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Instamatic

Jan 25 2010

We’re starting the week with two brilliant house/disco remixes by Pink Skull and DJ Apt One of new single “Police Us” from fellow Philadelphian synthpop outfit Instamatic (featuring members of Crimp Yr Hair etc.). While the original is all about being a dancey and immediately recognizable light synthpop track, Pink Skull and Apt One instead guides it towards being a total Chicago house anthem.

Instamatic – Police Us (Pink Skull remix) (YSI)

Instamatic – Police Us (Pink Skull remix) (zShare)

Instamatic – Police Us (DJ Apt One remix) (YSI)

Instamatic – Police Us (DJ Apt One remix) (zShare)

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Shameless self promotion time again since Discobelle DJ’s are going to Germany this weekend, we’ll be at Sweat Club in Leipzig tonight and then at the spectacular Awesome Agency Halloween Party at Villa in Berlin tomorrow night. Come party with us!

To get you in that festive spirit, here’s a remix by Apt One of the housed up version Diva & Jones made of MJ’s “Thriller” + the 3rd annual Halloween Oldies mix from Mike the 2600 King and King Otto.

MJ x Diva & Jones – Thriller (DJ Apt One Remix) (YSI)

MJ x Diva & Jones – Thriller (DJ Apt One Remix) (zShare)

Mike the 2600 King & King Otto – Monster Mash 2009 mix (Divshare)

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RCMP make disco music and it’s as easy as that.

“There was a time when there was a Cold War and AIDS didn’t exist yet. Music was different then. There was something more free and liberated about the music. We want to bring back the spirit of that time.”

Relative Q from Pittsburgh and DJ Apt One from Philadelphia got together to do a couple of edits and remixes last year. The feedback was good and the process fun so they decided to do som original stuff and release it. The result is boogiedisco thats got a some flavours of everything from ibiza bigrooms, african conga rythms and kraftwerk synths and vocoders. Dancefloor mania for sure.

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RCMP are releasing their self-titled EP on Flamin Hotz records during the spring. Flamin Hotz is one of the dopest record labels around and always delivers solid and beautiful releases. This year they are doing a new thing, The Flamin Hotz Record Club, which means that you are able to subscribe to all the vinyl releases from Flamin Hotz during the year. You also get the tracks sent to you in a digital format a couple of weeks before the vinyl and the drop in stores. Ten releases are promised and you can get them all delivered to your door. This is a done deal for collectors and now they even ship worldwide! Make sure to check it out.

Here is a track from the RCMP EP, enjoy!

RCMP – The Bird aka Ignition (Yousendit)

RCMP – The Bird aka Ignition (Sharebee)

Friday and Mixin’ it up! This time we asked Skinny Friedman and Apt One from the DJ duo Philadelphyinz to make the mix for us. They have divided the mix between each other so everything from the beginning through Tum Tum is by Skinny Friedman. Everything afterwards is Apt One. But before we let them start the mix you should visit their web page for tour dates (they will be on an US tour from April 12th – May 3rd), tracks, remixes and other tapes. Time for less talking and more mixing. Let me present Philadelphyinz!

Tussle – Pow!
I layer drums on everything so I’ve been playing out these Tussle tracks which are basically all drums a lot lately. This shit would have made me pop a boner during my drumline days in high school.

Jackie Chain f/ Jhi-Ali – Rollin (LOLZ ROYCE remix)
This insane remix is by Stumble and Ghost aka LOLZ ROYCE and has a grip of outer space sounds and china cymbals. This is what rave rap should really sound like.

LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous (Soulwax remix)
Nothing against the OG version but those evil Soulwax synths work a little better in the club.

Neon Neon – Raquel
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this track and with like a minute and a half of drums at the top it’s mad fun to spin. I originally dropped the acapella for Midnight Star’s “Midas Touch” over that drum breakdown but it didn’t really work.

Big Audio Dynamite – Hollywood Boulevard (Club Mix)
Produced by Sam Sever who is probably best known for doing a bunch of beats for 3rd Bass. Apparently he also did a remix for Live, which I now have to track down because what the fuck?

Holy Ghost! – Hold On
I am going to be so sick of this song in two months but right now I can’t play it enough. DFA does sentimental disco bangers better than anyone.

Ghostface – Charlie Brown (DJ Mehdi remix)
I remember this track leaking a few years back before Fishscale but with a murky MF Doom beat. I like this version better.

Tum Tum – Caprice Muzik (Skinny Friedman remix)
This was one of the first tracks clubbish tracks I ever made, before I was self-conscious about using the “Think” break. It’s kind of low energy but I like how it turned out.

DJ JJC – Machines Wanna Buck (Apt One’s Jive Blend)
JJC is a cat from West Philly who is experimenting with some new four on the floor stuff he’s calling Buck Buck. He’s also known for having the self-proclaimed “world’s worst record collection.” This is a little blend I did of one of his Buck Buck jams to give it that added “outer space” element for a classic electro feel.

