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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no title for this one yet

February 27, 2009 | Filed Under day to day, music | 2 Comments 


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Virgin Megastore went belly up not too long ago. Naturally I was all over that shit like a fly. I originally rolled in expecting to find some awesome ICE AGE + SURF’S UP dvds for cheap as hell, but I didn’t find anything of the sort. Just a bunch of shit Sly Stallone movie sequels. As I was leaving something caught my eye: a blank white 12″ sleeve with grey lightning bolt center label. I knew could only come from one label house and that being DFA. Turned out to be a Panthers remix EP, and I copped that shit like it was peking duck sunday morning. FOR TWO DOLLARS.  I also snapped up a Franz & Shape EP which you’ll hear from further down.

Dear Virgin, thanks for failing, so I could get this awesome 12″.

So here’s the Holy Ghost! remix of Goblin City and it is so disco it hurts (so good).
Panthers – Goblin City (Holy Ghost! Disco Dub)

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I would have ripped this for you, but I haven’t gotten around  to getting an interface for my record player –> computer.  who cares, this digital rip sounds better anyway.

—-breaktime for breakbot——\

I don’t believe I’ve ever posted any Breakbot before and I’m really sorry, I should have (I’m sorry to myself, not you. Sorry Chris).  Pure negligence. All you need to know is that Breakbot is japanese magic.

Check out the mangy OOC bassline lead-in. MONEY IN DA BANK.
Breakbot – Penelope Pitstop

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/—-breaktime for breakbot——

BONUS:
Franz & Shape + Riot In Belgium = Riot in Wherever It’s Being Played.
Franz&Shape – The Man Who Paid Before (Riot in Belgium’s Bedroom Remix)

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This was the other record I picked up and all I could find online was a shit quality mp3.  what ever happened to the buy a record get the mp3 free?

oh, i’m not going to change the draft title anymore.



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