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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.

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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.



JJJ Hottest 100 Obligatory Post

26 Jan

Australia day is nearing it’s end, and it would be un-Australian of me not to do a post about the hottest 100 countdown. So, here’s my wrap up:

100-91:

#99 saw the first good entry, with sister-act, Tegan and Sara’s Hell. All star band, Them Crooked Vultures got the next placing, with Deadmau5, Ghosts n Stuff in at #96. Regina Spektor  held two places *yawn*, and Friendly Fires, Skeleton Boy made #92, the first of my votes!

90-81:

At #90 was another of my votes, Florence Welch‘s Kiss With A Fist which belonged far higher! (Luckily it was the first of many for Florence and the Machine). This was somehow beaten by a Jay-Z song, I didn’t realise he had released anything in like…the past five years. A few more boring songs and then Kasabian at #85 with Underdog. Basement Jaxx, Raindrops #83, well deserved I think. Aussie indie-tech group, Miami Horror made #82 with Sometimes, (I voted Don’t Be On With Her). We also had the first Muse and Mumford & Sons entries in that lot.

80-71:

I wasn’t huge on this part of the countdown. Former Strokes front runner, Julian Casablancas, fell in at #76 with 11th Dimension, another of my votes. MSTRKRFT‘s Heartbreaker got #74 with Adelaide’s own Sia at #72 with You’ve Changed. Other than that, this was a lull period.

70-61:

Animal Collective My Girls came in at #70. After deliberation, I think I do like this song, so the placing was deserved. Bloc Party‘s only entry came in at #62, One More Chance. Other than that, we saw token bogan Aussie hip hop from Illy, boring rock from Karnivool and overrated indie from Grizzly Bear.

60-51:

The first Lilly Allen song came in at #60, followed by Calvin HarrisI’m Not Alone at #59, being another song I had voted for, I think this genius trance epic was heavily underplaced, it should have at least made the twenties. The xx made #56 with Islands, and I’m not a fan of Franz Ferdinand, but I do love No You Girls, so I was pleased to see it at #55. Everybody loves Swedish group Miike Snow, so I was surprised and disappointed that Animal didn’t place higher than #53.  Next came Vampire Weekend‘s Horchata. There is something well catchy about that song, and another that everybody loves. Other than that we got another Kasabian entry, Phili Jays, and the Acrtic Monkeys, so a pretty good time for the countdown.

50-41:

Halfway through, and we get another entry from Adelaide girl Sia, with a little help from CSS, Buttons (CSS Remix).  An extremely boring Powderfinger track followed, more Temper Trap and Karnivool *yawn*yawn*. We did get a premature Florence and the Machine back to back, with Drumming Song at #45 and Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) at #44. Also, Audacity of Huge by SMD fell in at #41, which I was surprised to see in the second half of the countdown.

40-31:

I’ve never been a fan of Angus & Julia Stone or John Butler, so SKIP! Bogan Adelaide Hip-Hoppers Hill Top Hoods got their first entry. More from Muse…a very boring and disappointing ten.

30-21:

A couple of Sarah Blasko tunes made it here, proving she’s still pretty big apparently. La Roux‘s In For The Kill made #27. Finally, a Metric song! In at #26 was Help I’m Alive, but I think they deserved a little more. To follow was Canadian heavyweight, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs with Zero at #25. All fair. No so much as I can say for the Flight Of The Conchords entries and….Warp *shudder*, it should have been Riverside.

20-11:

Sleepy Head took an expected high placing, followed by more Muse (so unimaginative), but it was good to hear Melbourne lads, the Bag Raiders take #18 with the belated indie-tech hit, Shooting Stars. Only one Gossip entry made it, Heavy Cross, at a modest #16. And was I the only one who had never heard of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros? Where did this #15 come from? We knew that Phoenix were going to get some pretty big placings, so 1901 at #13 came as no surprise. I didn’t vote for them, only because I knew they wouldn’t need my help. Fairly embarrassing that Bonkers placed at #12, definitely the low point of Armand Van Helden’s career. The countdown picked up again with Heads Will Roll at #11, which should have been in the top 10.

