Saturday, 2 January 2010

The Dirty Disco feature as guest bloggers on ElectroQueer!

The Dirty Disco share their favourite tracks of 2009 with ElectroQueer;

Kelis - "Acapella"
I am really into clean and minimal production at the moment. If you use the right sounds you don't need to ram the track. This David Guetta produced number places Kelis amid a mesmerizing techno landscape; a new terrain for Kelis, but one that she sounds extremely happy in. As much as I miss the "I hate you so much right now" Kelis of yesteryear that you wouldn't want to fuck with, this new direction is indeed a very pleasant surprise. This Kelis sounds like someone that I could enjoy a nice cup of tea with without fear of being smacked in the face. From the gargantuan tearing detuned synth to the silky vocals that hark back to Donna Summer this track is effortlessly the winter antidote for S.A.D. (Adam.K)

Florence and The Machine – "Rabbit Heart"
Now this is a TUUUUNE! I remember first hearing this and thinking this was the modern day Annie Lennox, as I think that is the only person you can compare Florence's voice to. It’s amazing, and in my opinion the biggest tune of 2009, it seems like everyone is into it, and her, and rightly so...Lungs, incredible album. I love how this is more of an organic sounding track, and I love that harp! The song is really well structured and composed, how it drops down from the verses before kicking back into the chorus, and that floaty, dream like middle 8...just beautiful. Adam and I were fortunate, and cheeky enough, to break into a secret show of hers and catch the whole set from the side stage, literally feet away from Florence It was epic! Incredible voice and wicked band. We love it so much we have even done our own little version of this track, which have just unleashed. Download the Mp3 for free NOW! (Olly Dexter)

Deadmau5 – "Strobe"
“So what is this?” I thought to myself upon initially hearing "Strobe". The track opens with a 3-minute dreamscape of the piano and bowed ensemble variety; so vulnerable and heartfelt that it would tug on the most stone-like of heartstrings. Granted, after the initial emotional offering comes the inevitable '4 on the floor' kick drum, snatching me from the brink of (metaphorically) floating away. But fear not! After a short build, I am revisited by the lush melody of the intro, only this time, rather than floating in on distant pianos, it tears through the speakers, riding on saw waves. Epic. My main love of this track (besides the great production, beautiful melody and twisting builds) is seeing; or rather hearing; a genuinely emotional and ego-stripped track being unleashed by one of the top producer/DJs in a genre normally stereotyped as being generic and soulless. I literally LOVE this track. (Kyle Mackenzie)

The Temper Trap - "Sweet Disposition"
One feels that this track is the best we are going to hear from The Temper Trap. I just get a vibe, probably an unjustified one. I’m not being rude; it’s just how I feel. Which is a shame because this track really does put me in a good place. It takes me to a place where I meet "the girl". We take a bunch of 'shrooms and dance around a field together happy as Larry, hand in hand. I really have found bliss. Then the song ends, and to my hearts discontent, it's just my cat Muffy that I am holding. She looks at me as if to say “Put me down you freak and give me some Whiskas. I’m sick of this Tesco crap you keep bringing home.” (Adam.K)

Ellie Goulding - "Under The Sheets"
The first time I heard this track I actually heard the subtly Dubby ‘She Is Danger’ remix, which I advise you listen to; those girls are also ones to watch for 2010! I'm still a big fan of the original. There is a nice balance of live instrumentation that fuses nicely with the synths and vocal effects. Ellie's vocals alone are unique, fluttery and almost vulnerable. I like the simplicity of this song and how it gently drives itself along but not at an unbearable speed. As for Ellie herself, you wouldn’t say no! I look forward to hearing more from her. (Olly Dexter)

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