Archive for December, 2008

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Love to Edit

December 21, 2008

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The last quarter of 2008 has seen a remix juggernaut fly from the depths of obscurity to mainstream success, and for remix team Crookers, its about fucking time. I honestly cannot remember the last artist to put out a stream of material so consistently incredible, and Crookers has not slept on this opportunity to achieve legendary greatness. After their remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day N’ Nite”, which has been igniting dancefloors from here to Timbuktu for the last several months, Crookers seized the opportunity to surge the blogosphere with an unprecedented amount of bad-ass remixes that have the signature Crookers sound of pure electro bliss.

Brodinski’s “Bad Runner” gets the Crookers treatment, and the result is a endlessly repeatable dance tune that explores the definition of a dancefloor anthem. The bounce is unstoppable, the melody unparalleled, and the most progressive and unlikely song to blast from the club’s speakers all year comes at us with uncompromised energy.

Brodinski — “Bad Runner (Crookers remix)”

Chromeo’s “Fancy Footwork” has been remixed by everyone, you and your mom, so it comes as no surprise then that Crookers decided to have a try at altering an already classic tune. But, as Crookers do often, the remix trumps the original in all ways possible. The funk of the Chromeo’s original track is saved and emitted through that signature Crookers bounce with the occasional shout of “fancy footwork” that keeps the song in line. When it drops, it drops. The whole room knows they’ve just been giving a tune from the heavens, and it’d be straight rude not to dance til dawn with this.

Chromeo — “Fancy Footwork (Crookers remix)”

Believe me, I’m well aware that I’m the 10000th blogger to give my praise to Crookers, but this blog just wouldn’t be legitimate unless these two songs got their spot.

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The Night is Getting Louder

December 21, 2008

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The Presets never seem to rest. Between their two full length LP’s, constant output of EP’s, remixes and singles, everyone’s favorite second or third favorite Australian party-starters never seem to disappear long enough for us to miss them. But this time they’ve come back with an army of an hypnotically-charged epic, brought to even higher levels by the Still Going remix. “Anywhere,” the newest song to come out of the Presets camp is a slow burner, and never really maximizes its potential. The remix however, is a different story.

For the first three and a half minutes, the song slowly builds upon a simple loop that puts the listener in a trance, unable to escape. The song never climaxes into a full on dance anthem which has become quite customary for the Presets folk, but there’s something incredibly hypnotizing about the simplistic, powerful drive that the song takes you on. It’s worth it to listen to it in all its seven minutes and forty-two seconds, and you’ll be emotionally exhausted afterwards.

The Presets — “Anywhere (Still Going remix)”

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Introducing… Goldfish

December 15, 2008

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From a far away land, deep in the jungle where the lion sleeps tonight, rests South African juggernauts Goldfish, a jazz-trained duo with some of the most uniquely personalized electronic-pop fusion that hovers somewhere between atmospheric house and straight pop. But good lord are they great.

Their jazz background is prevalent in their “Mbira Beat” which opens with a lonely piano before the snares, chimes and synths kick in. It’s an electronic jam session along the lines of Lemon Jelly, but there’s some indescribable charm to this music that is unmatched in today’s crop of artists. Take for instance, the killer “Soundtracks and Come Backs,” which is on the verge of becoming my favorite song of December, and could earn a golden spot in any DJ set worth anything. It opens up with a funky bass line, reminiscent of that Ocean’s 11 background/transition music scored by David Holmes. It’s not until the 1:47 mark that the song really breaks convention and reaches new heights of pure unadulterated awesomeness. The “Hearts on Fire” type horns scream as the bass drops and becomes a lesson in how to craft the most dynamic, heart-pumping song to come out in ages. Let’s hope these South Africans make it stateside sometime soon

Goldfish– “Soundtracks and Come Backs”

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Dream On

December 12, 2008

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There are few things more pleasing than Robyn’s angelic voice. Whether it be her verse on Snoop Dogg’s “Sexual Eruption” remix, or producer Kleerup’s massive tune, “With Every Heartbeat” that was also featured on Robyn’s most recent outing, Robyn. But we never had Robyn with us in the clubs– that is, until now. The original track “Dream On” was produced by Christian Falk and had Robyn’s vocals sparking the tune, but there was clearly room for improvement.

How to jump the song to the next level? Ahh, just call up Moto Blanco, ask him to do a remix, and what do you have? The most refreshingly lighthearted club tune of the year, backed by Robyn’s voice as it effortlessly glides to the climactic dreammm onnnn. Time to be the hotly tipped dj you always thought you were, and throw down this track at your next rager. People won’t know how the gentle, Swedish Robyn just tore apart their souls, but it will.

Christian Falk ft. Robyn — “Dream On (Moto Blanco remix)”

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The Very Best

December 11, 2008

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It’d be a pretty fair assessment to say that remixes are the new covers, but few remixes ever hit the spot quite like a new adaptation of a classic. On their new mixtape entitled The Very Best and first time collaborating (let us hope this is not the last), Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit get all African on us, and deliver an compromisingly beautiful take on “Birthday,” the original sung by a band that you just don’t cover cause they’re aint’ anywhere to go but down. The fabulous foursome, who recorded “Birthday” on the White Album, would be rolling in their graves to know that someone, finally, has outdone them.

The Very Best’s version of the song is, well, the very best version of the song. From the opening seconds, you can tell this is no normal cover. A big hint might be that they aren’t singing in English. Layered with gorgeous synths, beautiful echoing vocals and that unmistakably tribal vibe that only Africa can give you, “Birthday” has been reborn, and recorded how it should have sounded


The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) — “Birthday”

The rest of the mixtape is filled with equally amazing and dynamic covers, from Aaliyah to M.I.A to indie queens Vampire Weekend. Download the whole thing for free here at their myspace, and be sure to note the Lion King inspired album art. Awesome.

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A New Beginning

December 11, 2008

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Ahhhhh.

It’s been a long time since my words have graced the blogosphere. Feels good. My last attempt at writing a music blog was halted by a vicious attack– I was the victim of a ridiculously unnecessary hacker who apparently had nothing better to do than to screw around with some guy’s music site. Seriously, what the fuck. The only image on the screen I was left with was an html-coded picture of hyphy movement originator Mac Dre. Awesome.

Well without further ado (but please pray for this blog’s survival), let’s get down to busnasss. I first heard Dekker & Johan do their thing on “Brooklyn,” but I never respected their ability until I heard their subtle shuffle on piano rock legends (jk) The Hours’ “Can You See the Light.” The remix isn’t very dynamic, but I could honestly listen to that same delicate electronic jumble until I leave this planetttt. Bliss might be the only word to describe it. Or genius. Yeah, maybe genius.

The Hours – “Can You See the Light (Dekker & Johan remix)”

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