drwex: (VNV)
Missed doing this on Friday (what else is new) so here's your latest set of beautiful tracks. This time we're going to keep things low and slow, saving the house bangers for next time.

https://soundcloud.com/illeniumofficial/illenium-fortress-ft-joni-fatora
Illenium is a DJ named Nick Miller and I've no idea why this track is tagged with #dubstep and #skrillex because I don't think it's either of those things. Instead it's a lovely melodic dance piece featuring some beautiful vocals from a singer Joni Fatora (http://www.jonifatora.net/) whose debut EP is just out now. I must take a moment to say this is the most unreadable Web site I've seen since Flash went out of style. It uses a dreadfully small poorly kerned font in white text on a light blue-gray background. If you can read it you have better eyes than I do. Fortunately her voice is a lot better than this design, but sheesh.

https://soundcloud.com/rac/tearing-me-up-rac-mix
Most of the things I link to have fairly high BPM, but I can still appreciate a good slow track, like this one. This is RAC's slinky melodic slow-mix of Bob Moses's "Tearing Me Up" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4oUeqOkb90). It's not hugely different from the original, but the remix adds some layers of sound, smooths some of the original's roughness, and just generally leaves me thinking this should be playing as part of foreplay. Also, am I the only one who hears echoes of Timbuk 3 here?

https://soundcloud.com/ho0ya/mako-smoke-filled-room-hooya-remix
A little farther up the BPM scale, but still in the sexy department, comes Hooya's remix of Mako's "Smoke Filled Room" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TutIVpWf4U). The remix is more house and less frenetic than the original but still very vocal-centric and wants to win you over with beauty rather than force.

https://soundcloud.com/loo-and-placido-mashups/major-lazer-x-gramatik-friends-loo-placido-mashup
Loo & Placido produce a slow-dance mash-up take on Major Lazer's "Lean On" using some of the best chill/funk/soul sounds from Gramatik. I can't place exactly which track(s) they're sampling but it's still very close to the slow-dance vibe of the previous track.

https://soundcloud.com/funkingham/wooly-bully1111pied-piper-paul-fabian-edit
This is a blast from deep in my childhood. The original "Wooly Bully" was something of a one-hit wonder back in the 60's and has showed up here and there in covers and references since then. This is an updated and funky take that is very true to the original. There's still the original blues rhythms that you heard in so many early rock hits but it's gently filtered. I bet I could still Twist to it, though.
drwex: (Troll)
For once I've got this planned. Time is still tight but I'm waiting for IT to sort out a scanning issue, so here we go.

http://m3ll155x.com/
FKA twigs is the stage name of Tahliah Debrett Barnett, an English/Jamaican singer and dancer. She's put out a couple of EPs so far and this site will play you tracks from her newest just-released EP. Her sound has been described as "ethereal", "twisted", and "R&B". I'm not so sure on the last one but the former two, yeah. This is the electronic music of modern dance - it has those rhythms and sensibilities, along with an interesting vocal range and sounds imported from fuzzy electronica. If you're interested in the dance bits, go to the YouTube-hosted copy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYU3j-22360) and skip forward to about 8:30.

https://soundcloud.com/loo-and-placido-mashups/deorro-smashed-by-loo-placido
Another Loo & Placido smash, this one using some classic Sugarhill Gang. The tracks kind of bounces along, the way you'd expect such a smash to bounce. It's a fun track, but nothing exceptional.

https://soundcloud.com/bautmusic/sean-paul-temperature-baut-bootleg
Baut brings a remix of Sean Paul's reggae-rockin "Temperature". It's hard to believe this track is almost ten years old now. Baut's treatment is stripped down and more spare than the original. This has the effect of highlighting the vocals but at the same time leaving the track feeling thin. The original has a sense of the banging steel you get from lots of reggae. Here there are piano bits and it's just not the same.

https://soundcloud.com/thefallingapple/alesso-ft-roy-english-cool-nomero-remix
Another remix, this time Nomero doing a deep house remix of Alesso's "Cool". As with the previous item, this one is also sparer and simpler than the original, which is a pretty standard teen dance track. Maybe it's just my fondness for deep house, but I think this remix works better.

