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New Single From The Crystal Ark & Tour Dates


Gavin Russom, the grand wizard of DFA Records, has been hard at work after the release of his debut LP as The Crystal Ark. Teaming up with Ecuadorian art freak Viva Ruiz and a team of  international bouncing frog-suit people, Russom is set to spread his voodoo to more distant corners this spring and has released a new single (with free download) in celebration.

“Rain” starts off very LCD Soundsystem-ish. Flat, dry drums with a monotonous and repetitive synth putzing along in the background. Once the percussion picks up we’re treating to a whole new type of beast. As stolen from another blog, these percussive elements include Afro-Cuban batá drumming and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religious music. Yup, sounds complicated enough to not do any fact checking on that.

The mini-tour will see them heading to such exotic southern locations as Mexico City and Albuquerque. I hope their passports are in order. They also have two dates opening for Hot Chip in NYC and Washington DC.

Grab the single above and look out for the upcoming remixes. And if they come through your city don’t be scared, they’re just New Yorkers.

Tour Dates:
2/27 – Mexico City, MX @ MN Roy*
2/28 – Mexico City, MX @ Club Social Rhodesia (DJ Set)
3/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine*
3/02 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar*
3/06 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
3/07 – Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room*
3/08 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter*
4/09 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom w/ Hot Chip (DJ Set)
4/10 – Washington DC @ 9:30 club w/ Hot Chip*
5/18 – Mexico City, MX @ Dangerbeats Festival*
* live

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Les Rocket – Last Space Train (Video)

Cosmic-Space-Disco from 1976.

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Ikea Hooks Up Harry Love

Hey Ikea, my place is a mess too. Call me up.

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Storm Queen – Look Right Through

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Marcel King – Reach For Love (New York Remix)


A Factory Records classic from 1985 and it’s full of boogie. Originally from Machnester, Marcel was lead vocalist for the 70′s pop outfit Sweet Sensation. The group broke up around 1977 and it wasn’t until 1984 that Marcel tried to make a comeback. Produced by Donald Johnson of A Certain Ratio and Bernard Sumner of New Order, “Reach For Love” has been a stand out among the always great Factory Records catalogue however it never found any commercial success.

It’s a classic tune: funky synth bassline, tons of percussion layers in the background and some classic pop lyrics. You can really hear Donald Johnson’s touch in a lot of places. The tom drum/white-noise-sweep breakdown is great touch. Just a general, feel good, dancey tune. The “New York Remix” that we have here was done by Mark Kamins who is noted for helping launch the career of some slag named Madonna.

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Rainbow Team – Dreaming


Slow grooving Italo with a popping electric bass line, sharp strings and sensual vocals from Rainbow Team’s 1981 release on Full Time Records. The song was produced by the Cavalieri brothers, Maurice and Tommy, who had their hand in all sorts of Italo productions through the early 80′s. Maurice was also in seminal Italo group Firefly while Tommy has continued on in the engineering world, working with current Italian pop stars.

Doesn’t seem to be much info out there on Rainbow Team other than the song being featured on Strut Records’ Essential Italo Disco Classics compilation as well as Hercules & Love Affairs’ Sidetracked DJ mix. A classic, soulful slow-jam none the less. 

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