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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.



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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! #30-#26

25 Dec

30 Peaches – I Feel Cream

Sorry, on her second song in the countdown, I couldn’t resist using this picture. Even at 40, Toronto-born Merrill Beth Nisker is as crude and rocking as ever and we love it. Like her older stuff, this is super charged with filthy, raunchy sex driven lyrics over juicy electro basslines. And it’s great that in the latest album she has brought us the best of her vocal abilities, ranging from the gentle, soft murmur in I Feel Cream to the aggressive rapping in Billionaire, featured earlier in the countdown. Being produced by Peaches herself along with Soulwax, Simian Mobile Disco and Digitalism, it’s easy to see how this became such a club hit.

Peaches – I Feel Cream

29 Miike Snow – Animal

This Stockholm trio have burst into the indie music scene in 2009 and owe a great deal of success to Animal. With an extremely catchy chorus, this song is almost like the “Kids” of 2009, open to remix and dancefloor abuse in clubs worldwide, but it’s an amazing track so I doubt many people will mind if it’s overplayed. Quirky, happy and lighthearted, this song is easy to listen to and has become one of the biggest indie gems of 2009. The videoclip is also worth checking out.

Miike Snow – Animal Videoclip

Miike Snow – Animal

28 Metric – Gold, Guns, Girls

I think that Monster Hospital will always be Metric’s best song, but this tune still rocked my socks. There is something really addictive about Emily Haine’s voice, that also makes it really easy to either rock out to or chillout to (in this case rock out). Off their latest album, Fantasies, which has already had a lot of success, this indie rock anthem is one of many songs to become instant hits. Perfect to listen to live at a music festival I might add.

Metric – Gold, Guns, Girls

27 Little Boots – Mathematics

This song by the pint sized UK singer/song writer may have been one of the last released from her debut album Hands, but in my opinion definitely one of the best. As well as on a pop level, it also works on an indie-electro level. It’s catchy, synthy, and dancable. Inspired by Sylvia Plath’s poem, Love Is A Parallax, this song uses mathematics as a metaphor for love quite effectively, with puns like “divide a heart by a heart”. And for anyone who’s done a bit of maths themselves, it’s to tempting to love this song, even if at the core, it’s not really about maths, we can still appreciate the puns.

Little Boots – Mathematics

26 Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorceses

This guy is the only example of Aussie hip hop that I actually like, and don’t stop there, I love him! It must be the way that he blends in his hip hop style with rock riffs and indie electro-synth backing music. Heartbreak Scorceses seems to float between sounding sad and happy, although the subject might be sad, there is something about the music that makes it sound slightly upbeat, and this duality works really well for the song. The futuristic synth sounds that introduce and end this song give it that Scrilla cool that groups him with the sophisticated indie crowd instead of the hip hop bogans…give the ’96 Bulls remix a listen too.

Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorceses (’96 Bulls Remix)

Snob Scrilla – Heartbreak Scorceses

Soundtrack To The Weekend

26 Nov

And your soundtrack for the weekend…

Frankmusik ft. Acid Girls – Wake Up **Highly Reccommended

Classixx ft. Jeppe – I’ll Get You

Acid Girls – Lightworks (Harvard Bass Remix)

Modeselektor – Cash

Lazy Ants – Choke Me Spank Me

Metric – Sick Muse (Adam Freeland Remix)

The Kills – Cheap and Cheerful (Bloodybeetroots Miami Bass Remix)

The Proxy – Who Are You (Redial Remix)

Fan Death – Cannibal **Highly Reccommended

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