http://www.npr.org/2015/08/26/434358222/first-listen-dam-funk-invite-the-light#playlist
Saving the best for last, as usual. MizA sent me this compilation of pretty intense jazzy funky stuff. Dam-Funk isn't so much doing funk as he's using funk source material to make other kinds of music, much of which I'd class as "jazz". Tere are tracks like "HowUGon'Fu*kAround..." which is much more like funk-infused hip-hop but even here there are jazz riffs and rhythms throughout. In the end I think I'm not enough of a jazz fan to give this a big thumbs up but it's interesting to see people experimenting with musical styles.
drwex: (Troll)
OK, I've been promising this music post for a while. I've had some open tabs and then I got handed two excellent pointers over on G+ that I want to re-share, so those will be at the end.

https://soundcloud.com/henryhacking/dubvision-vs-one-republic-lose-my-heart-henry-hacking-mash-up
Henry Hacking mixes DubVision's "Heart" with OneRepublic's "If I Lose Myself". It's a little high-pitched and sort of sappy for me, but it's worth a listen.

https://soundcloud.com/jmprosoundmusic/lean-on-x-see-you-again-x-wonderwall-js-vip-intro-mashup
I generally loathe "Wonderwall" mash-ups but "Lean On" has been used in some good mixes so it's a question of how much you like the resulting blend. JM PROSOUND starts off with a slow intro but by the time he hits the "1-2-3 JUMP!" point the track is really rockin' along. This is very much a get-up-and-dance mix.

https://soundcloud.com/pennwallace3/orbit
An interesting first entry from someone new to me. It's a five-way of mostly pop tunes that caught my eye because of the David Bowie mention, though there's not much Bowie in this mash until you hit 2/3 of the way through. I'm not sure it works - the whole thing teeters on the edge of trainwreck, but another worth a listen entry.

https://soundcloud.com/loo-and-placido-mashups/oliver-heldens-x-john-newman-x-loopers-smashed-by-loo-placido
It has been a while since I heard something from Loo & Placido that I thought was worth blogging. This tune is an interesting three-way mash with a strong driving beat. By which this is the sort of music I'll play when I need to cover some highway distance and want music to push me along.

https://soundcloud.com/chris-meid/chris-meid-bergershaqiri-eye-of-the-tiger-ft-drew-tabor
In the realm of "things you've heard a million times" you can put "Eye of the Tiger" covers, samples, and remixes. So why link this track? Because it's an interesting vocal take on the riff we all know so well. It's not a complete rework of the song, which I would have liked, but a very modern interpretation from Berger&Shaqiri with help from Chris Meid.

Which brings me to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvYgbXipvP8 (Pygment DO NOT WATCH, just listen)
From the "you gotta hear this" recommendations comes one you really gotta listen to. Jetta, a UK-based singer who has been around for a few years, got this cover of Ten Years After's "I'd Love to Change the World" used in some movie trailers and with good reason. It's a lyrical and haunting remake of the tune that cuts out some of the original lyrics in favor of echoing electronica.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5bwStdo3TE
Naomi Scott (http://naomiscottmusic.com/) is one of those really talented vocalists I love to hear but would never have found except for my friends. There's a lot going on in this seemingly simple track, not least of which is the way the trio harmonize. It's got folk overtones, jazz rhythms, and that same driving energy I mentioned earlier.
drwex: (VNV)
I've gone through the Best of Bootie 2014 mixes and have four to talk about. If you just want to stream or download the whole thing you can get it at that link. Fair warning: the Bootie links are MP3s that will probably start playing on click.

http://bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2014/Best%20of%20Bootie%202014%20(Unmixed)/DJs%20From%20Mars%20vs.%20DJ%20Surda%20-%20Jammin%20Good.mp3
http://bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2014/Best%20of%20Bootie%202014%20(Unmixed)/DJs%20From%20Mars%20-%20We%20Will%20Breate%20In%20The%20Name%20of%20Bangarang.mp3

DJs from Mars make several appearances in the Bootie list and I think I like the first in this pair best because the source material is James Brown and Bob Marley. Kind of hard to go wrong with that, and this mix doesn't disappoint, mixing soul and reggae and the DJ's signature stomp beats.

