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I have always been a fan of artists that aren’t afraid to cross musical boundaries. A friend of mine by the name of Marcus Bently recently released his new EP titled Snow Covered Morning. Previous to the work he has done on this EP he has been known for his more acoustic approach to music. After working with well known House producer Kaskade and experimenting with a more electronic sound he has released a very impressive first attempt at the sound. I personally think Bently would fit nicely in your album collection right along with Modular artists VHS or Beta and Cut Copy. Bently has proved his musical skills no matter the genre, nice work.
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Last night while listening to LastFM Radio I heard a song on the recently released “D-Sides” by Gorillaz which influenced me to check out the entire 2-disk release. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a remix on the album I hadn’t heard yet… a remix of Feel Good Inc by Stanton Warriors.
The entire second disk of the 2-disk set is compiled of remixes by masters like Metronomy, Soulwax, DFA, Hot Chip and more. Some of the reworks are better than others, but in all I would recommend checking it out. The first disk also has some good original tracks that didn’t make it onto previous releases.
edIT is bringing something new to hip-hop. Something that has been lacking for some time now, a new perspective. In my eyes hip-hop has been stuck in a rut. Sure there have been occasional producers and MCs doing their thing, but when I heard edIT’s new full length Certified Air Raid Material it immediately stood out in my mind as something different. This album brings aspects of all my favorite genres and mashes the into one undefinable style of music. It’s obvious that edIT has been influenced by the French dance movement, as most tracks have that dirty/gritty sound you might here in an electro dance floor banger, but it’s more than that. It seems edIT has also been influenced by a lot of glitch and IDM for this album as well. Stand out tracks in my mind include “Battling Go-Go Yubari in Downtown L.A.” (coolest song title ever), “Artsy Remix” featuring the The Grouch and “Crunk De Gaulle” featuring TTC and Busdriver. These MCs and edIT productions skills are a recipe for an instant classic, as well as a dance floor shaker.
For one reason or another the Klaxons have been thrust to the forward of the NuRave movement (hate the word or not, I am still using it) being hailed as the genres poster boys. And even though I dig the Klaxons, I don’t see much “rave” in their music at all. I would be far more likely to throw several of their remixed tracks into this category. One in particular I recently came across is by hard-hitting duo Mr. Miyagi. This is by far my favorite remix of Atlantis to Interzone to date, and if anyone was going to do it, it would have to have been Mr. Miyagi. The two have been on a remixing roll editing up tracks by Cicada, Melomantics and have had one of their original tracks remixed by none other than JFK. Also check out their official mixtape if you get a chance.
Klaxons :: Atlantis to Interzone (Mr. Miyagi Remix)
[via :: Ohh! Crapp, a music blog very much worth a checkout. They've got some great posts and great interviews]
Call it Indie-Electro, call it electro-rock, call it the better than any song on A Weekend In The City, just don’t call it non-danceable. Bloc Party gets back to their up-tempo roots on their new EP Flux with the original version and four amazing remixes of the track. It’s no surprise that my favorite remix on the EP is by one-half of MSTRKRFT, the one and only JFK. This is not the first Bloc Party track JFK has graced with his remixing abilities. He and his MSTRKRFT counterpart remixed Bloc Party’s Two More Years, which probably got more play by fans than the original. It seems JFK has been doing some solo work lately having also re-worked tracks by Goose and Mr. Miyagi. I hope this is not a sign of trouble on the home front for MSTRKRFT, either way JFK is doing his thing and doing it well.
Bloc Party :: Flux (JFK Remix)
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On yet another music related note – I bring you Muscles. I am a couple weeks late on this one, but I couldn’t resist mentioning the release of his debut full length album Guns Babes Lemonade. I am going to skip all the B.S. you are going to read everywhere else about how Muscles is bringing back the “sound of rave”. Instead I will jump right to how this music, regardless of the label you put on it, is just simply amazing! Muscles’ wailing, emotion-filled vocals are a perfect contrast to the synthy up-tempo dance beats throughout the entire album. I could go on about how this is probably my favorite dance album of the year, and how he could quite possibly be the best artist on the amazing Modular Records, but I will let the music do the talking. Check it out!
Muscles :: Sweaty
Muscles :: One Inch Badge Pin
Architecture in Helsinki :: Neverevereverdid (Muscles Theme Park Lemonade Dub)
Purchase album on iTunes.
