Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Clancy + Build = Miroir

As you know, we're huge fans of Clancy and Build, both as individual producers and when they join forces as they've been doing with a string of great remixes. Together they formone of the best Anglo-Australian partnerships since Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue...

Now they've formalized their collaboration in a new project called Miroir, and the first batch of original productions in the form of the "So Fewer Particles Scatter" EP is out tomorrow on Holographic People. You can stream it here before you buy it. But that's not all; they are giving away an exclusive mix to their biggest fans!

Miroir - Kites

Miroir - So fewer particles scatter

Synth Vs Sea

Miroir - Night Sky

Miroir - Luminance by Holographic People

Miroir - Night Sky (Miroir Club Mix) [Tracasseur exclusive]

The Return of Tracasseur to Elektrana Stage 2011 Mixtape

Yes, it's true, we will come back this year again, to the stage where we had a blast last year. We're talking about one of the biggest and best festivals around, The Exit Festival in Novi-Sad, Serbia. And the best stage there, is The Elektrana Stage, ran by some awesome people that also got this Radio Elektrana, where we've been showcasing monthly mixtapes.

This mixtape is the latest one we've made and it's a mixtape to celebrate our return to Elektrana Stage 2011. This is how it could sound when we rock the stage, see ya there!!! And of course more to come when the festival gets closer...

Tracasseur - The Return of Tracasseur to Elektrana Stage 2011 Mixtape

1. Here We Are - Be With Me (Nighty Max Remix)
2. Vitalic - Second Lives
3. Midnight Juggernauts - Into the Galaxy (DerDieDas Remix)
4. Aeroplane - My Enemy (Rex the Dog Remix)
5. Pacific! feat. El Perro Del Mar - Unspoken (Moonlight Matters Remix)
6. Johan Agebjörn feat. Le Prix & Lake Heartbeat - Watch The World Go By
7. Justin Faust - Sloppy Chic (Bestrack Remix)
8. Delphic - This Momentary (Le Matos Remix)
9. Cicada - Beautiful (Mr. Miyagi Remix)
10. FUKKK OFFF - Rock, Paper, Scissors
11. Crookers feat. Yelle - Cooler Couleur (Junkie XL Remix Jesse's Bootleg Edit 2)
12. Teenage Bad Girl - Ghost House
13. Subdue - Horizon (Bestrack Remix)
14. Moderat - Les Grandes Marches (MMMatthias Remix)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Exclusive preview of Tomas Andersson

Koloni Records gave us the opportunity to be the first ones to get a sneak preview of the next release of Tomas Andersson. It's Tomas' second release on Koloni Records, his first "Gen Erik" got supported by Tiga who charted in on Beatport and also this new release is already supported by him again.

Tomas is a well known man in the techno and dance scenes around the world and he's been active since 2003 releasing nine releases on BpitchControl.

This new release "Sea of Balls" is a really nice one even for us nu disco nerds and the release date is set to June 10. So, here is the tracks for you to preview and then of course head over and buy June 10.

Tomas Andersson - Sea of Balls by Koloni Records

Tomas Andersson - Second Rate Party People by Koloni Records

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Johan Agebjörn video

The new single off Johan Agebjörn's album "Casablanca Nights" (of which he spoke of in our recent interview with him) will be released on May 31. It's called "The Last Day Of Summer" and is a collaboration between Agebjörn, Queen of Hearts and Finnish producer Ercola. The single will include remixes by Le Prix, Dreamtrak, Ercola and last but not least, it will mark the return of our old heroes Le Matos. We can hardly wait!

The wait is somewhat eased by the release of the official video of the single. Well, it's not really officially released since it's still unlisted on Youtube, so this is effectively a première. We like to make our readers feel special like that...

Here's the soundcloud stream (for the blog aggregators).

Johan Agebjörn & Ercola feat. Queen Of Hearts - The Last Day Of Summer by Johan Agebjörn

Fare Soldi mixtape + Beyoncé remix

Fare Soldi sent over this mixtape perfect for the Swedish umbrella-drinks-and-outdoor-discos season that started just recently.

Capri Sonne mix 2011 by Fare Soldi

Download it here!

