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2012-06-15 12:41 pm

End of week tab closing (music)

I've got a couple of long-form listens for you and a couple of distinctly different items.

http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Alpines/track/Empire-CREEP-Remix/
Alpines (http://www.myspace.com/alpinesmusic) are a modern, low-key experimentalist duo from the UK driven by some strong and dark female vocals. This isn't per-se goth, but more "David Lynch dark." According to last.fm they call their own style "night pop" and that's perfect. The CREEP remix of "Empire" here pares down some of the more lush sounds of the original in favor of a deeper, more echoing approach. Both are excellent. You can hear the original and three other of their tracks on their site.

http://rcrdlbl.com/2012/06/13/stream_justice_new_lands_a_trak_remix_
I've been back and forth about this remix. A-Trak is trying hard and I think if I was looking for a fairly typical synth-heavy floor destroyer this would be good. It's definitely growing on me with re-listens.

http://bootiemashup.com/blog/2012/05/bootie-top-10-may-2012.html
Bootie Blog put out its May top-10 list and it's mostly things I haven't heard before. The blog lets you stream the whole list, which I generally don't recommend but this month is not bad. I only out-and-out-skip two of the tracks because I can't abide either Foreigner or large doses (like more than about 5 seconds) of Katy Perry. So those two are out, but the other 8 are pretty good. Of the eight, two are worth direct links:

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/05-2012/Part%20Of%20My%20Sexy%20Mashup%20-%20A%20Dylan%20Vasey%20Mashup.mp3
Dylan Vasey puts together a big-ass 8-way mega-mash featuring several of today's female pop voices (yes, including Ms Perry, shush you). He's got a good underlying kick beat and weaves the vocal bits in and out with LMFAO making fun of the whole mess. I can't help grinning and bopping along to this one.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/top10/05-2012/Surfin%20Bird%20Bangarang.mp3
Earlier I noted that A-Trak had failed to do anything novel in his "New Lands" remix; this track is more like what I was looking for. Forme (http://www.formemusic.com/) - an Italian mixer - here produces an amazing dance-floor destroyer by combining the high-energy Skrillex "Bangarang" with... well, you should listen and not have me spoil it for you. Just suffice it to say it's not your typical mash-up.

http://audioporncentral.com/2012/06/wax-audio-mashopolos-iii-lp.html
Wax Audio's third album (Mashopolis III) is now available for free download. I listened to one or two tracks earlier this week and wasn't that taken by it. But listening to the entire stream is a different experience. It's a trip down memory lane, a loving homage to anthemic big rock of the 80s. Queen, U2, Dio, Slayer, and Europe all feature prominently, mixed and mashed against other classics as well as a few modern sounds and live bits done with the stadium-audience noise. (Yes, Nirvana is now classic rock; deal with it.) If you can't listen to the whole thing, you should at least try "Lady Judas" to get a feel for what you're missing.
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2011-01-06 11:12 am

More music already

Yeah, I know, I just did a music post, but there are a bunch of 'best of the year' things out so I'll be putting up a bunch today and hopefully another bunch before the week is out.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/12/dj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-popdj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-pop.html
I don't think you can do one of these without pointing to DJ Earworm's (http://www.facebook.com/Earworm) United State of Pop mix. His 2009 mix was awesome and really set a high bar for every mix last year. Earworm doesn't just mix a few tracks against each other - he samples at the word/phrase level and blends the results. Unfortunately (imo due to inferior source material) this year's mix isn't as good as last year's. His skills are still evident, but the 24 tracks represented here are more concerned with trying to sound like they are their own party than anything else.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/
Also like last year, Bootie turns in a few surprises in their top of the year picks. For one thing, the page now has a Soundcloud stream so you can listen to the set all together. I do wish Soundcloud would implement a "forward one track" feature, though. Bootie did something interesting this year, producing two lists. The first are in the mix - 23 tracks that fit together. Then they added 10 bonus tracks that they thought were good mixes, but that didn't fit the set for one reason or another. I didn't think much of the main set (the good tracks were ones I'd already blogged) but there are some real gems in the bonus tracks. Let's see:

