Ok, so this is simply fucking genius. Such a feel good remix of a freakin feel good track.
City Calm Down have proven themselves a heap over the past couple of months – from getting bigtime radio play to playing some killer gigs. And then Zac Hayse of excellent Melbourne duo 96 Bulls.
The best way to start your post-humpday day.
What better way to start back in the new year than this killer remix from YOUTH and Julian Mendelsohn of Catcall‘s ‘On My Own’. This has actually been sitting in my itunes library for a few weeks now, but it’s just that good that it had to be posted.
Dubbed the 90210 mix, because the original track actually appeared on the show in 2011, it takes the original to a brooding place, stripping it of it’s feel-good pop charm and embedding an almost unnerving dark feel to it.
It’s pretty freakin great too.
Also, just as a small bonus, I’ve got another remix from Julian Mendelsohn, of Catcall‘s epic pop masterpiece ‘Swimming Pool’.
I wasn’t too fussed on the original of this track. Whilst getting a whole heap of radio play and love on the blogzzz, it lacked something for me. It sounded a little thin on the ground. Clubfeet are definitely a great band, and pretty much nail that fun, summery feel good vibe. But ‘Heartbreak’ was a little off the mark for me.
Guerre has had his way with it though, and takes away any resemblance of fun. Or summer.
Instead, it’s turned into a dark, glitch-beat and cut-up vocal driven trip, taking you stumbling through a pretty freaky dreamstate.
It’s also really really good.
Props to the excellent FBi Radio up in Sydney for the heads up.
So every once and a while you sleep on a track and then come across a remix that forces you to go back and re-listen to the original. The artist in question is Melbourne singer Maxi and the remixer is new kid on the Sydney block Adam Sandlah.
The track is Maxi’s latest single, ‘From The Start’.
The original has this real funky vibe to it – from those condensed drum sounds to the keyboard groove. And then, of course, Maxi’s super hot vocals on top.
The remix adds this cool, disco house feel to it. Put against this straight up groove, it keeps the verses simple – bass, beat, and vox. Added in the chorus is that hella good horn line and a funkier groove.
I’d keep an eye out on Sandlah. Could be ontoagoodthing.
So the Loon Lake boys have been kicking around for a little while now. After releasing two EPs over the past year and a bit, the guys seem to be hitting their stride, with some love on both community radio as well as triple j.
Their last official single, ‘Cherry Lips’ is a really great affair, with this drum groove that, I think, helps set the track apart from all the other indie pop out there. And then there’s all these remixes. You can stream all four over on their soundcloud, but I got my two faves just below.
First up is a remix from Nick Nolan, Loon Lake’s drummer. This one absolutely nails the melodic funky groove vibe. Really really dig it.
Next up is the remix from Clubfeet. Getting that true summer vibe, complete with added cowbell, this is nuts. Suits the awesome Melbourne weather that today has brought too.
Woah. Hermitude are doing some absolutely excellent things at the moment. Their production is absolutely stellar and ahead of the game. They’ve gone and completely fucked with the new Presets single, Ghosts, giving it an almost dancehall, post-dubstep vibe. Amazing.
Faux Pas is back with some new stuff! I’ve been following Tim Shiel for a while (yeah dude, that was me knocking on your window last night. nah, not really.).
Tim is releasing a new album entitled Remixes on August 20. And funnily enough, it’s an album full of remixes.
The remix is some killer, moody dance floor goodness. Extends the original into something quite amazing – those little piano flourishes are so nice!
You can stream/download the track below and make sure you keep your eye out for the album. Looking forward to this one!
Ok, so I actually really loved the first Temper Trap album, although quite a few out there had different ideas. Sure they were once a Melbourne local indie band that had a killer live reputation and a few tracks out there on the blogs. And now they’re perhaps one of the biggest Australian exports this country has seen. But meh, it all be Tall Poppy Syndrome to me. Some people gonna hate.
All that said however, I’m not that fussed on their new album. Granted, I’ve only heard a handful of tracks off it, but yeah, overall it doesn’t do it for me. Latest single ‘Trembling Hands’ is a pretty decent track though.
There’s a few remixes popping up of the track too which is good to see given that the track is in 6/8 which suggests it may be harder to make a four to the floor banger. But, Strange Talk have done that.