1) Eklips - A Beatbox History of Hip-Hop
2) Mothers Of Charleston "Taxi Driver (Fare Soldi "YO! Raps" rmx)"

3) Senor Stereo "Hot Damn! (Kid SL Crafty edit) "

4) Bag Raiders "Sunshine" (Armand Van Helden rmx)

5) Pierre De La Touche "Song Of The Sirens (Louis La Roche rmx)"

6) Fare Soldi "Cassa Forte"
7) Moonchild "Love Birds" (Gigi Barocco rmx)
8) Hervè "Together"
9) MJ vs HC "Remember the time" (Roy Boogie's brukup)

10) Alan Sorrenti "Love fever"
11) Munk "Keep my secret" (Rory Phillips club mix)
12) Beyoncè "Crazy in love (Fare Soldi "Chiapponzilla" rmx)"
13) Broke One "Go go go (Russ Chimes Gunman rmx)"
14) ODahl "Out of Control (Justin Faust rmx)"
15) Toro Y Moi "New Beat (Fare Soldi "Cantatu" rmx)"
16) Swing Out Sisters "Breakout"

Beyonce - Crazy in love (Fare Soldi Chiapponzilla Remix)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tonight in Stockholm!

It's time for the second Virgin Ears at Debaser Medis. This time we're proud to offer the good citizens of Stockholm two amazing bookings in our dream booking Bag Raiders from Australia and the hyped Canadian trio Young Empires. This will be a night for the books!

We were so happy when we managed to catch these two acts while touring Europe. Sweden should be extra happy because it's the premiere for both of the bands to gig on Swedish soil. We actually stole the premiere for Bag Raiders from the big Emmaboda festival later this summer. Something we are extra proud for of course!

All of you probably know everything about these bands already but for you who doesn't, some short information.

"Shooting Stars" from 2009 is already a modern classic and earlier this year they released their self-titled album. You can describe their music as a mix of everything of the best you've heard, it's twisted electro pop, funky basslines, house beats, italo piano and good old nu disco, and it's called Bag Raiders. Damn good and probably one of the best bookings to come to Sweden this year. Hopefully we will also get this sing-along of "Shooting Stars" tonight:

Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars

Bag Raiders - Way Back Home

Bag Raiders - Snake Charmer

The electro-punk-trio from Canada had a huge 2010. We were among the first blogs to ever write about these guys and after short amount of time its kind of exploded for them. A tour in the UK during last summer continued with a gig in Bogota, Colombia with Jamiroquai and then they were the supporting act for Chromeo on their Canadian tour. Also add that their latest release was in the Kitsuné 10 compilation, a proof of being the next big thing. That you really can't stand still while listening to them is also a good proof.

Young Empires - White Doves

Young Empires - Rain of Gold

Young Empires - Glory of the Night

Besides the bands playing live we will of course entertain the dance floor like we always do, in style! Along with our friends of La Petite Putain and Daniel Odelstad.

If you are a Stockholmer, you can't miss out on this one, because then you will get the red card for life...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm Not a Band - What We Do

I'm Not A Band released a new single today. It's called "What We Do", and what it is we do is liking music. After getting used to the syncopation, which to me sounded awkward at first, I really like this particular piece of music too. The producer Stephan Jung is not someone who just burps up stuff from a set formula. That, and the lovely voice of singer Kassandra, is why we like this duo so much. Of four strong remixes by Whitenoise, rampue, DeltaScuTi and Tits & Clits, I like the latter two the most.

I'm Not a Band - What We Do (Radio Edit)

I'm Not a Band - What We Do (WhiteNoise Remix)

I'm Not a Band - What We Do (rampue Remix)

I'm Not a Band - What We Do (DeltaScuTi Remix)

I'm Not a Band - What We Do (Tits&Clits Remix) by I'm not a Band

Sunday, May 15, 2011

New track from Pyramid

You know our new finding Pyramid from Lyon just let us know that he had a new track up. Curious and with high expectation I listened to it, and once again it's a really fine track from this young Frenchman.

Pyramid - The Race

If you missed our first post about this talented guy, take a look & listen here.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Space Ranger, what about the magnetic fields?

