drwex (drwex) wrote,

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And now we return to music

I had planned to post this earlier this week, but had other things to say instead. A couple of good original tracks in this list as well as a couple of great covers.

Ini Kamoze's "Here Comes the Hotstepper" is one of the most often sampled and remixed tunes I know. Most of them are fun and I try to note a few. Here DJ Surda has mixed Kamoze with Lykke Li's I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix), which you can watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS6wfWu0JvA I am not a huge Lykke Li fan, and the various mixes of "I Follow Rivers" I've heard have been OK but nothing to blog about. Adding in the Kamoze track kicks it up a notch.

Dance Rebels are, among other things, a new SoundCloud channel devoted to dance mixes. They're a bit unusual as mixers go in that they only use authorized material. This track is a mix done for them about 8 months ago by David Puentex of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll." It's an electro-chop mix and is definitely not going to be for everyone. It ventures into some minor-key and high-pitched terrain but I ended up liking it because it's just sufficiently different from the original and yet recognizably the original. I've been meaning to check out more Dance Rebels stuff, so stay tuned.

The idea of someone being "Secretly Canadian" amuses me. Apparently they're a releasing company and responsible for this track, "Pulsing" by Tomas Barfod. The track is pretty standard house but the fronting vocals from someone identified as Nina K (no idea who she is) lift this above the run-of-the-mill. It's not exactly vocal trance but it has some of those tropes going on. Give it a try.

DJ MAKJ brings us a hard-edged electro-house banger called "MAD MAX". As you'd expect from the name it has a dark and gritty driving sound with occasional bonus car engine noises. If someone was to make a 21st-Century Mad Max movie this kind of thing should be part of the soundtrack. Just please no more Mel Gibson.

Shaun Frank turns in a pleasant house dance take on "Sweater Weather" by The Neighborhood (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCdwKhTtNNw). The original is fairly typical boy-band dance rock; this cover feels more mature and varied than the original, but I like both.

Mashup Germany slams no fewer than eight tracks into a short mix (2:45). I love all of his source tracks and it's a nod to his skill that he can keep this from sliding into a trainwreck. The transitions are almost all smooth and nearly seamless, and really "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" doesn't get enough attention, in my estimate.

DJ Purple pointed CHVRCHES out to me some weeks ago but I wasn't that fond of the track she sent. Here they are covering my all-time favorite Bauhaus song for the upcoming Vampire Academy movie soundtrack. Based on this I'm going to have to give them another listen.
Tags: chvrches, dance rebels, david puentex, dj makj, dj surda, ini kamoze, lykke li, mashup germany, shaun frank, the neighborhood, tomas barfod, yeah yeah yeah
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