The 100 Greatest Dance Records, Kool Thing, First Rate People & the best in new music

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The 100 Greatest Dance Records
Starting at 1965, DJ History compiles a century of songs that are the finest examples of making people move comprising of artists like Shirley Ellis, James Brown, Donna Summer, The Clash, Model 500, Underworld and Major Lazer. There’s also a Spotify playlist.
http://www.djhistory.com/features/100-greatest-dance-records

Kool Thing
From Sydney and Dublin via Berlin comes Julie Chance and Jon Dark armed with synthesizers, guitar and an art-dance ethos. Listen to The Sign and wait for it to kick in. Gratifying.
bit.ly/koolthing

First Rate People
Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art is a gentle and catchy dance-rocking tune from Canadians First Rate People. The technical term is an earworm. The whole EP is also a free download from Bandcamp and it includes the uplifting autotune-assisted Summer Job.
firstratepeople.bandcamp.com
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“Staring at crotches should be my only problem.” – links of the week

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The 75 best and 20 worst Life Magazine covers of all-time.

“Staring at crotches should be my only problem.” – Irish pop culture writer Louise Bruton highlights the lack of accessibility in Dublin music venues.

The definition of puppy dog eyes.

A US tourist claims she captured the image of Jesus on the Cliffs of Moher.

The Passion Of The Weiss’ 50 best rap producers of all-time.

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Poppin’ Slo Mo

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Watch breakdancers defy gravity in slow motion and feel totally inadequate because the closest you’ve come to that kind of dextrous physical contact is banging your knee off the bed in the dark this morning.

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Music hacks and unknown tracks: Drinkify, Bohemian Rhapsichord, the Unknown Untitled project…

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With all the hundreds and thousands places to discover new music online, it was inevitable that some clever clogs would come up with a way of injecting some mystery and excitement into what , is now, a fast-paced information-heavy music stream. Step forward, the actual clever clogs operators of Unknown-Untitled.com who of course, are themselves anonymous internet mischief-makers.

The concept is a simple and welcome one. Using a Soundcloud page, the Unknown Untitled project organisers upload a song from an electronic artist with no artist or track info. After 14 days, the artist info is announced meaning you listen to the song without any preconceptions or notions. It’s like radio except you deliberatly have to wait two weeks to find out what that song is you liked. Artists involved so far are drawn from London scene with names like Mak & Pasteman, Beau and Blacksmif but quality is high even if artist names are not. Team #Unknown, as they call themselves are hoping to expand the concept into an old school vinyl release next year.
Speaking of novel ideas, the latest Music Hack Day where developers get together and build cool music apps for the future took place in Boston last week. 56 notable, useful, small and silly apps were generated in the short timeframe. For example: Mustachiness creates a moustache images out of song waveforms just in time for Movember, Spartify makes Spotify party playlists easy, Snuggle synchronises the internet’s greatest medium the Animated GIF to music and Bohemian Rhapsichord turns Queen’s famous hit into an instrument. You can see all 56 Music Hack Day ideas and apps at bit.ly/bostonhacks.
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