What what! Finally a mixtape! It’s been so long since I posted one. Not too much of a surprise that I loved this mixtape, Melechtric basically has the same taste in music. Love the tracklist, some of the tracks I completely missed. Some of the transitions he made in the mix sound almost like they were supposed to be there in the original. One track I completely missed was Mr Oizo‘s Two Takes It, which he ramped up the BPM and well, to tell you the truth it actually sounds better this way. I included 3 tracks for you in this mix, first is the Big Nasty remix of 2Pac. Absolutely love that bassline, didn’t really hear much of 2Pac though. Maybe that’s for the better? Second is the Left/Right remix of Santogold which I really thought I posted before. Or Santigold, whatever. I guess I missed it, club sounding track. And lastly, this track made me smile, the Chew Fu remix of Frank Sinatra. I find it hilarious they remixed New York, New York and not only that, made it the dirtiest track ever. How did they even make those sounds?! Although it was a very cut-up mash, I actually think it worked towards the remix. They did it with confidence. I’d actually like to hear this track without the Frank Sinatra parts, like that track of just Chew Fu.
Mr Oizo – Two Takes It
Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak remix)
Justice Vs Simian – We Are Your Friends (Disco Villains Remix)
Fake Blood – Mars
Crookers Vs Salt n Peppa – Love to Push It
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Fake Blood remix)
Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me (Shazam Remix)
2pac – California Love (Big Nasty remix)
Stardust – Music Sounds Better 2008 (DiscoTech Remix)
Santogold – L.E.S Artistes (Left Right Remix)
M.I.A Vs Mujava – Township XR2 (Melechtric mash-up)
Toxic Avenger – Escape (LA Riots remix)
T-Pain ft Lil Wayne – Cant Believe It (B-Flat-Trance-more-edit)
Felix Da House Cat – Radio (Shinichi Osawa Remix)
Frank Sinatra – New York, New York (Chew Fu Big Room Fix)
Count & Sinden – Hardcore Girls (Don Rimini Nasty Boy Remix)
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.
This ‘Top 10 Albums of 2008′ list is coming a bit early, I didn’t post one of these last year. I will be posting the top 10 tracks of 2008 a week before New Years. This is more in accordance to Hype’s early deadline. The albums were mainly chosen in relation to the music posted in this blog, slightly. But it was good to set a limitation of genres for the albums while I was out listening, cause I would’ve never been able to decide which albums to put up. Some are more by their influence and some are just how much I liked them or both. I’m more worried about getting this post finished right now. It scares me a bit that the majority of these albums are from artists from Australia or area near. Big thanks to Tom from Cassette Culture for helping with the list.
##I will be adding playable tracks to this list, but that will happen later.##
10. Santogold – Santogold
Released: April 29, 2008
Genres: Dub, Punk Rock, Indie Rock, Electronic
This was definitely the album of the summer, I heard songs from this album all over mixtapes and radio stations. The album was very groovy punkish with a mix of electronic, which even though Santogold reminds me a lot of M.I.A., they couldn’t be more different. I guess it might be because of some tracks like Creator which sounds very reminiscent of M.I.A. L.E.S. Artistes, Say Aha, Lights Out, and I’m a Lady are definitely my favorite tracks out of this album. It was great listening to this in electro mixes because it was rather refreshing, there are a couple remixes of Santogold such as the Left/Right remix of L.E.S. Artistes, the MMMatthias remix of My Superman as well as a bunch of other ones which definitely made this year much better musically.
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
9. Empire of the Sun – Walking On A Dream
Released: October 4, 2008
Genre: Synthpop, Electronic, Rock
Was quite surprised by this album, although it definitely didn’t get as much attention as it should’ve. Listening to this album reminds me of 80’s artists like David Bowie. The vocalist of the duo, Luke Steele, definitely makes a good modern Bowie. Along with the great synth and rock feel to the music, it’s a mix of sounds. I enjoyed listening to this album. My favorite tracks from this album are probably Walking on a Dream, We Are the People and Tiger By My Side, which were the more upbeat electro songs out of the album. There were a couple slower pop songs which I consider their alter-ego. Van She did a fantastic remix of their song Walking On A Dream.
Empire of the Sun – We Are The People
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8. Mystery Jets – Twenty One
Released: March 24, 2008
Genre: Indie Rock
Alright, another indie rock band from UK. But they’re not just any band, they’re a good one. UK is popping out so many of these indie garage bands it’s like finding a needle in a haystack. Anyways, enough bashing the genre of the band I’m going to praise. Great album, a great thing this album had which other albums of the same genre kind of missed is that the songs are actually differentiable. I didn’t think I was just listening to one track the whole way through which is fantastic. The tracks really sounded like a mix between Wolf Parade and The Strokes or The Kooks. My favorite tracks would have to be Young Love, Veiled In Grey, Two Doors Down, Hand Me Down, 21. I was actually surprised when I heard some synth in Two Doors Down.
Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down
7. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
Released: April 8, 2008
Genre: Dance-Punk, Indie Rock, Electropop
Quite the nice mix between indie rock and synth-electro. It wasn’t really mixed in genre in the tracks, but more each track was either indie rock or synth-electro. A bit different anyways. The album started kind of indie rock modern and slowly progressed into 90’s synth-electro towards the last few tracks. Really liked the tracks Out There On The Ice, Lights and Music, So Haunted, Hearts on Fire and Far Away. The two last tracks I mentioned there are so retro 90’s I was taken aback. I heard a bunch of Hearts on Fire remixes, but I was surprised it sounded like this. It’s even got that “wow” sound effect that’s in so many 90’s one hit wonders. Loved the album.
Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
6. Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
Released: September 22, 2008
Genre: Electropop, New Wave, Electronic, Pop Rock
Possibly the most New Wave albums here, she really landed it. And I have a huge weakness for retro sounding songs. It’s like walking into the 80’s, if no one told me I totally would’ve though this album was twenty years old. I’m sure she got a lot of attention in NZ or Australia, but definitely not here. Among my favorite tracks were Magic, Better Than Sunday, Back Of The Van, Paris Is Burning, Dusk Till Dawn. If I had to choose a favorite though it’d have to be the oh so popular track from this album Paris Is Burning, which doesn’t really surprise me nor should it you. It’s a great song, many remixes of it. One of my favorites, the Cut Copy remix of Paris Is Burning as well as Fred Falk remix of Back Of The Van.
Ladyhawke – Paris is Burning
5. Minitel Rose – The French Machine
Released: June 17, 2008
Genre: Electro, House
Who are Minitel Rose? Ya, completely random choice for number 5. Well, you should definitely invest a bit of time into these guys. They’re second in command in the French electro-house scene, alright maybe fifth in command. I think if they were a bit earlier, they would’ve been in place of Justice, but that just isn’t the case. The album is quite short, seven tracks, but it’s got some gems. Elevator, Business Woman, Continue, When I Was Punk, are great tracks. I actually had a hard time choosing a favorite track, cause I kind of liked all of them. Almost a cross between Justice, MSTRKRFT, and Daft Punk with more French accents in English vocals.
Minitel Rose – Business Woman
4. Lykke Li – Youth Novels
Released: June 9, 2008
Genre: Pop, Indie, Alternative, Rock
No genres properly describe this album. When I first heard it I was amazingly skeptical, I asked myself “Who is this? Does she think she’s Bjork?” But this album truly grew on me. For sure it’s very different, and that’s what makes it amazingly refreshing. The album starts off with Melodies & Desires which is kind of a monologue, explains why I was a bit skeptical. But she gets right into things. My favorite tracks in this album would have to be Dance, Dance, Dance, I’m Good, I’m Gone, Little Bit and Breaking It Up. Something about these songs just blow my mind, though I couldn’t begin to tell you why.
Lykke Li – Breaking It Up
3. Coldplay – Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Released: June 11, 2008
Genre: Alternative Rock
Yeah, not the most surprising for number 3. This album definitely gets enough attention alone, but I liked it way too much not to include it. Coldplay was definitely trying for something different this time around. Definitely one of my favorites on how the album starts out with Life in Technicolor. It’s a very soothing instrumental track. My favorite tracks would have to be Lost!, Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love, Viva la Vida, Violet Hill and Strawberry Swing. This album lasted me not only through the summer, but through the fall and winter as well. I’m not sure why they released it in the summer, cause it has a very cold winter feel to it. Read more about the review here.
Coldplay – Lost?
2. Justice – A Cross The Universe
Released: November 24, 2008
Genre: Electro, House
Yes, I did put a live album for number 2, it rather deserved it. Even though technically there really any new tracks in this album, the whole atmosphere behind it and the mix was great. Justice knows how to pull it off. The remake of Phantom Part 1, D.A.N.C.E., DVNO, Two Minutes to Midnight, and Stress were amazing. Longer version of this here, but in short, I was skeptical about the album at first but it grew on me.
Justice – Phantom Part 1.5
1. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
Released: January 22, 2008
Genre: Indie Rock, Psychdelic, Electronica, Alternative
And finally, MGMT gets the place of number 1. This album did the same thing The Strokes First Impressions of Earth did to me. At first I brushed it off as nothing else. And then I listened to it a second time and instantly, I loved it. Goes to show that you can’t judge an album off a first impression. And not only did it completely change, but I liked almost every track off the album. Not only did they have this 80’s retro vibe mixed in with a very indie rock sound, all their songs had such variety. My favorite tracks are Electric Feel, Future Reflections, Kids, Of Moons, Birds & Monsters, Pieces of What, Time to Pretend and Weekend Wars. Ya, basically most of them. Surprisingly especially Pieces of What and Weekend Wars, surprising because they’re not the ones that got the most attention. Definitely deserving of number 1 on this list. There are so many remixes of their tracks, I guess I’ll mention the biggest one which was the Soulwax remix of Kids,
MGMT – Pieces of What
I think Monday will now be the day for really lame “work party name” titles. It’ll be inspiration for if you’re throwing a party on a Monday, the names you should give it. Also guys, I refuse to post Britney Spears’ new song Womanizer ‘AH AHHH’. I just won’t, even though I kind of am right now. It’s like a bad version of Umbrella. So I’ll apologize now to anyone who sent me a remix of this track, even though some of the remixes were okay.
