drwex (drwex) wrote,
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The Slim Pickings

They cancelled my midday meeting so you get some music links instead. There's not been much these past few weeks that appealed all that strongly, but give these a spin.

https://soundcloud.com/mixesandmashups/beyonce-vs-paramore-brick-halo
I had to listen to this a couple times for it to catch me. DJ Schmolli replaces his trademark metal components with Paramore's "Brick by Boring Brick" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A63VwWz1ij0) which isn't per-se metal but has the same urgent drum-driven sound. That goes underneath Beyonce's gentle puppies-and-sunshine "Halo" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVUHWCynig). Having heard a lot more Beyonce since that track came out four years ago it's remarkable how obvious the auto-tuning there is now. Part of what makes this mash work is that it feels like un-smoothing Beyonce improves her sound.

https://soundcloud.com/theyoungpunx/harlem-breakdown-rocoe
You'd think something called "Turbofunk" would be right up my alley. Unfortunately, most of what they put out has too much electro-disco for my ears. That touch is obvious here as well. Unfortunately the Punx have only released a "teaser clip" so I can't do a full compare, but it seems like what Rocoe did is keep the original rich horn sound, but speed things up and give it a stronger beat.

https://soundcloud.com/nickraymondg/static-revenger-back-off-bitch
So there's this singer who goes by "Kay" and she did a track called "Back Off, Bitch!" with producer Static Revenger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2whHOeZ9ygQ) and it's a decent club house dance. Kay seems to want to be/compete with Azalea, a throwdown I suspect she'd lose, but anyway. This is Taco Cat's dub remix and I think it's a big boost on the original. It's hard to quantify exactly why I like one better than the other, but there you are.

https://soundcloud.com/rac/let-go-ft-kele-mndr-cherry-cherry-boom-boom-remix
In the past RAC has done notably good work with other peoples' vocal tracks. Here is one of his original tracks, "Let Go" that has been jazzed up by Cherry Cherry Boom Boom. The original is pretty standard vocal electro-pop; the remix has the electro turned up and the pop turned down - though it keeps the nearly naked vocals and snare drum I liked in the original.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBkGUW4wnvw
Groovefunkel (http://www.groovefunkel.com/) is a new name for me. He seems to specialize in remixes of classic 70s tunes. When you lay hands on something that many people grew up listening to it's always dangerous. I can still picture the place I first heard "Rocket Man" (though I'd have to think about how old I was - maybe 11?). Groovefunkel seems to be aware of this and applies a light and dextrous hand to it. Excuse me, I have a nostalgia bus to catch now.
Tags: cherry cherry boom boom, dj schmolli, groovefunkel, kay, music, rac, static revenger, taco cat
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