Daft Punk: Is going back the way forward?

Daft Punk’s new album has got a a lot of people all a-quiver. The hype has been, well quite frankly annoying, due to the sheer scale of people tweeting/facebook posting.

One of the talking points has been its effect on the future direction of the mainstream genre of EDM. Will it cause people to return to house’s roots of disco, soul or funk?

For the last few years, commercial dance music has appeared to be a preset driven, laptop orientated template-fest, where similar sounds dominate. The major labels have employed producers to give their artists a house “edge”, and as I’ve previously written, when that happens, cash drives out the “soul” of music. Its homogenised, safe, and for the house lover, a snore-inducing experience.

So when the house music community saw that Daft Punk where returning to the party, everyone got quite excited. Then it was announced they were working with Nile Rodgers of Chic fame. Could DISCO be back? Will they move the dance music community back towards live sounds?

Err. I don’t think so. Reading the album notes to their new album, the sheer scale of the live element is incredibly impressive. Orchestras, session musicians (some of the best in the world!). This all adds up to one thing. A boatload of cash.

The last EDM push was based on what anyone could make on their laptops. (What I like to call the “Ooh I’ve got Ableton, I’m a producer” factor). What Daft Punk have done, is take the bit they like from that, looked at what worked for them and what didn’t, and decided that actually, the original ways are the best sounding for them. There was talk of experimentation with various ages of microphones for the best sound. Lets be honest, not everyone can afford those.

So what exactly am I getting at? Will the return of Daft Punk have the same effect as their initial impact? Probably not. But at least it might make some pull their fingers out of their backside and delete their templates.

Its only the return of Ned Flanders!

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Ned Flanders

Missing a Vital Piece of the Puzzle EP

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Featuring:
1. All Sheryl Wants to Do
2. Bit Broke
3. Memory Loss (Ned’s Forgotten Edit)

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Here at Llama Farm, sometimes we find people who don’t want to be found. Or indeed, they need to be. We found Ned Flanders wandering in the house music wilderness, clutching a usb stick of his productions, dehydrated from a lack of indeedily funkin doodily.

Always happy to help out an old friend, we nicked the usb stick and got those tunes out!

So here we have three of Ned’s best. First up is All Sheryl Wants to Do, which is more than a little bit obvious! Followed up with Bit Broke, which is a kind of mantra for these times. Closing out with a new re-edit of one of his short-lived earlier tracks – Memory Loss.

Then we packed him off to A & E to get sorted out……

Cheers

Pete Le Freq
Llama Farm Recordings

Special Thanks go to Dimitri @ CMS for the Mastering, and Tim Wood for his usual high standard of artwork.

DJ Sneak Vs The World: Or does he just have a point?

Dj Sneak has, over the last few years, caused a bit of a furore on social media, with his high profile “calling out” of various djs, and producers. His targets have have included the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Seth Troxler, Armand Van Helden, Tommie Sunshine and Deadmau5. All these guys have had recent commercial success, and have engaged with Sneak back in various different ways, some antagonistic and some just plain blocked him. So what is his beef, and does he have a point?

Sneak himself, for those not in the know, was one of the second wave of house DJs to come out of Chicago in the late 80s/early 90s. So from this we can gather, he’s been around for a while, seen quite a lot. He was even name-checked on Daft Punk’s seminal “Homework” album and even wrote the lyrics to “Digital Love”. So, a bit of a pedigree.

So what has got him so riled? The word that comes up most is FAKE. This is what links every incident. Swedish House Mafia (to start you could see this would wind him up, since Sneak is the self-proclaimed “House Gangster”) were accused of “cheating their fans” by playing recorded sets that were linked to pyrotechnics.

Given the amount of money they were able to demand for their high profile stadium gigs, you start to think that if they are pre-recorded, there is an element of truth in what Sneak is saying. He comes from the days when it was all about working the vinyl, and it was near impossible to “Fake” any part of a dj set. He sees this as calling them out. The problem is, for those who don’t know his background, its seen as jealous whinging.

The second part of Sneak’s argument is to do with respecting the underground. This leaves him on slightly shakier ground in that mainstream EDM is always a result of the underground. The difference this time, is that whereas before, the cream of producers rose to the top, had a number of small successes, then returned to the underground, this time the major labels have seen house as a way to make some serious cash. And they’ve hit the all you can eat buffet with seriously high metabolisms.

What happens when the majors get hold of anything? It gets diluted, homogenised, and the soul of it is lost in the scramble to make money. This is why guys from the higher paid echelons of the scene get asked to work with high profile artists, to bring their “edge” to what otherwise be formless shapeless throwaway songs.

They’ve done the same with dubstep, now they are back with house. Its an endless cycle.

This has caused real worry for those in the underground since they rely to an extent on the mainstream to attract and lure people to the purer stuff. When the mainstream stuff had little link to the underground scene, the underground suffers from a lack of new fans.

So is he right, and do I agree with him? Well, in terms of calling them out, I kind of think fair enough. DJ fees are so low right now, that anyone earning the kind of money they are better be damn good to show their worth.

