Thursday, July 21, 2011

Keen For A Big One?



Hi everyone. I haven't posted anything in a while so I figured I'd add quite a few new tracks for this post. The first three songs are more indie/house whilst the remaining five songs are for when the party is in full swing with more of an electro/house flavour.  

Icona Pop - Manners (Captain Cuts Remix)
The Virgins - Rich Girls (Le Castle Vania's Spring Break No Parents Remix)
Gorillaz - Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)

Icona Pop was introduced to me by a mate and definitely has a bit of a Naked And Famous feel to it. The Virgins' remixed Rich Girls sounds very funky and the Gorillaz track is just effing awesome!

Morgan Page, Sultan, Ned Sheperd & BT - In The Air Ft. Angela McCluskey
The Dirty Tees - Miracle Ft. Natasha Bedingfield
Vandroid - Master & Slave (Van She Tech Remix)
Dada Life - White Noise/Red Meat
Felguk - Side By Side

Felguk's Side By Side is a very old track but I've included it in my list cause I rediscovered it recently and can't stop listening to it. The Dirty Tees' track is a cover of Fragma's Miracle and is pretty insane. Dada Life is always a treat and you should also listen to Unleash The Fucking Dada after the one above. Both are brilliant. The first song of the five above has to be one of my best discoveries. For some reason I get an old-school Kaskade feel when I listen to it. And then lastly, Vandroid. I absolutely love this track. Think Daft Punk. Nuff said.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Rastafari!

During the last couple of months I have listened to a lot of reggae (in particular The Meditators from South Africa) and I thought it would be appropriate to post some songs that derive from the reggae genre in what is known as dub. Furthermore, I have added two dubstep songs although they really aren't as hard as most dubstep songs. Sit back and enjoy these songs. They are the absolute best to relax to.

DUB

Alborosie - Herbalist (Numa Crew Remix)

Alborosie is a relatively famous reggae artist. Radikal Guru remixed his song Kingston Town and it is probably one of my favorite songs. I have however posted it in a previous post. This song above gets seriously irie at round about the two minute mark!

The Scientist - You Are No Good (Radikal Guru Remix)
Radikal Guru - Dread Commandments

Radikal Guru is one of my favorite artists. He is actually from Poland but makes some absolute killer tracks. I reccomend listening to Dread Commandments first if you're sceptical and then try You Are No Good. Love them both!!

DUBSTEP

Damian Marley - It Was Written (Chasing Shadows Dubstep Remix)

It seems Marley has to fit in any post related to reggae in some way. And any Marley for that matter. The track above by Damian Marley is great in its original form but what an awesome remix.

Sukh Knight - Ganja Dub 

Finally, I have added Ganja Dub because I love the vocals in the song and it could fit into a set pretty nicely.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

T's & C's Do Apply!

























So my discovery of this month has to be Tits & Clits...That sounds too weird. All sexual innuendo aside, if you want to hear music that will keep you dancing till you collapse, then it is Tits & Clits.  These two Hungarians are busting out some serious party starters and I guarantee that they won't disappoint. Other than that, I have added in some other tracks that have been frequenting my playlists as well.

B-Roc Of The Knocks - There's Something About Us Under The Sheets (Ellie Goulding vs. Daft Punk)

The track above is a standalone because it is the only song in this post that is downtempo but you cannot go wrong with the funky beats of Daft Punk and the mesmerising voice of Ellie Goulding. Trust me on this one.

PNAU - Embrace Ft. Ladyhawke (Tits & Clits Remix) 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (Digiraatii Dance Till You're Dead Remix)
Parov Stellar - Booty Swing (Tits & Clits Remix) 
Mord Fustang - Lick The Rainbow
Lucrecia Protellor - Transylvanian Emperor (Tits & Clits Remix)

Okay people. Listen to all these ones above because they are really good. My next post will be on dub (without the step). For now listen to Radikal Guru for an idea of what's to come.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Plain And Simple But Oh So Brilliant!

