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2009! #25-#21

26 Dec

25 Frankmusik – When You’re Around

It’s  no secret that Vincent Frank is a musical genius. Here he covers the Strangler’s hit from Fight Club, “Golden Brown“, and yes I know it’s a cover of an already great song, but Frank gives it extra flair with high paced synth, deep vocals and catchy riffs. Produced by Stuart Price (the man behind Les Rhythmes Digitales) , this is one of the many masterpieces of Frank Vincent’s hit debut album, Complete Me, the whole album being well worth a listen. Don’t forget to check out the Boys Noize remix.

Frankmusik – When You’re Around (Boys Noize Remix)

Frankmusik – When You’re Around

24 Miami Horror – Don’t Be On With Her

Such a deceiving name for a producer from Melbourne, but we love that such a talent is from Australia! Don’t Be On With Her is the first single from his debut EP and it is extremely catchy, saturated with a heavy 80s style synth and upbeat vocals, making it impossible to resist tapping your feet and dancing along to. One amazing thing about this track, is that despite grabbing heavy influence in vocals, synth and guitar from the 80s, it still feels current, a great dance track by today’s standards. I’m so glad they’re finally releasing a full length album, Sometimes, and hopefully you managed catch their tour earlier this year.

Miami Horror – Don’t Be On With Her

23 The Juan Maclean – One Day

Their first single off The Future Will Come, but their second entry in the countdown, One Day is a simple but catchy synth-indie-pop tune that features upbeat synth progression and gentle, sweet vocals. Slightly reminiscent of the 80s synth style, this song also provides for a nostalgic ride into a happier place. Also, at only 4:15, unlike their other much longer tracks, it is impossible to get bored during this one. Don’t miss them at Field Day on New Years day.

The Juan Maclean – One Day

22 Duck Sauce – aNYway

When Armand Van Helden and A-Trak team up, you know you’re in for something special. Both legendary veterans of the New York house scene, these guys have collaborated to create one of the funkiest house hits of our time. This strong element of funk is continued in the video clip featuring a groovy 70s dance act, perfect emulating the sound of the track. The track cleverly takes a sample of the 1979 Final Edition track I Can Do It (Anyway That You Want It), but they have added their New York cool to turn this cheesy disco feveresque song into an irresistably funky dance floor explosion.

Duck Sauce – aNYway

21 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

In terms of popularity, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs clearly have a head start, but this song just so much more…epic than their other songs, making it well deserving of all the popularity it has generated. Beginning with a dark synth intro, the song quickly progresses into a fiery rock anthem, whilst carrying the dark undertone the whole way through, the prefect recipe for a hit mainstream rock track. Dancefloors worldwide have also been littered with remixes of this song, making it possibly the most remixed song of the year, but luckily, most that I’ve heard have been pretty good. I recommend the Ryan Nexus remix.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (Ryan Nexus Remix)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

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2009! #45-#41

22 Dec

Continuing the countdown to 2009….But firstly I’d like to take this oppurtunity to also announce the worst song of the year; hands down, “Boom Boom Pow” – Black Eyed Peas. We never expect anything great from the BEP, but this time they really outdid themselves on the shit scale, so well done guys, get ready for the track to be filtered down to “hits-for-kids” style compilations all over the globe!

45 Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

Danish electro-pop trio, Whomadewho, always have an element have of fun in their music, along with a sophisticated blend of funkpunk, nu-wave, disco and the odd cover. This track is no exception. Off the hit 2008 album, The Plot, this down-tempo track has mesmorising vocals and guitar, making it a nice little background tune to chillout to. The videoclip is kind of strange but worth a look also and as well as quite a few good remixes, I reccommend the Max Pask one, which the gives the track a real disco feel.

