Starting off with another track suggested to me, The Subs The Face of the Planet. They’re a Belgian techno-trance-esque group who make some pretty awesome music. I absolutely love how this song starts off, I actually love it because of how off it is. It evens out though. Second is the Van She Tech remix of Dan The Automator Rapper’s Delight. It’s 2 years old, I think the track is from early 2009, but Van She remixes are timeless. And I can’t miss out on the Alan Braxe remix of Ellie Goulding The Writer reposted from Aerial Noise. Can’t get enough of those two. Also been listening to the new Radiohead album, I will have to report back on it once I’ve listened to it a couple hundred times! Have a good Friday!!
The Subs – The Face Of The Planet
Three words to describe this; fucking sick mix. I haven’t posted a mix in a while, mainly because I haven’t found any great mixes, this CHORDS mixape by MMMatthias totally blew me away. Not to mention that putting a mix on Soundtrack is amazing, what a great way to show off the playlist. Included three tracks from the mixtape I couldn’t not include and following my usual limit. First off is the super funky Lorenz Rhode remix of Strip Steve Breakin’ which, more of this please? Maybe funk is my new thing, although I’m just as in love with the Broke One remix of Stadtkind. It totally reminds me of Justice for some reason, the static sound to the track? Maybe because it’s a pretty clean remix. And lastly, we haven’t heard from these guys in a while, put your hands together for Van She Technologic!! I posted another remix last week, this is another one of Vandroid Master & Slave.
Been away from the blog a bit, but I’m happily back. I’m glad to see that my co-writers have filled my spot well while I’ve been gone. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it beforehand, please welcome our newest writer Dexter! Totally four weeks late on that. And excuse my impulse post yesterday, genuinely excited that it was actually a Daft Punk track, but to my disappointment yet sweet surprise, it wasn’t. Although the track was decent.
So I’ve had these tracks sitting on my desktop on my break and they’ve been bothering me every time I’ve landed myself on the desktop to post them. Here they are! First is the Van She Tech from Michael Di Francesco, the guitar/synth player of the group, of Dragonette‘s Pick Up The Phone. I couldn’t help myself because I love Dragonette, completely a guilty pleasure I’ve publicly disclosed. It also makes me go back to the Van She remixes which I haven’t heard any new ones in a while. Stretched out intro, but I’m completely into the main beat that comes in around a minute fourteen. Haven’t heard many awesome retro 80’s beats in a while, this is as close as it gets. Trust Van She to do the deed. In the same vein, Buffetlibre‘s remix of The Antlers. Really cheery sounding remix, lyrics are still kind of sad. And lastly, an original from Death to the Throne. I didn’t ignore your email my friend! It just took a long time for me to get to posting it… first thing that came to mind when I listened to this track was ‘bedazzled’ or ‘bejeweled’.
Date Released: June 12, 2009
Album Genre: Electro, Techno
Album Rating: 7/10
Sounds Like: Bag Raiders, Muscles, MSTRKRFT
This is a remix album by Van She Technologic, an offshoot of the original band Van She, of tracks from their debut album V. What can I say? We’ve been waiting for this. I remember when I first found out about Van She Tech, I was so excited that I bought V only to find out that they didn’t really have an electronic past. So this is quite refreshing from what I thought I was getting the first time. Not to mention that the naming is almost as confusing as Soulwax’s ensemble of different names they use. I enjoyed this remix album, it had various feels of the electro genre. Obviously heard some Aussie electro in here, but I also recognized something almost like French house with the track It Could Be The Same and like MSTRKRFT in Techno Music. The last track Virgin Suicide being very Shoegaze. Loved the contrast from this album, usually whenever I listen to a synth-based album or artist, it tends to sound relatively the same.
Van She – It Could Be The Same (Van She Tech Remix)
Van She – Sexual City (Van She Tech Remix)
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I haven’t posted Van She in a long time and it kind of makes me sad that I haven’t. Though in my defense, they haven’t made much recently. They’re totally the Australian Soulwax or is Soulwax the Belgian Van She. Well, Soulwax came first but I’m not going to argue about this. They’re both rock/dance bands, they both have electro counterparts. It’s becoming more common within bands now though. Two very different remixes by Van She. The first remix of Walter Meego is really upbeat, practically electropop and completely different from the original track. Actually really loving the original track as well, never heard of Walter Meego before but I’m quite interested now. He released an album recently called Voyager. Second remix is of Empire Of The Sun, they took a different approach to the track. It sounds a lot like the original in the intro, but it changes pretty quickly. This is a bit less synth than the other remix, I can’t really choose which one I like more. They’re a indie pop band out of NSW, Australia. I think they only have one single out so far called Walking on a Dream. Sorry, for US only. Funny that I’m giving you the link but I can’t even go to it myself.
So this is actually the first guest post on this blog from Cassette Culture. His mixtape is based on remixes of Australian electro-pop artists, something which I’ve definitely been ignoring lately. Thanks for the guest post.
Now if anybody actually said “Psychedelic Australian Electro-Pop” to me vocally I think I’d recoil in horror, but apart from actually listening to the music I’m about to talk about, it’s probably the best way to describe it.
Over the last few months there’s been a burst of activity from these bands that seem to be, for the large part, based in Sydney or Melbourne. Excitingly for us, these guys have all started remixing each other’s stuff. Double the fun.
Here’s a couple of tracks from the front runners of this Australian revolution – Cut Copy and Ladyhawke. Midnight Juggernauts have produced a slightly less dancefloor friendly, more psychedelic remix of Cut Copy’s “Hearts on Fire” whilst Van She Tech have transformed Ladyhawke’s Van Halen esque “Back of the Van” into an infectious dancefloor pounder. Enjoy yourselves.
I’ve been saving these tracks for a while cause I was going to put them in a mix I was making. Anyways, now that’s done I can post em up. I used all three tracks. I loved the MMMatthias remix of Coldplay when it came out a couple weeks ago. Well I still do, but it’s been a while. It’s got a great dirty static electro sound. Van She Tech as usually with a remix of their own song from back in the day. As you will find out, I love Van She Tech and their Aussie sound. And lastly, the Hot Chip remix of The Rolling Stones. That’s the best quality you’re getting out of me, you’ll have to buy it if you want better. Quality of the file aside, the track is fantastic. I love any attempt people make on trying to remix the Stones.