Jun 24 2014

Employee Of The Year drops Das Racist remix

employeeoftheyear Employee Of The Year drops Das Racist remix

It’s been almost a full year since we last featured Employee Of The Year on these pages and it’s time to make amends. The self proclaimed purveyors of “Slow French“, have been keeping themselves busy with slew of remixes and we have definitely kept notice.

One of their latest gems is a take on Cougar heroes Das Racist on their Jay-Z sampling “All Tan Everything” and we have to admit the Parisian duo has done a bang up job on this one. We’ve also included their reworking of 90′s pop diva Brandy‘s track “Never Say Never“.

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Jun 19 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Potatohead People

Potatohead People EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Potatohead People

There’s always a surrealism to meeting people after your perception of them has been pre-informed by a body of work. Even more so after you find yourself shadowing them for a haze filled weekend, connecting the dots to between that and their true selves.

Yo, I have all this Israeli prog stuff from the late 70’s I have to show you. Incredible stuff”, says Nate, or AstroLogical as he appears in my iTunes library. “There’s something about that time in music, all over the world, like 73-79, there’s great fusion & prog, like this one band Sheshet, so good, what does that mean in Hebrew?” “Six, or Sixth, I think.” I responded. I imagine myself out of body, being tripped out by the scene where I sit, having one of my favorite producers show me gems from my parent’s native land. “Have you heard of Buttering Trio?” I ask, equally tripped in hipping him to my favorite active Israelis going. I pull something up. “Woah, I’m so into this, I can really hear their soul, this is fantastic”. We peruse their YouTube together on Nick Wisdom’s living room couch oriented near a window in such a way as to mimic your typical diner booth, verifying what I previously knew about his fetish with breakfast.

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Jun 10 2014

Weekend Videos: Kosha Dillz – “What’s Going On Upstairs”

Last time we featured Kosha Dillz we said he was the hardest working man in hip hop and that claim still stands. . When he isn’t freestyling with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Macklemore (the awesome results of which you can see at the bottom of this post)the New Jersey emcee drops some awesome and slightly bonkers videos.

His latest offering “What’s Going On Upstairs” sees Kosha getting himself in all sorts of awkward situations to show some of the crazy shit your neighbours may or may not be getting up to behind closed doors.

This is the 4th single from his excellent 2013 ‘Awkward In A Good Way‘ album, make sure you check it out!

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Jun 2 2014

SXSW- Day 4 (Feat. Creepoid, Lion Babe, Kishi Bashi, Terry Poison, Holy Ghost! & Cut Copy)

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Cougar Microbes headed to Austin, TX to experience SXSW 2014 in all it’s glory. Over the course of 4 days we witnessed some phenomenal performances in venues all around town covering every genre and sub-genre imaginable. As we had anticipated in our festival preview piece some of the biggest highlights came from those artists we weren’t expecting.

This is how it went…

Creepoid SXSW SXSW  Day 4 (Feat. Creepoid, Lion Babe, Kishi Bashi, Terry Poison, Holy Ghost! & Cut Copy)

Creepoid - Sailor Jerry House
We set off with a hint of preemptive nostalgia knowing that this would be the last day but thanks to Creepoid’s alternative rock we were soon re energised. Taking inspiration from early 90’s hero such as the Pixies, Sonic Youth as well as the timeless My Bloody Valentine saw this Philadelphia four piece knock us off our feet with how loud they were playing . The individual members each appeared to be entranced by the sounds they were producing providing an electric live performance that bordered on an exorcism.

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Lion Babe- Butler Park

With the weather having been wet and cold over the previous couple of days it was a welcome relief that our walk over to Butler Park was bathed in sunshine. This was ideal to sit in the grass and catch Lion Babe, whom we have been biggin up for a while, going about seducing a huge crowd. Jillian Hervey, flanked by by trusted producer Lucas Goodman, starts her performance offering complex yoga poses before beginning Indie Beyonce performance. The duo grow in confidence with every track with “Treat Me Like Fire” proving to be a sure fire hit. If the audience were possibly unaware of Lion Babe before they hit the stage they were definitely well aware after.

