Cowbells or not, Van She’s rendering stream of milky vocals and spacey star-dusted synth reinterpreted the Blue Oyster Cult classic through their own point of view, disposing of the unnecessary comparison and indulging in the showcasing of the Van-She-essence.
As if that wasn’t a good enough free iPod treat from Bacardi, now they want you to have the dark psychedelic (pardon the cliché) cosmic shoegazing-nu-age-polyphonic-tropical-electro-house version that will surely make your sneaky late night hang outs at the planetarium magical.
Not that this is lacking in any way but a Dub would’ve been a superb bonus.
Hey guys I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while now until we had everything in place for a proper announcement, the time is now. Brilliantine is our official label and we’ve already got a number of amazing releases lined up over the next few months with remixes by some of your favorite blog DJs who are working with us to fulfill our vision.
I can’t give away much but I’ll tell you this, we’ve got a piano driven nu-disco anthem and fans of Little Boots/La Roux/Marina & The Diamonds/Ellie Goulding and those DIY bedroom electro-pop blog princesses are in for a treat in the first quarter of 2010.
Below you’ll find details on our first release plus a free for your personal & DJing pleasure:
What Kind of Breeze Do You Blow
Love of Luxury EP
BRILL001 - 14.12.09
1. Love of Luxury
2. The Probe
3. Your Analog #2
4. Love of Luxury (Tronik Youth Penthouse Mix)
5. Love of Luxury (Lake Heartbeat’s Lake Luxury Remix)
Digital Preorder: Junodownload / Amazon / 7digital
Drawing energy from the static in the air, What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow? have found comfort in their new North American home Toronto this year where the duo will be focusing their sorcery on music production for the next few months or so. If their name is any indication, What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow? indeed finds inspiration in weather forecasts, the power of seasons change, clouds reformation, terrains, habitats and even modern urban structures where every element in a scenery can aesthetically translate into a beat, sound or a layer of sound. Melody is the keyword, House and Electronica are the methods; with each half of the pair bringing their own influences and styles into the equation, many hard to please journalists have found it difficult to categorize their sound under one genre as even a simple remix visits different territories and shifts shape noticeable as it progresses, handing them interesting descriptions like Tropical-Techno, Melodic-House and Metamorphic-Electronica while the band simply call it the sound of Benevolence.
They’ve transformed tracks for The xx, Kings Of Convenience, You Love Her Coz She’s Dead, Yuksek and Lake Heartbeat among others, the latter which loved the rework done for them so much that they decided to do one in return for the duo as an act of love and appreciation, it is to date their one and only remix. What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow? are releasing their first EP on Brilliantine on the 14th of December with plans for a follow up in the first quarter of 2010.
Although the Love Of Luxury EP offers the first taste of the original sound of WKBDYB, it is still merely a peek through a keyhole as the possibilities of their genre adaptations are nothing short of being kaleidoscopically complex – multi bands in one is one way to put it. Like metamorphosis the duo are unpredictable and will bring genres together as long as the technique can be mastered.
Debating logic, the title track ‘Love of Luxury' feels tribal in its own rights, a dark quirky synthetic head-trip of clicky beats driven nu-pop proper vocal song.
Brain slicing electronic dancefloor monster that will appeal to the DJs with a heavier technological flair, with its ethereally snarly nature and space-dolphins-ultrasound coating ‘The Probe' shall turn your club into a galactic battle zone.
Like the title implies ‘Your Analog #2' is majorly an electronic mood piece surfing on cosmic waves of ambient doubled with brushes of electric guitar, a prowling new-age shuttle of sound simulating the ominous feel to venturing into the unknown.
Remixes come from Tronik Youth transforming the title track into a hauntingly arcade-hall disco storm of bleeps, coked-up keys and marching band steel drums; while Lake Heartbeat give it an expert rubdown in ballad territory and smooth out the experience by laminating it with milky tropical synth and dreamwave vibes in their only official remix to date.
Remember the 2 art pop entities with next door heartthrob like exoskeletons known as ‘Dangerous Muse' - they're back with a dark-urban arcade-pop single 'I Want It all' produced by Bloodshy & Avant (partially Miike Snow).