Disco, disco, disco I say. The German trio of Space Ranger make what they call themselves '21st century disco-funk', can't disagree on that one. Nu disco with the greatest disco treat.

Space Ranger now releases their first full-length album "What About the Magnetic Fields?" on Lovemonk. I love this slow pumping disco tracks around 110 bpm, it's hard not to nod your head or stomp the foot. This is a solid release, I recommend you buy it right away at Juno!

We got two freebies for you where the excellent Rayko remix is in high quality. And then a couple of other tracks from the release you can stream here below. To listen more from the album head over here. Low-rider-disco-house for you!

Space Ranger - Superstring (Rayko Remix)

Space Ranger - Phase Fever [promo]

Space Ranger - Nightmoves feat. Captn K (Album Version) by Space Ranger

Can Esparatet Snippet by Space Ranger


You are well aware of the young talented Swedish trio of Stay Ali and boerd is the new project from Bård Ericson, one of the members of Stay Ali. Today Tracasseur goes more techno than we use to...

boerd has done a lot of projects earlier despite his young age, the projects has been in a bunch of different styles and he has released stuff with his earlier solo project Multifaros. With boerd he will now release experimental, minimal and innovative techno for the clubs He is already part of Owl Vision's new label and collective Comorbid Records, where he will release his first single "Shove It Up Your Ears" this summer with remixes from Owl Vision, Comic Strips and Vengeance. A debut EP is also in the works and will be released later this summer.

We give you boerd!

boerd - Creation

Adam Tensta - The Monkey (boerd Remix)

As a bonus, check out this fine track from the former solo project Multifaros:

Multifaros - Friendly Ghosts

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New video from The Zombie Kids

New video from our friends of The Zombie Kids. Not long ago they were here in Stockholm and kicked ass at our club "Do Me To The Music" at Slakthuset. And April 28 we're about to go down to their Pantera Club and kick ass with Madrid once again. Until then we'll watch this video and buy the track here and then listen to it in the streets.

Queen of Hearts + Daft Punk

Queen of Hearts has made a bootleg/rework of Daft Punk's "End Of The Line" from Tron... It is very nice. Queen Of Hearts will appear in London at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen for Gold Dust on May 18.

Queen of Hearts v Daft Punk - The End Of Nothing by Queen Of Hearts

Keren Ann + Walter Sobcek

Walter Sobcek is back with a lovely synthpop version of France-based Russian-Jewish/Dutch-Javanese singer-songwriter Keren Ann's "My Name Is Trouble". Which Collateral also made an awesome remix of, remember?

Keren Ann - My Name Is Trouble (Walter Sobcek Remix)

The Miracles Club + Cut Copy

As you know Cut Copy is not only one of the best bands in the world, they also run the excellent Cutters label with artists like Das Moth, Nile Delta and Knightlife. Their latest signing is The Miracles Club from Portland, Oregon (lovely place by the way!). The trio stir together ingredients like classic Chicago House (check out their covers of "Can You feel It" and "Jack Your Body"), world music and psychedelic pop with contemporary dance music into a very special brew, as shown in this video:

Cut Copy are also nice people, so they give away a remix they've made of the song "Light of Love" to all members of their mailing list. So if you're on it you already have this, and if you're not, just sign up on the Cutters website.

The Miracles Club - Light of Love (Cut Copy Re-vision)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Joypopp remixed

Back in November we wrote about a couple of really nice Joypopp tracks including the lovely "Volupté". The ever awesome Binary Entertainment  then had the good taste to sign up the tracks and bundle them together into the solid "Ecstatic" EP which precedes a coming album. Added to the release are remixes by Short Circuit, Sferro and Night Drugs.

Volupté by Joypopp

Nostalgic by Joypopp

Desire by Joypopp

Desire by Joypopp

Volupté (Sferro Remix) by Joypopp

Volupté (Short Circuit Remix) by Joypopp

Of three good remixes my favourite is the one by Night Drugs that makes me think of old house masters like Masters at Work.