The Strange Talk remix keeps the dark quite sad feel of the original and puts this slow groove underneath. I almost think it could be slowed down even more, but it still kills.
Another remix getting a fair bit of attention is from Chet Faker. I loved this when I first heard it…then I went off it a bit. Now, it’s slowly starting to grow on me again. It keeps that 6/8 groove but lowers it all, giving Dougie’s voice this eery slightly robotic sound. The big psych out thing going on at the end takes the track somewhere else. Works a heap.
From a song that I already dig heaps, comes a remix that I dig equally as much. Sydney’s Lancelot has gone and had his way with Catcall‘s new single The World Is Ours. Makes it into a super late night deep house vibe and fucking hell. It kills it. One of the best remixes I’ve heard this year so far, of one of the best pop tracks I’ve heard this year.
It be a WIN WIN!
At it again. Cosmo Black have a new single out, Blind. I wrote a couple of months ago that the boys have ‘arrived’ with their previous single, Let The Cold Air In. Well with Blind they’ve moved well beyond that and have taken it somewhere else.
For me, it’s the time signature of this track that cements the groove so solidly. Messing with that four four groove by a sixteenth means that there’s this underpinning level of urgency to the track – it takes the track a step above. That feeling of uneasiness is contrasted by the rather ethereal vocal sample however, making you feel a little more comfortable with the feel of the track.
I think being able to mess with our expectations and out already established ideas is a skill, something that’s really exciting to see within the more pop sounding dance music.
So yeah, I like this a lot! Also make sure you check out the more up-beat big club remix by Edwin Van Cleef. It has all the right drops in all the right places!
Oskar is a Melbourne based house music fella. Doing some really great stuff that is easily on par with some of the killer dudes in both France and the States.
He’s got an absolute heap of stuff up on his soundcloud page so feel free to go a little nuts there. However, it’s new track Angela that I is gonna feature today.
A full 7 and a bit minute epic, Angela is something that builds on the one motif. But to save it from being something repetitive, Oskar employs slight changes in the groove and some subtle filters to ensure it builds and kinda grows from one thing to another. Not being an expert on house, I would suggest that that’s what sets good producers apart from the shit and mediocre.
Melbourne dudes Clubfeet have just released their new single from their massive release Gold On Gold. The single, BrightLightsBigCity is already a rather chill dreamy track full of that sense of fun that Clubfeet seem to get across so effortlessly.
Then comes the 6 remixes. Perhaps my fave is the Mercury remix – that bass line that gets it going and those synth stabs that kick in just past half way. It makes the whole thing a bit of a dark epic.
Another killer remix would be the mix done by All Dom Wrong (Dominique – The Glass/Plant Music). Changes it up into some big piano led house number.
Also check out the rather nice clip.
Sydney gent Lance Gurisik is doing some pretty incredible stuff. It’s taken me a while, but I think he’s turned me a fan. You may know Lance better as Lancelot – he’s done a few pretty decent remixes over the past year or so, the most recent of which we got below!
The dude is set to launch his debut EP, ‘We Can Dance’ pretty soon. ahh…pretty apt name me thinks. Lead track, Spoken Word is piano led slow funk that makes you wanna be a little bit of a sleazebag…especially when that porno guitar hits!
It’s also really really good. Nice intro with the vocal samples and the slow groove that builds. Then it sets the scene with that solo piano groove…and then wham bam thank you mam, it all drops and is FUNK. The EP is out on Beatport on Feb 20 through Binary. Not a Beatport user? It’s getting a worldwide release on Mar 5. The EP will be a 7 tracker including remixes by Goldroom, Fabian, Moonchild, and Frames.
And then there’s that remix I spoke about just before. Matt Corby’s Brother was a massive track of last year…and Lancelot’s remix makes it even more dark and brooding – I’m liking the way Lancelot has used Corby’s vocals too. It’s not just a carbon copy of the track with a house groove behind it.
Sure it’s pretty clubby and has all the drops…but it still kills. Also comes with a pretty saweet clip!
This mini remix Ep was released at the end of last week and man, it is amazing. We posted about the Oliver Tank remix of Geoffrey O’Connor‘s Whatever Leads Me To You last week on our facebook. And then I heard the other remixes on this new ‘Yes Please’ Remix EP…and subsequently downloaded all the other remix EP’s Mr O’Connor put out late last year – yeah…they be THAT GOOD.
