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Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) (Goldroom Remix)

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When things are falling apart there’s nothing better than to find yourself with a catchy hook. And if you listen to the original, Charli XCX samples Gold Panda’s You — and that my friends, is as catchy as it gets.

Josh has done it again, a nu disco remix that stays true to the meaning behind the lyrics yet injects the original with a bassline with its own personality and the usual Goldroom tune flavour. The bridge and its synth chord progression with the kicks and snares is something that gives the remix some breath of fresh air, a balearic air of sorts — for moments at least. We await the official release of this remix that’s forthcoming on Asylum Records on February 10, until then find a promo copy after the jump. Enjoy your afternoon with this one.

Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) (Goldroom Remix)

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Gold Panda – Quitter’s Raga

The triangle theme is not purposeful, I promise. But the sitar and Indian samples are totally on purpose, because this track is so full of life. I saw Gold Panda at Bowery Ballroom last night and I have to admit, I was totally blown away. I’ve only ever heard a few songs by the knob-turning electronic extraordinaire that is Derwin Lau, so I had no idea what to expect. What I encountered was a visually stimulating performance that paired with the chopped up beats and sounds exquisitely. You’re dancing and flailing the arms, going through the motions that a crazed musically filled person goes through, thinking the music is dirty with that heavy bass and thumping in your heart, and all of a sudden, he drops  a totally different beat. And just like that, the whole game is switched up entirely.

That’s what happened for the entire night.

He did an entire section of sitar inspired music which I fell hard for. I only wish that this track was as long as what he played last night. His live edit extended this under two minute track, to what seemed to be ten minutes. This was a remarkable thing to witness, because there’s a lot of talk all the time about DJs getting behind their tools and doing minimal work for a live show. Last night, we saw a man hard at work to produce chopped up sounds, and while the transitions weren’t always perfect, they didn’t need to be. Mostly because I think that’s part of his more experimental sound, but also, because that can be an awesome side affect of putting your all into a live performance.

While I can’t re-create the live performance for you, I can hope you take away as much pleasure from this song as I have. Happy Friday!

Gold Panda – Quitter’s Raga

BONUS:

Shigeto opened for Gold Panda. Shigeto is part japanese. He is also a master of all things drum-related. Seriously, it’s remarkable to see someone go so hard on the drums for an extended period of time. I caught his last two songs, and judging by the crowd’s tremendous uproar as he exited, I’d say he did pretty alright.

Shigeto – Ann Arbor Part 2

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Decembre 2011

I’ve never been a big fan of looking back, sure it’s comforting to reminisce about the good old times…

Hey you know everybody’s talking about the “good old days”
Everybody! The good old days
Well, let’s talk about the good old days…” – Gladys Knight

But in my mind the past does more harm than good. If you think about the past so much you’re going to constantly be ignoring what’s happening to you right now. The past is good for one thing and one thing only – educating yourself, learning from your mistakes and those of others, otherwise it should be avoided like the plauge. Your current situation is a result of your past thinking and thus your future situation will be a result of your thinking right now! However, if you keep thinking the same sh*&tty thoughts because you can’t stop thinking about the past you’re going end up with the same result. It will happen over and over and again and you’ll just be wondering why but the past is why…

Life is like a treadmill ni*#@s running in place, 
Getting no where fast, a whole year done passed…” – Jay-Z (It’s Like That)

Like I said, the value of the past is education, it’s the only way to break the pattern. Otherwise it already happened and if you really think about it, it doesn’t even exists anymore, it’s literally just in your head. My conductor, the late great Walter J. Turnbull always told us – “you’re only as good as your last show.” That always stuck and it means more to me now than ever. Think about your job, say you’ve put in years of service but if you start screwing up today it’s good bye. If you’re in a relationship, those first months or years we’re wonderful but if you stop showing love, caring to impress, to improve and always keeps things fresh things are bound to go sour…

You’re only as good as your last show” – Walter. J. Turnbull

So what does all of this have to do with LMDM? Well, if you’ve been following LMDM these years you’ll know that this ruthless forward thinking mentality is at the very nature of Steph’s mix tape series and listening to this special version inspired all these thoughts. For those unfamiliar with the series this is a great way to get to know it, here’s why

Instead of a “best of” 2011 artist and songs mix,  our end of the year mix is a compilation of the best of LMDM’s of 2011. I tried to chose one track from each month, of the past 11 LMDMs but that was tough and turned into two select tracks per month, because lets face it, 22 tracks is better than 11 and I wanted this holiday tape to be a BIG one. Every LMDM I listen back on reminds me of what I did that month and the little moments that made the month, and piled on, that made the year. …Here’s to Hec and EMPT moving to LA and to a bigger better faster stronger 2012.

