mp3: John Grant “Black Belt”


John Grant has moved to Iceland and have teamed up with GusGus’ Biggi Veira for his second solo album “Pale Green Ghosts”. It will also feature the Irish singer Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals. “Black Belt” and the title track (watch the official video after the jump) promise a much more electronic and dirtier sound than the highly acclaimed, but slightly boring debut album “Queen of Denmark”.

The album will be released by Bella Union in UK on the 11th of March and Partisan Records in US 2 months later… And this is what I do not understand! Do Partisan Records expect to sell any copies at all (at least not digitally)? I mean, releasing the album over 60 days after it was made available in Europe is not a good business strategy – especially in an environment where the customer appreciate availability over quality…




Update: You can download the song by going here (the embedded code is a do not work for WordPress / stupid listen only on SoundCloud one…).



From the Vault:

GusGus “Arabian Horse”

video: 22 Pistepirkko “Onion Soup”



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RIP Donald Byrd


Few days ago Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II passed away, meaning we have lost a truely gifted jazz and blues trumpeter. Born in Detroit, 1932, he was a sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, like John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.

For me though, I’ll remember him for being Guru‘s sideman on “Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1” and a producer on “Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality”.

Its not only MToK that will remember Donald Byrd, but also the artist SCNTST. His new tune is now dedicated to the great trumpeter since it contains samples of the very funky “Kofi” (original after the jump). The German has also made it available as a free download for us.






From the Vault:

BoysNoize Records Xmas Party 2011

Terry Callier and Massive Attack “The Windmill Hill Sessions”

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mp3: Junip “Line of Fire”


Few days ago the Swedish band Junip shared a new song with the world. Its called “Line of Fire”, and will feature on their self titeled album that will be released in April this year. It will be available from Mute in North America and through City Slang in Europe.

Junip is Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn and José González. Mr González is without a doubt the most know of the trio after doing several beautiful covers of well known songs. like Massive Attack’s “Teardrop” and The Knife’s “Heartbeats”.

For me, though, the most impressive is his collaboration with the Books and their cover of Nick Drake‘s “Cello Song” (listen to it after the jump). Not only a brilliant interpretation of the original, but it also features on “Dark was the Night” – an album released to rise funds for rising the awareness of hiv and aids.




mp3: Rampue “Love You”


Have no idea who Rampue is! The only things that I’ve manage to dig up is that its a guy in the late 20’s that lives in Berlin and signed to Audiolith Records. What I DO know is that this song has been on constant repeat for the last 2 days, driving the Disco Rodents mad! Its also a free download, just perfect!

The vocal is taken from the song “I Found You” by Alabama Shakes (check out a live video after the jump), and is done by Brittany Howard.






From the Vault:

video: Ralph Myerz “The Magic Of You”

Bob Dylan loses out on the Nobel Prize for Literature

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mp3: Apparat “A Violent Sky” from Krieg und Frieden


Some artist understands the potential of social media and its power better than others. Sascha Ring is one of them. He has made a new album under his moniker Apparat, and has chosen the fans to be the promo machine for it. Here is part of the statement to the fans:

“I decided to not do a single interview, skip the promo marathon and make it available for you asap. This time YOU are the promo machine. Please share if you want to support what i’m doing.”

I guess it worked! In less than 20 hours “A Violent Sky” has got over 40 000 plays and 4000 downloads on SoundCloud. Apparat also did a hugely successful Q&A just before he revealed the news on Facebook, in less than 5 minutes there was over 200 questions for him to answer.

The new album “Krieg und Frieden – Music for Theatre” will be out via MUTE on the 15th of February. It is originally a soundtrack to a theatre play of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”, tweaked into an album format. Sounds good!






From the Vault:

Apparat + Band live @ Hebbel Theatre, Berlin

mix: Apparat “Summer ’87” (podcast for Resident Advisor)

Chinawoman “Party Girl” (Gluteus Maximus Remix)


To celebrate that they have reached 200 000 plays on SoundCloud, Gluteus Maximus share a basically free download with us. DJ Margeir and President Bongo has spun a little magic over the excellent “Party Girl” by Chinawoman, and it can be yours if you go here and “pay” with a tweet or facebook post. Well worth the time and effort me think!

