James Pants Hits Miami

Nightdrive is giving Miami a tasty treat on September 13th.  We’re working with Stones Throw Records and local outfits, IamYourVillain & Hometeam Music to ship down Mr. James Pants for a special DJ set.  Señor Pantalones  is one of Stones Throws’ most underrated artists in my opinion.   With a unique blend of 80’s Soul, Electro Boogie, Early Rap, New Wave, & Post-Punk Disco, this guy offers something truly special.

September marks the launch of Service Station, a weekly Monday party that’s customized for Service Industry folks. Having been “in the biz” for years now, this party is near and dear to me.  We are the creatures of the night that work our asses off to make all you weekend warriors properly shit-faced.  It’s our turn on Mondays.

Nightdrive has been blessed with an exclusive track off James Pants’ upcoming new album, Lovecraft (no release date yet).  It also appears on Stones Throw’s new compilation ‘Clouds Over The Pacific,’ named after the Pants track itself.

Catch James Pants here in Miami on Monday, September 13th at the News Lounge (5580 NE 4th Court)

NO COVER, NO EXCUSES!

Downloads:

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7he Myriads

Little is known about 7he Russian based synth-disco duo “7he Myriads”. I mean you try translating Russian! Even with the help of Google translator things kinda get a little sketchy… but never the less they make some decent tunes so it’s worth a bit of a headache. Let’s face it, how often do you hear of a Russian anything, let alone disco group?  I certainly haven’t. What I could make out through translation is that the duo consists of  “dreamers” Vitalic Teterin and Alexey Krjuk who’ve been together since 2007. The title of their 2010 debut, out on Avrora Records, can only be described as an abstract number symbolizing infinity (hence the 8 on it’s side). One of the Valerie Collective’s head honcho’s, Anoraak has given them well deserved praise. With good reason too, as these guys sound like something the Valerie would have put out themselves. It’s good to know our Russian comrades are making shit happen.

Listen/Download:

7he Myriads – Myriads

7he Myriads – Spacer

7he Myriads – Ocean (Summer Love)

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John Hancock Introduces Beautiful Swimmers

Back in 2005, the D.C. Metro Area saw two sick new duos traverse the American landscape, opening for local heroes,Q And Not U. Those duos, Food For Animals and Manhunter respectively, housed one member each from the subject of this post. And while it would appear that Food For Animals still has life in it, Manhunter, sadly, no longer exists. Lucky for the children of Maryland and the world at large, FFA’s Andrew Field Pickering and Manhunter’s Ari Goldman have joined cosmic forces to form Beautiful Swimmers. In their conjoined project, the more aggressive and punctuated tendencies towards rap and dance are absent. The duo have replaced that energy with something much more in the necessary vein of calming down. And while many acts abide the open waters of soothing jams these days, the Swimmers are of a different breed; not just logging on and watching internet videos about it, but living it, with years of life-guarding, championship swimming, and pool partying under their belts. Not to mention their quality disc jockeying skills. So demand the Beautiful Swimmers at your local dance club for a night that will not just light up your pool, but light up your town!

Enjoy their latest single, “Big Coast” and be sure to pick up a copy from Future Times


The label has also recently added a two part mix from the group for free download:

LIVE IN NYC Part 1

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Guest post by: John Hancock (Awesome New Republic/ANR)

Midnight Magic: Update

OK so this is just too good to sit on. Yes it’s been out for a minute but when I previously posted about Midnight Magic this particular remix hadn’t been released yet and I’m excited to now share! So be sure to check out the previous posts on Gavin Russom aka The Crystal Ark & Midnight Magic for some amazing disco tracks. Get it now.

Listen/Download:

Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Gavin Russom Remix)

* Previous Post on Midnight Magic & *Previous Post on Gavin Russom

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Jeremy Glenn

Label mate to local music maker Panic Bomber and Toronto resident Jeremy Glenn (YYZ Records) is a singer, songwriter, producer and engineer. He’s been making waves lately with his funk productions catching the eye of Stones Throw’s Dam-Funk, who included Jeremy’s track “Turn Our Backs” on his mix for BBC Radio 1.  Lately, Jeremy’s immense background in soul/disco and funk has seen him share the DJ booth with the likes of Aeroplane, Floating Points, and DFA’s James Murphy & Pat Mahoney.

