Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Maybe u be watchin South Park and see them dissin' Phil and you start thinkin' its cool to slam the Collins but it ain't. Think twice son. Don't you think you should show some respect to a real storyteller who's not afraid to tell his tales using poignant imagery and vibrant social commentary?
Check the remix - Canada's Romeo in the Rain preserves the aesthetic of the original while adding some tremendous tweaks to Phil's silky smooth Anglo vocal stylings.
Phil Collins "Another Day in Paradise" (Romeo in the Rain Remix)
Monday, July 28, 2008
I don't know about you, but I've been pretty unsatisfied with the state of Michael Jackson remixes these days. Most of the ones I have heard have been in the form of a hasty Ableton edit, a la Palms Out Sounds remix Sunday. Doesn't one of the greatest living entertainers deserve better? Which leads me to exhibit D ^ 3, the Dead Disco Drivers remix of Thriller. It is good, namely because of the cognitive association made by including the word Disco in their bloghouse handle. Dead Disco Drivers are two teenagers from Belgium, and, although their song "Disco is Dead" is absolutely awful, and their song "Metric Dance" sounds like a waterlogged Casio that fell out of my bum while I was finishing at the loo, I must say that their remix of Thriller is one of the most enjoyable Michael Jackson re-works I have come across in some time. All hail the king of the pops, and good job on the remix my Belgian buds.
Michael Jackson "Thriller" (Dead Disco Drivers rework)
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The day was July 12th, 1979. The location was Comiskey Park at 35th Street on the South Side of Chicago. Twenty-four year old radio DJ Steve Dahl's event was called Disco Demolition Night. Over 90,000 fans turned out to burn LPs and voice their displeasure with the genre while watching the Sox get (presumably) pummeled by the opposition. Cut to present day. Disco is more popular than...than it used to be...and house music producers with disco in their name are a dime a dozen. I'm partial to Disco Dust "Feels Good" myself, but I really like the Bart B More mix of Destroy Disco's "Fly Or Bounce". It has this kind of siren noise that's annoying but I can just picture myself doing some wicked step moves to it, drenched in sweat. Enjoy...and check out their track "Hello" on Trash Menagerie and give some love to yet another budding Sydney talent.
Destroy Disco "Fly or Bounce" (Bart B More Rerub)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I had this song in my head the other day as I was dozing off on my couch on a hot Sunday afternoon. But for the life of me, I couldn't remember what the song was, all I could remember are a few of the g-funk melodies that drop in around 2:00. Then I remembered a mix I heard it on, then I remembered what time in the mix it was at, and slowly but surely my neurons connected and I figured it out. Weird Tapes. Dayve Hawk, can you please take a bow? This guy makes the Philadelphia scene all by himself. So I give you the extremely humbly-titled "Party Trash" by the one and only Weird Tapes aka Dayve Hawk. Man, if I made this song I would casually refer to myself as a musical genius while attempting to cash in on a 6 figure recording contract - Dayve keeps it so real that he's not even looking to release this commercially!
Weird Tapes "Party Trash"
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This band should have been from Australia but somehow they didn't get the memo and decided to originate from Cambridge, Mass. I haven't really heard too much hype about these guys but that certainly doesn't stop me from predicting they will soon be famous and ruined via too much MTV exposure a la Vampire Weekend. Their song, "Sleepy Head" is an intense, textured, layered, adjective-necessitating jam. As a child, I believe I either owned or frequently borrowed a Chipmunks music album and enjoyed it thoroughly, and this song takes a page from Alvin's playbook. Check out their "Chunk of Change" EP and look for their debut in early 2009, as well as an appearance at the Pitchfork Music Festival (which I'll be attending this weekend, hellz yah!), in July of next year.
Passion Pit "Sleepy Head"
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ladyhawke, I love you, you are my favorite alt-female celebrity. Cut Copy, I love you even more. Best remix of the year. Paging Van She Tech...