The second track is pure fan service, putting together Queen's beloved "We Will Rock You" with Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name". That itself is well done, but then the DJs reach again into the popular closet and come up with some Prodigy and some Skrillex to give everything a racing fast harder edge. It's still a love anthem to rock, and when it kicks into high gear around 2:35 it's a hard rock on meth mix.

http://bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2014/Best%20of%20Bootie%202014%20(Unmixed)/Loo%20&%20Placido%20-%20All%20Night%20(Don't%20Stop).mp3
Loo & Placido have two entries in the set and this one is the better of the two for my money. It's a high-energy bounce-and-rock opening that has some real surprise change-ups in it. The transition from piano to piano-and-vocals caught me by surprise and actually made me laugh out loud at its cleverness. This is the sort of track I'd open a club set with - enough energy to get people moving and enough variety to catch attention.

http://bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2014/Best%20of%20Bootie%202014%20(Unmixed)/Lobsterdust%20-%20Anaconda%20Action.mp3
Lobsterdust makes an appearance with an eight-way juggernaut of a mix. This one is clearly done for the humor value, as there are both lyrical and musical juxtapositions that are done just to say "isn't that funny". I suspect if you don't like the humor you won't like this mash, but I don't recall Lobsterdust ever doing a humorous mix before so I flagged this one. His other entry is a standard A|B pairing that's fine but unexceptional.

https://soundcloud.com/eskimorecordings/eelke-kleijn-lovely-sweet
I can't remember the sequence that landed me on Eelke Kleijn (http://www.eelkekleijn.nl/) but his compositions are an interesting atmospheric palate cleanser. They're mostly instrumental, or use voice-as-instrument, and his work has started appearing in media such as TV/movie trailers. His style, as here, is often ethereal and I like it as background while I'm working on other things.

http://thissongissick.com/blog/2014/dzeko-torres-2014-in-10-minutes/
You know there are going to be any number of end-of-year mashes and I'll probably blog the ones I find interesting, but I wanted to pull this one first as it's something I've not seen before. Dzeko and Torres have put together not a single mash track, but ten full minutes showcasing EDM tracks - 62 to be precise - of 2014. There are some big names in here (Tiesto, Hardwell) but the majority are lesser-known producers doing interesting things. At 600 seconds to cover 62 tunes you're rarely getting more than a tiny snip of anything before the track moves on, but there's a listing you can use to track things down (if you're crazy like me).
drwex: (Troll)
OK, right, Friday. Lots of music tabs to close so hold on tight. The first section is heavily funkalicious; the second group are remixes of favorite tunes.

https://soundcloud.com/father-funk/funk-aerobics
If more aerobics classes had soundtracks like this I might do some. It's Father Funk doing 37 minutes of funktastic remixes. It's all here: phat horns, electro-fuzzy bass lines, and solid beats. Oh, yeah, and free downloads.

https://soundcloud.com/looandplacido/beyonce-x-duck-sauce-x-syn-cole-x-merk-kremont-loo-placido-bootleg
Don't sit down just yet - Loo & Placido have another funk-dancing mix for you. This one is largely a Duck Sauce remix but it's got all kinds of goodness. It starts off fast, builds for a couple minutes, then has a nice brass + vocals interlude in the middle before thundering off again.

http://www.djsteveboy.com/blockpartyfunkblast.html
Oh yeah. Sexy, sweaty, core funk. This is why I first started listing to Groovelectric many years ago and I love when he comes back to his roots. There's so much to like here but my favorite bit is definitely the Beatangers' "Get Up Everybody." Unfortunately it's not online (except a randomly chopped sample) so I can't link it for you, but if you can piece it out of this mix you can get it on Beatport.

https://soundcloud.com/stilvortalent/oliver-koletzki-feat-leslie?in=stilvortalent/sets/svt140
This is "No Man No Cry" from Oliver Koletzki (who is German so most of the info I could find on him is not something I can directly read). I like the track and it's a great example of how modern music is still being influenced by funk. This track also has some heavy electro-disco and obvious 90s-era electro-pop influences, but that's not always a bad thing.

