Well, seems the music might be getting better this year? First time in a while I took a look around on Hype Machine and actually liked some of the stuff being posted, and the lists weren’t being flooded by dubstep. You know I went to a party recently and everyone born after 1990 wanted dubstep, I was deeply saddened because dubstep is so prominent now and I’m old… Anyways, first time in a while, I’m happy to post some hits from this week. Starting off with the Calvin Harris remix if his own song Let’s Go. The original remix before I borrowed it said featuring Ne-Yo, it’s kind of funny because I felt like this track was everything from the original minus Ne-Yo… and my electronic music self likes it more. Yeah, I took out the “featuring” part. The Hey Champ remix of Housse De Racket Chateau, absolutely loving this one. More of this please music world. And lastly as I promised, a SebastiAn remix of The Shoes Time To Dance. Surprisingly not a lot of remixes for this track, and it’s been at least a year. That’s unfortunate.
I woke up last Saturday, the 1st, and knew I was missing something. I couldn’t figure it out all day, then it dawned on me… fuck! I didn’t make a top track list for 2010. Whatever, I shamefully didn’t post enough this year anyways which my new years resolution is to post more. I’ve at least gotten back into the habit of things towards the end of last year. Let’s do this!
Starting the new year off with tracks from… last year! First off is the Fred Falke remix of Robyn Dancing On My Own which is from mid-2010, another polished track coming from Mr. Falke. I’m sure you’ll love it. Second is the Calvin Harris remix of Kelis 4th of July (Fireworks) which I found actually quite dynamic, as in it’s not the same damn thing the whole track. You know, the stuff you hear at cookie-cutter clubs where they’ve played 20 songs but you thought it was just one song all along? “When are they going to change the damn song?!” Well, dynamic within one track which I have to say is pretty hard to do in electro. And lastly, cleaning up something I should have a long time ago, the Justice remix of MGMT Electric Feel which I posted the radio rip of it back in mid-2008. I was reminded of it recently from Hype Machine and decided why not post the actual track? Sounds different from the radio rip, I think they may have cut the track short before.
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.
Happy New Year!! It’s that time of the year again, I can’t believe 2009 is coming to an end. Not only that, but this decade is coming to an end. I was reading through a newspaper about what people would remember about the 00’s, we really need to find a better name for this decade, and it was actually slightly depressing; Bush as president, 9/11 and global terrorist attacks, SARS outbreak, wars, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, avian flu, subprime mortgage crisis and recession, H1N1, and of course most importantly in the eyes of the public and what the newspapers concentrated on, young stars dying unexpectedly. The decade of fear I guess, but better than the 1940’s. Or maybe we’ll look at this decade as the decade of high speed internet and internet memes, Facebook, netbooks, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and iPhones, when Apple began their world domination, American Apparel brought tight jeans, flashy colors, and metallic back into style finally ridding us of those ugly bell-bottom baggy jeans, denim vests and tie-die t-shirts, Summer Olympics making it communist China, and Barack Obama as president. For me, the decade of good television and movies. But 2010 should be a pretty epic year, Winter Olympics in Vancouver, FIFA World Cup in South Africa, uh…
Anyways, this year’s top 10 is like last year’s top 10 list. The top 10 tracks that I posted on this blog or any honorable mentions. Completely vague title and criteria because well, then you can’t get mad at me for posting the wrong thing. It’s all right! Contrary to that, I tried to include all the artists who really got it right in the bloggosphere this year, so it wasn’t track status alone. Sadly, unlike last year, there’s no Justice, Soulwax, or MSTRKRFT in sight. And huge apologies for these tracks being reposted on Hype Machine. It seems I made that mistake last year and I’ll make it again this year. Opps! It’s also been a very slow year musically and really busy year everywhere else for me, so if any of you think I’ve missed a top track, please by all means comment an honorable mention. I’ll be forever in your debt.
10. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)
Can’t have a top 10 list for 2009 without mentioning Phoenix. And how perfect, there’s a great Alex Metric remix of their track Lisztomania. Surprisingly coming from Alex Metric, it’s not as club as his tracks usually are. All the better why I’ll be starting off the list with this track.
9. Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (The Knocks Remix)
I really like this remix by The Knocks. Ellie Goulding has an amazing voice and produces some great synth pop tracks. Combined with some electro from The Knocks, it’s definitely the trifecta of greatness. There’s a point 1 minute in the song that really blows me away.
8. The Virgins – Rich Girls (Le Castle Vania Remix)
I know, The Twelves totally remixed this track by The Virgins first. Le Castle Vania completely 1upped them. Like the electro rock version of the track, I couldn’t make a top 10 list without bringing Le Castle Vania into the mix. They’ve been producing great remixes since way before I even started blogging.
7. A-Ha – Take On Me (The Twelves Remix)
Did I ever mention I was a big but secret A-Ha fan? Okay, maybe I’m a Take On Me fan. I don’t really know any other A-Ha songs. But this track made my month. I kept asking myself why no one made an A-Ha remix, it would be the best thing in the world and The Twelves answered my prayers! Who better to do it too!
