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Indie January

18 Jan

As usual, this year will bring us a large focus on indie music. Some will be from up and coming artists, some from years ago, some really good and a lot really shit, but we know to expect that. As usual, we search for a balance, between the old and the new and good and the good (we don’t really seek the bad, and we don’t have to, because we can easily find it on the Aria top 40). Here are just some picks for 2010.

Peter Bjorn and John came to us in 2006 with the hit Young Folks, which seemed all primed to be a one hit wonder, wrong, the Swedish three piece are still going strong to this day, and the song below will prove it.

Peter Bjorn & John – Nothing To Worry About

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix)

Micachu of Micachu and the Shapes is a 22 year old singer, songwriter, composer from the UK best known for experimental genres of music. The band was formed in 2008, but really started making waves in 2009 with the release of Jewelery. This year should be big for them.

Micachu and the Shapes – Calculator

Micachu and the Shapes – Golden Phone

Crystal Stilts is an American indie band formed in New York City in 2003. Though you may not have known much about them back then, word is starting to spread and you should be familiar with a few of their tracks.

Crystal Stilts – Love is A Wave **Highly Recommended

White Lies you should all know by now. The English band, formerly known as Fear Of Flying, was formed late 2007, and last year’s release, Fairwell To The Fairground made a big impact on charts all over the world. They were tipped ones to watch in 2009, and now have well established themselves in the indie-rock scene.

White Lies – Taxidermy ** Highly Recommended

White Lies – To lose My Life (Filthy Dukes Remix)

British band, the Editors, have been previously known as Pilot, Snowfield and The Pride. They’ve so far released two platinum selling albums and now come back with more in 2010.

The Editors – Papillon ** Highly Recommended


Outasight – Catch Me If You Can

Chew Lips – Play Together (Jocks Remix)

Filthy Dukes – Poison Ivy

The Kills – Fried My Little Brains

Whomadewho – Hello Empty Room **Highly Recommended

Vampire Weekend – Diplomats Song

2009! #20-#16

27 Dec

Getting closer…

20 Bombay Bicycle Club – Dust on The Ground

This indie four piece from North London have really grabbed our attention with Dust On The Ground. Featuring serene guitar riffs, calmed vocals and the occasional harmony, this song instantly transports you to a more relaxed place. After coming into the scene in 2006 via V Festival, they finally released their debut album, I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose, in July. But before this, at just 15, they toured under the name The Canals. Now they are really starting to establish themselves as a high level indie band, producing quality synth-rock music. Also, listen to Tanlines remix.

Bombay Bicycle Club – Dust On The Ground (Tanlines Remix)

Bombay Bicycle Club – Dust On The Ground

19 Chew Lips – Salt Air

To Begin with, the video clip for this track is really cool, fully embossed in sketch outline with whack scribble drawings popping up all over the place. Bit it’s a great video clip for a great song. Like most tracks released through the Kitsune Label, this song is super charged with disco synth in an ultra cool fashion, which is perfectly complimented by the strong vocals of lead singer Tigs. Formed in 2008, this has been the year that Chew Lips have really started to spread their music around and make an impression, releasing Salt Air and Solo, and watch for Unicorn, to be released in January 2010.

Chew Lips – Salt Air Video Clip

Chew Lips – Salt Air

18 Fischerspooner – Money Can’t Dance

Over a decade old, Fischerspooner are still as good as ever. Money Can’t Dance is a bit slower and less in your face electronic-rock  than classics like Emerge but still has the addictive electro bassline backed up by delicious synth numbers and wavering vocals. Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner put a lot of time into their recordings, several years per album, and it shows through the quality of the recording. This one is no exception, even sampling Astronaut, Major Tom from NOVA at the beginning. An absolutely synthie-discoey-electronica delight.

Fischerspooner – Money Can’t Dance

17 Classixx feat. Jeppe- I’ll Get You

Another Kitsune Label release, the Classixx have managed to evolve from making kick arse remixes to making a kick-arse, catchy as track from scratch. The LA based synth-electro duo teamed up with Dutch vocalist Jeppe to release I’ll Get You, an instant summer anthem with a lot of influence from the 80s and a lot of cool. And did I mention that Jeppe is actually from Junior Senior? Thought he sounded familiar right, and those kind of vocals are used to emitting a summer vibe.

Classixx feat. Jeppe – I’ll Get You

16 Tanlines – Bejan

Just a really tranquil, melodic synth-focused track. Tanlines is an amazing nu-disco act from New York, and on this track they really deliver a cool, calm, relaxing and completely feel-good anthem for the cocktail bar dance floor. It’s not hard to recognise that this one is also a Kitsune release as they seem to pray on these synthie disco hits and know exactly which ones are really worthy. Get ready to instantly be transported to a remote beach in Ibiza as you listen to this one.

Tanlines – Bejan

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!