Joypopp - Volupte (Night Drugs Remix) [Tracasseur exclusive download]

Joypopp - Six To Six

More is to come from Joypopp as an album, on Binary too, is in the pipeline. And yes, they have added an extra P to their name since the last post...

Is Tropical + Moonlight Matters

Speaking of Moonlight Matters by the way, he's made a remix of new Kitsuné signings Is Tropical. The trio are releasing their debut album on the French label on June 13. Before that you can download the original of "The Greeks" for free via their Official.fm page:

Catch the band in the UK in May, and in Italy in June (after shows in Paris and London). Check their Facebook page for dates and locations.

Is Tropical - The Greeks (Moonlight Matters Remix)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Alex Winston + Moonlight Matters

Moonlight Matters's latest remix is of Detroit singer/songwriter Alex Winston who currently is working on an album with production help from The Knocks. That sounds like it could be something worth checking out. Much like this remix, which is just as good as you've come to expect from Mr Matters.

Alex Winston - Sister Wife (Moonlight Matters Remix) by Moonlight Matters

Monday, May 9, 2011

Exclusive Interview: Johan Agebjörn

Tomorrow Johan Agebjörn, one half of Sally Shapiro, is releasing his new solo album "Casablanca Nights" on Paper Bag Records. We thought it was the perfect timing to make an interview with this talented Swede and hear what his thoughts and ideas behind this album was.

We must also before we get on to the interview let you know about the "Casablanca Nights" online release party tonight May 9 at 9 PM (CET) / 2 PM (EST). You will be able to listen to the album from beginning to the end online, and at the same time chat with Johan Agebjörn and other listeners.

Hello Johan. You're back with a new album " Casablanca Nights" and we're going to focus on the album in this interview but we need some background from you. You've been making music for quite a while now both as solo and with Sally Shapiro, but how did it all start?
It's difficult to say exactly when it started! I started to take piano lessons at age five. I bought my first keyboard at age eleven. When I was seventeen years old I bought an Atari computer and a sampler and started to make techno, drum & bass and ambient music. I played live at some local rave parties in Linköping. Some of the music that has been released on my ambient albums dates back to that period. However, at that time it was too expensive for me to buy the equipment I wanted to make less demo-sounding music, so after my Atari died, I turned to other interests in life. In 2003 (when I was 25), I discovered that the processing power of home computers was so good that you didn't need to buy a lot of synthesizers, mixers, effects etc to make professional music, so in 2004 I bought myself a G4 computer called Jürgen which I still record my music on. I made mostly ambient, electro and italo disco music, and spent a lot of time focusing on developing my sound since I was unemployed at the time. Then in 2006 my first 12" single was released – "I'll Be By Your Side" by Sally Shapiro.

The italo disco has always been a significant trademark of yours and today italo disco is named nu italo, what do you think is the biggest difference from the italo back then comparing to now and what do you think that you have spiced up the genre with?
I think that people in the nu italo scene are very good with replicating the sounds of the synthesizers from the 80s, but I think it's often still quite possible to hear if the song was made in the 80s or not. The sequencers in the 80s were less exact, and the processing of vocals and other sounds was different in some ways, maybe more analogue… There's also often something with the vocals, they were sung in a different way…it's difficult to describe, but listen to Klapto - "Mister Game" or Duke Lake - "Dance Tonight" for example – in those tracks there's a kind of weird but pleasant "staccato" singing by choirs which you don't hear in any nu italo… I have tried to imitate that but without success. As to the question what I have spiced up the genre with – when we launched the Sally Shapiro project in 2006, a lot of people were imitating the mostly instrumental electro italo disco sound of 1983, but nobody had tried to create something in the "dance romantic" style of 1984 (Valerie Dore, Savage etc). "I'll Be By Your Side" was an attempt to do that, but after the initial 12", we let ourselves be influenced by more modern styles of producing electronic music, for example by using sidechain compressing. Since we have our roots in a more poppy, melancholic style of italo disco, we have reached out to a lot of indie pop people with the music, and my new album is also released on a label that would rather count as an indie label than an electronic or disco label.

