nUb Raver Tuesday #12
***This week’s nUb Raver Tuesday features new remixes and songs from Larry Tee, Designer Drugs, The Presets, LAZRtag, Mustard Pimp, Shinichi Osawa, and more!***
I must admit, it feels pretty good to be back behind the nUb Raver helm after a week’s absence. It was a rough semester to say the least – and to top it all off, this semester’s crunch time (i.e. finals week) seemed as brutal as ever. Don’t bother asking how I did (like you care!), because the important thing is…well…ehh, it’s over and done with . Fortunately, I was able to entice EVAN EXEMPT to sit in for NRT #11 while I was pretending to study for finals…unfortunately, he did so well that I have been officially pink slip’d from this blog. NOT! But damn, might as well! His write-up really made me look…BAD! . You would think that he raised the bar for future NRTs…but no. I’m too lazy . Once again Ev, thank you for the help.As somewhat of a celebratory sendoff to the end of the semester, like the nerdy bucktooth music-obsessed AZN that I am, instead of going directly to the bottle like I would have in past years, I immediately scoured dozens upon dozens of electronic, hip-hop, and dance music blogs to grab all the tracks that I had overlooked during the past five months or so. By the end of my search, I had added roughly 200 new remixes and electronic songs to my collection! Ah yes! Among the new additions include the two singles “A Yo” and “Mrs. International” off the much-anticipated Blackout! 2 (the sequel to the epic 1999 release) by everyone’s favorite hip-hop duo, METHOD MAN & REDMAN. The album release date is actually…TODAY! Speaking of Method, fellow Wu-Tang Clan member and Staten Island native RAEKWON The Chef will FINALLY be dropping his highly anticipated hip-hop sequel album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, which is some 14 years in the making. It is scheduled for an August 11th release. Another highlight of my recent music heist was a bundle of remixes of UK electro-pop band LADYTRON’s latest single ‘Tomorrow’ off of Velocifero (2008) – which IMO was their best album to date, but it seems like no one else on the planet agrees with me. The original tune is pretty catchy, so a lot of the remixes turned out well. Another highlight I would say was coming across the ‘Galaxy’ concept remix album by Japanese DJ HOSHINA ANNIVERSARY, who we’ve seen featured here before. You can find his remix album HERE. It’s pretty interesting.
Unfortunately…none of the above are included in this edition of NRT. Heh. The tough part I guess is picking the dozen or so songs out of the ~200 songs that I actually WILL share with you this week.Firstly, whenever I find a track from Brooklyn producer/DJ LARRY TEE, whether it is an original or a remix, I always get a bit excited. Not exactly sure why, but I’ve had a tendency in the past to overlook his music from time to time…basically, I just forget that he exists. That’s not at all a blast on Larry Tee, because the man is amazing. His raunchy, catchy dance-floor anthems are always well-received, even if played for a crowd that isn’t familiar with his work. Upon further investigation, apparently Larry Tee also coined the term ‘electroclash’….umm, huh??!!? Interesting. In fact, if you go to electroclash.com, it’s Larry Tee’s homepage. Wow, am I the only bum that did not know this until now? Anyway, I found a remix of the song ‘My Pussy’ by L.A. DJ’s MOM & DAD (ROFL their myspace URL is “yourparentsaredjs”). All I know is…I like the sound of this phrase… “Coming to a dance floor near you: a remix of ‘My Pussy’ by Mom and Dad!”
Speaking of NY based music, when was the last time I listened to FISCHERSPOONER??? Gosh, I bet it has only been a year, maybe less, but coming across new FS tracks felt like a serious throwback moment for me. OK…before anything…let me just say something real quick. I really don’t like how Fischerspooner is often categorized as being an electroclash group, because to me, they are more accurately described as electro-pop or synth-pop. Maybe it’s just me. But…you know…who REALLY cares, right? They’re awesome, and we all love them. In case you missed it (much like I did…until now), the duo put out a new album this year called ‘Entertainment‘, and the first single off the album was called ‘Supply & Demand.’ I came across a remix of the single, done by German DJ D.I.M., who might be better known as BOYS NOIZE’s colleague/mentor. Fischerspooner + D.I.M. – well, you know it’s going to be good. Check it!
I kinda felt obligated to share at least one remix of the song “Kicking & Screaming” by Aussie synth-rockers THE PRESETS. I’m guessing there might have been some sort of remix contest (?), because I came across a butt-ton of remixes of the song, which BTW was the leadoff track on their 2008 release ‘Apocalypso.’ And, of course, in classic [p33]r0y fashion, I have not heard the original track…and I’m not too ashamed of it. In fact, to be TOTALLY honest with you, outside of maybe three of their songs (four could very well be a stretch), I am not so hot on The Presets in general. Don’t get me wrong, those three or four songs of theirs I do enjoy are DAMN GOOD…which might be the reason why I always feel obligated to aimlessly grab all the remixes available of their songs – most of which turn out to be pretty bad, needlessly take up HD space, and piss me off. With all that said, I wouldn’t bother sharing this particular remix by Portugal’s DJ LOVEBOAT, who we’ve seen before, if I didn’t at least personally like it. To say the least, DJ Loveboat is quite good…at least from what I’ve heard. And, his selection of remixes have been top notch – stellar, if I must say. Thus far, I would have to say that this is the best remix of “Kicking and Screaming” among the bunch (keep in mind that I haven’t heard the original song yet…hehehe I’m so bad). However, to be perfectly fair, most of the other remixes I have heard were just terrible. Perhaps you could say that they left me kicking and screaming?……sorry. [EDIT: I actually found another remix of this song by RADIO KROME, who is relatively new it seems, but hot damn!!! It's good! The crown goes to Radio Krome, I guess. Fuck this DJ Loveboat remix . JK, but seriously, listen to Radio Krome's version on his MySpace player.]
I felt pretty stupid about this – but I had never heard of French electronic trio TELEPOPMUSIK until this past week. The name sounded vaguely familiar, but when I actually went to look them up and found out, among other things, that a) they have been around for more than a decade, b) have a Grammy nomination under their belt for a song that was used by Mitsubishi, and c) have songs that were used by Janet Jackson and television shows Nip Tuck and The L Word to name a few. Yup…WHO CARES? What I do care about, however, is the remix of their song “Ghost Girl” done by Italian dance/electro DJ’s BLATTA & INESHA. Ahem, BANGERR!!!
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