Archive for January, 2009

Mylo + The Juan Maclean

Posted in Dance, Electronica, Experimental, New Wave with tags , on January 29, 2009 by adam

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I heart new music! When I heard about the release of Mylo’s new single “I’m Back” I went searching. What I found was pretty much what I expected. Solid gold. BBC Radio One premiered the song under the enclosing statement Mylo used, which was, “I’m Back.” As a result the mix took on this name. Therefore, Mylo’s “I’m Back,” may actually be entitled something completely different. Either way, this new piece from Mylo is sick. If you like what you hear check out Otto’s Journey and Drop the Pressure on Hype Machine.

Im Back (New Single/Radio Rip) – Mylo

Now that I have that out of my head. I get to talk about The Juan Maclean. Representing New York he’s currently on tour in Europe. His music is real chill. Marcus Worgull capitalized on his stuff by mixing the track “Simple Life.” In addition, I’ve posted some of The Juan Maclean’s own stuff. Check out “Give Me Every Little Thing.” It’s softer yet offers a heavy bass that can’t keep you still. Simply put, it’s kickass.

Simple Life (Marcus Worgull Remix) –  The Juan MacLean

Give Me Every Little Thing – The Juan Maclean

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Kanye

Posted in Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronica, Pop with tags , on January 28, 2009 by adam

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You can hate on Kanye West all you want but his resume speaks for itself. At age 30, he is a ten-time Grammy Award winning rapper, singer and record producer. Since beginning his career, Kanye has received 36 awards amongst 114 nominations. In 2008 he released his fourth album in five years. Prior to going solo, Kanye gained fame by producing for Roc-A-Fella Records creating hit singles for Alicia Keys, Ludacris, and Janet Jackson. His work on Jay-Z’s phonomenol album, The Blueprint catapulted him into stardom. In 2007 Kanye West’s album Graduation defeated the much hyped 50 Cent’s Curtis in CD sales. When both albums released on the same day, a confident 50 cent publicly announced that he would retire if West outsold him in first-week sales. Kanye West won selling 957,000 units to 50’s 691,000 units causing a media frenzy. So needless to say… Kanye can hold his own.

Flashing Lights (Diplo Remix) – Kanye West

Diplo is also pretty damn cool. From what I see on their myspace, videos included, is that they know how to put on a show. But stage performance isn’t everything. To prove it, and coincidentally staying with the theme, they have released a Kanye West remix to “Flashing Lights.” I have to have to give props to erger for hooking me on this one. I think it’s brilliant!

The New Music: January, wk 4

Posted in Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronica, Pop with tags , , , on January 24, 2009 by adam

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The past week I have been jiving to some really retro tunes in preparation for a local 90s event this coming 30th. Being in the mood I thought I should freshen up the old retro playlist. Scavenging the world wide web for new tunes, I found a really cool twist on Ace of Base’s classic 90s song “All That She Wants.”

All That She Wants (Messkid Skull&Bones Remix) – Ace Of Base

Next is a classy mix of ZZZ by the Bag Raiders. It has become one of my new favourites to toss on during some homework or even just to kill some silent air. The piano in the song really accompanies the mix well. I think its a gem, which isn’t bad being only a few weeks into ’09.

Lion (Bag Raiders Remix) – ZZZ

An added bonus:

Earlier this month, we showcased The Twelves remix to Groove Armada’s “Drop The Tough” released by Bacardi B-Live Share (see post for details). B-Live Share has released the Van She rendition of “Drop The Tough,” and although it may not be The Twelves remix, it still offers a unique vibe to a stellar track.

Drop The Tough (Van She Remix) – Groove Armada

Notorious

Posted in Hip Hop, Rap with tags , on January 23, 2009 by adam

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Last night some of the guys got together, smoked a j, and watched the movie Notorious. For those of you who have lived under a rock the last 3 months, it’s the new Hollywood film documenting the rise and fall of Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls. The film did an excellent job portraying the east/west coast rap “war” that dominated much of the mid 90’s. However, some of the acting choices for Biggie’s affiliates within the movie were, in my opinion, poorly chosen. (movie = 7/10)

That being said, I can’t hate on the movie too much because it provided an ample opportunity to showcase Ratatat’s remix to “Party and Bullshit.” It’s an interesting twist on an already golden track. With Biggie on my mind I decided to include some throwbacks as well. I can’t believe fifteen years have gone by since some of these first came out…

Notorious B.I.G. – Party & Bullshit  (Ratatat Remix)

The Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy

The Notorious B.I.G.Big Poppa

R.I.P. Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)

The New Music: January, wk 3.

Posted in Dance, Disco, Disco House, Electro, Electronica, New Wave with tags , on January 21, 2009 by adam

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2009 is still early. As new styles and trends will no doubt change and modify the scene over the course of the next year, this section will showcase some of the new weekly favourites that emerge. Already a little behind being in week 3, here are a few new tracks that made an impact over the last week.

Bacardi B-Live Share is a new platform for downloading and sharing music. The platform launches on January 20th including the new release of some brand new remixes from Groove Armada. A release of The Twelves remix to “Drop The Tough” has already been leaked. Based on this track the remaining songs set to be released look very promising. As well, Van She is rumoured to have made contributions to the project.

