Posting a great track from a the newest album The Presets released back in September called Pacifica. I’ve yet to fully listen to this album, I will have to do so now! I miss Australian electro, and I definitely find that The Presets is one of the duos that help define that genre of music. I love how clean Promises is, and like it just as much as the remixes. The Lifelike remix adds a nice baseline to the track, a small touch that gives it a bit more of a retro feel to the song which I’m all for. The Plastic Plates changes the track quite a bit, altering the beat completely. It’s a great listen, I actually really enjoyed the Plastic Plates remix.
The Presets – Promises
Alright! Another inbox update! First off is the Lifelike remix of Bullmeister Baby. Great soundings from this track, although I felt he kind of toned down a bit for this track. His other remixes are typically blasting with that electro sound. An Anoraak remix of Jupiter Saké which actually sounds similar in style to the Lifelike remix. Maybe I posted them together for a reason! I haven’t posted any Anoraak stuff in a while, it’s nice to hear a remix! Although he did release an album last year Whenever the Sun Sets which you should check out. You can get the track free here. And lastly, a great track from The Kickdrums, the Audience remix of Something’s Gotta Give. Loving this track, and crazy enough they’re from my hometown, Ottawa! I wasn’t expecting that.
Big start, a new track from SebastiAn Enio which was featured in Ed Banger’s Let the Children Techno. Big because I’ve always been a fan of SebastiAn but he released stuff like once a year. Probably more, I just don’t pay enough attention, what a fan I am. Secondly, Moullinex‘s Meow which is from his new EP Chocolate. It’s great hearing stuff from Moullinex too! Make sure you check out the rest of the EP, great tracks like Tear Club. And lastly, the Tip’s n’ Hype! mash-up of Lifelike So Electric and Gypsy and the Cat Jona Vark. Kind of reminds me why I love Lifelike so much, I really got to get some more of his older remixes up.
Sebastian – Enio
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 still think that this first track should’ve been labeled as a cover rather than a remix, but who am I to argue with the creators. The Starsmith remix of Passion Pit‘s Sleepyhead featuring Ellie Goulding. She’ll be included in my next line-ups post cause I love her voice. Second is the Lifelike remix of Moby. The usual Lifelike goodness, psst how do you make that “through a water pipe” sound? I know, I definitely gave it that professional sounding touch didn’t I. And lastly, a longer track, the Life Express remix of Dada Life. Kind of DDR sounding, whatever you want to call that techno or eurobeat, but I liked it anyways.
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)
New MSTRKRFT remix that I completely missed? That kind of breaks my heart, I’ve been waiting for a new one for such a long time too. Anyways, it’s a couple days off the shelf, so don’t hit me for being behind a bit. The MSTRKRFT remix of John Legend & Andre 3000. It’s very MSTRKRFT? I’m not sure what else to say other than it being amazing, MSTRKRFT has such a unique style. Highly recommended. Second is a rather older Lifelike remix of Treasure Fingers. Absolutely love this remix, Lifelike always has that signature synth sound. And lastly, the Peter Dragontail remix of Tilly and the Wall. You kind of have to wait for the track to really get into things, it’s got a huge build-up.