The Gosh Damn blog began as a way for us to procrastinate in the library in between writing papers, but became a platform for us to talk about dance music and its intersection with the social and political spheres of the world. Now, all of the links are mostly dead, so we've removed it. We're still going strong at the Albion every Thursday, but we've opted for a bit more of a low-key profile. Thanks for reading, and all the support over the years.
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Sorry for the neglect dear goshdamn blog, life has been all kinds of crazy and busy and weird. A dude dressed as 1/2 of Hall and Oates at a Halloween party said I'd make his dreams come true (see what I did there) if we updated the blog more often, and here we are! Personally I've mostly just been blogging about random public relations type stuff for school (hashtag dull, but big ups to college, university's cheaper, funner cousin). This is a song by London singer Youngman that I've had on repeat as of late. If you're getting [...]
Electro lost a gem today. French DJ/Producer DJ Mehdi, a core member of Ed Banger was celebrating his 34th birthday when his roof apparently collapsed . Tragic. DJ MEHDI - I AM SOMEBODY by edbangerrecords
From balearic disco to early 90's house, this summer's mix is a tribute to re-contextualizing American pop like only the Europeans (and Japanese) know how, clean, simple drum patterns, warm, swirling melodies, a little acid for good measure, and obviously some of my favourite new releases. Enjoy and let me know what you think. Atreides - Summer Mix 11 [...]
Shanks & Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate This cheesy little slice of classic garage was procured for about a dollar alongside some stellar Whitney Houston "I'm Every Woman" garage edits that I'd love to rip from vinyl but am currently uncapable of doing so. Four Tet recently played this out the last time he did a set at the Boiler Room, something feels so authentically bumping about the bassline -it's impossible to be pessimistic when you hear it. Last time I DJed, 3 separate people came up to me and [...]
Ruff Sqwad - Functions / Havana The best grime instrumental ever, or the BEST grime instrumental ever? Actually, revisiting this stuff now I can imagine that I missed tons and tons of great instrumentals over the years. Combing youtube and other sources now in a desperate attempt to catch up, similar to the first time you try some really good dumplings in Toronto's Chinatown and then consecutively after for the next three weeks when your friends ask if you want to go out for dinner, you reply in a near panic that [...]
Placebo - Humpty Dumpty Placebo - Balek No no no, not that Placebo. Not the Placebo with the nasal whining was an unfortunate blip in the "groups named Placebo" stage of history. This is the 70's Belgian jazz, J Dilla sampled, Marc Moulin piano playing group whose "Humpty Dumpty / Balek" EP just got re-released over at Phonica, which has a cut from their 1971 and 1973 LPs put back to back, for [...]
C2C4 (Carl Craig) - Specimen 2 Sheeeeit, it's been a long time since I've updated. Thanks Mo for keeping things running - there are some things I have been really bumping lately but they've come out more than a few years ago and therefore aren't really Discobelle-esque. For example, this - Carl Craig re-edits Talking Heads "Once In a Lifetime" and it's motherfucking impossible to track down. Vinyl sold out several times and any rips are guarded better than Mordor and Fort Knox rolled into one, gawddamn. A [...]
Gene Hunt just rolled into Vancouver for another edition of the Waldorf's History of Dance nights and while I missed it, it still piqued my interest in Gene Hunt. I came across this wonderful EP over the weekend, released by the super Dutch dance label Rush Hour. I made a little minimix of three choice cuts from this EP, all unreleased, raw, unpolished and brilliant reel-to-reel tapes that would have never seen the light of day again if Gene Hunt didn't hold on to the gems. [...]
Cut Copy - A Tale of Two Journeys [EDIT: for some reason this post was a draft for almost two months, so it's a bit anachronistic at times] Cut Copy released a wonderful mix in conjunction with their even more wonderful new album, Zonoscope . Summer is in full swing in Australia, but we'll take it as a nice early spring mix. Bump this one at the park when it's sunny.
Link Text: Cut Copy - A Tale of Two Journeys File Name: modcast-66-cut-copy.mp3
The Weeknd - What You Need by The_Weeknd The Weeknd is a collective from Toronto that no one really knows too much about. "What You Need" is a slow, syruppy, deep synth-laden burner, with echoing vocals, falling somewhere between The Dream and Hype Williams on the R&B spectrum. Definitely a name to keep an ear out for this year.
Artist: The Weeknd Title: What You Need File Name: SoundCloud
I googled "french house" Justice's ode to the Flash soundtrack is their first production in over two years. It sounds like a Monty Python rave-riot, with Freddy Mercury on vocals. I don't know what that means, if it even meant anything to begin with. This blog owes so much to the French house scene of 2007-2008. For just a moment, let us bask in the innocence which was the spring of 2007... [...]
Artist: Justice Title: Civilization (Video RIP) File Name: SoundCloud
There's a house party at my place, which is the first time I DJed with two of my fellow Gosh Damn folk (Cosi + Faheck). I am wearing a pumpkin leotard and have to prevent a bunch of people from beating up someone who showed up having stiffed my roommate $400, and my then-boo pukes on my printer, bed and floor. I still use the sheets, they still have some slight stains. This was something I remember playing right before the puking: Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jam (Brennan Green's Version) I'm in [...]
- BANKS. - Warm Water (Prod. By Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
- Thundercat - Oh Sheit It's X
- MS MR - Hurricane (CHVRCHES remix)
- Say Lou Lou - Fool Of Me Feat. Chet Faker
- flightfacilities - I Didn't Believe feat. Elizabeth Rose (Extended Version)
- mariahcarey - #Beautiful
- Mayer Hawthorne - Her Favorite Song
- weareoliver - Heart Of Glass (Oliver & Thee Mike B Remix)
- The Dodos - Confidence
- Mixmag - Perfectly
Holy Ghost! "Dumb Disco Ideas"The Weeknd - Kiss LandDaft Punk - Random Access Memories UnboxedKendrick Lamar - Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe (Explicit)MØ - Waste Of Time (Audio)