But does calling them out go against the original spirit of house music? House is supposed to be about a shared love and experience. But then you could say that even when you love someone, you should still tell them when they are being an arse.

I suppose what I’m saying is right argument, possibly the wrong way of going about it…..but then if it gets people talking………

 

LLAMA023 – ITS THE RETURN OF NED FLANDERS! OUT NOW!!!

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Featuring:

1. All Sheryl Wants to Do
2. Bit Broke
3. Memory Loss (Ned’s Forgotten Edit)

 Get It At TRAXSOURCE

Get It At LLAMA FARM HQ

Here at Llama Farm, sometimes we find people who don’t want to be found. Or indeed, they need to be. We found Ned Flanders wandering in the house music wilderness, clutching a usb stick of his productions, dehydrated from a lack of indeedily funkin doodily.

Always happy to help out an old friend, we nicked the usb stick and got those tunes out!

So here we have three of Ned’s best. First up is All Sheryl Wants to Do, which is more than a little bit obvious! Followed up with Bit Broke, which is a kind of mantra for these times. Closing out with a new re-edit of one of his short-lived earlier tracks – Memory Loss.

Then we packed him off to A & E to get sorted out……

Cheers

Pete Le Freq
Llama Farm Recordings

Special Thanks go to Dimitri @ CMS for the Mastering, and Tim Wood for his usual high standard of artwork.

Its release review time………

Been thinking for a while I should do some reviews of music that either just come out or I’ve been sent as promos. For the sake of angst and avoiding being negative, Im only going to pick the stuff I’ve been REALLY impressed with.

So, here we go….

 Nico K – Love Dust EP – Black Cherry

http://www.traxsource.com/title/214199/love-dust-ep

 

 

Now Dj Heather’s label doesn’t release that often (in fact even less often than Llama Farm, and I’m slack when it comes to putting things out), but man, when they release something, its always worth listening to.

Nico K isn’t a name I’ve seen around much before, but the ep produced has a really nice balance across the five tracks. There’s something for pretty much everyone here who likes shades of jack.

The ep opener “Back together” has a deep soulful vibe – kind of a jacked up version of the soulful stuff Large used to put out. The vocal is crisp and theres a smoothness to the whole thing, which just just helps the whole track glide. Its probably my pick off the ep, simply due to smile it puts on my face.

The other cut of note on here is “Got It Bad”, which has a James Brown cut up feel to it – never giving away exactly what its sampled through an obvious breakdown, having the right level of funk to keep things going.

The ep also includes a South of Rooslevelt remix of Back Together, and two other originals in Zombie and Welcome to the Party.

Rating: 4 ½ Llamas out of 5

 

Random Soul and Joshua Heath – Time To Funk – Random Soul Recordings

http://www.traxsource.com/title/213160/time-to-funk

 

 

A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with two thirds of the producers of this track (namely Husky and Joshua). They are names I always keep an eye out for and this track, when I saw the title made me start salivating. Now, I know Josh knows the funk (just listen to any bassline in any track he’s ever had ANYTHING to do with an you’ll know what I mean), and Yogi and Husky just bring their bumpin soul to table and the whole thing sticks together like some big funky cookie dough that you can’t resist.

My two picks off the ep are the the Random Soul Dub and the original extended version. I was surprised when I heard it was Josh doing the vocals – (then I twigged his flow was first heard on the re-release of his “Wanna Dance” a few years back). Josh’s lyrics are amusing and very apt and fits the RSR boys bleepy bouncy soul perfectly.

The two versions are picked for different times in the night – the extended original is more of a nu-disco feel to it, and the dub is a more straight up house version. Either way, it kicks ass.

Rating: 4 Llamas out of 5

LLAMA022 – Alfa Flite – Close Encounters of the Llama Kind OUT NOW

OUT TODAY @ TRAXSOURCE and LLAMA FARM OFFICIAL STORE

LLAMA022
Alfa Flite

Close Encounters of the Llama Kind EP

Traxsource Exclusive: 04/08/2013
Global Release Date: 04/22/2013

Featuring:

1. Back & 4th
2. Long Time (Fred Flite’s Longer Edit)
3. Good to Me (Fred Flite’s Vocal)
4, Good to Me (Al Alfa’s Spacey Dub)
Available at
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And at the Llama Farm Shop HERE

We like a new artist here at Llama Farm. We especially like one who delivers an unexpected behemoth of an ep, right in our lap.

Well, thats what newbies Alfa Flite have done. Made up of Al “Alfa” Romeo and Fred “Flite” Hostess, these boys are destined for big things.

So what have they delivered?

First we have “Back & 4th”, a shuffly female vocalled jacker of depth and , well funk. Then they roll out with a soulful funk elephant that is “Long Time”.

And to finish off they provide two mixes of a sneaky old favourite in the form of “Good to Me”.

If this ep is anything to go by, these guys are going to be around for a while…..
Cheers

Pete Le Freq
Llama Farm Recordings

Special Thanks go to Dimitri @ CMS for the Mastering, and Tim Wood for his usual high standard of artwork.