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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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Urb Best of Decade

24 Jan

The results are out for the Urb magazine best of the decade poll, so here’s a peak at the winners:

Artist Of The Decade:

1. Radiohead

2. Outkast

3. Daft Punk

Okay, seriously, Daft Punk being beaten by Radiohead and OUTKAST! What’s up with that?! Not sure that these are really worthy winners a part from Daft Punk that should have been number one, but okay sure.

Album Of The Decade

1. “Discovery” – Daft Punk (2001)

2. “Kid A” – Radiohead (2000)

3. “Stankonia” – Outkast (2000)

Not very exciting having the same three artists as in the last category and all albums from the very start of the decade, but at least the ordering is okay this time.

Best Songs Of The Decade

1. “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes (2003)

2. “One More Time” – Daft Punk (2000)

3. “Hey Ya” – Outkast (2003)

A well deserved number one and two!

Best Label Of The Decade

1. Rhymesayer Entertainment

2. Def Jux

3. Ed Banger

A disgusting number one and two, but French electro house label Ed Banger hold a well deserved spot.

Radiohead – The Reckoner

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Daft Punk – Robot Rock

Outkast – Ms Jackson

Mr. Oizo – Stunt

SebastiAn – Motor


2009! #5-#1

30 Dec

Finally we’re there!

5 Mr Oizo – Positif

Okay, technically this was last year’s release, but I was a little bit slow on the uptake, so for me, Positif was all about 2009. This lamb is back with Mr Oizo to give us this simply awesome electro anthem. This is right up there with best of Oizo’s stuff like the club classic Flat Beat. Filled with dirty, grimy, heavy bassline electro accompanied by sexy French vocals never fails to make an instant dance floor classic and this track is no exception. Off the Lambs Anger album, this song is a stroke of pure genius, and sounds more and more awesome on each listen. Also, an interesting video clip.

Mr. Oizo – Positif Video Clip

Mr Oizo – Positif

4 Duck Sauce – You’re Nasty

This may be less played than aNYway, but it’s the track that I heard first and like best. New York house legends, A-Trak and Armand Van Helden are awesome individually, so you’d expect them to be awesome  when they come together. Released through A-Trak’s own record label, Fool’s Gold, comes this funky house gem. Not quite as 70s disco sounding as aNYway, but still has the funk factor down pat with a choppy bassline and nice vocals to match.

Duck Sauce – You’re Nasty

3 Le Le – Backstage

One of the best new bands of 2009, and this is definitely the most effective and addictive synth basslines. And what’s best about this song, is that not only does this track show off Oizo’s genius production skills, but the vocals are actually hilarious. About a desperate industry wannabe trying to get backstage and hang with the artists, you can’t help but chuckle as you groove. Also an interesting trio, Pepijn Lanen, a Dutch rapper, also writes for Vice magazine and designs. Pieter Janssen is a world renown graphic designer and Rimer Veerman is a member of Comtrom, another electro group.

Le Le – Backstage

2 Make The Girl Dance – Baby Baby Baby

This put in a good right for number one. French electro act Make The Girl Dance is turning a lot of heads in the scene, especially with this catchy electro pop/indie number. All in French, it is still easy to guess that this song would have very sexual driven lyrics and it’s worth watching the English version of the video clip to find out just how cheeky they are because they’re quite amusing. Who doesn’t like a quirky, sexy, French track that…makes the girl dance!

Make The Girl Dance – Baby Baby Baby Video Clip

Make The Girl Dance – Baby Baby Baby

1 Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat

Picking a top song was tough this year, as there were a lot of great songs with none really standing out more than the others, but I decided to go for the pop hit! Without a doubt, best new act of the year is UK’s Little Boots, clearly above La Roux even. Listing two of my favourite female singers in history, Kylie Minogue and Deborah Harry as her main inspirations, you can see why she has risen straight to the top. This ultra catchy synth-backed pop song with added elements of disco and funk and a nice layering of beats. Also very stylish and an awesome live performer, it’s great to see a female artist worthy of number one.

Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat

2009 Remixed!

21 Dec

Oh my goodness, only four days until Christmas, and what better way to spread the Christmas cheer than with a novelty Christmas song by a mainstream artist? With a list of the year’s best remixes of course! Why would you want to listen to a novelty Christmas song by a mainstream artist? The truth is you wouldn’t, so here are my picks for the best remixes of the 2009;

20. 1901 (Ryan Nexus Remix) – Phoenix

19. Strange Enough (Mr. Oizo Remix) – N.A.S.A.

18. Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit Remix) – Florence and the Machine

17. Walking On A Dream (Kids at the Bar Remix) – Empire of the Sun

16. A Milli (Nadastrom Remix) – Lil Wayne

15. Black & Blue (Tiga Remix) – Miike Snow

14. I Love London (Paparazzi Remix) – Crystal Fighters

13. Love Long Distance (Fake Blood Remix) – The Gossip

12. Dominos (Switch Remix) – The Big Pink

11. Seven (Crookers Remix) – Fever Ray

10. Dawn of the Dead (Station X Remix) – Does It Offend You Yeah

9. Radio Ladio (Radioclit Swedish Remix) – Metronomy

8. Heartbreak Scorceses (’96 Bulls Remix) – Snobscrilla

7. Youth & Vitality (Designer Drugs Remix) – Tigersapien

6. Crimewave (LA Riots Remix) – Crystal Castles

5. Strictly Game (Kids at the Bar Remix) – Harlem Shakes

4. Heads Will Roll (Ryan Nexus Remix) – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

3. Anthonio (Designer Drugs Remix) – Annie

2. Half in Love with Elizabeth (Foamo Re-edit) – Mystery Jets

1. Love Kills (Sidechains vs Buffetlibre Remix) – Little Boots

And!….honourable mentions to:

Animal (Fake Blood Remix) – Miike Snow

Buttons (CSS Remix) – Sia

I’m In Miami Bitch (Ruckus Roboticus Remix) – LMFAO

Cornelius vs Girls On Film (Aggro 1) – Bloody Beetroots vs Duran Duran