Here are all of daftmonk's jams.
by Sterling Void
"Generations will come and go/But there's one thing for sure/Music is our life's foundation/And shall succeed all the nations" Sterling Void's house classic, perhaps better known as covered by Pet Shop Boys, is my final jam. I've had a lovely time sharing and discovering music with everyone here over the past 2 & 3/4 years. I will miss TIMJ, but it's going to be alright.
Jammed: 29th Aug 2015
by Courtney Barnett
It will be sad to see TIMJ go because all of you have been my primary way of discovering music for the past couple of years. I've found great tracks like this one from Courtney Barnett that have been outside of what I normally pay attention to, but still completely amazing. Thanks everyone.
Jammed: 25th Aug 2015
by The Chemical Brothers
Similar to Jacques Cousteau, the Chemical Brothers are exploring the depths of the sea with Q-Tip on their latest single. The video is highly recommended (https://youtu.be/LO2RPDZkY88) but doesn't seem to be able to be posted here now.
Jammed: 10th Aug 2015
by Calvin Harris f/Haim
While I love the original, I've really wanted to jam this because it sounds like exactly like remixes did in the first half of the 90s. Given that @Olimite has declared this #remixweek I really just had to do it.
Jammed: 6th Jul 2015
by Anne Dudley & Jaz Coleman
#ABCsOfMe Z: Anne Dudley of Art of Noise and Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke made an album of world music together back at the start of the 90s. It's one of my favorite gems that is undiscovered by nearly everyone else.
Jammed: 26th Mar 2015
by Bizarre Inc.
#ABCsOfMe X: Bizarre Inc. were one of the few rave acts to release an album on a major label in the US in the pre-electronica phase (aka before 1997). While I was familiar with their excellent track "Playing With Knives" I only picked up their album "Energique" in the last couple of years after finding it in a 50 cent bin. I've probably listened to the album twice. It's that hard to find songs that start with an "x".
Jammed: 21st Mar 2015
by Daft Punk
#ABCsOfMe V: I first heard Daft Punk by way of their remix of The Chemical Brother's "Life Is Sweet" in a friend's dorm room and I was hooked. My hipster street cred was assured when I bought "Homework" the day it was released on import, but "Discovery" is my favorite album of theirs.
Jammed: 15th Mar 2015
by The Chemical Brothers
#ABCsOfMe U: I came fully on board with The Chemical Brothers right about when their "Loops Of Fury" EP was released, but "Surrender" is my favorite album from them. I do love that this song is often listed on the internet as "bass test".
Jammed: 13th Mar 2015
by New Order
#ABCsOfMe T: The oft-maligned "Republic" was the first New Order album they released since I had become a fan, the last one they would release with their classic line-up and one with an eight year silence from the band following it's release. It's been one of my favorites and it's the deeper cuts I enjoy the most.
Jammed: 10th Mar 2015
#ABCsOfMe S: Often dismissed as a Depeche Mode clone, Camouflage made a dedicated move into techno pop at the time that DM became the electronic grunge band that they still are today. This album was never released in the US, but it got some airplay on Live 105 in the Bay Area and I'm still somewhat obsessed with it.
Jammed: 8th Mar 2015
by The Farm
#ABCsOfMe R: Am I the only person I've ever met that thinks this should have been a major hit? Perhaps. While I own plenty of CD singles, this was one of my first and it may have colored my perceptions.
Jammed: 5th Mar 2015
by La Roux
#ABCsOfMe Q: One of the absolute gems of the electropop revival of the 2000s, I adore La Roux's debut album. It's solid front top to bottom and it's hard to find a stronger single than "Quickstand" on any album. Also, my hair tends to look a bit La Roux when I wake up.
Jammed: 2nd Mar 2015
#ABCsOfMe P: Dubstar's "Disgraceful" (which never was released in the US) is one of my all time favorite albums. Their music fell somewhere between the (Brit)rock world Cocteau Twins & The Smiths and the synthpop of Pet Shop Boys with strong songwriting with plenty of hooks to back them up. It's hard to fall more in the center of my musical taste and they also had some great rave-y remixes to sweeten the deal. I was convinced that everyone would love them if they gave them the chance, so I ended up buying this album for a couple of other people and I'm not sure they loved it as much as I did. Shame on them.
Jammed: 28th Feb 2015
#ABCsOfMe O: My personal discovery of Yaz, I'm an American so they aren't Yazoo to me, came by way of searching out Vince Clarke's music after becoming a fan of Erasure and Depeche Mode in my high school years. "Upstairs At Eric's" is one of my all time favorite albums, and it has songs like "Situation" and "Only You" which I immediately recognized from my childhood. Their follow-up album "You and Me Both" isn't as immediate, but contains this gem which brings together the strengths of Alison Moyet's voice and songwriting with Clarke's arrangement that sounds a bit experimental. I keep holding out hope for a third album...
