Well well well…who woulda funk it? A Monthly Mixtape delivered on time? Yeah, it’s the 1st of August and here is July’s Mixtape all up in your grill n shit.
Pretty good mix this time round, if I don’t say so myself – bit of everything. Majority local, new Jordan F EP is amazing. Then there’s also some killer stuff from Amali Ward & QWARMS, The Nectars, Pop Singles, and serial maamf feature man, Ry.
Then of course there’s the internationals – man, that Frank Ocean record is something amazing. And there’s also a killer track from New Yorkers, Romans.
But yeah, you can stream/download the mix below…but if bandwidth ain’t your friend, a few of the tracks are available for free download too!
MAAMF – JULY ’12 MIX (Right click/save as)
Jordan F – Crime in Fourth Sector
Sable – Euphoria
Van She – Coconuts
Frank Ocean – Pink Matter (feat. André 3000)
Wildcat General Strike – Is Jonathan Taking You Out Again?
The Nectars – Do You Want Me To Possess You?
Velociraptor – Riot
Bad Dreems – Too Old
Love Migrate – Making This Hard
Pop Singles – Field in Flames
Bored Nothing – Get Out Of Here
It’s the June mixtape. Below are the tracks that have got me through the past month. It even features a small bit of a double feature working ‘Wimbledon 1980′ by Indian Wells and the Jon Hopkins piano version of ‘Modern Driveway’ originally by Luke Abbott.
This was easily the most fun mix to make, especially working with the opening rework. Once again, it features some absolutely killer tracks, from the amazing indie goodness of I, A Man, the almost tribal epicness of Jonathan Boulet to the straight out techno fantasticness of the latest track from The Presets.
MAAMF JUNE ’12 MIXTAPE (Right click/save as to download)
Indian Wells vs. Luke Abbott/Jon Hopkins – Modern Driving to Wimbledon 1980
I, A Man – The Scenic Route (Right click/save as to download)
Bobby Womack – Stupid Interlude (Ft. Gil Scott-Heron)
Bobby Womack – Stupid
Grey and Patrice – So Beautiful (Right click/save as to download)
Collarbones – Missing
The Presets – Youth In Trouble
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – American Dream, Pt II
Snakadaktal – Dance Bear
Van She – Jamaica
Junior Boys – Every Little Step (Flume Remix)
Jonathan Boulet – Dread Is This Place
Jeremy Neale – Darlin’ (Right click/save as to download)
Saskwatch – Your Love
Palms – Love
Cat Power – Ruin (Right click/save as to download)
The Temper Trap – Trembling Hands (Chet Faker Remix)
Love Migrate – Plagued Are All My Thoughts
Can’t really wait for the new Van She album. Gonna be pretty killer I reckon, and a bit of a departure from their indie pop stylings of a few years ago. New track, ‘Jamaica’ is a tropical jam, that on a cold Melbourne day – it is seriously about 10 degrees outside – makes me want to raise the body heat.
So, this is perhaps the latest a mixtape has ever been…a little over a month late. Pretty abysmal I know.
But you know what, it’s a fucking good tape.
Bewilderbeast – Push’d Out
Jonathan Boulet – This Song Is Called Raggard
Muscles – Ready for a Fight
World’s End Press – Second Day Uptown
Major Lazer – Get Free (Feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors)
Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court
Van She – Idea of Happiness
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So, this week has been pretty crummy. But new Van She is seriously making it better. And perhaps it’s no coincidence that their new track is called Idea of Happiness. After getting its debut on on Triple J Mornings just after 9 this morning, it’s been in my head since. And now I’m listening to it on repeat…and will do until I need to get back to work.
It’s slightly different to the earlier work (think Kelly, Sex City, Changes etc), but it’s a progression, and who the hell’s gonna blame them from evolving their sound?! It perhaps incorporates a bit of their Van She Tech work, which is definitely a killer thing.
I think all in all though, it’s still great feel-good, uplifting pop music…and i’m a sucker for that shit every fucking time.
The track is the first new stuff from the guys in a fair few years and is indeed the title track for their second album, due out July 6 in Australia, July 9 in the UK and Eurpoe and July 10 in the US of A.
If you are a local kid though, you can check the boys out as they head on a nationwide tour in support of the new stuff – dates below.
