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Parklife!!!!

27 Sep

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Yes, Parklife has finally landed with the first show in Brisbane last Saturday. Here’s the line up and some tracks to get you into it:

A-Trak (Canada)

Youngest winner of the Canadian DMCs world championships at 15 in 1997.

Duck Sauce (A-Trak with Armand Van Helden) – You’re Nasty

Aeroplane (England)

They usually do a nice ambient live set, but this year will be giving us one of their captivating DJ sets.

Au Revoir Simone – Another Likely Story (Aeroplane Remix)

Art Vs Science (NSW)

You may have noticed this local act has been busy touring the country pretty much since the end of last year. So, by now, they’ve been established as a very credible and fun live act, and don’t forget, they also landed themselves a spot on the Fall lineup.

Art Vs Science – Hollywood

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AutoKratz (England)

The debut album Down and Out in Paris & Londonwas released through Kitsune last year, now join them for their first ever Australian tour.

AutoKratz – Stay The Same (80kidz Remix)

Beni (Belgium)

Formerly of Riot In Belgium, famous for the massive club hit La Musique, Beni is now solo with the Kitsune label.

Beni – Fringe Element

Bertie Blackman (Sydney)

Wrote the music for Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger in collaboration with Paul Mac.

Bertie Blackman – Town Of Sorrow

Busy P (France)

Known to his friends as Pedro Winter, Busy P owns Ed Banger Records and used to manage Daft Punk.

Busy P – Pedrophilia

Claude Von Stroke (US)

Owns Dirtybird and Mothership labels

Claude Von Stroke – Seven Deadly Strokes

The Cool Kids (US)

Made up of Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish and hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Detroit and Michigan, expect their debut album, When Fish Ride Bicylces to be out soon through C.A.K.E.

The Cools Kids – ’88 (Chewey Chocolate Cookies Remix)

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Crystal Castles (US)

Made up of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass, have toured with NIN and Blur. The popular tune off their current album, Crimewavehas been remixed over and over (the LA Riots one below is mt favourite) and played worldwide. They also do a lot of remixes themselves, but Parklife will bring you a live set.

Crystal Castles – Crimewave (LA Riots Remix)

Empire Of The Sun (Perth)

Empire Of The Sun was formed in 2007 by Luke Steel of The Sleepy Jacksonand Nick Littlemore of PNAU, the name coming from the 1984 novel by J.G. Ballard. Their 2008 debut album Walking On A Dream was certified platinum in Australia, with the single peaking at number 1 in the ARIA charts. It is a wonder that this will be their first tour in their home country.

Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)

Erol Alkan (Turkey)

Currently nested in London, Erol is actually of Turkish descent and earned the 2006 Mixmag “DJ of the year” award. Most don’t know, he is also responsible for the New Order and Kylie Minogue mashup, Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head and has produced albums by The Mystery Jets, Late Of The Pier and The Long Blondes.

Fan Death – Veronica’s Viel (Erol Alkan Rework)

Joakim (France)

Joakim also does a live performance with his band, Joakim and the Disco, but at Parklife will give us one of his memorable DJ sets

Joakim – Spiders

Junior Boys (Canada)

Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus have experienced a rise in popularity recently with their chilled out ambient music wowing audiences all over the world.

Junior Boys – In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix)

Kaskade (US)

The huge American trance DJ returns to Australia after his collaboration with Deadmau5 and the massive release Move For Me.

Kaskade – Step One Two (Laurent Wolf Remix)

La Roux (England)

La Roux means the redhead and is in reference to leadsinger Elly Jackson, along with Ben Langmaid, she has experienced considerable success in 2009 with her debut album. This will be her first ever Australian tour.

La Roux – Bulletproof

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Little Boots (England)

While studying, Victoria Hesketh placed with a band called Dead Disco but she has definitely found her feet as a solo artist, releasing her debut album, Hands earlier this year. Hailing Deborah Harry and Kylie Minogue as two of her biggest inspirations, we’re all looking very forward to this, her first Australian tour. I’m especially looking forward to Mathematics and Stuck On Repeat.

Little Boots – Mathematics

Metric (Canada)

The latest album, Fantasies, was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize Canadian album of the year award. But you may also remember some of their old stuff like Monster Hospital (famously remixed by MSTRKRFT), Combat Baby and Poster Girl. It’s hard to believe that after all this time, this will be their first tour down under.