They’ve caused a fair wave of hype in the blogosphere between 06/08 before they disappeared in the shadows due to trouble with the label (I assume), apparently they’re not allowing the duo to release ‘I Want It All’ so Dangerous Muse decided to manually send it our way for mass distribution.
Here’s the deal. Vicente Sanfuentes, AKA Original Hamster, AKA producer extraordinaire teamed up with Swedish producer Alex Thunder to do a reversion of Matias Aguayo’s killer single Rollerskate, a track which Sanfuentes produced originally with Aguayo. That’s really all you need to know, other than that this is a fantastic track, a blend of so much goodness, and we can only hope it will soundtrack your weekend. Enjoy!
♫ Matias Aguayo - Rollerskate (Sanfuentes & Alex Thunder Version)
Buy the Rollerskate 12” from Kompakt here
Fantasy textbook British Indie band making Ambient-Psychedelic-Folk music with Ratatat-like cosmic credibility; the outcome is something like long lost electronica records by a band of sorcerers from medieval times.
Officialy a fan, Radiant Dragon.
Bring out your glow sticks, La Roux is re-releasing the track that brought them to our attention in the first place through Kitsune Maison 7 and we happen to have one of the remixes from the new package exclusively for your pleasure! It’s from Alex Metric, but hold yourself before generating mental expectations of what it sounds like because it’s not the usual dish, this time Alex Metric took a different route and traded the machine prowl for London rave vibes a more synthetic 80s simulated sound that works well with laser light shows, projected images, artificial fog experienced with colored cocktails and medical candy because you’re about to experience a 90s dance like electro-house tune that was built to sound like a polyphonic ringtone version of a stadium-rock track on large speakers.
The irritating vocals that became a pleasure are still there but with added euphoric feel to it, make sure you drop this one the next time you’re Djing.
This post is an answer to the JD Samson email I received back on September 30th asking: “Hey where do you put your lists of your fave tracks now?”
According to iTunes these remixes below are the most played ones on my iPod in the past 3 weeks and Indeed they’re currently my favorites.
Sorry for the delay, hope you find this post useful. x
Funny thing it required persuasion to convince yours truly to give this remix a pair of ears, now it’s me raving about it out to everyone – it sounds like a Timo Maas produced Pet Shop Boys song from back in the day when both were actually very good! A slice of dark electronic crawler with a surface like a pool of rippling petroleum gel – think of The Horrors DJ sets and you might get an idea. The Cheek's Hung Up is originally produced by Ed Buller and mixed by Alan Moulder, you can grab a copy of the single from Puregroove or iTunes including a La Roux In For The Kill cover B-side! Expect more form the Pop guys with no hips and no lips in 2010.
Pariah is ethereal, the kind of artist that would collage stolen locks of ex-lovers hair with candy wrappers then call it art for me to end up bidding on. Opting a patterned remixing technique Pariah builds bodies of perfect glacial underground lounging music using borderline-DNB, Dance, Garage and 2-step beats, reverberant melodies and then chisels them with 8-bit bleepers like acid on skin. My current favorite new remixer (Also don’t miss out on The XX ‘Basic Space’ remix).
Sometimes you watch a band climb its way up the best bands of the year lists and then give it all up to become badly sound-tracked red tracksuits salesmen. Here’s Holy Ghost's successful; makeover, turning a rather monotonous song into a retro commercial from the future with an extraterrestrial feel.
Cassian is the latest addition to the Bang Gang 12” family, with good remixing skills he’s already delivered reworks for the likes of Classixx, Miami Horror, Bag Raiders and Damn Arms. Think good Australian 80s inspired blog synth-pop-disco, keyboard, neon lights and the whole shebang.
…& something with a similar approach from Chicago’s Hey Champ.
Arguably Fever Ray handed us the winter-friendly album of the year way ahead of its appropriate season exposing us to the beauty of darkness even through summer’s hottest nights. – The Twelves transformed Seven from funeral party to a dancefloor filling slice of indie Guitar driven electro disco, trading the heartbreak for careless joy. It’s confirmed that the next single will be ‘Keep The Streets Empty For Me' out 24th Nov.
