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This just in… You may have heard this exclusive track in some of Le Castle Vania’s sets over the past few months. Apparently somehow the track leaked, so he is officially releasing it. The track titled “Zero Machine” features a sample from Smashing Pumpkins, and like always Le Castle Vania has used his super dark/heavy feel in it. And like always, this shit is bound to make the kids bang their heads.
Le Castle Vania has also started a side label under the name of Always Never which you should check out.
Here is this weeks MP3 roundup. Enjoy!
Shinichi Osawa – Star Guitar (Armand Van Helden Remix) (Highly recommended)
Snoop Dogg – Sexual Eruption (Weird Science Remix)
Lo-Fi-Fnk – Want U (Hoping this means a new album is coming soon)
Usher – Love In This Club (MSTRKRFT Remix)
DatA – Rapture (Edwin Van Cleef Remix) (Check out the video to the original)
My favorite kinds of music are those of which are nearly impossible to niche into a genre. The music by Passion Pit is just that. The infectious wailing vocals of frontman and singer-songwriter Michael Angelakos backed by the blippy, bouncy electronic beats are hard to categorize in you music library. That’s exactly what makes music like this so great. The new album out by Passion Pit, Chunk of Change, is close to everything I look for in a favorite album. The lack of more tracks is pretty much the only thing missing. The album was originally written as an EP as a Valentines gift for Angelakos’ girfriend, later gaining much attention from friends, eventually all of Boston (the band’s hometown) and is now blowing up all over the internet. The complete album was released September 16th and is available now.
My favorite track on the album would have to be “I’ve Got Your Number”. For those of us who expected a new release out by The Postal Service this year will get temporary relief from this track.
I get a lot of MP3s sent to me throughout the week, too many to do a write up on all of them. Lots of them are really good though, so instead of letting them disappear into the depths of my inbox I have decided to do a weekly “MP3 roundup”. These are tracks that I wasn’t able to do a writeup on, but still want to share with you.
South Central – Aeon (Highly Recommended)
Frankmusic – When You’re Around (Boys Noize mix)
MGMT – Electric Feel (James Rutledge Remix)
Mr. Vegas – “Oh My Gosh” (Gutter Remix)
Sister of Transistors – The Don (Acid Girls Grey Disco Remix)
Pretty much anything that Modular puts out you can bet on it being solid. Tame Impala is a new 3 peice psychedlic rock band out of Australia that has a new self titled EP coming out on Modular. Head over to their website now and download the song “Skeleton Tiger” for free. You can also pre-order the EP for the ultra low cost of $3.99 for when it comes out on the 11th of October.
I received an email from Dead Rock Machines yesterday and reacted the way I do with a lot other band emails I get… “Eh, another sub par self-promoting band. I will open this email, listen to their music and never hear about them again”. My thoughts quickly changed after actually listening to their music. The French duo has an obvious “new-electro” influence, but it’s different in such a great way. It’s not electro-rock, but kind of is. It’s not disco, but kind of is. It’s not indie-rock, but kinda is. Expect these guys to blow up. I was truly surprised and impressed upon hearing their new EP titled Good News. The EP is available now. Also check out their dedicated remix page.
As you know I am a big fan of Le Castle Vania. As I have said before he is consistently putting out good track after good track. His latest collaboration with Computer Club is a rework of the Drum N Bass anthem called “The Messiah” by Konflict. I applaud them for stepping out on a limb and trying a new sound for what makes a great dance floor banger.
Soulwax is making quite the buzz lately. Blog readers everywhere were nearly peeing their pants with anticipation for the release of the Soulwax remix of MGMT’s “Kids”. This is really nothing new though. Remixes of The Gossip’s “Standing in the Way of Control” and Klaxon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow” will go down as some of my favorite remixes of all time. Now they have released the remix of Chemical Brothers’ track “Hey Boy, Hey Girl that is just amazing. The gritty baseline in this remix is enough to make the hairs on the back on your neck stand up. I can only imagine what it would be like to see Soulwax live and listen to them perform these remixes they are putting out.
