Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas From MakerooM

Merry Christmas, don't shoot your eye out. Post resume in the new year.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I don't usually post too many songs at once, as it tends to overwhelm some listeners, and the songs don't all get heard. But I came across this compilation of Japanese tracks, and the opener, by producer Righteous totally caught my...ear.

I followed up a bit and was left stunned by three different, but well crafted songs. Jazz in nature, but with elements of house and Hip-Hop used in the most organic of ways. The B/W videos are also very effective. I can only seem to find 4 tunes by this producer, but with music like this I'll take what I can get.

Get Righteous.

Midnight Muse - Righteous MP3

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ooh La La - Faces

Ooh La La - Faces by Clay

I wish that I knew what I know now, but when I was younger.

Ooh La La - Faces

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Light From Your Mac - The Rakes

Been big fans of The Rakes since their first ep came out in '05. Strasbourg was blaring over the loud speaker in the record store, and I thought it was the Ramones, but angrier and British. Capture/Release was filled with wit, hooks, and had great detail in the lyrics. You could feel the hangover just from listening to the songs. Other highlights, are Work Work Work (Pub, Club, Sleep), Retreat and 22 Grand Job. This tune from their 3rd release, Klang is bittersweet. They bring some zeal to these songs, recalling The Strokes, The White Stripes, and countless nights of too many and too much. But after they released this album the band has unfortunately called it quits.

The Light From Your Mac by KL8TON

The Rakes - The Light From Your Mac

Saturday, December 5, 2009

What You Need - Priors [extended mix]

France's Priors out "Falke" Fred Falke.
Priors - What You Need (Extended Mix) by MakerooM

What You Need - Priors

Times Two - Unrelated Gimmick Post

Ahh the gimmick post. Quite frankly, I would rather not post anything then reach for gimmicky songs that I don't have a genuine connection to. But I have been obsessed with one of these two songs,(Sly & the Fam)for a long, long time. I happened across the other one,(Doris Troy), while hunting down alternate versions of the first one, follow? So this gimmick, is forgivable. At least by my logic.
They are both very soulful tunes. Doris Troy belts through the dense Sam Cooke-ish symphonics, with a tune somewhat unchained. Sly let's the mourning organ/mellotron & wah-wah guitar simmer up and cushion his throaty, emotive voice, until the whole thing almost boils over. Thankfully it never does.
As time slips through our fingers, both this man and woman are telling us to hold on tight.

Time by Clay

Time - Sly and the Family Stone

Time by Clay

Time - Doris Troy

Note* In addition to the YSI links below the music player, readers may click on the downward facing arrow on the right hand side of the player to download the songs directly to their desktop. Feel free to let me know if there are any links not working.

Friday, December 4, 2009

LA Nocturne - Daedelus

When have The Smashing Pumpkins ever been so fly??

LA Nocturne - Daedelus

Sunday, November 29, 2009

10 Mile Stereo - Beach House

Teen Dream is shaping up to be one of the best releases of the year.
Thick slabs of soaring guitar, rich organ, wave crashing cymbals, and hypnotic Casio beats envelope leadsinger Victoria LeGrande's smokey voice. The BPM's are waaay higher than previous releases with the subtle style change suiting them perfectly.
Beach House is almost impossible not to like.

10 Mile Stereo by Clay

Ten Mile Stereo - Beach House

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Walk In The Park - Beach House

Colossally lush production from Beach House's Teen Dream LP, due early 2010.
The best song since summer. Expecting big things...
Walk In The Park by Clay

Walk In The Park - Beach House

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Spectacle Wins - Only Fools And Horses (Holy Ghost)

This sprawling spaced out disco gets drenched in lavish milky warm synths. With a funk line to give the Law & Order theme a run for it's money. Almost perfect.
Spectacle Wins by Clay

Spectacle Wins - Only Fools and Horses (Holy Ghost Remix)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

They Don't Want It - Electric Wire Hustle

Feel good neo-soul that would have both J Dilla and Marvin bobbin'their heads. EWH put to rest the claims that the only good things from NZ are middle earth and burgular proof windows. Here we go..

They Don't Want It - EWH

Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap

Sweet Disposition by MakerooM

Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap

Under The Sheets - Ellie Goulding (Baby Monster rmx)

Like Cindy Lauper getting her heartbroken on the dancefloor.
Under The Sheets (Baby Monster Remix) by make_room_4_KL8N

Under The Sheets - Ellie Goulding X Baby Monster

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Love Cry - Four Tet (Joy Orbison Remix)

More Dub-Step awesomeness from the amazingly named Joy Orbison.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hurricane Waters - Citizen Cope

A very underrated talent. Citizen Cope has been flirting with stardom for a few years now. His awesome Bullet and A Target was sampled by Rhymefest, and Hurricane Waters was used to great effect in Trouble The Water, a heartbreaking Hurricane Katrina documentary. He ultimately makes pop music, but with an almost reggaesque sing songy delivery, his tunes are filled with elements recalling Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, Lynard Skynard. But this melee of styles comes together perfectly on both these standout tracks.
Hear for yourself.

