Wednesday – Electro House remix. 22/02/12. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love (Thell Bootleg)

Wednesday’s child tried online dating,

Quick let me get this post out before this song gets overplaye… oh shit, im seriously watching cricket right now, New Zealand vs South Africa, and the song is blaring over the loudspeakers (not joking either, this is happening right now). If you need any proof of a song being overplayed, go to any major sporting match, and outside of Darude – Sandstorm (which can never be heard too much), every single song has been played at least 4 times today on every radio station, including talk back.

To get to that level though, it has to be a somewhat decent song right? Well maybe not, but this one actually is. I’ve long since lauded Calvin Harris for being one of the few producers out there that can lend their own voice to their songs. And Rihanna, the Barbados beauty, has always been a favourite of mainstream club DJ’s for her hybrid House-Pop. Put them together and you have a happy household where the only punches thrown are the ones of gleeful drunk patrons in the air every Friday night.

Shit, South Africa won, fuck Calvin Harris, Rihanna you bitch! Who else do I have to blame.. ahhh its all Guetta’s fault, it always it.

Just listen to the damn song for the 5th time today and add your number to the list of 134 million people who have watched the video.

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So now to the real reason we are here today, Thell has released a free bootleg of We Found Love for your enjoyment, and trust me, it’s worth downloading.

A completely new percussive opening builds into the familiar happy chords of the original with Rihanna’s blabbing about falling in love in the back of a Volkswagon (Mallrats‘ fan will get it). This is a great track to play full blast with your little sister around as what appears to drop into the smooth bouncy house beats is completely ripped apart (like your sisters childhood) with stupidly aggressive sawlike electro that has been run through a power blender packed with protein powder and bricks. Drop this on your Wednesday night set to amp the energy in your crowd, speaking of amps, you might want to lower the gains beforehand.

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Wednesday – Electro House remix. 15/02/12. Foo Fighters – Rope (Deadmau5 remix)

Wednesday’s child was gracious in his confusion,

“For me this award means alot because it shows that the human element of making rock is the most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning your craft is the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding correct. It’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and what goes on in here (points to head.)”

Said the man in his band’s 2012 Grammy acceptance speech, the man who has a great working relationship with the rigored rodent who had their song Rope up for a Grammy in the best remix category, ultimately losing to Skrillex‘s remix of Benny Benassi’s Cinema. Which brings me to another point, I think the Grammys should take heed to what The Daily Remix Blog is trying to achieve, to show EDM remixes to great tracks from outside our world, if Cinema can win, why can’t Zedd‘s remix of Scary Monsters be up, for in my mind, it is much better than the original, and if the original won best dance album, does this make Zedd the best DJ alive.. I think yes. Hail the Zedd, hail the man who pronounces the last letter of the alphabet the way it should be.

Check out the Foo Fighters Rope video below to see what white boys do best, dance horribly out of rhythm. (It is made up for though with a wicked drum solo and heavy distorted guitars. This is a bloody decent song that feels like it’s right out of The Color & The Shape).

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The legendary rocker did add this in a succeeding interview – “So, don’t give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2 inch tape.
Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn.

So I guess all is forgiven within the heartless world of dance music? We know now and I supposed then that Grohl really was targeting the beat machines of today’s Pop and R&B world as he later clarified his support of Deadmau5 and Skrillex while explaining he meant that music is too easily touched up, too perfect and lacks personality. I tend to agree, but as I have a massive man-crush on the former Nirvana drummer, I’ll go with anything he says.

FooMau5 toured festivals extensively throughout the world in 2011 culminating as the finale acts of the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza to which yours truly survived a monsoon to enjoy both at opposite ends of Grant Park. Dave & Joel are good friends, and performed Rope live at the Grammys as seen in the video directly below. You will find the official remix as is at the bottom of the blog.

Foo Fighters & Deadmau5 at the 2012 Grammys

Foo Fighters – Rope (Deadmau5 mix)

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Tuesday – Tech House. 14/02/12. Happy Valentines Day! DJ Antoine – Every Breath (Clubzound Remix)

Tuesday’s child, in lieu of her boyfriend, cuddled her Lotso teddy bear to sleep every night,

This is the perfect song for my Valentines day. A song about a lover, about passion, heartache and heartbreak. Sting himself even muses about how people mistake this song for a dainty little love song, and whilst it does sound like you would imagine it would at the end of The Vow with Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams running towards each other on the beach in a torrential downpour with her clothes clinging tighter and tighter to that tighter Canadian tight body that is oh so tight… mmmmmmcAdams..

Anyways, to those like me experiencing the ups and downs of a long distance relationship, you might find solace in the words of the song, to yearn and to learn, but more importantly to believe. I love my girlfriend with all my heart, and she will understand the pains of this song for they are very real pains, but in order for hurt to exist you need to know how happy you can be, and I’ve never been so happy than when I’m with her. So Happy Valentines to you my dear and to all readers out there. Enjoy Sting’s most successful song for what it is, a REAL love song.