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Kishi Bashi – Cheer Up Charlie’s

Cheer Up Charlie’s was full to the brim when Kishi Bashi hit the stage and it wasn’t just because of the venues fabled Golden Ticket drink. On paper elements of electronica, a banjo, rock n roll drums and a violin should not mix… but Kishi Bashi, formerly a member of Of Montreal, not only makes it work but creates some wonderful musical moments sounding like a euphoric Beirut. While it is clear the man is a violin virtuoso it’s Kishi Bashi’s warm vocals that won us and the packed crowd over leaving everyone hugely thankful to have witnessed this euphoric show

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Terry Poison – Speakeasy

For Tel Aviv based Terry Poison this is a return to Austin and they seemed hungrier than ever. Their music has gone through a few variations over the years but this updated lean lineup seems meaner than ever. With their apocalyptic electro-pop finely paced for this kind of performance frontwoman Louise oozed confidence as she danced around in a floral one piece without missing a note. At one point she climbed up on to one of the dinner tables which seems like the signal for several phones to pop out to immortalise the act. Guitarist/Keyboardist Anna seemed entranced by the show dropping calculated notes and provided a perfect vocal foil to Louise while bassist Bruno was coolness personified keeping the band fine tuned throughout. A superb cover of Lana Del Rey’s ”Blue Jeans” was possibly only surpassed by their own brilliant single “Gorgeous” which saw the room explode in unison.

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Holy Ghost – Samsung Presents @ Milk Music Box

Holy Ghost! stage set up was awe inspiring and that was before a single note was played. With a backdrop of electronics and instruments the normally spacious stage at Milk Music Box seemed absolutely crowded. The 6 people on stage where each kitted out with their own synth keyboard and each ready to deliver their excellent post-dance racket. Credit has to go out to key members Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel who like the instruments around them were positively electric. Frankel was especially lively alternating between crooning, drumming enthusiastically and hitting keys multiple times delivering the ultimate performance. . With so much energy on display the venues floor was rightfully shaking.

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Cut Copy -Samsung Presents @ Milk Music Box

As endings go few could have been more spectacular than catching Australian dance outfit Cut Copy at their euphoric best. This show was an authentic revelation with new and old gems peppering the set to scintillating results. The bands jaw dropping performance was as powerful as anything I’d ever seen. Guitarist Tim Hoey deserved particular praise bringing to mind a certain Jonny Greenwood with his introvert/extrovert delivery regardless of whether he was assaulting his guitar, accurately beating a synth or simply offering a solo from deep within the crowd.

Frontman Dan Whitford could be justified for feeling euphoric while overseeing the thing that he had started as a bedroom project soaring through the speakers. As the band’s mantra and recent album title ‘Free Your Mind’ flashed on the neon screens behind the 4 piece the audience took this to heart and participated in the best rave to happen in the entire country tonight.

This concludes our SXSW coverage for 2014 but we can’t wait to be back in 2015. Austin has once again offered the most fun and fulfilling festival experience we have been exposed to and we were delighted to be a part of it. Keep Austin weird!

doublecougar SXSW  Day 4 (Feat. Creepoid, Lion Babe, Kishi Bashi, Terry Poison, Holy Ghost! & Cut Copy)


Jun 2 2014

SXSW- Day 3 (Feat. Spazzkid, Tourist, Jungle, Gorgon City, Tomas Barfod & Classixx)

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Cougar Microbes headed to Austin, TX to experience SXSW 2014 in all it’s glory. Over the course of 4 days we witnessed some phenomenal performances in venues all around town covering every genre and sub-genre imaginable. As we had anticipated in our festival preview piece some of the biggest highlights came from those artists we weren’t expecting.

This is how it went…

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Spazzkid – Lustre Pearl
We started our day with a frankly brilliant performance by Spazzkid at Lustre Pearl. The fact that we were able to count the people in attendance on two hands doesn’t seem to phase the Los Angeles based producer who launched into every song with gusto and a huge smile imprinted on his face. Musically he vaguely resembles Toro Y Moi with a little more glitch in his sound and while there were just a handful of people in attendance it’s almost certain everyone left as a fan.

