Monday – Indie Dance remix. 16/01/12. Foster The People – Don’t Stop (TheFatRat remix)

Monday’s child struck black gold, Texas tea,

Perseverence can be a bitch, some artists can try their entire lives to break the big one, only to find infamy in death. Some don’t even try and they can reach superstardom through an (accidental?) nipslip or screwing the right producers. But what about those in the middle, those with belief that their shit does stink, but someday people are going to love the stink of shit. On that scale, today’s band is about as pungent as it gets.

Mark Foster was a man of many an eclectic musical taste, from baroque to gaelic folk, with a mix of Hip Hop, Indie Electronica and Rock on the side, he felt he had something good, if only he could find direction. A couple of prospective band mates later on, a producer with faith and an upbeat happy melodic song about a psychotic teenage shooter (think Red Dead Redemption meets Candyland) and they packed up their car and moved to Beverly. Hills that is, swimming pools, movie stars.

Like the band that was ‘Rush’ing onto stage and someone yelled “you should name your band Rush
like the band that enjoyed seeing a bulldyke prostitute crush a ‘Steely Dan’ (metal dildo) between her legs,
like the band that was so deaf that every time someone suggested a name, they kept replying “The Who?
like the band that was perpetually unemployed and had to fill out the ‘UB40’ form all too often, bands sometime have weird and wonderful stories behind their name.
Foster The People started out innocuously as Foster & The People, but when misinterpreted too many times, the name took on a deeper nurturing meaning that helped to untwist the knickers of hipsters everywhere.

Today we look at their fourth single; Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls), from their ridiculously popular freshman album Torches. This cheerful indie pop tune takes on an almost lullabyesque feel with such comfortable lyrical rhythm and brilliantly simple guitar riffs that if you closed your eyes you could imagine The Beatles swaying in harmony. Check out the video below for a surprising guest star, the song alone is a real gem, but this video makes it even more ‘precious’.

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Foster said about Pumped Up Kicks, “It’s a ‘fuck you’ song to the hipsters in a way — but it’s a song the hipsters are going to want to dance to“. Well sometimes you have to cater to your audience, and Don’t Stop certainly can found in every off-off-off-off broadway dive bar from here to whatever dilapidated suburb is next on the urban renovation project. Some people question their sexual, I however have often questioned my hipstuality, because damn do I like the music. It makes me feel a little dirty everytime I notice that the person next to me wearing yellow suspenders and empty frames is enjoying the track just as much as me.

With supportive people such as the LA based Kraut (I’m not sure if that is a racist term, but if it is, it’s cool I drink Becks all the time, so im fully qualified right?) TheFatRat, I think I can mask this passing fade without having to pray the polaroid gods out of me.

This Obese Rodent has definitely fattened up the original with elements of French House that rolls an incandescent wave of relief and pleasure into the ear canal of all those that don’t care if they are part of a movement, they just love music. TheFatRat blends the original so perfectly with strong kicks and subtly glitched fidget electro. Just when you think you couldn’t bop any more after listening to the original, you better keep your neck warm, as with this funky remix that rubs you in all the right ways, you wouldn’t want to pull a muscle.

Free download on Soundcloud page

***Note to all Hipsters*** – Make sure to get in quick, as with 10000 listens and 2000 downloads in 5 days, this song might already be waaaaaay too cool for you.

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Monday – Turbofunk remix. 09/01/12. Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better (RESET! bootleg remix)

Monday’s child is trying to recover,

Like Columbus poor directions leading to America, Like Brees bad shoulder falling to New Orleans, Like a dead rodent found in the back of a computer to Joel Zimmerman, there is such a thing as a happy accident, one which just works out so much better than anyone could imagine. If I was to add to that list Laurent Brancowitz leaving Darlin’ you might have to just nod and smile right? Darlin was a short lived French experimental electro pop group in the mid 90’s which fell to the wayside when Brancowitz joined his younger brothers band. The other two members of this fateful band; Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo became the little known gospel folk (I think) band, Daft Punk.

