drwex: (pogo)
Trying to keep my stress at a reasonable level, music helps. It helps if you can dance to this stuff.

http://djsteveboy.com/groovelectric.html
Doing something he said he'd never do, and with a large helping of sarcasm, DJ Steveboy has finally put out a trance mix on Groovelectric. His subscriber newsletter was more snark-full than the Web page, so I can't resist posting this one bit:
Trance became the elfie sword-and-sorcery fantasy of dance music. The Stevie Nicks of electronica. It could be downright embarrassing. Then came Tiesto, and, well, let's move on, shall we?

Well, with all that said, he did find some trance music he liked and put together a highly listenable, relaxing, and yes "feel-good" set. Check it out.

https://soundcloud.com/mashupgermany/whatsapper-speck
https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/underworld-born-slippy-nuxx
I was surprised that these two items appeared almost back-to-back in my stream. Both are reworks of older, popular tracks and both infuse new life into the older items.

The first one is by the excellent Mashup Germany, putting Peter Fox's "Schüttel deinen Speck" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTmf11OxOYc) a bebop-inspired dance-hop tune against MC Fitti's "Whatsapper" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rxb2A4uASqc), which is in turn based on the Ini Kamoze reggae fusion classic "Here Comes the Hotstepper". It's a brilliant combo, executed with Mashup Germany's flair and brilliance.

The second one is SPL (https://www.facebook.com/TheSPL) touching what has to be one of the classics of trance, Underworld's "Born Slippy NUXX" (Wikipedia has an excellent discussion of the two versions of the track and why they're often confused.) SPL borrows tropes from dubstep and d&b for this rework, but does a decent job of staying true to the original.

http://audioporncentral.com/2013/07/kavinsky-odd-look.html
Kavinsky, a French electro-synth producer, is at it again. This is his latest EP, with three mixes of the same track. The styles are so different, though, that if they didn't come labeled you'd be hard-pressed to tell they're the same. The first one features The Weeknd and it's a very disco styled Michael Jackson-esque vocal piece. The second is A-Trak with some deep dub house sounds and breaks, and I think I like this one best. The third is a hand-clapping/feet-stomping fast remix from Surkin, which sounds the most like the movie soundtracks Kavinsky is known for.

https://soundcloud.com/divideandkreate/christina-aguilera-your-body
Divide and Kreate has been working hard putting pop sounds into dance shapes. Here he's got Christina Aguilera's 2012 vamp-trash track "Your Body" and he makes it so much better than the original. He's cleaned up the sound, tightened up the vocals, and build a comfortable electro-pop backing for it. C.A. clearly needs a good producer and when she gets one she can sound really good.

https://soundcloud.com/djschmolli/example-vs-lenny-kravitz-are
This is utterly brilliant, even if it's Lenny Kravitz. DJ Schmolli did a mash-up called "Are You Gonna Change The Way You Kiss Me" for the second Pirate Nation compilation. Then DJ's from Mars got ahold of it and put their signature heavy stomping production touches on it. Pure gold.

https://soundcloud.com/themashupradio/01-dan-mei-this-is-what
Speaking of DJs remixing DJs, here's Dan Mei mashing up Armen van Buuren's "This is What It Feels Like". The original is a feel-good bit of vocal trance, which Dan Mei slams up against Zedd's "Clarity." The mash is tricky because both tracks feature high-quality strong vocals. AVB is featuring Trevor Guthrie and Zedd has Foxes doing the signature female voice for his track. The result is something of a vocal duet/duel and I really like it.
drwex: (pogo)
Three new items from three names you know, one new voice, and a couple mash-ups just to prove I haven't completely gone over to the other side. I'm saving the turbofunk for next time, though.

http://www.npr.org/event/music/168888064/david-byrne-st-vincent-in-concert
NPR has posted a link to excerpts of the recent David Byrne/St. Vincent show. It's a lot of fun and seeing that many horns on stage always improves my mood. You know what Talking Heads tune they're going to cover, though you have to wait 'till the end to get it.