VAN SHE ‘IDEA OF HAPPINESS’ SINGLE AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Sat 14 April – Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA BUY TIX
Sun 15 April – Down The Rabbit Hole, Perth WA BUY TIX
Thu 19 April – Cobra Kai at Oh Hello!, Brisbane QLD BUY TIX
Fri 20 April – Elsewhere, Gold Coast QLD BUY TIX
Sat 21 April – Warehouse Party, Byron Bay NSW BUY TIX
Tue 24 April – The Toff, Melbourne VIC BUY TIX
Wed 25 April – Beach Road Hotel, Sydney NSW FREE ENTRY
Van She put together a little 26min mid last year for super blog Asain Dan (check out the post actually for a nice little interview with Nicky from the band). Don’t know how I only just found it, given I do love my Van She, but I did…and it still kills. They provide some of the best remixes out there (imo), and although they haven’t put out that much of late, get your teeth into this minimix until the big shit hits at the end of the year (hopesfully).
Van She – TechMiniMix ’09
Runaroud Sue – Dion & The Belmonts
Together – Shadow Dancer
Once Again – Popmuschi VSTEdit
La Musique – Riot in Belgium (Acca)
Synthetiseur – Housse De Racket (Van She Tech Remix)
Starlette – BB&Q Band ( Van She Edit )
Hot Chocolate – Heaven Is In The Backseat Of My Cadillac (The Revenge Rework)
Mind Warp – Patrick Cowley +
E=MC2 – Georgio Moroder (Acca)
Gravitys Rainbow – Klaxons (Acca)
Sexual City (Vemixed) – Van She
1234 – Fiest (Acca)
RappersDelight – Evian Van She Tech mix
I’m In Love With You – The Paradise
Original FF 2
Rich Boys (The Virgins Cover)
He’s So Shy – The Pointer Sisters
I’m not one for patriotism…in recent times, the Australian flag has been used in such a negative way that I actually cringe when I see people get off the train going to the Big Day Out draped in an Australian flag. You can only think of drunk bogans drinking on the train, the over the top ‘love for their country’ crap, as well as the hidden messages behind it all. There have been some horrible slogans created by some of these bogans who reckon that Australia is just for them. They actually forget that Australia is built on people coming here, we are full of many different people/cultures etc. And that’s what makes us us.
Anyway, whilst I’m not that much of a fan of what Australia Day conjures up on a mainstream-ish scale, I am a fan of the Hottest100 of course…although the winner was leaked a few days before! I’m also a fan of some of the great Australian artists, designers, writers, musicians. Two of my favourite bands are Australian actually.
Cut Copy are definitely favourites amongst the blogging community also. They’re just one of those bands that sound good, all the time. They’re a great live band. They’re also great doing a DJ set. They’re just awesome basically. And perhaps my favourite Cutters song is off their debut album Bright Like Neon Love. The track is Time Stands Still and you can check it just below.
Another fave band of mine would have to be Van She. These guys are also pretty massive in the blogging scene…but perhaps more so for their remixes under the Van She Tech moniker. Their debut, V is a fave of mine. And one of my favourite pop songs ever written is Kelly. Check that just below also.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record I know, but this list was probably the most difficult thing I’ve had to compile, even outside of the blog.
I think the main contributing factor behind this is that the blog isn’t specialised, there’s just too much good stuff out there to choose from. We don’t just post some electro/dance kinda stuff. We don’t just put a focus on indie rock. We post both of those…and about 50 other styles too (50 might be a slight tiny exageration…). As our About page says, “we’ll like just about anything”…and whilst this may seem to be a bit of a hinderence when it comes to compiling best of lists, I think it’s what makes maamf just that little bit different…different to the 50 gazillion other music blogs out there.
Anyway, enough of blowing the maamf trumpet and onto the 10 best tracks of 2009.
There’s a good mix here. Some electro, some indie pop, some singer songwriter stuff, hell…even some hip hop. I’ve even numbered them too…big call and was difficult…so please don’t take too much notice of the order the tracks are in!!
Comment away people! Be interested to know what you think of my list, and what made yours!!
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.
If you follow us on Facebook, you may have heard me rave about this new one a few weeks ago. Well, the good folk at triple j have offered it up as a free download! Awesome. Matt Van Shie has gone solo. Well, hopefully it’s just a side project for a bit…this is all in between supposedly working on the new Van She album. I blogged about the new Van She track yesterday.
Also, if you want a pretty good idea of what his other stuff is going to sound like, check out his MySpace for some extra tracks. He’s producing some good stuff I think. Bit different to Van She, but still good. The track Journey on his MySpace features some work from Mikey from the band so he doesn’t seem to be steering too far away.
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.