Thursday, December 17, 2009
The problem when it comes to electronic dance music is that much like diseased women available for hire, often outside of Kings Cross it can seem out of place. Not everyone is capable of listening to and putting up with dance music on their ipods and in their cars all the time, as often the shear repetition can lead to madness. What normally can seem perfectly acceptable on a Friday and Saturday night can make you feel seedy and attack your cat on Monday through Wednesday.
To help with this dilemma I've decided to introduce to Yama Indra; a producer and DJ out of Melbourne who goes by the name of G.L.O.V.E.S.
G.L.O.V.E.S has been around for a minute, formally making sweet music in a group known as Damn Arms who were best remembered for their massive hit of 2009, Destination. I recently listened to a radio interview with Gloves in which he talked about his musical beginnings in bands. Yama played guitar until he realised there were too many people already better than him at it, upon which he chose to focus on using drum machines and synths, a career change for which we are all greatly appreciative of. These days he produces originals and remixes under the Bang Gang 12 inches record label, his most recent offering being his P.Y.X EP which came out about 2 months ago. His signature style is dreamy synths coupled with belting bass lines which are impossible to dislike. I'll post a bunch of his tunes below as a little whitman's sampler of what G.L.O.V.E.S is all about.
Sometimes (G.L.O.V.E.S remix) - Miami Horror
This is a remix of Miami Horror's latest track due out on their new album which should drop early next year. Dreamy lyrics and gorgeous synth overtones. Try listening to this while wearing sunglasses and not feel cool.
Could be bad (G.L.O.V.E.S remix) - The Scare
This tune apart from being my ringtone at the moment is a complete knock-down renovation on the original tune by New Zealand post-hardcore-punk band The Scare. The slight autotune manipulation on the vocal line helps change this into a 7 minute long disco journey down the highway groove. yum.
Collision (G.L.O.V.E.S remix) - The Death Set
This ones a bit of an oldie, one of the first remixes actually released by gloves but after hearing it again recently in the Bang Gang Radicool compilation it caught my attention again. The natural baile funk feel of the Death Set is coupled with some cheeky electronic squeaks and samples, the overall effect being one jumpy ass toon.
Changes (G.L.O.V.E.S remix) - Van She
This is the first tune that got gloves on my radar. If it weren't for its 138bpm you would've heard this is plenty more clubs this year. Absolute masterpiece.
P.Y.X vs Word Up (Max Smart Bootie) - G.L.O.V.E.S/Cameo
Finally this is a cheeky little bootleg I made featuring the gloves original P.Y.X and an 80s tune most people would recognise called Word Up by Cameo. I think it's pretty neat but on the other hand I made it on Ableton in 6 minutes without using EQs so it could definitely be a lot neater.
As you can see, G.L.O.V.E.S has remixed some of the biggest names in Australian music, and yet he's really only just begun going solid in 2009. The future looks bright! All these tunes are perfect for summer BBQs and making it too.
You can listen to more tunes and find out more about G.L.O.V.E.S on his myspace www.myspace.com/allyouneedisgloves and also all of his tunes are available for purchase on itunes and such.