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For those who are like, fuck that shit mate, I don’t want no depressing as song to represent the love I have for my darling Fatima, then I have an epipen of a decent tech house remix to treat you of that obvious Sting allergy you have. DJ Antoine has robbed the original lyrics of any deeper meaning and with the help of fellow remixer Clubzound; they have added an upbeat melody of progressive keys and electro bips & stabs over a strong delectable tribal Tech bassline. With clever short breakdowns the original is paid homage, but overall this is a completely new sound that is quirky, energetic and fun.

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Wednesday – Electro House remix. 08/02/12. Die Antwoord – I Fink U Freeky (DJ Konne remix) + (Kyro & Bomber bootleg)

Wednesday’s child had nightmares, forever.

Yesterday I wrote about the classic Freakyness of the Disco Era, today, we see how much has changed. Die Antwoord the white rave rappers from the Dark Continent have a unique style that is part Afrikaans, part English and a shit load of parts weird. Forming in 2008, they hit the ground running, and like a lot of good Africans, they were pretty bloody quick. Only two years later were they touring the world with their tech-electro infused hip hop, and this month releasing their third album Tension, where we find their viral hit that speaks volumes of the South African education system, I Fink U Freaky.

One of my favourite moments is listening the crowd’s nervous reaction when they performed this live on Letterman, theres just something to be said (although I don’t know what) about an oversized t-shirt, massively dialated pupils and missing teeth, Yo-Landi Vi$$er just pulls it off (although I’m glad she kept them on).

As a New Zealander, not many things sound worse than a strong South African, but Ninja makes that shit sound cool, or maybe he didn’t, I was sold after seeing them smashing Dre Beatz headphones. Die Antwoord are the best thing to come out of SA since Charlize Theron. I’m not sure who this Antwoord character is, but if the energy created by wanting to kill him inspires this kind of madness, then I’m glad he pissed them off. I’ll be looking to hit this choon at the Karaoke clubs tonight!

Watch the video for the fight of the century between Maynard James Keenan vs. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This has to be my favourite video of the year so far and I can’t watch it enough, it haunts my dreams and is ruining my relationship. (help me..) Turn off the lights, put this bad boy on full screen HD and put the weed away for a few minutes, you won’t need it.

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We are looking at a couple of decent remixes to hit the cloud over the past week, firstly from Vegas based DJ Konne who has released a very club friendly banger that keeps a hold of the high charged rave synths that blanket the builds of the original. He lays this over the top of rhythmic tribal percussive beats and Yolandi’s main vocal hook to great success. It changes the eclectic nature of the original, but none of its cool. Ninja still makes the muthafucker jump, Yolandi is still infatuatingly unusual and Konne is the glue that keeps you on the dancefloor.

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Aussies, Kyro & Bomber have released a bass heavy giant that stays a little more true to the original. I almost get the feeling of an outback rave party with amplified didgeridoo’s as the tribesman dance around a blood red fire, check that, the main chorus just dropped and I am transported (maybe to the hospital) with bass and rave synths so powerful I wouldn’t need to waste my money on a defibrillator. I love that they keep Ninja’s full rap that builds with such speed you would start to feel the Bombs dropping Over Baghdad, only further helped by how powerful Kyro & Bomber’s bass plugins must be. I don’t fink it’s as freeky as the original, but it is pretty damn sweet with a lot more club potential, it will get you pumped and leave you breathless, so be sure to hydrate.

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Wednesday – Electro House remix. 01/02/12. The Black Ghosts – Anyway You Choose To Give It (Fake Blood remix)

Wednesday’s child was in a giving mood,

Theo Keating and Simon William Lord are the answer to your judgemental aunt’s question, what good can come from meeting someone on the internet? The UK based pair combined in 2006 to create the indie electronic pop band The Black Ghosts after a year of faceless collaboration.

We harken back their inaugural year with their first big single, Anyway You Choose To Give It. Mix together 1 part Royksopp, 1 1/2 parts Two Door Cinema Club, 1/2 part Crookers and 3 parts of the resulting sound when you turn your bass right up. Melt at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and you are left with a fresh energetic pop song that you hear below.

For the video topping, grate up some Tool and whisk in some Weird Science with a pinch of Pedobear and leave to set for 10 minutes. It’s wonderful to have an imagination, or at least a lot of drugs.

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The fu manchu’ed half of The Black Ghosts – Theo Keating is better known by his DJ moniker Fake Blood, making a name for himself with the Disco tribute I Think I Like It, which really requires no thinking at all. But to those who have never left the kitchen, you will have heard his remix of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLvWkzIvSW0&quot; title="Miike Snow's Animal” target=”_blank”>Miike Snow’s Animal gracing the airwaves thirteen times a day, and you will find familiar comfort in today’s remix.

Like the Mazeratti Chairman taking the first spin of the 2012 GranTurismo to impress his mistress. Keating was able to the first test drive of Anyway You Choose To Give It and he chose to give it right back as an Electro House specialty desert, with more glitch sprinkled in than Windows Vista and whoomping fidget bass to leave that delicious aftertaste. This flambe of a remix sure has aged well, as 4 years it still sits pretty in my stomach.