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Mashup-Germany%20vs.%20Faroff%20-%20Everybody%20&%20Ray%20Speaks%20No%20Americano.mp3
Mashup Germany hit a home run with this one, called "Everybody & Ray Speaks No Americano". As you can guess from the title the popular Yolanda B Cool track is the backbone for this, and it's cut up and mashed with some great bits including some classic Ray Charles vocals that I just adore. Ray Charles was such an innovator in his time I regret he's not around to collaborate with some of today's best.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Titus%20Jones%20-%20I%20Wanna%20Bulletproof%20Dancer.mp3
Titus Jones turns in another hot dance track putting together four female vocalists, pitting La Roux and Robyn against Whitney Houston and Taylor Swift. As pop female vocals go, each has something interesting to add and the result makes the best of each one's style.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/LeeDM101%20-%20%28Find%20Myself%29%20A%20Heap%20Of%20Love.mp3
LeeDM101's "(Find Myself) A Heap Of Love" brings a melancholy note using mostly Florence & the Machine with a helping of Depeche Mode and some Imogen Heap.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJs%20From%20Mars%20-%20Love%20The%20Way%20You%20Lie%20In%20Paradise%20City.mp3
DJs from Mars remain some of the most brilliant creators in the scene and this track proves it. Take the problematic Eminem/Rihanna track and fold in some stereotypical 80s hair rock - that can't possibly work, can it? Uh, yeah. It works. Seriously, this ought not to be possible but these guys are that good.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJ%20Fox%20-%20Come%20See%20About%20Down.mp3
What could possibly make one overplayed Jay Sean tune interesting again? How about a BIG helping of Motown superstars The Supremes. This one may be more hit-or-miss for those of you who didn't grow up loving Motown the way my pre-pubescent past self did. The elegant style and beautiful harmonies of the Motown ladies were magical then and they're magical now. Props to DJ Fox for this blast from the past.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/Mashup-Germany%20-%20Imagine%20One%20Day%20So%20Far%20Away.mp3
Mashup Germany also take an overused track (Lennon's "Imagine") and reinvigorate it with contributions from a selection of more modern male vocalists. The combination of Matisyahu and Bob Marley is particular brilliant - an obvious pairing retrospect but so far as I know nobody's done it before.
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2011-01-06 11:12 am

More music already

Yeah, I know, I just did a music post, but there are a bunch of 'best of the year' things out so I'll be putting up a bunch today and hopefully another bunch before the week is out.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/12/dj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-popdj-earworm-united-state-of-pop-2010-dont-stop-the-pop.html
I don't think you can do one of these without pointing to DJ Earworm's (http://www.facebook.com/Earworm) United State of Pop mix. His 2009 mix was awesome and really set a high bar for every mix last year. Earworm doesn't just mix a few tracks against each other - he samples at the word/phrase level and blends the results. Unfortunately (imo due to inferior source material) this year's mix isn't as good as last year's. His skills are still evident, but the 24 tracks represented here are more concerned with trying to sound like they are their own party than anything else.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/
Also like last year, Bootie turns in a few surprises in their top of the year picks. For one thing, the page now has a Soundcloud stream so you can listen to the set all together. I do wish Soundcloud would implement a "forward one track" feature, though. Bootie did something interesting this year, producing two lists. The first are in the mix - 23 tracks that fit together. Then they added 10 bonus tracks that they thought were good mixes, but that didn't fit the set for one reason or another. I didn't think much of the main set (the good tracks were ones I'd already blogged) but there are some real gems in the bonus tracks. Let's see:

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Mashup-Germany%20vs.%20Faroff%20-%20Everybody%20&%20Ray%20Speaks%20No%20Americano.mp3
Mashup Germany hit a home run with this one, called "Everybody & Ray Speaks No Americano". As you can guess from the title the popular Yolanda B Cool track is the backbone for this, and it's cut up and mashed with some great bits including some classic Ray Charles vocals that I just adore. Ray Charles was such an innovator in his time I regret he's not around to collaborate with some of today's best.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/Titus%20Jones%20-%20I%20Wanna%20Bulletproof%20Dancer.mp3
Titus Jones turns in another hot dance track putting together four female vocalists, pitting La Roux and Robyn against Whitney Houston and Taylor Swift. As pop female vocals go, each has something interesting to add and the result makes the best of each one's style.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20%28Unmixed%29/LeeDM101%20-%20%28Find%20Myself%29%20A%20Heap%20Of%20Love.mp3
LeeDM101's "(Find Myself) A Heap Of Love" brings a melancholy note using mostly Florence & the Machine with a helping of Depeche Mode and some Imogen Heap.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJs%20From%20Mars%20-%20Love%20The%20Way%20You%20Lie%20In%20Paradise%20City.mp3
DJs from Mars remain some of the most brilliant creators in the scene and this track proves it. Take the problematic Eminem/Rihanna track and fold in some stereotypical 80s hair rock - that can't possibly work, can it? Uh, yeah. It works. Seriously, this ought not to be possible but these guys are that good.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/DJ%20Fox%20-%20Come%20See%20About%20Down.mp3
What could possibly make one overplayed Jay Sean tune interesting again? How about a BIG helping of Motown superstars The Supremes. This one may be more hit-or-miss for those of you who didn't grow up loving Motown the way my pre-pubescent past self did. The elegant style and beautiful harmonies of the Motown ladies were magical then and they're magical now. Props to DJ Fox for this blast from the past.

http://www.bootiemashup.com/bestofbootie2010/Best%20of%20Bootie%202010%20-%20Bonus%20Tracks/Mashup-Germany%20-%20Imagine%20One%20Day%20So%20Far%20Away.mp3
Mashup Germany also take an overused track (Lennon's "Imagine") and reinvigorate it with contributions from a selection of more modern male vocalists. The combination of Matisyahu and Bob Marley is particular brilliant - an obvious pairing retrospect but so far as I know nobody's done it before.
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2010-12-03 04:25 pm

OK Music

No Art of Noise this time. I promise, soon. However, APC published some _awesome_ stuff this week that I want to share with you. First up, another video story...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkx9vxu4UW8&feature=player_embedded
A couple weeks ago I pointed to You Say Party in particular their video for "Lonely Lunch" which told an sf-nal story with the song as soundtrack. Now comes WAX TAILOR feat Charlotte Savary with "Dragon Chasers", which is a brilliant bit of noire down-tempo sound and video. Like all good noire, it's dark and mysterious and gets by less on action than on the way people _look_ at each other and things. Also, nice nods to the graphic novel form.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/simon-iddol-fogashaz-minimix.html
Simon Iddol did a little five-track minimix to promote a party in Budapest that he was DJing. The track list is there and all are pretty rocking. I have a problem listening to Jay-Z's "99 Problems", but the rest of the mix is good, with some really brilliant combinations including two surprising Beatles remixes. I guess getting their stuff on iTunes means we'll hear more Beatles mash-ups in the coming months.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/the-good-natured-be-my-animal.html
Another original+remix pairing, but this time I'll take the original over the remix. The song "Be My Animal" is by The Good Natured (http://www.facebook.com/thegoodnatured) and part of what makes it pleasing to my ear is the way the lead vocalist, Sarah McIntosh, is featured. She's got a potentially powerful voice, and though it's a bit too autotuned and clipped here, you get the sense she's got some power to show off. The remix loses a lot of her vocals; it's not bad on its own - just not as good.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/illegal-sunday-lobsterdust-down-unda-club-vj-brewski-video.html
I can't remember if I blogged DJ Lobsterdust's amusing mash of Men At Work vs 50 Cent before. The mix is a couple years old, but it's gotten a new video treatment, so it's worth a (re)visit.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/illegal-sunday-mixtape-caveirao-dance-1-2.html
It's been a long time since Bootie was good. It's been nearly forever since they were this AWESOME. These are two hour-long dance mixes that contain more clever blends and neat mashes than you can shake a stick at. I started playing this and narrating some of the great combos for MizA who eventually got enough time to play the mixes and started naming combos back to me. It's a blast. Sadly there's no tracklist I can find to verify against.
drwex: (Default)
2010-12-03 04:25 pm