TOP 10:

Now we get into the business end of the countdown:

10. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine If it were up to me, all four of Florence and the Machine’s song would have made top 20, with at least two in the top 10, but I guess I’ll settle for one.

9. Uprising – Muse This song sounds remarkably like every other song on the album, *snore*

8. Not Fair – Lilly Allen The first time you listen to this and you actually listen to the lyrics and realise what it’s about, it’s kind of novelty, then it gets annoying. This shouldn’t have made top 20.

7. Coin Laundry – Lisa Mitchell How did this get to number 7?

6. Bulletproof – La Roux This song is just so catchy with it’s bouncy lyrics and uplifting synth riffs, it deserved to be in the top ten.

5. Broken Leg – Blue Juice These guys used to be cool, this song is just boring.

4. Lisztomania – Phoenix The last brilliant song on the countdown. This French four piece had a huge year.

3. Chase That Feeling – Hilltop Hoods Yuck!

2. Parle Vous Francais – Art Vs Science I Loved Flippers, and I liked this song the first time I heard it, but by far the most overrated song of the year, so much so that it makes me hate it. It should have been #50 max.

1. Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons It may have leaked early, but it was no mystery who was going to win anyways. I’m not a huge fan and think this is overrated, but it’s not too bad.

But where were Peaches, Duck Sauce and Snobscrilla?!

2009! #10 – #6

29 Dec

We’re finally into the top 10!

10 Royksopp & Robyn – The Girl and the Robot

Swedish vocalist Robyn was one of my favourite new artists of 2008 and Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp are well, one of my favourite bands of always, os this was one of many great collaborations from their Junior release. The Girl and the Robot has Royksopp’s usual electronica club sound with a little bit of techno and smidge of dark undertones to add to it, as well as Robyn’s passionate vocals. The second release of this album, I think it’s the greatest track, working perfectly on a pop, club and quality song level and guaranteed it will grow on you.

Royksopp & Robyn – The Girl and the Robot

9 Miami Horror – Make You Mine

The Melbourne producer, Benjamin Plant, gets his second entry to the countdown with this super addictive and uber funky hit off their Brovado EP. Groovy, mid-tempo and disco-style, this track will have you all over it for pre-drinks, dance floor boogies or while you’re chilling and drinking cocktails. His last release before he went onto creating Sometimes with the band,  this retro style disco masterpiece is littered with pan pipes and congos and all things nice that work so well for it. And just in case the original isn’t funky enough for you, fellow Australian DJ, Cassian (formerly CSK OK) does a nice little remix.

Miami Horror – Make You Mine (Cassian Remix)

Miami Horror – Make You Mine

8 My Gold Mask – Bitches

Leave your bitches at the door“, what a great opening line. Gretta begins the song by employing high patch shrill-like vocals whilst Jack owns the guitar, creating a sound that somehow makes me think of Mexican cowboys. This indie duo from Chicago have a somewhat eerie sound to separate them from the crowd of usuals and it works very well for them, getting them into the spotlight this year. The Hood internet mashup (I know, a mash up) is also a pretty good transformation into an 80s sound disco track.

My Gold Mask vs Roxy Music – Bitches (Hood Internet Remix)

My Gold Mask – Bitches

7 Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone

The Scottish DJ’s brief stint with trance music was extremely well. Often under fire by “less commercial” DJs, we’re used to Calvin Harris bringing us more of a vocal house-pop sound, so I was extremely impressed when he sprung this progressive, passionate trance anthem on us, and I’m not even a fan of trance. It’s just great to listen to a song that builds so well that everyone knows, because every time you here it at a music festival, there is a certain point where you know that absolutely everyone in the crowd will go off. Harris also uses his own vocals as usual, which is great to see.