MP3 :: Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix)
(Bonus) MP3 :: MGMT – Kids (Soulwax Remix)
I had been waiting years for the opportunity to see M83 perform live. I finally got the chance on my recent visit to San Francisco and I was absolutely blown away. M83 has consistently put out good album after good album, but has only done a handful of remixes. That’s why I was surprised to see his recent remix of Midnight Juggernauts. The thought of the two artists collaborating on something sounds quite unlikely, and I was unsure of how good it would be when I first heard about the remix. But when I heard the track I knew I shouldn’t have doubted M83’s ability to create a beautiful, airy, atmospheric soundscape of a remix. Granted it doesn’t sound that much like the original, but doesn’t change how good it is.
Sebastian Tellier has been in the electronic music game for years, making sexy beats supported by his smooth classic vocals. Tellier has collaborated with such artists as Mr. Oizo, Guy-Manuel De Hommem of French Electro forefathers Daft Punk, and more recently had remixes of his single “Divine” done by Donovan, Midnight Juggernaughts, Night Facilities and my personal favorite done by fellow Frenchman Danger. Danger, who has quite a an impressive remix resume (not to mention some of the coolest promo graphics I have seen), has done an excellent job of taking Tellier’s bouncy electro-pop jam and transforming it to a dance floor fist-pumper.
MP3 :: Sebastian Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)
(BONUS) MP3 :: Sebastian Tellier – Divine (Night Facilities Remix)
I am a little behind on this one, and I can’t believe I didn’t start listening to MGMT (their website is horribly awesome) until just recently. When I think of music of the current decade, I think of music inspired by the past revisited and done right this time. MGMT sounds like classic rock done right. Their first full length album Oracular Spectacular was released in stores in January of this year. It was only after hearing the remix Justice did of MGMT’s track “Electric Feel” that I decided to check them out. After hearing the original version of the song I discovered that I actually like it better than Justice’s version (even though it’s a great remix), and I love the entire album.
Yewknee has begun the annual Summer Mix Series for 2008. While it’s only been up for less than a week there are already plenty of great submissions. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of Yewknee’s Summer Mix Series the rules are simple. Compile a mix of your favorite music that follows a particular theme or concept whether it be obscure or obvious. Then get creative and come up with some cover art for your mix, upload it to your file storage of choice and then submit it. It will then be posted along with the collection of other great mixtapes and hopefully you will go down in history as a Summer Mixtape Master. If you’d rather not submit your own mix I still highly recommend checking out some of the mixes available. You will have plenty of themed mixes to last you throughout the summer.
There is not a single bad word that can be said about The Presets. They have now released two amazing albums and plenty of dance floor pleasing EPs and remixes. With their ever growing resume, having fellow Australians Miami Horror remix their track “Talk Like That” makes the resume that much more impressive. Miami Horror, who also have quite the remix tracklist, has taken the track and added their signature electro-disco touch. Those damn Aussies just keep putting out banger after banger and I hope they don’t stop coming.
I like to see musicians using alternative means of promotion and ways of selling their music these days. Such as Nine Inch Nails making multitracks available to download and remix, or Radiohead making their album In Rainbows available to download at a “name your cost” basis and more recently Girl Talk doing the same with his album Feed the Animals. Rather than fighting file sharing and download community, they are utilizing it to their advantage.
Unkle is doing something cool to promote their new album End Titles… Stories For Film (in stores July 7th). Starting today with the track “Kaned and Able”, Unkle are making four tracks from the new album available free to download via four different websites. Each track will be released on a different day, and when compiled together make one seamless piece of music that also makes up the middle section of their album. This is another great example of how artists are using innovative ways to promote themselves, benefiting both the artists and the fans.
Download the first track and see when and where the rest are available here.
Crystal Castles is amazing. The wailing voice of Alice Glass, the 8-bit bleeps and unique electro-dance-punk sound is unlike any other. It surprises me there isn’t more good remixes of Crystal Castles, and until now I haven’t found one of “Alice Practice” that I like. Futurecop! has taken all the good parts of “Alice Practice” and chopped it up to dance perfection. With only a year of music production under his belt, the Manchester based artist has released a handful of great tracks (not to mention he has the coolest Myspace I have ever seen). This track is a bit different than the other 80s inspired tracks Futurecop!, but it’s just as good and it’s a remix begging to be set to repeat.