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Cosmic trio Les Prof bring the finest dance-pop with a remix of Kenna’s “Love is Still Alive”

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Intergalactic Philly DJ collective Les Professionnels has released a free Valentine’s Day download for their remix of Kenna’s “Love is Still Alive” via SoundCloud.

Although Les Prof’s sound can travel within an array of genres, from more bass-infused beats to unearthly cosmic noise, the remix to “Love is Still Alive” lands somewhere in the darkwave-meets-dance/pop realm, and Les Prof’s beats have one goal in mind: to get you up so you get down.

Need more? You can hear Les Prof in action when they DJ on Saturday March 8th at The Trestle Inn. Stream Kenna’s “Love is Still Alive (Les Prof Mix)” and grab a free download below.

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Download Les Professionnels remix of Caveman’s “In the City” (playing Milkboy on 8/30)

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Local dance music renegades Les Professionnels continue their string of Milkboy residencies this week with the return of Party on August 30th.  Also continuing is the Philly trio’s release of top-notch remixes – this week brings a reworking of Caveman‘s epic “In the City” off of the Brooklyn group’s self-titled LP (released this year through Fat Possum).  Les Prof’s affinity for a spacey atmosphere comes through loud and clear in the remix, wrapping the lyrics in a cosmic blanket of sultry beats and blips.  Les Professionnels welcome Jansen, Baby Eagle, DJ SYLO and Grande Marshall to Milkboy this Friday for Party. Tickets and information can be found here.  Stream and download the remix of “In the City” below.  Catch Caveman at The TLA when they open for Ra Ra Riot on October 10th (info here).

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Les Professionnels & friends are having a Party at Milkboy on Friday

les prof dolphinHot on the heels of their Nicos Gun “Dirty Girl” remix, Philly’s own “cosmic voyagers” Les Professionnels, in conjuction with Le Bump Philly and Pure Productions, will be hosting their monthly dance party – simply titled Party - at Milkboy Philly, this Friday, June 28th. In addition to Les Prof, the lineup also includes Yolo Ono, Baby Eagle, Jansen, and Dayo. If that alone wasn’t enough to get you interested, local artist Brooks Bell has created a psychedelic installation piece, specifically for the party, that will be on display all night. Still not convinced this party is a can’t-miss? Baby Eagle has provided an electrifying mix to get you in the mood, which can be downloaded for free right here. Tickets are five dollars, and the party kicks off at 10. Find more info here, and check out Les Professionnels “Dirty Girl” remix below.

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Les Professionnels remix Nicos Gun’s “Dirty Girl”

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Philly-based dance-punk outfit Nicos Gun released their full-length record Plush in December of 2011, and it featured the Prince-y opening track “Dirty Girl.” Fast forward a couple of years, and it seems about time that the song gets a little reboot, courtesy of none other than fellow Philly-natives, Les Professionnels. The newly remixed “Dirty Girls” reinvents the tune in only a way that the self-proclaimed “cosmic voyagers” could.  Featuring the same punch and attitude of the original, while adding a funky new layer of electro-pop, too, Les Professionnels manage to give the song new life, yet are careful not to distract from its original appeal. The remixed track is now available on iTunes, and can be streamed via Spotify. Listen to it below. Les Prof plays MilkBoy next Friday, June 28th; tickets and information can be found here.

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Philly electronic music experts sound off on Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories

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Photo from BBC Radio 6

Tomorrow brings the official release of the album the internet has been eagerly anticipating since a 16-second ad aired without fanfare during a March episode of SNL. Random Access Memories, the latest from French discotronic duo Daft Punk, has been streaming on iTunes since last Wednesday, and its lead single – the pop earworm “Get Lucky,” sung by the ever-charismatic Pharrell – has been bumping the XPN airwaves since last month.

But what about the album beyond that? There’s a lot of hype and excitement in the air for it, but hype doesn’t always equate to quality. Sure, the duo of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter released the trend-setting 1997 album Homework and the irresistible Discovery in 2001. And yeah, James Murphy name-checked them in that song title that one time. But less discussed is the uneven 2005 effort Human After All, or the Tron soundtrack.