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Tourist – Hype Hotel Presented by Cruel Rhythm

There could hardly be a better setting to catch Tourist than Hype Hotel as both performer and audience cherished every moment. The British producer sat behind a sparse set up manning his keyboard while his polished electronica produced gleeful smiles across the room. Tracks like “Patterns” were so majestically delivered that the show seemed to pass rapidly in front of our eyes. We would have happily had this last forever.

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Jungle – Hype Hotel Presented by Cruel Rhythm

We did not have to move far to see our next performance as Jungle graced the same stage shortly. Of all the acts playing SXSW this year this was the one we were most eager to see. With so much hype surrounding the London outfit, partly due to a succession of excellent music videos that intentionally concealed the group’s true identities, the cynics were half expecting them to mess up somehow. Instead we were completely won over as the 5 piece took their performance in their stride and, in spite of some questionable on stage banter, played their too cool for school repertoire to perfection. An especially sensual performance of “The Heat” was possibly the highlight of the week.

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Gorgon City – The Main Presented by AM Only

2014 is going to be huge for Gorgon City. The British duo have been steadily building up to the release of their debut album with a series of scintillating performances and tonight was no different. Building upon last year’s breakout single “Real” the duo got the crowd pumping from the get go. Clearly they picked up a trick or two during their not so distant Ibiza Residency and the crowd love them for it.

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Tomas Barfod – Red Eyed Fly Presented by Secretly Label Group

Danish club scene veteran Tomas Barfod was joined by ethereal vocalist Nina K. to create his own blend of impeccably smooth borderline ambient sounds. Crammed into the Dj Booth at Barcelona on 6th the room was pulsing by the time they finished the title track from his latest EP. There is a rare cinematic quality to the performance that is both very modern and timeless and tonight it all came together to perfection.

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Classixx – Lustre Pearl Presented by: SoundCloud

It was quite fitting that we ended up at the same place that we had started it and what better way to conclude our night than with a euphoric performance from Classixx. The LA DJ duo effortlessly mixed disco, house and dance tracks from some of their biggest peers with tracks from their brilliant 2013 album ‘Hanging Gardens’ winning rabid cheers at every switch. We couldn’t think of many better way to send this euphoric, and partly inebriated, crowd home.

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Jun 2 2014

SXSW 2014 – Day 2 (Feat. Zella Day, The Strypes, Banks, London Grammar, Sohn & Cashmere Cat)

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Cougar Microbes headed to Austin, TX to experience SXSW 2014 in all it’s glory. Over the course of 4 days we witnessed some phenomenal performances in venues all around town covering every genre and sub-genre imaginable. As we had anticipated in our festival preview piece some of the biggest highlights came from those artists we weren’t expecting.

This is how it went…

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Zella Day – B3SCI Presents: SXSW Day Party w/ Wind-Up Records, My Old Kentucky Blog and Unrecorded @ La Barbecue

We began our adventure by necking a couple of crazy Bloody Marys that was garnished with bacon and queso because that’s what needed to be done. Satisfied that our thirst had been quenched we headed over to watch Zella Day perform at Le Barbecue‘s outdoor stage. Undoubtedly a star in the making Zella‘s raspy vocals were an absolute pleasure to witness on this sunny afternoon and the amassed crowd show their appreciation at every chance. Her cover of “Seven Nation Army” was especially well received turning a well known rock anthem into a sultry folksy affair that was running through our heads for the rest of the day.

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The Strypes – 1100 Warehouse Presented by: Live from LN Labs/mophie

A short walk over to the plus 1100 Warehouse saw us amongst the first in line to catch The Strypes. It is literally jaw dropping to think that these 4 kids from Cavan, Ireland are all between 16-18 years of age because their musicianship and stage craft puts many more established acts to shame. Playing their 60′s inspired high octane blues rock saw sparks fly every time they kickstarted one of their anthems. Frontman Ross Farrelly could be forgiven for wearing his shades throughout because his vocal delivery was always powerful and rough around the edges in just the right way. However, the real star for me is guitarist Josh McClorey who seemed like a man/boy possessed playing riffs after riff and solo after solos like he was born on a stage. He ended the show with a solo up above his head before throwing his guitar as high as it would go. Rock N Roll is not dead, long live The Strypes.

