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The Weeknd – Remixes

2011 has been a good year for The Weeknd: an EP that boomed on the internet, teaming up with a good production team, a large fanbase in a matter of months, and now one of his tracks is headlining the new season of Entourage. When I found out about his House of Balloons EP  in the Spring I was all over those tracks. Some call it ‘hipster R&B’, some call it ‘Swag’, either way i’ve found many people who agree: The Weeknd is great for baby-making or just having a fun (and dirty) night. With Summertime, I’ve been scouring the remixes that started popping up everywhere. Some are kind of uninteresting, adding little to what House Of Balloons already had. But I did find two that just nailed it for me.

The first is a Downpour remix of “High for This”. Yes, being ‘high for this’ won’t hinder your enjoyment of this song. DJ Downpour, from Portland Or., mixes this one and manages to keep faithful to the melody of this song while still throwing in some dubstep during the chorus. The track starts slowly, cranks up, slows down again, and then cranks up again…Kinda like sex. (Did I just say that?).

The second track is a Circle Edit of “Glass Table Girls”

This one is more appropriate for socializing I think, or getting ready to hit the streets. I always think of this track as two separate songs because it’s divided in two parts but one leads up perfectly to the other. The second part of the track has that catchy Siouxsie And The Banshees “Happy House” sample which arrives right at the middle with a steady beat to carry out the rest of it.

Uninhibited, reckless fun and deep, steady beats; that’s what The Weeknd will give you, and these remixes keep you going the same way.

So don’t blame it on me girl

Cause you wanted to have fun

The Weeknd – High For This (Downpour Remix)

The Weeknd – Glass Table Girls (The Circle Edit)

-Julia

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Boney M. – Rasputin

I heard this song a couple of weeks ago for the first time from my hip-to-it friend Julia, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have it on repeat from the minute I heard it. In all honesty, I think it’s really important to take a trip back every once in a while, just to appreciate what was actually responsible for the creation and inspiration of the swagged out music that we have today. I find this to be extremely true especially with disco music. It’s so fascinating to me these days that so many DJs have taken disco to a whole other level, because there are now so many different types of the funkadelic groove that used to exist in solely one way back in the 70s.

After being introduced to Boney M, I went ahead and listened to some of their other tunes. There’s something really incredible about being able to create music that translates the same kind of emotion now, as it did back then. It just makes me want to groove, jive and boogie. You kind of have to watch the video though in order to fully appreciate it, because it’s so weird and yet, so right. I love the introductory guitar, with a sound as clear as water, followed by the unexpected drop into pure disco. The female singers are incredible with their hands in the air, grooving like gypsy wedding dancers, (that one goes out to my buddy Dan, he’s famous for his own fabulous gypsy wedding dance at parties…)

“Rah rah Rasputin, lover of the Russian queen, there was a cat that really was gone.”

-Ashley

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Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

Quick post for your Monday. When I stumbled on this new track by Calvin Harris last week, I was reluctantly starting to cringe. Reason being is the new direction Calvin had been taking as of late was straying way too much off the deep end in the EDM scene. Tracks like Awooga are great for any other EDM DJ but he has so much more talent as an artist to be producing tracks of that caliber. Bounce steered back in the direction of his disco feeling beats, however, the track still wasn’t really registering with the old Calvin tunes I grew to love.

That’s why when I heard Feel So Close, it was more of a sigh of relief. His sound may not bring additional EDM crazed fans to see him spin at clubs but as long as Mr. Harris continues down this path, his distinct sound will last way beyond the fads of the short-lived electro sounds he had been producing. The readers which feel this track lacks the extra umph, check out the remix from dubstep masters, Nero, as they put together a remix which has the blog world buzzing. Enjoy.

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close

Calvin Harris – Feel So Close (Nero Remix)

- Joel

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The Persuaders – Trying Girls Out

I’m not a one girls guy, and they know it.
When it comes to love I don’t lie,
and the girls respect me for it.
Ain’t gonna say my nose can’t be over
but right now there’s just too many fine ladies out there to choose one from…”

The Persuaders – Trying Girls Out

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Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Edgar Winter & Notorious B.I.G & 2Pac

Biggie.  Few conversations lately amongst friends honestly made me think and really consider how much talk about Biggie is people paying respect and how many people are reallllly taking in what dude was saying; to us.  Even though unanimously considered a legend, in the majority of fans top 5 dead or alive… are we still sleeping on Biggie.  I’m thinking so.  In my opinion no hip-hop artist was ever so far ahead of the rest in style and persona.  A friend of mine actually got genuinely mad at me last night for the accolades I was giving Jay-Z over B.I.G.  Another friend of mine who lives in China told me that an experience at a club recently rocking to “Get Money” – while in a Biggie T-Shirt – was one of his all time highs.  Ha.  His influence won’t die so these reminders led me to decide this had to be a B-I song.

I’ll keep it a-hundred with you guys I never heard this original sample until today.  Pretty obvious that the pitch was thrown up way high, and the 8 bars were turned into a hook.  I have to say the original is a cool record (“Dying to Live”), I actually was enjoying the beginning even more than when the sample came in at 0:38. The whole concept of the hook with the rhetorical questions honestly confused me a little when I really tried to make sense of the lyrics.  But then it all added up when Edgard Winter ends it all by saying “You know I’m dying to live until I’m READY TO DIE”.  Brooklyn.

