move into the chateau

April 20, 2009 | Filed Under music | 3 Comments 

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I’m eagerly awaiting a full-length Chateau Marmont album in the near future especially after the killer Solar Apex EP released last year.

Speaking of new, Chateau Marmont along with fellow parisians The Teenagers, Koko Von Napoo, and Housse de Racket teamed up with Jean Touitou of A.P.C. to make some neat band t-shirts. Buy them here.

To refresh your memory, Chateau Marmont did a stellar remix of Midnight Juggernauts which you can listen to here and this next track is off of the Solar Apex EP which is good material to sink your teef (back soon! we hope…) into as you wait for what lie ahead….

Chateau Marmont – Anything & Everywhere

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Bonus:
OCD Automatic gets obsessive compulsive with our friend Whitney.  If you’ve been around for a minute, you’ve probably listened to his awesome mixtape via Bigstereo.  If you haven’t, check it ASAP as it’s so dope (tracklist in the lyrics field, THANK YOU, finally someone else who knows what’s up). It has a really good lead in and out so even if you’re 19 drinks in, you really can’t go wrong. Play it at the Beverly Hills High prom.

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (OCD Automatic Remix)

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friday quickie

April 17, 2009 | Filed Under music | 2 Comments 


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This is gonna be a hectic weekend…

Here’s an eternal classic from K.S. remixing DJ Deeon’s “Gimme Head” and if you’ve rode with me in the silver bullet, you’ll know I love blasting this with the windows down in traffic.

DJ Deeon – Gimme Head (K.S. Remix)

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Big ups to the always classy and tasteful fluokids.



Remixes can only take you so far.

April 15, 2009 | Filed Under music | 3 Comments 


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Some real talk between a friend and I on current ‘hot’ electronic music producers has been happening lately. We’ve got the utmost respect for the production and success of all these guys and gals; but let’s be honest –a great portion of their original songwriting can be really pants when compared to their ‘hit’ remixes.

[there was a huge rant on songwriting vs remixing that previously occupied this space, but I've decided to spare the eyes.  when it comes down to it, remixing will always be business and songwriting will for the most part, be the truth.]

Here are prime examples of producers who remix right and write right (damn, I’m clever as fuck). I’m not gonna post the runts because it’s not what I do -I’m sure you can guess ‘em though.

So mad props, homies who pump out EXCELLENT remixes along with EXCELLENT originals.

The following pair of tracks is the same song, different renditions. Main point is, the original producer (Alex Gopher – awesome) made a stellar track that was remixed by people who aside from making amazing remixes, also create great original music.

Ok, honestly, what can I say.  Knightlife and Riot in Belgium (RIP, but hello Beni ♥♥).  Both kind of Australian natives, both fucking awesome.  I first heard Knightlife back when all that proved his existence was a demo called “Ambopop” on myspace. It was and still is massive while Riot in Belgium secured their place in dopeness history with “La Musique”.  Nothing else is  really necessary. As stated in the past, the fusion of Australia’s finest never seems to fail.

Alex Gopher - Aurora (Riot In Belgium & Knightlife Remix)

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This next version of Aurora was conceived by La Mode, also out of Australia.  Hmm, what are the odds.  A totally different direction than the Riot in Belgium and Knightlife take, but just as enjoyable.

Alex Gopher – Aurora (La Mode Remix) (Bonus)

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Whew. OK.  Breaktime.  Who doesn’t like a harmless little Deadmau5? This is a little less of his usual monotonous-house steez and a little more church-organ-melodic steez which is what draws me in.

Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff

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Alright, now for some more real talk.  The Twelves are no strangers here, and if you’ve been keeping up, aside from remixes, they can lay down a real mean song. Here’s a hot off the press remix the boys from Rio did for Metric’s newest album (and single). It’s keeping their record of hot remixes strong and includes their ’signature’ drum sounds and rhythm breakdowns into the chorus verses.

Remixes be payin the bills up in here! Keep hustlin, 12s.

Metric - Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix)

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[just click the link and play it within the browser. this track sounds like a broken tape with the flash player for some reason.]

OK wow.  if you were able to wade through that scramble of words, here’s your prize.  This is probably one of my many favorite things that has happened in a long while.  Pacific!, who are magic in my book, got together with PONEY PONEY, who are also magic in my book, and churned out a serious gem. Thanks to @doriandumont for the heads up on this one.

Poney Poney - When Do You Wanna Stop Working?  (Pacific Remix)

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Basically to reiterate what has already been said: you better have some dope ass originals to back up your dope ass remixes. All of which the aforementioned accomplish.

As if that wasn’t enough, here’s what Beni (of Riot in Belgium fame) is all about. yeaaa, it’s kind of a big deal. real big.

Beni – My Love Sees You

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Sunny, Warmer

April 12, 2009 | Filed Under music | 5 Comments 


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The days here are getting longer, the sun seems brighter, and the climate is getting warmer.

(sidebar) The beginning of this past weekend was ridiculous. Whoever missed out on the Bag Raiders party better start following my twitter and stop sleepin!  Met up with Jack + Chris of Bag Raiders (sounds) fame for some shit talk, shop talk, dinner talk, snake head tofu talk, australia talk, and partymania talk (and mania). That’s not what this post is about, but it’s coming up in the next one..(end sidebar)

The main point is – Fred of Discorockets fame (proof) has been working on some new original productions and I must admit, I’m very excited.  It has laid back poolside steez but keeps a groove that gives you no choice but to get into it and follow. This is just a taste of things to come.

A little tidbit of real talk that happened with @bag_raiders was how we’ve all kind of been feeling a bit sorry for  the ‘bangers’.  We still love them as much as the next ‘bag but we’re yearning for something playful, melodic, and less serious. Allow me to quote discorockets:

90% of new producers these days are stuck on stupid trying to be the next BN/Justice. boy, has that boat sailed.
-@discorockets

Watch this spot for info on the vinyl + digi release of the Discorockets EP soonish. (word on the street is a Moulinex remix is gonna drop with it!)

UPDATE: Fred of Discorockets just updated me on on details of the EP release: coming out on Discotexas, and Fred will be heading out to Munich next month to work with Moulinex for the release.

This is gonna be a “done when it’s done” release and that’s what I like. Don’t trade deadlines for quality!  Expect this release sooner than later though.

Discorockets – Warmer

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Put this on,
open your blinds,
and let the light in.



Mercurius 4 Real

April 9, 2009 | Filed Under music | 3 Comments 

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Ok, here it is. Mercurius FM’s latest original production. Probably the heaviest track I’ve heard in a while. Word on the street is he got a new ballin’ Mac Pro, so it’s quite a step up from the humble 12″ iBook he was repping before.

I just spent a good deal of time blasting the fuck out of this (fuck you neighbors, I just enlightened our community).

This was meant to be played in a huge warehouse filled with sweating, cursing bodies; you do not have enough watts for this bass. Sorry but if you’re listening to this on a laptop or even headphones…just, sorry.

Mercurius FM – 1997

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Drop this at the top of your set if you want to see people stroking out/having heart attacks/seizures. (they will be revived by the hand claps in the breakdown, but fall back into convulsions soon after.)



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