Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s track ‘Round and Round‘ is my favourite track of 2010, and Ariel Pink is a hero, period.
But check out this fantastic remix by Tourist – of ‘Jupiter‘ and ‘Placid Acid‘ fame – of the signature track. Managing to give me the same exhilarated feeling I had when I first heard the original. That, I think, is when a remix succeeds.
And while you’re at it, check out the other remixes by Tourist too. All of them bright, big-gestured, upbeat electronic gems, with lots of synthesizer love.
- edit: And while you’re at that, check out ‘Fires‘ by Tourist too. Hypnotic track.
Enough has been said about Lana del Rey and ‘Video Games’. Yet, when a grand master like Joris Voorn puts his hands on it to make a remix of this worn-out track, that deserves mentioning. This remix preserves all the good parts of the original, while refreshing it with a mellow beat and some decent twitches and soundscapes.
Check out this excellent remix by Jamie XX, member of The xx, of Radiohead’s ‘Bloom’. Released this morning together with remixes of The King of Limbs tracks by Nathan Fake and Anstam, it complements the earlier remix album TKOL RMX 1234567which featured remixes of Radiohead tracks by Modeselektor, Caribou, SBTRKT and Four Tet.
A thumping bass, delightful chimes, a housy groove, and Thom Yorke’s vocals all make for a great start of the week.
Check out this wonderful podcast for Groove Magazin by Apparat: full of immersive, spacy techno tracks, and never ceasing to amaze. From minimal to more heavy on the bass, but always filled with delicate sounds and uplifting, ambient soundscapes.
My personal favorites in the set list are Jon Hopkins, Pariah, Tiga, System 7, Carl Craig and Pantha du Prince. But basically everything. Highly recommended!
1. Zomby – Witch Hunt
2. John Hopkins – Vessel (Four Tet Remix)
3. Machinedrum – The Slump
4. Pariah – Holocene
5. Max Cooper – Heresay
6. Tiga – Giant (Martyn Rmx)
7. System 7 & A Guy Called Gerald – Positive Noise (Carl Craig Remix)
8. Carl Craig – At Les (Christian Smith Remix)
9. Pantha Du Prince – Sad Saphire
10. Monolake – Plumbicon (Sleeparchive Remix)
11. Radio Slave – Absolute Absolute
12. Max Cooper – Enveloped
13. Kode9 – You Dont Wash (Martyn Remix)
14. SBTRKT – Hold On
‘Faking Jazz Together’ is a slow, dreamy song by New Zealand formation Connan Mockasin that’s given a new twist by minimal techno Kompakt label boss Michael Mayer, turning it into an uplifting, exotic dance track. I like it.
Here’s some Dutch electronic music that can compete with the best international stuff. Utrecht’s Nuno Dos Santos and Amsterdam’s Pien Feith remix the track ‘Black Spirals’ from rising talent Applescal. Reminiscent of Pantha du Prince and Apparat.
Taken from Amsterdam dj Miss Melera‘s Top 5 over at her site.
Check out this nice remix by Gold Panda of Lykke Li‘s song ‘Sadness is a Blessing’. The original, which can be found here, is quite boring, I find; yet this remix, the addition of the beat, electronic twitches and haziness of Li’s voice, suddenly makes it a nice and warm track.
Purity Ring’s Ungirthed is already one of my favorite tracks of 2011, and some really cool stuff must come out in order for that track not to end up on my best-of list this year.
Now listen to this brilliant, equally crazy remix of Ungirthed by Mancunian artists Christian AIDS. These days it’s really easy to make a track sound arty just by putting some noise and glitch in it, but these guys (just like Purity Ring themselves) really know what they’re doing.
Ahh, Pogo‘s back. After the brilliant remixes, composed entirely of sounds from the movies, of Alice in Wonderland and Snow White, he’s now sampled The Lord of the Rings. The video clip is not yet the official one but consists of tour images, but still pretty cool.
I’ll throw in the other ones as well.
Pogo -- Alice (still the best one I think, completely trippy, and with a nice beat)
Fresh from the press: the Boys Noize remix of David Lynch’s Good Day Today. The original track (which can be listened to here) was already pretty brilliant – let alone that it was created by one of the most illustrious movie directors ever – and the remix by the Berlin electro meister is also delightfully done.
This mix has been online for a week, but I’ll post it nonetheless. Uniting two disparate genres (although not too much, as The xx have covered Aaliyah as well), it works really well. Shows in particular how great The xx, which I have only recently come to appreciate after a few listening sessions of their album xx, actually are… A simple guitar line and backing vocals, but adding a lot to the rhymes.