With his debut album due out this fall and his side project The Makeover tearing up dance floors, Jeremy Glenn will surely be a name to watch in 2011. Check out this summer mix Jeremy put together for a warm summer’s night. Funk on.

Listen/Download:

Jeremy Glenn – SUMMERMIX MP3.

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Lil Daggers

If you didn’t know now you know! Miami’s Lil Daggers have been playing the field for about 2 years now and in that time have dropped a 10″ EP titled “Straggles” a little while back (which is now out of print) and most recently a split 7″ single with Alabama’s ‘Satan’s Youth Ministers’. If that wasn’t enough, they are also set to release a split record with co-conspirators ‘Furious Dudes’ for Livid Records. They’ll be celebrating the release, with a “balls to the wall” live performance, at BAR this Friday night; alongside our dear friend Javi (the bestest bar manager around) for his very sucio birthday celebration! Come on  tell Javi you love him…

Lead vocalist Johnny Saraiva assures me they will be playing new tracks from their up-coming LP scheduled for release early 2011. Sharing the stage with LD’s are ‘Furious Dudes’, ‘Prettie Pleeze’ and the much anticipated reunion of Miami/NYC dwellers ‘DESERTER’!!! With sounds provided by DJs Benton & Stravinsky all night long. All I have left to say is, Stay Lindo Miami.

Listen/Download:

Lil Daggers – King Korpze

Lil Daggers – Hungry

Lil Daggers @ Don Pedros Brooklyn, NY

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The State Of Remixes

Have you noticed the buttload of emerging talent in Miami lately? It seems as though there’s a wave of new artists down here helping us catch up with the rest of the country (or world for that matter). We’ve got Millionyoung, Entresol, Panic Bomber, Air Zaire, ANR, Afrobeta, Kentsoundz, Danny Daze, Otto Von Shirach, Kabuki Iron Colors and Hydroplane on the electronic front. And The State of, The Jameses, Raffa & Rainer,  The Black Rabbits, Jesse Jackson, Ketchy Shuby, and more holding down the other genres. The cool thing is that it doesn’t stop with local bands, we also have some pretty ambitious remixers/producers repping the 305 with their tasty derivatives. These guys are taking it one step further by remixing some of these bands and contributing to the pool of Miami music goodness.

A great example is the phaXas and SpinnZinn remixes of The State Of. Phaxas is best known for her work with Organicarma and also for her live sound engineering all over the city. SpinnZinn got his rep from his show Bassment Sessions on WVUM 90.5 FM and his sick Tech House DJ sets at various clubs (plus Ultra Fest).  And if you don’t know who The State Of is (damn shame if you don’t) below is a self introduction along with some other info we wanted them to share. These gals have really left a lasting impression on me with their incredible energy, enthralling live performances, and overall talent. Read on:

We are The State Of,  an all female indie pop duo from Miami. our setup consists of vocals, synthesizer, keyboard, drumset, and drum sampler. we are interested in the juxtaposition of dark and light-creating music that is melancholy and minor but to a fun and danceable beat. it’s this combination mixed in with the organic nature of how we play every sound live that captures who we are. it’s been really cool watching our peers in the electronica world find inspiration from our music, and we feel excited about how the remixes have turned around and inspired us. lately we’ve been writing a lot of new material, working on beefing up the bass lines with dirtier sounds and creating a thicker atmospheric environment in the songs themselves. we’re constantly pulling influence from the other musicians around us as well as from our travels. when we’re not home writing and playing, we’re usually on the road touring, leaving for months at a time. keep an eye out for our 2010 Fall tour dates. we leave on Sept 1st for a month and a half to the west coast and back.

The State Of will be playing a tour kick off show tonight (8/25) at The Electric Pickle at around 10:30 pm. Click here for more info.

Now for some REMIXES ***EXCLUSIVELY ON NIGHTDRIVE***

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P.S. Sorry if I forgot to mention any bands. Mama loves ya.

