Well, if I’ve never mentioned before; I’m doing my Masters in Science and I’m getting close to completing it aka shit’s hitting the fan. I just finished my big presentation, so all is calm for now until I have to start writing my thesis. Before any of that, holidays come first and the blog just got pushed back to near the top. Listening to music again, I actually haven’t really listened to much other than the big albums that came out recently for the last month. First time listening to Hype Machine in a while and hearing some great tracks, first on the list is the Adventure Club remix of Metric’s Collect Call which strangely reminds me of Ellie Goulding‘s Starry Eyed. The originals are vaguely similar, but the remix makes it a lot closer for me. Strangely enough, the Adventure Club remix is dubstep, but I don’t hate it. Very strange. Posting the Russ Chimes remix of Ellie Goulding with this. Next track is the Ipaneema mash-up Rock your Weapon at the Cinema which has the Madeon remix of Deadmau5‘s Raise Your Weapon, the Skrillex remix of Benny Benassi‘s Cinema, and a little shout out to MJ Rock With You at the beginning. I was going to post the Madeon remix as well because it’s such a great remix but I already posted it a while back. Lastly, the Royskopp remix of Kings of Leon The Immortals, intro threw me off a bit but what a great track.
Three great tracks for you guys today, been listening to these all week. First is from the one and only Fred Falke, his remix of the Whitest Boy Alive Golden Cage which when I was listening to it strangely but at the same time not really reminded me of Saturday Night Fever. When I ended up Youtubing the famous dance scene from it I remembered how bad that movie actually was simply because it had absolutely no cultural relevance to me whatsoever when I watched it in my teens like what, 20 years after it was actually produced. I don’t blame the movie for that. Point of that rant? Sounded like disco, and I liked it. Second is the remix by Robotaki of Shinichi Osawa. Robotaki from Montreal, Canada, definitely interested in your remixes now. And lastly, good old Death to the Throne and his remix of Metric Twilight Galaxy. Totally could’ve been a track on its own, but worked great with the song.
Well, I’m finally packing up my life and moving to Toronto. It’s about time but that means a couple things. New job and city means less time; that will either make me post even more which was what happened in the first two years of university for me and my grades plummeted as a result or I won’t be posting as much for a bit as I readjust. Also, I won’t have internet for a while. So depending on how reliable the internet at Starbucks is and how lenient they are with me stretching their bandwidth by downloading music, don’t expect me to post as much as before. Check in from time to time though, I’ll save the best tracks for the post I’ll make from time to time. Anyways, as usual, I’ve got three tracks for you today to start the week off, the Chew Fu remix of Rihanna Rockstar 101 which was pretty good. I’ve posted some Chew Fu remixes before and have always been impressed. The Mustard Pimp remix of Shinichi Osawa EEAA, more club this time. And the 80Kidz remix of Metric‘s Help I’m Alive. Not completely sure if I’ve already posted this but that doesn’t matter, I like this remix.
Also, here is some stuff from my inbox. I’ve yet to listen to it thoroughly, but the tracklists on these mixes look good. Maybe you can let me know via comments what you think of them! The Team Randalism mixtape Les Ailes Du Papillon and the PUNCHES mixtape Somebody Has To Help You. And from recent web stuff, check out Kid Cudi – All Talk feat. LCD Soundsystem, Christian Bale, and Chip Tha Ripper, and Kanye West – Power feat. Dwele. I didn’t post any of this as an mp3/streaming by the way, so for those of you who don’t read my posts (probably lots of you), you’ll miss out!
I haven’t posted about Immuzikation in a long time, it actually makes me sad that I haven’t. But alas, a mix from Alfredo with 39 tracks in 15 minutes. When I saw that, my initial reaction was “this is going to be way too busy”, I’m not always a big fan of mashup mixes, but it actually worked out amazingly. He was nice enough to include a very comprehensive tracklist which will come in handy cause these tracks are great. Basically everything I want to hear in a night in 15 minutes. Included three tracks, back in player form, his own remix of Metric‘s Help, I’m Alive. I absolutely love the mashup between Treasure Fingers and Santigold which leads into the synth he uses a couple times in the mix. Also included DJ Mehdi‘s Tunisia Bambaata and the Chromeo remix of Treasure Fingers. Also love the transition from K.I.M.’s Party Machini into MSTRKRFT, listened to that one a couple times.