http://laughingsquid.com/nerd-life-by-mc-frontalot/
New nerdcore by MC Frontalot. He's doing essentially the same thing he's been doing since I first heard him - rapid-fire geek rap. This is a fun self-referential tune, though it's pretty short at just over 2 minutes.

http://www.petshopboys.co.uk/
http://audioporncentral.com/2013/01/pet-shop-boys-memory-of-the-future-ulrich-schnauss-remix.html
I confess I had no idea that Pet Shop Boys were still (or again) making music. Like most folk (I imagine) I listened to them when electro was new and they were top-40 material. The new single, "Memory of the Future", is classic Pet Shop Boys, strong electronica over soft vocals. If you liked their old stuff this is probably going to hit you the right way. The first remix by Ulrich Schnauss is a little spacier, a little more ambient, and a lot more instrumental with more muted vocals. The second remix is Stuart Price’s and it plays up the beats, with added synth drums, and stretched time signatures. I like all three takes on the song, maybe favoring Schnauss's version a little more than the other two.

http://audioporncentral.com/2013/01/coma-bette-davis-eyes.html
Guilty pleasures time again. I used to like the Kim Carnes "Betty Davis Eyes". So much in fact that I'm able to enjoy this somewhat spacey, somewhat nu-disco remix by newcomers Coma. I am not that impressed by the intro but once it picks up it's a delight. This will be on their first album, which APC says is due out in April. Maybe we'll get another single or two from them to see what else they're capable of.

http://bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2012/Best%20of%20Bootie%202012%20(Unmixed)/Dan%20Mei%20-%20Good%20Time%20Gangnam%20Style.mp3
http://bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2012/Best%20of%20Bootie%202012%20(Unmixed)/DJ%20Em-Tee%20-%20Domino%20Feels%20So%20Close.mp3
I've been listening to Bootie Blog's best-of-2012 mash-up collection and found two I wanted to share. The first one is a "Gangname Style" remix but wait, it's brilliant. I promise! Dan Mei has done a fantastic job matching Psy with other tracks, which he weaves in and out. The transition at 2:28 is awesome.

The second one is a classic A|B mash-up, of the sort I normally pass over. But DJ Em-Tee (whom I don't think I've heard before) does a good job of controlling the cuts and pacing to give the mash a new sound. OK, it helps that I am not yet sick of the Jessie J tune. Hope you aren't either.
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Old joke I guess. Does anyone even know what a music deck is anymore? Anyway, here are three new sounds and some nice remixes from old favorites.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/CREEP/track/You_Planningtorock_Remix
Creep (http://www.myspace.com/wearecreep) are a Brooklyn duo that live musically someplace between punk and electronica. They call themselves trip hop but this stuff is much darker than what I usually associate with that kind of sound. The two remixes here have a minor-key electronic buzz that took me a couple of listens to get into, but is definitely growing on me.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/chucha_santamaria_y_usted/track/fiebre_tropical
Also outside my usual, Chucha Santamaria y Usted is sort of punk and sort of electronic and definitely Hispanic. But with church-choral overtones mixed under the typical Latin rhythms it comes across as an odd sort of inside-out music that is also pretty solidly electronic dance-pop. Go figure that one out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMHHHAi5Oqk
http://soundcloud.com/zagarmusic/sets/prophet-is-a-fool-remixes/
Zagar (http://www.zagarmusic.com/index_en.php) have a number of remixes out for this, their "Prophet Is A Fool" track. You can find all of them at the Soundcloud link. This one, Eriq Johnson's take, is neatly experimental and pulls in things from New York style R&B rhythms to Australian digeridoo influences, to vocal trance choral bits. Zagar themselves are Hungarian indie rockers who pull from all over - particularly jazz and trance-dance.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=384&Itemid=36
Dan Mei does a "return to a classic" mix here, using Katrina And The Waves' well-known "Walking On Sunshine" underneath Eric Hassle's "Hurtful" and speeding both up to a seriously kicking BPM. Say it with me - heavy horns make everything sound better.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=383&Itemid=36
Speaking of Dan Mei and making everything sound better, apparently it is possible to take a seriously mediocre and over-autotuned cover of Patti Smith's "Because The Night", mash that with a little Britney Spears drivel, an overplayed Bon Jovi tune, a heavy dollop of t.A.T.u and come up with something wholly awesome. I have no idea how, but it works. I blame it on t.A.T.u. whose hauntingly pained "Can you see me now?" echoes so strongly over the second half of the mix.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/06/illegal-sunday-production-unit-intro-again.html
Production Unit (http://dave.marciablaine.com/) takes two nice tracks - Alliyah's "Try Again" and The XX's spare and haunting "Intro" - to create a smooth beautiful mix with her vocals floating above the bass and beats. I've had this one on repeat for several days and it doesn't get old.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VBtI_sUuL58
And finally lobsterdust, who seemingly can do very little wrong these days. Here he takes the sacred psychedelia of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" and puts it up with the big dance sounds of Fatboy Slim's "Praise You." I linked to the video rather than the MP3 in part because watching it - and the very young Grace Slick - brought back memories. I believe the last time I saw her (and them) live was 1983 in a small theater just outside PA. From the sixth row I almost felt like I could touch her and when they sang this song she leaned way out over the audience and sang her heart out.
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I've had a bunch of tabs open for days and want to get them cleared up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDOPNLzEFH0
This is a must-watch. The song is pretty standard Japanese male-pop by someone using the name Genki Sudo. But the vid is brilliant. It's a group called "World Order" that is... um, how to describe this. Roboto sarariman? Um, yeah. Just watch it. They're doing a nicely synched dance routine to the tune and the video editing is tight, but what really makes this one rock is that they're doing it in Manhattan and the non-response of the blase' New Yorkers amuses the hell out of me. Particularly pay attention around 2:11 in when one of the dancers nearly smacks some chick in the face and she's so engrossed by her crackberry she can't even glance at them. This is New York, buddy. We get weirder things than you in our breakfast cereal.