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OK switching gears now

https://soundcloud.com/sed-rah/sedrah-thumb-around-for-galvanize-mashup
Sedrah (or Se3drah) brings a very modern take on the classic "Jump Around", largely by mashing it up with another classic, the Chemical Brothers' "Galvanize". This ought to be a trainwreck, but it works surprisingly well, bouncing back and forth between the two sources.

https://soundcloud.com/rems79/adele-vs-alan-parsons-project
I could have sworn I was All Done(tm) with Adele remixes. Not that they're bad - it's just that when she burst into popularity you couldn't turn around without stumbling over three remixes and two mash-ups. This one is using her popular "Rolling in the Deep" but mashes it with the Alan Parsons Project. If you have no idea who that was, well, you're not as old as I am. Suffice it to say Alan Parsons and his partner created some of the weirdest and artiest output of the prog rock genre. Rems79 uses the Adele vocals over Parsons electronica in a stroke of genius.

https://soundcloud.com/rems79/mackelmore-feat-ryan-lewis-vs
Speaking of things I was Done With, here's Rems79 again with a Mackelmore mash. Except it's using Queen's legendary "We Will Rock You". It's almost like a cover version, very true to the original vocals, but with this unusual backing track.

https://soundcloud.com/looandplacido/ac-dc-x-showtek-x-muse-x-a-trak-justice-x-lil-jon-loo-placido-bootleg
Another Loo & Placido entry, this one falls on this side of the divide because it's built around AC/DC's awesome "Thunderstruck," which is one of those great tunes I never seem to get tired of hearing. (If you're like me, check this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2AC41dglnM - a vid that went up a couple years ago of a 1991 AC/DC performance of the tune; man, they were young back then!)
drwex: (Troll)
Half my meetings today have been cancelled, so while I wait for the gaps to fill let's have some sounds. A couple of different things, a couple you'll be expecting.

https://soundcloud.com/thegoldenpony/the-sound-of-silence-the
I forget exactly what wandering took me to this remix from last year. It is, as the name says, The Golden Pony's remix of "The Sound of Silence". So if you're me get ready for a huge rush of nostalgia. It's wrapped up in modern electro-funk but very respectful of the original. I really like it.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/of-monsters-and-men-little-talks-thomas-jack-remix-free-download
I've mentioned Thomas Jack a couple times in the past. Each time he's brought gentle beats and a lighter tone to my day and this is no exception. It's his take on "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I), toned and quieted, but still bouncy fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCiQ7Lm8Jag
I found this one in a DJ Steveboy mix and liked it enough to pull out and blog separately. The is The Beatangers doing "What's That Sound." The first commenter (at least as of this writing) has it mostly - the track relies on the classic Rapper's Delight and a lyrical couplet from "Stop Children What's That Sound"?" though it's the Les Rythmes Digitales version, not the original.

https://soundcloud.com/djschmolli/insomnia-rhythm-satisfaction
DJ Schmolli has been uploading some of his older mixes. This one just went up a few weeks ago, but it's from 2011 and highlights some of the great dance tracks that were popular around then. It's a little bit of a trainwreck but the source materials are great and it's fun to remember them.

https://soundcloud.com/steyoyoke/skena-waiting-in-the-wings
I remain not a huge fan of Italian nu-disco but the electronic scene there has spawned some variations I do like. This, Skena's "Waiting in the Wings" is one such. It's darker and more ethereal, taking disco beats and looping them into a driving vibrato.

https://soundcloud.com/looandplacido/house-of-pain-x-gta-x-dj-kool-x-fatboy-slim-x-chardy-x-dooze-jackers-loo-placido-bootleg
https://soundcloud.com/looandplacido/tjr-vinai-x-ac-dc-x-metallica-x-lluke-diplo-loo-placido-bootleg
Here's a double shot of Loo & Placido multi-mashes in similar but different styles. The first one is a "Jump Around" moombahton mash with a number of scratch-based styles built around it. The intro is a little longer than I'd like but once it gets going it's a lot of bouncy fun.

