El Guincho

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Directed by Nicolás Méndez

I know I know, I’m a bit late with this one but non the less this needed to grace the “pages” of this blog. The video for El Guinchos‘ single “Bombay” is amazing! Is it me or is this video a bit nostalgic, reminds me of “bad” latinoesque or maybe even cultish movies I caught when I was a kid (women, machine guns, yeah). Love love love it! Also enjoy a few tracks by this Barcelona native sure to bring joy to these gloomy & miserable last couple of days.

Listen/Download:

El Gunicho – Bombay

El Guincho – Antillas

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Raw as F@#k: Mixes by Edwin Adams and Terence Tabeau

Two of our own Nightdrive DJs, Edwin Adams & Terence Tabeau have a rare and exquisite taste in music that will never cease to fill me with bittersweet envy.  The duo holds down a weekly Thursday happy hour on the Webster Hotel rooftop, appropriately titles “Escape.”  If you’re a fan of soul, psych, funk, disco, and some old school vinyl digging, we have a real treat for you.  This two and a half hour raw and unedited mix was recorded live from the Webster rooftop and provides the perfect soundtrack for the lazy Fall afternoons creeping our way here in Miami.  Edwin sent us an additional gem of a mix because he knew you’d be left wanting more.  Download and sooth your soul.

LIVE from the Webster Pt. 1

LIVE from the Webster Pt. 2

Edwin Adams: Rough & Sloppy Mix

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Botany

Spencer Stephenson aka Abacus aka Botany has been keeping busy as of late. Having made a bit of noise with his first project Abacus, he now finds himself on to the next with – Botany.  Not much difference in sound or style, I think he just changed his moniker? Anyways he sure does keep the whole “chillwave” thang alive, but he does experiment more with “psychedelia pop”, with his new EP Feeling Today. The new EP is said to drop November 9th on, the amazing, Western Vinyl, the 5 track EP will not disappoint!

“…bounces with playful drumming and hand claps,
accompanied by bubbly guitars and otherworldly oohs.” – Pitchfork

Listen/Download MP3:

Botany – Waterparker

Botany – Feeling Today

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Nightdrive on WVUM 90.5FM

As I’ve stated before, we have a fanatical respect for our local college radio station, WVUM.  In a desert of horrid Top 40 pop, hip-hop and house music, WVUM is a bountiful oasis, lush with lo-fi guitars, experimental vocals and fresh beats.  Moshe and I were recently featured on their newly revived specialty show, Blog Party.  We got to show off a bit on the airwaves, plugging some of our upcoming events and playing some of our favorite tracks that we’ve featured on the site.  Thanks to our host DJ, Falyn for an hour of pure fun.  If you missed it, listen to the show below…

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DâM-FunK @ The Vagabond!

“It’s the G-Funk era. Funked out with a gangsta twist”

Not too many guys/girls bringing back the intergalactic stylings of their predecessors Parliament Funkadelic (clearly an inspiration); well at least nobody else is getting the kind of attention Dâm-Funk (LA) is getting these days. The guy is pretty heavy on the cosmic boogie FUNK which you should appreciate. Yes you! If you caught Dâm’s label mate James Pants, at The News Lounge (2 weeks ago), you would know that Stones Throw knows great DJs and the importance of the art (no substitutes). Said to be an expert selector himself Dam’s set [Actually Performing] at The Vagabond for their weekly party (((SHAKE))), should be lot’s o fun. Dam-Funk will be alongside local movers DJs A-Train, DZA, Manuvers, Sire Esq & Benton (in the garden), not to be missed!

*Dâm-Funks’ new Record: “Adolescent Funk” (which is a collection of recordings from 1988 to 1992) is out October 26 on Stones Throw Records

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Jona on The Fitz and The Tantrums

Johnny Kornman is my Co-Music Director at WVUM 90.5 FM. It’s been a pleasure working with the lad as he comes up with some pretty nifty ideas and always provides great company. He’s also the host of Freedom For the Funk, our station’s Funk/Soul program every Tuesday night form 9-11pm. Jonny has pretty sick taste in music so I asked if he would write a post for us. Here’s what he came up with:

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The crates of promotional music that arrives at WVUM each week are not how I find most my new music.  In the age of the blogosphere, the internet cuts out the lag time that labels, promotional companies, and the postal service adds to music reaching my ears.  If I haven’t at least heard one track of a band by the time their album arrives, I can usually assume it’s not anything breathtaking.  The Fits and the Tantrums greatly challenged this – I had heard nothing of this Los Angeles-based neo-soul group when their debut arrived at WVUM’s office.   While the trend of resurrecting the Motown sound is nothing new (Mayer Hawthorn, Sharon Jones, and of course the meth queen herself Amy Whinehosue), Fitz still manages to bring new life into an old sound.  Pickin’ Up The Pieces celebrates several different genres of the ‘60s with a uniting soulful core.   Lead singer Fitzgerald’s animated vocals will put a smile on your face no matter what you are pickin up the pieces of.  The band’s energy is equally groovy, kicking into each song with vintage flair.  While most kids these days prefer to dance to a song that’s got synth and blips to organ and trumpet, I think most would find the sound of Fitz undeniably dancey.