Metric – Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Metronomy (England)

Formed in England in 1999 and have suported such acts as Kate Nash, Justice, Bloc Party and CSS. The newest album, Nights Out, has been a huge release worldwide and has given the group considerable fame.

Metronomy – Radio Ladio (Radioclit Swedish Remix)

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MSTRKRFT (Canada)

Started by Jesse F. Keeler, formoerly of Death From Above 1979 and Al-P of Girlsarehot, their first single, Easy Love was released in 1996. They began with a more indie sound with The Looks, their new album, Fist of God, features more of a hip-hop influence and features collaborations with Lil’ Mo, NORE and Ghostface Killah.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero (MSTRKRFT Remix)

Shazam (Perth)

Still relatively unknown, Shazam is a local DJ and is best known for his remix of Muscles’ Sweaty, but now signed to the Modular label, he’s definitely one to watch.

Muscles – Sweaty (Shazam Remix)

The Aston Shuffle (Canberra)

They released their debut single For Everyone through Ministry Of Sounds, Hussle label in 2007, which got considerable club play after it was featured on the 2007 annual cd. This year, the duo remixed one of the Clubbers Guide cds for MOS and also released their second track Stomp Yo Shoes.

The Aston Shuffle – For Everyone (Stupid Fresh Remix)

The Glimmers (Belgium)

Releasing an album called Gee Gee Fazzi featuring collaborations with Princess Superstar, Freeform Five and Lindstrom, these guys have really made their mark in the European club world but are yet to leave their mark in Australia.

The Glimmers – Lisa

The Rapture (US)

Formed in 1998 by Chris Relyea, Vitto Roccoforte and Luke Jenner, the band has since toured with the likes of The Von Bondies, Franz Ferdinand, Funeral For A Friend , The Killers, Daft Punk and The Cure.

The Rapture – No Sex For Ben

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Tiga (Canada)

Born Tiga James Sontag, his debut album Sexor won Juno Award for Dance Recording of the year in 2007. He collaborates frequently with Mateo Murphy (with which he forms TGV) and Jesper Dahlback, and in 2008 with Zombie Nation under ZZT.  His second album has already made a huge mark with the catchy hit Shoes receiving huge airplay all over the world.

Tiga – 3 Weeks

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September Favourites

24 Sep

So guys, here what we’ve been listening to throughout this first glorious month of Australian Spring;

zero7-216. Pop Art Blue – Zero 7

Finally some new stuff the UK kings of ambient, melodic pop! This one, released through RCRD LBL. It features a familiar formula that never fails to get us going; angelic vocals, folkey backing and an electronic overbeat.

toxicavenger_is-dead15. Toxic Is Dead – Toxic Avenger

Two Toxic Avenger cds will be released through IHEARTCOMIX later this month. This track has the usual aggressive and dicey electro typical of the mean and industrial sound we are used to hearing from Toxie, however, I don’t think that this song is as a good as Escape.

14. golden-filterThunderbird – The Golden Filter

Finally, a brand new track from Golden Filter! This has been a long time coming as we’ve all been waiting patiently since the smash hit album, Solid Gold. This track refers to the native legendary American creature that is meant to be all amazing and powerful. The 12′ will be out officially on November 16th through Dummy.

Au+Revoir+Simone+3062537138_b57bcce4c8_o13. Another Likely Story (Neon Indian Remix) – Au Revior Simone

We love Au Revior Simone as it is, with their dreamy and melodic vocals with soft synth backing, but Neon Indian adds another dimension to this already very funky track. The release of this song has come at a perfect time as the weather warms up it could fit quite comfortably into your soundtrack for summer.

chromeo212. Night By Night – Chromeo

Dave 1 and P-Tugg, more commonly known as Chromeo have collaborated with Green Sound Label to get out their new track, Night By Night. This is Chromeo track is as fresh and funky as usual complete even with guitar and continuous drumming back beat. Sure to get you moving.

Magic-Wands11. Warrior (XX Remix) – Magic Wands

Hailing from Nashville, Tennesse is the duo Chris and Dexy who met in 2006, but didn’t found Magic Wands until much later. Finally they have released their first EP, Magic, Love, Dreams. My favourite track off the EP has to be Warrior. There is something slightly alluring and captivating about this track and the XX do their usual thing to add an extra bit of magic to the track. Any synth-pop fan will love this.

basement-323x40010. Saga – Basement Jaxx and Santi

This is a collaboration of two of my favourite artists, so no surprise that it is an instant hit in my books. Basement Jaxx typically feature an element of fun in their tracks and Santi compliments it well with her off-reggae style of vocal. This result is a playful and upbeat sound for summer that is catchy and addictive.