Whomadewho – Keep me In My Plane (Videoclip)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane (Max Pask Remix)

Whomadewho – Keep Me In My Plane

44 Boys Noize – Jeffer

Off the German producer’s hit full length, Power, Jeffer is definitely a club anthem for 2009. Boy Noize’s dicey style of electro is always sure to procude something special on the dancefloor. Jeffer is particular has an upbeat sound that builds the whole way through with lots of chop, squeaky sounds and sharp angles. I don’t think that anything will ever be as good as his remix of Phantom II, but this definitely puts him back on the money, with similar progression and stabby electro sounds, but also complented with some jerky vocals. But what I find most clever is how Alex Ridha can master the big club electro sound like this as well as more minimalist and progressive sounds featured in Nott and his remix of Florence and the Machine’s “Drumming Song.” This Berlina (can I use that word?) is a well talented DJ and producer and should not be missed at Future Music in Australia early next year.

Boys Noize – Jeffer

43 Zoot Woman – Saturation

We had to wait six years for the new Zoot Woman album, but as anticipated, it was well worth it. The smooth and gentle synth-pop band have hit another winner with their latest album, Things Are What They Used To Be, making it very difficult to choose which songs to put into the countdown. It’s interesting to know that the band was formed by Stuart Price, music director of Madonna, and aka Les Rhythm Digitales, Jacques Lu Cont and Pur Homme. Saturation makes the perfect sophisticated pop song, it has good development and anticipation build up, a nice blend of instruments and sounds. These guys are definitely one of the most underrated bands around.

Zoot Woman – Saturation

42 Julian Casablancas – 11th Dimension

Former Strokes lead singer, Julian Casblancas, is one of those guys who just reeks of cool. As much as I liked the Strokes, I think they held him back, as with his solo career, he has unleashed a completely different style of music, blending a lot more synth, percussion and electro-pop into his music. 11th Dimension makes for a great pop song; it’s fun, synthie, adverturous and a little bit 80s. As usual, Casablancas employs an effortlessly cool style of vocals that really grabs your attention and assures you that the song has a very deep meaning even if you’re not sure what it is. To top it all off, this song is even quite dancey! His debut solo albums, “Phrazes for the Young“, released in November is defnitely worth a listen.

Julian Casblancas – 11th Dimension

41 The Juan Maclean – Happy House

The Juan Maclean is fairly new to me this year, but I already love their minimalist synthie sound in this epic chillout, nu-disco style track, to which LCD Soundsystem’s, Nancy Whang does the vocals. Borrrowing his signiture sound from the early 90s house scene, the Juan Maclean produces an upbeat happy track that also encourages a slightly melancholy feeling through its nostalgic undertone. Despite the length and reptitiveness of the track, you can listen and enjoy every minute of the build and rotation of sounds and Whang’s sweet and harminous vocals. This is another one of those songs that you want to listen to, dancing in an exclusive underground club with your fancy and pricey cocktail sitting on the bar waiting for you (watching it carefully to make sure it’s not spiked of course!)

The Juan Maclean – Happy House

CD You Should Buy: Toxic Avenger EP

23 Sep

toxie

Yes, if you’re not already on top the Toxic Avenger shit then do it! The Superheroes/Escape 12″ has been out since September 15th on IHEARTCOMIX. You can buy it at http://bandmerch.seenon.com/detail.php?p=87782&pa=xsell

Track Listing:
A1. Superheroes 2007
A2. Superheroes (Bogart & The Addictives Remix)
A3. Superheroes (Mixhell Earplugged Remix)
B1. Escape
B2. Escape (The Bloody Beetroots Remix)

And, if you don’t get it soon, you’ll be left doubley behind as Toxie is set to release another ep on Sep 29th digitally which will feature remixes from Drop The Lime and South Central. Not only that, but he’ll also be releasing another full length CD, Toxic Is Dead, with Toxic songs by the Juan Maclean, Designer Drugs and Ladytron. Does it get any better? I think not.

http://www.zshare.net/audio/6569758798e66380/ Toxic Is Dead – Toxic Avenger

http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=download&ufid=cmcyak8rcTJ0Ni92Wmc9PQ The Fall (Switch Remix) – Toxic Avenger