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.
So I thought to myself, should I start off the week with a nice soft sounding post, possibly an album review or something. Nah, we’re going with some electro in the morning. Starting off with an older remix, the Grum vocal remix of Passion Pit‘s To Kingdom Come. I have always enjoyed Grum remixes, just the right amount of everything. Second is the Passion Pit remix of Marina and the Diamonds. See, the two are related, clever. She might hate this comparison because she must get it from time to time, but sounds a little bit like Shakira? Whatever, Shakira has quite the voice anyways so that’s a compliment. And lastly, some soft electro to end off the post, Fred Falke‘s remix of Florrie‘s Call 911.
I’ve been feelin Friendly Fires huge this year…without a doubt the best new band. First time i heard them was via GRUM’s remix of “Skeleton Boy” which also ended up being one of my favourite tracks in 2009. Please make sure check it out if you haven’t already. “Photobooth” reminds a bit of Prince in his 1999-era…funky and buzzing with a bassline that has an attitude problem.
Even though he started out with a reality TV show, Shwayze really surprised me with his music and The Bloody Beetroots did an amazing job with “Get U Home.” There’s enough Acid and Electro for everyone to go around and still be enjoyable when you’re not headbanging in the club. Alright people, have yourselves a dope Wednesday…and see ya before the weekend
Graeme Shepherd, aka GRUM is making his rounds in the industry real quick and with definite impact. His latest release “Heartbeats” is as hard hitting as an electro track should be nowadays…..but not without an beautifully uplifting chorus to lose your mind to. In addition, Joe & Will Ask? did an amazing job putting a big-room twist on this banger. This young Turk has a huge future in front of him and I would not be surprised to find him among the elite in a couple of years’ time….make sure to support homeboy and check out the rest of the Mixes…
GRUM – Heartbeats (Extended Mix)
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GRUM – Heartbeats (Joe & Will Ask Remix)
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I’m finally going through the mixes, you can expect some more the coming month. We’ll start off with the MMMatthias summer mix which has a godlike tracklist, at least what I enjoy listening to. Not sure how many retro funk electro house listeners we have out there. MMMatthias included three of his remixes here which you can expect this fall, I’ve included what they’ll be released through in the tracklist. Included three tracks, the Radio Krome remix of Amanda Blank, Grum remix of Tommy Sparks, and the Worship remix of Bestrack. All funktastically house.
1. Major Lazer – Cash flow (Classixx Glass Bottom Dub Mix)
2. The Bloody Beetroots – Second streets have no name
3. Holy Ghost! – I will come back (MMMegamix)
4. Killer on the dancefloor – Gringo Oba Oba (MMMatthias Remix)
DJ’s are not Rockstars (USA)
5. Amanda Blank – Might like you better (Radio Krome Remix)
6. Tommy Sparks – Miracle (Grum Remix)
7. Miami Horror – Don’t be on with her (Treasure Fingers Remix)
8. The Units – High pressure days (Rory Philips Remix)
9. Fukkk Offf – Pretend
10. Bestrack – Wishmaster (Worship Remix)
11. Frankmusik – Confusion girl (Russ Chimes Remix)
12. Miami Horror – Make you mine (Cassian Remix)
13. Basement Jaxx – Raindrops (Louis La Roche Rework)
14. aUtODisco – One Basket (MMMatthias Remix)
15. Cinammon Chasers – I like watching you (Diamond Cut Remix)
Traktor Records (GER)
16. Killa Kela – Everyday (Lifelike Remix)
17. We are the take – It’s over (Bit Funk Remix)
18. Tesla Boy – Spirit of the night (Bestrack Remix)
19. Moby – Mistake (Lifelike Remix)
20. MMMatthias – The question
Street Beats (UK)
As all of us students know, it’s crunch time. So things will go one of two ways. Either you won’t hear from me at all next week or you’ll see me on here more than you’ve ever seen before, seeing as how I love to procrastinate. Anyways, let’s end the week off on a happy note. The Lifelike remix of La Roux definitely made my week, I can’t get enough of that French house sound. La Roux is definitely gaining popularity, keep your ears peeled (or she’s already really popular, I’m not updated enough on the UK scene). Significantly different from The Twelves remix of the same track, really I can’t compare the two. For some strange reason I see the Lifelike remix being played at a yuppie minimalist black-tie party in the 90’s, not commentary on the actual track. Second track is the Grandtheft remix of Lykke Li‘s Dance Dance Dance. We’ve seen loads of remixes of this track, I liked this one though. And lastly, the GRUM remix of Friendly Fires, reminds me slightly of Calvin Harris. Great remix of the track, it doesn’t really peak till half way.
La Roux – In For The Kill (Lifelike Remix)
Was going through messages from earlier this month and came across some Le Castle Vania ones. How the hell did I miss these? I love Le Castle Vania. Anyways, track isn’t terribly old yet, Le Castle Vania, Computer Club and Rrrump remix of Designer Drugs. Dirty sounding electro and sadly I haven’t posted much of that stuff in a while. Since my LA Riots craze. Second track is their remix of GRUM‘s Go Back and I love it. Very retrofuture sounding, whatever that sounds like. And lastly, their remix of The Virgins. More upbeat than The Twelves remix of the track. I can’t get enough of that scratchy synth sound.
By the way, anyone in Ottawa, Metric, Bedouin Soundclash and Malajube are playing at Pandamonium 2009 at the Civic Center on April 1st. Although you need to be a Carleton or Ottawa U student, but if you’re not you can always go with a friend who is or sneak onto campus.