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone

6 Acid Girls feat. Frankmusik – Wake Up

This track makes you want sing, bounce and groove at the same time. Like most of Frankmusik’s stuff, Wake Up has a little bit of synth, but is more focused on the electronic club side of things, built up by LA duo Acid Girls. And wow, the results is just so catchy and addictive it’s incredible; the more you listen to it, the more you want to listen to it.

Acid Girls feat. Frankmusik – Wake Up

Soundtrack to The Weekend II

2 Dec

As the Stereosonic weekend continues, make sure you have a good one, and let this soundtrack accompany you on all your pre-drink sessions!

The Subs – Fuck That Shit

Daft Punk – Robot Rock (DJ B Stee Remix)

Le Le – Backstage (Original Mix)**Highly Recommended

Edwin van Cleef – Overtaken (Neo Tokyo Remix)

Cassius – Youth, Speed, Trouble, Cigarettes (Don Diablo Remix)

CSS – Move (Frankmusik Club Bingo Remix)

SohoDolls – Stripper**Highly Recommended (Oldie but a goodie)

Sohodolls – Trash The Rental (Crystal Castles Remix)**Highly Recommended

Duck Sauce – The Motion**Highly Recommended

Pixie Lott – Mama Do (Linus Loves Radio Edit)

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Tiesto Remix)

Foamo Taking Off

2 Oct

foamo

London fidget house-dub step extrodinare, Foamo, will finally begin his Australia tour tomorrow night in Sydney and we thoroughly recommend that you don’t miss this guy. Foamo already made waves his last Australian tour over NYE, but he’s back again to rock clubs down under! In celebration, he’s created a mix for Australia that you can download below.

Foamo Mix For Australia

Tracklist:

1. Crookers – Put Your Hands On Me (Solo Remix)

2.  Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent

3. Brodinski & Noob – Peanut Club

4. Matt Cant & Scatterbish – Hornbo (Sticky k Remix)

5. DJ Gregory & Gregor Salto – Con Alegria (Solo More Cowbell Remix)

6. Bassnectar- Yo (Speakerjunk Remix)

7. Diplo & Laidback Luke – Hey! (Foamo Remix)

8. Major Lazer – Pon Di Floor (Faomo Edit)

9. Dub Pistols – I’m In Love (Foamo Remix)

10. Jack Beats – What (Foamo Remix)

11. Buraka Som Sistema feat. Kano – Skank (Foamo Remix)

12. Primary 1 & Riton – Who’s There (L-Vis 1990 Remix)

13. Future Prophecies – Dreadlock (Foamo Remix)

14. Lazy Rich – Funk Jet (Jay Robinson & Superbeatz Remix)

15. Jack Beats – UFO

16. Buraka Som Sistema – Lisboa Luanda

17. Hadouken – MAD (Detboi Remix)

18. Udachi & Jubilee – Smokerrings Edit

19. Count & Sinden – Mega

20. Caged Baby – Forced ( Foamo Remix)

21. Blake – What I Need (Knuckles Remix)

22. Foamo – Wardance (Disco Of War Remix)

23. Digital Manges – Manges (Sharkslayer Remix)

24. Man Like Me – London Town (Foamo Remix)

25. Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend (Fake Blood Remix)

26. La Roux – Bulletproof (Foamo Remix)

27. Tune Brothers – Girlfriend (Blaze Tripp Remix)

28. Miike Snow – Black & Blue (Jaymo and Andy George Remix)

29. Mr. Hudson – White Lies (Rusko Remix)

But he didn’t put on his best remix so I’ve got it here for you guys

Mystery Jets – Half In Love With Elizabeth (Foamo Remix)

Shows:

Oct 3rd @ Scattermish, Epsy, Melbourne

Oct 4th @ Sounds Like…, Soho, Sydney

Oct 6th @ RADIO, Sydney

Oct 8th @ George FM Radio, Auckland

Oct 8th @ Ink & Coherent, Auckland

Oct 9th @ Brand Spank’d, Empire, Brisbane

Oct 10 @ Cameo Disco, Garage, Adelaide

Oct 16th @ Ambar, Perth