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Banks – Hype Hotel Presented by: Gorilla vs Bear + Yours Truly

Next up we rushed to see Banks at Hype Hotel. The electro pop starlet has built a decent following with a series of well received tracks but it is live that her songs seem to really flourish. She switched between jazz infused sounds to strong bass line one minute and immersive beats the next. Her cover of Aaliyah’s “Are You Somebody” was a particular stellar moment with her hushed vocals and quasi-screams seeming positively authentic.

London Grammar SXSW SXSW 2014   Day 2 (Feat. Zella Day, The Strypes, Banks, London Grammar, Sohn & Cashmere Cat)

London Grammar – Hype Hotel Presented by: Gorilla vs Bear + Yours Truly @ Hype Hotel

We did not have to go far to see British trip-hop stars in the making London Grammar doing their thing. Frontwoman Hannah Reid was striking on stage giving off a cool aura and the interaction and subtle eye contact between the members on stage was worth watching alone. As this stand their sparse melodics where exactly what the doctor ordered and this was as intimate as a big show can get.

Sohn SXSW SXSW 2014   Day 2 (Feat. Zella Day, The Strypes, Banks, London Grammar, Sohn & Cashmere Cat)

Sohn -4AD Presented by Howl @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

Watch out James Blake, Sohn is after your crown and on the basis of this performance he’s not too far behind the Mercury Prize winner. His R&B vocals delivered over a progressive electro backbeat easily won over anyone with working ears in the audience. Sohn is someone we will be watching closely in the coming year and if his remix work for the likes of Rhye, Disclosure and Lana Del Rey is anything to go by it will not be long until he picks up an award or two for himself.

Cashmere Cat SXSW SXSW 2014   Day 2 (Feat. Zella Day, The Strypes, Banks, London Grammar, Sohn & Cashmere Cat)

Cashmere Cat – Empire Control Room Presented by: Mad Decent

Underground warehouse vibes seemed to be the word of the day for this ridiculous performance by Norwegian super DJ Cashmere Cat who manages to get every single body at the Mad Decent party moving. Crowd favorites like “Do You Like Drugs” mixes seamlessly with “Party Girls, his collaboration with Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa, but our personal highlight had to be a sick remix of Disclosure’s “Latch” that we had never heard before and could hardly imagine.

doublecougar SXSW 2014   Day 2 (Feat. Zella Day, The Strypes, Banks, London Grammar, Sohn & Cashmere Cat)


Jun 1 2014

SXSW 2014 – Day 1 (Feat. Misun, Tokyo Police Club, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar & Ryan Hemsworth)

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Cougar Microbes headed to Austin, TX to experience SXSW 2014 in all it’s glory. Over the course of 4 days we witnessed some phenomenal performances in venues all around town covering every genre and sub-genre imaginable. As we had anticipated in our festival preview piece some of the biggest highlights came from those artists we weren’t expecting.

This is how it went…

Misun SXSW SXSW 2014   Day 1 (Feat. Misun, Tokyo Police Club, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar & Ryan Hemsworth)

Misun -B3SCI Presents: SXSW Day Party @ Red Eyed Fly

After unofficially kicking off our festival experience the previous night with a mariachi band playing Beatles covers we were well and truly ready to start SXSW 2014 and what better way to do so than Misun‘s blend of sleepy electronica and chilled R&B. The trio hailing from LA by way of DC definitely got heads nodding and in front woman Misun Wojcik they possess an authentic star in the making.

