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.
I love my neighbors, but I love this picture more. Three big names and I somehow completely missed it even though it was completely overposted on Hype Machine. Regardless, it was a great track and I thought I wouldn’t be doing anybody a favor not posting it. So here you go, N.A.S.A. featuring Kanye West, Santogold, and Lykke Li with Gifted. I heard solos from Kanye West and Santogold, I think Lykke Li did the back vocals and the chorus. Great producing though, love the beat. Next track is the Moulinex remix of Sebastian Tellier‘s Kilometer. Very Moulinex. And lastly, the Dskotek remix of MGMT. No, not Discotech, these guys are different. Was a bit iffy about the beat at first, but it really grows on you.
Let me start off by saying DiscoTech is amazing. I definitely listened to this track one too many times. Sticking a bit with the hip hop theme since yesterday, first two tracks of are from the Kickdrums mixtape. Starting off with the DiscoTech remix of Kanye West. I found it mixed a little bit of the original track properly with a great touch of electro. Second is a track from Bone produced by Kickdrums. These two tracks plus the three I posted yesterday are my favorite tracks from the mixtape. And a big thanks to MR GASPAR for the last track, the Big Nasty remix of Baby Diamonds. Not sure how much more hip hop you’ll get out of me, possibly some more to come. What happened to Indie Week?
Alright, this mixtape is awesomely gangsta and straight out of left field with of The Kickdrums and League Crew (Mick Boogie and Terry Urban). I included a playlist file to go with the mixtape now. There’s so many great tracks in this mixtape, I can’t get enough of it. Lot’s of great mash-ups and remixes. This possibly just got me back into hip hop with a touch of electro.
I think I’ll only post three tracks from the mix for now, just so you can get a nice taste so you’ll check out the whole mixtape as well as Kickdrums. Obviously the tracks are accessible through the mixtape. But I’ll post some others later just because. Already got the Left/Right remix of The Ting Tings somewhere on the blog. First is the Kickdrums mash-up of the Black Kids and Lil Wayne. The Lil Wayne part kind of comes towards the end of the Twelves remix of this track, it’s short but sweet. Second is the Treasure Fingers remix of Estelle‘s No Substitute, one of the odd ones out of the tracklist, great song nonetheless. It slightly reminds me of Martin Solveig. Lastly is their mash-up of Kanye West, Justice, and MGMT, probably the BEST track in this mixtape. I listened to it a couple times to take it in fully.
1. The Kickdrums Intro
2. Thuggish Ruggish Drums (prod. by The Kickdrums)
3. The Kickdrums feat. DOXX – She Wants It
4. The Black Kids feat. Lil Wayne – Not Gonna Teach Him (The Twelves Kickmix)
5. Fitty drop
6. The Kickdrums – Love is a Drug
7. The Kickdrums – Love is a Drug (DJ Apt One Remix)
8. Philadelphyinz Drop
9. Kanye West – Love Lockdown (LMFAO Remix)
10. Kanye West – Homecoming Remix (Off DJ Benzi’s Kanye Remix album!)
11. Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go (Left/Right Remix)
12. The Reprieve – One Kiss One Lie (prod. by The Kickdrums)
13. Idiot Savant – Crazy Love (prod. by The Kickdrums)
14. Estelle – No Substitue Love (Treasure Fingers Mix)
15. MGMT vs. Justice vs. Kanye West – Electric Touch
16. Idiot Savant – Manifest Destiny
17. Kid Cudi – TGIF (prod. by The Kickdrums)
18. Weezer – Troublemaker (DJ AM remix)
19. The Kickdrums – Fading in and Out
20. Kid Cudi – Ask About Me (prod. by The Kickdrums)
21. Marky – Come On Girl (prod. by The Kickdrums)
22. The Kickdrums – What Goes Up
23. Lil Wayne feat. Kanye West – Lollirock (Kickdrums Kickmix)
24. DOXX – All in My Head (prod. by The Kickdrums)
25. The Kickdrums – RUN RUN RUN
26. Let’s Get Down Outro
27. (BONUS) Idiot Savant – Manifest Destiny (Philadelphyinz Remix)
How did I ever miss this Danger remix? Somehow I did. As any Danger track, this one of Midnight Juggernauts sounds like it should be in some 90’s show like MacGuyver. Some intuitive thinking to get out of a sticky situation with this playing in the background as MacGuyver manages to fix the hole in the engine with a pen and an egg. I’m pretty sure I’ve used this description before. Anyways, I’m always very excited about anything from Danger. Second is two decades early, very 70’s sounding blend by Immuzikation of Chromeo‘s Call Me Up and Skyy’s Call Me. What a great combination, though don’t get any ideas on that 70’s guitar riff. And lastly, the Jake Troth remix of Kanye‘s new track. I promise this will be one of the last I post, I feel bad having posted about him three posts in a row. Really liked this remix though, adds the perfect touches from turning the track from a somewhat slow monotone to a dance track. Also seems as though Kanye has released either a remastered or a 2nd remastered version of the track? The one I posted wasn’t? Anyways, you can investigate cause I’m not posting it again.
Alright, I’m quite excited about Kanye‘s new song because there’ll be lots of remixes that’ll come from it. And cause it’s not your usual song, they’ll have to get pretty creative remixing the track. Anyways, here’s a remix from Chew Fu. Second, the well overposted track Soulwax‘s remix of MGMT. I thought it was about time I posted this though, I’ve been hoping for a better quality version to prop up. Always loving Soulwax. And lastly, a remix from DJ Lapse of M.I.A. I posted him before a while back, I like how the original track is somewhat intact, Paper Planes is another track that’s hard to remix especially because everyone loves the original. Which by the way, someone mentioned before how it’s too bad M.I.A. called it quits, that’s about her stopping half way through her 2008 tour to take a break and start on her new album. Unorthodox, but new material is always good news.
I initially was going to post this picture, but I couldn’t understand what was going on and came to the conclusion that it was a hooker dancing in the middle of the street with people around taking pictures. So I decided otherwise.
After a night of awful music at the university bar which seemed to include two G-Unit albums and the soundtrack from some bad movie with lots of fake gunshot sounds which was almost like a copycat of M.I.A.’s Paper Planes, I think I found my love for electro and Justice. More to the fact that they didn’t play any of it to my disappointment. I was itching for some strange electro sounds. I definitely woke up with the Soulwax remix of Justice‘s Phantom Pt. 2 in my head for no reason at all since I haven’t listened to the track since I posted it. If there’s one group I’d like to see live right now, it’s Soulwax. Check out their videos from Durrr Club part 1 and part 2.
With completely unrelated tracks, I was just listening to Kanye when I got into Toronto yesterday. Though it was his older stuff, Kanye nonetheless. I was a bit weary about posting this track initially because I don’t like posting stuff that’ll get taken down two seconds later. But it seems as though he’s cool enough to let this slide as every other blog seems to be okay. No mystery “disappearances” yet or planned “accidents” yet. Similar to my reaction to Snoop Dogg’s complete change in style with Sexual Eruption, this kind of blew me out of the water as well. I felt almost a completely different attitude with this track than from his first three albums. The robotic voice throughout the song with no rapping in sight, unexpected to say the least. This single which I know little about will be released October 7. According to wiki, he wrote this ten days before the 2008 MTV VMA’s as the explosive finale. The track was also posted on Kanye’s blog. I also included an edit by Flufftronix of the song that makes the song somewhat more danceable.