By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 11th January 2011 at 10:00 am
One of the most vitriolic songs of Darwin Deez‘s self-titled debut album, ‘Bad Day’, has been remixed by the beat boys of Javelin, the electronic duo from Brooklyn by way of Providence, Rhode Island. I really like the remix – it adds a dance sensibility ‘face’ to the track. You can listen and download the track below.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 10th January 2011 at 10:00 am
Canadian dance duo Chromeo is offering up a free download of the Duck Sauce (described on MySpace as “Armand Van Helden and A-Trak making house music and eating Chinese food” – what?) remix of their song, ‘Hot Mess’. You can listen and download the remix below. If you want to compare it to the original, watch the strange promo video taking place in a police precinct for the song (possibly NSFW). Compare, contrast and comment.
By Mary Chang on Friday, 7th January 2011 at 10:00 am
Dalston, London’s Male Bonding (pictured above) released a split 7″ single with Brighton’s Cold Pumas last September on Faux Discx. Seeing that the 7″ is now sold out, the two bands are being quite magnanimous, offering up both songs – ‘Stare at My Problems’ (Male Bonding at their usual ‘nyah nyah nyah’ best) and ‘Altered Yeast’ (Cold Pumas, who I’d never heard of before but should be right up your alley if you’re a Male Bonding fan) – for free download. Listen and download them below.
By Mary Chang on Thursday, 23rd December 2010 at 10:00 am
Modular Recordings is offering a free remix mp3 of Cut Copy‘s ‘Take Me Over’. The remix master in this case is none other than DFA Records co-founder, the New York-based, British producer Tim Goldsworthy, who for this remix is going by the name Thee Loving Hand. (I’m a big fan of his remix of Delphic‘s ‘Counterpoint’.)
In this version, as can and should be expected from one of the two great minds that birthed one of the best dance labels of recent history, the song is transformed into a sexy, almost liquid form of music. About 4 minutes in though, the direction shifts towards a more chiptune sound.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 22nd December 2010 at 10:00 am
I have a very vivid memory of a gym class in the ’90s and hearing the extended version of Everything But the Girl’s ‘Missing’ for the first time. It was one of those mind-altering moments in my life, probably one that cemented my love for dance music.
These days Tracey Thorn has been making music solo and for the holidays, she’s offering a bundle of gifts. She recently recorded a cover of Sufjan Stevens‘ ‘Sister Winter’ recorded in Berlin with producer Ewan Pearson, as well as a live-at-home performance of ‘Singles Bar’ (from her most recent solo album, ‘Love And Its Opposite’) that features Pearson on keyboards and EBtG’s Ben Watt on guitar.
By Mary Chang on Tuesday, 21st December 2010 at 10:00 am
The other night my mates and I walked through the door of the pub and what was playing on the PA? Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ of course. (I groaned inwardly as I made my way swiftly to the bar for a pint of Harp.) If you’re like me and looking for something a bit different this holiday season, have a listen and download I Like Trains‘ cover of the song below. After too much holiday brew, it’s a very chill and welcome number to listen to.