I’m preparing for duelling UK-centric parties this weekend and I came upon this one and thought of you. Not so much that I didn’t hold you all those lonely lonely times, but that you are always on my mind.
Today’s mix is something I’ve been working on for a very long time, and in honor of my gig tomorrow representing the machines at Head On, I thought it was time to unleash it. I’m not sure what inspired me to look for music that matched this theme, but I started noticing a lot of songs about falling in love with computers or robots. It’s such a kitschy thing, but while the late 70’s were probably the most fertile period, every decade up to today had been represented to some extent in the theme. Sadly, a lot of the material I’ve collected isn’t on Spotify, so one of these days I’ll have to put together a proper DJ mix, but til then I found the tracks that were on Spotify, embellished them with a few slinky synthpop songs about love, and voila, “Programmed for Love” was born (note that the Roy Ayers song that this mix is named after is oddly not on Spotify with the rest of his catalog, though it’s highly recommended.)
Yes, I’m a week behind schedule as usual, but here’s my favorite songs of 2012, in Spotify mix form. I tried to load up the front with pop and the end with dance music, so if you have a strong preference for either, use accordingly. More faves below…
1980. The Cure releases their US Debut, Boys Don’t Cry, as they begin to explore offshoots of Punk and Post-Punk. Through this exploration they help define Gothic Rock and it becomes a thriving subculture, and Robert Smith is sad.
I’m excited to be unveiling a brand new track today on the blog. Fashions are a new band based here in Brooklyn, and their debut single is catchy as hell. I got to help add to the huge chorus at the end of the song, which includes a children’s choir, so I’m very excited to get to tell folks about this tune.
“Slip Away,” is a bouncy slice of tropical electropop. We tested it out on a dancefloor a couple weeks ago and people started going nuts during the full chorus parts, I think you will too. The song is a free download on Fashions’ Bandcamp, so go grab a copy and start listening now. I warn you, it’ll be stuck in your head all day.
French Express has been releasing great Balearic-influenced house all Summer, mostly via freely downloadable singles by artists like Isaac Tichauer and Jonas Rathsman. Late last night they dropped this new tune under ace producer Chris Malinchak’s new moniker the Establishment. Malinchak has been killing it all Summer, and this one has Ibiza 1988 written all over it. He starts with a feel good gallop, adds jaunty pianos and a beautifully chosen sample from the chorus to Exposé’s freestyle anthem Exposed to Love. Took me a little while to place it, but yet it felt so familiar, and so perfectly picked. It’s a nice change of pace from the mid-90s R&B samples that have been done to death recently. Follow the link in the song title for a free download from French Express, you can’t beat that for promotion.
While we’re at it, here’s the track the sample originated from, off of Exposé’s actual official Soundcloud, where you can stream most of their backcatalog. I hope more artists go this route. Plus you can pick up this and a bunch of their other 12” mixes on iTunes.