The second one is a bounce-metal combo, which seems appropriate today since Nicky da B died this week. RIP Nicky. Twenty-four is way too soon.
drwex: (pogo)
Closing down the tabs as a form of holiday cleaning, including a double-shot of Mashup Germany. Here we go:

https://soundcloud.com/housemusic/rocks-n-stones-extended-mix-by
Dem Slackers turns in a nice electro-house mix (please do NOT go claiming that 4 minutes is "extended") of his own "Rocks n Stones". I wish I could identify the vocalist; she sounds vaguely Katy Perry-ish, but MizA disagrees. If you listen to the vocal sustains that start around 2:40 you can hear she's got some potential but it's still too heavily autotuned to be sure.

https://soundcloud.com/looandplacido/knife-party-vs-the-rapture-vs
Loo & Placido do a kind of strong electro slam-mix that can be a lot of fun when it works, and this one works. It's a five-way mash that is scheduled to appear on their New Year's release bootleg pack. I'll try to blog more of the tracks once it's released. Meanwhile this is some highly danceable stuff.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/london-grammar-strong-live
This is Live City (https://www.facebook.com/LiveCityMusic) remixing London Grammar's summer blue-collar ballad "Strong" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6drfp_3823I). I have to say that even though it's a bit cliche' I love her idea that 'strong' for a man is tenderly caring for a child. Also, fireworks. Take that Katy Perry. OK, where was I? Right, this remix - it's labeled prog-house but it feels more like standard vocal house. Hannah Reid (the singer for London Grammar) still carries this track the way she does the original. Vocals + piano + dance beats = beautiful, what can I say?

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/sandro-silva-quintino-epic-2
Just Fine and Atik did an electro-stomping remix of Sandro Silva & Quintino's "Epic". The original (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQKsLOPK_ls) is a high-BPM summer dance vibe that's pretty heavy on the thump. The bootleg use a slightly slower tempo and more orchestration, but it's still instrumental thumpy dance. The best part is definitely starting around 2:15 where the track drops to almost slinky riddim styles before speeding back up again.

https://soundcloud.com/mashupgermany/mashup-germany-du-hast
https://soundcloud.com/mashupgermany/mashup-germany-are-you-gonna
OK you've been very patient to get this far so here's your reward. Mashup Germany has been really prolific of late, but much of it has been German-language things that haven't really grabbed me. Rammstein, however, is a horse of another color altogether. This is a four-way mash built around their classic "Du Hast" which is a song I simply cannot play at less than volume 11. I also laughed out loud at the transition at 1:45 - it's the sort of "he did NOT..." transition I love in Mashup Germany's work.

The second one is listed as Mashup-Germany vs. DJ Schmolli because M.G. started with a Schmolli mash and then added his own touch. This is great work, though I think it's a little slow to start - the track doesn't really kick into high gear until almost 1:30. I've been sort of disappointed by Schmolli's efforts lately - he's doing a mash-a-day thing - and it's nice to be reminded that he did great work in the past and it can be made even better.
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Lots of things I've listened to lately haven't impressed me, but there are a few gems. This time we have a couple of mash-ups, a couple interesting voices, and one visually AWESOME thing.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/07/bat-for-lashes-laura.html
Bat For Lashes's singer Natasha Khan still has the power to melt me in my seat. This track, "Laura", is hauting and sad - essentially vocals and piano. She carries the emotion in her voice but it feels effortless, which is both a tribute to her and to whoever produced this track.

http://bootiemashup.com/blog/2012/07/bootie-top-10-july-2012.html
Bootie posted their July top 10, and I found four tracks worth grabbing, though I was sad that the usually excellent DJs from Mars only turn in a so-so mash. The first item is a Michael Jackson remix, "Beat It Freaks", which is pretty good. It's a four-way of Jackson against Yuksek, The Noisy Freaks, and Richard Cheese. I like the variation in pacing, and the use of Jackson's vocals over different backing music.