Ladyhawke "Paris is Burning" (Cut Copy Remix)
Painfully cool, Members Only-jacket wearing, Holly-would-if-she-could living duo Guns N Bombs released their 4th mixtape today. After recording a memorable remix for Chromeo the two are back to their bread and butter, the mighty, no money generating mixtape. The story I wanted to go with is that their first mixtape dramatically changed the musical landscape for me and was very short and concise, and since then there's been a fairly linear trend towards longer, shittier mixtapes. But then I listened to the mix, which can be found at disco dust blog, and I actually like it. It is a bit more surreal and sounds a bit like a soundtrack from a back-to-the-future rave party from a few years ago. But let's turn back the hands of time a bit and remember the first mix they made in late 2006 / early 2007. Listening to the mix, I am really wowed, like damn you guys are meticulous with your listening! Their mixes are like an Encyclopedia Britannica of underground haus!. A track from the late, great Chicago house producer Armando who tragically passed away from Leukemia at age 26. Some Dave Rodgers, aka Delta 9, the Drop Bass hardcore impresario whom I remember often hanging out shirtless with a big grin on his hardcore face at every party I went to.
Depeche Mode - Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)
Alan Braxe and Fred Falke - Intro the Running
The Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control (Soulwax Remix)
Alex Gopher - DustPolysics -
Coelacanth is an Android (MSTRKRFT Remix)
Gino Soccio - Try It Out (Guns'N'Bombs edit)
Surkin - Radio Fireworks
Guns'N'Bombs - Nothing is Getting us Anywhere
Armando - World Unknown (Mike Dunn’s My Mix is Dunn Remix)
Simian Mobile Disco - HustlerSerge Santiago + Ben Trucker - Jaack Theme
Delta 9 - Headstrong
Monday, July 7, 2008
Harnessing the power of a thousand blog-house bangers and five 2 hour episodes of "The Hills", Clifford Lidell does it again with the sketchily-named "STREETPARTY MIX 38". Clifford has a special ADD-infused ability to maintain coherence in his mixes even while only playing a minute or two of each song. I'm sure we all remember "Sexy Friends" and the not-quite-as-good "Unicorn War" by his prior alter ego, Casio. I see Clifford as something of the party rockin' curator for the new electronic sound (Est. 2007). The songs themselves are good, not great, but its the vibe that Clifford brings into the mix that makes it fun and special. Once in a while his mixes deliver songs like Pierre De La Touche & Norman Doray's 2006 disco house gem "Dance All Night"....next thing you know Treasure Fingers be cuffin' the track for a mix of his own! Enjoy this mix as I do, accompanied by spreadsheets...and please refer to the comments for a track list.
Clifford Lidell "Streetparty Mix 38"
Pierre De La Touche & Norman Doray "Dance All Night" (Original Mix)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Can we all agree that this is the most bang'n banger that ever banged at a bang'n party or inside a bang'n club or in a sweet bang'n car stereo system driven by a blog house banger aficionado and then give up our collective abrasion fixation? Then all the producers of the world can start making mellow songs about marshmallow clouds rising above above strawberry fields with a funky filtered house loop and a female African-American voice that says "Yeah, yeah!" in the background? I hereby proclaim Boys Noize "Oh!" (Danger remix) to be the king of all bangers. Bangers are dead, all hail the king of the bangers. Goodbye Danger, you make my ears hurt...the highest compliment you can pay a banger-maker.
Boys Noize "Oh!' (Danger remix)
Danger "Revolte at 22H10"
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Back in 1994 Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez presented the world with The Bucketheads. If this is not deep house perfection, je ne sais pas ce qui est. This is New York house at its finest and most flamboyant. I used to have this friend named Luke. In the mid 90s, Luke was a raver extraordinaire. He knew every person in the scene, he could get into any party for free, and he could toss out a breakdancing clinic, anytime, anywhere. Dude had the best liquid limb dance moves I have ever seen, at any club, at any party, no contest. Luke was all about lettin' the beat drop. He'd be driving me around in his Honda with his left hand, and he'd DJ the car stereo EQ with his right. The 4/4 kick would begin and he'd get a gleam in his eye. "Wait for it. Wait til it drops,"he'd gleefully say, tensing up as the filtered melody neared eruption. That moment occurs in this track at 4:32. Drop the bomb indeed and get Kenny a damn green jacket already.
Bucketheads "The Bomb"