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I have two half-formed posts in my head and am not having much luck fully baking them. So like I do when that's going on, I listen to music. This set of links isn't planned out so much as "a set of musical coincidences".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yk5_y6IERw&feature=em-subs_digest
Florence is coming to town. I was a big fan when she first got played on this side of the pond and have dropped off considerably since then. It's not like Infected Mushroom where the music has changed. Nor, I think, is it the old fogey of I-can't-like-anything-once-it-gets-popular. Florence is still doing her thing, except with a big stage now, bigger budget, and the trappings that come with that. In this live recording from last year you can hear her with a big-stage quality drum kit backing, two backup singers, a harp, and a full live horn section. I'm left wondering if that makes her (act) better or not. What attracted me to her was the combination of her voice and the deep weirdness of her lyrics. It has been a very long time since I've seen a show at a place so big they needed Jumbotrons - I forget what stadium-concert sound is like. She's very clearly having fun, though, and that's a strong incentive to try and see her when she comes around. Of course, the ticket price is likely to make me balk, but it's a thought.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLKIkmiLCzM
Also coming to town is Bob Mould. I've written about my admiration for him a few times in the past. Going to see him would be a no-brainer except it's at the Paradise, a venue I despise. Their sound quality is uniformly terrible, sight lines are mediocre, and it's never comfortable. But it's Bob Mould, and I'm going to go in part because we've lost some great talents recently and I feel like I want to appreciate the really great gray-haired performers who are still with us. And because, duh, it's Bob Mould.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTKzF9mTqII
This was one of the fine tunes in the New Year's Eve party soundtrack. The host who had programmed that night's set has different musical tastes from mine, but there's a fair degree of overlap to the point where it's enjoyable for me to notice something they've picked and inquire, or to suggest something they can check out. Here is Melosense with a deep chill track. Very 'night music' and slinky acoustic sounds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obS09VerQig
While we're still in the mellow part of this post, let me also introduce you to Phutureprimitive. This track came off Pandora's recommendations from my modification of [livejournal.com profile] sweetmmeblue's Glitch Mob station. The resemblance should be clear - bass electronica, with a strong beat and some stutter programming. "Kinetik" is also an acoustic-only track.

https://soundcloud.com/vicetone/pitch-black
Vicetones continue to supply me with lush, sweet club sounds. It's a house track, like their other work, but it's also uptempo and melodic (despite the title). As so often happens I wish to complain that the track clocks in at under 3 minutes - feels more like a teaser than a fully developed track.

https://soundcloud.com/rac/beautiful-heartbeat
Back in 2014 I noted that RAC mixes have this habit of slipping by unremarked. And somehow I managed to go all of last year without blogging any of his work. My bad - I do follow it but don't always notice and mark his entries in my stream. This one reaches out and grabs you (well, if you're me) entirely because of the vocals. Frida Sundemo fronted this track for Morten originally and this is RAC's mix. Her voice is excellent - I particularly like how she handles the minor-key bits without sounding whiny.

http://new.livingelectro.com/House/126120-best_of_2015_-_megamashup_extended_club_mix.html
I hope you've had enough of relaxing because the last two items are going to break that mode. First up is DJs from Mars' year-end megamash. This is the extended mix - I linked the original when it came out last month but I like this better. You get an extra minute and a half of ear teasers as a bonus and where I thought the end of the original mix was kind of a letdown, this one goes strong right up to the last 20 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncxgwY77omA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiFRIzlt27g
About a decade or so again there was a thread in club music that was just generally called "hard". It featured very fast beats, electronica with distorted edges, insistent repetitive phrasing, and a lot of the tropes of club music at that time - sound samples, manga or Japanese animation elements, using horns or whistles as found sound, and simple message-oriented vocals. The first link is a recording of Marco V doing his hard anthem "Godd" recorded in 2005. I had forgotten all about this track - and really never was much of a hard fan - until a version of this got sampled in a DJ set I was listening to last week. I have no idea where the memory is from, but I remember thrashing to this track until my shirt was soaked with sweat. (I believe the track first came out in 2001 which only broadens the possible places/occasions - my best guess is one of the poolside parties that used to happen at Disclave.)

