Jan 30 / Vari

THE KING OF SPACE

I guess we can call this post a little tribute to Hans-Petter Lindstrøm. His music has kinda always been around us since we first got into electronic music. His collaborations or solo work has touched us in one way or another… He is just so good at what he does. The long buildups, the multiple layers, the vocals and just the overall feeling he gives us with his music! If we had to call it something, it would be Space Disco and at its very best…!

«Six Cups of Rebel» will be released on Smalltown Supersound, 6th of February. This is his fourth solo album, expect everything from this album. It’s a little out there, but in a very cool way… Organ meets house, disco, acid, funk and Detroit all melted into one amazing journey of an album.

What more can we say, we dig this talented Norwegian and we are looking forward to getting our hands on this album. If you happen to be in Oslo on Sat 4th of Feb. You will be able to catch him playing at Turkish Delight. Pssst! Vari and Dj Baz are warming up.

And to get you in the mood …

Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Mighty Girl

Lindstrøm – The Magnificent

Jan 29 / Shari

ALAIN HO

In the rapidly evolving scene of electronic music, there are few DJ’s that have seen the beginning, and even fewer that have maintained their position as forward thinking musicians over the last decades. It is without a doubt that Alain Ho aka DJ Yellow is among these select few. (Liberated from RA: ‘Biography of DJ Yellow’)… I couldn’t have said it better myself. ;-)

So yep this very talented gentleman has been around forever and we’re delighted to have him pop by the 20 for a chat. I had the pleasure of meeting and witnessing a DJ set from Mr Ho way back in 1999 or 2000 (I was a little teenage music munchkin) at the legendary Berlin Bar (Gold Coast, Australia), he was in town with his mate and partner in label crime (Yellow Productions) Bob Sinclar… ;-) Obviously so much has happened between then and now (like this lovely Hot Toddy remix), but let’s see what he’s been up to these days…


MINI INTERVIEW


How did you start getting into producing your own music?

In the early 90′s… It was a natural process for me after so many years of DJing…

How would you describe your sound?

Gothic and Baroc with a touch of sex under DJ Yellow! Classic & estetik under Alain Ho.

What are your earliest musical memories?

Listening to the song “It’s just begun” by the Jimmy Castor Bunch (RIP).

Any musical family links?

No not really…

What are you currently working on?

I have an EP coming out on Composite Records, featuring Yota. It’s kind of new style for me… It’ll be released on the 27th of February on vinyl and digital.


What’s on your radar right now?

Something, but I don’t know know what yet…

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

Bogdan Irkuk – My Weakness
Mr Finger – What about this love
Josh One – Wake Up (King Britt Remix)

What sound or noise do you love?

The voice of my wife on the phone… The sexiest one I’ve ever heard!

What turns you on?

The smell of my wife.


What’s at the top of your shit list?

Copycats!!!

What is your favorite destination?

Japan

What are you most excited about right now?

I’m excited about what we are going to release on Composite Records in 2012. We’ve got so much amazing music by Alex Arnout, Cera Alba, Francys, Drawing Boards, Tiago Fragateiro and myself.

++ Alain Ho / DJ Yellow on Juno

Jan 27 / Shari

HOMEWORK DOESN’T ALWAYS SUCK

Study this! ;-)

Bufi & Juan Soto – Monrovia [Buy It!]

Chordashian – Don’t Wait Up (Downtown Party Network Remix) [Buy It!]

Laberge – White Lies

Jan 26 / Shari

HOW TO BE MORE LIKE HANK MOODY

Don Nadi (Melbourne) never disappoints! This dude has been responsible for so much good music in Australia over the last decade… We’re big fans! Get your ears ready for a very well put together vintage housey, ambient, deep housey, tech housey, alternative and overall a very classy mixtape, that we here at 2o have thoroughly enjoyed…

!! DON NADI – HOW TO BE MORE LIKE HANK MOODY MIX !!

1. Daniel Bortz – Other Guys
2. Sleazy McQueen – Anna Due (Feat Anne Montone)
3. Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #5
4. Bryan Ferry – Alphaville (Todd Terje Remix)
5. Daniel Bortz – Boyz 2 Men
6. The XX – VCR (Four Tet Remix)
7. Nebraska – Soho Grand
8. ESG – Moody (… as in ‘Hank’)
9. Pete Findling – Deep Sea
10. Block 16 – Morning Sun (Pepe Bradock’s Brad Deep Remix)

Jan 22 / Shari

HOLLYWOOD 7 MIXED BY SHARI

Oh lala… I’ve FINALLLLY gotten my shit together and made another mixtape! YAY! I hope with all my heart you enjoy it. Lots of love, Shari :-)

!! HOLLYWOOD SEVEN MIX !!

1. Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix) – Madi Diaz
2. Under The Sheets (Original Mix) – Maceo Plex
3. D2ME – Andy Hart & Francis Inferno Orchestra
4. Shopping Cart (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix) – Parallel Dance Ensemble
5. Better (Arto Mwambe Remix) – Viadrina
6. Changes (Ron Basejam Remix) – Alena
7. Falling Out (Tiger and Woods Remix) – Body Language
8. Hollywood Seven (Disconet Dilemma) – Mike Simonetti & Johnny Jewel
9. Cosmorama (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Discodromo
10. Berlitz (Irregular Disco Workers Remix) – 1982
11. Swing Star (Part 2) – Todd Terje
12. Animal Dreams – Sapphire Slows

xxooxx

Jan 19 / Shari

GREAT TASTE DEPENDANCE

A special mixtape from a special woman. Introducing Dependance, our very good friend from Hamburg. She’s got seriously good taste and we just adore her style. She says her heart and dedication is found in djing… We agree. She’s got full support from The Number 20.

