I was out with some new workmates the other day and Hype Machine actually came up in a conversation not initiated by me. It actually kind of threw me back because I always thought Hype Machine never really got the acclaim it deserved. Unfortunately seconds after this realization, they said how much they loved dubstep and how half of everything posted on Hype Machine is dubstep now. I almost fell onto the floor. It’s only half true! Now the reason I took a hiatus from blogging is because I stopped listening to music altogether. It will be baby steps coming back, but let’s get back to the basics. I’m really excited because I am hearing some more electro around, especially what I loved labeling as retro electro. I’m even hearing it on the radio and in retail stores, although it’s all stuff people posted 3 years ago. We’re getting somewhere!! For those of you who stayed even though I haven’t posted in a while, thank you. Let’s start off with the first track, a track that when I heard it I though was extremely familiar, the Boys Noize remix of Shiny Toy Guns Le Disko. I think the track predates my blog, I must’ve posted it already right? Totally missed it, well here you go. The Theatre of Delays remix of The XX‘s Angels kind of blew me away. Funny way to describe the track because it’s a pretty slack, but I love it for some reason. And lastly, speaking of getting back to basics, the Calvin Harris remix of Florence and the Machine. Bravo, totally reminds me of his older stuff which I couldn’t get enough of. Well done on another great remix.
Let’s make this a short one. Earlier this year, his label Record Makers released a remix album of Sébastien Tellier‘s Sexuality not surprisingly titled Sexuality Remix. Since the original album came out in 2008, there have been some pretty amazing remixes of his tracks. The album was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo! I posted the Moulinex remix in late 2008 but had no idea a remix album was in the works or would be anyways.
Awesome video of the Boys Noize remix of the Boys Noize remix of L’Amour Et La Violence, okay not the content wasn’t so awesome but the video itself and goes really well with the song *psst* more than the video for the original, *shhh*. I included the original just so you can see what Boys Noize did to the track. Also, Kilometer remixed by A-Trak. I can’t decide which remix I love more, let me know which one you like better!
Sébastien Tellier – L’amour et la Violence
Wow, that’s a painfully harsh but true post Sasha. I post some of that stuff!! Haha, no no, I know what you’re getting at and I can’t agree more. I’m still posting remixes. My fear is that this is what my parents felt like when the 80’s came around, we’re not getting old are we? No! Music is just turning into this giant melting pot of junk. Hype Machine just doesn’t seem to be cutting it these days, it used to be the new music bible. I was listening to a house music station this week and even they were playing only older stuff. Remixes are getting dull, mash-ups are seemingly a new fad which has its gems, don’t get me wrong, but due to the sheer amount coming out these days, typically I think they’re stretching a bit. Remember when Justice came out with their remix of Simian’s We Are Your Friends? That along with Daft Punk’s new album two years before and Justice’s own album a year later was the revival of house/electro into the mainstream. Daft Punk definitely brought it in a decade before. Conclusion? We need another big electro house album to come out, by anyone. As much as I’m looking forward to another Justice album, I can’t see them truly living up to their debut. I may be wrong, I hope I am, but that’s how I see it.
This isn’t the reason I haven’t been posting enough, but it’s certainly adding to it. That’s my rant, I won’t whine about it more cause it seems I have been in every one of my posts since the start of this year. Thanks Gingerbeef, I laughed at that comment. My summer holiday consisted of moving to Toronto, working at the University of Toronto getting paid well below minimum wage as an intern, and now apartment hunting two weeks too late. My plans were to visit Japan and China again, but school got well in the way of that. Not that any of it isn’t enjoyable, it’s definitely a learning experience and for once in my life I’m actually sure that school is actually something I genuinely want to stay in, but it’s taking up the bulk of my time. Damn me being responsible!
In need inspiration, I need something to spark my love for music again the same way Daft Punk, Justice, MSTRKRFT, Moullinex, Van She, LA Riots, and so many other musicians did for me in the past. Oh, and the person who sent me mash-ups years before it became mega popular to do by everyone? Immuzikation. Shout out to you. Literally the only one who sent me mash-ups for the first 3 years of my blogging; now it’s half my inbox. Picture isn’t related to the music posted, more… reminiscing.
