Came across this great track, it’s got that retro sound that I have a weakness for, Jupiter’s Juicy Lucy. Some great remixes of the track by Punks Jump Up, somehow they managed to make it sound even more retro? Remember two posts back when I posted that track by Lacquer? Well, this remix by Little Boots reminded me of that. I love that track, so I can’t help but love this remix. Lastly, the Zimmer remix that has a lighter touch to the track.
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)
Alright, time for another Weekend Update. Hopefully things get less busy and there’ll actually be more posts in between our weekend updates… rather than just having the updates. Soon my friends, soon. Reverting a little, here’s the Treasure Fingers “Epicwave” remix of Little Boots. I was going to say that “oh, way back when I posted the original Treasure Fingers remix of this track”, but this is their only remix. I literally scoured the whole blog looking for it, the original remix I was thinking of was the Fake Blood remix of Stuck on Repeat. Completely different. I love what they did to the track, it’s the little things that count. Next is the MMMatthias remix of NightWaves, thanks Sheena Beaston for the track, I totally stalk your blog. Gave some attention to NightWaves a while back, this sounds quite different. Given that it’s a remix, not a huge surprise, I really like it actually. And lastly, the 80Kidz remix of 8otto‘s AF, too many random letters and numbers! This time thanks to Too Many Sebastians.
Checking emails, three pages worth of them. Not being exactly thorough so I might miss some gems although I apologize for the lack of posting mixes. I’ll “try my best” to get to that, whatever that’s worth these days. I’ve got some pretty good ones sitting on my desktop waiting to be posted. For now, three tracks as usual. First off is the ever so popular Fred Falke‘s remix of La Roux which comes as no surprise as both are quite known in their own genres. The usual French house sounds from Fred Falke. Second is The Twelves remix of Database versus French Horn Rebellion‘s Beaches and Friends. Not completely sure what the original tracks are. And lastly, the Buffetlibre and Sidechains remix of Little Boots‘ Remedy. Track takes a strange twist after a minute into the track, very interesting.
Okay, not exactly new, but I noticed I hadn’t posted either of these artists directly, although I’ve posted many remixes of them. Pretend I posted these last year. Here is my favorite track from each of the artists. Little Boots a UK electropop solo artist, using her amazing voice, synthesizers, and that Tenori-on thing to make her music. I’m delightfully surprised by her music, especially when she does an impromptu of her songs when she plays live. I decided on Earthquake although it’s not her newest released track, simply because I love it. You can listen to her other tracks including New In Town on her Myspace. Her debut album Hands will be released June 8th which you can get at Amazon, once it’s released.
Little Boots – Earthquake
Second is La Roux, also an electropop duo from UK taking on the 80′s. Not sure if it’s too late or if it’s just the right time to embrace the late 80′s, we’ll see how this one goes. I chose one of their more popular tracks In For the Kill to post, although she recently released Bulletproof on their Myspace. I really liked this track, it was the first I listened to from them. They’re also releasing their self-titled debut album Jun 29th, which you can get at Amazon and Play.
La Roux – In For the Kill
Don’t worry, these aren’t the only posts I’ll be making. I’m currently in Toronto and I don’t have the time to scour the internet to find remixes and electro tracks. Apologies! I shall be back in full force next week.
Woo Friday post. Starting off with the Dekker & Johan remix of Little Boots‘ Every Little Earthquake. It was tagged short so I kept it that way. Doesn’t really have much of Little Boots’ vocals anymore, but it’s definitely got a beat that’s peaked my curiosity. It reminds me of Justice slightly. You should totally listen to the original cause it’s great. I’ll probably post the streaming to it sometime. Second is the Fred Falke remix of Hot Chip. I fucking love Fred Falke, French house totally still owns the scene. And alstly, the MMMatthias remix of Royksopp‘s Vision One, a track that’s from their upcoming album Junior due for March 23rd. Now I know what you’re thinking when the track starts stuttering, but continue listening. It totally works. And this next track I tried extremely hard to convince myself not to post it and I succeeded. Kind of. I won’t post it directly, but here’s a mash-up of Justice’s We Are Your Friends and Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl. I didn’t actually post it so don’t throw stuff at me.
It’s finally Friday and I don’t know about you but this week was way too long. What a relief! Got some light electro for you today. First is the Fred Falke remix of Little Boots‘ New In Town. I’m a bit behind on the Little Boots news, so I’m not sure if this is a new track that will come out soon or if she did this specifically for remixes. Probably a new track. I love the intro to this song, it kind of starts off key and soft, then the bass comes in, fantastic. Next track is the Simian Mobile Disco remix of The Go! Team. I won’t lie, I’ve really only listened to remixes of The Go! Team, so I’m not exactly sure who they are. But I gave them a try and I like it. Nothing like this remix anyways. And lastly, everything MSTRKRFT, the Screendeath remix of Click Click. It’s kind of the original without lyrics. If you like it, make sure you check out the original on their myspace.