Does Random Access Memories hold up? Is it a new chapter in dance music and a return to glory for these mysteriously helmet-clad techno-heads? Or is it a bunch of bluster that will breeze away with the next album-of-the-minute? We asked a handful of Philly’s own electronic music heads – from Chris Powell of Spaceship Aloha and Man Man to DJ Apt One- for their thoughts on Random Access Memories, and got a variety of responses. Check them out below. Continue reading →

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Tonight at the Dolphin: DFA dude Jacques Renault with Les Profesionnels

RenaultIf you’ve never been to the Dolphin Tavern – the new South Broad drinkerie with a DJ-centric events calendar – tonight might be a good time to start. On tap is Jacques Renault, a DC-area post punk turned electrohead on the DFA Records roster. He’s worked with the likes of The Hundred In The Hands and Chairlift, and has a few selections on Dolphin co-proprietor Dave P’s RVNG International Records. Also on the bill is Les Professionnels, the three-piece Philly crew whose craft for classic club bangers may be as much of a winning point as their ambition. Last time I chatted with the dudes, they told me they were working on their first LP, which was described with phrases like “space opera” and “Tommy, in the year 20,015.” Zoinks. Listen to tunes from each of the acts below, and get information on the Facebook event page.

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Les Professionnels debut their remix of “Dirty Girl” by Nicos Gun (playing MilkBoy tomorrow, The Blockley on Saturday)

les prof medusa When they took control of the Philly Local show a couple of months ago, local remixers Les Professionnels debuted a new reworking of Nicos Gun’s “Dirty Girl.”  Ahead of the track’s release next month, “Dirty Girl” the remix is up for streaming on Youtube paired with a pointillated video created by TRMINAL.  From Les Professionnels:

The Remix is heavily influenced by our love of Daft Punk, Prince, MJ, Indie Dance, and Deep House and we thought it would be fitting to release in anticipation of Daft Punk’s new album (something we are very excited about). When making this remix we imagined Nicos Gun  as the centerpiece of a wild house party set in space. There’s even a nice bed of crowd noise to boot! We hope you enjoy it as much as we loved making it!

Stream the track below and listen to the original version here.  Les Professionnels have a show at MilkBoy tomorrow night; more information can be found here.  They’ll also be partying at The Blockley on Saturday – check out the Facebook event page here.

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Bad Braids, Les Professionnels, Owen, Fort Frances

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Previewing songs from an upcoming album, Mike Kinsella brought his solo project Owen to Folkadelphia recently.  The Chicago native and former member of Cap’n Jazz and American Football performed four intimate songs for the session, including “Love is Not Enough,” which you can stream and download below.  Check out the full session here.

Local remixers Les Professionnels kicked off their inaugural Just Say Yes Party last week with a free download of “Just Say Yes.”  The dance jam features contributions from a number of collaborators including Anna Lunoe and The Dead Rose Music Company.  Stream and download “Just Say Yes” below.

This week on Unlocked, The Key looked at Bad Braids‘ new album Supreme Parallel.  The feature started off on Monday with a free download of “Pennies” from the local project of Megan Biscieglia, a track that shows off the delicate but powerful traits of the multi-instrumentalist’s music.  Take a look back at the ful Unlocked installment here.

South Philly singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis and his nine-piece Clubhouse Band stopped by recently for a Key Studio Session.  Recording four songs that span Tennis’s creative palate, the band worked their numbers to the greatest advantage during the session.  Download “Madeline” below and get the full session here.

Chicago’s Fort Frances were featured on Tuesday’s My Morning Download with their song “I Had Love.”  Melding a rootsy jangle with a singer-songwriter vibe, the new band are instant ear catchers and are now supporting their second studio effort, this week’s Harbour EP.

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Download a seriously bumping dance floor mix by Les Professionnels, Just Say Yes (and get ready for an epic dance party tonight at Underground Arts)

justsayyes Tonight at Underground Arts, the DJ/remix collective Les Professionnels host the first Just Say Yes party featuring Anna Lunoe, The Dead Rose Music Company, Jansen and Baby Eagle. Below, download a mix created by Les Professionnels did to get you in the mood for the evening and to give you a booty shaking taste of what to expect. There’s no parking on this dance floor. Download the mix below and get on the good foot.

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Vibe out with Philly rapper Gliss in his new music video for “Same Sh*t”

Screen shot 2013-03-28 at 11.31.09 AMPhilly MC Gliss is getting ready to drop his mixtape High on a Weekday, and lest there be any confusion about what that title alludes to pretty much flat-out says, the new music video for “Same Sh*t” alleviates it in the first two seconds. Watch Gliss get mellow with his pizza-munching production crew – our homies Les Professionnels, who have a pretty priceless exchange mid-track about who among them is truly “the space cowboy” – and download the song here. Look for the release of High on a Weekday this summer.

Gliss x Same Sh*t from Sil ‘Spike Jordan’ Beyah on Vimeo.

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