French electronic music has been at the forefront of the blogosphere for some time now (Ed Banger, Kitsune, Institubes...), and a lot of it is influenced by the French synth vanguard of the early 80s. The recently emerged Parisian indie label Born Bad Records released 'BIPPP - French Synth Wave 1979-1985' a 13 song collection of obscure French Synth wave tracks that outlines the scene in all its minimalistic machine-droned glory. "Covering the Parisian take on the post rock'n'roll resurgence as it became eclipsed by the more marketable New Wave sound, the compilation features songs that range from bordering on ambient soundscapes that echo futuristic symmetry to slightly erratic pop songs that tick in an eerie, repetitious tone."

"BIPPP recalls the glory of a selected few. The cream of the crop of the shooting stars and cult bands". If you're on your game you might be able to recognise a couple of samples used by the new brigade (cough - Rainbow Man). This compilation is great, and shows just how far ahead of their time these groups were, foreseeing much of today's lo-fi synth driven music (think lo-fi-fnk, Crystal Castles, etc) . The Mary Moor, Comix and Ruth tracks are especially fetching.

Ruth - Polaroid Roman Photo
Comix - Touche Pas Mon Sexe
Mary Moor - Pretty Day
Les Visiteurs Du Soir - Je T'Écris D'Un Pays
A Trois Dans Les WC - Contagion
Deux - Game and Performance
Vitor Hublot - Aller Simple
Casino Music - Viol Af 015


Here is a clip of Deux - Felicita, which is not on the compilation, but still chillingly cool as fuck.

The Narc

If you haven't heard of Narctrax you probably shouldn't be reading this blog because you obviously aren't cool enough for it. Going at it with Shinichi Osawa and 80kidz for best Japanese sounds at the moment (in my opinion anyway), they have a certain epic-sega megadrive-disco thing going on that gets me wanting to play Streets of Rage 2 but with a keytar as my weapon. Yeah, it's that good.

Narctrax - Journey
Narctrax - Knights of Faust
Narctrax - Knights of Faust (A Taut Line Remix)
Health - Heaven (Narctrax Remix)
The Teenagers - Starlett Johansson (Narctrax Remix)


Larger Than Life

I first came across Lifelike a few months ago when they released their single So Electric, which i loved as it was a refreshing change from the stuff i was listening to at the time,
and now they have done it again, this time they are remixing Chromeo's Needy Girl and this shit is epic yo...

Chromeo - Needy Girl (Lifelike remix)

Lifelike - So electric

check out their myspace here


So Friday night the Gee Wizz clan plus a few groupies saw Daft Punk play in Melbourne, and it was pretty damn good, considering none of us are really "festival" people.

i must admit it did drag on a bit towards the end for me, but that was probably due to the 3 ravers next to me who kept kicking dirt into my shoe and my mouth and my eyes and anywhere else dirt can get.

But apart from that i think the rest of the night was great.

So here are a few songs from people who played on Friday...

The Presets - My People (D.I.M Remix)

Daft Punk - Robot Rock

Muscles - Chocolate, Raspberry, Lemon & Lime

This is only a circle, not a revolution

I have been meaning to post about Hearts Revolution for quite some time, though the reason I haven't is because I misplaced my favourite song of theirs ('Prism Effect')! The NY duo who travel around in an ice cream truck made a splash with 'Choose Your Own Adventure', and now have some new ish up on their myspace, including the awesome track 'Switchblade' and a snippet of 'Prism Effect'. To learn more about them check out the cute Choose Your Own Adventure flipbook they made. Or buy their music (including a glow in the dark record split with Crystal Castles) or tees at their webstore. Or download a couple of sweet tracks below. Or check out the C.Y.O.A video below! Or all of the above! Gee Wizz predict huuuuuuuuuge things from these guys!

Hearts Revolution - Switchblade
Hearts Revolution - Prism Effect (Demo)

Hearts Revolution - Choose Your Own Adventure:

In The End...

Since last posting, life-changing events have happened to people around me. What do you do when you lose a part of yourself? When life is taken away when it had seemingly only begun? When words cannot rationalize, when effort cannot fix, when clutching for hope still leaves you empty handed? Time, seemingly the only slapdash repairer of such wounds, is dragged out torturingly. You wonder whether you will ever gain the capacity to feel again – if you could ever be whole again. You sleep with their photograph. You smell their shampoo. You see their single sock in the washing basket, their ragged shoes outside the back door. You never ever forget, and you feel guilty as the minutes grow longer between your thoughts of them. You take comfort in the fact that you were lucky to have shared such a bond, and that they lived life as if they somehow knew their time was limited. Soon, the tears of reliving the memories are replaced with smiles. You realise the truth in McCartney’s words, that in the end the love you take, really is equal to the love you make. Rest peacefully, knowing that you are taking so much love with you.

This one is for Anna...
Joseph Arthur - In The Sun

And this one is for George...