The boys have something to celebrate! 50.000 likes and 8000 followers. The Sound of Stereo ship is still sailing strong. As a token of appreciation they are sharing the remix they recently did for Proxy‘s “Shut Up”. The strong electro rave original gets polished to a more clubby, laidback vibe (I’m completely lacking inspiration today). Anyway, it’s my favorite from the Shut Up remixes and even my favorite from the latest Sound of Stereo productions.
Had a good night’s sleep after partying hard at the Laundry Day 2012 festival. Here’s a quick and short recap by … me!
So many stages, so many dj’s and at the end of the night you only saw like 5 … but that’s something we knew in advance of course!
Rubix playing baiser sur la disco as we arrive, instant mood was set.
Paul Chambers throwing one techno synth after the other towards us, shame the crowd only reacted to the last few track which weren’t his own.
Compact Disk Dummies, winners of Humo’s Rock Rally 2012, were enjoyable but didn’t overwhelmed us. Sometimes felled a bit like Crystal Castles “youngster edition” and I’m not particularly saying it in bad way though!
Raving George, funny how she was the only one sticking out way above the dj stage. Is it because you know why? Or is it because she finds it comfortable djing that way? I for one don’t and like to keep my dj gear at elbow height… . Anyway some nice electo tracks, but the real “hard rave electro” is growing away from me.
Mumbai Science, as expected (fanboy as I am) the best set of the day! Heard some new stuff, heard their own tracks, quality mixing, just what I expect from a Mumbai Science dj set. Big up for their energy behind the dj booth (especially Jonas as always) knowing they were just back from Miami if I have read correctly! Everyday, Anytime, Mumbai Science!
Ramon Tapia, time for some relaxing under the trees at the Mojito sanctuary. Very cool atmosphere over there with colored lights and white laundry hanging in the trees. A much older crowed their and much more relaxed then all the other stages. Ramon Tapia did what he does best, no nonsense house music. Very very very enjoyable after all the other madness of that day.
Surfing Leons, not really on our to see list but he was playing the TNGHT EP so decided to stick around for a few minutes. The man was clearly enjoying himself and was just playing what he felt like. Suddenly out of nowhere: Carly Rae Jepsen – Call me maybe, I really didn’t expect to hear that at Laundry Day and me and my friends were like “what the?”, half way in the track Surfing Leons started to mix it down with Gesaffelstein – Controlmovement. It was rather messy but the smile on Surfing Leons was hilarious so on my part: he got a way with it.
One Man Party, only saw the beginning of his set but it wasn’t that good… the tracklist was awesome, but the mixing was so sloppy that it was painful to the ears. Hope he could recover for the second part of the set. I much rather saw him play the drums for Soulwax which for the record he stopped doing.
Sound of Stereo, very good live set, clean, good variation and of course heard their big “hits”. Also cool to see the singer from Willow come on stage and do the live vocal work of the SoS remix, didn’t expect that and it worked perfectly on stage.
Unfortunately had to leave a bit earlier so didn’t get the chance to see Goose. Some of my friend stayed and told me they played some new material. Hoping to catch them soon on another time! This was my short Laundry Day recap, had a good time, spent way too much money (drink and feed were ridiculously overpriced) and heard good music. Till next year? Maybe … I’m hoping to see them attract more international Dj’s and don’t just stick to the solid values, some of them are long overdue.
Okay, so our Belgian readers know what Lektroluv has been up to the last few days/weeks/months, amazing stuff time after time. But for our foreign readers who aren’t so familiar with the Belgian Lektroluv label, here is a quick update!
New Sound of Stereo mixtape, I posted their new upcoming EP “Volt” which is also seeing its release on Lektroluv. This mixtape is for their residency on Studio Brussel Switch.
Next up a new EP of the two mad scientist better known as Mumbai Science. Their next ep is number two in the ‘Unified Theory’ trilogy. The two new tracks Reality and Transcendence yet again sound so fresh and different, it’s a mystery to me how they are pulling this off. Already getting siked for part 3!
