Archive | May, 2010

New Swedes on the Block

31 May

New on the indie-tech scene are The Amplifetes, four guys from Sweden who are fast becoming very popular around JeDanse. It’s hard to define these guys because they are quite unique. It’s My Life is mainly an electro track with it’s dirty bassline but it doesn’t rely soley upon it. The singer is very indie-elecrtro-ish, think Grafton Primary. Whizz Kid, however, is much less electro and much more indie.

No matter what genre you choose to label them, both tracks are great and very original…Watch these guys!

Grab their EP, Whizz Kid, out now.

Amplifetes – It’s My Life **highly recommended

Amplifetes – Whizz Kid

Amplifetes – Whizz Kid (Blende Remix)

Amplifetes – Whizz Kid (Big Beat Remix)

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NAPT

31 May

London lads, Ashley Pope and Tomek Naden, are starting to break (no pun intended) into the commercial scene after experiencing considerable success in the underground scene  and winning many awards over the past few years. Their self-labelled genre N-Funk shows roots from underground house, electro, breaks and dub and makes for tasteful electro dancefloor hits.

Their new singles, “Narcotics” and “Fuck Critics” are set to be released through Beatport June 7th via Funkatech Records.

Here’s a taste to wet your appetites.

NAPT – Dateline

Best Remixes Ever Part 3

29 May

This is the first and final installment of our favourite remixes, yep, these are the big boys, our absolute favourites amongst favourites. Enjoy.

The Kills – Cheap and Cheerful (Fake Blood Remix) It was the remix that started many but none could come close to Fake Blood’s perfectly constructed remix of Cheap and Cheerful.

Little Boots – Love Kills (Sidechains vs Buffetlibre Remix) Little Boots has been the target of many remixes and most of them are quite decent; this one though, is more than decent. A powerful electro transformation wins this a place amongst the best.

Frankmusik – Three Little Words (Louises Lovers Remix) Couldn’t find a link for this, but it still deserves to be here. Very and catchy and quite cute.

Mystyery Jets – Half In Love With Elizabeth (Foamo Remix) One of his first works, this has one of the meanest basslines drops I’ve heard.

Pixie Lott – Mama Do (Linus Loves Remix) Beware; this song has a tendency to grow on you. A slightly different taste to the usual on JeDanse, more of a house-tech sound but very addictive and great for drunken dancing (and singing along).

DIOYY – Dawn Of The Dead (Station X) The original is great, but Station X give it that extra kick to make it one of your favourites, one of our most listened to.

Loose Canons – La La La (I’m Not Listening) (Arabain Barmitzvah) Another one we couldn’t find a link for but well worth the listen. It’s been one of our favourite electro works for a while.

Sia – Girl You Lost To Cocaine (Stonebridge Vocal Edit) This has got more of a trance sound but it’s amazing. Every build up and verse it built perfectly.

Justice – Pantom II (Boys Noize Unreleased Turbine) One of the most effective constructed remixes we’ve ever heard, it builds up anticipation so well before it drops the bass.

Annie – Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix) This isn’t one of Designers Drugs usual electro remixes, it’s much more tech driven but it features crafty vocal distortion and a powerful bass beat in the back. Probably their best remix

Fiest – 1,2,3,4 (Van She Technologic Remix) One of the boys’ first remixes and definitely the one made us fall in love with them. Already such a feel good track, Van She make it a club track that puts you in a great mood everytime you listen without fail.

Fever Ray – Seven (Crookers Remix) Their best remix by far, this is so cleverly constructed that the Crookers give this track a whole new life with their techy-electro sound.

Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (Death To The Throne Rerendered) Such an amazing remix, with an intense electro bass backing.

Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Fake Blood Remix) We mentioned that Little Boots was the target of many good remixes, and Fake Blood are amazing remixes so it makes sense that our last remix is a combination of the two. This is the song that launched Little Boots; one of the most effective indie-pop songs ever, Fake Blood are careful to do this justice with their electro re-edit.

