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24 Dec

And we continue….

40 Echo and the Bunnymen – Life of a Thousand Crimes

Upon listening to this song, you can tell that this band was formed in the early 80s. They sound like the kind of band that you may have listened to a bit back in their day and then completely forgotten about. However, this song is somehow extremely addictive and catchy and could put anyone in a great mood instantly. The back beat is a simple mix of guitar and drum and along with Mac’s soft vocals, it makes this song simply irresistable after a few listens. But do give it a few listens. You make think it average after the first listen, but stick to it and it will grow on you in a big way until it becomes your number one good mood setter.

Echo and the Bunnymen – Life of a Thousand Crimes

39 NERD feat. Santigold – Soldier

In my opinion, My Drivethru was one of the best tracks of 2008, so when I saw that Santi was teaming up with Pharell again, I was super excited. Soldier isn’t quite as good, but is still up there as far as mainstream goes. It has elements of hip hop, rock, punk, trip hop and even a bit of funk to create and a track supercharged with both energy and cool. I’ve always thought that NERD were great, and although I’m not into rap/rnb, Pharell Williams never fails to impress me. But it’s great to see them team up with a female vocalist. Santi really brings another element of cool to the mix.

NERD ft. Santigold – Soldier

38 My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes

My Gold Mask is one of my favourite new bands of the year. There is something really addictive about Gretta’s voice, it’s somewhere between grunge and indie with a lot of cool. One of the great things about Violet Eyes is the mixture of staple and novelty instruments that sets it a part from all the other tracks of its genre. However, it really is the vocals that makes the song. They’re so unique and whilst they may seem almost screechy in parts, they will hook you into listening. I’m so glad that Gretta and Jack have finally released their EP so that now we have more of them to listen to get our fix!

My Gold Mask – Violet Eyes

37 The Crystal Method ft. Emily Haines – Come Back Clean

America’s Crystal Castles teamed up with Emily Haines (aka Metric) to make this ultra cool indie track. Other than having quite interesting lyrics about a violent drug fuelled boyfriend (possibly), it the song goes through several stages of music style. It goes from a breaks intro, to an electronica and indie body and then back to breaks again, making for appealing progression and a very dancable track. Off the 2009 album, Divided By The Night, there are also a lot of nice remixes out there for this song, that of Kaskade being the best I’ve heard so far.

Crystal Method ft. Emily Haines – Come Back Clean

36 Royksopp – Happy Up Here

The Norwegian duo, Royksopp, had pretty big standards to live up to when they released their latest album, Junior. Skimming down the list of collaborations, including Robyn, Lykke Li, Anneli Drecker from the 2006 album and Karin Dreijer-Andersson from the Knife, you expect even more. Happy Up Here does not in any way let you down. It’s playful, buoyant, relaxing and great to dance to and really just makes a cute  summer anthem. The videoclip, featuring a giant game of space invaders, is also worth a look, and be sure to check out the Boys Noize remix.

Royksopp – Happy Up Here Video Clip

Royksopp – Happy Up Here (Boys Noize Remix)

Royksopp – Happy Up Here

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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)

Festival Season

22 Oct

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It’s getting into summer and we are being hit hard with music festivals! Looking ahead to summer, here are the highlights for this coming festival season;

BDO: probably the biggest music festival in the country, sells out in most states before the second lineup is released, Jan 17-Jan31st. It was a bit tragic that they didn’t end up pulling through with David Bowie, but they did get Muse, Lilly Allen, Groove Armada, Mars Volta, Ladyhawke, Kasabian, Midnight Juggernauts, and one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen, Peaches!

Peaches- Billionaire

Field Day: In Syndey on New years day, even after a huge night out, Fuzzy never fail to give people to get right back up and get their party on again. This year highlights include 2 Many DJs, Fake Blood, Datarock, Proxy, Sinden, Fred Falke, Amanda Blank, Treasure Fingers and Juan Maclean for the first time Australia.

Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent

Future Music Festival: (Feb 27-Mar 8) The lineup was ony recently released, with prodigy returning to our shores to headline, along with  Franz Ferdinand, Booka Shade, Eric Morillo, Sven Vath, Does it Offend You Yeah and Boys Noize on the list so far.

Boys Nozie – Starter

Good Vibrations Festival: Line up announced tomorrow morning!!!

Mid Summer Circus: Held in Adelaide for the first time, Jan 10th, with 2 Many DJs, Fake Blood, Sinden, The Proxy, Treasure Fingers, Harris Robotis, Jack Beats and Riton.

Little Boots – Every Little Earthquake (Treasure Fingers Remix)

Stereosonic:(Nov 28- Dec 6)  Back with a lineup that out does last year, the best to see are Deadmau5, Axwell, John Dahlback, The Crookers, Surkin, Bloody Beetroots, Chicane, Drop The Lime, Alter Ego, Zombie Nation, Grafton Primary, Acid Jacks, Juan Kidd and Kidda (random live act).

Alter Ego – Why Not?! (Artskool Dropout Remix)

Summadayze/Nights: The three part festival begins with Summanights on NYE in Sydney,with Sharam (Deep Dish), Tom Novy, Josh Wink and Don Diablo, whilst the Summadayze tour will include Carl Cox, 2 Many DJs, Sharam, Infected Mushroom, Don Diablo, Roger Sanchez, Streetlife DJs, Klaas and Lowrider.

Don Diablo vs De La Soul – Stand Up For Me

unfortunately Santi won’t be returning to us this year, but this is a bit of festival song as well:

N.E.R.D. feat. Santigold – Soldier

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!