OK Music

No Art of Noise this time. I promise, soon. However, APC published some _awesome_ stuff this week that I want to share with you. First up, another video story...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkx9vxu4UW8&feature=player_embedded
A couple weeks ago I pointed to You Say Party in particular their video for "Lonely Lunch" which told an sf-nal story with the song as soundtrack. Now comes WAX TAILOR feat Charlotte Savary with "Dragon Chasers", which is a brilliant bit of noire down-tempo sound and video. Like all good noire, it's dark and mysterious and gets by less on action than on the way people _look_ at each other and things. Also, nice nods to the graphic novel form.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/simon-iddol-fogashaz-minimix.html
Simon Iddol did a little five-track minimix to promote a party in Budapest that he was DJing. The track list is there and all are pretty rocking. I have a problem listening to Jay-Z's "99 Problems", but the rest of the mix is good, with some really brilliant combinations including two surprising Beatles remixes. I guess getting their stuff on iTunes means we'll hear more Beatles mash-ups in the coming months.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/the-good-natured-be-my-animal.html
Another original+remix pairing, but this time I'll take the original over the remix. The song "Be My Animal" is by The Good Natured (http://www.facebook.com/thegoodnatured) and part of what makes it pleasing to my ear is the way the lead vocalist, Sarah McIntosh, is featured. She's got a potentially powerful voice, and though it's a bit too autotuned and clipped here, you get the sense she's got some power to show off. The remix loses a lot of her vocals; it's not bad on its own - just not as good.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/illegal-sunday-lobsterdust-down-unda-club-vj-brewski-video.html
I can't remember if I blogged DJ Lobsterdust's amusing mash of Men At Work vs 50 Cent before. The mix is a couple years old, but it's gotten a new video treatment, so it's worth a (re)visit.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/11/illegal-sunday-mixtape-caveirao-dance-1-2.html
It's been a long time since Bootie was good. It's been nearly forever since they were this AWESOME. These are two hour-long dance mixes that contain more clever blends and neat mashes than you can shake a stick at. I started playing this and narrating some of the great combos for MizA who eventually got enough time to play the mixes and started naming combos back to me. It's a blast. Sadly there's no tracklist I can find to verify against.
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2010-08-26 05:29 pm

Bootie music 1

OK, most of it is still "meh" but there are a few gems in here, mostly things based on tunes I like.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/tripp-papawasaghost.mp3
DJ Tripp mashes up "Poppa Was A Rolling Stone" - the Temptations classic - with a Deadmau5 track that I'll be damned if I can identify. It's beautiful and danceable with Deadmau5's trademark electronic riffs. If you're a Temps fan, by the way, you should definitely see if you can find the cover/update of "Poppa" done by Was (not Was).

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---imagine-one-day-so-far-away.mp3
Mashup Germany does an amazing piece of work here, mixing five different vocalists' work in a mix I wouldn't mind slow-dancing to. (Matisyahu, John Lennon, Blink 182, Gentlemen - http://www.myspace.com/rockfromgentlemen - and Bob Marley.)

