Saturday, 20 September 2008

Von Sudenfed / Pilooski

What's the difference between an edit and a remix ?

You do kind of feel sorry for all of today's artists in some respects .... Mark E Smith & Mouse On Mars (or collectively, Von Sudenfed) have always managed to stay on the left field of their respective genres (go on ... try and classify The Fall), but have never quite alligned their critical success with commercial mass appeal.

Pilooski on the other hand has been massively popular with a lot of bloggers and DJs alike. Just when you think he's going to strike a massive hit, his re-edit of Frankie Valli's "Begging You" gets bastardised in a pop-rap cover version of his edit. Life a bit crap sometimes.
Today's video is of "Telephone Thing", one of the collaboration between The Fall and Coldcut.

I Prefer The Remix will be out of office for the next three weeks or so....

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

The Human Leage / Humantek

A break today - not so much a remix as a totally different track that drops a sample to devastating effect.
Just be warned, it's pretty hard techno (and all the better for it) until that drop....

And here's a rather ace video of The Human League performing "Being Boiled" live

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

The White Stripes / High Contrast

Rrrrramp it up. Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger .... so to speak.

Difficult to see how this could cause anything other than dancefloor devastation (mind you, the Dirty Funker remixes of the same track were pretty limp). Pretty much essential for either Drum & Bass fans or White Stripes Fans I'd say, and nothing else need be said.

Today's video is London Elektricity's "All Hell Is Breaking Loose" cos
a) I couldn't find any decent High Contrast Videos
b) London Elektricity are labelmates to High Contrast
b) y'all have seen enough White Stripes videos already probably and ...
c) It's rather ace, and out now.

Monday, 15 September 2008

Annie Lennox / N-Joi

Now this really is creating a miracle. From the smallest of vocal samples, N-Joi managed to totally de-contruct the Aberdonian warbler into a rave queen.

N-Joi have been unfairly dismissed as one hit wonders (thanks to their uber-smash hit "Anthem") but it's perhaps more than a little unfair given the strength of their back-catalogue. I strongly recommend you try and track down a copy of their album "Inside Out" as well as their "Live In Manchester" EP*.

I don't believe there's much I can say about Annie Lennox that hasn't already been said. Let's just leave it at that.

I think you should probably have some N-Joi for the video rather than Annie Lennox. You know how to use you-tube as well as I do if you really want to see the original version

*it's not really live by the way ...

Sugarcubes / Jesus And Mary Chain

hahaha - and here's yesterday's post that I somehow managed to delete ! Don't forget to scroll down for today's entry ....

Erm .... Sugarcubes ..... Jesus & Mary Chain ... blah blah blah.

(and thanks for your comment Ctel which is now lost forever !)

And seeing as I can, here's the video for the Icelandic version .....

808 State / Monkey Mafia

Not the first time 808 State have featured on this blog, and I suspect it won't be the last time either to be honest. A band that were pretty far ahead of the competition in their early days, and responsible for more than a few early dance classics. Which brings us nicely to "Cubic".

Originally a B-Side on the "Extended Pleasure Of Dance" EP, it became obvious that the song deserved greater exposure thanks to it getting thoroughly rinsed as rave music turned away from the piano-driven rave anthems towards tougher beats and stabs. The music very much seemed to match the mood in the clubs at the time to an extent, and in many ways Cubic was a precursor to the harder techno that was to follow.

As with a lot of dance music, a re-release provided the opportunity for another remix. Thankfully John Carter in his Monkey Mafia guise was able to not only turn in a remix very much in keeping with his consistently high output, but also create a remix that captured the atmosphere that every DJ at the time knew to well - it's cheeky but accurate, but you'll know what I mean when you hear a punter half way through this remix.

And here's the video for the original version .....

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Jem / Photek

I know Photek has already been featured, but it's difficult to ignore talent when it slaps you in the face repeatedly.

Jem's been very quiet over the last few years, but her new album is out imminently ... sneaky listens have thankfully it's a little more than you may expect. For this track however, the premier single "They" from her 2005 album "Finally Woken" is revisited, and twisted beyond recognition by Rupert Parkes (for he is Photek) into a tear-up drum & bass monster, complete with Beltram hoovers and wub wub sub-bass. The oblique song lyrics (almost completely removed in this remix) refer to the fear of others' unknown feelings or intents created through the necessity of modern day anonymity. The mood created by Photek counter-plays on this theme effectively stripping the original's disarming backing and replacing with a chrome plated modern day nightmare.

And here's the "Space" video version of the original mix ...

Friday, 12 September 2008

Boyz Noize / Surkin

Erm ... it's been a while hasn't it. I mean what kind of idiot forgets their password, eh ?

Back to the programme - track 1 of 12 proposed for what I reckon makes quite a ncie little compilation album. This is the rarer of two remixes that Surkin completed, but to my mind the better of the two, making a bit of an acid techno monster in the process ...

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