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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Saturday – Progressive House remix. 04/02/12. Queen – I Want It All (Daniel Chord remix)

Saturday’s child died from mercury poisoning,

Queen was one of the reasons I wanted to get into music, with such layered diversity across their career of songs, what I loved best was noting that layered diversity within each song, from their ‘Best Song Of All Time’ awarded Bohemian Rhapsody, to their love of Fat Bottomed Girls in Bicycle race. Today we are highlighting their last big single before the unfortunate passing of Farrokh Bulsara, the slight sub-continent boy who Wanted It All and would have been happy with what became as Freddie Mercury.

Through the acceptance of the gay community that inherently followed Queen throughout their career, AIDs became more real than ever after the death of Mercury. It wasn’t til Easy-E was diagnosed did the disease become high profile across both gay and non gay lifestyles. There is no right way for a star musician to die, but there are a lot of wrong ways, at least he didn’t take the Cobain way out with a shotgun, or to overdose like Nowell. He knew it was coming and accepted his fate, it’s sad, but its a cruel disease. Through his passing, the 46664 foundation and the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert have raised millions of dollars towards AID’s research.

I Want It All is one of the last singles recorded by Mercury before his death in 1991 and unfortunately he never got to perform it live, so it’s nice to have this studio rendition on full screen to feel he got what he wanted in life. Check out a sweet Roger Taylor drum solo that no doubt gave inspiration to the later Blue Man Group.

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Where Queen have changed styles more than Elton John’s clothes during the grammys, Daniel Chord has kept true to his style of Progressive House with Big Room drops full of sharp stabbing synths that layer over most of his songs. What does change though is the genres that he remixes from, from the soulful Pop of Adele to the cheesy R&B of Bruno Mars, the eclectic French House of Daft Punk and to the power Rock of Queen, it’s fascinating to hear his spin on these tracks, as no doubt you will want to be spinning them in your sets tonight.

Daniel takes the distinguishable chorus lines that you see at the start of I Want It All and repeats them with perfect timing throughout the track, glitching ever so slightly for added effect. The opening drop is reminiscent of Hardwell and creates a strong tone for the rest of the song. The middle provides some breathing room with a bippy melody full of spacey keys, although it would have been interesting to hear a bit more of Brian May’s guitar virtuosity, but it’s surprisingly not needed with Chords production skill. The vocals take back the room and lead to the main drop of the night that will give the crowd everything they wanted and more from this talented Italian DJ.

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Friday – House remix. 27/01/12. Luthier – Magnum Opus (Crazibiza [Wild Cherry Funky Music] remix)

Friday’s child couldn’t jump,

Close your eyes and listen to the original song below, open them and prepare to be racist. Or is it reverse racism? Man I don’t know with all the political correctness bullshit today. I tell you what, when someone tells me to Play That Funky Music, White Boy, I want that person to truly expect that I am far too white to do anything resembling funky. This is the musical version of White Men Can’t Jump, I mean I guess now that I think about it, it wouldn’t make that much sense for African American’s to be telling white boys to play funky music, I mean, they owned that shit and all the swag that accompanied it.

Inspiration comes from wonderful places, in actuality, the above really did happen, a table full of black patrons approached the band and teased the band mercifully into millions of dollars because the ‘white boys werent playing any funky music’.

Apparently this song formed the basis for The Rolling Stones mantra, to play funky music til they die, (which is surprising really; that they arent dead yet, it does make you want to take health PSA’s a little less seriously eh?). Wild Cherry disbanded in 1979, but the song has lived on through far too many remakes, it helped Taylor Hicks win American Idol, it helped Adam Lambert lose American Idol, and unfortunately helped Vanilla Ice become way too famous, for without it, a little known B-side track on Vanilla’s version Ice Ice Baby may never have been noticed. Thankfully we have two very talented producers to help take the remake’s taste out of our mouths and repackage the original with some added sugar and spice.