Best Ever Remixes Part 2

27 May

^^Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel.

Now for our second edition of JeDanse’s favourite remixes, the electro edition. Turning some of your favourite songs and perhaps not so favourite songs into instant (and sometimes trashy) club hits.

Public Enemy – Bring The Noise (Benny Benassi Re-edit) it won the French electro wizard a Grammy and with good reason. The disgustingly talented Benny Benassi always wows us with his fool proof remix style.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Ryan Nexus Remix) it was A-Trak’s remix that received most of the acclaim out of the many remixes of this track that circulated, however this is the one that we find far more enjoyable to listen to, the clear winner hands down.

The xx – Infinity (Christian TV Bootleg) this remix is amazing. It keeps to the song’s chilled out nature whilst building an underlying anticipation for a electro beat, but is still predominantly an indie-tech hit.

Metronomy – Heartbreaker (Kris Menace Remix) A completely lovable song to begin with, Kris employs his fine tuned remixing skills to give it that something extra and make it a club classic.

Bloc Party – Two More Years ( MSTRKRFT Remix) Before the tragedy that was Fist Of God, MSTRKRFT did some remixes of more indie tracks and did them well. They followed a safe structure, take a good song and make it better. This is one that they did very well.

Lil’ Wayne – One Milli (Nadastrom Remix) Even for those of us who don’t enjoy the occasional corny American R&B dance floor hit whilst horribly drunk (and in a dancing mood), this makes this typical Billboard top 40 track into good quality electro masterpiece, that’s also a lot of fun.

The Ting Tings – Great DJ (Calvin Harris) When they first emerged, The Tings Tings became an instant remix target with DJs flinging around their versions in mass production (and sounding like mass production also), but as usual , the cream rose to the top, and (also as usual) the cream was Calvin Harris.

Of Montreal – Gallery Piece (Mintel Rose Remix) This is one of those remixes that’s just very unique. It’s hard to pick a point of comparison with any other remixes and it’s hard to attribute to it any particular genre. But whatever you want to say about it, it works very effectively.

Guns N Bombs – Riddle Of Steel (Classixx Version) One of our favourite acts to emerge out of the past twelve months, Classixx introduce a powerful and dirty bassline into this track to compliment the already alluring vocals, making the end result quite tantalizing.

Marina and the Diamonds – I Am Not A Robot (The Shoes Remix) We are absolutely obsessed with marina at the moment, and the Shoes give it all they’ve got to turn this into an electro dance anthem without doing any discredit to the song.

The Virgins – Teen Lovers (The Shoes Remix) Okay, so we forgot to mention that we’re also obsessed with the Shoes. Their electro transformations are just addictive…what more is there to say?

Milke – Love Get Out Of My Way (Designer Drugs Remix) Designer Drugs put their electro talent to this track and do what they do best, give a standard pop or indie song an electrifying electro back beat that is impossible to stand still to.

Crystal Castles – Crimewave (LA Riots) This is just a beautifully constructed electro remix of an already awesome indie synth track using every trick in the book.

Shitdisco! – 72 Virgins (Bloody Beetroots Remix) This is the first thing we heard by the Beetroots and what got us so hooked on them. And now, even after their aggressive in-your-face electro sound has become really quite annoying, this remix still stands as one of our favourites.

Kudu – Let’s Finish (Sinden Remix) Kudu tracks, whilst amazing in their original form, always seem to be quite remix friendly, easy to adapt to a new genre through the power of editing. Here, Sinden does it beautifully. Perfect for the dancefloor.

Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game (Kids At The Bar Remix) The remix of this song is practically unrecognizable from the original. The boys from Kids At The Bar give this song a completely different life, at first leading into a indie/dirty electro song, in the chorus it changes it’s tune and become quite uplifting and to great effect.

Snobscrilla – Heartbreak Scorsese (’96 Bulls Remix) Last but not least,the ’96 Bulls give this track a filthy dirty bassline, whilst keeping and emphasizing the synth to give it some awesome club energy.