The big winner of this list is "Skrillex Rock". I continue to like Skrillex much better in mixes than on his own and here he's got stand-out backing from Daft Punk (Robot Rock), Queen (We Will Rock You), and House of Pain (Jump Around, of course, did they do anything else?). The whole track thunders along and I can't help dancing.

I also liked the Party Ben entry, "We Are Young", which is more of an electro-disco remix than a mash-up. Basically it's three different takes on the same track, woven together. It's dancey, hoppy-happy and a good antidote to the gray outside.

The DJ Schmolli entry, "Rock of Ages", is a near-trainwreck in places. It's an 8-track mega-mix that gets noisy and almost slips out of control but pulls it back in. It's good to see Schmolli stretching his skills more - he relies on his standard heavy metal favorites but takes things in a different direction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mYkv2O1Wyuw#!
This one you have to watch. No, really, you want to watch this. The Knocks (http://www.theknocks.com/) are an electronica duo who have teamed up with Fred Falke for this track, called "Geronimo". And look, the video features a Native American... who is AWESOME. Oh my god can that kid dance. The video credits list him as "Nakotah Larance" but I think they mean Nakotah LaRance, because see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKg8RQSv4LE&feature=youtube_gdata - this guy is a six time World Champion Hoop Dancer. Wow. Just, wow. By the way, it's a great track but the dancer really steals the show.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/07/burns-lies.html
http://www.factmag.com/2012/07/31/enjoy-rusties-glass-swords-youll-be-over-this-skream-remix-of-burns/
Burns (http://www.facebook.com/thisisburns) has a new EP coming out. Lies is the first single and it's a tight vocal electro production. I can't seem to find out who the singer is on the track, sadly. There are hints of trance buried in the track, and Skream picks up on those and goes in a whole new direction with his remix, giving us a chop-paced mix that feels experimental. Love it or hate it, it's another case of an established name trying something new rather than repeating the same old formula.

http://www.nme.com/news/deadmau5--2/64986
Deadmau5 remixes Nine Inch Nails. Either you like these two and will appreciate this remix, or you don't and won't. I can't say much more about that.
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Five things to listen to, with accompanying remixes. But first...

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/04/loo-placido-antisocial-pigs.html
It's been entirely too long since we had a straight-up mash to head-bang with. Loo and Placido oblige with a French-tinged five-way slam-banger anchored by Black Sabbath and Metallica.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/04/scissor-sisters-only-the-horses-video-and-calvin-harris-remix.html
First of a couple Scissor Sisters appearances in this post we have the new single - Only The Horses - from their upcoming album. The base track is their standard heavy-bass male-voiced electro-pop. That's paired with a Calvin Harris remix that does an interesting job of paring down the electro into a more spare and minor-key style, but still has that damned thump-thump going. I think both could dispense with it and have a stronger track as a result. I went back and re-listened to their 2010 Night Work and although it's the same piano/synth-heavy electro-pop the earlier stuff has a cleaner and less forced feel.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/04/ladyhawke-sunday-drive-scissor-sisters-and-gigamesh-remixes.html
In addition to their own stuff, Scissor Sisters have been remixing other peoples' stuff and doing a fair job at it. Here they turn in one of two remixes of Ladyhawke's (http://www.ladyhawkemusic.com/) "Sunday Drive". I thought I had reviewed this when it first came out earlier this month but apparently not. The original is a mix of electro and folk-rock with just a little bit of punk thrown in for good measure. Another voice I want to hear without extensive autotuning.

The Scissor Sisters remix takes out the punk bits, and smooths/stretches the rest giving it a more relaxed and less airy feel. I still want to take that damned kick-track away from them, though.