I first heard of Ratatat when I listened to Kid Cudi's Pursuit Of Happiness. The song featured the instrumental genious of this electronic duo and since then, I cannot stop listening to their tracks. It's not everyone's cup of tea but if you give it time, like a fine wine, it will grow on you.*
*Your experience may differ. T & C's apply.

Ratatat - Drugs
Ratatat - Loud Pipes
Ratatat - Seventeen Years
Ratatat - Lex

My next post will be another list of bangers I have collected over these last few weeks. Should be good one!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

And It All Ended With A Big Bang!



Good day people. Over the weekend I made this little list of recently discovered songs that I currently enjoy listening to. Ghostland Observatory is definitely a band worth looking up. They are a combination of indie, funk and dance. 
 
Flying Lotus - Massage Situation
Ghostland Observatory - Give Me The Beat
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars
Afrojack - Take Over Control (Adam F Dubstep Remix)
Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (White Noise Dubstep Remix)

Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang remix is an unexpected banger. The first time I heard it I was pleasantly surprised at how good a remix it is and you will too.  Anyway, hope you all enjoyed this little list.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bring Soul Back!






























First of all, all of you have to at least know two songs out of this list. Listed are some of my favorite soul songs that I like to listen to. If you need an absolute "pick-me-up" though, Sly And The Family Stone is epic. It has to be one of my favorite songs ever. This post is quite a deviation from my usual posts but I've been listening to a lot of 60's and 70's music lately and that's how this list came about. Hope you all enjoy!

Sly And The Family Stone - Everyday People
Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
Otis Redding - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

Bill Withers was quite a soul maestro. Other than the two famous songs listed below, he also sang "Ain't No Sunshine" and although it's a great song, I figured it would be a downer on a list that's pretty happy clappy. Enjoy singing along to Lean On Me. If anyone is a fan of Anchorman starring Will Ferrel, Use Me is played in the background at a pool party in the movie. That was an absolute useless fact that you will never use. You're welcome!

Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Bill Withers - Use Me

Finally, if you've seen Tarantino's Death Proof, then you'll know this song. And if you don't, well it's listed below so click on it and start learning.

The Coasters - Down In Mexico

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Have You Seen The Light?


Pretty Lights remind me of a mix of RJD2 and Thievery Corporation. He tends to blur the lines between genres quite effortlessly whilst still remaining original. Pretty Lights's music forms a combination of "glitchy hip-hop beats, buzzing synth lines, vintage funk, soul samples, and sometimes grime." Just relax and listen to some great sampling. I'm absolutely hooked!!

Pretty Lights - Still Night
Pretty Lights - Hot Like Sauce
Pretty Lights - Looking For Love (But Not So Sure)
Pretty Lights - I Can See It In Your Face
Pretty Lights - Something's Wrong

The next song is pretty long but brilliant. If you enjoy it enough and can make it to minute number six, you will enjoy a great little sample.

Pretty Lights - High School Art Class

Pretty Lights also does some brilliant mash-ups but that's for another time. Childish Gambino and Hoodie Allen up next, I promise...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Day vs. Night

I've come across quite a bit of new music recently and thought it be a good idea to start sifting through them for all the goodies.The list of songs below are some of these songs that stuck with me. I have divided the list into day and night, day being more chilled dance whilst the night songs are the 4am songs that ends your night.

Robortom - Paganini Rocks Ft. Au Revoir Simone
Marina And The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot (Clock Opera Remix)

As you might have noticed, I've discovered Au Revoir Simone and Clock Opera. Brilliant!! I dunno if the next song should be at  then end of the "day" list or the start of the "night" list or if it even belongs in this post but I enjoy it and it's not often The Bee Gees will make it into a post so I had to take the opportunity.