!!!  3 Raki ‘s on the Roundtable Mix !!!

1. A2 Doctor Dru & Adana Twins – Supreme
2. Parallel Dance Ensemble – Shopping Cart
3. Marius – Glow Of Filter & Dub (Dicky Trisco Version)
4. Sei A – Frozen Flower (Midland Remix)
5. Cosmic Kids – Reginalds Groove (CLASSIXX Remix)
6. Mind Fair – Kerrys Scene (Fernando Remix)
7. Dj T – Philly (Edit)
8. Lee Foss – U Got Me – Original Mix
9. Connan Mockasin – Faking Jazz Together (M Mayer Remix)
10. Solomun – He Is Watching You (Original Mix)
11. Bocca Grande – Below My Hands (Original Mix)
12. Theo Parrish – Slowly Surely

Jan 12 / Vari

SKATEBÅRD

Bård Aasen Lødemel, aka Skatebård is our first mini interview victim / subject of 2012. This is the start of the 4th year of our blog, and why not start it off with a big fucking BANG of an interview! ;-) Our writing skills have basically stayed the same for 4 years, and so have we (sort of), we still just speak our minds and write what we feel the music brings us… We don’t really try too hard to be anything other than us, we know what we like and we do what we do well! That’s how we roll… OK Ok so enough about us. Skatebård is one of Shari & Vari’s all time favorite modern – synth italo masters. This talented Norwegian got our attention back in 2006 when he released his album Midnight Magic on his own label Digitalo Enterprises. This album really had all we needed and wanted, his tracks kept us dancing in many of our crazy Shari & Vari music nights (mornings)… His music just makes you wanna dance or just take a seat and enjoy… Dream a little, play the air synth, relax a bit more and maybe pretend that you are controlling a spaceship (which we do by the way!). His production, remixes and mix-tapes all speak for themselves. To round this up; Bård is seriously talented and his music makes us ever so happy. Oh! Aaand guess what, the track he has given us is seriously killer! To be expected…!! And RIGHT NOW is the world premier of this beautiful Mungolian Jetset remix… YES!


MUNGOLIAN JETSET – WE ARE THE SHINING (SKATEBÅRD RMX)

MINI INTERVIEW

How would you describe your sound?

Warm, but also very synthetic. If it was a colour: Red.

Who has been the biggest musical influence on your life?

Oh, it’s very hard to point out one person. Don’t think I can.

Name three of your favorite records old or new?

These are kind of random records, the first three that came to mind from my top 500 or so list: Sensitive – Driving, Massimiliano Pagliara – Focus for Infinity, Tangerine Dream – Ricochet. Not totally random since they were the first to spring to mind, of course!

Out of your body of work what is your favorite track and why?


I would say Gamle Furutrær, because it has the deepness, atmosphere and sound that I’m looking for. (Sorry to use these clichéd expressions).

What is your second favorite thing after music? 



How did you know music was first? Hehe. Em, record sleeves is the second favorite thing. Or music videos. Or clothes.

Whats on your radar right now?

I will do a club series in Bergen along with the Ekko festival main man, and I have a few remixes being released soon, on Full Pupp, Sauroid and more. Plus I’m planning a couple of underground vinyl 12-inches.

What’s the wildest moment you’ve experienced in your musical career so far? 



The strangest thing was to play in a classroom full of taxidermy birds and animals. That was strange, but a more wild and also good experience was to play a Skatebård live set in front of 4000 people at the Pitchfork Stage on Primavera Sound Festival.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Black jeans.

What turns you on?

Being hungover.

What’s at the top of your shit list?

Noise. The kind of nagging noise that can come from neighbors or the street.

++ Check out more Skatebård on Juno & Soundcloud

  Skatebård - Skatebard@fm4laboumdeluxe 2011-10-14 

Jan 12 / Shari

ROXY TODD

Thursday afternoons listening is Roxy Music’s 1975 single “Love Is The Drug” disco dubified by one of our faves Todd Terje. Keep an ear out, it’s gonna be available soon… Oh and the flipside will feature a rework of Roxy’s “Avalon”, by fellow Norwegians Lindstrom and Prins Thomas. We like.

Love is the Drug – Todd Terje Disco Dub [CAN'T WAIT?]

Jan 9 / Shari

AWAKE AGAIN

 

Hellooooo we hope you had a relaxing Christmas with the people you love and a fucking wicked New Years! Shari & Vari have been chilling out, recharging our batteries, playing it cool in both Paris and Oslo, but now we’re back!!! Ohhhhh and we are sooooo excited to see, hear and feel what 2012 is going to bring us musically! YEAH! Much love always S&V XOXO

Todd Terje – Inspector Norse [Buy It!]

Mathieu Clé – To Begin With [Buy It!]

1BLIP2 – Alone (Pete Gooding) [Buy It!]

The Warm Signal – Faded Love [Buy It!]

Azoto – Havah Nagilah (Prins Thomas & Todd Terje Mix) [Download It!]

Diynamic Radioshow – Solomun Mix [Download It!]

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