http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Take%20Me%20On%20The%20Crazy%20Train.mp3
Madmixmustang (http://www.madmixmustang.nl/) puts forth a scary tour-de-force by mashing up two acts with very different styles that anyone who listened to music in the 80s will recognize. And no, I'm not going to spoil it by telling you who. It's been a long time since I linked a brain-blending mix and you should enjoy it unspoiled.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/major-lazer-vs.-harold-faltermeyer---pon-de-foley-ludachrist-remix.mp3
Ludachrist (http://www.myspace.com/worshipludachrist) takes two different decades' electronic performers and mixes them up with a special helping of his own weirdness. It's ridiculously catchy.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/Come%20See%20About%20Down%20%28Jay%20Sean%20vs.%20Supremes%29.mp3
Have I confessed to loving Motown yet? Yes. In this post? Oh, yes. Well, OK then. The Supremes were beautiful and their silky vocals with their R&B and gospel influences are still beautiful today. DJ Fox (http://www.foxsounds.net/Fox_Sounds.html) clearly feels the same way as he's putting those vocals up with Jay Sean's 2009 smash pop hit "Down". I like the way the mix treats them as equals rather than trying to make the women into backing vocalists.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/kesha-vs.-queen---radio-tik-tok-djs-from-mars-bootleg-remix.mp3
The question still remains - is it possible to make something good from a Ke$ha tune? Here my new heroes DJs from Mars give it their honest best, putting "Tik Tok" against Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" which has to be one of the worst catchy tunes Queen ever released. Even Keith Richards' guitar licks make a guest appearance. The result is certainly danceable, but the basic question remains unanswered.
drwex: (Default)
2010-08-26 05:29 pm

Bootie music 1

OK, most of it is still "meh" but there are a few gems in here, mostly things based on tunes I like.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/tripp-papawasaghost.mp3
DJ Tripp mashes up "Poppa Was A Rolling Stone" - the Temptations classic - with a Deadmau5 track that I'll be damned if I can identify. It's beautiful and danceable with Deadmau5's trademark electronic riffs. If you're a Temps fan, by the way, you should definitely see if you can find the cover/update of "Poppa" done by Was (not Was).

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/mashup-germany---imagine-one-day-so-far-away.mp3
Mashup Germany does an amazing piece of work here, mixing five different vocalists' work in a mix I wouldn't mind slow-dancing to. (Matisyahu, John Lennon, Blink 182, Gentlemen - http://www.myspace.com/rockfromgentlemen - and Bob Marley.)

http://www.madmixmustang.nl/mp3/Take%20Me%20On%20The%20Crazy%20Train.mp3
Madmixmustang (http://www.madmixmustang.nl/) puts forth a scary tour-de-force by mashing up two acts with very different styles that anyone who listened to music in the 80s will recognize. And no, I'm not going to spoil it by telling you who. It's been a long time since I linked a brain-blending mix and you should enjoy it unspoiled.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/major-lazer-vs.-harold-faltermeyer---pon-de-foley-ludachrist-remix.mp3
Ludachrist (http://www.myspace.com/worshipludachrist) takes two different decades' electronic performers and mixes them up with a special helping of his own weirdness. It's ridiculously catchy.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/Come%20See%20About%20Down%20%28Jay%20Sean%20vs.%20Supremes%29.mp3
Have I confessed to loving Motown yet? Yes. In this post? Oh, yes. Well, OK then. The Supremes were beautiful and their silky vocals with their R&B and gospel influences are still beautiful today. DJ Fox (http://www.foxsounds.net/Fox_Sounds.html) clearly feels the same way as he's putting those vocals up with Jay Sean's 2009 smash pop hit "Down". I like the way the mix treats them as equals rather than trying to make the women into backing vocalists.

http://viprhealthcare.typepad.com/files/kesha-vs.-queen---radio-tik-tok-djs-from-mars-bootleg-remix.mp3
The question still remains - is it possible to make something good from a Ke$ha tune? Here my new heroes DJs from Mars give it their honest best, putting "Tik Tok" against Queen's "Radio Ga Ga" which has to be one of the worst catchy tunes Queen ever released. Even Keith Richards' guitar licks make a guest appearance. The result is certainly danceable, but the basic question remains unanswered.
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2010-04-14 05:33 pm

I have no clever music titles

But I've got a ton of open tabs and want to close some of them out, so here goes:

http://www.mashuptown.com/2010/04/audio-lynch-heartache-joy-dont-go-freemasons-feat-sylvia-masonjames-vs-yazoo-vs-livin-joy-vs-double-.html
This is a really brilliant mix from Marc Johnce & CjR working under the name Audio Lynch (http://audiolynch.wordpress.com/). It's got five major tunes, phat horn sounds, and a pleasant but not overdone dance beat. What's not to like?

