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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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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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.

http://soundcloud.com/haydnhoffman/le-castle-vania-zero-machine-haydn-hoffman-remix

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Wednesday – Electro House remix. 4/1/12. Wu Tang Clan – Gravel Pit (Oliver Twizt bootleg)

Wednesday’s child was allergic to peanuts,

Isn’t it funny when you bring together white boys that don’t play instruments, they are labelled a boy band (or more accurately, fags) But when you bring together a collective of black guys that don’t play instruments, they are labelled the best rap group of all time. With a list of artists that resembles my 1 year old nephews attempts at spelling, Wu Tang Clan are amongst the greatest of collaborators never seen since the day that God, Allah & Buddha came together to make Apple Computers.

Over the past 20 years, you will have been influenced by the clan one way or another. Whether you have adorned Wu Wear, or enjoyed RZA’s score of Kill Bill, then again maybe you jived along with Method Man in How High or kicked ass in Wu Tang: Shaolin Style on PS2, there is no doubt you have smoked a shit load of weed listening to their music. You sure as hell know Kanye was influenced by this 1998 incident at the Grammys.

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Released in 2001 on The W, Gravel Pit plays like a chinese checkers game on crack, with all members playing in turn with stylistic rap that flows off the tongue and onto the red carpet. This track was huge internationally and received massive airplay due to its upbeat tempo, melodic string samples and lyrics that are devoid of any particular message. (although according to Urban Dictionary, the definition of Gravel Pit is when you make your partner eat peanuts or other assorted nut items for a week straight and then perform anal intercourse).

Check out one of the weirdest videos that I have ever seen, with a Flintstones-meets-an-Anti-PETA-rally theme, it just seems very out of place in the world of Wu (that is, until the Wu-Tang Ninjas appear at the end).

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Today’s remix is one I’ve been looking forward to highlighting as it is a regular in my electro sets. The best thing about playing to a knowledgeable EDM crowd looking to dance, is that you can play just about anything that sounds good. However if you really want the crowd to go nuts, try dropping Gravel Pit’s signature trumpet sample and watch the vibe grow along with the chorus that eventually loops and builds it’s way into a stupidly energetic buzzsaw electro drop. Even with the complete audible metamorphisis, it keeps a similar time signature to the familiar background synths of the original, with some sweet breakbeat percussion to drive your crowd into whatever coma they choose to succumb to.

The man who asked for more; Oliver Twizt, is now on the other hand with adoring fans asking for more and more. After hearing his remix of Gravel Pit you will understand why.

Free download on his Soundcloud page

Wednesday – Electro House remix. 21/12/11. Mumford & Sons – Little Lion Man (Sander Van Doorn remix)

Wednesday’s child was not very brave,

What do these people have in common?
– Tony Hayward
– Rupert Murdoch
– Herman Cain
– Yorvit Toerrealba
– Kris Humphries

They really fucked it up this time. Whether or not it was your heart on the line, through their actions a lot of people were affected. Think of how many kids will grow up thinking that 72 days is an appropriate length to stay married, or that if an umpire makes a bad call, then it’s alright to smack him in the face (as long as he is wearing the mask), oh and I guess it’s sort of bad to sexually harrass everyone (outside of Syria), hack into phone records of the deceased or destroy the Gulf of Mexico.

The travelling foot-fungus cream salesmen Mumford & Sons. released a powerfully weighted folk number in 2009 to massive critical acclaim. When you delve into the honest lyrics you pick up authoritative quotes such as

Take all the courage you have left
Wasted on fixing all the problems
That you made in your own head

&

You’ll never settle any of your scores
Your grace is wasted in your face,
Your boldness stands alone among the wreck

you will see what this track meant Marcus Mumford to justify releasing it as his first single.

Play Little Lion Man when all your mates are over and it will be the same story everywhere, the occasional foot tap, head bop, positive exclamations on how they love this song and then *pause*

But it was not your fault but mine
And it was your heart on the line
I really fucked it up this time
Didn’t I, my dear?

Everyone knows these vocals and will gleefully sing along. It is my belief that chucking the occasional curse word into any popular tune will leave more of an impression on peoples memory than otherwise (check out Hank Williams’s 1950’s expletively titled Aww Shucks Dangit for further proof). Progressive House legend Sander Van Doorn dropped this festival bootleg earlier this year and had tens of thousands of people giving the FCC something to complain. Van Doorn didn’t fuck up a thing with this building energetic choon that drops with electro so alive, you would need the Hadron Collider to measure how many kilojoules are given off by your enthusiastic crowd.

Download is provided on this fans page as the song is not present on Sander Van Doorn’s page and apparently not for sale, so I assume as it is a bootleg, that it won’t be a problem to download it. If you own the copyright, please let me know.

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