These are pretty spectacular. I really liked Geoffrey O’Connor’s LP from last year. He has such a distinctive 80′s influenced cinematic sound. And then these awesome beat makers have their nasty way with his work. And it fucking works!
Instead of streaming the Oliver Tank remix, I think the Guerre remix of Proud is my fave on the three track EP. If you dig though, make sure you grab all of the stuff from Mr O’Connor’s bandcamp page. We also got a remix of So Sorry by Melbourne’s Indian Summer DJs.
Geoffrey O’Connor – Proud (Guerre Remix)
Geoffrey O’Connor – So Sorry (Indian Summer remix)
Kimbra’s latest single Two Way Street has been remixed by Beni and it is all kinds of great. I love the fact that Kimbra’s vocals are so loose on top of Beni’s strict straight beat. Part of that is definitely Kimbra’s amazing sense of phrasing…but I also think Beni’s got an absolutely killer ear – it’s this contrast that makes this track what it is.
Anyway, you can download below. And if you want to see Kimbra in action, check out the new live vid she did at Sing Sing down here in Melbs. Nice!
So, pretty soon, every man and their dog will be posting these…but that’s because each one is so good!
I dig the original, Sail Away, but yeah, The Rapture, for me have always been a good band but nothing ever amazeballs.
And then I came across these three absolutely killer remixes. All three are great like you would not believe. Cosmic Kids add some decent funk to it. Aeroplane‘s remix is one of those euphoric build up tracks that kills. But being the massive Cut Copy fan that I am, I would have to say that the Cut Copy remix is the best of the three…and perhaps one of Cut Copy’s best remixes ever. For me, it’s the bass line…and those drops. MAN!
wow. This here is one of those remixes that seriously stands on it’s own two feet and shouts I’m here! Although the original is epic enough (15mins anyone?!), Andrew Weatherall‘s remix of Cut Copy‘s album closer and new single Sun God cuts away the fat, still manages to make it epic and man, I think is a late contender for one of my fave remixes of the year.
ok, so you would defs know that BIG track Sexual Lifestyle by Strange Talk. If you haven’t, then you can check it out here. We caught the boys live a couple of weeks ago, and man, they are fucking tight. You can tell they’ve played together for a long time. Anyway, that track went off live – you can check out footage of them at the Enmore show just below (we were at the Corner show…but yeah).
There’s also a few pretty decent remixes of the track doing the rounds – The RESET! Turbofunk remix is going great guns on hypem. There’s also one by Bart B More which is kinda ok. I reckon the Those Usual Suspects one tips the rest at the post though. Check it down below!
East Londonites TEETH have a new single out today, U R 1. It kills.
TEETH do some pretty in your face noisey electronic pop music. Kinda like Sleigh Bells but a little more melodic. The single is taken from TEETH’s debut LP Whatever out through Moshi Moshi Records. Not sure about an Australian release, but if your in the states, you can grab the album on iTunes. Over in the mother country? Grab it here.
You can check out the original as well as a pretty stellar remix from Friendly Ghost down below.
Sydney beatmaker extraodinaire Flume has had his way with New Navy‘s massife number Zimbabwe. I just came across it on Soundcloud and it is soooo nice. It is beaty, and I love the way it drops out at the end of some bars and then comes back bigger than ever on the big snare hit of the following bars. Gives what could have been just a super chilled track a big kick.
It seemed as though Cutters went through a big massive remix phase where they dished out some absolutely killer remixes – think Kaiser Chiefs, The Presets, Mercy Arms, The Juan Maclean. It seems as though the guys are back on track with this Death Cab remix – it shows their ‘new’ sound a lot more – far more housey. They’ve managed to alter Ben Gibbard’s vocals so well, and I think Dan Whitford’s vocals creep in towards the end as well.
Make sure you check this one out. The drop at 5:01 is big – this is a 7min remix journey of percussive house proportions.
Melbourne Hip Hop royalty fella and international goto man, M-Phazes has remixed Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra). Apparently he wasn’t going to touch this, but then he heard all the remixes out there already, realised they suck, so he had a shot.
GLAD HE DID.
THIS IS SAWEET!