Wow, that was an intense list, but stay tuned for the next edition; the best of the best.

Best Ever Remixes Part 1

24 May

It’s no secret, here at Je Danse we have a weak spot for a good remix. Whether it be a funky nu-disco reconstruction, a hard hitting dirty electro re-edit or just something to give a song a bit more of a beat, if it makes it sound better or great in a different way, we’re all over it. So, we have compiled our favourite remixes over the past few years. Here’s the first installment (The Funky Installment).

Flight Facilities feat. Giselle – Crave You (Cassian Remix) This is a pretty new remix from Gang Bang’s Cassian, but it’s instantly likable with it’s funky underlayering. Perfect for sipping cocktails to.

Cut Copy – Far Away (Hercules and Love Affair Remix) Hercules and Love Affair have always been a favourite, but they don’t do a lot of remixes, this one of Australia’s Cut Copy sets the bar on funky pretty damn high.

Metric – Help I’m Alive (The Twelves Remix) Here the Twelves kind of slow the song down whilst at the same time funking it up and adding in some nice synth.

Jamie Lidell – A Little Bit Of Feel Good (Mr. Oizo) Mr. Oizo adds his usual electro-funk-soul sound over an already funky-soul song and just makes it sound extremely cool.

Crystal Fighters – I Love London (Paparazzi Remix) I don’t think that funky is really the word for this one, but then I don’t know what is. It’s just crazy really, but very affective.

Cut Copy – Far Away (Damn Arms Remix) Yes another remix of the same song, but these of these were great in their own right. Once again very funky and nice to dance to.

Jamiroquai – Canned Heat (Calvin Harris) Jamiroquai was naughties king of funk and Calvin Harris turns this funky club classic into a new electro dance hit without any detriment to the original disco feel.

Filthy Dukes – This Rhythm (Fred Falke Remix) In the last few years Fred Falke has emerged from the underground dance scene in a big way, with his own unique blend of house and funk he can be a bit hit and miss, but this is definitely a hit.

The Virgins – Rich Girls (Le Castle Vania Remix) The original was brought to our attention by Gossip Girl and we loved it, then we heard this remix, and we loved it even more!

The Futureheads – Skip To The End (Digitalism Remix) Digitalism take this standard English indie-rock track and turn it into another one their magical indie-tech hits.

Florence and the Machine – Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit Remix) When you’re remixing one the most popular indie acts around, it’s easy to get yourself criticized for ruining previously perfect tracks, but Boy 8-Bit are able to compliment an already amazing track excellently.



Gossip Girl Music

24 May

Whether you enjoy it’s unbelievable mellow drama and display of spoilt good looking rich kids or not, you can’t deny that Gossip Girl has some great music. From Santo Gold to Moby, Ladyhawke to Vampire Weekend, Julian Casablancas to Florence and the Machine, the has no shortage of our favorite songs chilling happily in the soundtrack. But, it also undercovers some lesser known gems that we may had otherwise never known. Here’s a tribute to a few:

LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great **highly recommended

Soho Dolls – Stripper **highly recommended

Harlem Shakes – Strictly Game ** highly recommended

Asteroid Galaxy Tour – Sun Aint Shinin’ No More

The Kills – Sour Cherry

The Shoes – Bored **highly recommended

Kylie Minogue – Rippin’ Up The Disco

Robyn – Crash and Burn Girl

Friendly Fires – White Diamond

Valeria feat. Aria – Girl I Told Ya (Mark Aude Club Mix)

Scanners – Salvation

Beck – Time Bomb

The Virgins – Rich Girls **highly recommended


Cheap Playlist Post May

15 May

Led Er Est – La Re Do

We Have Band – Divisive (Tom Staar Remix) (sounds similar to Fake Blood!)

Arthur Baker – Onderful (Planet Rocka Dub) **highly recommended

Phantogram – When I’m Small **very highly recommended

M.I.A. – XXXO **highly recommended

Crystal Castles – Baptism

Gorillaz – Superfast Jellyfish (Don Diablo Remix)