READY!?!?!?

September 26, 2009 | Filed Under music | 3 Comments 


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…and we’re back  –Along with some old friends!  Remember the sometimes cheeky, but always pearly MISSINGTOOF? After a brief hiatus with plenty of R&R they’re back and ready to displace your dentals once again. So head on over and murder some bandwidth!

So, what has been going on in MANIA land lately?  We’ve been working on some projects with a few fantastic local tastemakers to put out events such as the amazing success that was BLOG VOLTRON: Pool Party at the Standard DTLA. Stay tuned for more fun pool parties… can you say Endless Summer? The weather won’t let up!

Next, I have a new portraiture series called ‘Bach Tree Luggage‘ and it’s merely an infant right now, but is enough to keep my itchy-trigger-finger happy for now. I’m tossing around ideas about what to actually do with this series at the moment, but rest assured, it will see the light of day.

Now I’m absolutely positive you didn’t give a fuck about what you may or may not have read, so here’s what’s occupying my ears and should occupy yours as well.

First is the seemingly ubiquitous and editorial favorite, Breakbot remixing Pacific!. I’ve mentioned both (breakbot) and (pacific!) in the past, but here is their marriage in one track of sonic delight. You can expect the most perfect piano riffs, the classic Breakbot drum samples –all on top of Pacific!’s butter-smooth vocals.

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Pacific! – Hold Me (Breakbot Remix)

Who honestly doesn’t love a good ‘ol Bang Gang? One of my favorite AUS labels newly merged with Modular, they’re poised to take over Z world. Or just free up their minds to make really good sounding music. With winners under their umbrella such as Shazam, GLOVES, and Bag Raiders, the label might as well call themselves “All the good music in Australia”. Alright, enough of that, this might as well turn into another “Australian Circle Jerk” post. This is one of their more recent remix adventures with Damn Arms (RIP). Bang Gang’s DOOM and Gus put a happy throwback twist on Damn Arms’ ‘Destination’. Watch out and brace yourself for the tom-rolls and hand claps…YUSSS.

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Damn Arms – Destination (Bang Gang Happy Acid Reshuffle)

BONUS~!
The next post coming will be some delicious hype on a certain LA collective releasing a certain debut compilation album, and here’s a tasty hint:

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Fitz and the TantrumsBreakin the Chains of Love (Keenhouse Remix)

Can you guess it?

note: some of the links were for myspace, many were for twitter. FIGURE IT OUT!

addendum: breakbot: awesome, pacific: awesome, everyone on bang gang: awesome, dreamwave: awesome. add on twitter, facebook….wherever else you find the mania.



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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Let’s get Chilled out

January 27, 2009 | Filed Under music | Leave a Comment 


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Pacific! has been a love in my life for almost 2 years now. Not to be confused with the (also awesome) band Pelifics, whom I’ve featured recently, Pacific! has a somewhat similar smooth sound.

This one’s remixed by Fuzzz Whitaker, and I don’t know shit about him, other than this track is chill2themax. end of story. (HOLLER AT ME FUZZZ)

Pacific! – Hot Lips (Fuzzz Whitaker Remix)

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Next is a remix of an utter classic. (haaaaz udder). Listen. This is Findlay Brown (tite), and he’s been given a tiny edit by Pilooski (MAD FUEGO K-POP). It’s just the right thing to ease into right after a classy dinner party when people have a baby buzz on red wine and you’re getting ready to pour the scotch.

Sit down, close your eyes, slouch down on the couch… you can take your pants off if you want to.

Findlay Brown – Promised Land (Pilooski Edit)

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