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Luthier, aka Rômulo & Thiago, hail from one of the newer hotbeds of international dance music; Brazil. Their work has been gaining recognition far and wide throughout the Tech House world, so it’s interesting that today’s remix of Wild Cherry’s 1976 single is listed as their ‘Magnum Opus’. Latin for ‘Greatest Work’, this is a title reserved for the height of ones artistic career. Releasing a track this good, it’s not hard to see why they have given it such a grandiose label, but the only problem I have with this is; having listened to their range of work; they were creatively and rhythmically strong years ago with Physical Realities, and still display that nature with better production techniques today in Mr Zepellin (btw another great remix). One could say that the sky is the limit for these two, but with the quality of their music (and the quality of today’s psychotropic drugs) why settle for earth? Luthier has potential for many a Magnum ‘XXL ribbed for her pleasure’ Opus’ and I hope you stick around to label it for them.

Today’s remix of Play That Funky Music starts you off with the original bass guitar riff building with looped vocals giving off a fun yet curious vibe of what’s to come. Sweet tribal percussion drops over rolling sub bass with such deep sensuality that makes you want to reach for another Magnum (you know what I mean). This is one sexy remix and had this been a Tuesday, I might have stopped here with one of the best Tech House remixes I have heard in a long time. But being Friday, it is house night, and we are lucky enough to have Luthier’s track further remixed by the superstar Hungarian DJ duo Crazibiza.

Soundcloud preview below, to listen to full track go to YouTube version here

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Crazibiza aka Tommyboy & Agebeat, have exploded onto the EDM scene with such vengeance and furious anger that would make Samuel L Jackson give up his tasty Kahuna Burger for a few more minutes of such aural pleasure. Their music bounces off the page larger than Kim Kardashian’s ass and plays sweeter than replays of Snooki getting punched in the face. They have a style, and that style is ‘play every track they make’ so I don’t need to describe today’s remix too much, just press play. I am a white boy, and proud of it, can I dance? Sort of. Can I jump? Well, I used to. Can I play funky music? Now I fucking can!

Soundcloud preview below, to listen to full track go to YouTube version here

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Wednesday – Electro House remix. 11/01/12. The Smashing Pumpkins & Le Castle Vania – Zero Machine (Haydn Hoffman remix)

Wednesday’s child was in a rage,

Like the age old conundrum of what came first, Did the egg come before the chicken? did Ed Reed come before the interception? did Paris Hilton come before the slutty blonde? To me the biggest conundrum is love vs. pain, do you have to know what hate is before you can truly understand love? From the second single of The Smashing Pumpkins‘ peerless album Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness comes todays song, with lyrics so profound as to make Confucius proud, Zero plays heavily on the indignity of love that underpins the inability of emotions on an empty tank.

Emptiness is loneliness, and loneliness is cleanliness
And cleanliness is godliness, and god is empty just like me.

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From the man who leaves bodies in his wake with his skull crushing electro and dubstep remakes, Haydn Hoffman has brought the necessary anger & agitation to Le Castle Vania‘s Zero Machine that makes me want to go into Wikipedia and edit the 5 stages of grief to read:

Step 1: Denial
Step 2: Le Castle Vania – Zero Machine (Haydn Hoffman remix)
Step 3: Bargaining
Step 4: Depression
Step 5: Acceptance

Part of the deprivation of love is what can inspire anger and make you wanna go all Clay Matthews on somebody’s ass. But if you don’t have a football field handy and prison molestation doesn’t appeal to you, the best way to appease your inner OJ is to put today’s remix on full ‘I-don’t-give-a-fuck-about-my-speakers-ripping’ volume and wolverine the shit out of your girlfriend’s teddy bears.

With glitched vocals and stuttered driving acid synths that add to Le Castle Vania’s hardy blown up electro guitar riff, I give fair warning to clear the area around you of all precious items, both inatimate and alive, as you won’t realize how much aggression you will expel while listening to this awesome track.

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