I sometimes like to refer to him as the cosmic machine, for he Starsmith has covered a twenty something tracks with stardusted melodies and sparkling synth for a list of clients that include Little Boots, Marina and The Diamonds,Digitalism, Passion Pit and his according to the latest Nylon Guys issue best friend Frankmusik whom he remixed twice, it’s the appropriate sound for those nights where sequence covered blazers and dresses are the right choice. Shiny Sound!
Recently I felt like my favorite BNR DJ Siriusmo was suffering from the Fred Falke syndrome (delivering hurried half arsed remixes for dough) using what another great blog stated as the one-button-remixing-machine, it doesn’t really bother me as it is a hit/miss case but what bums me out is the elimination of the perfect remixology. Still (when they feel like it) from time to time a super production comes from their studio to make up for all the fear their okay-ish ones induce. You’ll be playing the Gossip one on high volume endlessly I promise while the Music Go Music remix makes a good late night pleaser (though the Siriusmo remix really kicks it into the shadows).
♫ Gossip - Heavy Cross (Siriusmo Dub)
Honeyed adj. (Poetic) 1. flattering or soothing 2. pleasingly sweet 3. of, full of, or resembling honey. - Indeeed!
Even though it’s a typical Sinden banghra-party-gone-tech-reggaeton at trance fest affair, it’s good to hear a new remix from him after a period of disappearance (or maybe I haven’t been paying attention) – interestingly it’s taken from an upcoming movie Technology and Love Might Save Us All Grammy Award winner producer Jack Splash (Cee-Lo, Britney Spears, Shakira, Jennifer Hudson) is releasing paired with an album due for release in early 2010! Summer is over for sure but this Sinden remix is still capable of radiating with rays of Sunshine in clubs through the world.
Jessica 6 is a music/art project that depicts villainism beauty through aesthetics of horror, glamour, sex, whiskey, sci-fi and the sounds of Sexy Psychedelia, House, Dark Dance, Pop & Funk. The trio (2 guys/1 girl) is fronted by Nomi Ruiz whose voice you may recognize from the glorious Hercules & Love Affair project (best album of 2008, imo). They have just released their first EP as a group “Fun Girls" last month and are readying a full-length release in the Spring, You can check out a terrific remix of their dark disco below + more! I’m already a fan.
…and since we’re talking about Hercules & Love Affair, here’s their pleasuring dub of a rather overrated song. Although I applaud her for a couple choice of remixers (Starsmith, Grum) made for this release if she had any say in at all.
Talented Blog-electro-pop goddess turned Major Label Puppet (don’t even get me started about Frankmusik): I think lots of the artists who remixed her songs were better candidates to produce them in the first place… I mean from Joe Goddardto Red One (C’MON) – the arrival of her album was probably one of the biggest disappointments of the year (not worse than MSTRKRFT though) especially with the massively pre-built up anticipation/hype/expectations but I think damage was diluted by the terrific visuals and remixes. This one by Daedelus was a big hit at this year’s Halloween party – thumbs up for the dramatic ominousity and reverbing electro-elements of doom.
Dear Little Boots, we’d love to see your next album being released on an independent label with tracks produced by Simian Mobile Disco, Digitalism,Justice, Soulwax, Aeroplane, Joe Goddard, Metronomy, Fred Falke, The Horrors, Tim Goldsworthy, James Murphy and the likes (I know you can afford it)… i’ll buy 10 copies, i promise.
You’ll probably laugh at the stupidity of what I’m about to say or heartily agree with it, I think every Russ Chimes remix should be soundtracking a superhero movie or cartoon about the future from the 80s, I think it’s a mixture of bold beats, energetic synth and epic piano breakdowns that gives it the whole courageous feel, the builds ups near the end always feels emotional like a final battle - or maybe I’m watching too much Mazinger Z!? Also, someone asked me: “Marina & The Diamonds vs. Florence + The Machine?” – Marina.
