Alright, starting the week off with Fake Blood remix of the Gossip. Keeping it electro, grungy this time. Second is a relatively old track, the Alex Metric remix of Ladyhawke, but I saw one of my fellow bloggers post it and can’t believe I missed it. Absolutely loving that refined static sound, don’t you? I did however post the Bloc Party remix in case you missed that one. And lastly, the Louis La Roche remix of Don Diablo. I was a little bit weary at the beginning, but the track gets pretty damn good once you get into it.
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.
I decided to stick with the same theme as last year’s top list. Basically from the tracks I’ve posted, mostly the remixes. So don’t cry that I didn’t post about some random group or band I’ve never heard of or I’ve heard way too much on the radio cause that isn’t the point! I stuck with a vague criteria as how much the tracks influenced this year’s scene (both electro and blogosphere), how well they were accepted by listeners and how much I liked it myself. One thing that I thought I missed but just couldn’t put it in was Justice’s Planisphere which was amazing when it came out. It’ll have to do without being in this list. I did get some great suggestions from you guys about which tracks to choose, thanks for that. Was really hoping that Hype Machine wouldn’t re-aggregate the tracks, oh well.
I must’ve listened to this track a million times this year, completely different from what you’re used to if you listen to any of the music in this blog. Au Revoir Simone has a completely different personality when they’re in remixes, this one by Aeroplane of Friendly Fires. I’m not sure how they did it, just call Au Revoir Simone and ask them if they want to do a remix with you? Fantastic track, this one is for me.
The guilty pleasure is back, it was definitely my summer song thanks to MR GASPAR. Otherwise I would’ve completely ignored Katy Perry like I would’ve any other “top 20″ radio hit list. Not for any pretentious means, but man those top 20 pop lists are addictive and definitely shameful. I recently heard Katy Perry’s Hot N’ Cold and well, let’s just say I didn’t not like it. A tad glad that my full out Katy Perry phase is over with and long gone… I think.
Yes and yes. This track was fantastic, definitely a late contender against the other tracks from this year. Was a tiny bit strange though not completely unexpected that they used beats from the original track as the additional beats. Didn’t hear too much from DiscoTech, more that I didn’t really find out about them until very late, but a great mix of Kanye West. The chorus could’ve been longer, but I thoroughly enjoyed this track.
Amazing track. Can leave this year without mentioning Little Boots or Fake Blood. Though I’ve been reading a lot of comparisons between her and Kylie, I don’t hear it. Love the contribution Fake Blood made to this track, very surprised no one else opted to remix this track. Anyways, it was a great mix though their genres weren’t too different. It works well.
One of my favorite underrated remixes from this year. It didn’t get much attention around, but that retro sound is perfect. Fred Falke and Miami Horror know how to please my ears. None of them are small names, not sure what happened. After listening to Ladyhawke, I could understand how she was quite the influence in this track intensified by Fred Falke and Miami Horror. Haven’t paid much attention to Pnau though, I’m definitely giving them some in the new year to come.
Alright, you’re probably thinking to yourself why the hell did he choose this track? I’ve never even heard of it! Do you know how hard I laugh when I listen to this track? Especially when I rediscover this track at least once a month at 4am. Moulinex has that unique retro electro sound which I can’t get enough of, on top of that hilarious lyrics from Ben Mono. So yes, this is definitely one of those “influenced me” tracks.
4. MSTRKRFT – Bounce feat. NORE
It would’ve been pretty hard going out and not hearing this song being played at a club or electro hipster bar. Dirty, club, ghetto. Everything I don’t post on this blog, but this is for sure an exception. MSTRKRFT outdid themselves this time, is this the path they’re taking now? I had a hard time choosing between the original track and The Bloody Beetroots remix of it, but I decided to stick with the first one.
Alright, initially I put the Soulwax remix of Justice but someone brought it to my attention that it was actually from 2007! I was going to leave it but noticed that it was definitely at #3 on the list so it couldn’t stay. Luckily, I had another track to replace it at the same number, another Soulwax remix this year which was their remix of The Chemical Brothers Hey Boy, Hey Girl. Old track, new remix. This remix actually refreshed my love for The Chemical Brothers, whom I haven’t really listened to in a long time. Was huge towards the end of the summer and I definitely heard it a lot on the radio. Really couldn’t get enough of this track, reminded me of… Europe.
