tom Allen's in the house
Robin Cluney's int he house
Ceevea in the house
Luke Slater
Jerry Carter
Robert Hood
Paris Mitchel
Dave Carter
Pat Melva in the house
Amanda in the house
Sir Jordan's in the house, yeah

After an hour or so, we left the place with two female Bloody Beetroots fans to see these italian djroots at Berns cellar 2.35: 1. The girls glued themselves to the dancefloor, while dozens of strong headlights completly dazzled us. It felt like someone was going to interrogate us any minute...The crowd went nuts to these italians, and surprisingly they acted as a support to the main act of the night: Steve Aoki. Im don´t know too much about Mr. Aoki but i must admit he did a nice show. He stagedived several times....thats when I said this is too much. Who does he think he is? Dj Tiesto? Guess im just jealous... Anyway it was a good Wednesday night so Les Tracasseurs gives it two fingers up!

Here are some tunes for you, no need for introduction:

Photos by Mark Hunter.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Fear of Tigers!

One of my absolute favourite producers of the past year has been Fear of Tigers. Mr Tigers is music journalist Ben Berry from Greenwich, London. Born in Kobe, Japan he grew up in the far east. After moving back to England in his teens, he moved to Tenerife, Spain to work as a DJ when he was 20. This period of time also resulted in a few house records he labels 'rubbish' (I don't believe it). Growing tired of DJing every night, he hasn't done it for five years now. Ben also seems to have a soft spot for Sweden and Scandinavia; he is even learning swedish.

So, does any of this reflect in his music? Well, it's obvious that he knows music. His productions have a wide range, from the slow electrotrashy funk of the remix of Mariah Carey's "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time", to the lovely indie electro of the remix of Pnau's "With you forever", my favourite track of the last year, to his latest track, "Sirkka", an almost trancey synth house banger, and his most club-oriented track yet. Everything is really well produced and share a distinct sound though, with lots of great breaks and build-ups.

It would be impossible to single out a favourite track, but I have to admit that I have soft spots for the Pnau, Anoraak and Does it Offend You, Yeah? remixes along with "The Adventures of Pippi Longstrump" and the brand new (got it yesterday night) "Sirkka". And who knows, perhaps a Scandinavian tour beckons?

Fear of Tigers - Sirkka

Fear of Tigers - Layers

Fear of Tigers - Sex with Robots

Fear of Tigers - Study Hard Drugs School

Fear of Tigers - The Adventures of Pippi Longstrump

Fear of Tigers - The Rich Cry Too

Anoraak - Nightdrive With You (Fear of Tigers Remix)

Archangel - Not The Man You Think I Am (Fear of Tigers Remix)

Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Dawn of the Dead (Fear of Tigers Remix)

Ghost In The Water - Dodging Lasers (Fear of Tigers Remix)

Infadels - Love Like Semtex (Fear of Tigers Remix)

Mariah Carey - Loving You Longtime (Fear of Tigers Remix)

PNAU - With You Forever (Fear of Tigers Remix)

The Golden Filter

The secret and mysterious music act from New York named The Golden Filter is one of my favourite things right now. I discovered them for about three months ago and since then I’ve been hooked. With great drive, nice disco beat and catchy synth lines together with a kind of whispering sexy female voice a la the seventies disco it’s hard not to be totally sold. Tracasseur believes that The Golden Filter will have their big breakthrough during 2009.

The secret approach from the group has led to a lot of theories who they really are. Some say that they are a trio from New York others say that The Golden Filter is an UK-based graphic designer making music with vocals from his girlfriend. The mystifying acting is quite similar to what the Swedish electro duo The Knife has been doing since their breakthrough.

Well, the story will continue for sure and we will keep you posted whenever we hear anything exciting or revealing about The Golden Filter. Until then, enjoy these beautiful masterpieces!

The Golden Filter – Solid Gold

The Golden Filter – Hide Me

The Golden Filter – Favourite Things

The Golden Filter – Moonlight Fantasy (Demo)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Living on the edge

I just saw "Man on wire" a fascinating documentary about the high-wire artist Phillipe Petit, that crosses the two towers of world trade center in 1974. He says "try to live your life on the edge, make every day unique and see the beauty in it."
A wonderful actor that sadly crossed the edge of life is Heath Ledger. He disappeared from us way too early; only 28 years old. Today it is a little more than one year since he died from the unintentional overdose 22nd january 2008.
He has done some magnificent roles in: "Lords of Dogtown", "Brokeback Mountain" "Im not there" "The Dark Knight"....
but one of his tour de force roles is in the australian romantic drama "Candy" from 2006 as Dan; a bohemian poet addicted to heroin who falls in love with the artstudent Candy. Also played wonderfully by Abbie Cornish.
It is one of my faourite movies in the 2000s and you should absolutly not miss it....if you can find it.
What you can find here is the great ending theme song "Song to the siren" by the great singer/songwriter Tim Buckley

Monday, February 2, 2009


Aeroplane is a Belgium based Dj/Producer duo consisting of Stephen Fasano and Vito Deluca. Their music is a mix of psychedelic guitars, pop keys, melancholic waves, disco beats and catchy basslines. They released their first 12" in 2007, "Caramellas/Aeroplane", on Eskimo Recordings.
They immediately got positive reactions from the biggest DJ's and producers around because of their fresh and different sound.

Due to the success of their 12"'s, they've been asked to do a lot of remixes in 2007 & 2008 , for artist like Cobra Dukes, Das Pop, Lindström, Cut Copy, Grace Jones, MGMT, Bloc Party, Friendly Fires, etc…

Aeroplane will go into the studio in February /March of 2009 to record there already anticipated album.

This is our vacuum mix #1. Pretty much all they have done since august 2007.