Sally Shapiro, the project with you as producer along with Sally on the vocals, have been a huge success worldwide. When doing your solo thing as Johan Agebjörn, does it make things easier for you that you're behind Sally Shapiro?
Yes it seems like this new album is going to be recognized in pretty much the same circles as Sally Shapiro was, and the label is focusing a lot on the fact that I'm the producer/songwriter of Sally Shapiro. However, I also make ambient music that I release on Lotuspike, and the ambient project has been pretty separate from the disco project, it's mostly getting played on new age radio shows in USA and only a few people seem to appreciate both projects, though there is some overlap. So I would probably release the albums on Lotuspike even if Sally Shapiro didn't exist.

We got the album for preview listening and we really like the release. The last album as Johan Agebjörn were much more ambient and chill but with this "Casablanca Nights" you move more within several genres. It's both the nu italo and nu disco along with some ambient slower music and one track is very Massive Attack for me. Was this the natural evolvement for you as Johan Agebjörn solo?
I think it's a consequence of different things: A lot of people, both producers and artists, have collaborated with me on the album, so they have had some input in the sound of the tracks, making it more varied. Also, the album collects material from several years, so I have passed through more musical stages during the creation of the album than during the Sally Shapiro albums, which were both made in about one year each. Finally, for some reason I felt quite a lot of freedom with this album, for example to include the intro track which is played on acoustic piano. Maybe that reflects some kind of evolvement.

As mentioned, we really like the album and another thing that we like about the release are all the collaborations with other artists and producers. To mention a few of them; CFCF, Le Prix, Fred Ventura, Legowelt, Wolfram, Friday Bridge, Ercola, Queen of Hearts and Lake Heartbeat. How did you manage to get all of these people to be involved on the album?
Most of them are people I've got to know through the Internet during the process of the Sally Shapiro albums…some of them remixed Sally Shapiro tracks earlier for example, some of them I was asked to make remixes for, some were friends of friends. In some cases I just took a chance and contacted them on MySpace (Fred Ventura and Lake Heartbeat for example).

Also Sally Shapiro is one of the collaborating artists on some of the tracks. Do you think those tracks sounds different now as Johan Agebjörn solo and what they should be and sound like if they were produced as Sally Shapiro?
If they sound different, then I think it's more because of the input from co-producers. Actually we had a plan to release those tracks as a small Sally Shapiro EP, but in the end we decided to include them on this album, because albums work much better than EPs for us and the record labels.

The album is named "Casablanca Nights", any history or story behind the name?
I wanted a name that reflected the sound of tropical urban disco nights…also, the name of the album actually came after the basic creation of the artwork (which is made by Ylva Lindberg of Friday Bridge), and I thought it fit very well to it. It's also a reference to the old italo disco track "Acapulco Nights" by G.J. Lunghi.

We posted the awesome track "Watch The World Go By" a couple of weeks ago that you've made together with Le Prix and Janne Kask from Lake Heartbeat. We really loved the voice of Janne along with your beats and synths, are the any more plans doing more collaborations with him?
We were all three very happy with that track, and we have tried to come up with something new, however so far we're not satisfied…but hopefully one day!

Do you have any special expectations on this release yourself?
Not really, and that's a good thing…a Sally Shapiro album would come with a lot of expectations from people that it would be difficult to live up to. If some people can feel something similar when listening to the music, to what I and the other artists felt when we were creating it, then that's a good accomplishment. But I'm not trying to build a living on the music…I'm a full-time psychology student and a father (getting my second child in June!), so I'm not about to go on a big tour. Maybe some DJing every now and then.

Your favourite track or tracks on the album?
It's difficult to say, it changes. Currently maybe the last minute of the track "Casablanca Nights".

"Casablanca Nights" will be out on Paper Bag Records, you been with them for a couple of years now. I suppose the collaboration are working well?
Yes, I think Trevor (the label boss) and I have exchanged a few thousand e-mails now. He's a big fan of my music. Paper Bag's connections in the North American indie scene also feels like the most stable base for getting the music out there.

That's kind of it for now, we will get back to you when the release hits the charts. I can already reveal now that one of the tracks on the album probably will be on my "Best of 2011" list... So Johan, big thanks and bye!
Thanks for your support…bye!

