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.

Free download on Dualist’s website

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Monday – Electrohop remix. 30/01/12. Thunderheist – Jerk It (Nasty Nav & JFK remix)

Monday’s child had gone blind,

Ladies slip on your unitard, roll out your yoga matt, boys put on your headband and chuck on your chucks, this one is going old school.

Like your college friend named Maude, who has hair done a little too curly and her dress buttoned up at the front, this song has a delectable old feel to it, despite being released in 2008. The deliciously dirty Jerk It by Thunderheist is a throwback to my days living in Toronto, as the Ontario based duo released this unsubtle club anthem to it’s local fans.

It’s a show stoppin, hot steppin electrohop number guarenteed to get you moving, or at least giggling at the rediculousness of it all. Check out the official music video to see a hot blonde jerking hard on a cock.

MSTRKRFT are the Lynyrd Skynyrd of Electro Bands, not only do they produce top quality music, they both hate vowels, and both unfortunately passed away in aeronautical accidents (note – one of the bands did not). Ok, they are nothing like the free birds of old, but JFK and AI-P are on the top of their electro rock game with brilliant remix after remake after remix. I was initially going to write about their popular version of Wolfmother – Woman, but upon having my daily jerk off to penguins in the polar regions, I came across (not literally) JFK & Nasty Nav’s squeakily stirring animated remix of Jerk It. So lads and ladies, whip your shit about, plaster the walls and go to town, the guilty pleasures of this song are worth the aftermath.

Buy this track at Rhapsody

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 – Nu Disco remix. 2/1/12. Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes (Discotizer’s Sexy Green Eyes mix)

Monday’s child had the look,

Songs are often ambiguous as to what their true meaning is, did you know that Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun was about masturbation, or did you know that The Vapors – Turning Japanese was about pleasuring ones self? On the other hand did you realize that Billy Idol – Dancing with myself was actually about Wanking? Elvis Costello’s – Pump It Up isnt about a pumping up a flaccid crowd, more like… But Seriously, did you ever stop to think what The Divinyls – I Touch Myself was about? Would you believe me if I said it was about a tragic ballet accident that left the victim without sensation in her body?

Is this a case of life imitating art or art imitating life? You tell me who first created such sexy bass lines, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, the sublime 1970’s American soft rock band or Dr. Cock & his magic boner Medicine, the only Porn film to ever be nominated for Best ‘Score’ at the Academy Awards. Never a band to incorporate a flute solo into their disco fusion soulful grooves, Dr. Hook never cared too much about subtlety. Sexy Eyes, as part of the bands anti-spank campaign in the early 80’s, was released to rapturous audiences keen for any excuse to have no more lonely nights.

Rumen the self-proclaimed Discotizer, hailing out of the best smelling city on earth, Cologne, Germany has put many a classic artist through his disco spin wash, resulting in clean & fresh funky remixes that will get everyone from your uncoordinated Teenager to your arthritic Grandma groovin in rhythm on the dance floor.

Discotizer has removed the Fusion from Disco Fusion with his brillaint remake of Sexy Eyes. Sensuous bass guitar chords and relaxingly beautiful high piano notes perfectly match Dennis Locorriere’s hinting vocals, making this Nu Disco remix too dangerous to be played alone. So do yourself a favour, call up your girlfriend and wait til she gets to you before pressing play.

Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes (Discotizer’s Sexy Green Eyes mix)

Free download on Soundcloud page

Monday – Nu Disco remix. 26/12/11. Architecture in Helsinki – Escapee (The Polish Ambassador remix)

Monday’s child had history,

Seperated by a body of water and thus part of the council of Baltic War states, Finland and Poland have rather storied histories, although rarely shared together. However the few things they have in common are listed below

-They both suck at football with their last football match ending in a 0-0 draw.
-Neither has many worldwide celebrities to speak of; Finland has a bunch of NHL players, a stock of race car drivers, not to mention The Rasmus (remember this track?) and Darude (you will know this track).
-Poland has a slew of UEFA footballers and their two most famous exports for which Americans will be forever eternally grateful for; in Aaron Spelling (because without him, how would we have ever seen the worst boob job ever [and im not talking about Jason Priestley]), and Andre the Giant (because without him, who would have invented the infamous choke slam?).

