Archive for September, 2012

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Ruby Red – The King’s Dead (formerly the Dean’s List)

September 27, 2012


So apparently the Dean’s List is now going by The King’s Dead. Huh. I guess they’re done with college or just no longer on the Dean’s List. Either way they came out with a mixtape a week and a half ago and it’s as good as anything they put out under their last name. This song is probably my favorite because of the beat. Based around some sort of xylophone-like instrument, it provides a powerfully catchy rhythm to rap to. It’s hypnotic and very easy to get into. The entire mixtape is full of songs just as good as this. Check it out!

Ruby Red – The King’s Dead / Or from DatPiff

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Sparks (Vicetone Remix) – Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero feat. Matthew Koma

September 21, 2012


In some moods, really banging progressive house is all that will suit me. Actually that’s many moods. Last night I found one of my new favorites in genre on Earmilk. There I heard Vicetone, a pair of Dutch DJs, for the first time. Their remix of this song just blew me away. Working on already massively powerful vocals from Nicky Romero, the team completely reworked the instrumental and took this song several levels up the epic scale. This track is the Radio Edit, but there is a full version available on their Facebook as well. Check it out and enjoy!

Sparks (Vicetone Remix) [Radio Edit] – Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero feat. Matthew Koma / Or from Facebook

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Demons (Ft. Bvnk x Mike Fresh) – KJ Hines

September 20, 2012


KJ Hines dropped the second single off his upcoming mixtape “Eternal Knowledge” a couple weeks ago and it’s really grown on me since I first heard it. I liked it the first time I heard it but I’ve moved past just liking it and to really appreciating it. The crooning autotuned hook seems a little more hypnotic every listen. The strings rising to meet the drums form a lovely lead in and eventual background to the rap vocals which tell a story of introspection and willingness to ignore vices in favor of enjoying them. Give it a listen or three. Enjoy.

Demons (Ft. Bvnk x Mike Fresh) – KJ Hines / Or from SoundCloud

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Good Time (Sharkf3ng Remix) – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

September 18, 2012


As my friend said of the original of this song, “Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen teamed up to make a song. They had an opportunity to make the most unapologetically happy pop song ever made and instead they made this rather boring summer party song.” I have to agree with him. Those two have a history of writing ridiculously happy pop music. This song was happy but rather (more) formulaic (than some of their pop). Sharkf3ng‘s remix of this track takes on the understated nature of the original instrumental track and emphasizes the whimsy of the Owl City synths while adding some complementing synths of his own. The happiness is amplified and the song seems larger and more solid now. Give it a listen!

Good Time (Sharkf3ng Remix) – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen / Or from SoundCloud

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Feed the Dada (Dotcom Remix) – Dada Life

September 13, 2012


So school started and I got busy. It happens. I’ve got a bunch of tracks savted up to share though, so no worries. Let’s start with Dotcom‘s wob-filled remix of Dada Life’s track, “Feed the Dada”. The original was some pretty solid EDM, but Dotcom’s remix makes it harder hitting and a bit more powerful. I’m more used to Dotcom producing excellent mashups, and I’m pleased that his remixes are just as good. I’ve got to run, so I’ll keep this short, but this track is excellent and worth your attention. Enjoy!

Feed the Dada (Dotcom Remix) – Dada Life / Or from SoundCloud

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Smash the Funk – GRiZ

September 6, 2012


GRiZ dropped an amazing album the other day called “Mad Liberation”. The album is filled with funky electro fusion that is unbelievably catchy. Here’s what GRiZ has to say about the album:

Mad Liberation is a collection of songs that I have been working on for the past year that ranged from mostly original compositions to varied sample work (retro vinyl recordings and new all original recordings); digital synthesis that took me weeks to master; to live instrumentation tediously and soulfully recorded by myself and some of my very good friends.

“Smash the Funk” was one of the singles put out a week or so before the album dropped and it remains one of my favorite tracks on the album. The song moves seamlessly in and out of saxophone, sampling, and electronic synthesizing. Altogether, the effect is one of awesome electronic soul. You can stream the entire album on SoundCloud before you decide if you want to download it here. Enjoy!

Smash the Funk – GRiZ / Or from GRiZ’s Website

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Walk On By (Sound Remedy Remix) – Noosa

September 4, 2012


Yep. Another remix from Sound Remedy. How can I not blog them when they’re all this good? I’m sure you know this spiel already so I’ll cut to why it’s good. Using a smooth vocal track, Sound Remedy creates a perfect electronic backing reminiscent of video game synth music. And it’s perfect. Enjoy!

Walk On By (Sound Remedy Remix) – Noosa / Or from SoundCloud