I felt it appropriate to also post Part 1, for the sake of including everything. Not completely sure why the video I posted yesterday is completely different from this Part 2 version, but I guess now you have three mixes?
So I’m back to test the water. That hiatus post should have been put up a year ago, but it really let me rethink things. The blog does not have to be a dedication, but my love for this music is growing. Don’t expect daily posts like before, but I will be here. Unfortunately, less downloadable content, but more discussion about music and newly released albums.
Starting off with the Soulwax remix of Arcade Fire Sprawl II, so much love for this. I love The Suburbs, and a Soulwax remix of a track from that album? Can’t go wrong. Unfortunately this has been sitting on my desktop for months at least; the drawbacks of not posting a lot is you get a lot of backlog. Second is the RAC remix of Escort Starlight. As you will see in this and future posts is, I may be going through a RAC binge. These guys have so much talent and genius, everything they touch is gold. If you remember their remix of Lana Del Rey? I still listen to that on a daily basis. Lastly, the Felix Da Housecat remix of RAC’s Hollywood. Check out the original too. I’m surprised, yet also amazed, that their original music is quite different from their remixes. Expect more...
Well, these weren’t hard to find and the whole year I didn’t post these guys once which they dominated the years before, strangely they got a remix in last minute this year. Just in time for those year end lists! First off is the Soulwax remix of Late of the Pier Best in the Class. Although I’m still biased towards their huge remix of The Chemical Brothers, similar sounds as their other remixes, but god damn it’s great to hear another remix coming from Soulwax. I thought they gave up one them. Unfortunately this was in a single, but 70 cents isn’t terrible for a track right?! Second is the Danger remix of Nero, sounding a bit different as in more rock heavy and clean, but I’m definitely digging the track. It’s downloadable through official.fm, the link provided. I’m used to a more sinister feel from their tracks, he’s got some awesome EPs if you haven’t gotten it already. And lastly, the Clockwork remix of Para One! I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know Para One had an album, thought he mainly produced remixes. Great tracks, now to work on that Top list for the end of the year!
Nero – Me and You (Danger Remix) (password: nero10)
First official post from the big T.O., I finally have internet and everything is moved in. This post is more of a chart update, I haven’t had much time to surf around or search through my inbox looking for music. I wish there was an email provider that worked like Hype, anyways, three tracks I couldn’t stop listening to this weekend and yesterday. The Punks Jump Up remix of Miami Horror Moon Theory, haven’t heard any Miami Horror lately, meaning a month or two, but time has been trudging by. Reminds me of the old sounds though, quite nice to hear resurfacing. The Millionyoung remix of Memoryhouse To The Light House, both names I can’t say I’ve ever heard of but I definitely listened to this track at least 15 times today. I just put it on repeat and never got tired of it. And lastly, another group I haven’t heard from in a while, Soulwax. They remixed quite the appropriate track Yeah, Techno! by Paul Chambers.
Paul Chambers – Yeah, Techno (Soulwax Remix) (removed by request)
So these three tracks I thought had weird sounds, in a good way of course. First one is totally an interesting mash-up, from a tune we all obviously love Soulwax‘s remix of MGMT mashed up with David Bowie‘s Lady Stardust by A Plus D. Always loved mash-ups by A Plus D simply because you never hear it done like that, I think I posted one by them a while ago that blew my mind as well. Second was suggested to me, The Teenagers remix of Lo-Fi-Fnk which was different to say the least. Merci Aja, it was very rock remix which is nice coming from The Teenagers. And lastly, I have absolutely no idea how this track ended up on my desktop, I’m pretty sure it was from my inbox, but the Datarock track Give It Up. It was very chill-out club, if there’s such thing, but it bounced around genres which I love.
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.