Monkey Clap Education


The Monkey Clap’s Last Post of 2008

Greetings! Happiest of New Years to everyone who’ve been popping by once in awhile since this blog started somewhere during September. As of this moment, there have been 2100 clicks in  the space of 3 months. I am very happy with the statistics, but most of all, I’ve been really stoked at having the opportunity to share these music that I like to everyone round the world.

Every year round this time, music bloggers all over the world would lose a whole lotta hair stressing themselves to come up with their own top 10 lists. Many people would not see the point cause almost everyone’s doing it, but I’d be doing it too because it will put a good fullstop to this great year and then have a firm reminder of songs that I’ve played over and over and over during 2008. So here it is.

Monkeyclapeducation’s 10 Best of 2008

10. Simian Mobile Disco – Run

In collabo with Nike and I’ve mentioned that it sounds really like Kraftwerk’s Tour De France, caught them this year (very happy to see them) and I went nuts when they played this one nearing the end of the set.

Here’s the full version and my edit of it.

09. Patrice Baumel – Roar

Roar is like the best ever DJ Tool ever made. When this song’s up, I’d take a break from the banging kick drums and then close my eyes to hear it. Sometimes it sounds like trains, sometimes it sounds like V12 Engine, but it always sounds very damn good!

Patrice Baumel – Roar

08. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – La Serenissima

Riton is so underrated! And I’m dying to see his Eine Kleine Nacht Musik project get big. It will teach kids these days about every intricasy of krautrock, what made it sounds so smooth. La Serenissima has all of it.

Get it here.

07. Dj Mujava – Township Funk

Various DJs with who toured Africa regularly has been playing this one ever since 07. However, it only got released by Warp and got big in the UK this year. Been playing it non stop ever since this got into my radar!

Click here for it.

06. Tiga & Zyntherius – Sunglasses at Night (Black Devil Disco Club Mix)

The original is so mysteriously kitschy, and new up and comers Black Devil turn it into acid disco! Tiga’s so big this year together with releases of Mind Dimension and Worm, and Black Devil is really gona make the headlines, matter of when.

Here!

05. Minilogue – Jamaica (Dubfire Remix)

This track is incredibly sick. Minimal house has never ever been this good! You have to listen to the whole damn 13 minutes and count the times you orgased.

Here it is.

04. Late of the Pier – Focker (Boys Noize Terror Remix)

We’re all very thankful to Late of the Pier for single handedly killing every new raver. The idea of being in a rock band is to not conform to layman knowledge and ideas of how things should sound and LotP totally defines this idea with their incredible album. With a little help from Alex Ridha, they’ve this legendary song.

Late of the Pier – Focker (Boys Noize Terror Remix)

03. Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down (Duke Dumont Reconstruction)

The most incredible breakdown of 2008. And mind you, 2008 sees many songs with very awesome breakdowns. This Duke Dumont remix of Mystery Jets (dropping by sunny lil Singapore for the next RSG) beats them all by a whole full notch.

Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down (Duke Dumont Reconstruction)

02. Dj Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joakim Berger Remix)

Simply stirs your stomach whenever this one is played in a club. You find yourself suddenly in tights holding ray guns like science fiction movies from the 80s.

I have it here.

01. Popof – The Chomper (LSD Version)

And finally! Popof is another DJ that’s grossly underated! Allow me to emphasize it again, Popof is immensely underrated! For me, he’s songs and skills are definately up at the level of Sasha’s and Richie Hawtin’s. If you’ve stumbled across this list in anyway and never heard of Popof before in your life. I urge you to please download and have a listen!

Popof – The Chomper (LSD Version)

The 5 Other That Got Very Close

C’mon it’s insane to come up with just 10 songs with my shortlist having close to 60 songs, so here’s the 5 other that should’ve made it but didn’t.

Friendly Fires feat. Au Revoir Simone – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)

Justice – Planisphere

Sebastien Tellier – L’Amour Et La Violence

Tiga – Mind Dimension

MGMT – Kids (Soulwax Remix)

Sebo Sebo’s 2008 Best Work


In no particular order, these 3 are my favourite of all the mixtapes I’ve concocted during ’08.

Tsotsitaal Mixtape
Ravelicks 10 : The Very Melodic One
Ennui on the Wild Side

Here’s the first piece of news for 2009. Monkey Clap Education has been aggregated on Elbows, it feels pretty damn good actually, I’ve always been a big fan of Elbows and have been following the site since a few years ago to get updates from the good music blogs. Now that Monkey Clap’s on it, feels like I’m with the big boys now. Do stay tuned and subscribe to my rss, I hope to keep going at this pace next year, expect lots more! Once again, a very Happy New Year. Go easy on the booze tonight.

