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Stereosonic 2010

1 Dec

Well we’ve already seen Canberra , Perth and Sydney Stereo blow the roof, now this weekend, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane get ready for the one of the biggest electro festivals of the year! Check out the line ups a set times at the website, www.stereosonic.com.au, so that you can get your itinerary all worked out because you don’t want to be missing out on anyone.

Here are our highlight choices:

Deadmau5 (obviously)

I don’t think there is any huge reason to justify our choice here. One of the major headliners of the festival, this Canadian prog house DJ has experienced HUGE success in music production over the past year. Now he has the chance to show off his live DJs skills in Aus also. Get ready for the Mouse!

Deadmau5 & Kaskade – Move For Me

John Dahlback

The Swedish producer is owner and founder of Pickadoll Records, through which he has released stuff by Sebastien Ledger and Dada Life. Not only this, but he produced remixes for Alanis Morisette and Kleerup. Don’t miss his first Australian appearance!

John Dahlback – Blink

Dragonette

These guys (and girl) were amazing at Parklife last year so i was very glad to see them join the lineup for Stereosonic this year. They’re Canadian Electropop with a lot of girl power sound, but also cool for the guys. They recently did a huge track with Martin Solvieg for the current Jean Paul Gualtier advertisement campaign and things are definitely looking on the up as since their first album, they keep getting bigger and bigger!

Dragonette – Take it Like A Man (Toxic Avenger Remix)

The Crookers

The Italian duo return to Australia for Stereosonic after headlining the festival last year. Some cities copped the short end of the set times with Crookers starting the day off as opposed to finishing it, so they will happy to see them return as well as those who did get to see them and how great they were.

Proxy – Raven (Crookers Remix)

Surkin

Like most things French, DJ/Producer Surkin is amazing. His in your face techie electro has proven a hit with many remixes over the past couple of years plus a few EPs. Will be awesome to see him live.

Surkin – Automatic

Drop The Lime

The NYC producer runs the dance label Trouble and Bass and also plays under his pseudynom, Curses! Until 2005, he played more breakcore music, but now Luca Venezia has ventured more into house sounding tracks, remixing the likes of Armand Van Helden, Moby, Rex The Dog, Robyn, Little Boots and Blaqstarr just to name a few. His next album should be released early next year.

Drop The Lime – Set Me Free (Harvard Bass Remix)

Alter Ego

The veteran DJ/producer burst onto the scene with Rocker several years ago. It goes without saying he will be amazing, so don’t miss out!

Alter Ego – Why Not! (Adam Sky Remix)

Zombie Nation

Veteran German techno band, Zombie Nation, will be returning to Australia for the first time in a few years. They reached cult status with their 1999 hit, Kenfraft 400, but since then have changed their tune a little to more a more electro sound.

Zombie Nation – Forza (Fukkk Offf Remix)

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!

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