Some tracks for you, first Delorean Del. I’ve heard remixes by Delorean or at least I think its them. Great track, a little and short break from electro for you guys but jumping right back into it with Calvin Harris Yeah Yeah Yeah, La La La which was actually from his second album Ready for the Weekend. An album I listened to a lot and seemingly a track I completely ignored. It’s kind of grown on me this week. Lastly, a kind of strange track but it reminds me of the good old days, the Bobermann remix of Erol Alkan and Boys Noize. It’s got a strange intro.
Remember when you started listening to dance music and the only thing you knew to look for was “techno”? Furthermore, if that so happened to be in the mid- to late 90s, a lot of the time Yahoo would spit out Zombie Nation. For those who are new to the world of electronic music…he was the equivalent of what Boys Noize is today, just 800 km south in the fair city of Munich. Hey Today! did an astounding remix of Radio Controlled which I’ve been rockin in my iPod/iTunes on loop…and you won’t hear any of the nostalgic unadapted sounds from the 90s that old school producers have been trying to reintroduce…
Hey Today! also released “Necessary Evil” this week and it’s a vicious Electro banger which every self-respecting DJ/’Lectro Connoisseur/Hipster needs to have. Sounds like something Jim Morrison would listen and/or make to if he was born a couple of decades later….as always, enjoy the tracks because i know you will
That’s the only way into the club, the password is an iPhone and skinny jeans. There’s no other way. So I’m off to Toronto, but I managed to get this post done before I left and will still probably be posting while I’m there. First track is the Dirty Monkeez remix of Sidechains. Getting a little electro club here. Always liked Sidechains so this is nice since I haven’t gotten a chance to post them in a while. Second is the Boys Noize remix of Royksopp‘s new track which I’ve already posted a couple times this week. Don’t worry, I think this is the last remix I’m posting of this track but this remix was fantastic. It totally reminds me of Daft Punk if they were more mainstream. I swear I heard part of “human” in there. And lastly, the WZRDZ remix of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. It was labeled with WZRDZ as the artist on other blogs, but I went with this way. Great remix of a classic tune.
Three new tracks for you as usual. For any of you who used the Savefile link instead of zShare, it’s no longer an option. I’m switching over to Mediafire for now, if there’s any problems, just contact me or comment about it and I’ll see what I can do. First track is the Nightbreaker remix of Boys Noize‘s & Down, a track I haven’t heard in a long time. Reminds me of the good ol’ days, quite glad it was remixed again. Second is the 8-bit sounding Blacklight Flashlight remix of Midfield General. This track came out early last year, a great remix of it, a very grungy sound. And lastly, Le Castle Vania remix of FUKKK OFFF, which I’m quite sad I haven’t posted much of Le Castle Vania lately. You know, I struggled not to say this was euro club, but it’s got to much house in it towards the middle. Boys Noize, Midfield General, and Le Castle Vania, three artists I haven’t posted in a while. Make more stuff cause I want more!
Alright. I hope you have your plans set for Halloween, best costume wins a prize. The post later tonight will explain why I was hesitant about this post, BUT I made this earlier this week so I just followed through. You’ll understand. All dirty tracks tonight! Possibly for you to play at the party? They’re tracks from the Doom and Hoodrat Bang Gang mixtape. First track is the Boys Noize remix of Depeche Mode. I totally heard this original track at the Cafe, more Depeche Mode please. Boys Noize of course, dirtiness is expected! Second track was a bit unexpected, the Digitalism remix of Depeche Mode. Somewhat more dirty, I totally didn’t expect that from Digitalism. Depeche Mode has my heart today. While we’re in the 80’s mood, the Cut Copy completely retro sounding remix of The Presets. I think I just posted four of my favorite electro peeps so enjoy it. I have too many favorites.