Hurricane Waters - Citizen Cope

Bullet and A Target - Citizen Cope

Friday, November 6, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Change of Heart - El Perro Del Mar

I think I am about two blog posts away from an honorary Swedish passport, but El Perro Del Mar's Change of Heart is not to be denied. A thick bass lick and some distanced pianos tread the line between propulsion and heartache. Her pleading makes way for distorted guitars, tense drums and an off-kilter melody that sounds as sad as it does hopeful. A slick production that takes it's time and lets that chorus sink down under your skin. From Love is Not Pop.

Change Of Heart - El Perro Del Mar

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Open For Business

New music starting this Monday. Welcome back. MakerooM is hoping "real life" never interferes again. See you next week suckers....


Monday, September 21, 2009

Gone till November

MakerooM will be back with new posts in November. Until then, peruse the back catalogue. Re-ups upon request. Peace

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kanslor - Avner

Avner - kanslor by MakerooM

This is the best song I can't sing along to, this year. Sincerely Yours's Avner covers Daniel Johnston, to stunning effect.

Kanslor - Avner

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Prayer - Kid Cudi

Old news, I know. This guy bugs me, but this song doesn't suck. Over hyped and marginally skilled cleveland emcee Cudi flips Band Of Horses's(??)Funeral into moving emo rap.

The Prayer - Kid Cudi left click

Monday, September 7, 2009

Do Your Best - John Maus

Do Your Best by MakerooM

Dreamy box-steppin slow motion pop from John Maus. Can be found in the trailer for indie flick Lying.

Do Your Best - John Maus (left click)

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Yes Ma'am - Visti & Meyland Trentemoller Remix

Danish wunderkind Trentemoller gets all lickety split with haunted bluesy sing-alongs. The sampled chants of some ol'time lady wanting her man to buy her shit, is in one way, very hip-hop or modern, but the ghostly recording puts it through the devil machine. The twisting of the bass, and what sounds like a broken accordion, is both funky and haunted. Moby tried this blues-sample and beats way back in the day, but this is something else, something wicked, this ways comes. Seriously hot. Don't sleep.
Yes Maam (All Nite Long) (Trentem by KL8TON

Visti & Meyland - Yes Ma'am (Left Click)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Mirror Edge - XV ft GLC Bun B (Benzi rmx)

Heavy cheese factor, but there is just something about this ecstatic rap genre that gets me. Bun B saves the day over heavy heavy 808's.

Mirrors Edge

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Inside River - Kaito

A long time fav from the Kompakt label, Japan's Kaito makes heartbroken, wistful techno. But on Inside River, Kaito takes a lively, beatboxing, two step and intertwines in with the sadness of his (sometimes overwrought) crystal clean techno. The contrast between the layers of feeling is perfect, and I can say without exaggeration, that I have bounced along to this tune a hundred times. Let it propel you forward, to either heartbreak or joy.
Inside River by KL8TON

Kaito - Inside River

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Shooting Star - Bag Raiders [kris menace remix]

Another ultra classy remix from Kris Menace. He and Fred Falke should just remix the entire interweb. Shooting Star blends old with new, like a tune from the 2080's. Gorgeous synths, twinkling piano, and an understated vocal flutter on a feather-lite track. Waaay to short.
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars (Kris Menace Remix) by KL8TON

Shooting Star - Bag Raiders [krismenaceremix]

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes - Cassius K.S remix

Sirens wailing through the walls of a club, jammed with youth simmering in a frenzy. French House legends Cassius emerge and get doused with heat, jack hammered beats and synth squiggles from another planet. And amongst the decadence, all they can do is shout out their rebellion.
Cassius - Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes (K.S 'Higher State of Consciousnes of Da Funk' remix) by KL8TON

Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes - Cassius (K.S Higher State Of Da Funk remix)

Here is a Gummo'd fan vid for the original.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Shore Leave - John Hammond (Tom Waits cover)

Long time favorite. The amount of imagery in this twisted Rhumba is amazing. Like a heartbreak nightmare, while passed out drunk at a beach side pool bar.
Shore Leave by MakerooM

From Wicked Grin.

Shore Leave - John Hammond

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Basic Space - The XX (in-house remix)

Not quite as on point as the Pariah remix, but here are a couple of remixes for The XX's Basic Space. Eagerly awaiting this release...