-Sebastian.

Here’s our page on Elbows



These Sounds They Fall Into My Mind
December 20, 2008, 6:19 pm
Filed under: Club, Electro, French Electro | Tags: , , , ,

Heard this one from last year’s Digitalism’s Essential Mix, it’s one of the what I call “happy house” hits from Kenny Dope aka The Bucketheads. Now theres a BURNS remix, turns it into wicked wicked electro. There ya go.

The Bucketheads – The Bomb (BURNS Remix)
The Bucketheads – The Bomb (John Mazella Mix)

I’ve been wanting to post stuff from BURNS for quite sometime now. It seems the Londoner has got the skills to match with the other French electricians by the sound of his music.

Wiley – Wearing My Rolex (Burns Remix)
Empire of the Sun – We Are The People (Burns Remix)



Pet Shop Kids
December 20, 2008, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Club, Minimal, Progressive House, Synth Pop | Tags: ,

Always trust the veteran who’ve been away from sometime coz they’d always be back with the real shit. The synth pop mix is pure disco, while the abstrakt mix is an incredible mindfuck. Named aptly I’d say.

MGMT – Kids (Pet Shop Boys Synthpop Mix)
MGMT – Kids (Pet Shop Boys Abstrakt Mix)



Justice Live @ Manchester Warehouse Project
December 20, 2008, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Electro Rock, French Electro, Techno | Tags: , , ,

I got it in mp3 😀 but don’t feel so bad, you can stream it in fairtilizer. Now I really really wana attend a Justice set again, I’ve been awestruck ever since July 07 when they played at the 2nd RSG, listening to their sets from I Love Techno and Warehouse Project and watching the Across the Universe Documentary gets me so damn jealous.

Justice Live @ Warehouse Project Chibuku/Manchester (Fairtilizer Stream)



Ultraviolence
December 20, 2008, 4:21 pm
Filed under: Electro, Electro Rock, Synth Pop | Tags: , ,

New Yorker Heartsrevolution has dropped some real fire. Ultraviolence is on everyone’s playlist right now, have a listen to it and its awesome remixes from Les Petits Pilous and Chateau Marmont.

Heartsrevolution feat. Spank Rock – Ultraviolence
Heartsrevolution feat. Spank Rock – Ultraviolence (Les Petits Pilous Remix)
Heartsrevolution feat. Spank Rock – Ultraviolence (Chateau Marmont Remix)



Ravelicks Volume 9 : The Very Melodic One

Back with a bang bang bang! Sorry for the lack of Ravelicks for the past few weeks, if you’ve been following closely, thank you oh so much! So here’s the latest edition, took a change from hard raving bangers to a more melodic approach, listen for the smooth blends and breakdowns in this mixtape. Once again thanks many many, big love, smwauck smwauck!!!

01. Heartsrevolution – Ultraviolence (Les Petits Pilous Remix)
02. Shadow Dancer – Soap
03. Late of the Pier – Space and Woods (Switch Remix)
04. Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To (Erol Alkan Glam Racket Remix)
05. Hercules & Love Affair – Blind (Serge Santiago Version)
06. Friendly Fires feat. Au Revoir Simone – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
07. Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor (Laidback Luke Remix)
08. Tepr feat. Grand Mariner – Minuit Jacuzzi (datA Remix)
09. Yo! Majesty – Club Action (Sunship Remix Radio Edit)
10. Jokers of the Scene – Baggy Bottom Boys
11. Das Glow – Cathedrale
12. Vitalic – No Fun (Rework)
13. Boys Noize – Let’s Buy Happiness (Proxy Remix)
14. MGMT – Kids (Pet Shop Boys Abstrakt Mix)
15. DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joakim ‘Berger’ Remix)

Sebo Sebo – Ravelicks Volume 9 : The Very Melodic One

p.s. dammmmnnnn, i just realised Ravelicks 9 is the anti-Aoki one :S see even I’ve lost count, so this should be Ravelicks 10 instead!!! (wooohooo, 1o’s the milestone!!!) i’ve already upped it in mediafire, so help me re-tag the title, and the next one would be 11. stay tuned!