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (Teddybears Remix)

NIGHT

Chromeo - Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix)
Don Diablo - Animale Ft. Dragonette (Datsik Dubstep Remix)
Rusko - Everyday (Netsky Remix)

My next post will be on Childish Gambino and Hoodie Allen!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The XX


So if you hear of The XX, you immediately realise that it doesn't take sophisticated production to make great tracks. They have such a simple formula yet it seems to work perfectly. It's no wonder that pretty much their whole debut album is being remixed by artists left, right and center. I have included the original along with some solid remixes and covers by various artists.

The XX - Crystalized
The XX - Crystalized (Gorrilaz Cover) (JThunder Mix)

The XX - VCR
The XX - VCR (Matthew Dear Remix)

The XX - Stars
The XX - Stars (LAZRtag Remix)

The XX have also done covers of Womack & Womack and Florence And The Machine which are incredible. Both of these tracks are relatively known but I think they are brilliant covers and deserve a mention.

The XX - Teardrop
Florence And The Machine - You Got The Love (The XX Remix)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mash That Shit Up!


Mashups have gotten a bad rap and with good reason. Every Tom, Dick and Harry tries to make a mashup but every now and then a mix comes along worth the listen. The three songs below are my favorite mashups at the moment, my favorite being Poppa's Teardrop.

Tone-E - Golden Ghostwriter (Jurassic 5 vs. RJD2)
DJ KPAC - Poppa's Teardrop (The Notorious B.I.G. vs. Massive Attack)
The Hood Internet - Freeze, Barbra (Young Dro vs. Duck Sauce)

The following two songs are also great but then again, anything with Passion Pit or Phoenix usually is.

The White Panda - What You Know About That (T.I. vs. Passion Pit)
Basic Physics - Stuntin With A Milli (Lil Wayne vs. Phoenix vs. Pretty Lights)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Why Don't You All FFFFade Away!

The Who's plaque in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame reads: "Prime contenders, in the minds of many, for the title of World's Greatest Rock Band". Still not sold? Well you've probably listened to The Who's music without even knowing it. All three versions of the American forensic drama CSI have theme songs performed and written by The Who i.e. Who Are You, Won't Get Fooled Again and Baba O'Riley. Behind Blue Eyes is also relatively famous as Limp Bizkit covered the song (not very well though). There are other songs of The Who however that one has to hear in order to fully appreciate how badass this band was. I have listed a few of them below.

The Who - Love Reign O'er Me

Roger Daltrey shouting in this song is incredible. Love It. Now go to the DVD store and rent a movie called Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. This movie is not only brilliant but the soundtrack is excellent.

The Who - The Seeker
The Who - Eminence Front

The above examples just show The Who's versatility. They have brilliant lyrics, funky riffs, unbelievable drumming...You get it. I like these guys.

The Who - My Generation

In this performance of My Generation, The Who destroyed their instruments at the conclusion of their performance, with the usual addition of mild explosives for light pyrotechnic effect. Prior to the taping, however, a "sloppy" stage hand, at the request of drummer Keith Moon (who allegedly bribed him with a bottle of whiskey), had overloaded Moon's bass drum with gun powder. When Moon detonated it, the explosion was so intense that a piece of cymbal shrapnel cut into Moon's arm; Moon is heard moaning in pain toward the end of the piece. Pete Townshend, the lead guitarist, who had been in front of Moon's drums at the time, had his hair singed by the blast; he is seen putting out sparks in his hair before finishing the sketch. Allegedly, the blast contributed heavily to Townshend's long-term hearing loss.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Iggy Pop And The Stooges

If you haven't heard The Stooges' music, listen below and educate yourself. Then weep and realise what you've been missing out on.
 
The Stooges - Search And Destroy
The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
The Stooges - Gimme Danger
The Stooges - Loose (Take 2)

Whilst Search And Destroy and Gimme Danger are my favorite songs of theirs, most people might know I Wanna Be Your Dog. This classic was played in Guy Richie's Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels as Tom loses all his money gambling and starts walking out of Hatchet Harry's place. Moving On. Loose probably has some of the steamiest lyrics I've heard but I dig it.