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Tokyo Police Club – B3SCI Presents: SXSW Day Party @ Red Eyed Fly

After an effective hunt for food we returned to the Red Eyed Fly to catch Tokyo Police Club. With the sun shining bright the Canadian outfit’s alternative pop anthems rose above creating a feel good vibe that transferred to a receptive audience who crowded around the stage. Peppering their set with songs from their most recent release ‘Forcefield‘ you would be hard pressed to find a more contagious band to dance along to.

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Schoolboy Q – ACL Live at the Moody Theatre

A swift bike ride over to The Moody Theatre meant we arrived just in time to catch two of the acts we were most anticipating back to back. First up was Schoolboy Q who warranted a bizarre guerilla marketing campaign by Top Dawg Entertainment outside the venue involving scantily clad women in balaclavas handing out masks.

Once inside we were a little disappointed to have been assigned tickets in the seated area but this subsided very quickly as the Los Angeles native hit the stage like a man possessed. Almost immediately the venue began smelling like an Amsterdam coffee shop and the audience reacted to every word Q spat from the stage. Largely playing material from his recently released ‘Oxymoron” album the rapper lending authenticity to the rappers prickly persona. A particularly angry rendition of “Gangsta” was stellar all but this didn’t deter him from scolding the audience if he felt they weren’t responding to his liking. While stomping off stage his exclamation that he was off “to see Kanye and Jay-Z perform” could have been interpreted as a slight to label mate Kendrick Lamar but after such a superb set we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Kendrick Lamar – ACL Live at the Moody Theatre

So far the day had been a steady crescendo of one amazing performance after the next, but to catch Kendrick Lamar in the flesh was one of our most anticipated moments. ‘Good Kid, M.a.a.D City‘ is one of those albums that grows better with each listen and deserves a spot in this decades best releases.

The Compton MC hit the stage in fairly unassuming fashion sporting a grey camouflaged jacket and beanie hat but there was no doubting of his superstar status. With the audience in a near frenzy screaming every word back he easily settled into his comfort zone playing each track expertly while leading his fans in a succession of highlights. Tracks like “The Art Of Peer Pressure” and “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” came through in particular bombastic fashion demonstrating a great dynamic between the rapper and his crowd. Never looking out of place on the huge stage regardless of whether he rapping acapella or leading his fansinto yet another epic singalong. With his music soaked in our collective minds there were gonna be very few acts throughout this week who could reach the level of this amazing performance.

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Ryan Hemsworth – Lustre Pearl Presented By Soundcloud

We end a glorious first day of SXSW Music with up and coming Canadian DJ Ryan Hemsworth offering his excellent hybrid hip hop, R&B and dance sound. Mixing familiar hits with little known tracks in seamless fashion allowed him to get the crowd on his side from the get go and he didn’t lose them until the end. Despite his young age Ryan is almost a SXSW veteran by now and it shows with a confident performance soaked with an endless succession of potential earworms.

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May 18 2014

Lana Del Rey to release “Ultraviolence” next month

I thought I would be scarred for life after watching the now infamous 2012 SNL incident which left me (and millions) thinking whether Lana Del Rey was in actual fact a fraud. It’s time for me to admit that I’ve secretly appreciated her (recorded) music for a while. I’ve decided to do my “coming out” with this song ­ “West Coast“, the first single from her upcoming album ‘Ultraviolence ‘ (produced by The Black Keys‘ frontman Dan Auerbach).

The song has been out for a while now but the video has just been released and I’m in love with both. She performed the song for the first time at Coachella and I don’t think she could have found a more perfect place to debut her ode to the West Coast. I also need to add that the woman CAN actually sing live.

The lyrics are quite simple ( Let’s face it she’s no Bob Dylan) but it’s that simplicity underneath the apparent fakery that I like about her. All the elements are there to make ‘West Coast‘ a new weapon in her repertoire:: black/white imagery, home video bits, hollywood glamour, romantic lyrics, and of course, a bad boy.

I find this song hauntingly beautiful. It oozes vintage vibes and dark hypnotic sounds, and might actually be my favourite Lana Del Rey song to date. I remember her saying that she would end her career after her first album…. so I’m glad she pulled a Jay-Z on this one.

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