New material from Cut Copy

Cut Copy are a band from Melbourne, Australia that i've been into for a few years. Their last album 'Bright Like Neon Love' was a mix of shimmering electro, house and indie with bitter-sweet vocals from frontman Dan Whitford that really deserved a wider audience.
They've been working with producer Tim Goldsworthy (DFA - see post below) to put the finishing touches to their second album 'In Ghost Colours' which is due out early next year. Along with the new Hot Chip album this is something i'm really looking forward to. Anyway the first single from the new record is due to be 'So Haunted' which they've been playing on tour in Australia at the moment. It's a real grower I must say and you can see Goldworthy's influence in the stomping electro riff. See what you think.

Tim Goldsworthy & Tim Sweeney (DFA Records) @ Ri-Ra

It's Ri-Ra's 14th birthday this week and they've got Tim Goldsworthy and Tim Sweeney flying in from New York for the celebrations on friday night. Goldsworthy has popped up in lots of places over the years. He was drummer in U.N.K.L.E., co-founded the Mo' Wax label, was in LCD Soundsystem with James Murphy and now together they are DFA, a much sought-after production team and record label. He has also produced albums for The Rapture, David Holmes and Cut Copy.
Tim Sweeney did an internship with DFA (how cool is that!) and ended up doing mix tapes and dj sets for them. The Ri-Ra show is the first time Sweeney and Goldsworthy have played in Europe as a duo so it should be a pretty cool night.

11:30pm Friday. Entry €10/€12

Here's a couple of great remixes to get you in the mood.


Late Of The Pier

Late Of the Pier are a band from Nottingham that have been turning one or two heads over the last year. They've only released a handful of tracks but each one i've heard has been damn good. On the face of things the world probably doesn't need another UK indie band with a keyboard player making 'dance-rock' but Late Of The Pier have enough eclectic influences and tight production to stand well above chancers like the Klaxons or Shitdisco.

Their standout track so far is definitely 'Bathroom Gurgle', produced by the busiest man in dance music, Erol Alkan. It moves from strutting bassline like the Rapture to a sweeping breakdown followed by the frantic chorus "So put your hands on your waistline/And move your body to the bassline/And get your hands on some cheap wine/And just move it til you feel fiiiiiiine!".

Also worth checking out is their Gary Numan-esque 'Space and the Woods'.

Download: Late Of the Pier - 'Bathroom Gurgle'
Download: Late Of the Pier - 'Space and the Woods'


Girl Talk!!

Anyone lucky enough to be at Whelan's in Dublin on the 13th of december is gonna get an ear full of the force of nature that is Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk. Every picture i've seen makes his live shows look like the most fun place to be on planet earth. Just put 'girl talk' into google images and you'll see what i mean. Like a good house party just seconds before the police get there. Thanks to Nialler9 for the tip off as this gig had completely crept under my radar.
Anyway Girl Talk mixes old school hip hop, house, cheesy r'n'b and top 40 hits and whatever else is lying about. One of his tracks puts Notorious B.I.G. up against Elton John's Tiny Dancer so that should give you an idea!

I first heard about him through his remix of Peter, Bjorn and John's 'Lets Call It Off' where he laid on a nice bouncing beat and some gorgeous twinkly xylophone/glockenspiel(?) action with echoes of Hot Chip about it. Definitely one of my favourite tunes of the year.

also here's a nice mashup courtesy of Good Weather For Airstrikes which should give you a taste of his more usual stuff.


Jape Is Grape

Some new material here from one of Ireland's finest acts. Jape has been on a steady rise since the slow-burning success of the blissful 'Floating' and it's great to see he's able to keep churning out interesting stuff. Jape has just polished off his second album and before it's ready for release he's giving us the 'Jape Is Grape' EP. It features 'Floating' and a handful of remixes (though not the excellent Prins Thomas mix) plus two new tracks so it's more of a prelude to the album than anything else.
The real highlight is 'Christopher and Anthony' an incredibly hypnotic piece of electro pop which deserves to be as big as 'Floating'.
He's playing three gigs in Dublin this weekend before he heads off around Europe. Then he returns for shows in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Derry and Belfast in December. Check out his myspace for details.

Download: Jape - Christopher and Anthony
Buy the EP from 7 Digital or iTunes



Greetings friend. Welcome to Throw Parties Not Knives!, a new Irish-based blog promoting the best new music, whether it be fresh, experimental or just plain lovely. I'll be updating the page every few days with reviews, mp3 samples and upcoming gigs covering electronica, indie, hip hop, pop and everything in between.
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