Faux Pas Interviewed

I’ve been chatting with Tim from Faux Pas (Australia) for the last few weeks via email and we’ve finally conjured up an interview for you guys. He initially approached me about submitting his music to college radio, but to his surprise we already had his stuff in the WVUM 90.5 FM library (keep it locked! ;) ). Some call his style dream pop and others say it’s more on the disco side. I say let’s not put him in a box. Here’s my favorite press quote about him:

“Impressive elastic strands of plaited sense associations; extract of flashy disco, pastoral swoon and computer exploration.”threethousand

Now let’s Hear it straight from Tim:

ND: How did you end up making this style of music? What genres did you dabble with before you started the Faux Pas project?

FP: I started out by playing guitar in high school. i used to make cassette tapes, i would fill them with half-finished ideas for songs, guitar solos and weird tape dub experiments. the best bits were always the bits where things had gone wrong, i thought so anyway, so i tried to take that kind of approach to the computer when i started working with that. i’ve since developed a bad habit of trying to make things sound “good”. i like to think that the results turn out best with a little from column a (mistakes) and a little from column b (“good”-ness).

ND: How does the name Faux Pas relate to your music?

FP: I’m a fan of words so i always liked the way those words looked and sounded. when i started out i was playing a lot of scrabble, so the idea of having a seven-letter word containing an x as my name was very appealing.

ND: What’s your favorite new electronic Australian band? Anyone doing anything really out of the ordinary?

FP: There is a lot of great australian music once you start digging around, i can think of a few. melbourne’s kharkov makes gritty, mutating laptop house that i really like.

I’m also a big fan of crumbs, a guy called max who is making dilla-style beats but also drums in a hardcore band… and a guy in sydney called jonti, aka danimals, his productions combine sunshine pop harmonies (like beach boys) with wonky beats and quirky instrumentation. i don’t think anyone is doing anything that sounds quite like what he is doing.

ND: What do you think is the most effective way to get your music out there? Do you believe in selling your tracks or giving them away and making money off other sources of revenue instead (touring, merch,publishing, etc)?

FP: It doesn’t cost me a lot to make music, and i’m not really in it to make money, so i don’t mind giving a lot of music away for free. i think its important though to find a way to give people an avenue through which they can pay for your music if they want to, and receive some kind of physical product, because a lot of people still really want that experience.

ND: What songs do you like to sing in the shower?

FP: Paul mccartney all the way. and the antoine dodson / gregory brothers “bed intruder” song. and beyonce “sweet dreams”

Well there you have it and if you were wondering what Faux Pas means: blunder; especially : a social blunder

Tracks:

Faux Pas- Silver Line

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Faux Pas- Megasports

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Paul Dempsey – Ramona Was A Waitress (Faux Pas Remix)

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Wetdog


Sometimes when you stumble on something that you like you just have to share. Wetdog may have released their album “Frauhaus!” (Angular Records) last year but this is that ‘something’ I speak of. I have always loved that early 80′s New York sound (noise). Kind of sounds like something 99 Records would have released back in the day. The London based all girl trio made up of Rivka Gillieron (vocals/guitar), Billy Easter (bass) and Sarah Datblygu (drums) can be compared to bands such as The Slits, Sleater-Kinney or even Delta 5, anyways, these cuties can funk with me any day!

Listen/Download:

Wetdog – Lower Leg

Wetdog – Wymmin’s Final

Wetdog – Round Vox

Official Video for the single Lower Leg from the album “Frauhaus!”

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Toro y Moi: Low Shoulder

Check out Toro y Moi’s latest video for single ‘Low Shoulder’ [Carpark]; where things aren’t as they seem…

A simple late night stop at her local cafe turns into a bad idea. This girl has obviously forgotten what the D.A.R.E. t-shirt, she picked up while thrifting, was meant for in the first place. Or is it really whats in the coffee? Fun fact: Daphne Sherman the wife of the late legendary tailor/designer Ben Sherman, plays the demented waitress.

You can catch Toro y Moi at The Electric Pickle ((( LIVE ))) September 18th. Get your tickets while you can HERE before they’re all gone as space is limited!

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Listen/Download:

Toro y Moi – Low Shoulder



OPENING DJ SET BY NIGHTDRIVE’S LAURA (OF MIAMI)

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