Space Bass Jamie remix - Basic Space

M.A.T.H.E.S remix- Basic Space

Monday, August 10, 2009

Keyshia Cole - Paper Route Gangstaz

New single from PRG'Z, is more vibey drug rap. Their Mad Decent release was so original, it's almost like an entire new rap genre. Spaced Out Pill Rap sounds about right to me.

Paper Route Gangstaz - Keyshia Cole

From their Fear and Loathing in Huntsvegas..

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Warm Heart Of Africa - The Very Best (remixes)

I really liked the original track from The Very Best, with VeeDub's lead singer fulfilling the Graceland prophecy hinted at in his own band's Afropopin' full length.
Here Architecture In Helsinki rework this as a clarinet-swing-synth jaunt. I don't know if it's cuz it's the last few weekends I can truly call summer, but this tune is full of joy. Positivity getting goofy, and it works.

MP3 Warm Heart Of Africa - Architecture In Helsinki Remix

The Metronomy remix is also good. With it's auto-tuned squawk, and cinematic bombast over Daft Punk house grooves and vocoder guitar. It spills out on to the dancefloor more than the other two tunes. Not much Warm Heart left in this one, but it's worth it's 3 minutes.

MP3 Warm Heart Of Africa - Metronomy Remix

And in case you live in a cave.. You can get the original here.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Choking Kind - ZZ Hill

A MakerooM favorite for sometime. The criminally overlooked ZZ Hill puts his stamp on what was once a country tune, but you'd never guess from the northern soul soak permeating through this revengeful jam. Romantic, paranoid and vicious, just the way love should be. Or at least any love worth singing about.

ZZ Hill - Choking Kind

Madlib headz will know Hill's That Ain't The Way You Make Love , used to perfection on Madvillian's Fancy Clown.

Madvillain - Fancy Clown Instrumental

Today Was A Good Day - Nike Skateboards

A short film for NIKE SB that features Ice Cube and Kobe Bryant. Rather well done.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dominos - The Big Pink

Huge anthem from London's The Big Pink. Not exactly classy, but with a chorus as catchy as this one, you can do whatever the hell you want...

MP3 The Big Pink - Dominos [right click]

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

To Feel Every Touch - Seb

More sublime electro-pop from London by way of the middle east's Seb.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Place Des Fetes

This breaks my heart, everytime.

News For You - Seb

A stunner of a love song. An almost overly economical electro-pop tune. Highlight is Seb's "I'm still in love with you", baiting and switching all the bravado that came before it.
Truly deep pop.

News For You [right click]

Friday, July 31, 2009

3 Tunes - Washed Out

A repost with the New Theory tune, but the Washed Out invasion of my stereo demands it. Fuzzy summer time jams that keep the kitsch in check. Just got some good exposure over at PTCHFRK so they should be on the up and up. Here are MakerooM's top three.

New Theory - Feel It All Around - You'll See

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

MDMAzing - Lee Frank

A track from late last year's Lee Frank, Electronic Frank release. MDMAzing is warm techno with huge synths and it's drug filled heart on it's sleeve. Paid a lot of attention to this tune last year, and has had a ahem* relapse as of late. Very deep tune.

mdmazing - lee frank

Monday, July 27, 2009

Love In July - Sally Shapiro

A slick orchestral remix of Sally Shapiro's upcoming "Love In July".
This is class.

Love In July (right click, via Big Stereo)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Moderne Love - Unai

A bit of an older tune from Italian producer Unai. This has been a mixtape staple for a couple of years. Dirty strings and tweaked dub squeaks filter in and out of the uber-slick bassline. The groove lurching forward, slows up first to let in the dub flecked breakdown and then the smoked out chant of "Moderne Love" builds on it's steadily stacking sounds. Totally overlooked.

Moderne Love - Unai

Le Vent Nous Portera - Noir Desir (Rubber Room Rerub)

Rubber Room re-edit of French rock band Noir D├ęsir's 2001 song "Le Vent Nous Portera"
From the Mindless Boogie label. A very good tune.

Le Vent

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Where Were U In 92' - ZOMBY

Here is the title track from Zomby's Where Were U In 92'?

Where Were U In 92'?

For Agent 13 - The Besnard Lakes

F.A.13 off of Besnard Lakes "The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse". The guys are rockers from MTL and have some lateral connection with Arcade Fire. It's a shame this album got so slept on. Quality..

For Agent 13

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blind Man Can See It - James Brown

This is one mean mutha of a funk tune. Why the last couple minutes of this isn't the national anthem is beyond me.
Blind Man Can See It - James Brown MP3


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Taxidermia Trailer

This looks very original.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Intervales Theme - Javelin

Great new album from Javelin. "Jams and Jemz" is full to the brim with good ideas, great beats, and enough one-liners for three LP's. Here is the Jay-Dee apeing Intervales Theme.

Intervales Theme
Condor Naturale

Also included the latin super hero theme of Condor Naturele.