Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Disco Padding

Indie disco beats meet psycho thrillers in Dublin, Ireland. Padded Cell are Richard Sen and Neil Beatnik, both experienced producers who put this project together back in 2002 (remixing the excellent Big 200). Out on DC Recordings (The Emperor Machine), these guys exist within the same sonic circle as Measles-Mumps-Rubella, Out Hud, and Tussle. They manage to fuse a live feel with electro precision, hand claps, and synth snaps, and they do it with a dark twist. Thanks to Neil for sending us some MP3s to post.

Padded Cell - Unknown Zone
Padded Cell - Theme From Friday 13th


Having already been written up positively and recieved props from 20 Jazz Funk Greats, Copy is deserving of the praise. Here we have the 8-bit ethos rubbing up against the dancefloor in a way that'll make both the ladies and the geeks move. The beats through "See You Around Maybe" are fucking hot; hell, the entire song kills it (that means it's good).

Copy - See You Around Maybe
Copy - A Slight But Delicious Warble


I've been holding off on writing about Electric Badness for a while. They run the ragged edge of dancepunk vs dance, but after giving them time to sit, I find myself going back and listening to their tunes and -- you know what? They still feel fresh. The guys pull it off, and that's no small feat. Dancefloor killers sporting enough tricks to keep the jaded among us from flipping channels.

Electric Badness - Take That Beat Beat
Electric Badness - Fingers In Space
Electric Badness - Get Down Dexter (Madrone Mix)


I am currently working on a website for Unfamiliar, which is the new label we're starting. Our first release will be The Paper Cranes' debut EP, out February 23rd. There will also be a free online compilation available when the site launches next week. Initially, sales and distribution will be handled exclusively through Insound -- yes, this is the route Clap Your Hands Say Yeah went, so when given the option, we figured we'd test the waters.


Dreams of Horses is a blog I've been reading for a while now. Quality stuff.