Sure you can say leaving Darlin’ might have been a bad move, but if you fast forward 14 years, you tell me which French band not only received gold album sales in the USA, UK & Australia, placed in Rolling Stone’s top 5 Album & Singles list, performed the holy trinity of American Festivals; Coachella, Bonnaroo & Lollapalooza. Oh and they won the Grammy for best Alternative album. Phoenix hit puberty in full stride with gusto never seen since the days of Jeremy Jackson (Hobie Buchannon) fucking through his teenage years with all the Baywatch actresses.

Phoenix, like Kings of Leon realized that singing in their native tongue was just bad business sense, they knew that performing in English was their ticket to world wide stardom. French, like whatever language they speak in the American deep south, might sound aurally pleasing, but then again so do the prayers of Tibetan Monks, and you don’t see too many teenyboppers ooooohhmmm’ing on the dance floors (they leave that for the bedroom, giggidy). Phoenix has never performed, at least for commercial release, any songs in French, and because of this they were initially rebuked in their home country. While Foreign critics were heaping praise on the fresh new sounds of the eclectic indie pop group, fans were slower to come around.

Philippe Zdar was to Phoenix what ‘Flax Seed Oil’ was to Barry Bonds. The man behind Cassius, produced and mixed Pheonix’s 4th album, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (2009). The fairly arrogant title befits the strength and confidence of the entire album highlighted by the instant classics; 1901 & Liztomania.

Today we go back to a track that really ushered in the epoch of funky chords interspersed with beautiful falsetto vocals that race in and out of rhythm in a style recognizable to the french indie dance scene, but instantly recognizable only as Phoenix. If I Ever Feel Better from their first album United, would not be out of place if it were found 8 years later in Wolfgang, it is no coincidence then that it had Zdar’s steroidal influence on production and with guest keyboarder Thomas Bangalter, this track grew bigger than Bond’s head. Check out the video below for Phoenix performing live with a special guest appearance from Daft Punk, epicness ensues.

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Unlike Tony Danza in Who’s The Boss, there is no debating that these Italians are the boss of the Turbofunk scene, hell they practically created it, as I have found no one quite like them, and frankly I don’t want to. Whilst some DJ’s might throw on a classic Daft Punk track to rev up the energy of the crowd, I chuck on a Reset! Remix for a Rapturous! Reception. These boys should be sponsored by Red Bull with the amount of turbulence they create with their funked up tunes.

The wonderful thing about Reset! is how they take nothing away from the original track, much like a ‘surprise’ guest in a WWE title fight, they wait for the right moment before signaling their entrance, and like the hype machine that wrestling is, the suspense built up from subtle changes of key and tempo with effects to boot drops ever so smoothly into their touch on today’s remix. Having gone through a fairly stressful week, I wondered if I would ever feel better, but after listening to this track, I can honestly say, I do.

Check out their Soundcloud page for details on how to get a free download through their Facebook page. And while you are at it, do yourself a Mammary favour and check out their new uncensored video for Oh Yeah.

Monday – French House remix. 12/12/11. Pendulum – The Island (Madeon remix)

Monday’s child is a Wunderkind.

It’s fun when you can put life into perspective, like when you look in the mirror and see a little Pitt in you, or when you listen to your voice and a teeny Seacrest resonates, then you watch yourself on video and justify what you see by screaming “who the hell recorded this garbage, why did you use such terrible equipment!”

DJ’s have to have a certain swagger and confidence, it comes with the territory of being at the epicentre of your audience’s pleasure quake every weekend. I like to think that I play some pretty decent sets, that I have a good understanding of music and the craft, and that my producing days are soon to come. Then this young buck (apologies for such a terrible word, I really mean fuck) comes along and makes every aspiring DJ run to the chemist to buy some viagra and rogaine.

The name Madeon is probably familiar to you all, and as such, the fact that he is only 17 years old is not that far behind on your knowledge scale. You probably don’t know however, that the juvenile French House producer likes wearing frilly knickers on stage, or that he is the illegitimate love child of Gerard Depardieu and the Mother of Lord Tebow. That last sentence may be bullshit, but this kids talent surely is not. It is simply hard to believe that Madeon’s technical nuance musical composition can comes from someone so young, especially with the funky melody that French House exudes.

