nUb Raver Tuesday #40
This week’s edition of nUb Raver Tuesday features new tunes by Heads We Dance, Redlight, Ben Mono, Florence and the Machine, Cassette Kids, Breakbot, Danger, and more! Click –> HERE <-- for all the previous editions of nUb Raver Tuesday!
For me, there’s no better way to kick off the second year of NRT than a short-and-sweet entry influenced by my current apathetic and lazy state of being. Yes, I am still (a bit) reeling from the huge anniversary post, which (I must admit) was actually an unfinished “Best of 2009″ blog entry adapted into an NRT one-year anniversary entry.
Luckily for you, I’ve accumulated quite a few new tunes over the past three or so weeks, and let me just say that there’s a lot of good stuff coming out right now. Here are a few of them.
My favorite jam right now has to be the new Heads We Dance single Take My Picture, already a candidate for next year’s NRT anniversary countdown . This is one of the best electro-pop songs I’ve heard in a long while and certainly the best thing HWD have done since Love In The Digital Age, which this song completely trumps in so many beautiful ways. I’m satisfied with many of the remixes that have surfaced over the past month or so, especially the one by theAmplid, who’s remix will be very hard to top.
1. Heads We Dance – Take My Picture (theAmplid Remix)
What Boston/New York based remixer Redlight has done in the past several months is quite amazing if you think about it. He’s released what seems like a dozen or more top notch remixes that continue to outshine those by veteran producers. And, I’m sure the best is still yet to come. I’m happy that he finally released his remix of Every Little Earthquake, the latest single to spawn from the debut album Hands by Little Boots. There really haven’t been too many quality remixes of this song, but the one by Redlight is definitely in contention for being the best. What more can I say about this guy that hasn’t already been said, really?
2. Little Boots – Every Little Earthquake (Redlight Remix)
I must admit that I don’t know a whole lot about Ben Mono from Berlin, Germany. And, by that I mean – I don’t know a damn thing about him. Whatever, right? Just listen to the damn thing.
3. Ben Mono – Jesus was a B-Boy (ft. Jemeni) (Stanton Warriors Remix)
Am I the only person that finds Florence and the Machine to be excruciatingly boring and overrated? Apparently so. Now, here’s the thing – Florence Welch has the make-up of an indie-pop singer/songwriter that I would usually adore or fall head-over-heels in love with – were this 2007 when I was still in my obsessive indie-music phase. But, unlike those in her class (like Marina and the Diamonds, Bat For Lashes, and Ellie Goulding to name a few), Florence has failed to engage me at all lyrically, vocally, and melodically. I can’t help but feel like I’m “tired of hearing” her music, as if I’m sick of constantly hearing the same song over and over again, despite only having to listened to a given Florence and the Machine song maybe two or three times a piece. Perhaps it’s a bit harsh to outright put down her music, but it’s simply “not for me.” Thankfully, for me, there are plenty of electro remixes of her songs that make up for the discrepancy and also kick things up a much-needed notch. There still aren’t that many remixers out there that can turn an otherwise slow-paced, low energy Florence song into an electro banger. But, I’d say the effort by Adam Smith (?) is the closest thing to just that. This is hands-down the best remix I’ve heard so far of a Florence song.
4. Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Adam Smith Remix)
I’ve been really pleased with what I’ve heard thus far from indie “dance-punk” band Cassette Kids from Sydney, Australia. They have been compared to bands such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while possessing a nu-rave edge (if that makes any sense) along the lines of Klaxons.
Although I’ve just discovered them recently through their 2010 single Spin, they’ve been slowly building momentum over the past two years with some spotty exposure here-and-there on magazines, European radio stations, tours, and even MTV. They are slated to release their official debut album on April 16th entitled Nothing on TV. Despite still being a relatively unknown band outside of Australia, I predict that they will have a big splash in 2010 and rightfully so. These guys are RAD! <3
Make sure to check out their song Spin and the awesome remix by Russ Chimes from London. Their 2009 song Lying Around is a personal favorite of mine and was recently remixed by New York’s Diamond Cut. As an added bonus, listen to the remix of MTB by Australia’s Joystixx.
5. Cassette Kids – Spin (Russ Chimes Big House Remix)
6. Cassette Kids – Lying Around (Diamond Cut Remix)
7. Cassette Kids – MTB (Joystixx RMX)
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the remixes and mashups that I’ve heard over the months by Breakbot, so I guess I shouldn’t be so shocked that I really enjoy his own production Baby I’m Yours (really really rad), which was recently remixed by Color Blaster from Paris, France. You’re gonna like this.
8. Breakbot – Baby I’m Yours (Color Blaster RMX)
DJ duo Make The Girl Dance, from Paris, have become somewhat of a hit with their single Baby Baby Baby (popularized by this video) and their latest song called Kill Me. Later this month, they’ll be supporting The Toxic Avenger, who also remixed Kill Me. It’s Toxic, so you know it’s gonna be good.
9. Make The Girl Dance – KILL ME (The Toxic Avenger Remix)
It’s always good to hear a nice electro remix of a Danger song. I love 4h30, but I’m starting to think that maybe I like this remix even better than the original.
10. Danger – 4h30 (F.O.O.L Remix)
That’s it this week. See you next Tuesday (…err maybe…)!
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