4/25/2010

Clockwork


Ayo, it's 'bout that time for another story. Settle down, get comfy and get ready for another tale of epic proportions with nothing less than a metric ton of music. Enjoy.

This all started sometime in 2008, I was walking from my friend's place in STL to a little chinese corner store. Naturally, I had my ipod on me and was listening to the randomness of its content. When all of a sudden:

"I love you Pumpkin."
"I love you Honey Bunny."
"All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!"
"Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of ya!"

I'm must admit I was pretty startled at first, but I hurried to pull out my ipod in order to check out what was playing. To my astonishment, it was a mixtape which I had never heard and the title fit all too well with that little intro from "Pulp Fiction." During this time of my life, I listened mostly to hip-hop and had only begun listening to electro music. However, the mix blew my mind and a walk to the corner store turned into a half hour walk around the same block (needless to say I was already crunk).

Clockwork - Cult Classic

To this day, I can remember trying to put the mix on at parties (which was incredibly hard to do since Cal and Brigden hussled the music). At the time, I was more or less familiar with these songs, but I'm sure most of you will recognize a bunch of these now. To name a few: N.A.S.A. Music, WTF, Rockerman, Aerodynamic, Bounce, Crimewave, and To Protect and Entertain. It's more than just the songs though, Clockwork's choice in remixes resembles our taste in music. By this, I mean remixes from: LA Riots, Designer Drugs, Lee Mortimer, Nadastrom, A-Trak, Crookers and LAZRTag.

So in time, I started downloading everything I could find of this guy which I knew so little about. I probably have 20 different songs from him and I must admit that I just can't hate on any of 'em. I'll post 6 which, I find, represent his style.

Clipse Ft. Slim Thug - Wamp Wamp (Clockwork Remix)

Basshunter - Now Your Gone (Clockwork Remix)

Clockwork - Houston

Fatboy Slim Vs. Groove Armada - I See You Baby (Clockwork)

Bryan Cox - Let's Go To Work (Clockwork Remix)

LexiconDon - Heart Attack (Clockwork Remix)

You might be surprised, but the tale isn't over. Not that long ago, I managed to break my ipod and lose most of my music collection. Yes I am retarded for not having all my music backed up, but I was in the process of moving it from one computer to another and procrastinated just a little too long. While trying to piece my music library back together, I realized I was missing a mixtape which I had greatly enjoyed. Annoyingly though, I just couldn't remember the name of it. I knew it was from Clockwork, but that was it. After a lot of trouble, (seriously try finding clockwork on google, even tried dj clockwork and it gave me like 2-3 different people from Europe) I finally came across a DJ Clockwork from LA. This seemed like the guy I was looking for and within no time I once again had the "Cult Classic" mixtape in my music collection. Without trying to be overly "kiss-ass" this mix probably is one of the things that created a lasting passion for electro music in me. Be it the choice of music which was relatively unknown to me at the time or the effort this guy puts into his work, Clockwork became a favorite of mine.

Around the time I found the mixtape again, I noticed he had a bunch of new things going on. First off, 2 crazy mixtapes in 2009: "Loose Cannon" & "End of an Era". Once again, the extent to which the songs on the mixes resembled my summer playlist is almost eerie.

Clockwork - Loose Cannon Mixtape

Clockwork - End of an Era Mixtape

When I checked out the Hype Machine to see if he had anything new I noticed he had done a mashup of the theme song of "The Office" with Lil Wayne's "Hustler Musik". Now I'm not one for mashups usually, but this song was #1 on Hypem and it kiiiiiiiillllllllsssssssssssss!



To not be a popularity whore, I'm only giving you this awesome movie done by a fan. If you want the song I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find it in no time.

With the recent exposure he got with Hypem, I simply couldn't wait any longer to do a decent post about him. After contacting him to give some praise and to see if I could post his stuff, I got the best answer possible:

"Thanks a lot man, i really appreciate it! Feel free to post any of my tracks or mixtapes up there. I've recorded a couple more since cult classic so if you want me to send those to you just let me know!"

I think I'll be able to get used to this blogging thing. It's a pleasure to see artists giving you as much respect as you give them. Huge thanks to Henry Steinway, aka. Clockwork. Seriously, this dude deserves all your support so be sure to check out his MySpace, Twitter, Facebook & Soundcloud. He's got an EP coming out in July so I'll keep you informed.

Until then, I got a hold of a few other songs which I'm pretty sure you won't find anywhere else. He's been working on a side-project called "Metatheory". This ain't his usual party style electro music, au contraire, it's hella mellow and for a Sunday morning I find it fantastic. Ca¦ürneum would be a perfect song in a snowboard movie in my opinion. He describes Metatheory as having more of a Thievery Corporation feel to it, see for yourself.

MF Doom - Vomitspit (Metatheory Remix)

Metatheory - Ca¦ürneum

Metatheory - Selecta

Metatheory - Six Million

Metatheory - Zanzibar

Sooo much music it'll make your ears bleed.

Bynie


WARNING!
Avenge the Virgins would like to assure you that if in fact your ears are bleeding, this will only happen the first time.

7 comments:

  1. Metatheory is awesome!!! A great reminder of why I check this blog on a regular basis. Please keep it coming!

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  2. Cool story bro.

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  3. I believe you meant: "Riveting tale, chap"

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  4. haha the office mashup! SWEEEEET!

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  5. none to rain on your parade cause I am feeling that metatheory but why do u like cult classic so much?...it's basic nosebleed electro, common party bangers---paper planes? cmon...this shit is done...check out Aeroplane (Disco Bealearic Mix), Breakbot (Dance on Glass Mix), or Twelves (Essential Mix) or Holy Ghost! (Live on BeatsinSpace) for shit that people can actually dance to that are not on crack...i'm being constructive

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  6. mainly cause it was 2 years back and some of the first electro i was listening to. i'm probably a little biased, but for the time i can't hate on putting up petit pilous, nadastrom or that lee mortimer remix of foamo. you gotta admit the style your giving me is more like his metatheory project than his upbeat electro with clockwork. i mean i've heard of them and even aeroplane's mix for the white light series. you should check it out: http://whitelightmixes.blogspot.com/
    I'd tell you to also check out Helsinki 78-82.
    just hope you understand my taste in music can be pretty varied, especially throughout different times during mmy life. But I digress, appreciate your input and if I get more Metatheory i'll be sure to put it up!

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  7. Damn Helsinki 78-82 is one of my favorites, btw, peep my blog if you get a chance I'm a new writer and kind of don't know what the fuck I'm doing yet but it's fun, my site is kind of ghetto right now, need a makeover
    http://sunriseonplanettokyo.blogspot.com/

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