A song’s genealogy doesn’t always have relevance, but this song is so scattered it would be a disservice not to mention it. Sinkane who was born in Sudan, raised in Ohio, and now lives in Brooklyn where he is signed to James Murphy’s punk-dance disco label DFA records. The track, “Warm Spell”, was then remixed nearly beyond recognition by Barker & Baumecker, residents at Berlin’s mecca of techno and house: Berghain. Barker & Baumecker are known specifically for their eclectic style which mixes UK forms of electronic music like Breakbeats, UK Funky, and Dub-Step with German Techno and House. My point is that this track is a celebration of musical internationalism. A celebration of the new way in which the internet allows for a new, diffused musical culture. A Sudanese American being remixed by a couple of Germans with an ear for English music, how could it not be a jam.
DC is showing out some promising new bands, with acts like GEMS, Shark Week, and others looking to make waves at SXSW this year. Brett, made up of members of Dance Party, is taking a different route and bringing some much needed, chilled-out, synth-pop to the District. The band is playing in DC at the performance and art space, The Dunes this Saturday, March 9 with PLOY and Rex Riot. Get tickets to the show HERE and check out the single + Rex Riot remix for the track “Rap Songs” (now out on iTunes HERE).
Fun remix by J. Viewz of indie-rock darlings’ Walk The Moon. A great rework of a catchy-as-hell track and reminiscent of the grooves J. Viewz lays down on “Far Too Close”. Grab the Tightrope EP HERE and enjoy…
Good music fights a war against cliche. Electronic music has an inclination to slide into cliches because of the mode of its creation. Lazy producers, using only computers, can easily rely too heavily on sound banks and factory presets. The offense, old sounds used exactly as they have been used before. There are a handful of “Dreams” remixes out there that fall into every bad electronic music cliche, and worse yet, it ignore everything that makes “Dreams” a great song. Anyone looking for a quality remix of Fleetwood Mac’s only #1 hit should go for the Rocco Raimundo edit. Mr. Raimundo had the good judgement to let the song do all the work for him.
In 2010, the Australia via South Africa electronica trio, Clubfeet, released its debut, Gold on Gold, which was well-recieved in the blogosphere. In 2011, the album made a resurgence when Sydney-based videographer Alex Goddard collaborated with the group to create a series of music videos accompanied by numerous remixes of the original song. “BrightLightsBigCity,” concludes the six-chapter project, ending on a vibrant note with Goddard hand-painting strips of 8mm film frame by frame. Although an exhausting process, it pays off in the gorgeous finished product. Remixes of this, and all the other tracks in the project, can be found here.