That said, here’s to the future, enjoy.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Dark Colour  – Don’t Let It Stop (Avril 2011)
  2. Of Oceans – In Love, Not Limbo (Janvier 2011)
  3. Gold Panda – You (Janvier 2011)
  4. Vadoinmessico – In Spain (Fevrier 2011)
  5. Fleet Foxes- White Winter Hymnal (Fevrier 2011)
  6. The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown (Star Slinger Remix) (Mars 2011)
  7. Ravens and Chimes – Division Street (Mars 2011)
  8. Raleigh Moncrief – Lament for Morning (Avril 2011)
  9. Siriusmo – Idiologie (Mai 2011)
  10. Pepeiano – Flesh Rails (Mai 2011)
  11. Hurricane Bells – The Waiting Song (Juin 2011)
  12. Body Language – Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix) (Juin 2011)
  13. Chrome Sparks – Show You My Way (Juillet 2011)
  14. Jonathan Johansson – Blommorna (Niva Remix)  (Juillet 2011)
  15. Neon Indian – Polish Girl (Aout 2011)
  16. Santogold – You’ll Find A Way (Switch and Sinden Remix) (Aout 2011)
  17. M83 – Midnight City (Septembre/Octobre 2011)
  18. Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk (Septembre /Octobre 2011)
  19. Brenton – Kensington System (Septembre/Octobre 2011)
  20. Flight Facilities – Foreign Language ft. Jess (Personal Touch Remix)
  21. Blood Orange – Sutphin Boulevard (Novembre 2011)
  22. Fall in the River – Badly Drawn Boy (Novembre 2011)

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Le Miel du Mois by Steph Lund: Janvier 2011

I’ve gotten a few email and seen a couple of comments from people asking why we didn’t do a best of 2010 list. Steph finally sent me an answer to that question in the form of a mixtape because we no speak best of 2010 list, we speak music over here. We’re getting a lot of new visitors these days so if you’re not familiar with LMDM I couldn’t think of a better way to get acquainted with the queen of style.

Steph was hitting home runs in 2010, brining us something completely fresh and new for 12 months straight. I’m certainly the biggest LMDM fan and if anyone thinks different we can take this outside and see whose boss! Seriously though, I think I speak for all fans in saying that we appreciate the work Steph puts into these tapes. There’s no question in my mind that LMDM is a labor of love, there’s so much thought and feeling put into it and it translates to everyone that hears it. We appreciate it Steph and look forward to another year of magic…

Yes, this is about mid month 15ish days late…but still, its here. The list below is a special mix for the New Year/wrap-up of the beloved 2010. Instead of choosing my favorite tracks of 2010, I chose  special tracks and artists I featured throughout Le Miel du Mois’ this past year. Most blogs did their ‘best of ‘lists and I think a lot of us agree on what was amazing and what stood out, so rather than echo a round-up list, we thought we would do it a bit different – with a LMDM montage for you to download and here we are…

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Tracklisting:

  1. Of Oceans – In Love, Not Limbo
  2. Jai Paul – BTSU
  3. Keepaway- Yellow Wings
  4. Pop Winds- Met Some New Colors
  5. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
  6. The Temper Trap – A Love Lost (Keljet Remix)
  7. Foals – The French Open
  8. Thieves Like Us: Drugs in my Body
  9. Cults – Go Outside
  10. Sleigh Bells- Rill Rill
  11. Pictureplane – Cyclical Cyclical (Atlantis)
  12. Cloudy Busey – Pound Your Town to Hell
  13. My Gold Mask – Bitches (The Hood Internet remix)
  14. Beach House- Norway
  15. Gold Panda – You


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