DarkStarr Remix of Mavis ft. Candi Staton in Top 50

Really happy to say that the DarkStarr remix of “Revolution” by Mavis ft. Candi Staton was voted the Number 4 Single of the Year on DJ History. We love this site so it is quite an honour.

"Revolution" was released on vinyl on limited 10-inch with hand printed artwork on Bitches Brew and digitally on K7. David Mancuso has been playing it at every Lucky Cloud party in London since he received it and thanks to all of the other DJs who helped make this a classic record.

If you still haven’t heard it, you can check out the edit on SoundCloud.

And here is to more great music in 2011!

DarkStarr meet Beardyman

DarkStarr have had the pleasure to remix the multi-talented vocal pioneer Beardyman who will release his debut album “I Done A Album” on Sunday Best in March.

For those of you that haven’t caught a show on his awe-inspiring sell-out tour or one of his festival performances where he consistently rocks a crowd ten to fifteen thousand strong, well then let me enlighten you. Beardyman is a burgeoning musical talent who is forging new territory in the vocal realms. To label Beardyman as Two Times UK Beatbox Champion is not sufficient. Maybe more interesting is the fact that they didn’t let him compete in subsequent competitions but instead let him host and judge. He is also on online sensation whose content has been viewed around the world over 50 million times.

For this remix, DarkStarr mainly re-arranged parts created by Beardyman’s vox box with a few instrumental additions. It is more on the techy-tip and will be released digitally in February. Fingers crossed we will get it on vinyl, too!

Beardyman - “Where Does Your Mind Go” DarkStarr Remix on SoundCloud.

New DarkStarr Remix of 2 Bears

What do you get when you combine Arthur Russell type vocals, folk music, electronica and Afro-Beat?

Another out there DarkStarr cocktail.

2 Bears - “Church” DarkStarr Remix

New DarkStarr News

Good day fellow Jedis. Here is the new transmission from Planet DarkStarr:

We have just launched the DarkStarr SoundCloud. The “Revolutionary Dance Music" and "Just Do It" DarkStarr DJ mixes can now be downloaded.

We are getting ready for our Japanese tour and look forward to playing the new incarnation of the legendary Club Yellow in Tokyo which is now called Eleven. We can’t wait. Better make some room in our record bags as I think there may be a wee bit of shopping to do.

We have also been in the studio recording some original DarkStarr tunage and a remix for the 2 Bears (Joe of Hot Chip and Raf of Greco-Roman SoundSystem). Think epic electric folk and you are halfway there.

Cosmodelica and Living in Music are launching a new night called "Classic Album Sundays" which is A Communal and Audiophile Listening Experience. The first album is The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”. 

Classic Album Sundays

When is the last time you listened to an album from beginning to end? And sticking it on in the background while working on the computer, talking on the phone or doing chores around the house does not count. I mean sitting down and giving the album your full attention. For many of us, it has been awhile.

Hearing is like breathing and smelling - it does not require an active, directed effort; we do it subconciously. When we want to look at something, we direct our gaze toward the object; when we want to touch something, we must reach out. In short, we have to focus our attention. Hearing, however, is different as we constantly hear 360 degrees around us. We can hear things going on in the other room while we chat to a friend whether or not we are trying to listen. We cannot shut our ears and therefore we often take our sense of  hearing for granted.

Active listening takes effort. It requires us to slow down and completely stop other actions which is very difficult in this age of hyper-reality. We are used to multi-tasking at all times - texting or tweeting while we are out with friends or talking on the phone while we make dinner. It is rare to focus on one activity and that is what active listening requires.

Actively listening to a whole album from beginning to end involves a fair amount of concentration and requires us to set aside some time. We have to commit ourselves to the task and in our day of the MP3 single download where we are used to the quick sound bite, this can be quite a feat. As Hermione Hoby stated in The Observer, “It’s hard not to develop an aural antsiness when YouTube is there for the flighty browsing, iPods for the impatient shuffling. Meanwhile, Spotify and every other streaming service allow us to take for granted a song being there for our ears when we demand it. In short, our restless listening might mean we’re in danger of becoming careless listeners, too.”

Over the past few years my husband and I have achieved super-geek status by slowly assembling an audiophile sound system. The cons: a hole in our pocket. The pros: listening to music with friends and rediscovering our record collections. We recently had our friend James over on a Sunday night and after dinner we sat down and listened to Brian Eno’s “Another Green World”. The last time I truly listened to that album in its entirety was nearly two decades ago but it sounded just as fresh - maybe even better as it is such a rare occasion to have the opportunity to shut everything else out to solely concentrate on the music. It was somewhat meditative and definitely therapeutic not to mention artistically beneficial.

Our friend Greg Wilson had a similar realisation and has started "Living to Music". On the first Sunday of the month, people are encouraged to sit down with friends and listen to a selected classic album. There are suggested guidelines such as having time for small talk before the listening session gets under way and turning off all mobile phones (Yes!). Of course, these are all suggestions and it is hoped that is will cross-pollinate with people starting their own listening movements and selecting their own classic records.

As a follow up to the first listening session of Marvin Gaye’s "What’s Going On" (it was quite “a hit” ;), the next session is Sunday, 5 September at 9 pm and the album of choice is Pink Floyd’s "Dark Side of the Moon". I could blabber on endlessly about this record as it is one of our choice albums for getting the full effect of our sound system, especially the one issued as part of the "Original Master Recording" series with half-speed mastering by Stan Ricker, but I will spare you the painful details. Plus, you can find out all you need to know on Wikipedia and you can check out Greg’s suggested guidelines on his original Living to Music post.

So come on and join us and please share your thoughts, experiences and suggestions on our DarkStarr Facebook page. We would love to “hear” from you.

In the words of Pink Floyd…

"Home, home again

I like to be here when I can

When I come home cold and tired

It’s good to warm my bones beside the fire

Far away across the field

The tolling of the iron bell

Calls the faithful to their knees

To hear the softly spoken magic spells.”

DarkStarr interview - Crystal Blue Persuasion

DarkStarr interview - Crystal Blue Persuasion

Salvador Santana - “Don’t Do It” [DarkStarr Mix]

Thanks to Horse Meat Disco for having us last weekend. We had a wonderful time and there was much revelry to be had. Its good to see that “the naked guy” is still there. He wanted us all to join in but we thought it wise to draw the line.

New in DarkStarr news this week is the release of our remix of Salvador Santana (yep - Carlos’ son). We took a sexy funked-up approach to this hip hop/soul-brother’s “Don’t Do It”. We hope you will enjoy.

Its part of the limited edition 10-inch series on Bitches Brew with hand printed jackets and stamped labels courtesy of artist James Morrison. And its coming soon to a fine record shop near you…