M&G – When I Let You Down
Italo as a genre has a lot of deeply weird tracks, and it takes some work to get a dance floor to the point where you can throw something as weird as this out there and have it work. One of my goals when I DJ is to work a crowd to the point where I can play a track like this- something that is awesome but totally fucking bizarre, and have it work.

Escort vs. Eazy-E – Luv 4 Life
It’s ironic that the backing track here comes from a current band that makes throwback music, and the acapella I put over it comes from an emcee who is dead but still sounds ahead of his time. RIP Eazy.

Escort – Bright New Life
For a long time I’ve said that I’d start playing instrumental music again with a band only if I could play in a big disco, funk or soul band (or old time country orchestra). Escort is all over it. But this is truthfully like saying I’m only going to start playing basketball again if I can dunk, probably not gonna happen unless I wear special shoes.

Sinnamon – Thin Line
This single gets lost in the shuffle because Sinnamon was on Beckett and Jive for a while and this was the first single after they left. It’s on a little known label called Power House. Classic 80s NJ-NY-CT freestyle feel though- the sonic version of a tanning bed.

Charlie – Spacer Woman
This is an italo classic that most heads should know. Our good friend Lexie loves this song so much. All she wanted for her birthday a few years ago was a crispy 12″ copy. Her BF obliged and that record is more or less her dowry.

The Goodmen – Give It Up (Apt One’s Shake blend)
This track kind of defies description: it’s got some samba elements, it’s made by some dudes from Amsterdam and it’s most definitely a Jock Jam. There’s a frantic energy to this song that builds and dissipates a few times. I tossed a loop of Blaqstarr and Rye Rye’s “Shake It To The Ground” over the breakdown to give it some familiarity and some extra movement.

Twin Hype – Do It To The Crowd
Back in ’89, east coast hip hop was just getting into the house sounds the midwest had been serving up and this was the quintessential street-wise house track out of Newark. Apparently, Twin Hype is back together. I don’t know if the twins still dress the same though. These guys are like the Sedin Brothers of Newark Hip House.

Architecture in Helsinki – Debbie (U-Tern Remix Instrumental)
I really admire U-Tern‘s production chops- anybody with an ear for this stuff can tell that he doesn’t cut any corners, and he keeps it real classic. Honestly, I have no idea what the vocal version of this sounds like because I don’t like it when indie bands sing over my disco tracks.

Philadelphyinz – Pittsburgh Club Anthem
This is our tip of the cap to our hometown. It’s a remix of what I can only describe as a hilariously bad song- the Steelers fight song that gets redone every year with the names of current players. Skinny and I watched the Steelers shut out the Seahawks last season in a bar in New York the day after a gig and we were all fired up and laid this down. The funny little voice in there is Myron Cope, the Steelers’ long time announcer who recently died, he was like family to everybody in town. This song is dedicated to him. (You can download the track here (direct link).

Download: Philadelphyinz – Mixin’ It Up for Discobelle (zShare)

Download: Philadelphyinz – Mixin’ It Up for Discobelle (Divshare)

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More great club stuff from The Philadelphyinz AKA Apt One and Skinny Friedman. We proudly present this mega post with some of their recent tracks/remixes. They’re about to embark on a tour next week and they’re also in the process of making us a Mixin’ It Up so be prepared. Here we go:

“We’ve been doing a party called Philadelphyinz in Philly for several years and a party in Brooklyn called “I Pirate New York.” We’ve known each other since way back in the day in Pittsburgh. (For those interested in how the name “Philadelphyinz” came to be, look here)

We spin roller skate music, rap about diamonds, 80’s jams about special ladies, futuristic dance music by dudes in tight pants, spiced out thug club tracks, Bell Biv Devoe and probably a bunch of hip-house. We also produce tracks that fall somewhere between all of those genres. We’re gonna be on tour this spring (which we are currently booking), our MySpace page will have all our tour information as it’s available.”

On to the tracks:

Gillie Da Kid – Get Down on The Ground (Philadelphyinz Remix) (Divshare)

Philadelphyinz – Pittsburgh Club Anthem (zShare)
(This is a remix of the Pittsburgh Steelers fight song. We love the Steelers almost as much as life itself.)

DJ Apt One – Mickey Dreidels in Rome (Divshare)

DJ Apt One – Mickey Dreidels Theme (zShare)

DJ Apt One – Mickey Dreidels ’92 (Divshare)

Sebastian Tellier – L Amour Et La Violence (DJ Apt One remix) (Divshare)

Skinny Friedman – Frozen Hands (Divshare)

Skinny Friedman – What the Fuck is This? (Divshare)

Too $hort – Keep Bouncin (Skinny Friedman Remix) (Divshare)