(h/t to minerva42 for the link)

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Ladytron/track/Ace_of_Hz_Punks_Jump_Up_Remix
I keep thinking I should have said something about Ladytron before now. They've been around for at least a decade now (Wikipedia says 12 years) and their new wave/electro style was heard a lot in the last half of the 00's when they were remixing for a lot of big-name artists. This stream showcases their new "Ace of Hz" (pronounced 'hearts') track and a couple remixes of "Ghosts" - though I still prefer the original radio edit for its rich, eerie, and haunting feel.

http://www.djsteveboy.com/groovelectric.html
DJ Steveboy has been incredibly busy of late and his mixes have been fun to listen to. Back in January he did one called "Four on the Floor" that starts off with a version of M.A.N.D.Y - Oh Superman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7liQx92aoKk&feature=related). Yes, THAT "Oh Superman". I like the Steveboy version better than this YouTube version, but I'm mostly pulling it out because - hello - Laurie Anderson? Electro-House? Rock my little world!

(It has been said that you may be able to determine your musical compatibility with me by your ability to listen to and appreciate Laurie Anderson, particularly this track. I leave the readers to judge for themselves.)

His Jan 28 mix was called "This Old House" and featured a number of house favorites. I particularly liked the crossover house-world tracks like The Fort Knox Five's "Bhangra Paanch" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7mdbSlnE28). It's a bit down-tempo as befits dub, but with the minor-chord strong rhythm styling that characterizes bhangra for me. Again, the YouTube mix isn't exactly the one Steveboy uses, but it's as close as I could get.

