ok. So I know I said that these things are hard (For those new readers, I wrote last week that compiling my albums list was pretty freakin difficult), but man. I never thought that there would be so many remixes to dwindle down. It’s been a bloody good year for remixes I reckon. Hype bands like Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Miike Snow have had the shit remixed out of them (I counted 34 remixes in my iTunes for Phoenix alone and I’m sure that’s only about half of them available out there). There has also been a few new dudes/dudettes to come on the scene who have produced some great remixes (Alan Wilkis is an awesome example of this).
Anyway, here it is though. (No order…too hard to do that too!)
The MAAMF Top 10 Remixes of 2009
Miami Horror – Sometimes (G.L.O.V.E.S. Remix)
What do you think? Good list? I think it covers a bit. I originally had close to 40 remixes that were all in serious contention…so I’m sure I’ve left something out etc. A few standouts for me were the Alan Wilkis remix of TTT. Changed the song completely, and it worked bloody well. He had a few remixes in contention actually – check his remixes out on Hype Machine. Another standout of the year would definitely be G.L.O.V.E.S. He’s put forward some awesome remixes this year – so good, I had to include 2 in my list! There were other obvious inlusions like Fred Falke (it wouldn’t be a MAAMF best of list without some of the Falkemeister) and his French pal Yuksek. All of them were standouts though…you know…that’s what a best of list is kinda all about and shit.
Anyway, comment away.
ok. Relation are two blokes from Essex in the UK who produce some pretty freaking nice 80′s inspired synth pop. In fact, to me, this is ‘dream pop’. New genre starting up…and these blokes are at the helm of it. Well…not really. They’ve got a familiar sound…it’s warm, washes over you, great train/car music. Good for that long trip.
They’ve got a few tracks out there, all off their debut album Fear Of Night. Released last month, they’ve already got a bit of coverage over in the ol’ UK. But now it’s time for world domination…and what better place than Australia to launch that domination!
You should get on these guys. They should be massive. They’ve got an awesome smooth electro warm and even a little Fred Falke-esque (big call I know!) sound. Even Lifelike has got on board with a pretty damn nice remix of their track Your Tiny Mind. They also cover The Pixies track Here Comes Your Man. Props for that!
Without further ado, check out their tracks.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.
Burns is a dude from the UK who does a bit of decent original stuff as well as some pretty bangin remixes. He’s generated a bit of music blog love, especially for the EP he released at the end of last month, the Teknique EP. The second track of the EP, First Move has been remixed by Mr Fred Falke, and like usual, it’s freakin awesome. Mr Linus Loves calls it his best remix since his reworking of I’m Good, I’m Gone by Lykke Li.
Anyway, enough of the linkage aye??!!
Here they are.
Also, there is a killer video clip for First Move. Check it out below.
ok. so there’s no secret that if you want the perfect sounding house track, Fred Falke is definitely a dude to check out. Sounding awesome summery, there’s something (wanker word coming up) soaring about the remixes he’s done. But then he goes solo…and manages, in my books, to still sound pretty ‘soaring’. Released last week, the Chicago EP dropped (check it out here on beatport). I’m going to make the claim that the, what I guess could be considered, B side, Back To Stay is actually the better of the two. Chicago is a good track, but it’s a bit boring. a little tiny bit. doesn’t build, stays the same. But still sounds pretty darn good because it’s been produced by Fred Falke. Anyway, here’s the B side, as well as his remix of the Miami Horror track Make You Mine that dropped a few weeks ago.
Last for the list is that dude Erol Alkan with that other dude Boys Noize. This one dropped last week I think so is pretty fresh. It’s part of a 12″ coming out at the end of the month. The other track, Death Suite is definitely different to the track listed below. Death Suite is pretty techno-ish and blippy. Very nice though. Waves is as thumping, but a little more melodic…a little more in the same style as the other ‘master’ i’ve written about just above.
I’m going to admit to a little ignorance here and say that whilst I have heard a bit of these guys, I don’t know much about them…but now I think I will investigate them both…not in a creepy way though…just a normal, sane, non-psychotic way. Yeah, cool!
ok. So there’s this guy called Burns. He’s a London based DJ who’s been remixing a fair bit lately. And they’re bloody good remixes too! Probably the most prominent out there in the land of the internet is the Walking On A Dream remix, which you can check out on iTunes here. There’s also a killer remix of Passion Pit’s The Reeling going around too. And that is a definate fave.
But yeah, I think the track I’ll leave you with is his remix of Extraball by Yuksek
Yuksek – Extraball (Burns Remix)
Second for this remix that post is none other than Fred Falke. Mr Falke seems to be popping up wherever I look with killer remixes of awesome tracks. There’s the remix of U2′s newy Magnificant which i popped up a few weeks ago. That is really good. There’s also a great remix of one of my favourite songs Kelly by Van She that he did with Alan Braxe. There’s also the Grizzly Bear Two Weeks remix, the awesome reworking of Golden Cage by Whitest Boy Alive, and the two great remixes of Back of The Van by Ladyhawke. You can check out all of those on Beatport. But the track I’m going to leave you with is probably the track when I realised how good this dude can be. It’s the remix of New In Town by Little Boots
Little Boots – New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.
ok. So here’s the next installment in the ‘remix that’ series. (Is a series when it’s two or more?…oh geez…)
Anyway, enough of the useless crap at the beginning that’s helps to get me back into the swing of things. I haven’t written a post in just over a week and i feel as though i’ve lost the knack!
So, back on track. I’ve managed to find a few decent remixes of late. A few have been around for a while, some are brand new.
- Empire Of The Sun – We Are The People (The Golden Filter Remix) – great track. Has been around for a little bit and, from what I’ve read, is considered one of the best Golden Filter remixes (I tend to agree. Golden Filter are shaping up to be one of the best go to dj’s for remixes)
- Ladyhawke – Back Of The Van (Fred Falke Valvestate Mix) – this is pretty darn sweet. It’s also pretty new. Back Of The Van was re-released a few weeks ago and I think this came with it. I like Fred Falke. He does some pretty good remixes…good enough to feature again…
- Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks (Fred Falke Extended Mix) – I spoke about these guys a while ago. They’re a bit of a hype band. And, I’m never too sure about hype bands. But, this is still a great remix…well…it does have Fred Falke’s touch.
- Lenka – Trouble Is A Friend (Paul Mac Remix) – Lenka use to head up a great band called Decoder Ring. They use to do kind of lofi electro indie kinda stuff (that’s a pretty inacurate way to categorise them actually. Check them out here to get a better idea. argh. stupid genres. why can’t we just say that they’re good??!!). Anyway, this remix is by Paul Mac, probably, almost, the godfather of Australian dance music. And, it’s also a pretty decent track.
- Bat For Lashes – Daniel (Edwin Van Cleef Remix) – Just getting into this girl’s stuff as I write (gotta love youtube and fast internet at uni!). Is a great remix. Simple.
- Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Aeroplane Pop Remix) – It’s Cutters. I love Cutters. This track has been around for quite a while, but I just got my hands of the Far Away EP. Anyway, is great, again. Geez…i need a better vocabulary.
So, yeah, that’s about it. Pretty with pictures and all! If you like the tracks, download them. Or, even better, if you like the stuff, find it on iTunes or go to your record store and actually physically buy it. Most of them are available and buying music can be pretty cheap if you look around.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.