JAMS:

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Prince Language <3 Laura

For a while now I’ve had the pleasure of working with the infamous Laura (of Miami) a.k.a. Laura Sutnick on this crazy Nightdrive project.  If you are from Miami, you most likely know her sultry and charismatic voice from her two weekly radio shows on WVUM, the University of Miami’s student-run radio station.  For years Laura has helped WVUM remain one of the pillars of the independent music scene here in Miami.  Her specialty disco and 80s rarity show, Vamos a la Playa, seems to be a favorite for anyone in Miami (and beyond) who appreciates great music.

Beyond her influence on the air waves, and since joining the Nightdrive team, Laura has brought this blog and our general nocturnal hi-jinx to another level- with MANY exciting things currently in the works.

Bottom line is that next Friday is Laura’s BIG birthday.  We’re working with the folks over at the Electric Pickle to make this a truly special and fun night and cordially invite the entire population of Miami-Dade County (2,500,625) to a dance party of monumental proportions!  We have for you acclaimed producer and avid remixer Prince Language straight from New York along with Laura (of Miami) herself, boogie masters Team Rojas, and myself spinning the best in booty-shaking jams.

Upstairs, the Pickle crew brings in the prolific Kevin Yost, producer of ‘The Jazz Influence’ series.  This is some great jazz-inspired deep house with so much soul, he makes vampires blush.

RSVP to info@nightdriveproductions.com for reduced list

To hold you over until next Friday, here’s some lessons in Language:

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The Jackals Remix Phantogram

The Jackals are a mysterious duo out of Toronto (mysterious meaning that there is very little bio info on their MySpace or the Internet in general).  An anonymous email was sent with the below track, with language that would imply he/she resided in Miami proper.  So I crossed my eyes like Colombo and did some super-sleuthing and deducing.  The track has a distinct texture and production style that seemed strangely familiar.  Sure enough, listed among their top MySpace friends was none other than Miami’s pop-techno bad boy, Panic Bomber whose label, YYZ Records, is based in Canada as well.  I may be leaping to a conclusion, but I would like to proffer the hypothesis that Panic Bomber had his hands in this cookie jar.  So let the rumor mill start this shamelessly fabricated scandal, or just jam out to Pani…. I mean The Jackal’s remix of Phantogram’s Mouthful of Diamonds.

And if you’re here in the Magic City, check out Phantogram October 2nd at The Electric Pickle with our very own Entresol giving them the formal Miami introduction.

Download:

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Interviewing Telepathics

I played a Telepathics song on one of my WVUM shows a few months ago and it really stuck in my head. That night I went home (still singing 23:59 to myself) and sent the band an email requesting some more info and tracks for the WVUM library. A few weeks later our sister blog Off the Radar wrote a great write up about them, goes to show OTR’s good taste and quickness. Anyway, the band and I were waiting for their EP to come out in September so we could post a relevant interview for our readers (you). They just released their “Jungle Reaction” this week so below is the interview as planned.  You can get the EP off bandcamp for $3. Whatta deal!

Telepathics is Christiano and Isabella who currently live in Rome. Their emails are hilarious and it’s been a pleasure being in touch with them from the get go. They couldn’t be any friendlier. All I can say is reverb, syncopation, fog, and charm.

INTERVIEW:

ND: You are obviously all Telepathic….what am I thinking?

T: Let´s see what they will say

ND: What is a Jungle Reaction?

T: Were we come from it is a jungle and the result is a jungle reaction. Have you ever been in rome? Except all the nice fountains, splendid buildings and old stones. it is like living among monkeys, lions and all sort of animals (included cars and the real animals) and here comes the reaction. The way everything becomes crazy living in this zoo.

ND: What do you think people visualize when listening to your music?

T: Every song is different from the other.  The synthesizers make it pretty spacy but intimate and close at the same time because of the voice. I imagine a lot of colours, maybe some water, let`s say a colourful pool..

ND: Are you feeling cheery or bummed out by the current state of the music industry? why?

T: Both maybe, in a way it`s great to see so many concret ideas on the web and on all sorts of cds, vinyls and all the rest going on. Bands can tour a lot thanks to the cheap travels but at the same time i dont think it`s so easy to make a real job of the music you make.. You need to find new combinations and activities (recording, selling, producing) to make it possible.. It s good that it changes it`s just hard to understand the way to adjust to it (if you want to adjust ..)

ND: You’ve added a 1988 tag on your band camp site, why 1988? Why not 1987?

T: The summer of love!!!!!

ND: What’s the best experience you’ve had collectively as a band?

T: The making of the music is magic! We are still only in the begining.. is when you start to play live that a lot of interesting things start to happen.

LISTEN:

Telepathics- 23:59

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Telepathics – French Kiss

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How To Dress Well

HTDW (How To Dress Well), manned by Brooklyn-based operator of smoothness Tom Krell, sexes up the lo-fi genre with bump and grind melodic beats accompanied by skyrocketing falsettos. A  dream-like chill factor reverberates throughout his latest full-length, “Love Remains,”which is available September 21. Imagine an out of focus photograph that pulls the eye more than two crisp photographs on either side. That is what this sounds like. Purple Rain meets empty warehouse reminiscent of 90′s R&B.  Krell shakes late nights with dreams anti-ephemeral that echo harmoniously till morning.

He has given 7 EPs away via his blog http://howtodresswell.blogspot.com/ (which are still available).  “Ready for the World,” his debut 7″ was released earlier this summer.

Give this guy a listen, a post, and spread the love:

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