Edgar Winter – Dying to Live

Notorious B.I.G. & 2Pac – Runnin’

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Tune Yards

A couple of nights ago, I ventured to the Hudson river, (something I don’t do as much as I’d like) to see a free Tune Yards concert at Pier 54. Somehow, everyone and their mother was there. I swear, every time there’s something free in the city, it’s like people are hired to go by the dozens even if they don’t know the band. However, the crowd at this concert was quite the Tune Yards following, all resembling something of the hip young status. I guess the proper word for that would be hipster, but I don’t really want to make any vast generalizations. So let’s just stick with hip youngsters.

Anyways, I’ve been obsessed with Tune Yards for a while, and I think it’s because their lead singer, Merril Garbus, is so far-fetched, voluptuous, quirky, and multi-talented. The truth is that she takes over the stage in a way that not many artists do, especially since she’s still so new to the scene. I personally love her sound, because it’s so full of range and spunk, but I can understand how it may not have necessarily grown on everyone just yet.

After the concert, my friend and I were having a conversation about new music and how a lot of people have one idea about electronic music. It’s gotta be techno, and it’s gotta sound a certain way. The most beautiful thing about it though, is that it doesn’t. I’d consider Tune Yards’ music to be electronic a lot of the time, not because it’s something I’d play in a club, but because it utilizes electronic tools to create swanky music, and doesn’t overpower the awesomeness of the actual vocals. That’s what electronic music is all about. We’re such a modern age, and even though I find myself often times hating on technology, I’ve learned to just embrace it. It’s so fantastical, and has revolutionized our music world, especially when used correctly. How amazing is that?

Anyways, it might be best to check out some of the actual concert footage. I wish I could have taken some videos, but I was really busy gettin’ my groove on. After scavenging youtube, I found this video which seems to sum the night up pretty well.

Also, I have to add one thing. A really swaggy band opened for Tune Yards, by the name of Austra. Amazing. I found myself dancing to their music in no time. I’d describe their sound as a cross melt between The Knife and Florence and the Machine. They are so hip looking too, it’s almost a little ridiculous. Check them out, you’ll like what you hear.

Bizness – Tune Yards

Lose It – Austra

-Ashley

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Alexander – Truth (New Video)

My favorite song this year, new video is fresh off the presses, enjoy.

Alexander – Truth

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The Bad Guy

You’re all a bunch of fu&%ing a$$holes. 
You know why?
You don’t have the guts to be what you want to be.
 
You need people like me, 
You need people like me so you can point your fu%&ing fingers…
and say, “That’s the bad guy.”
 
So… what does that make you, good?
You’re not good,
You just know how to hide… how to lie.
Me, I don’t have that problem.
Me, I always tell the truth.
Even when I lie.
 
So say good night to the bad guy! Come on.
The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again… - Tony Montana (Scarface Monologe)


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Madeon – Pop Culture (Live Mashup)

My fabulous partner in crime Ashley linked me this video the other day: French DJ/Producer Madeon casually posted a Pop Culture live mash-up of old and new tunes that will surely prep you for the weekend.

The first thing that caught my attention about Madeon’s video was how simple and straightforward it is: it simply states “Here are 39 songs I like.”

And just like that, you feel your eyes open up when you hear a faded Kylie Minogue “Wow!” followed by an “It’s Dare” from all-time favorite, Gorillaz. One thing that the dancer part of my brain noticed about this video is that it only shows the French producer’s hands tapping away at a Novation Launchpad; he’s hitting those button’s as smoothly as a hip hopper will move his feet.

On a personal note, I just turned 20 a month ago, and it’s been a month filled with looking back at lessons learned, and looking forward to an exciting decade. I feel the same way about the work Madeon has done. I mean, can I just say that a good 80% of these songs have had an impact on my musical growth in their due time:

Aerodynamic (2001) – At the age of 10, myy brother convinces me to buy a Daft Punk cd and put that Josie and the Pussycats Soundtrack back in the rack. Thank you. Billie Jean (1983) – Ok, so I wasn’t alive when this track was a hit, but I guarantee you it was many-a-girls first dance recital song. It was mine anyway…

Raise Your Weapon Madeon Remix (2011) – Anthem of the college days I must say, and the download that lead me to re-discover EMPT this year.

And the best part about this release (besides the fact that Madeon is only 16 and his EP is due this summer), is that this is just a “little experiment” for him…

Can’t wait to see what’s next.

- Julia

Madeon – Pop Culture (Live Mashup)

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Shindu – Happy House

The beloved Kitsuné sent me this last week and of course great. Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kurok’s team has only been around since 20o2 and they already flaunt an impressive amount of high quality music releases and an influential clothing line. They’ve been at the forefront of every major indy movement since then and continue to pioneer with every record. If you’re game is fashion and music keep your eyes open for Kitsune, they’re a blueprint to study.

Their latest release is a cover of the 80′s hit Happy House by Siouxsie And The Banshees. Keeping true to the trend I spoke about yesterday, this track also has that tropical percussion heavy summer vibe you’ll find hard to resist. Additionally, the songs satirical lyrics poke fun at the people who love to put up a front in their day to day lives. You know the types, they’re miserable but lie to themselves and others in order to keep up whatever poser image it is they want to project. Unfortunately, they all stick together so all you see if poser justifying poser creating this system of fluff that’s impossible to get around.

That’s why my close friends are either too honest for their own good or flat out assholes. Both will tell me what they feel at any time and act on their own accord which helps keep things in perspective. In my book happiness and reality go hand and hand, when you live around the fake you’ll always have something to question which will lead to insecurity which leads to… you get the idea. Alright, I gotta bounce but peep this tropical satire on yet another hot summer day. Enjoy.

Shindu – Happy House

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