Groove Armadrop  – The Tough [The Twelves B-LIVE Remix]

sqzmlmns (pronounced ‘squeeze my lemons’) is a brand new duo hailing from Mexico, emerging from the music scene of San Diego where they should continue to get noticed. I could ramble about how much I enjoy this new track Oakland from saul q and kid wonder but it should do the talking for me. Check their MySpace page for more songs and info.

sqzmlmns -Oakland

Cut Copy – So Cosmic

Posted in Dance, Disco House, Electro, Electronica, Experimental, French House, Pop with tags , , , on January 21, 2009 by erger
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So back in the day, or at least it seems that way now, Cut Copy, Melbourne, Australia’s golden boys, representing Modular recordings (so hot right now), dropped their infamous mix named so cosmic. The mix was released well before their chart and dance floor smashing new album, In Ghost Colours and on it were some truly inspiring and refreshing beats, I won’t get into all of them with you, you can just visit their blog or their my space page and show some love.
First off is Mr. Lifelike and if you don’t already now the name, their is no time like the present. Hailing from the Strasbourg, Alsace, France, Laurent Heinrich has been droppin‘ the goods for a little while now, and cut copy love and so should we. This track is an instant classic, it has that vibe of a song that has been alive in your ears for what seems like since forever, if that makes any sense, and it invokes, upon listening very nostalgic feelings of daft punk, Thomas Bangalter, Stardust, Dj Falcon, Kris Menace and Alan Braxe, among others, in short: a musical journey, french style.

Lifelike – So Electric

Next up is a true disco funk classic from the lovely land of new york electro and indie, DFA. Holy Ghost! has to be one of the most talked about-least known groups of the last two years. The fact that they have a plethora of quality remixes floating around the net is testament to that, and their few known singles, of which I have only one, and it is coincidentally found on the same cut copy mix tape. If my sources are correct this track could have been dropped as early as 2007, in which case its hype only truly emerged throughout the next year, and now the people want more from Holy Ghost! Their upcoming album (fingers crossed) may be one of the most anticipated albums in this music genre of 2009, no lie. so enough is enough and here is the dopeness:

Hold On – HOLY GHOST!

Number three this eve, is an awesome remix by fellow aussies and label mates Knightlife. The track “So Haunted”, by Cut Copy, truly has two distinct and unique styles and sections that are blended together, the first is a darker, more post-punkish type of indie electro, where the vocals are bright and somewhat uplifting and the beats are very drab and melancholy. In the second part the mood switches: the vocals turn almost nostalgic and reminiscent in a distant way, but they are overtaken by an amazing synth breakdown that totally entrances you and is so uplifting its contagious. This remix, which I believe is not the same as the one featured on the so cosmic mix, is equally as enjoyable and achieves the same goal, an extension of the second part of the original “So Haunted” track. The wow factor on this one is pretty high, be careful…

So Haunted (Knightlife Sun-Soaked Reprise Remix) – Cut Copy

Lucky number four… Sticking to the theme of the mix, we have a collabo remix with cut copy and lifelike, and the best part is that the track they remix is “Never Forget” by mother fuckinFleetwood Mac. Know if your unfamiliar with the gorgeous Stevie Nicks and the boys of Fleetwood Mac, do yourself a favour and get educated. This song has been giving me shivers since the day I first heard it two years ago, mad thanks to Cut Copy, Lifelike and Fleetwood Mac. True Love.

Fleetwood Mac – Never Forget (Cut Copy and Lifelike Remix)

Cinque (Five): Now I must apologize because I know very little about the group who did the original to this track Like Whoa! except that they are fellow Sydney ‘siders with Knightlife and this track was originally released as 12″ on Bang Gang Records, who are geniuses by the way, check them out as well. So this remix is also not on the So Cosmic mix, but let me just say that inside sources tell me that Cut Copy has faith in Knightlife, ‘nough said. Here we are:

Oh I Like (Knightlife Remix) – Like Whoa!

Last but surely not least is fellow Sydney ‘siders the Bag Raiders. These guys are killin‘ it right now with there new single that just dropped in the new year. This track featured on the So Cosmic mix as the post suggests, and it is pure goodness, a little harder and dirtier but definite disco dance floor action ( i love alliterations), that will have you shakin‘ your hips and feelin‘ the vibe of liquid courage like never before.

As a side note, for those that grew up watching City Tv (local greater Toronto Area basic cable channel) they had a fashion news show, appropriately called Fashion Television, which I don’t know much about other than it has an amazing theme song, but I have no idea who its by. Anyways, this next track sounds a little like the theme song from that show. So yeah, strange, but its all good. Here is the dope shit:

Nil By Mouth (Knightlife Remix) – Bag Raiders

Thanks goes out to cut copy of course, as mentioned before hit the myspace, give love, and for those in the area, they’re comin‘ to Circa in Toronto on March 20th, if your around, come on down, cuz its gunna be a guaranteed phenomenal night. And for those haters, those who think that I may be on Cut Copy’s balls, or perhaps just the whole aussie electro scene, well what do you want me to say, all i got is love to give, and yeah, I am guilty as charged. For those that share the love, my heart goes out to you.
Peace and love.

Rainbow Arabia

Posted in Electronica, Funk with tags on January 20, 2009 by adam

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Tribal Electro! How cool is that! To all those who may not be as psyched as I am, the track will do the talking. Rainbow Arabia is both unique and stellar. The group uses a combination of traditional instruments and sounds from both types of music genres to create a powerful tribal-electronic quagmire. In the end, the sound is…so foreign, yet so good. The track “Omar K” is a great example of this. We all need some strange Tribal Electro lovin’ in our lives

Rainbow Arabia – Omar K