Chinawoman is the Canadian musician Michelle Gurevich, currently based in Berlin. Raised in the Russian hoods of Toronto and compared to Leonard Cohen, add a voice akin Tanita Tikaram there is no wonder that her music can be heard blaring regularly from the yachts of Russian billionaires and as the ringtones of mothers all over the Ukraine.






From the Vault:

Gluteus Maximus featuring Högni Egilsson “Everlasting”

Orbital feat. Zola Jesus “New France” (Tom Middleton Cosmos Mix)

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Happy Holidays! Sin Cos Tan covers “My Blue Heaven”


To celebrate the upcoming Holiday and their first year of existence Sin Cos Tan is giving us a free download of their “My Blue Heaven” cover, and it comes with the following message:

“With the holiday season approaching we thought it was appropriate to share something a bit special. It’s a song not written by us, but when we realized it was a favourite for both of us, we wanted to try to cover it. We didn’t include it on the album, but felt that the world might be in the mood to absorb this during these end of the year weeks.”


“My Blue Heaven” is truly something special! Originally written back in 1924 by Walter Donaldson with lyrics by George A. Whiting, it became a huge hit in late ’20s for the crooner Gene Austin (listen to it after the jump). And now given new life by Juho Paalosmaa and Jori Hulkkonen!


MToK wishes everyona a happy and peaceful Holiday! 





From the Vault:

new album: Sin Cos Tan “Sin Cos Tan”

Jori Hulkkonen as Third Culture “Negative Time”

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Peter Kruder’s tripped out Pink Floyd mix


Peter Kruder has been so nice that he has shared with us an excellent and very tripped out Pink Floyd mixtape. It was done live in the 90’s for the FM4 Liquid Radio Show, and best of all you can download it for free!!

Have to dig out my old Pink Floyd records so I can make a tracklist, but it will come at some point…




Peter Kruder‘s tripped out Pink Floyd mixtape:

   by Peter Kruder



From the Vault: new 12”: Peter Kruder “Xenomorph / Vespertilio”

                         Led Zeppelin “Ramble On” (Virgin Magnetic Material Remix)


mp3: Schlepp Geist “Leaving Home”


In the beginning of the year we saw that Schlepp Geist was a bit lethargic, so its good to see that he manage to “Leaving [his] Home” now. In fact, if you read the description on his facebook page, he has moved to a wooden cave…

Anyhow, this is excellent schlepptronica!




Schlepp Geist “Leaving Home”:

   by Schlepp Geist



From the Vault: Schlepp Geist “Lethargic Monday”

                         Weird and wonderful mixtape from Simian Mobile Disco



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“Home Taping Is Killing Music” – the mp3…


After two posts about the c-cassettes and the cd’s, its time for the mp3 to step into the limelight. The music industries equation of this technology is probably music + mp3 = piracy, but is it really like that? Well, that’s is what we will try to look into.

First of all, I think that one of the reasons why the music industry always is so negative to new technology (as the c-cassettes in the past) is that they don’t want to let go of their cash cow. In fact they will fight any change with whatever means possible. In Norway they made a propaganda video/campaign to tell how bad file sharing was (watch it after the jump).

Probably the most extravagant attempt to ban the mp3 came in 1998. When RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) filed an application for a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the sale of the Rio portable mp3 player produced by Diamond Multimedia. Luckily the judge handling the application denied it, or we would probably not have had any portable mp3 players today.

RIAA is especially good to use the copyright infringement card, as they did against Napster. I do agree that they have a point and a case, but when they sue LimeWire for $75 trillion (the whole worlds GDP is around $60 trillion) they have gone overboard and make the patent trolling to Apple look like Sunday school behaviour.

Update: LimeWire and the RIAA have now settled for barely $105 million, that’s quite far away from the $75 trillion they were after…

So what could the music industry have done to prevent that the mp3 “killed” the cash cow? Well, they could have tried to stop their artist participating in stupid music videos (like the one under). Most important though is that they should have tried to adapt to new technologies faster, but that we will look into in the last instalment of this series…


Kim Dotcom “Megaupload Song”:



From the Vault: “Home Taping Is Killing Music” – the CD…

                         “Home Taping Is Killing Music” – the C-cassette…



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