The second link is the V-Dubb remix of "Godd" and it's what started me on this as it was sampled in the DJ set and something in my brain pinged. This mix has some of the elements of the original but I think I can see how the edges are starting to soften and evolve into what house music would become in the years after. If you don't like hard techno you're not likely to enjoy this mix any more than the first, but for me it's a nice reminder of where EDM used to be when I was first dipping my toes into the waters.
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I have some updatey things to post, but first closing out a group of music tabs on a rainy Friday. Hope some of this gets you dancing. Several are old links that only recently drifted into my hearing and then there's one new awesome thing at the end.

https://soundcloud.com/featurecast/featurecast-my-thing
When I posted a Featurecast link back in January I also started poking around the things he'd uploaded to Soundcloud and this one - despite being a year old - stood out. It's funky and danceable built mostly around the Isley Brothers classic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMimqfJVedE) but sped up and spiced with breakbeats.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXFBXSPk6JI
https://www.myspace.com/fioramusic
One of the things Armin Van Buuren is best at is finding different voices. You rarely hear an established name fronting his tracks but you should pay attention to who he picks. This one caught my ear - she just doesn't have a typical voice. The singer goes by Fiora - that second link is her site - and if you go there you can see why. She's a classically trained vocalist. Sure, the track has good production values behind it, but her voice has a strength and clarity that stand out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO5X9ZUzqXM
I'm trying to remember where I first ran across Betoko (https://www.myspace.com/betoko). This track is far and away my favorite of his though it's almost a year old now. Betoko is Mexican by heritage but clearly London styled. This is some deep electro-house, a style he seems not to hit on his other posted samples.

https://soundcloud.com/djschmolli/dj-schmolli-suit-tie-any-way
DJ Schmolli has been posting some sweet tracks lately. This one is mostly an A|B mix of the 1970's soul act People's Choice and (yes, really) Justin Timberlake. Fortunately for us all the soul wins out and the track feels like a modern update of the classic "Do It Any Way You Wanna" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTKGbTGaMJY).

https://soundcloud.com/thebluewalrus/florence-and-the-machine-no
I stumbled on this a while back looking up some other track. Turns out this track is like the first 10 hits if you search on 'Spector Ryan Gosling'. It's a remix of Florence's powerful "No Light, No Light". The question with any remix is whether the remix adds something or shows the track in a new way and here I'm... unsure. Gosling has done a lot of stretching and warping starting around 2:40 that I just don't think works. The rest of the remix is pretty good, but probably not better than the original track.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kzt5dzyy-Q
Speaking of remixes, you can't turn around without tripping over a remix or cover of Daft Punk's new single "Get Lucky". It hasn't quite reached Gaga or Gotye levels, but give it time. I don't much like the original nor most covers, but then there's this guy, a picker named Charles Butler who's doing the entire song on banjo. That's kind of amusing.

Why do I know about this cover? I know because this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zAEBE2DQbI
That, dear hearts, is Beats Antique's cover of Charles Butler's cover of "Get Lucky". And it is an awesome thing. It's got Beats Antique's patented crunk rhythms under Butler's banjos and it makes me smile every time I play it.
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Sometimes when nothing goes according to plan you end up with more time on your hands than usual. Therefore, more music.

http://florenceandthemachine.net/
Sometimes I can be really slow. It's been over 18 months since I first tagged Florence as 'interesting' and her voice has grown on me in the interim. She has a richness and strength that I find really great to listen to. But remember way back when I noted she had kind of odd lyrics? Right, hold that thought.

I realized that I'd managed to miss her on tour as she came through here so I signed up for her mailing list to get notified when she comes around again and shortly thereafter I got a notice that the first single from her new album was posted. "What the Water Gave Me" is full on awesome, both in vocals and instrumentation. I've been playing it a couple times a day for myself and for anyone else who will sit still long enough to listen.

Then, finally, last night, I twigged to what the song is about. Whoa. Go listen and tell me what you think.

http://www.filestube.com/5b219da27c29e34603e9,g/Peter-Fox-schuettel-deinen-speck.html
http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---speckboss-molotov-seeed-vs.-peter-fox-vs.-marteria-vs.-fugees.mp3
Peter Fox has been absent from my listening for most of this year, which is clearly a failing on my part. He continues his unique style - almost spoken/not quite sung fast German lyrics over strong drumming and unusual melodies. The base track, "Schuettel Deinen Speck", has a jazzy sound with great horns and a bebop feel.