Gigamesh's version also has the kick-track, but uses it to anchor a more traditional vocal-house remix, combined with ambient electronica. As with the other remix I can't say one is definitively better than the others - all three are interesting takes on the track, which I expect we'll hear remixed more as the summer plays out.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/04/david-lynch-noahs-ark-moby-remix.html
Last time we checked in with David Lynch, he was working with Chrysta Bell and making heart-stopping chanteuse tracks. Here he's doing his own thing - as eerie as David Lynch can be - but with a fine remix polish by Moby, whose style is unmistakable in the string accompaniments and spare samples. The pairing works extraordinarily well - two master craftsmen.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/04/rachid-taha-bent-sahra-secousse-edit.html
Rachid Taha (http://www.rachidtaha.fr/wordpress/) is a French-African (Algerian) rai master with long years working in electronic rock and pop. Taha is often associated in the English-language world with The Clash and some of his stuff has definite punk influences, which I think I can hear in the original version of this track (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pQ_D5sDYuo). The Secousse remix damps down some of that in favor of more overt North African sounds, both vocal and instrumental. This is another case where I think both the original and the remix are excellent. Secousse (http://www.facebook.com/secousseltd) is a Paris-based, funk-influenced producer with a stompin' good style that's also worth checking out.
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My next-to-last Thursday-as-Friday so let's see what I can clear out. One long set, some loving remixes and we'll close out with a great new band from Europe. If there's a common thread to this set it's that all the selections are rich and reward multiple listens. There's a lot going on here.

http://soundcloud.com/looandplacido/loo-placido-retro-future-shock
This hour-long mix has been responsible for holding up a whole lot of other music listening as I've enjoyed it so much I played the whole thing through four times and select bits more than that. All the items here are Loo & Placido (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loo-Placido/43248313667) remixing others' work, doing their own bootlegs and mashes. It features a wide variety of electronic styles, of which my two favorites are probably the very first track, "Skrillex Rock" and, about a third of the way in, "Funky Dragula". This is volume 1 and I can't wait for the next volume.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/03/illegal-sunday-fissunix-hitzbreaker.html
Fissunix does some really clever thing with some of the great classic guitar licks and vocal samples from Zeppelin's classic "Heartbreaker". Of course anything that deals in James Brown and Sugar Hill Gang is likely to get thumbs-up from me, but I think what makes this work is that it's not a simple A|B mash, but rather a more complex layering and re-pacing of the track.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/03/kavinsky-road-game-f-o-o-l-remix.html
Kavinsky's "Road Game" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3lb_m1Eopo) gets a pounding remix here from F.O.O.L. The track is still mostly instrumental, but the remix gives it a driving intensity that makes me think of movie chase sequences. The remix amps things up and makes the whole track more bombastic and urgent-sounding.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/03/orbital-new-france-tom-middleton-cosmos-mix.html
Orbital has a new single out, New France, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qV-KwBfszc) and it's good. It puts me in mind of the best of their early stuff, with heavy electronica and near-trancey vocals mixed up and soaring the way they used to do it. Tom Middleton's mix is much more down-to-earth and substitutes low bass trance beats for the high-end vocals. The result feels much darker, but not in a black or negative sense. It's like the Orbital original celebrated the sunset and Middleton's remix celebrates the night that comes when the sun is fully down.

http://thedomusic.com/
Finally, one total change of pace. The Do is a French/Finnish collaboration that features intense vocals and extremely rich instrumentation. I recommend that you listen to the first track at the top - Gonna Be Sick! - first, to get a sense for the vocals. Then scroll all the way to the bottom and watch the extended video for their live studio session doing "Slippery Slope". The live session features some intensely awesome horns and percussions. The singing on Slippery Slope isn't bad - it's got that same full-throated intensity - but the big brass sounds are what make the track great.
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I've been spastically busy, with no time even to read LJ let alone blog this stuff. I'm seriously thinking of opening up a Blogger or similar host site for these just so I can point people at them without them having to wade through the rest of my LJ. Of course, that'd reveal just how excruciatingly few people actually READ this shit, so maybe not. ANYway...