Of course things were different during the war, Finland became a safe haven for Jews & Refugees alike as they had tactically aligned with the Germans early on as a common enemy of the USSR. While technically not part of the Axis, they were co-belligerent with Germany as they depended on aid and arms. Helsinki remained the only capital city not occupied by the Soviets or Germany in Eastern Europe, and remained largely Democratic.

Poland however was a completely different story, after being completely ravaged by the Germans in 1939, they could only sit helplessly whilst the Soviets took control of more than half of the country. All in all, the Poles lost 1/5 of their entire citizen base during the war, and the majority of the architecture destroyed.

You could say that the Architecture in Helsinki remained intact, and even today it stands as a bastion of intelligent indie pop… wait what?

Ironically based out of Sydney, the ARIA nominated quintet Architecture in Helsinki have gathered a world wide following over the past decade. I have yet to find a Finnish AiH Fan Club, but they have played there to good crowds that were mostly curious over the Band’s name, one listen however and curiosity tends to lead to devotion. The members pride themselves on technical mastery over an array of different instruments and synthesizers, evident in their biggest single to date Heart It Races. Their vibe is comparable to Two Door Cinema Club & Hot Chip with Cameron Bird & Kellie Sutherland providing the majority of vocals that are pitched at many an octave (and a skill-set) above the competition. Their 2011 single Escapee is a sweet indietronica release with an uptempo beat that is amongst the best indie dance tracks released this year.

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Ironically based out of the Bay Area, The Polish Ambassador is rising to the upper echelon of neon coloured producer/djs coming out of the USA. As a fan on his Soundcloud page stated “This is what happens when a dude from the future gets hold of a synthesizer, It’s magical.” The former Ample Mammal brought to life an amazing Electrofunk Nu Disco remix of Escapee that creates such a dreamy feel that if you piped it into Prisons, violence would go down ten fold (although escape attempts might go the reverse). Try dropping this into your set tonight and I guarantee a successful night.

While you are at it, check out his large collection of remixes, the man has spent some serious time and imagination on reinventing new sounds, exactly what we at The Daily Remix Blog cream over.

Free download (along with his other tracks) on his blog

Monday – Nu Disco remix. 19/12/11. Gorillaz – Stylo (Alex Metric remix)

Monday’s child was in 3D

The elusive Gorillaz are known for their guest collaborations, for without them, who would be visible at their live shows? The cartoon band prefers to play as their characters in a silhouetted or hologram form, keeping their mysterious brand alive. Previous guests have included Snoop, Lou Reed, De La Soul & Del The Funky Homosapien amongst others, but to effectly bring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame R&B legend Bobby Womack out of retirement to sing on Stylo is a bit of a coup.

Womack nearly put himself into a diabetic coma trying to come up with the words to Stylo. Unfamiliar with the Gorillaz and even more out of touch with it’s wonderfully slow racing techno beat and disco stylings that sound like a bastard child of Donna Summer and Kraftwerk. Womack’s gritty soulful vocals are such an amazing complement Mos Defs soft haunting voice.

British stylesmith Alex Metric, better known for his Liztomania remix that rose his profile to the masses of EDM, did what DJs worldwide were begging for; An uptempo remix that will fit in any club set. Released on the official promotional single EP, when you listen to this remix you will feel that the Gorillaz purposely slowed the original song’s tempo down so as not to give Womack a heart attack in recording. With some extra wonky disco synths and phasers to make any Klingon proud, this is how the song should sound.

Buy this track on iTunes

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.

Buy this track on iTunes

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