1. 00:06 Metric – Help, I’m Alive (Immuzikation B-ting Like a Hammer Remix)
2. 00:09 Treasure Fingers – Come True Tonight (Dub)
3. 00:09 Santigold – Unstoppable
01:11 Immuzikation – Synth
4. 01:26 The Bloody Beetroots – Rombo feat. Congorock
5. 01:27 Classixx – I’ll Get You
6. 01:42 Digitalism – Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)
7. 01:57 Duck Sauce – aNYway
8. 02:27 Villains – Rock It
9. 03:28 Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
10. 03:57 Dragonette – I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)
11. 04:29 Kraak and Smaak – Bobby and Whitney
12. 05:02 Hot Chip – Over and Over
13. 05:37 DJ Mehdi – Tunisia Bambaata
05:52 Immuzikation – Synth
14. 06:08 DJ Mujava – Township Funk (Crazy P Remix)
15. 06:21 Mr. Oizo – Cut Dick
16. 06:23 The Juan Maclean – By the Time I Get to Venus
17. 06:38 Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)
18. 06:53 Major Lazer – Pon De Floor feat. VYBZ Kartel
07:23 Immuzikation – Synth
19. 07:38 Knightlife – Discotirso
20. 07:38 M.I.A. – Boyz (The Twelves Remix)
21. 07:49 Titan – Bruxism Groove
22. 07:53 Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (Fred Falke Remix)
23. 08:21 Bounce Camp – Good Beat
24. 08:23 MSTRKRFT – Easy Love
25. 08:23 Siriusmo – Gummiband
26. 08:53 K.I.M. – Party Machini
27. 10:14 Kraak and Smaak – Keep Me Home
28. 10:22 Alexander Robotnick – Obsession for the Disco Freaks
29. 10:29 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone
10:43 Immuzikation – Cuts
30. 10:58 Calvin Harris – Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La
31. 10:58 Treasure Fingers – Cross the Dancefloor (Chromeo Remix)
32. 11:14 Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (Rehearsal Version)
33. 11:50 MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
34. 11:52 MGMT – Of Moons, Birds, and Monsters (Holy Ghost! Remix)
35. 12:06 Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
36. 12:59 Miike Snow – Animal
37. 13:13 Miike Snow – Animal (Treasure Fingers Remix)
38. 13:29 MGMT – Electric Feel
39. 13:58 MGMT – Electric Feel (Immuzikation Remix)
14:10 Immuzikation – Synth
Immuzikation – Ne Sucks Pas
Well, for the non-high school kids anyways. Apologies to anyone who tried to email me the last week, had absolutely no time for the blog. Anyways, starting out with some “hits” that came about while I was away. Yeah, what a terrible word, way too popular. I had mixed reactions to The Twelves‘ remix of Metric Help I’m Alive, but I eventually got off my “Metric fanboy” high horse and really grew to like the track. I’m sure you can too. Second is Justice again with their remix of Lenny Kravitz, I’d be doing you an injustice for not posting it. What can I say? Has Justice written all over it, I really want to find out how they made those sounds that’s so particular to all their tracks. I’ll call it the scratchy kick drum. And lastly, possibly my favorite track this week, the Ghosthustler remix of Futurecop! and you totally know my weakness for tracks that sound like this. So it’s not saying anything about the other two tracks in this post cause they’re all good. If it sounds like it could be in a 90’s movie, I’m game.
Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix)
Date Released: April 7, 2008
Album Genre: Indie Rock, Rock, New Wave
Album Rating: 7/10*
Sounds Like: Stars, Land of Talk, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It’s really hard being a big Metric fan and rating their fourth album on a clean slate. It’s impossible not to compare this album to their first three albums. I know it’s taboo when looking at new albums from an artist, maybe if I just got into Metric now I could do the deed. It has been four years since their last studio album and there hasn’t been much of a change from Metric. In a way it’s bittersweet because I absolutely love the indie new wave sound which came out of Live It Out and their previous albums, but I was expecting to be blown away. So basically I’m saying Metric shouldn’t change but they should change, how could I be any clearer? They took advantage of the synthpop sound a bit more in this album which by no means is new to Metric. To anyone who said that the synth-electronic sound was “new” in this album obviously hasn’t really listened to their other albums. Stop comparing Metric to YYYs. Metric can do two things amazingly well; they can pull off both fast and slow tracks, and they can really put variety into an album. There’s been so many times I’ve listened to an album and I completely hate the slow tracks or the whole album sounds the same. This is the main reason I don’t think Metric can ever make a bad album.
It’s too early to tell if there will be any hits that will stick like Monster Hospital or Dead Disco, although I think I can hear it from some of the tracks. I’ve learned my lesson with bands and albums like this, you can’t really tell right away. It’s like wine, it’s an acquired taste. Three tracks caught my attention right away; Help I’m Alive, Gimme Sympathy, and Blindness. Help I’m Alive is a great introduction to the album, gets you pumped up at least lyrically. It’s quite the change from Empty in Live It Out. At least sound-wise, I really liked Gimme Sympathy. Internal dialogue in Haines’ head? She did mention my favorite Beatles song though. And one of the darker songs in the album, Blindness. Stadium Love was too much of a crowd participation track, it’s like they were reaching a little too hard with that one. I felt Satellite Mind, Sick Muse, Gold Guns Girls were the lower points of this album, I felt like they just weren’t being themselves with these tracks. Twilight Galaxy is such a good track, but it’s so much better acoustic, you can watch it here. Haines’ voice just goes up a level when its with acoustic, from it’s already high caliber status.
Metric – Help I’m Alive
Metric – Gimme Sympathy
Alight, it’s their newest track but it’s not exactly new. First posted last November, Metric is busy with their upcoming album due for early 2009. For any of you who may have, though doubtfully, have missed it. I’ve been a huge Metric fan since before I started blogging, actually the reason I started music blogging was because I was inspired by the MSTRKRFT remix of their track Monster Hospital. Anyways, I’m really liking the sound of this new track Help, I’m Alive. It’s slightly different with a less produced sound, none of that synth but more of a garage rock sound. It’s still very Metric though, which is a good thing. I don’t think they’ll ever escape that, not that they would ever really want to. This has made me quite excited for their newest album.
Metric – Help, I’m Alive