Electro Of The Week 6/12/2010: Quick Picks

Not one, not two, but three top picks for you to get your own freak on to this weekend. Or something vaguely along those lines anyway. Whole grain goodness for the whole family!

Lazy Rich: Discofukkr (Dirty, cheeky, driving, peak time anthem)

Kismet: Surreal (Melodic, dark, evocative, funky)

Zedd: The Anthem-Yenn Remix (Emotional, epic, progressive, chunky)

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Electro Of The Week: Play It Cool by Elliot Sivad (feat. Hayleigh)

Winner of Pete Tong’s (now defunct?) Bedroom Bedlam competition, Leeds local Elliot Sivad has played it cool with a small number of quality releases.

Play It Cool, with its sexy vocal and thick melodic bassline, is a juicy slice of Electro Disco that’s just perfect for the summer.

Watch out for this guy, ladies, he’s goin’ places.

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Super Electro Of The Week: Bam Bam Bam: The Noobish Compilation

May kicks off with the Creme De La Creme of Electro compilations.

Sounding a bit like a 70s Swedish porn series, Bam Bam Bam (on the red hot Noobish label) features a veritable who’s who of the international Electro/House scene: Lazy Rich, Steve Velocity, Donique, Yenn, Refracture, Frederick Olufsen, Zedd, Dermot Bateman, Dead Wasps, and yours truly, Phatso Brown.

The ten anthems cover the entire spectrum of contemporary Electro, from the dirt, funk and sweat of Frederick Olufsen’s modestly titled Superior to the haunting progressive beauty of Donique’s Steps.

You have futuristic anime inspired apocalyptic rave in Zedd’s cheeky Nibbler, and Kraftwerk meets Chicago House by way of Washington, DC in Booty.

Label head Yenn teams up with Refracture for the frenzied Electro Breaks workout that is Bass, while Keemarah gives the Dead Wasps’ Don’t You Know the Justice treatment.

Dermot Bateman’s Bang Bang Rosie is a stripped down grinder and a definite grower, and Refracture’s Play gives Klaas a run for his money.

If you love Electronic dance music, do not miss this cunningly crafted collection of climactic ear candy!

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Great Moments In Electro: Drop The Pressure M@thaf@cka…

Fast forward more than 20 years from the last Great Moments, and we find ourselves in Bonnie Scotland. One Myles Macinnes has just been called the savior of dance music.

Typical understated British journalism.

While Destroy Rock And Roll was certainly chock full of retro electronic goodness, one track embodied everything we’ve covered in the series so far, and will stand the test of time.

M@thaf@cka’s gonna turn up the presshaaa…

I must have listened to this non-stop for at least a day and a half when it first came out. It was pure Electro, no question about it.

Taking a bit of Vince Clarke (that killer bassline was no doubt inspired by the Yazoo classic Situation), a twist of Daft Punk vocoded madness, and a whole lot of catchy (love me those synth stabs), he crafted not only one of the biggest anthems of 2004 (that breakdown is one of the greatest in dance music history), but also created- a Great Moment in Electro.

Brought to you by Ovaltine: for growing boys!

Absolutely spellbinding music video.

Electro Of The Week: Say My Name by Jeff Daniels (feat. Tonye Aganaba)

No, not that Jeff Daniels (at least I don’t think so).

This is one of those rare crossover tracks that manages to avoid the double cheese factor, even though it boasts all of the accouterments: sassy vocal, party lyrics, and well, sassy vocal really.

How you ask? The production. It’s slick, confident and ballsy without trying too hard to be flavor of the month.

I like that.

Yet another solid release from the Plasmapool label.

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Top Tune: Maurice Noah-Shivering Channel

Just what exactly is a ‘shivering channel’ and why doesn’t somebody cover it with a blanket? Never mind the lyrics, this is a glorious little progressive number from Dirty House Music founder Maurice ‘Hey Bob’ Noah that leaves you feeling refreshed and smelling delightful.

Electro Of The Week: The Future by Power Of 3 (Gareth Whitehead Remix)

This funk-fueled Electro-tinged Gareth Whitehead remix is quite the scorcher. With a bendy hook, meaty drums and cheeky square wave action, this is prime time material.

Out now on the rather tasty Noobish Records.

The original is a six minute Tech House workout, while the Rob Paul remix goes dirty with a rather obese bass line. All three worth checking out.

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