I love when bands do remixes. I think it’s highly interesting not only because you get first-hand insights of the band’s idea of dance music but also because the approach to remixing is a completely different one compared to writing own songs, and the results are almost always surprising. Prominent example: Two Door Cinema Club remixing DENA’s Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools.
What’s even better, though: bands remixing their idols. Just like this remix of David Bowie’s timeless classic Let’s Dance by French (but London-based) synth pop band The Penelopes. Turning the rocking original into a rather deep disco jam complete with vintage synth stabs and Juno 106-esque basslines, the two Frenchmen have without any doubt created something extraordinary here. Free download!
A bit early to think about this year´s summer holidays? Not for Aka Tell, as he’ll explain in his monthly column. And of course there is a new “Hangover Sessions” mix, featuring 60 minutes of quality club music including tracks by Maxime Dangles, Drums Of Death, Boddika & Joy Orbison, TWR72, Truncate, Keith & Supabeatz, Bart B More, Tracques and many more!
[find the whole article and the tracklist after the jump]
As the best things in life tend to be free, Austro-German power duo Beef Theatre give away their latest Beef Is Back remix EP for free on the occasion of Easter, including this high-energy remix by no one less than the A.G.Trio (by the way, you can still vote for them in the Amadeus Music Awards!). Make sure to download the entire EP for free, including more remixes by Ostblockschlampen, Hanuman Tribe and many more.
Two weeks after Marry Anne Hobbs premiered James Blake’s new song Voyeur on her BBC Radio 6 show, the official video has just hit the web: starting out rather harmlessly with a needle rushing through the grooves on a 1-800 dinosaur (the London club night James Blake has launched a while ago) vinyl, the wax soon melts down to unveil an underlying parallel universe of trippy colours and geometrical shapes à la Enter The Void.
My absolute favourite two Frenchmen at the moment (at least in terms of electronic dance music) Employee Of The Year have graced us with another proof of their endless ingenuity, putting their magic remix fingerprint on SOHN’s The Wheel. Taking the vocal-driven original to a late night dancefloor, they add some vintage synth awesomeness to the mix, creating a unique magical, sort of numb atmosphere. Free download.
Just in time for the launch of the new season of Game Of Thrones, here’s my remix of Bones by Ms Mr, the song from the official trailer for season 3. As I’m horrible at writing about my own music, I’ll just leave you with that. The king is dead. Long live the king.
Photo credits: Ken Driese.
UK-based producer Lewis Harris aka LKiD just popped up on my radar with this nice little bootleg remix of Flume’s instant classic Holdin On, turning the amazing original with it’s laid-back hip hop attitude into a smooth four-to-the-floor house jam for late night dancefloors. Free download via Facebook.
After gracing us with an incredible debut EP promisingly titled Speckbrot, a not less amazing follow up (as premiered on Disco Demons) and a massive remix EP showcasing some of Austria’s finest talents in techno and house, Vienna’s Julian & der Fux have now grown up and are ready to take their unique trademark sound on tour.
Backed by a full band, they will be playing their first ever live show at Flex, Vienna next week on Tuesday, April 2nd, celebrating the release of Mischwald, Kapitel Eins. As the best things in live are always free, I have two spots on the guestlist to give away. Email me at email@example.com (make sure to include your full name) and keep your fingers crossed, winners will be notified on Sunday evening. Good luck!
“Life is something that happens when you can’t get to sleep.”
- Fran Lebowitz
Disco Demons – Sleepless in Vienna
01. Azari & III – Into The Night (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
02. James Blake – Retrograde (Finn Pilly Edit)
03. Rampue – Sonne, Park und Sterni
04. Camille – Ta Douleur (Henrik Schwarz Vocal Remix)
05. Woodcut – Promises
06. Nicone & Sascha Braemer – Run Away (Dan Caster Dark Mix)
07. The Bianca Story – Dancing People Are Never Wrong (Jan Blomqvist Remix)
08. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (Disco Demons Rework)
09. John Talabot – So Will Be Now (feat. Pional)
10. Underset – Berlin (Radiola Remix)
11. Julian & der Fux – Der Letzte Tanz
Oslo-based Finnebassen‘s slower and darker alter ego Finn Pilly has masterfully crafted an incredible edit of James Blake comeback single Retrograde, taking the amazing original on an epic ride of 8 minutes and 56 seconds of subtle percussions, endless build-ups and pure deep house bliss in general.
The perfect soundtrack for the worst day of your life.