Midwestern electro-disco wonderboy Le Castle Vania has been missing in action since the release of his amazing Troubleton EP release. You may have been lucky enough to have seen him while touring, but as far as new releases I (along with everyone else I am sure) have been anxiously awaiting. Well the wait is over. Le Castle Vania has found time between his live shows to team up with Blake Miller creating Lies in Disguise. Being known for his work with Moving Units and his colab with Steve Aoki (Weird Science) Miller has never disappointed in the past, and is not starting now. Lies in Disguise has released a dancefloor slaying remix of Penis VS Vagina by UK’s Party Shank. It’s an amazing follow up to the work both of them have done previous, and is a track I will surely be dropping next time I DJ.
Party Shank :: Penis VS Vagina (Lies in Disguise Remix)
Hey boys and girls, sorry it has been so long. I made it safe and sound to Shanghai, China and have been getting settled. Hence the delay in posting. But TheDopeFiend is back in full effect. I am kick off the posting with a remix of the track Le Disko by Shiny Toy Guns. The track has been reworked by Boys Noize who is so incredibly hot right now. They cut nearly all the verses and vocals from the song, and add that crunchy electro-guitar sound we all love so much. Making for a hard hitting party anthem sure to make you shake your thing.
When hearing the music of North Carolina’s Cities, one might think of Interpol, Snowden, or maybe even Radiohead. All this kind of falls into the “eh” genre for me, which is why the band never caught my eye until they released their latest album title Variations. The album features a slew of great electronic artists including Ladytron, Isan, Daedelus and Free The Robots who put their own twist on Cities’ songs. A couple of my favorite re-works are both of the track “Writing on the Wall”, done by Ladytron and Isan. I wouldn’t be surprised if Variations sells more copies than the original album.
Lily Allen seems to be catching quite the buzz lately, and rightfully so. Not only is it the time for UK female artists right now, but her music is great too. Talk of her ironically cheery songs with not so cheery lyrics has spread over music blogs and sites like wildfire. One of my favorite tracks of Lily’s has been remixed by Radioclit who has done many other great electro-thumping remixes. The duo turns the track from a cheery song with old-school sounding horns into a bouncy grime track and gives it a great new feel.
Lily Allen :: LDN (Radioclit Remix)
Here’s a little remix that’s perfect for summer fun. It comes from Swedish duo Lo-Fi-Fnk (pronounced funk, not fink) who are currently touring with Hot Chip in Germany. The original, done by fellow Swede Karin Strom, is entitled Psykos. I can’t say I like the original all that much, perhaps because it’s in swedish and I can’t understand a word she’s saying, but with the remix Lo-Fi-Fnk has put together it doesn’t matter. It’s a super-upbeat electro-pop song that anyone can dig. I am looking forward to see what they have put together for their debut album, Boylife dropping at the end of this month.
Karin Strom :: Psykos (Lo-Fi-Fnk Holiday Remix)
When it comes to mash-ups I think they are very hit or miss, some are very good and some are very bad. Of course, I like it when someone mixes two songs from two totally different genres. This is the case of Siik’s mash-up of Me and You by the incredibly sexy Cassie, and Crips by beat-masters Ratatat (who have a new album dropping on the 22nd of this month). The mash-up is done very well, and gives each song an entirely different feel. I would have to say I like it better than the originals, that’s when you know a mash-up is good.
Just when you though you had heard all of the Bloc Party remixes there was to hear, another one pops-up out of nowhere. I think I have more remixes of this band than any other, and I am always down to hear another. I found this mix on the mp3 blog at Vice Records which isn’t updated enough, but has some free goodies once in awhile. The remix is done by party-boy Junior Sanchez who has other great remixes on his myspace page (including a really good one of another Bloc Party track “Two More Years”). I think he’s done a good job of giving the track a different sound than previous producers who have remixed the track. Have a listen for yourself.
Bloc Party :: Banquet (Junior Sanchez Remix)
Audio blog aggregators are something I discovered after they started linking to my “Remix Rush” posts. They have since become one of my biggest tools for finding new artists and music. It works like this – an aggregator searches all of the best audio blogs out there in the blogosphere and gathers all of the songs uploaded to these blogs. This way you can search their database, and preview the songs all in one place. If you like what you hear you can download the song from the audioblog and then put it on your list of “music to buy”. The best aggregator I have found so far is a site by the name of The Hype Machine. The Hype Machine was instantly added to my daily reads and I could spend hours searching and discovering.
Summer is finally here, and with the warm weather comes patio chilling, barbeques and laying in the shady grass zoned out to tunes on your iPod. This Remix Rush’s particular track is perfect for all the activities listed. The song is originally done by Arts & Crafts artists Stars, and brilliantly remixed by label-mates The Most Serene Republic. The remixed version has a more layed-back strummy guitar sound, but manages to keep the fun bounciness of the original.