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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.

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DJ Mag Top 100

6 Feb

The DJ Mag have released their top 100 DJs for 2009, with the top 2 being no surprise…Trance DJs always dominate this countdown, but after seeing Armin live, you can see that he deserves it.

1. Armin Van Buuren

2. Tiesto Tiesto – Adagio For Strings

3. David Guetta Kylie Minogue – Wow (David Guetta Remix) **highly Reccommended

4. Above and Beyond

5. Paul Van Dyk

6. Deadmau5 Deadmau5 – Ghosts n Stuff

7. Ferry Corstern

8. Markus Schulz

9. Gareth Emery

10. Sander Van Doorn

26. Benny Benassi Lisa Miskovsky – Still Alive (Benny Benassi Remix)

27. Laidback Luke Laidback Luke & Diplo – Hey (Foamo Remix) *Rumoured to be touring 2010 for We Love Sounds (again)

33. Daft Punk (only 33?!) Daft Punk – The Crash

47. Martin Solveig

52. Tydi

53. Erick Morillo Erick Morillo – Dancin *highly reccomended

59. Dirty South

60. Roger Sanchez

65. Justice Justice – Beginning Of The End

68. Boys Noize Boys Noize – Jeffer

86. Tiga Tiga – 3 Weeks *highly recommended

Other than that….one question….where was Foamo?!

2009! #25-#21

26 Dec

25 Frankmusik – When You’re Around

It’s  no secret that Vincent Frank is a musical genius. Here he covers the Strangler’s hit from Fight Club, “Golden Brown“, and yes I know it’s a cover of an already great song, but Frank gives it extra flair with high paced synth, deep vocals and catchy riffs. Produced by Stuart Price (the man behind Les Rhythmes Digitales) , this is one of the many masterpieces of Frank Vincent’s hit debut album, Complete Me, the whole album being well worth a listen. Don’t forget to check out the Boys Noize remix.

Frankmusik – When You’re Around (Boys Noize Remix)

Frankmusik – When You’re Around

24 Miami Horror – Don’t Be On With Her

Such a deceiving name for a producer from Melbourne, but we love that such a talent is from Australia! Don’t Be On With Her is the first single from his debut EP and it is extremely catchy, saturated with a heavy 80s style synth and upbeat vocals, making it impossible to resist tapping your feet and dancing along to. One amazing thing about this track, is that despite grabbing heavy influence in vocals, synth and guitar from the 80s, it still feels current, a great dance track by today’s standards. I’m so glad they’re finally releasing a full length album, Sometimes, and hopefully you managed catch their tour earlier this year.

Miami Horror – Don’t Be On With Her

23 The Juan Maclean – One Day

Their first single off The Future Will Come, but their second entry in the countdown, One Day is a simple but catchy synth-indie-pop tune that features upbeat synth progression and gentle, sweet vocals. Slightly reminiscent of the 80s synth style, this song also provides for a nostalgic ride into a happier place. Also, at only 4:15, unlike their other much longer tracks, it is impossible to get bored during this one. Don’t miss them at Field Day on New Years day.

The Juan Maclean – One Day

22 Duck Sauce – aNYway

When Armand Van Helden and A-Trak team up, you know you’re in for something special. Both legendary veterans of the New York house scene, these guys have collaborated to create one of the funkiest house hits of our time. This strong element of funk is continued in the video clip featuring a groovy 70s dance act, perfect emulating the sound of the track. The track cleverly takes a sample of the 1979 Final Edition track I Can Do It (Anyway That You Want It), but they have added their New York cool to turn this cheesy disco feveresque song into an irresistably funky dance floor explosion.