6. Matt and Kim – Daylight (Troublemaker Remix)
5. Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
This Calvin Harris remix is, in my opinion, the best one of Passion Pit‘s The Reeling. There’s some good ones out there, and I probably posted at least ten, but I love this one. Not to mention the fact that Calvin Harris really reached back to his musical roots on this one. I don’t know, his newer remixes seem to be missing whatever this remix has.
4. La Roux – In For The Kill (Lifelike Remix)
When I first heard this track I was blown away, it probably had to do with the fact that I was obsessed with La Roux for that short period of time. But I still love the track now. Lifelike knows just how to make the right sounds in electro. It’s old school, but that’s where it’s at.
3. T.I. vs Passion Pit – What You Know About Little Secrets (The White Panda Mash-Up)
This has to be my favorite mash-up this year, who would’ve thought to combine T.I. and Passion Pit. Of course The White Panda, a mash-up and remix duo I’ve never even heard of. Tom Evans (aka Procrast) and Dan Griffith (aka DJ Griffi) based out of Chicago and Los Angeles definitely got my attention. I mean, mixing indie and hip hop has been done in the past, but this was just so well done. Not to mention the fact I have so much fun listening to this track, definitely puts a smile on my face.
2. Coeur De Pirate – Comme Des Enfants (Le Matos Andy Carmichael Remix)
One of my favorite remix discoveries this year, although Le Matos has been a little stagnant in producing new remixes, I’m expecting some great stuff next year. He does have some tracks though that you should check out. Epic intro to the track, it’s almost like Coeur De Pirate‘s voice is perfect for electro. She’ll probably read this and hate me for saying that cause it’s almost an insult to her genre of music, but I totally meant it as a compliment.
1. Little Boots – New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)
After #5, it was really difficult choosing which track went where. Really, I could have combined all the tracks and put them at #1, but no one would be happy about that. So I’ll end off this top 10 list with one of my favorite remixers Fred Falke remixing one of my favorite artists Little Boots. It’s one of those ‘chill out, electro remixes don’t have to be amazingly fast and heavy in the bass’ tracks which I always love. Fred Falke along with Moulinex and Lifelike make remixes that I love, they doesn’t even have to try.
Fever Ray – Seven (The Twelves Remix)
I have to stop thinking of Calvin Harris as purely an electro-pop artist and more as a growing music producer. I was expecting something along the same vein as his first album, but this album felt much slower. I was both pleasantly surprised and slightly disappointed, disappointed only because I my expectations were different which is my own damn fault. It seemed like he was exploring different sounds and genres, becoming more mature in a sense. This was especially the case with some of the tracks like Worst Day, Ready For The Weekend, and Relax. There were some tracks that lingered to the style in his previous album, such as I’m Not Alone, which I’m sure you’ve heard on the radio as well as The Rain, and Flashback. Strangely, one of my favorite tracks Dance Wiv Me seemed like a bigger change for Dizzee Rascal than Calvin Harris. Just a heads up not to expect the old Calvin Harris.
Calvin Harris – The Rain
Calvin Harris – Flashback
Alright, let’s start this off with the Fake Blood remix of Calvin Harris‘ Ready For The Weekend. The track, not the remix, will be one of the tracks in his upcoming album with the same title due next month August 17th. As usual, a great remix from Fake Blood. There’s also another remix by High Contrast of the same track you can check out. Second is the Only Children remix of Hey Champ. It reminds me slightly of Cut Copy, quite a bit lighter than the Fake Blood remix. And digging back for an older track, the Le Matos remix of Numéro# en Francais. I’ve only heard this remix and their remix of Coeur de Pirate, there’s that 8-bit sounding beat they use that I really love. Fuck yes.
A mid-week update for you guys. Huge props to Too Many Sebastians for getting a better version of this, originally played on BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac’s Mash-up presented by Jaymo and Andy George last Friday. Anyways, The Twelves played one tight mix, it was short but sweet. Make sure you check out the show as well if you haven’t already. Tracklist below, all that in five minutes? That’s what I call a mini-mix.
1. Zoot Woman – Information First
2. Glass Candy – Miss Broadway
3. Mr Oizo – It Takes Two
4. M.I.A. – Boyz
5. Alan Braxe – Penthouse Serenade
6. Daft Punk – Da Funk
7. Tiga – Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore
8. Groove Armada – Drop it Tough (The Twelves Remix)
9. The Glimmers – Esta Si Esta No
10. Metronomy – Radio Ladio
11. Holy Ghost – Hold On
12. !!! – Must be the Moon
13. Chemical Brothers – Chemical Beats
14. Fleetwood Mac – You Make Lovin’ Fun (Trailmix)
15. Chromeo – Call Me Up
16. Patrick Alavi – Power
17. Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses
18. Siriusmo – Discoding
19. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Sensual Seduction
20. Coldcut – Timber
21. Pacific! – Hot Lips
22. Cerrone – Look For Love
Continuing on with some tracks from this week. The Three Fingers remix of Calvin Harris, just a heads up it’s very club. For all of you who like that, woo! And lastly, once again one of the chillest electro tracks from Jacques Lu Cont of Sneaky Sound System. I love the laissez-faire sound to electro he takes and the track is almost 8 minutes long.