New in the Lektroluv family: Modek. His latest EP ‘Willow/Dust’ brings the more rougher electro to the label, but that’s still how the Belgian crowd likes it. His remixes are getting more and more popular among the big players in the scene and his own productions wont take long to get there too. Personal favourite is Willow which sounds brutal on a big soundsystem.
If we’re a bit honest we all know Sound of Stereo was kind of getting lost in the shadow of Mumbai Science who took to spot among popular artist of the Lektroluv crew in no time. But of course we haven’t forgot this amazing duo who kinda turned things upside down in the belgian dance scene some time ago. And they are now back with a brand new EP coming the 20th Februari on Lektroluv records. The EP is called Volt EP and features two originals and two remixes. We see SCNTST pop-up again (this kid is everywhere nowadays!) and newcomer (at least for my knowledge) Transistorcake who is delevering the most interesting track on the EP by my opinion. Another EP to look forward to.
The last EP by Sound Of Stereo ‘Mineral’ didn’t really got me going wild, apart from the Opal track the EP didn’t give me the wow feeling I had with their previous release. Totally different story now for the remix EP. A very nice remix line-up with my favourite remixes being Opal TWR72 remix, Diamond Van Toth Remix and my biggest favourite by Belgian duo Errorism, who won a spot on the EP by winning the Diamon remix competition. Love love looooove the vocals on that remix. Check it out below, EP is being released tomorrow on Lektroluv Records!
My favourite festival is getting closer and I received some great news about it! I’m allowed press access, so I’m hoping to do some nice exclusive backstage work! The last artists I mentioned were from the first two days, this next batch is mainly from the third day.
Sub Focus, Andy C
For as far as my knowledge about DnB goes these two are one of the bigger names in the scene. After all the electro, hiphop and alternative rock violence some straight to the point DnB is always appreciated. The two indoor halls are perfect for this and last edition also proofs DnB brings up probably the best audience atmosphere.
Probably the most bizar figure of the already extravagant ed banger bunch. Even though he isn’t very strong in the technical dj’ing stuff, probably most of the time because he is under influence (check out this appearance in this Ed Banger Seven video), but as a producer he’s an absolute genious and he will certainly bring the best electro bangers of the moment.
I haven’t heard much stuff from this guy before I looked him up when he appeared in the Les Ardentes lineup, but after some classic youtube research I really started digging his productions. It’s hard to describe his “genre” it feels like a mixture of hip-hop background tunes, electronic stuff and dubstep? I’m looking forward to his performance and I bet it will the most unique and refreshing one.
Health is not your average alternative rock band. This L.A. based band brings very experimental stuff with the use of your typicall drum, guitar stuff and some amazing synths and electronic stuff. When looking at the video you immediately think “what a bunch of weirdos, especially the one in the front!”, but still the stuff they bring is very addictive? in some way. Curious who this will be live and what reactions we’ll see from the crowd.
Was called one of the best djsets at Les Transardentes (the smaller one night version of Les Ardentes). His newest EP is coming 5 July, so I’m hoping for lots of new stuff. Not much more to add, he probably won’t disappoint!
Les Petits Pilous
Even though I’m not a huge fan of their latest EP these two guys still bring back some good old memories. In a small venue not far from where I live there was a party … with Les Petits Pilous. The “electronic scene” isn’t so big over here, so of course the turn up wasn’t that big. Still these guys went full on and the accompanying Born To Film crew even tried to Crowd surf (I think there were two rows of people in front of the stage …)
Sound of Stereo
These guys were absolutly everywere last year and are still killing it in 2010, even though I must say I’m not the biggest fan of their latest remix for Proxy. Even though I have already heard them plenty of times I’ll still swoop by even if it’s only for their “big-room banger” Metric, which will sound brilliantly in the big indoor halls.
A name from day two, but a nice fresh artist to describe at the end of this Les Ardentes guide. Janelle Monae isn’t a name that would normally pass the frontpage on this blog, but from what I’ve seen from youtube videos she brings an amazing live performance. She brings a mixture of soulfull hiphop and jazz.
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