Silver Columns? You probably came across their ultra hype tune Brow Beatendozens of times already in the past month or so as it made the fronts of countless major and little blogs including NME. There aren’t any clues leading to the identity of this mystery Band/DJ-s(?) but as far as we know they’ve the skills of someone who spent quite sometime in the studio and know what he’s/they’re doing.
Got remixed by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard and done remixes for Metronomy, James Yorkston & The Big Eyes Family Players and Peter Bjorn & John. The Brow Beaten 12” comes from France? Ohh and look at this… if that’s any help.
SF’s Sugar & Gold first came to my attention through their disco cover of Fancy’s Slice Me Nice that Baron von Luxxury recommended (it even has microscopic elements resembling to Cut Copy!) – Though the brilliance of this remix of the title track from their latest EP is purely credited to the talents of Justin Van Der Volgen(ex Member) of !!! (Chk Chk Chk) who have been inactive since 2007!? - R.I.P. Jerry Fuchs.
Have you seen “Where The Wild Things Are” yet? I haven’t because we have douches managing cinemas here who’d rather get us movies by Steven Seagal than Spike Jonze because it is easier for them to interpret I guess? I’m avoiding listening to the Karen O soundtrack until I watch the movie, these 2 remixes below are doing a really good job distracting me til’ then – now it seems like the A-Trak remix is the more popular one out of the 2 but the James Iha is my favorite by far for its symphonic/indie feel and of course for making Friday brunches bearable!
Last but not least, 2 atmospheric pieces by What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow? pulling almost minimal bedroom gems into the dancefloor territory.
That’s All Folks! If time allows, another similar post will follow with originals.
Today, because it’s cold and dark and I need some comfort food, the theme is something like new, great remixes of album tracks from album that came out kind of a while ago and meanwhile there have been a bunch of other remixes of all the other tracks already but these are still really good, so whatever. All of these give their source some fantastic new life.
As far as I can tell, the new late 2009 Aeroplane remixes (Au Revoir Simone, Robbie) are a nice window into what their album will be like when it hits next spring. Here’s another that’s been teased around for a while, and it’s another short, ultra-melodic stormer of a remix for - well, I guess I broke my theme already. “Brazil” isn’t an album track, it was a b-side to the 7” release only of the third single from their album (if you can’t get any more of an afterthought than that…) and this mix is a one-off that showcases the best of both Doves and Aeroplane in just a hair over 5 minutes. Tremendous.
Even further back into history, Sebastien Tellier released an album and it was good. There have been remixes from perhaps everyone in the history of recorded music, some great and some a bit frustrating (how long ago was it when the big, big news was a SebastiAn remix of the first single?) and now we have a couple more stragglers - this time, mixes of album track Fingers of Steel - from Record Makers. This is easily the freshest of the bunch, from New York’s quickly rising Penguin Prison. Absolutely love the drums here, and if mixes from Sexuality can keep up this level of quality, bring them on!
♫ Sebastien Tellier - Fingers of Steel (Penguin Prison Remix)
This is coming out on a remix 12” on Lucky Number on December 14th.
King of Town had a couple fantastic remixes last year of They Came from the Stars I Saw Them and The Phenomenal Handclap Band and promptly fell off the radar for a little while. He’s been back in action the last few months, and this is a really inspired official reworking of a track I had forgotten about completely from an album I had forgotten about completely. Anyway, nobody can say now that whoever is comissioning remixes at Domino for Franz (could be the band themselves, anyone know?) has been on point, with The Juan Maclean, Whomadewho, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve, Max Tundra… and now this. There’s really a sense of the cinematic here like in the best Aeroplane mixes but stripped back, a little bit colder and wiser. Another King of Town mix coming soon for Detachments, check for that.
♫ Franz Ferdinand - Send Him Away (King of Town Remix)
The Live Alone single is out now on Domino. Buy it here.
Here’s a little bonus for you. We always get a great response from What Kind of Breeze Do You Blow? stuff - here’s an original track they put up for download (a “demo that’s been shape shifting in the palm of their hands for a while now” according to the press release) as a teaser before their EP release next month.
Beyond all this, congrats to the Alkans for their own new little Ekstra Spektral Rework!