And to finish off this interview Johan was so kind to let the readers of Tracasseur get their own exclusive 320 kbps mp3 of one of the tracks from the album, we give you:

Johan Agebjörn feat. Sally Shapiro - Le Noir Et Le Blanc Sur Le Piano [Tracasseur exclusive]

And pre-order/order your copy of "Casablanca Nights" here.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The anthem of tonight

Always been fascinated of Bestrack and what he adds to the tracks that he remixes. His recipe must be as secret as Coca Cola's secret mix because the flavour that he adds always get the people of the dance floor crazy. This remix of Subdue isn't any exception. So let this be the anthem of tonight and all other nights!

Subdue-Horizon (Bestrack remix) by Bestrack

Friday, May 6, 2011

Stars changes with Teen

Our lovely Amy from Teen has made this beautiful remix of one of my favourite indie pop bands Stars. Both being from Canada and making lovely things they will now do "Changes".

Stars - Changes (Teen Remix)

Original track here.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Vroff! Rex the Dog + Aeroplane

The Dog is back, Rex the Dog is back in an Aeroplane!

Belgian now-a-days-one-man-show Aeroplane released the album "We Can't Fly" last year and now it's time for the single release of "My Enemy" included on the album. It will be released May 23 as a 12" via Eskimo Recordings and Rex the Dog made his "comeback" with this fine remix of it.

Aeroplane 'My Enemy' Rex The Dog remix by rexthedog1980

Buy the whole Aeroplane album here. And as an extra Aeroplane bonus, a remix of Black Van with Holy Ghost!

Black Van - Moments Of Excellence w Holy Ghost! (Aeroplane Mix) by Black Van

Chromeo + Ride the Universe

It's good to hear from Ride The Universe again. I've been listening to the pre-versions of their remix of Chromeo's "Hot Mess" for a while, and tonight they've finally finished it! Good stuff.

Plus it's nice to give you a downloadable Soundcloud link...

Chromeo - Hot Mess (Ride The Universe Remix) by Ride The Universe

Still waiting for Monsieur Adi

Yeah... Latest news is that Monsieur Adi's EP definitely is out in June...

Last Stand (ft. Gary Go) by Monsieur Adi

Shelby Grey - Echoes Dimensions & Waves

So I'm back from the dead after the flu from hell. Women who talk about how painful it is to give birth don't know how it's like to be a man with a really bad cold (to paraphrase an old Swedish add). Like an unintentional get-well present I received Shelby Grey's brand new EP "Echoes Dimensions & Waves" from Heartbeats Management, aka Sarah Hansson, the Swedish Barcelona-based manager, booking agent, recent label boss (and apparent wonder woman). Yes people, Heartbeats have evolved into a label called Holographic People, and, judging by the first release you see before you and that we know future releases include Clancy & Build and Young Digerati, we already know it's going to be one of our favourite labels.

So what about the first release? Well it features Ricco Vitali (half of Cavaliers of Fun), I trust the list of remixers apart from Grey himself says it all; Beaumont, Clancy, Worship, Stephen Falken and AlbertOne help the EP become an orgy in lush dreamwave synths and driving electropop and synth house beats.

Shelby Grey - Echoes Dimensions & Waves

Shelby Grey - Echoes Dimensions & Waves (Beaumont Remix)

Shelby Grey - Echoes Dimensions & Waves (Clancy Remix)

Shelby Grey - Echoes Dimensions & Waves (Stephen Falken remix)

Shelby Grey - Echoes Dimensions & Waves (Worship remix)

Shelby Grey - Echoes Dimensions & Waves (AlbertOne remix) by Holographic People

Monday, May 2, 2011

Meet Mitzi

Four mates from the land down under are making some splendid electro pop under the name Mitzi. So far this year, one of our finest acquaintances. When I first heard "Morning Light" a couple of months back I liked what I heard, and then I came across "All I Heard" and now "India" along with a fine new video. This band deliver some really good music, keep your eyes and ears open for more from these Aussies.

Mitzi - India

Mitzi - India (Joakim Remix)

Mitzi - Morning Light (Radio Edit)

Mitzi - All I Heard (Radio Edit)