Duck Sauce – aNYway

21 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

In terms of popularity, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs clearly have a head start, but this song just so much more…epic than their other songs, making it well deserving of all the popularity it has generated. Beginning with a dark synth intro, the song quickly progresses into a fiery rock anthem, whilst carrying the dark undertone the whole way through, the prefect recipe for a hit mainstream rock track. Dancefloors worldwide have also been littered with remixes of this song, making it possibly the most remixed song of the year, but luckily, most that I’ve heard have been pretty good. I recommend the Ryan Nexus remix.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Ryan Nexus Remix)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

2009! #40-#36

24 Dec

And we continue….

40 Echo and the Bunnymen – Life of a Thousand Crimes

Upon listening to this song, you can tell that this band was formed in the early 80s. They sound like the kind of band that you may have listened to a bit back in their day and then completely forgotten about. However, this song is somehow extremely addictive and catchy and could put anyone in a great mood instantly. The back beat is a simple mix of guitar and drum and along with Mac’s soft vocals, it makes this song simply irresistable after a few listens. But do give it a few listens. You make think it average after the first listen, but stick to it and it will grow on you in a big way until it becomes your number one good mood setter.

Echo and the Bunnymen – Life of a Thousand Crimes

39 NERD feat. Santigold – Soldier

In my opinion, My Drivethru was one of the best tracks of 2008, so when I saw that Santi was teaming up with Pharell again, I was super excited. Soldier isn’t quite as good, but is still up there as far as mainstream goes. It has elements of hip hop, rock, punk, trip hop and even a bit of funk to create and a track supercharged with both energy and cool. I’ve always thought that NERD were great, and although I’m not into rap/rnb, Pharell Williams never fails to impress me. But it’s great to see them team up with a female vocalist. Santi really brings another element of cool to the mix.

NERD ft. Santigold – Soldier

38 My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes

My Gold Mask is one of my favourite new bands of the year. There is something really addictive about Gretta’s voice, it’s somewhere between grunge and indie with a lot of cool. One of the great things about Violet Eyes is the mixture of staple and novelty instruments that sets it a part from all the other tracks of its genre. However, it really is the vocals that makes the song. They’re so unique and whilst they may seem almost screechy in parts, they will hook you into listening. I’m so glad that Gretta and Jack have finally released their EP so that now we have more of them to listen to get our fix!

My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes

37 The Crystal Method ft. Emily Haines – Come Back Clean

America’s Crystal Castles teamed up with Emily Haines (aka Metric) to make this ultra cool indie track. Other than having quite interesting lyrics about a violent drug fuelled boyfriend (possibly), it the song goes through several stages of music style. It goes from a breaks intro, to an electronica and indie body and then back to breaks again, making for appealing progression and a very dancable track. Off the 2009 album, Divided By The Night, there are also a lot of nice remixes out there for this song, that of Kaskade being the best I’ve heard so far.

Crystal Method ft. Emily Haines – Come Back Clean

36 Royksopp – Happy Up Here

The Norwegian duo, Royksopp, had pretty big standards to live up to when they released their latest album, Junior. Skimming down the list of collaborations, including Robyn, Lykke Li, Anneli Drecker from the 2006 album and Karin Dreijer-Andersson from the Knife, you expect even more. Happy Up Here does not in any way let you down. It’s playful, buoyant, relaxing and great to dance to and really just makes a cute  summer anthem. The videoclip, featuring a giant game of space invaders, is also worth a look, and be sure to check out the Boys Noize remix.

Royksopp – Happy Up Here Video Clip

Royksopp – Happy Up Here (Boys Noize Remix)

Royksopp – Happy Up Here

2009! #45-#41

22 Dec

Continuing the countdown to 2009….But firstly I’d like to take this oppurtunity to also announce the worst song of the year; hands down, “Boom Boom Pow” – Black Eyed Peas. We never expect anything great from the BEP, but this time they really outdid themselves on the shit scale, so well done guys, get ready for the track to be filtered down to “hits-for-kids” style compilations all over the globe!