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Vitalic/track/Second_Lives_The_Bloody_Beetroots_Remix
Vitalic (http://www.myspace.com/vitalicofficial) is an electro-disco master. His stuff has just enough of a funky edge to be interesting and avoid the over-drone that so much electro loses with. The first track on this page is pure instrumental; the second has some interesting if subdued female vocals. I like them both. This is the kind of stuff I like to listen to when I'm doing long highway drives - it keeps me moving and the beat is fast enough to match with the flow of the cars.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Music_Go_Music/track/Light_Of_Love_diskJokke_Remix
Music Go Music (http://www.myspace.com/musicgomusic) is another act that does most of its best work with no or very subdued vocals. The other tracks in this mix are a bit more plastic-pop than I like but the diskJokke remix is really nice.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/class-actress-%E2%80%93-journal-of-ardency.html
Hot hot hot! Class Actress (http://www.myspace.com/elizabethharper) lays down some nice funky beats under good vocals. Also I'm extremely susceptible to the sexy writhing woman thing. Yep, still a guy!

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/dj-fac-things-just-aint-forsaken.html
I thought I had mentioned work by DJ Fac (http://djfac.wordpress.com/) before but I can't find it right now, so let this be an interesting intro to what he's capable of doing. First, not a lot of people mix against VNV Nation, one of my favorite acts. So that got my attention. He's put the minimalist instrumental bits of their "Forsaken" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sme5EWwFViY) against Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox's "Things Just Ain't The Same" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7W7CRIkHK8) which I'm not all that impressed by on its own. How the heck Fac makes this combo work is beyond me, but it does work.

http://www.myspace.com/looandplacido
Loo and Placido released two new mixes - "Rolling for Cash" and "Californication" - which were immediately picked up by bloody every music blog I scan. The first one is a high-BPM take on making a Rolling Stones classic into a 21st-century dance track. Definitely a good pick-me-up. The second one is much more house-funk but also very danceable, with a slightly slower set of beats that drive hard under a bunch of synth-stretched vocal samples.

And heck, while you're listening definitely do not miss "Betty Got Jacked", which still has my vote for best remix of 2009.
drwex: (Default)
I've been spastically busy, with no time even to read LJ let alone blog this stuff. I'm seriously thinking of opening up a Blogger or similar host site for these just so I can point people at them without them having to wade through the rest of my LJ. Of course, that'd reveal just how excruciatingly few people actually READ this shit, so maybe not. ANYway...

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Vitalic/track/Second_Lives_The_Bloody_Beetroots_Remix
Vitalic (http://www.myspace.com/vitalicofficial) is an electro-disco master. His stuff has just enough of a funky edge to be interesting and avoid the over-drone that so much electro loses with. The first track on this page is pure instrumental; the second has some interesting if subdued female vocals. I like them both. This is the kind of stuff I like to listen to when I'm doing long highway drives - it keeps me moving and the beat is fast enough to match with the flow of the cars.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Music_Go_Music/track/Light_Of_Love_diskJokke_Remix
Music Go Music (http://www.myspace.com/musicgomusic) is another act that does most of its best work with no or very subdued vocals. The other tracks in this mix are a bit more plastic-pop than I like but the diskJokke remix is really nice.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/class-actress-%E2%80%93-journal-of-ardency.html
Hot hot hot! Class Actress (http://www.myspace.com/elizabethharper) lays down some nice funky beats under good vocals. Also I'm extremely susceptible to the sexy writhing woman thing. Yep, still a guy!

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/03/dj-fac-things-just-aint-forsaken.html
I thought I had mentioned work by DJ Fac (http://djfac.wordpress.com/) before but I can't find it right now, so let this be an interesting intro to what he's capable of doing. First, not a lot of people mix against VNV Nation, one of my favorite acts. So that got my attention. He's put the minimalist instrumental bits of their "Forsaken" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sme5EWwFViY) against Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox's "Things Just Ain't The Same" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7W7CRIkHK8) which I'm not all that impressed by on its own. How the heck Fac makes this combo work is beyond me, but it does work.

http://www.myspace.com/looandplacido
Loo and Placido released two new mixes - "Rolling for Cash" and "Californication" - which were immediately picked up by bloody every music blog I scan. The first one is a high-BPM take on making a Rolling Stones classic into a 21st-century dance track. Definitely a good pick-me-up. The second one is much more house-funk but also very danceable, with a slightly slower set of beats that drive hard under a bunch of synth-stretched vocal samples.

And heck, while you're listening definitely do not miss "Betty Got Jacked", which still has my vote for best remix of 2009.

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