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Monday Mixtapes #1 // 11 March 2013 – The downfall of mankind

Here’s something new I’m doing. Instead of including music into “The Curated Day” – I’m going to do music posts as a separate post every Monday. Just some incredible music to get you through the rest of the week. If you want to pass music to me, I think you can do it via my soundcloud (soundcloud.com/litford)

This week is an all-female cast, which happened purely by coincidence. I think it’s great that we’re seeing more women performing electronica. I have to admit that I’m naturally drawn to male singer-songwriters because I identify more with the masculine traits of their songwriting, but there’s something about these tracks that highlight a deftness in their arrangements. I hope you like it!

Feel free to send me tracks you think I should listen to.

TOKiMONSTA – Go With It (Feat. MNDR)

TOKiMONSTA drops a new RnB-flavoured bomb that’ll have you boppin’ along with your hands trying to stay still.

Take – Horizontal Figuration (TOKiMONSTA Remix)

This one’s a remix by TOKiMONSTA, and I just love the way she lays down the bass in anything that she does, whether its production or remix. There’s such a distinct flavour and I hope you can taste it as well.

Lana Del Ray – Born To Die (Monsieur Adi Remix)

Didn’t think I’d ever like a Lana Del Ray number (I blame my elitist mentality), but when I heard this track come on, I thought someone had remixed Stevie Nicks. I’m glad to be surprised, and this is an easy reason to be pleasantly surprised.

Inch Chua – Artful Dodger

A new song by Inch Chua who’s been spending some time in LA. I’ve been curious as to how she’s been growing in a scene away from Singapore, and I’m impressed by the maturity of this arrangement. The simple accents and nuances found in her songwriting and arrangements hearten me that she’s learning so much and giving back so much.

tokimonsta-ilo

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Sunny Rainbow Days

8-bit adventure time

I think I over-extended my Christmas break from blogging, both before and during, so I’ll make up by being consistent again with the after.

I’ll admit, blogging is a bit boring for me right now, even with the curated day series. Mainly because curation is just so boring when it’s content out there that is easily available and all it takes is for bloggers like us to re-assemble there here. I suppose the things I have going to keep this going is that most of the content I highlight here tends to be rather niche, and that I still get to share my opinions in this section.

I do wish that I had more time, energy or resources to have more opinion pieces but crafting text is quite a time-sink. Something I’m sure you can appreciate if you’ve done this before.

Well, enough whining, this isn’t what it’s about. I hope you enjoy today’s Curated Day!

READ

A Big Misunderstanding

A good read if you want some analysis of how Apple changed the game for selling personal computers.

Apple is not selling caviar against cheese and crackers. They’re selling better-tasting cheese and crackers, and all you have to do is come into their store and taste some to believe for yourself. Anyone who believes Apple is about to have the rug pulled out from under the iPhone and iPad by commoditized Android devices should spend a few minutes inside an Apple retail store this holiday week.

TNV: Maurice Simon “The Rise of Female Model-DJs”

I don’t care much for Model-DJs and the way they look more than the music they spin, or how they spin it. I probably find most of what I’ve heard so far to be the same, mundane boring dance music, and I don’t really care much for scantly clad women parading behind a console. No, honestly.

I love what TOKIMONSTA said in a podcast, that as a female DJ, she doesn’t want to cut the queue just because she’s a girl. I respect that, even though I recognise that not many people take female musicians seriously enough, or put them in a certain box. She probably has more aptitude for taste then most of these Model-DJs anyways.

However, the other side exists too. There are many performers and artists in the electronic music circuit who are genuinely focused on their craft.
Unless as a female DJ, you were booked to play a gig at a themed or private party, it’s kind of over the top to be Djing at a club in your bikini or lingerie isn’t it?
To put things into perspective – Maya Jane Coles, Sister Bliss, Ellen Allien and many other top global female DJs wouldn’t be caught dead performing in a playboy bunny suit with neon pink headphones strapped to their necks.
These ladies are renowned for their excellent technical and creative skills. They have an innate ability in expressing their craft in a genuine and compelling way. Their credibility comes from the unique genres of music that they play at dance clubs and festivals.

LISTEN

Underwater (Cherry Chan x Kiat Remix) – Monster Cat

A real pleasant surprise from Monster Cat and the head honchos of Syndicate! If you thought the original Monster Cat was a brand of dark folk, Cherry Chan and Kiat turn this number into a glitchy after-dark horror party.

The Amen Project – Syndicate

More Christmas-y festivities with a whole album from Syndicate and their stable of artists! My personal favourite probably goes to Izak Stern, so maybe you could fast forward to that and chekkit.

WATCH

Whipping Post – Allman Brothers

From 1970.

Adventure Time: Video Game Intro

From 2012 with a 1980′s twist.

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Event // SYNDICATE x BRAINFEEDER MONO / POLY

SYNDICATE x BRAINFEEDER

Looks like I’m breaking the chain of the blog-freeze with some more news from the Syndicate camp. I know I’ve been blogging a lot of news regarding what the fine folk at Syndicate do, but I do think that their events and ideas are some of the more interesting ones that happen here in Singapore.

Anyway, they’re teaming up with Brainfeeder, this Saturday, 7 June, for a night of head-crunching bass over at Home Club. It sounds like an absolute blast, so here y’go, a trailer for the event after the listings.

Oh, and the party’s proudly supported by the good folk over at Obey SG.

//DETAILS//
Home Presents:
SYNDICATE x BRAINFEEDER

Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder, LA)
Digga Man Dope (Live)
SYNDICATE residents Kiat / Sammy Panamuga / Koflow / Gema
plus special guests
Visuals by BRANDON TAY

7 July 2012, Saturday
10PM – 4AM
Home Club
20 Upp Circular Road, The Riverwalk, Singapore
Admission: $15 (with 1 drink)

//TRAILER//

HOME PRESENTS SYNDICATE VS BRAINFEEDER : SINGAPORE EDITION from SyndicateSG on Vimeo.

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