Jammed: 24th Feb 2015
#ABCsOfMe N: The terrible movie "Cool World" has an impressive soundtrack that bridged different periods in my musical taste. It's got David Bowie, Electronic, the last track the Thompson Twins released and it formally introduced me to Moby. Two of his singles, including his long time show opener "Ah-Ah", were included and helped convince me that I actually enjoyed "techno". Later, I would realize that thanks to Steve Masters Modern Mixes on Live 105 I was familiar with several of his remixes and his early work as UHF and Voodoo Child, but my road to Moby fandom began with these two tracks.
Jammed: 21st Feb 2015
#ABCsOfMe M: There is a theory that I subscribe to that Kraftwerk are the backbone of all modern electronic music. There are strands of their DNA in electropop, electronica and hip hop, so it may not come as a surprise that I went through a serious phase of obsessing over their musique.
Jammed: 15th Feb 2015
by Dub Pistols
#ABCsOfMe K: Dub Pistols "Point Blank" is one of these albums that I've listened to a great deal. However, this is something different: the remix that got away. I regret not picking up the 12" the one time I saw it because it may have the best use of a Beastie Boys sample ever.
Jammed: 11th Feb 2015
by Oingo Boingo
#ABCsOfMe J: I first heard this song on cassette at a friend's house as the opening track to Oingo Boingo's biggest album "Dead Man's Party", but soon after I fell in love with it when "Best O'Boingo" was one of the first 10 albums I owned. Their music is really wired into my DNA and their fan club is the only one I joined because they were the only American band I loved (I just couldn't work out the postage situation as a teenager).
Jammed: 10th Feb 2015
by Utah Saints
#ABCsOfMe I: I don't know that I can make a case for this being an objectively great track, but Utah Saints first album was the first techno album I bought. They had a habit of basing their tracks around samples of the biggest hook of a track, sort of like they were the original Swedish House Mafia, but this is a little bit different since they took some guitar from a Slayer track.
Jammed: 9th Feb 2015
by Ian Dury & The Blockheads
#ABCsOfMe H: I have a soft spot for bonkers tracks. I must have heard this on Live 105 at some point, but I really fell in love with "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" when it was one of the Just Can't Get Enough compilations.
Jammed: 8th Feb 2015
by Supreme Beings Of Leisure
#ABCsOfMe G: On the Venn diagram of my musical taste, this features the intersection of solid songs, James Bond guitar and trip hop beats. I was really taken with Supreme Beings Of Leisure self-titled album and ended up listening to it more than anything else released during that year. Well, maybe a there was a Daft Punk album that caught my ear...
Jammed: 6th Feb 2015
#ABCsOfMe F: I was one of the first people to play "Firestarter" on the radio in the US. Months before I had rediscovered Prodigy by way of "Voodoo People" and had realized that I already knew "Charly" and "Everybody In The Place" from them. When the Mute 12" came in to my local Tower Records I picked it up blind and was floored by it because it was so different than everything else out there. I was doing a college radio show at the time so I gave it a spin that week. It took about a year before it was re-released on Madonna's Maverick records as a cd single and eventually on the number one album in the US, but it was interesting seeing the song come out of nowhere and become the game changing hit it is.
Jammed: 3rd Feb 2015
#ABCsOfMe E: Recoil's "Bloodline" is one of those albums that is so much more important to me than anyone else. It was the first Depeche Mode related release since I had become a fan (which involved me discovering "Violator" last, but that's a different story) and I was sort of obsessed with it for a very long time. Maybe it's because my record collection was much smaller, but I know this album from back to front even though I don't love the whole thing. "Edge To Life" introduced me to Toni Halliday, has a great beat, backwards sounds, and has spoken samples in a language I don't understand. A winning combination.
Jammed: 1st Feb 2015
by The Cure
#ABCsOfMe C: I first heard this song on the my mom's favorite radio station ("playing the best of the 60's, 70's and today") while being driven to elementary school. Some years later, I had to reconcile hearing it in that context with The Cure's goth image. It's still a bit odd to me.
Jammed: 28th Jan 2015
by Pet Shop Boys
#ABCsOfMe B: "Being Boring" opens my favorite album "Behavior" in a blur of synthetic wind and wah guitars providing an appropriate melancholy backdrop for a song that laments lost friends.
Jammed: 24th Jan 2015
I'm so late to the party that it's over, but I thought I'd offer my take on #ABCsOfMe by going by song title. "Post" is one of my all time favorite albums, and this subtle tune got me into it.
Jammed: 23rd Jan 2015
Way Out West did a couple of amazing remixes of tunes from Dubstar's spectacular "Disgraceful" album. Perhaps, this is my favorite remix of a cover.
Jammed: 6th Jan 2015
The good folks managing CHVRCHES decided to release what appears to be the first single from their second album maybe a week after their track featured on the new Hunger Games soundtrack was released. It seems to have gotten a bit lost which is a shame since it is as solid as expected.
Jammed: 9th Dec 2014
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