I was tempted to write up about Deadmau5’s famous remix of Madeon’s Raise Your Weapon (it’s that good you will believe Madeon was the original) as I was fairly busy today, however after a small amount of digging, I am happy to keep Monday’s Australian theme going.

Pendulum has been changing their brand over recent years, after reaching the heights of the international Drum & Bass scene, Rob Swire is going back to his roots of Metal and Punk, along the way he stopped off at the House inn and released a humdinger of a track. Madeon won The Island‘s official remix competition with his happy remix, that brings out the best of Swire’s smooth vocals with melodic wobble and chirpy synths. It just makes you wish that Pendulum spent a bit more time at the 4×4 rest stop, as fans of The Island and it’s remixes are begging for more.

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Monday – Electro Pop remix. 11/28/11. Death Cab for Cutie – Doors Unlocked And Open (Cut Copy remix)

Monday’s child was on a Magical Mystery Tour.

I’m normally writing about remixes to Cut Copy songs, and whilst it isn’t new for them to be taking on other artist’s tracks, it has been a few years and it got the pulse racing (which in turn pulled it’s hammy, I havent been regularly stretching my pulse) to hear what they could offer Washington’s Death Cab For Cutie.

Benjamin Gibbard had this to say about Cutie’s 2011 album Codes & Keys – “It’s not a guitar-based record. We’ve been into vintage keyboards and playing with that palette. We’re not adding guitars because people will be expecting them. I’m so proud of this album that at this point I don’t care if people don’t like it”.

I would have to say that the Aussie Electro Pop band has done Gibbard a huge favour by showing him what a non guitar based record should sound like. Cut Copy has taken one of its melancholic ballads Doors Unlocked And Open, a track that contains strong vocal hints of the Petshop Boys & Duran Duran and have done all they blatantly can to remove the hint and turn it into a snow leopard print legging inspired New Wave classic.

Say what you want about needing more cowbell, it’s bongos that are wanting, and it’s bongos that are delivered right from the outset compounded with low cheesy synths that eventually evolve into lively raindrops happy enough to keep the bipolars from staying too long at one end of the mental spectrum. Most of the readers might associate this with the music they were conceived to, I know it makes me wish my girlfriend was around.

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Monday – Electro Pop Remix. 21/11/11. Yelle – A Cause Des Garcons (STA remix)

Monday’s Child was one of the boys.

Ask your average American (it won’t be that hard to find one) about their knowledge of foreign popstars and it might extend from Adele to Justin Bieber. However If you told them that Gonorrhea was France’s most famous singer, their answers would be something worth ‘clap’ping for.

Western interest in non-English popular music is fairly low, Puerto Rico rapper/reggaeton icon Pitbull’s name may spring up, but the range of Spanish in his top 40 singles starts with a children’s card game (Uno) and finishes at a small Latin American guitar (Cuatro). Whereas The artist formally known as Yelle sings exclusively in French and yet her tracks sell globally. The key (D minor) to her success is the same reason why bubblegum Hip Hop makes millions, it’s as catchy as herpes.

We can take solace in the fact that the 1987 track A Cause Des Garcons had more than a few hours of work going into making it lyrical cocaine. Add another pinch of solace from the fact that the trio currently known as Yelle; liked the tune’s ahead-of-it’s-time message so much so that they added to it an upbeat europop bassline, some happy synths and a sexier vocal track. They then unleashed it upon the discotheques of the world faster than Aids in the 1980’s.

Even if you are trying to kick your habit of so much solace, hopefully you can find a spare vein for the fact the band forever known as Yelle released their remake to be further remade. The DJ that has never been known as STD (why would you think it had?), delivered a secondary unofficial remix that is second to none. I have played STA‘s version in many of my sets and its warbled bassline is so respectfully serious that you would think Howard Kosell has been reincarnated into a synthesizer. It grabs and glitches integral parts of ACDG’s refrain into a new instrument that keeps you merrily bouncing along. If you can keep your hands from doing a Jersey Shore finger dance, you are a better man than I am.

Yelle – A Cause Des Garcons (STA remix)

check out one of the official remixes and video that helped make Tecktonic a popular dance for a week.

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