Archive for February, 2010

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What Did You Say?

February 21, 2010

There were a few barriers to entry into dubstep for me. The first, you can’t really dance to it– I mean, yeah, you can dance to it, but it’s more of a dark, introverted, full-body experience than the mega rush you get from electro and house. Secondly, dubstep put me into this mysteriously depressive trance that felt like I was getting smothered by a pillow. Most people would give up on the genre after these descriptions, but not I. I prevailed.

I realized all I needed was a fresh take on a familiar sound. Skream’s remix of La Roux had the blog world lit up last year, but still it didn’t win me over completely. Roksonix’s remix of Imogen Heap’s “Hide & Seek” is new, exciting, and most importantly, easily accessible to the novice dubstep listener. It’s a tough genre to break into, but the rewards are limitless once you do. You want to get into dubstep? Listen to this–

Imogen Heap – “Hide & Seek (Roksonix Remix)”

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Sing

February 9, 2010

An ironic title to say the least, Four Tet‘s glitchy, uncomfortable “Sing” does everything except that. The only vocals are scattered, unidentifiable howls and yelps that are nothing more than layers of sonic beauty that make this mid-album tune stand out above the rest in the fascinating There Is Love In You. Though “Love Cry” made headlines as the first single (and I’ll be the first to sing its praises) “Sing” rides along a repetitive melody that steals your attention in ways only The Field can. It almost sounds like Kieran Hebden stumbled upon a winning twist of knobs, and just went with it to see where it would end up. Falling somewhere between a dance-able track and a contemplative, introspective minimalist song, “Sing” achieves a magnetic, transcendental sound that will you utterly shocked that such a simple arrangement can have such an effect on you.

Four Tet — “Sing”

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You Don’t Know Silvia

February 6, 2010

Miike Snow, the trio of pop super-producers who tried their hand at making a synth heavy indie album, are more relevant today (literally, today) than ever. First of all, I am currently trapped inside amidst a blizzard. Today is the today for Miike Snow. And I just happen to come across this remarkable remix of “Silvia,” a highlight of the band’s self-titled debut album. “Animal” has already been remixed more times perhaps than D.A.N.C.E, of which there were toooo many variations. Any dj trying to get attention would throw a couple loops around those kids screaming “Do the D.A.N.C.E!” and suddenly reach stardom. The same was almost true with “Animal” but some top notch remixers got a hold of the track, and we were left with some true bangers (here’s looking at you Fake Blood, Fred Falke, Crookers, and Treasure Fingers). The “Silvia” remix package too comes stacked with some A+ knob-twisters in Sinden and Felix Da Housecat, but the Robotberget (who?) remix takes the cake here. It’s pure monstrosity.

Hear the original before the remix: Mike Snow – “Silvia”

Miike Snow — “Silvia (Robotberget remix)”

In other Miike Snow related news, Crookers put out a new single featuring Miike Snow (well basically just sampling “In Search Of” from MS’s album), and let me tell you, this is not to be missed. That crunching, deep bass line is enough for me to sell everything I own in devotion to this winning combination.

Crookers — “Remedy (ft. Miike Snow)”

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