Oh Soulwax, what would we have done without you? I actually had a very hard time choosing which Soulwax remixes I liked from this year, they made so many, but their remix of MGMT‘s Kids wins. This one was pretty big back when it first came up, it was totally sampled for other remixes and mash-ups as well. The Twelves and Soulwax are pretty similar at least in the way they make and play their remixes live. They bring electro shows up from a DJ standing infront of two turntables or a laptop to an actual performance. They released a documentary POTWND a couple months ago, I think it just helps solidify how big they really are.
If I had to define the electro scene in 2008, it’d have to be with this track. The twitchy synth sounds matches perfectly to the Black Kids, though sadly I can’t particularly say that the Black Kids made it as big as this track. The Black Kids kind of got the shaft, but The Twelves definitely gained more popularity this year, I heard this track almost too many times on electronic radio stations and mixes. You couldn’t go through this year without hearing them. But seriously, leave Brazil for a bit cause we could really use those retro sounding synth beats up here. Muchos love.
First order of business, this is where I fail as a music blogger. Does anyone know if this Justice remix of Stevie Wonder is real? I’ve seen it before on Hyperbole, but it was simply a sample. This sounds kind of like it’s been looped. Not sure what to say about it, though I’m kind of hoping it’s not the actual thing. By the way, I’d like to bring up the Soulwax remix of MGMT again, simply because it’s pure awesome.
Alright, it saddens me that my lack of email checking has gotten me behind. I’m not the first to post any of these, one day I’ll be able to make the claim though. Jumping back into what electro should be all about, underground dirty synth. My old favorites Cryptonites, Disco Villains, and The Young Punx. Reminds me of the good old days. First is a track I highly recommend, the Cryptonites remix of Futurecop! If you’d like to check out Futurecop!, before I post/obsess about it in the next week. They’re electro, so if you like what I post good chance you’ll like them. They kind of remind me of Danger except without the French connection. A bit of a more natural feel, the Disco Villains remake of Noise Beat Propaganda. And the last track made me laugh a bit. The Young Punx mash-up of Fake Blood‘s Mars and Stardust’s Music Sounds Better. Thanks guys, that made my night.
Little Boots has come up with another great mixtape called “Computer Fairyland”, link included below. I posted a remix by Fake Blood of her a while back, I guess I’ll include it here. Victoria Hesketh, better known as Little Boots and of Dead Disco, is going to make her American debut with her EP Arecibo due out in mid-November. Don’t let her looks fool you, she definitely knows her way around the keyboard and the electronic scene. The first thing I think of when I hear ‘DJ’ is Pete Tong or the grungy duo of Justice. She’s changing the face of the scene. Along with her voice, she can go anywhere. Her music and mixtapes/DJ sets, although being quite different from each other, both remind me of the underground club scenes over here which is why I think she’ll have no problem making it in the US.
She’ll be DJing at Nocturnal Festival in Los Angeles with Digitalism on September 13. Check out some of videos of her playing here, and here. She did a cover of Alphabeat’s Boyfriend with her bro which I loved. Alphabeat has always been kind of a guilty pleasure for me. I want that thing with the lights and beats that she plays with by the way.
No tracklist, but here’s the link to her mixtape Computer Fairland.
Little Boots – Meddle (Acoustic Version)
Have three tracks and a bonus today. A guilty pleasure of mine CSS remixed by Midnight Juggernauts. Can’t get any better of a combination than that. And it’s not the quality of the file, I think the track actually has that muffled sound. Second is the MMMatthias remix of Ratatat. Love the MMMatthias sound, very Euro which makes sense. And last off, straight from UK, the Fake Blood remix of Little Boots. Similar themed sound tracks today; very Euro-esque sounding tracks. The bonus includes my favorite remixer Danger with the remix of SymbolOne. I just can’t get enough of that “80’s action TV show” sound, I guess thus the tag on the song. Check out Danger’s myspace for more details on the track.
SymbolOne – Love Juice (Danger TV Remix) (Radio Rip)
Give it up for Miami Horror! Not the first time I’ve posted them, but I guess I just became more interested in them. Expect an excited post dedicated to them tomorrow. Their great remix of Datarock. It’s very Miami Horror anyways, that’s the only way I can explain it. Second is the Cut Copy remix of Mercy Arms. Similar sound, electro anyways. A bit of a dirtier track, DIM remix of Midnight Juggernauts.