They’re Back!
December 18, 2008, 2:16 am
Filed under: Electro, Electronica, Synth Pop | Tags:

Remember the guys who brought you “What else is there” and “poor leno”? These Norwegian giants would be back soon after releasing their latest song “Happy Birthday” on their new website which is seeming under construction.

Royksopp – Happy Birthday (link to website)



Pocket Piano
December 14, 2008, 10:57 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Ed Rec Vol. 3’s been out pretty long now but the awesome remixes of Mehdi’s “Pocket Piano” had only just surfaced recently. I’m talking bout the long build-upper by Brodinski and this incredible one by Joakim that just kicks you back into trippy sci-fi camper tv shows from the early 90s. Erol Alkan played this last night at Zoukout and I went totally spazed.

DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joakim ‘Berger’ Remix) (YSI)



Tsotsi Volume 2
December 8, 2008, 12:23 am
Filed under: House, Kuduro, Kwaito, Minimal, Mixtapes, Progressive House

afro samurai

Been collecting songs over the past few months for this one. With sunset smooth rhythms and lots of wicked percussions to boast of. Sounds almost perfect, do enjoy.

01. DJ Mujava – Township Funk (Sebo Sebo Tsotsi House Remix)
02. Fairmont – Gazebo
03. Funkwerkstatt – Zorro (Kolombo Remix)
04. Sis – Trompetta
05. Yaron Cohen – Laffy Taffy (Style of Eye Remix)
06. Gel Abril – Spells of Yoruba
07. Hoxton Whores – Seduction (Purist Tribal Remix)
08. Afefe Iku – Mirror Dance
09. Osbourne – Afrika
10. Patrice Baumel – Roar
11. The Martin Brothers – Dum (Casanova & Jay-You Animales Mix)
12. Buraka Som Sistema & Diplo – Inna De Ghetton (Remix)

Sebo Sebo – Tsotsi Volume 2



Cobrastyle
December 6, 2008, 12:02 am
Filed under: Club, Electronica, Hip Hop, Kwaito, Minimal, Synth Pop, Tech House | Tags: , , , ,

This song’s not exactly new, the original was by Teddybears with Mad Cobra and then Robyn covered it. I don’t follow local radio so I’m not sure whether Singaporeans had caught the trend but it is imensely popular in Europe for sometime now. Recently there’s a host of incredible remixes, I bring you two of ’em.

Robyn – Cobrastyle (Samim Remix) (YSI)
Teddybears feat. Mad Cobra – Cobrastyle (Diplo Remix) (YSI)



They Never Die!!!
December 5, 2008, 10:16 pm
Filed under: Breatbeat, Electro, Electro Rock | Tags: , ,

New Evil Nine gets me very very excited! Remember these guys? Fabric residents and champions of the breakbeat genre in the early 2000s. They were known to be the more experimental ones amongst the other nu-skool breakbeaters and it seems like after the death of the genre, they’ve fallen out of the radar. Good thing they’re back now, with a new direction, seems like electro-rock, and very good catchy one for that matter! Check out these thriller-ish set of videos and I’m upping 2 new songs from the latest album.

Evil Nine – The Wait (feat. David Autokratz) (YSI)
Evil Nine – All That Cash (feat. El-P) (YSI)



Prodigial Son, Never Dies
December 5, 2008, 1:02 am
Filed under: Electro Rock, Techno | Tags: , , ,

The date would be the 3rd of Feb, even if its a tuesday night. It is gonna be the most incredible night of hedonistic rave in our lifetime. It has been 5 long years since their last album, but as it seems, The Prodigy will never die. New album’s first song is up for download, released free from their website. Note that Invaders Must Die features the full 3 members of the band and maybe a few more guest artist (Dave Grohl from what I’ve heard). Go take a listen at the new tune, and reminisce the rock/rave/hardcore tunes that you grew up with back in the mid-nineties, and see you at Fort Canning come February 3rd.

The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die (YSI)



The Rather Ultimate Ennui

This week’s edition brings you very very intense tech sounds. Gona be ear splitting at many points, get ready for the speeds.

01. Josh Wink – Thick As Thieves
02. Dusty Kid – Black Reel
03. Style of Eye – Ona
04. DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Brodinski Remix)
05. Thomas Schumacher – Rekorder
06. Popof – My Toyz (Minimal Version)
07. Popof – The Chomper (LSD Version)
08. Plastikman – Spastik
09. Wippenberg – Drumster
10. Ellen Allien – Magma
11. Deadmau5 – The Reward is Cheese/The Reward is More Cheese

Sebo Sebo – The Rather Ultimate Ennui