45 Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

Danish electro-pop trio, Whomadewho, always have an element have of fun in their music, along with a sophisticated blend of funkpunk, nu-wave, disco and the odd cover. This track is no exception. Off the hit 2008 album, The Plot, this down-tempo track has mesmorising vocals and guitar, making it a nice little background tune to chillout to. The videoclip is kind of strange but worth a look also and as well as quite a few good remixes, I reccommend the Max Pask one, which the gives the track a real disco feel.

Whomadewho – Keep me In My Plane (Videoclip)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane (Max Pask Remix)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

44 Boys Noize – Jeffer

Off the German producer’s hit full length, Power, Jeffer is definitely a club anthem for 2009. Boy Noize’s dicey style of electro is always sure to procude something special on the dancefloor. Jeffer is particular has an upbeat sound that builds the whole way through with lots of chop, squeaky sounds and sharp angles. I don’t think that anything will ever be as good as his remix of Phantom II, but this definitely puts him back on the money, with similar progression and stabby electro sounds, but also complented with some jerky vocals. But what I find most clever is how Alex Ridha can master the big club electro sound like this as well as more minimalist and progressive sounds featured in Nott and his remix of Florence and the Machine’s “Drumming Song.” This Berlina (can I use that word?) is a well talented DJ and producer and should not be missed at Future Music in Australia early next year.

Boys Noize – Jeffer

43 Zoot Woman – Saturation

We had to wait six years for the new Zoot Woman album, but as anticipated, it was well worth it. The smooth and gentle synth-pop band have hit another winner with their latest album, Things Are What They Used To Be, making it very difficult to choose which songs to put into the countdown. It’s interesting to know that the band was formed by Stuart Price, music director of Madonna, and aka Les Rhythm Digitales, Jacques Lu Cont and Pur Homme. Saturation makes the perfect sophisticated pop song, it has good development and anticipation build up, a nice blend of instruments and sounds. These guys are definitely one of the most underrated bands around.

Zoot Woman – Saturation

42 Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension

Former Strokes lead singer, Julian Casblancas, is one of those guys who just reeks of cool. As much as I liked the Strokes, I think they held him back, as with his solo career, he has unleashed a completely different style of music, blending a lot more synth, percussion and electro-pop into his music. 11th Dimension makes for a great pop song; it’s fun, synthie, adverturous and a little bit 80s. As usual, Casablancas employs an effortlessly cool style of vocals that really grabs your attention and assures you that the song has a very deep meaning even if you’re not sure what it is. To top it all off, this song is even quite dancey! His debut solo albums, “Phrazes for the Young“, released in November is defnitely worth a listen.

Julian Casblancas – 11th Dimension

41 The Juan Maclean – Happy House

The Juan Maclean is fairly new to me this year, but I already love their minimalist synthie sound in this epic chillout, nu-disco style track, to which LCD Soundsystem’s, Nancy Whang does the vocals. Borrrowing his signiture sound from the early 90s house scene, the Juan Maclean produces an upbeat happy track that also encourages a slightly melancholy feeling through its nostalgic undertone. Despite the length and reptitiveness of the track, you can listen and enjoy every minute of the build and rotation of sounds and Whang’s sweet and harminous vocals. This is another one of those songs that you want to listen to, dancing in an exclusive underground club with your fancy and pricey cocktail sitting on the bar waiting for you (watching it carefully to make sure it’s not spiked of course!)

The Juan Maclean – Happy House

To Be Frank!

1 Dec

To his Granny (with whom he lives) he is known as Vincent Frank, but to us he is known as Frankmusik, 80s inspired, synth inspired, style inspired (and inspirer), live act and DJ, Frankmusik! The sharp and striking 23-year-old, born in Thornton Heath, London, released his debut album, Complete Me, earlier this year through Island Records. But music was not always in the card for Vincent, or at least not this style of music.