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/I%20was%20made%20for%20a%20heavy%20cross%20%28A%20Copycat%20Mash%29.mp3
It's pretty rare that I link to anything from Bootie that I haven't seen elsewhere - see next link for example - but this one is ridiculously catchy, assuming you have some old fondness for late 70s metal and aren't utterly revolted by disco. It's merging The Gossip's (http://www.myspace.com/gossipband) "Heavy Cross" with old Kiss guitar licks. And it doth not suck.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/kleptones_welcomeback_dj.mp3
I've already sung the praises of The Kleptones' latest effort, but you should grab this single remix of their "Welcome Back DJ" track. Again, it helps if you like old metal, as this track absolutely rises and falls with classic GnR.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/04/moonrunners.html
Daft Punk are very much old hat by now, so nobody should be mixing against them, right? Well, it's good so screw that. Moonrunners (http://myspace.com/moonrunners.universe) put their "Feels Like Magic" up against a Daft Punk staple and if it is, as APC says, a guilty pleasure it's a damned danceable pleasure. This is very much a pick-you-up-when-the-world-sucks track.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/04/the-glitch-mob-drive-it-like-you-stole-it.html
Speaking of things you want to dance to, this Glitch Mob track - the first off their upcoming album - has a really sweet set of beats going. Some definite house thump going on here, plus fuzz-muted electro and near-ambient vocals that I really like. "Drive It Like You Stole It" - drive with it cranked WAY up.
drwex: (Default)
2010-04-14 05:33 pm

I have no clever music titles

But I've got a ton of open tabs and want to close some of them out, so here goes:

http://www.mashuptown.com/2010/04/audio-lynch-heartache-joy-dont-go-freemasons-feat-sylvia-masonjames-vs-yazoo-vs-livin-joy-vs-double-.html
This is a really brilliant mix from Marc Johnce & CjR working under the name Audio Lynch (http://audiolynch.wordpress.com/). It's got five major tunes, phat horn sounds, and a pleasant but not overdone dance beat. What's not to like?

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/I%20was%20made%20for%20a%20heavy%20cross%20%28A%20Copycat%20Mash%29.mp3
It's pretty rare that I link to anything from Bootie that I haven't seen elsewhere - see next link for example - but this one is ridiculously catchy, assuming you have some old fondness for late 70s metal and aren't utterly revolted by disco. It's merging The Gossip's (http://www.myspace.com/gossipband) "Heavy Cross" with old Kiss guitar licks. And it doth not suck.

http://bootiemashup.com/top10/mp3s/kleptones_welcomeback_dj.mp3
I've already sung the praises of The Kleptones' latest effort, but you should grab this single remix of their "Welcome Back DJ" track. Again, it helps if you like old metal, as this track absolutely rises and falls with classic GnR.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/04/moonrunners.html
Daft Punk are very much old hat by now, so nobody should be mixing against them, right? Well, it's good so screw that. Moonrunners (http://myspace.com/moonrunners.universe) put their "Feels Like Magic" up against a Daft Punk staple and if it is, as APC says, a guilty pleasure it's a damned danceable pleasure. This is very much a pick-you-up-when-the-world-sucks track.

http://audioporncentral.com/2010/04/the-glitch-mob-drive-it-like-you-stole-it.html
Speaking of things you want to dance to, this Glitch Mob track - the first off their upcoming album - has a really sweet set of beats going. Some definite house thump going on here, plus fuzz-muted electro and near-ambient vocals that I really like. "Drive It Like You Stole It" - drive with it cranked WAY up.