As with the last time the Fox track plays a strong part in a Mashup Germany mix. The mix is hard and heavy and a very different feel from the Fox original, but I quite like it.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/dj-y-alias-jy---bloody-stromae-the-bloody-beetroots-vs.-stromae-vs.-the-whip-vs.-refused-vs.-eskimos-egypt.mp3
European DJs love to build mixes around "Alors on Dance" and here DJ Y does just that, giving us a high energy dance banger with a hard electro-house edge.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/dj-morgoth---du-hast-das-feeling-black-eyed-peas-vs.-rammstein.mp3
DJ Morgoth is a very bad man. This one had me laughing out loud and I still chuckle at it. The combination is just so 'wrong' and he mostly makes it work anyway.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/08/roots-manuva-get-the-get.html
Roots Manuva (http://www.rootsmanuva.co.uk/rootsmanuva/) is a British rapper with strong reggae and electro-dance influences. This new track "Get the Get" has the usual stylings, plus a sweet back-up back-up vocal. APC says he has a new album coming out around the end of September, which should be fun.

http://audioporncentral.com/2011/08/miami-horror-under-the-milky-way.html
The Church's classic "Under The Milky Way" gets a wholly respectful and pleasant cover from Australian countrymen Miami Horror. According to their Web site (http://www.miamihorror.com/) they're about to relocate to the US at least for one tour and maybe longer. The Miami Horror sound is strongly electro-pop, with some dance tinges - I like this cover in part because it's less poppy and calmer than much of their original stuff.
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This is a little story built around some very good music. Click the links if you just want to listen; read on for amusement value.

http://www.kleptones.com/blog/

The story starts with the Kleptones posting three new tracks to their blog. It's apparently a sneak preview of their upcoming album, tentatively titled "Shits and Giggles". By the way, if you're visually inclined, they're asking for fan submissions of ideas for the album cover, on the theme of the title.

http://www.kleptones.com/music/sag/kleptones_lazydancer.mp3
The first track is fun, with a kind of odd spacey electro feel. It's mixing up a few tracks, none of which leap out at me and there's a big jump in feel halfway through. Nice, but let's move along.

http://www.kleptones.com/music/sag/kleptones_flikflok.mp3
Flik Flok is a more fun tune building underneath the rapid-fire lyrics of Dizzee Rascal's "Flex" and the name is an obvious play off Ke$ha's Tick Tock, which you can hear in the tune. Just goes to prove that if you're as good as these guys you can even make something good with Ke$ha sounds.

http://www.kleptones.com/music/sag/kleptones_heydrum.mp3
Then there's this. Clearly the best of the three tracks. It's got a strong electro-drum sound and a familiar vocal. I like it enough to shoot the link over to MizA who comes back with " !!!! What is that backbeat??" No idea, babe, but it's fun. It's dancey, with both jazz and hip-hop influences. After a couple of false starts at guessing the source I give up and post a comment on the Kleptones' blog, hoping they'll respond. Usually the Kleptones are good about listing their source tracks.

At this point I've clearly tagged the vocal as Florence and the Machine but we're still at a loss to identify what they're mixing her over. Ten minutes later, MizA comes back at me with "AH! I got it! Gwen Steffani "Hey Baby". One quick trip to YouTube later (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2agja_gwen-stefani-no-doubt-hey-baby_music) and that's confirmed. In retrospect it's now obvious that's the "Hey" in "Heydrum" and given that it's Florence the "drum" part can only be "Drumming Song" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3BqLDdhMhw).

Two great tastes that taste great together and props to MizA for the identify!
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This is a little story built around some very good music. Click the links if you just want to listen; read on for amusement value.

http://www.kleptones.com/blog/

The story starts with the Kleptones posting three new tracks to their blog. It's apparently a sneak preview of their upcoming album, tentatively titled "Shits and Giggles". By the way, if you're visually inclined, they're asking for fan submissions of ideas for the album cover, on the theme of the title.

http://www.kleptones.com/music/sag/kleptones_lazydancer.mp3
The first track is fun, with a kind of odd spacey electro feel. It's mixing up a few tracks, none of which leap out at me and there's a big jump in feel halfway through. Nice, but let's move along.

http://www.kleptones.com/music/sag/kleptones_flikflok.mp3
Flik Flok is a more fun tune building underneath the rapid-fire lyrics of Dizzee Rascal's "Flex" and the name is an obvious play off Ke$ha's Tick Tock, which you can hear in the tune. Just goes to prove that if you're as good as these guys you can even make something good with Ke$ha sounds.

http://www.kleptones.com/music/sag/kleptones_heydrum.mp3
Then there's this. Clearly the best of the three tracks. It's got a strong electro-drum sound and a familiar vocal. I like it enough to shoot the link over to MizA who comes back with " !!!! What is that backbeat??" No idea, babe, but it's fun. It's dancey, with both jazz and hip-hop influences. After a couple of false starts at guessing the source I give up and post a comment on the Kleptones' blog, hoping they'll respond. Usually the Kleptones are good about listing their source tracks.

At this point I've clearly tagged the vocal as Florence and the Machine but we're still at a loss to identify what they're mixing her over. Ten minutes later, MizA comes back at me with "AH! I got it! Gwen Steffani "Hey Baby". One quick trip to YouTube later (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2agja_gwen-stefani-no-doubt-hey-baby_music) and that's confirmed. In retrospect it's now obvious that's the "Hey" in "Heydrum" and given that it's Florence the "drum" part can only be "Drumming Song" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3BqLDdhMhw).