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Wednesday – Electro House remix. 25/01/12. Nirvana – All Apologies (Sound Remedy remix)

Wednesday’s child was buried by fame,

Things people should apologize for.
– Kim Kardashian for making the New Jersey Nets more relevant than they are
– Trey Parker & Matt Stone for making it alright to vote ‘Morman’ and thus we have Mitt Romney
– Jack Harbaugh for teaching his son’s that they win & LOSE together
– George Lucas for ruining __________ (insert any of his films here)
– Jason Segal for making me a muppet of a man
– Newt Gingrich for being a dick (oh and cheating on and leaving his two disease stricken former wives)

We will never hear the apology we desperately seek though, from Kurt Cobain himself, for robbing dedicated fans of years of talent to come (there was a suicide note released here, but no apology). But then again, maybe it’s the man that will never get the apologies from us for driving him to do what he did to escape.

Cobain’s first band Fecal Matter transitioned easily into Skid Row and three other names before they took inspiration in Seattle’s other ‘Venti’ creation, the espresso mass market that allowing all South Vancouverites thier own sip of Nirvana. Like Starbucks, the band came to represent a generation.

Like weed to heroine, the relaxed almost folksy All Apologies is the gateway to the aggressive stylings that makes In Utero a timeless blend of underground mainstream. The second single from their third album became an instant classic bringing together a range of listeners curious to see what Nirvana’s true musical direction was after self-proclaiming their ‘selling out’ with the hugely successful Nevermind.

It’s funny to hear that while All Apologies was made for Kurt’s wife and child, it has nothing to do with the lyrics but rather the mood described as “Peaceful, Happy, Comfort“. Taking heed that the word “Married” is followed by “Buried“, you might think someone asked him who the song was about and he answered “Courtney of course, wait is that camera on? I err mean, yeah it is about my dear Courtney, because its uhh peaceful, hmm, happy and urr comforting, just like she is, look she even bought me this shotgun for our anniversary

Check out the much fawned over acoustic version from MTV’s Unplugged for a beautiful cello addition and a very pensive Dave Grohl.

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After all the remedies that the people of LA subscribe to, thankfully it seems they now have found the right one with the DJ/Producer Sound Remedy. Today we look at his popular remix to All Apologies.

Instantly we are introduced to the familiar sullen guitar riff that speaks a life’s experience through just a few simple notes, a few blippy sounds that make you feel like you are waiting for instructions from Major Tom start filtering in. While this remix never makes you feel like the original was swept away in a tornado, you realize this song isn’t in Kansas anymore. It quickly becomes reminscint of the electro quirks that made Joel Zimmerman a household name in the rodent extermination business with solid beats and tactfully hinting; yet never overbearing; complextro. Patience is rewarded to those who are intrigued and beguiled by the new sound, with a heavier original verse that spoke of the bipolar nature of the song; and Nirvana as a whole.

Cobain once stated “I wanted to be totally Led Zeppelin in a way and then be totally extreme punk rock and then do real wimpy pop songs and then release some savvy dance floor electro“. Ok, those last 8 words might have been a misprint, but were he alive to hear how sweet his music would sound with a few ‘Massive’ synths, I guess we will never know.

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Wednesday – Electro House remix. 18/01/12. Kaskade – Turn It Down (Le Castle Vania remix)

Wednesday’s child hated his neighbours,

Listening to Ministry of Sound radio, I became familiar with this amazingly beautiful energetic anthem. When I looked up Kaskade to find the song, I was confused; The adorably dainty Rebecca & Fiona were doing their familiar thing, but the drop was different, it lack that certain je ne sais quoi from the one I had listened to.

Like the guy who created 7 minute abs to counter the popular 8 minute version, Le Castle Vania has one upped Kaskade on this one. Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade; recently named America’s number 1 DJ, the man responsible for keeping beautiful women off the streets (to this day he has never had a male vocalist); single handedly started World War 3 with a free block party in Hollywood blvd to promote the Electric Daisy Carnival film. To best a legend in the progressive house world is an impressive feat. (On a side note, if you have an Americano in one hand and a glass of orange juice in the other, do not be tempted to mix them, it is just terrible, oh and Dev in her video for Dancing Shoes, is rediculously cute)

What I love about the video below, is that they actually have genuine dancers, and I don’t mean genuinely good, but the same awkward stuff you would see every Friday night after a few margaritas.

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I’m reminded of Dynasty, not the 80’s tv show my mother watched too much (I wonder if it’s on Hulu), but Kaskade’s 2010 beauty. You know you have made a good remix when the original producer starts to play your remix in their sets, and this is what Raddon has been doing ever since with Dada Life’s hearty epic.

Le Castle Vania has replaced the stilted, yet strong progressive house stabs, with a flowing melee of melodic electro synths that groove so nicely with the identity of the original, that it’s really hard to believe this wasn’t how the original was supposed to sound. If someone tells you to turn it down, just slap them, seriously, slap – them – in – the – face.

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