First is by Chew Fu who seem to make stuff I like, this is definitely not the first time I’ve posted a track from them. Very retro sounding which is something I like, almost reminiscent of Keenhouse. Their remix of Oasis which is somewhat unexpected. At least it isn’t Britney Spears! And right after I say that, the Left/Right remix of Santogold :D. Not sure what to call this, almost like electro trance at the beginning but it changes more to my liking as the song progresses. And lastly, the White Chokolate remix of datA. Something for those of you who like synth rock turned club.
Guess I’ll start off with the oh so familiar Immuzikation mash-ups, this time of Santogold‘s Unstoppable and Treasure Fingers‘ Come True Tonight (Dub Mix) to make I’ve Got to Be True. Always fun trying to figure out how to introduce these, I guess I’ll keep the term ‘blend’ which the track was self labeled. At first I was a tad weary about the track as well, but when you get into the actual beat about one minute into the song, it really gets good. Anyone who complains after only listening to the first 30 seconds of the song, I know you didn’t read and I will hit you very hard in the face. It’s the main beat in the Treasure Fingers track which really brings this song forward. Second is the Punks Jump Up remix of Lykke Li. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, ‘not another Lykke Li track you attention whore’. I wouldn’t post it if I didn’t think it was good, and this remix was definitely worth it. Seriously, it doesn’t even sound like Lykke Li anymore, sounds like a great Daft Punk song. Third track is one I’ve had sitting on my desktop for a while now. The DJ Hell remix of Justice‘s remix of Simian‘s We Are Your Friends. Kind of a lounge track, it’s got a great vibe to it.
Lastly, I’d like to reiterate the art show my friend will be a part of. It’s project:gallery‘s annual fresh faces show in Los Angeles today September 6th from 7pm-10pm. If you’re in the neighborhood, make sure you drop by and tell them to play better tunes, the music police.
Okay, old news, Sarah Palin is in. I don’t talk much about politics on this blog, well I don’t talk about anything really other than music, and by all means I won’t go into any depth, but I couldn’t pass this one up. I know that if you’re here and you’re wondering why you’re at a music blog, you searched ‘Sarah Palin hot legs’ or ‘Sarah Palin sexy hot’ something of that matter, you sickos. I’m not sure what the republicans were going for with that move, most forward thinking women vote for democrats because of their policies first and then gender of candidates. It’s not like they’re going to switch over because McCain chose a very conservative, very Christian woman running mate. As an added plus, she has plans for off-shore drilling, spoken like a true American. She’s also family oriented with 5 children one who has down syndrome, I’m a tad weary about how much time she can actually spend worrying about the world without ignoring her family. At least Obama was smart enough to bring in the very stereotypical white old man, he might grab some random voters who were weary about race in the first place.
And when you search up ‘Sarah Palin’ in Google, one of the images that pop up is a picture of her family. Her eldest daughter Bristol? I knew she was going to be a scandal whore from the beginning. Look at her! Though I’m not sure what this fuss is about Sarah ‘supposedly’ faking her pregnancy to cover up for her daughter. That’s just false teeth. Surprisingly the day this ‘scandal’ came on the net, news was released that she’s pregnant now out of wedlock anyways if it’s her first or second time, who knows. So some truth came out of this anyways. How old is she again? No, I’m not going down that road. You know McCain just smacked himself in the forehead when he found out. All this from late night searching on Sept 1st. I’m pretty sure I’ve just offended a fair amount of Americans, might have to switch over to my Russian demographic for a while which totals to a number of 1.
Less talk, more music! I’ve got three tracks for you today which is surprising, I probably won’t be posting as much now classes have started. Though please continue sending me music, ideas, whatever. It makes this much easier cause I can spend days which I don’t have looking for music. First remix is a familiar face here, the MMMatthias remix of Santogold. Loving the dirty electro sound. Second is actually a track I highly recommend, the Cryptonites track Revolver Disco. Yes please, wait for that very short beat that comes in at 1:07, more of that. Can’t get enough of it. And lastly, the very late Cut Copy remix of CSS. Posted the Frankmusik remix of this track a while back, though Cut Copy took a completely different approach to it.
I’ll start off with the Coin Operated Boy remix of Daft Punk, it’s such a great remix of the song. It makes the song so much dirtier and that original itself is already dirty. Second is a track that I regret never having posted. This was actually the FIRST track Immuzikation ever emailed to me, and I thought I did post it. Nope, well here it is. The mashup of Justice and Santogold, great sounding track. It uses more Santogold than Justice though, thus the title of the track. This has revitalized my love for Alfredo’s mash-ups, come back to me! And lastly, I saw this bad boy on Hype. I laugh cause it’s probably the least bad bay track on this post. The MGMT‘s Afterschool Dance Mix of Kids. This was made when MGMT was still The Management, I actually quite enjoyed the 80’s synth sounding version of this track. If any bands have learned anything lately, the 80’s are back and synth is the new in.