Iggy Pop was the inventor of the stage-dive which he started at a concert in Detroit. His on stage persona derived from Jim Morrison's of The Doors. He is a pioneer of the Punk movement and his raw punk is popular to this day. As a little added bonus, I have added one of his classic solo songs below.

Iggy Pop - The Passenger

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

All Hail High Contrast

I think High Contrast is incredible. He can take any song and turn it into a Drum and Bass masterpiece. In the list of songs below we have genres of music like Pop, Rock and Hip Hop and he's managed to remix all of them with clean editing and no glitches. Enjoy!

Kanye West - Flashing Lights (High Contrast Remix)
MGMT - Time To Pretend (High Contrast Remix)
Adele - Hometown Glory (High Contrast Remix)

The songs above are sure things without the remix by High Contrast even needed but he remixed them regardless and they turned out siiiiick!

Calvin Harris - Ready For The Weekend (High Contrast Remix)
The White Stripes - Blue Orchid (High Contrast Remix)

Whilst I don't really like the original from Calvin Harris, High Contrast has resurrected it superbly. Also enjoy the remix of The White Stripes' Blue Orchid; a solid remix of a solid rock song.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lazy Sundays


The absolute perfect few old school songs for Sundays or any day that you feel like doing absolutely nothing but be lazy. This will put a smile on your face. Enjoy the lounging!

Air - La Femme D'Argent
Groove Armada - At The River
Moby - Porcelain
Daft Punk - Something About Us
Telepopmusik - Breathe
Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde

The reason I haven't commented on any song in particular is the fact that I don't want to ruin the simplicity of the little playlist I have come up with here. Listen to them all in one go!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Ellie Goulding vs. The World

I've already raved about Ellie Goulding in a previous post but what can I say, she's good. I thought it would be a good idea to list some of her songs that have been remixed. There are numerous remixes of Ellie Goulding floating around on the web but these are my current favorites.

Ellie Goulding - Lights (Bassnectar Remix)

Amazing! This song is my favorite remix of an Ellie Goulding song. No doubt. Bassnectar has remixed Nelly Furtado, The Pixies and now Ellie Goulding and all of them bangers.

Ellie Goulding - Your Song (Blackmill Dubstep Remix)
Ellie Goulding - Black & Gold (Slick Werk Dubstep Remix)

Her covers of Elton John's Your Song and Sam Sparro's Black & Gold have been remixed and both are brilliant. Also listen to the originals from her. They're just as good.

Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Penguin Prison Remix Ft. Theophilus London)
Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets (Bright Light Bright Light Boys Remix)

Stepping away from dubstep remixes we find two great house remixes. Theophilus London makes another appearance in one of my posts. Seems he's one to look out for.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Let's Get Funked Up!






























The songs below are some of the crackers that have made frequent appearances on my playlists this summer.

PNAU - The Truth (Jump Jump Dance Dance Remix)
M83 - We Own The Sky (L-Wiz Relick)
Coeur De Pirate - Comme Des Enfants (Le Matos Andy Charmichael Remix)
Little Red - Rock It (Jad And The Ladyboy Remix)

Probably my favorite four right now. I have included the original of Little Red's Rock It in a previous post but this remix is just as good. And I don't know what is being said in Coeure De Pirate's brilliant song, but who cares. It's awesome. And PNAU and M83's songs are just too addictive. One listen and you'll be begging for another sample.

Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Starsmith Remix Ft. Ellie Goulding)

Ellie Goulding is unbelievable. Her debut album, Lights/Bright Lights, was very well received which was acknowledged when she won the Choice Award at this year's Brit Awards. Her voice is unique and she doesn't need to wear retarded outfits made out of raw meat to get noticed.    