Two great tastes that taste great together and props to MizA for the identify!
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Audiporn Central continues to be a prolific source of new music. As with anything new, Sturgeon's Law does tend to apply. Here's some of what I think falls in the good 10%. If you aren't moved by these then I don't know what to do for you.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/jacques-renault-ones-twos-mix.html
Jacques Renault (http://www.jacquesrenault.com/), despite the name, is an American DJ/producer. This here is one seriously funky mix stream from the man whose other work seems to be much more conventional disco-influenced non-vocal dance music. This "Ones & Twos Mix" seems to be sampling a bit of everything, but it's laid down over a nice mellow bass mix. APC calls it "spaced out" but it doesn't feel that way to me - it's much more Motown meets Deep Purple meets P Funk.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/junkie-xl-the-fairlight-ep.html
And now you get to find out just what kind of a serious old-school electro-nerd I am. I adore Jan Hammer even if I did get sick of hearing the Miami Vice soundtrack on infinite repeat in the 90s. Track one of this three parter features the man doing what he does best, which is hard unapologetic electric chords and swooping notes sustained over whatever else is going on. In this case, it's Junkie XL (http://www.myspace.com/junkiexl) whose solo stuff also features just the kind of driving beats that make this extra-excellent. The underlying pace and style of this EP are very similar to Junkie XL's popular "Cosmic Rave" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WaTJiPLIHc).

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/frail-limb-purity-drake-v-sub-focus.html
Speaking of driving beats, this is a brilliant mash from Frail Limb Purity (http://fraillimbpurity.wordpress.com/) that uses the electro- thunder of Sub Focus's "Rock It" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdJgwf-_HGY) and where Rock It tends to have gaps and sort of fade out, this mix fills in with the rap lyrics and rhythms from Drake's "Forever" which features some of the bigger names in recent pop-rap. I'm not that fond of the Forever track by itself, but it works very well here.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/florence-the-machine-dog-days-are-over-2010-version.html
I have to admit that Florence is really growing on me. The more I listen the more I like her voice and I think she can get by without being weird for weird's sake (*cough*gaga*cough*). That said, you should watch the video, which is... um, really weird. And yet it has a beauty and sort of coolness that keeps me watching. Combining good use of saturate colors with random exploding people? Win!
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Audiporn Central continues to be a prolific source of new music. As with anything new, Sturgeon's Law does tend to apply. Here's some of what I think falls in the good 10%. If you aren't moved by these then I don't know what to do for you.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/jacques-renault-ones-twos-mix.html
Jacques Renault (http://www.jacquesrenault.com/), despite the name, is an American DJ/producer. This here is one seriously funky mix stream from the man whose other work seems to be much more conventional disco-influenced non-vocal dance music. This "Ones & Twos Mix" seems to be sampling a bit of everything, but it's laid down over a nice mellow bass mix. APC calls it "spaced out" but it doesn't feel that way to me - it's much more Motown meets Deep Purple meets P Funk.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/junkie-xl-the-fairlight-ep.html
And now you get to find out just what kind of a serious old-school electro-nerd I am. I adore Jan Hammer even if I did get sick of hearing the Miami Vice soundtrack on infinite repeat in the 90s. Track one of this three parter features the man doing what he does best, which is hard unapologetic electric chords and swooping notes sustained over whatever else is going on. In this case, it's Junkie XL (http://www.myspace.com/junkiexl) whose solo stuff also features just the kind of driving beats that make this extra-excellent. The underlying pace and style of this EP are very similar to Junkie XL's popular "Cosmic Rave" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WaTJiPLIHc).

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/frail-limb-purity-drake-v-sub-focus.html
Speaking of driving beats, this is a brilliant mash from Frail Limb Purity (http://fraillimbpurity.wordpress.com/) that uses the electro- thunder of Sub Focus's "Rock It" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdJgwf-_HGY) and where Rock It tends to have gaps and sort of fade out, this mix fills in with the rap lyrics and rhythms from Drake's "Forever" which features some of the bigger names in recent pop-rap. I'm not that fond of the Forever track by itself, but it works very well here.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/florence-the-machine-dog-days-are-over-2010-version.html
I have to admit that Florence is really growing on me. The more I listen the more I like her voice and I think she can get by without being weird for weird's sake (*cough*gaga*cough*). That said, you should watch the video, which is... um, really weird. And yet it has a beauty and sort of coolness that keeps me watching. Combining good use of saturate colors with random exploding people? Win!

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