Nah, this new post doesn’t mean that I found an apartment. I’m still looking and Sept 1st is coming really quickly, STRESS, but I got a chance to listen to some music at work today and it’s sounding pretty good. Surprising, compared to the rest of the summer. That’s right, fuck you Train with your Hey, Soul Sister. I can’t describe how annoying it is to walk in a mall and hear the song playing in every store I go into, go outside and hear some guy playing it in his car, get home and the radio is on with the DAMN song playing. Why do radio stations do it? It’s like they have a playlist of five songs and just put it on repeat.
Let’s start off with some one of my favorite bands of this … quarter of the decade, Vampire Weekend. The Miike Snow remix is pretty great, I love the added tunes to the song. Strangely with a very similar feel, the Grum remix of Marina and the Diamonds. I’ve always loved Grum remixes, that retro disco sounding electro? My love? I thought it died, but it’s still here! Fantastic. And lastly, the Blackbird Blackbird remix of Local Natives. Very wavy ambiance to the song. I’ve been meaning to get into Blackbird Blackbird, I’ll have to get the albums.
Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance (Miike Snow Remix)
Marina and the Diamonds – Oh No! (Grum Remix)
Local Natives – Camera Talk (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)
So today is April Fools day. For those of you who forgot, this is a great reminder before you get tricked. No April fools from me this year, I’m still getting a laugh from last years post. Alright, let’s start this hump day off with a great remix from Boss in Drama of Miami Horror Sometimes. You can watch the video here, it’s a great track. There’s a sound in the remix which I really love. It’s that one key strike synth sound. Not sure how else to explain it, but it’s throughout the track as a beat. Second is I guess more ambiance club remix coming from LightsoverLA of Miike Snow, posted their remix of Two Door Cinema Club last week. And lastly, The Dirty Disco remix of Penguin Prison The Worse It Gets.
Miami Horror – Sometimes (Boss in Drama Remix)
Miike Snow – Billie Holiday (LightsoverLA Remix)
Penguin Prison – The Worse It Gets (The Dirty Disco Remix)
Hello, I found some above average tracks that you may or may not like. Not surprisingly, the first two come out of France. The Teenagers are amazing. Their own stuff is amazing. Their concerts are amazing. Their remixes are amazing. Consistent with other Teenager remixes, they convert an indie pop song (this one by we are Enfant Terrible) into a much more danceable track. Enjoy:
We Are Enfant Terrible – Snap Dragon (The Teenagers Remix)
Over the past year and a half, Breakbot has served up some deliciously funky remixes. This one is no exception. It has that pristine production quality associated with Ed Banger, but stays in the realm of eighties-inspired R&B. Here to overload your Kavinsky dosage is another remix of Nightfalls.
Kavinsky – Nightcall (Breakbot Remix)
I heard this in a bar and thought it was a cover of Miike Snow‘s ‘Animal’, a really really awesome cover. A few days later I discovered I was wrong as it was actually a very imaginative Mark Ronson remix of the original track. Not long after that, a Californian girl told me that this remix was “perfect to fill your bong to.” After a close listen, I think she may have described it most appropriately.
Miike Snow – Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)
I have no idea who reads this blog, but allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dexter. I like music. I like the internet. I am an all around good guy.
Look at my list of my fave thirteen tunes of 2009. This way I can keep up with the other thousands of bloggers and their ‘Top X songs/bands/pics/SteveGalafanikisFilms/concerts lists’ and as well for you to examine whether my musical selection remotely coincides with yours. Perhaps I am average…perhaps I am different. Read it, download it and either listen to it or send it to the ‘Recycle Bin/Trash’.
In no order, here it is:
1. Fever Ray – If I Had a Heart
Certainly not danceable or upbeat, but there is enough of that out there already. I think of a dark, brick-walled, cobweb ridden basement belonging to ‘Edward Scissorhands’ when listening to this tune. As a side-project from the band ‘the Knife’ (who I know next to nothing about), Fever Ray does a magnificent job of protruding all that is dark and unpleasant.
2. Lil’ Wayne feat. Gucci Mane – We Be Steady Mobbin
Oh my god, this reminds me of the first time I fell in love with Weezy. This song deconstructs the conventional hip hop song and rearranges it to allow Weezy to punch out his short verses with such magnificience. ‘Suck my clip/ Swallow my bullets/ And don’t you spit.’ Classic.
3. Fan Death – Reunited
Everything is good about this song. Even Perez Hilton agrees…Jokes. Seriously though, this is my fave band from Vancouver. They capture such a different sound using warped disco strings and the lead singer Dandi’s gloomy yet refreshing voice. I heart Fan Death.
4. 6th Borough Project – Do it to the Max
No idea who these peeps are but I have listened to this song dozens of time in the last few months. So reminiscent of early house music with the contrast super hi-pitched vocals and the deep male vocals. Juicy, funky, delicious, danceable yet with a bpm hovering around 100.
5. In Flagranti – Brash & Vulgar
Again nodding their caps to original house music by maintaining a reasonable bpm, minimal sounds and generally sampling music from the 70s/80s. On this track they take such a well known sample and twist it into something so fresh. I love them. Why isn’t every DJ Playing In Flagranti?!?!?
6. Miike Snow – Burial
I may be bias on this one considering I was on stage with Miike Snow in Stockholm this year (Not playing anything, just being a groupie and all). That being said, this group – comprising of musical geniuses (Sorry not you Mr. West) that have produced for divas such as Madonna and Kylie Minogue – is bound to come up with something more than decent. This song itself was made for live performances; layered with an array of marching band percussion sounds, average piano keys, chanty vocals and tied together with a soft electro sound.
7. Harlem Shakes – Niagara Falls
Such an undervalued band. This song is so light and dance-y and upbeat and pop-py. Maybe if we could all get over our fronts and just appreciate the softness of the styles of indie pop the world would be a better place? Probably not, but it is still a good song.
8. Major Lazer – Pon De Floor
I wish I had a video of me losing my head dancing to this song at the Major Lazer show this year. As hyped up as the Major Lazer side project was and as luck-lustre as the actual performance was, Diplo and Switch outdid themselves producing this song.
9. La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)
Close your eyes. Imagine being on a beach at 6:30 in the morning with a few hundred other people pondering if it is time to head back to our tents after a complete night of dancing. And then Benga plays this track. The pondering ended and the dancing continued.
10. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes – Home
I made a bet that this song would enter the same popularity plane as ‘Young Folks’…I may owe that person money. But that takes nothing away from the brilliance of this song. Cute, respectable, super-duper catchy, contemporarily folk-y. Warms my insides too much.
My three fave albums were courtesy of Phoenix, The XX and YACHT…but I am sure you can find their music @ every other blog.