Ratatat - Wildcat

Finally, Ratatat! These guys have been around for ages and I've only recently discovered them after they collaborated with Kid Cudi on The Pursuit Of Happiness. They are a purely instrumental band that always have the craziest guitar riffs. Wildcat is one of their earlier songs but I will do a post of my favorites soon.

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Put Your Hands Up 'Indie' Air


 So I thought it would be a good idea to put up a short list of some of the indie songs that I have enjoyed over this summer. Most of these songs are relatively new but there are some classics in there that I just can't stop listening to.


Little Red - Rock It
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

The three songs have very catchy hooks i.e. the choruses of Rock It and Sprawl II will stay in your head for days and the whistling in Home will annoy all your friends as you whistle away.

Aeroplane vs Friendly Fires vs Flight Facilities - I Crave Paris
I Blame Coco - Selfmachine (LaRoux Remix)

Sting ("Every breath you take...") was quite the player back in the day and may have many many kids we or even he doesn't know about. Luckily however, we know of one of his daughters, Eliot Paulina Sumner. She is the lead singer of I Blame Coco and if you get La Roux to remix one of your songs then you must be doing something right. 

LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean

LCD Soundsystem have announced that they are retiring after playing their final show at Madison Square Gardens in New York on 2 April. The song above was their last major single and is an excellent way to exit the game. Turn the volume up high for Dance Yrself Clean and wait. Just be patient.    


The Naked And Famous - Punching In A Dream
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood

This New-Zealand group have taken over the blogosphere with their first studio album Passive Me, Aggressive You. Their first single Young Blood will get any party started and I defy any person who does not go full retard whilst listening to Punching In A Dream.


Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Yeasayer - O.N.E.

Once again two songs from one artist. Am I lazy? No. Yeasayer was the most blogged artist of 2010 and with reason. Their album Odd Blood produced these two gems. You're welcome!


Chiddy Bang - Opposite Of Adults
Theophilus London - Humdrum Town

Chiddy Bang's single has the sample from MGMT's Kids in the background hence the name of the song, Opposite Of Adults. Get it?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Zeds Dead Baby!



Zeds Dead made a very big impression when I heard Blue Foundation - Eyes On Fire (Zeds Dead Remix) for the first time. They are absolutely incredible artists and capable of taking songs which are themselves masterpieces and then they manage to take it to an even higher level. If you love dub then you will fall in love with these guys. If you don't love dub, go buy a Black Eyed Peas album. For the dub freaks out there, carry on through the list and let your ears start melting.


Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin (Zeds Dead Remix)
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Zeds Dead Remix)
Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Zeds Dead Remix)
Dragonette - Volcano (Zeds Dead Remix)
Zeds Dead - Rude Boy

You should also listen to the original version of The Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter which can be heard in the intro of the movie The Departed. It is incredibly badass and should be in your music collection.

The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

The next post will focus primarily on the best summer indie/house tunes. Till then people!







A Kid Named Cudi

Okay so this guy has to be the coolest hip-hop artist at the moment having worked with Ratatat, MGMT, and Vampire Weekend to name a few. And I know he has also worked with David Guetta but one could forgive him for this considering the next few songs that he has done are brilliant.

 Snoop Dogg Ft. Kid Cudi - That Tree (The Soundmen Remix) 
 Johnny Polygon Ft. Kid Cudi - The Riot Song (The Soundmen Remix)

The above songs are both remixed by The Soundmen. Seems everyone wants to work with Cudder.

 Dan Black Ft. Kid Cudi - Symphonies

This song is probably one my favorites at the moment. It's very chilled and probably not gonna go in your "Let's Get Tropical" playlist but it's sick regardless.

Obviously, Kid Cudi has also done some songs with his founder and mentor, Kanye West.

Kanye West Ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon - Gorgeous


I love the riff used throughout this song.


Kid Cudi Ft. Kanye West - Erase Me


The song posted above is more rock-ish and less hip-hop but regardless, the chorus is too catchy to leave this song out.


Stay tuned!