Vincent was originally into beat-boxing, which did not go down well at his posh upper-class boarding school, although he made it pretty far in some notable British talent competitions. He went on to become a fashion school dropout also, at the London College of Fashion. Whilst we don’t doubt his fashion abilities, we are mighty pleased that he instead chose to focus on his music career, with his debut album reaching the top 10 in UK music charts and his debut tour with Ladyhawke and Ida Maria, two of our favourite women!

As a young lad, Vincent was heavily influenced by 70s and 80s music, like Human League and Billy Ocean. He still loves songs like Billy Ocean’s “Get In My Car”, because whilst they’re corny, everyone knows the lyrics because “they’re such great songs…”none of this boom boom pow crap” (so far officially the worst song of the year and I can’t see anyone else outdoing it!)

Frankmusik & Acid Girls – Wake Up ** Highly Recommended

Frankmusik – 3 Little Words (Outside Inside Boy Remix)

Frankmusik – When You’re Around (Boys Noize Remix) ** Highly Recommended

Frankmusik – 3 Little Words (Louises Lovers Remix) **Highly Recommended

Frankmusik – Better Off As Two (Math Head Remix)

Frankmusik – Better Off As Two

Ella Goulding feat. Frankmusik – Wish I Stayed

The Click Click – Did You Wrong (Frankmusik Remix)**Highly Recommended

Bonus

Human League – Don’t You Want Me

Billy Ocean – Get Out of my Dreams and into my Car

Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning (Alex Metric Remix)

Ida Maria – Oh My God**Highly Recommended

Festival Season

22 Oct

crowd

It’s getting into summer and we are being hit hard with music festivals! Looking ahead to summer, here are the highlights for this coming festival season;

BDO: probably the biggest music festival in the country, sells out in most states before the second lineup is released, Jan 17-Jan31st. It was a bit tragic that they didn’t end up pulling through with David Bowie, but they did get Muse, Lilly Allen, Groove Armada, Mars Volta, Ladyhawke, Kasabian, Midnight Juggernauts, and one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen, Peaches!

Peaches- Billionaire

Field Day: In Syndey on New years day, even after a huge night out, Fuzzy never fail to give people to get right back up and get their party on again. This year highlights include 2 Many DJs, Fake Blood, Datarock, Proxy, Sinden, Fred Falke, Amanda Blank, Treasure Fingers and Juan Maclean for the first time Australia.

Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent

Future Music Festival: (Feb 27-Mar 8) The lineup was ony recently released, with prodigy returning to our shores to headline, along with  Franz Ferdinand, Booka Shade, Eric Morillo, Sven Vath, Does it Offend You Yeah and Boys Noize on the list so far.

Boys Nozie – Starter

Good Vibrations Festival: Line up announced tomorrow morning!!!

Mid Summer Circus: Held in Adelaide for the first time, Jan 10th, with 2 Many DJs, Fake Blood, Sinden, The Proxy, Treasure Fingers, Harris Robotis, Jack Beats and Riton.

Little Boots – Every Little Earthquake (Treasure Fingers Remix)

Stereosonic:(Nov 28- Dec 6)  Back with a lineup that out does last year, the best to see are Deadmau5, Axwell, John Dahlback, The Crookers, Surkin, Bloody Beetroots, Chicane, Drop The Lime, Alter Ego, Zombie Nation, Grafton Primary, Acid Jacks, Juan Kidd and Kidda (random live act).

Alter Ego – Why Not?! (Artskool Dropout Remix)

Summadayze/Nights: The three part festival begins with Summanights on NYE in Sydney,with Sharam (Deep Dish), Tom Novy, Josh Wink and Don Diablo, whilst the Summadayze tour will include Carl Cox, 2 Many DJs, Sharam, Infected Mushroom, Don Diablo, Roger Sanchez, Streetlife DJs, Klaas and Lowrider.

Don Diablo vs De La Soul – Stand Up For Me

unfortunately Santi won’t be returning to us this year, but this is a bit of festival song as well:

N.E.R.D. feat. Santigold – Soldier