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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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Kudos to Kudu

1 Dec

Although they are one of my all time favourite bands, it has occurred to me that I haven’t yet done a post about Brooklyn based outfit Kudu. This is probably because they haven’t done much in the last couple of years, much to my dismay. obviously they’ve been touring, but sadly nowhere near Australia.

Allow me to introduce them; they are a duo comprised of Sylvia the Ill (vocalist) and Dirty D (drummer; also enjoyed a brief stint drumming for the Mars Volta at some their live shows) and in live performances, Sick Nick (keyboard). KUDU stands for Kids Under Demonic Influence or, if you like, it’s an African Antelope that’s known for it’s speed and it’s large curly horns used as instruments.

It’s very hard to try and categorize KUDU. They’re glam and grit, dark and dirty. They own up to being jazz, pop and dance all in the same bundle, and they’ve been referred to as “tropical goth”, that is, music that brings goth to the beach. They’ve even been compared to Basement Jaxx, so you know they’re good!

They have residency at an American live act club called Nublu which apparently features a lot of whites that try black style music…the club also has a record label through which KUDU released their first album Death of the Party in 2006. Half of the full-length was recorded and mixed in their neighbourhood on a vintage MCI JH-636, a 36 channel console that had been previously used and owned by Eric B. and Rakim, Salt-n-Pepa and Public Enemy to name a few. But the outcome was a masterpiece and closely followed up by a remix album Back For More, featuring tracks that got a work over by Armand Van Helden, Sinden, Tommie Sunshine, Drop the Lime and more.

Here’s some stuff to entice you, also, with Sylvia under the alias of Black Betty, used for her solo career.

Kudu – Let’s Finish (Sinden Remix)**Highly Recommended

Kudu – Boom Boom (DDPresh Remix)**Highly Recommended

Kudu – Suite Life (Carli Remix)

Kudu – Playing House (Kudu Remix)**Highly Recommended

Kudu – King Kong**Highly Recommended

Kudu – Back For More (Hess is More Remix)

Spank Rock ft. Black Betty & Santogold – B-O-O-T-A-Y

Download Back For More: A Remix Collection**Highly Recommended

BONUS

Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (CSS Remix)

Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (Disko Bums Remix)