Also in the dub house (ha, see what I did there?) is Chocolate Puma's "Back Home" (http://www.4shared.com/audio/6W8U3xW5/Chocolate_Puma_-_Back_Home_fea.html)

There's a new mix up today, but I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=352&Itemid=36
Some things sit open in tabs for a while because I am not sure I like them on first listen and want to come back to them. This one's been sitting for a while and I think I've decided I like it. Dan Mei's "Down With The Precious Sickness" combines Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness" - which I really do like - and Depeche Mode's "Precious". Which is OK, but far from their best. And I'm not entirely sold either on Dan Mei's innate skills or on the wisdom of combining metal with emo, except for the lulz. This, however, works.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=355&Itemid=36
Dan Mei and Marc Johnce contribute a mega-mash of six tracks ranging from the excellent Ting Tings to the pop Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne. With guests spots from Willow and The Police. One of these things is not like the others! It's a bit of a brain-bender but I wanted to point to it because I tend to like the bigger mash-ups when they work and this one may force me to revise my opinion of Dan Mei's skill.
drwex: (Default)
I've had a bunch of tabs open for days and want to get them cleared up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDOPNLzEFH0
This is a must-watch. The song is pretty standard Japanese male-pop by someone using the name Genki Sudo. But the vid is brilliant. It's a group called "World Order" that is... um, how to describe this. Roboto sarariman? Um, yeah. Just watch it. They're doing a nicely synched dance routine to the tune and the video editing is tight, but what really makes this one rock is that they're doing it in Manhattan and the non-response of the blase' New Yorkers amuses the hell out of me. Particularly pay attention around 2:11 in when one of the dancers nearly smacks some chick in the face and she's so engrossed by her crackberry she can't even glance at them. This is New York, buddy. We get weirder things than you in our breakfast cereal.

(h/t to minerva42 for the link)

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Ladytron/track/Ace_of_Hz_Punks_Jump_Up_Remix
I keep thinking I should have said something about Ladytron before now. They've been around for at least a decade now (Wikipedia says 12 years) and their new wave/electro style was heard a lot in the last half of the 00's when they were remixing for a lot of big-name artists. This stream showcases their new "Ace of Hz" (pronounced 'hearts') track and a couple remixes of "Ghosts" - though I still prefer the original radio edit for it's rich, eerie, and hauting feel.

http://www.djsteveboy.com/groovelectric.html
DJ Steveboy has been incredibly busy of late and his mixes have been fun to listen to. Back in January he did one called "Four on the Floor" that starts off with a version of M.A.N.D.Y - Oh Superman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7liQx92aoKk&feature=related). Yes, THAT "Oh Superman". I like the Steveboy version better than this YouTube version, but I'm mostly pulling it out because - hello - Laurie Anderson? Electro-House? Rock my little world!

(It has been said that you may be able to determine your musical compatibility with me by your ability to listen to and appreciate Laurie Anderson, particularly this track. I leave the readers to judge for themselves.)

His Jan 28 mix was called "This Old House" and featured a number of house favorites. I particularly liked the crossover house-world tracks like The Fort Knox Five's "Bhangra Paanch" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7mdbSlnE28). It's a bit down-tempo as befits dub, but with the minor-chord strong rhythm styling that characterizes bhangra for me. Again, the YouTube mix isn't exactly the one Steveboy uses, but it's as close as I could get.

Also in the dub house (ha, see what I did there?) is Chocolate Puma's "Back Home" (http://www.4shared.com/audio/6W8U3xW5/Chocolate_Puma_-_Back_Home_fea.html)

There's a new mix up today, but I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=352&Itemid=36
Some things sit open in tabs for a while because I am not sure I like them on first listen and want to come back to them. This one's been sitting for a while and I think I've decided I like it. Dan Mei's "Down With The Precious Sickness" combines Disturbed's "Down With The Sickness" - which I really do like - and Depeche Mode's "Precious". Which is OK, but far from their best. And I'm not entirely sold either on Dan Mei's innate skills or on the wisdom of combining metal with emo, except for the lulz. This, however, works.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=355&Itemid=36
Dan Mei and Marc Johnce contribute a mega-mash of six tracks ranging from the excellent Ting Tings to the pop Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne. With guests spots from Willow and The Police. One of these things is not like the others! It's a bit of a brain-bender but I wanted to point to it because I tend to like the bigger mash-ups when they work and this one may force me to revise my opinion of Dan Mei's skill.
drwex: (pogo)
I've tried to come up with some way quantify the links that hold together these selections but I can't so I ask you to listen along and see if you can hear it for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy7iV68zRDI
Corvus Corax's (http://www.last.fm/music/Corvus+Corax) "Filii Neidhardi". I pulled this one out of a recent DJ Purple set list. If you think Goth bellydance is cool, and bagpipes are severely underappreciated then you should listen to this. Corax are known both for their innovative use of bagpipes and for their dedication to the art of recreating "people's music" from the medieval time. The Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corvus_Corax_%28band%29) gives a good summary of their musical theories and interpretive projects.