YogoYogoDemo20069. I’m Not Gay (Heretic Remix) – Yogo!Yogo!

I’m not sure what to say about this track because I don’t know about it, other than that it’s very addictive and I highly recommend it. I don’t know much about the original song or what language it is, but this song is very addictive and funky and will go down a treat at 3a.m. Sunday morning.

Pance_Anime8. Skeleton (Pance Party Remix) – Felix Cartal

We are loving Pance Party here at Je Danse, with his dicey and industrial dirty electro. Skeletonwas originally released by Felix Cartal on RCRD LBL. Pance Party said that they wanted to end the summer with something nasty and this remix certainly fits that description.

chew lips7.  Salt Air (Two Door Cinema Club Remix) – Chew Lips

I only heard Chew Lip for the first time a coupe of months ago, but I can’t even begin to describe how amazing they are. Salt Air in particular is a such a great song and Two Door Cinema Club add a nice synth boost over the original relaxed back music. This song is versatile and a must for any soundtrack whether you’re getting ready to go out or chilling out the morning after a huge night out.

azzido-da-bass6. I Want U (Jence Remix) – Azzido Da Bass

Best known for his club classic Dooms Night he has now hooked up with Coco Machete Records to release the trashy electro-house dancefloor smash hit I Want U. Digitalism’s Jence provides the vocals for this track and has released his own remix of it which features the more electro-punk style that has made Digitalism instant heroes in the indie-tech world.

fakeblood5. I Think I Like It – Fake Blood

Finally Fake Blood have released another original track to replace MARS.

The latest is slightly different a sound to MARS but is becoming a favourite very quickly with more of a melodic, afrobeat tech influence. Luckily, the New York duo, Matt and Kim are returning to Australia on new years day for Field Day in Sydney, but rumours are that their tour may extend a bit.

We’re also loving their remix of Gossip’s, Love long Distance, and they main impressive the way they slip their name into every remix, which in case you didn’t know, is done solely by chopping already existing vocals from the song and piecing them together to say Fake Blood…how clever.

cover.indd4. Your Heart Feels (Designer Drugs) – Thieves Like Us

It’s no secret that we can’t resist a track, mixtape or remix by Designer Drugs and this is no exception. It’s one of DD’s more techy remixes but features the addictive build ups and anticipation before dropping a chaotic blend of emotional vocals, mind-blowing electronic bass and psychedelic riffs.

The original track from Thieves Like Us was released by Play Music and gives you charging drums and killer synth but it goes without saying that once you hear a Designer Drugs remix, you can’t go back to the original without it feeling somewhat flat and lifeless.

Boys Noize3. Jeffer – Boys Noize

I still regard the Boys Noize remix of Justice’s Phantom II to be one of the best-crafted remixes of all time, so these guys always hold a soft spot in my heart. This track is very experimental featuring a range of different sounds including scratching and what sounds almost like hitting a chopstick against teeth.

As usual, Boys Noize are able to build this song up and down and create a sense of anticipation beautifully before they drop into the upcatching chorus in full. This is an absolute delight from start to finish.

Also loving the collaborations with Erol Alkan, a surprising combi but the results are electrifying…check out the new album, out on September 26th.

kids bar2. Strictly Game (Kids At The Bar Remix) – Harlem Shakes

This song begins with a dirty bassline to get you into the mood but then catches you off guard by entering an uplifitng fusion of melodic synth and choppy vocals, but don’t worry, it’s soon to get into the electro bassline. Harlem Shakes create this track originally bouncey indie-pop tune which is awesome in its own right, but remix duo, Kids At The Bar, give it the extra oomph that makes it classic (and worthy of second spot on our chart!)

Yeah_Yeah_Yeahs1. Heads Will Roll (Ryan Nexus Remix) – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are always great by themselves, but when Ryan Nexus took Heads Will Roll to his decks, the result was awesome.

Nexus adds a cruel and mean bassline to the song that well complicates the vocals. He started  mixing and creating mashups in 2001 and eventually founded a break label called Systematica Records in 2006. It’s taken him a while to now make his mark with this remix.

Now, teaming up with the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs has put his name in our books, I listen to this one on repeat!