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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Monday – Indie Dance remix. 13/02/12. Skrillex – Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites (Dualist Bootleg remix)

Monday’s child won 3 Grammys, …the fuck?

Sonny Moore went from unknown emopunk to international stuperstar (a stupid star) Skrillex by the end of 2010 with his first big single Scary Monster & Nice Sprites. Like the 8th year freshman who finally won the state wrestling award (and still looks less gay than Sonny’s haircut), it’s surprising this song was eligible for 2012 awards. One might think that if it were due up for the 2011 Grammy Dance Awards it would have had trouble beating the winners from what are arguably the two best DJ’s alive, Beyonce and La Roux.

Nice Sprites won for Best Dance Album & Best Dance Recording whilst Cinema won Best Remix (of Benny Benassi’s version). BUT and he must feel terrible about this, just so utterly ruined, because he did lose the Best Short Form Music Video. “Bahahahahahahaha, man he sucks! I guess I should leave it a few weeks before we remind him that he lost Best New Artist too. I would just feel terrible if he went on suicide watch“.

Like the Ramones to the Sex Pistols, while the British punk invasion swept the United States, the Ramones were reinventing the energy of Punk towards a more popular base with upbeat rhythms and popular messages. The resulting sound found it’s way back to Britain and helped change the scene forever. The same could be said about today’s artist, the new suizure enducing wub wub made its way across the Atlantic to audiences looking for something different. Like every good progressive genre, Sonny added an almost orchestral element to Dubstep that gave it a very surprising yet likeable sound that brought Dubstep to the mainstream.

Naysayers will say that he is everything that is wrong with EDM, and whilst I’m not a huge fan, the fact he is bringing new fans to our world, makes an awesome Halloween costume, has a sweet audio/visual live show AND the Grammy’s Dance awards were actually represented entirely by DJ’s for once, how can that be bad?

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Check out the real reason why Skrillex won the Grammy, cupstacka!!

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Feels like the animals joined the rhythym section in the build.
Is there such a thing as indie dubstep?
The New Delhi based producer Dualist Inquiry is in touch with his inner Sharma with this mix. With a Van Morrison meets Led Zeppelin style intro, the listener has little clue of the original, it isn’t until heavily synthesized organ like guitar riffs take hold that the shape becomes recognizable. The first two minutes are so pleasurably relaxing with the childlike vocal sample playfully hinting of the daunting drop to come. Where the cupstacking girl had her moment, she is dropped from this remake as there is no need for an Oh My Gosh moment. Is there such a thing as indiewub? There is now, with a very relaxing downtempo dubstep rhythm completely devoid of the happiness of the intro but gratefully not as angry and forceful from what we might expect.

Dropping back and forth between the 70 and 128bpm is like waiting for the electricity to restart for your 5th time on the bumper cars, you never get tired of it, but you appreciate the lulls in between for which to recover. I have never been so surprised by any remix of basically any song since starting this blog, and whether it’s the water in India I don’t know, but whatever Dualist ingested, he has certainly shit gold with this remix.

And hey, to those still pissed at The Grammy’s (which after listening to the remix I don’t know how you can still have anger), just realize that they are starting to look into the world of EDM bit by bit and given time, it will get better. You know what? it could have been a lot worse, at least Guetta didn’t win.

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