http://music.skinnywhitechick.com/track/we-are-shangri-la
SJ Tucker's "We Are Shangri​-​La", also pulled from that same DJ Purple set. This is very different from the music I heard her do at Arisia and I like this style a lot. It's similar to the Corax tune in having a drum-dance rhythm but with a very different feel due to Tucker's vocals. Still, the two tunes connect strongly, for me. I'm not sure I can explain it to anyone else.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/04/complicated-universal-cum-i-can-hardly-wait.html
OK, I'm just going to sit here and wait until you've finished watching the video because nobody's going to read a word I have to say while THAT's playing. As I said to MizA... disTRACTing!

Done now? Fan yourself off, wipe up the drool, whatever it takes. The composer/performer goes by the unflattering name Complicated Universal Cum - it's one Danish psychedelic/techno/blues artist. So, yeah, complicated. The other tracks you can get from his MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/complicateduniversalcum) have a lot more psychedelic and blues influences but this one, "I Can Hardly Wait", has the kind of jangly guitar bits that would be at home on a folk album.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=264&Itemid=36
Time to shake up those folkies a bit - here we get Dan Mei showing us what it would sound like if Phil Collins had gone on to front a heavy metal band. Mei is blending Genesis's "Mama" with Nordman's "Om Gud Var Jag (If I Were God)" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzFWii80NA). I really recommend listening to that underlying track because damned if the same steel guitar isn't in there from the start. That guitar sound links this this one back "Hardly Wait and back again to "Shangri-La."
drwex: (Default)
I've tried to come up with some way quantify the links that hold together these selections but I can't so I ask you to listen along and see if you can hear it for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy7iV68zRDI
Corvus Corvax's (http://www.last.fm/music/Corvus+Corax) "Filii Neidhardi". I pulled this one out of a recent DJ Purple set list. If you think Goth bellydance is cool, and bagpipes are severely underappreciated then you should listen to this. Corvax are known both for their innovative use of bagpipes and for their dedication to the art of recreating "people's music" from the medieval time. The Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corvus_Corax_%28band%29) gives a good summary of their musical theories and interpretive projects.

http://music.skinnywhitechick.com/track/we-are-shangri-la
SJ Tucker's "We Are Shangri​-​La", also pulled from that same DJ Purple set. This is very different from the music I heard her do at Arisia and I like this style a lot. It's similar to the Corvax tune in having a drum-dance rhythm but with a very different feel due to Tucker's vocals. Still, the two tunes connect strongly, for me. I'm not sure I can explain it to anyone else.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/04/complicated-universal-cum-i-can-hardly-wait.html
OK, I'm just going to sit here and wait until you've finished watching the video because nobody's going to read a word I have to say while THAT's playing. As I said to MizA... disTRACTing!

Done now? Fan yourself off, wipe up the drool, whatever it takes. The composer/performer goes by the unflattering name Complicated Universal Cum - it's one Danish psychedelic/techno/blues artist. So, yeah, complicated. The other tracks you can get from his MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/complicateduniversalcum) have a lot more psychedelic and blues influences but this one, "I Can Hardly Wait", has the kind of jangly guitar bits that would be at home on a folk album.

http://www.mashup-industries.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=264&Itemid=36
Time to shake up those folkies a bit - here we get Dan Mei showing us what it would sound like if Phil Collins had gone on to front a heavy metal band. Mei is blending Genesis's "Mama" with Nordman's "Om Gud Var Jag (If I Were God)" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzzFWii80NA). I really recommend listening to that underlying track because damned if the same steel guitar isn't in there from the start. That guitar sound links this this one back "Hardly Wait and back again to "Shangri-La."

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