Fresh Out of the Oven

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

I’m sure you all remember the first time you heard these guys, yeah?  It probably went something like this: “Chewie chocolate cookies, eh?  I wonder what these guys are all about.  (You feel a little hungry, and then you start to think about how much you miss your grandmother’s cooking, which leaves you feeling strangely disarmed……sucker.)  

WHAM!

The track finishes downloading, automatically plays in iTunes, knocks you over backwards in your chair, and before you can even consider how amazing that first note would have sounded had it not caused so much physical harm, you’re left lying helplessly unconscious on the floor.  

Now, I realize there aren’t very many people that actually appreciate being slapped in the face, but whether you like it or not, it’s about to happen all over again.  These yummy pastries have just released an even yummier debut ep entitled Pepites (There’s supposed to be an accent over the e, but unfortunately, that particular character has proven itself exceptionally difficult to find), and I’d suggest that if you’d like to have your brain stretched into dimensions that you weren’t aware existed, that you take a peek.  It’s crammed full of the familiar dizzying noises that seem to be exclusively licensed to The Cookies themselves, as well as some totally new techniques (some exceptional use of a vocoder) that, when combined, form a musical structure that is both relevant and unheard of at the same time.  Must I convince you further?  What have you got to lose?  All the support groups for Chewy Chocolate Cookies related musical trauma make recovery quick and easy.

I’ll throw up one of my favorites pieces.  (Has there ever been a track called “Time” that wasn’t damn near perfect?)

 

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies – Time
 

Danger

Pulling more from the French, Ekleroshock Records (Yes, it’s spelled right), remix master, Danger, has recently hooked us up with yet another epic remix,  this time drawing from the very ambiguously located producer SymbolOne.  I know I’ve said it before, but I just have to give Danger credit for his ability to fabricate such thick and moving soundscapes;  Don’t get me wrong, the original is pretty gosh darned good, but Danger just takes it to the next level. Everytime this track comes on, I get this sentimental feeling, like I should be watching some ridiculous Saving Private Ryan montage in slow motion or something. –Granted most of you are likely significantly more normal than I…  Anyhow, the man’s got talent, the manifestation of which will soon being filling that unexplained hole in your soul.  

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Symbolone – Love Juice (Danger remix)

 

I Shall Call It… Minimalectro!

It really is incredible how rapidly the music scene’s been changing these days. Think about it: About a year ago, under the reign of Ed Banger, it was nearly impossible to go ten minutes without having some sort of distorted, fuzzy, static-y, Waters of Nazareth-derived synth rammed into your eardrum, and (needless to say) most of us were loving it. If it wasn’t heavy, it wasn’t fit for the iPod (In fact I’m convinced Mr. Pedro Winter actually just made a typo on his record label’s name. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be “Head Banger”. But actually, maybe he did it on purpose so as not to draw the metal heads into his own personal genre? I suppose that deserves some pondering…). You know, no one expects any one kind of music to last forever, but even I’m amazed at how fast that blew over. It’s like we all just all of a sudden realized that the guy who invented electro was actually some dead science fiction writer who was promising to build us a space ship. Artists like Circuit Freq and The Proxy almost never make a blog appearance anymore without the blogger commenting on how s/he “Didn’t think people were digesting this kind of music anymore.”

And it’s true; From there, the disco kids decided to get in touch with their roots, hence the massive 80’s revival. Artists like Chromeo, Danger, and Calvin Harris decided they didn’t like all that distortion on their synthesizers, so they started their own revolution, and for a while there, we were all considering buying Delorians, weren’t we? (It’s okay. You don’t have to answer out loud. You were.)

Crookers


The reason I’m commenting is because it seems as though we’ve undergone yet another musical revolution. A couple guys from Italy, working under the name Crookers, decided that they just didn’t like all that noise very much at all, and they decided to do away with it all together. Their tracks are little more than a punchy house beat with a few microsamples, a few vocals, and minimal synth usage, almost like a more progressive, electro-fused minimal, and somehow they’re simply incredible. There’s no doubt the boys have started a revolution: More than just a few producers have recently adopted nearly identical styles, and the news just keeps coming. I’m clueless as to why we’ve gone crazy for merely the skeleton of the music that was so recently such an important part of disco, but that’s not to say I’m not loving it!

Also, if you’ve already hopped on the Crookers bandwagon and are just dying to see those Italian heads bob, you might be happy to hear that they’ve finally make their way out to California. They’ll be throwing down the goods tonight at Cinespace’s Dim Mak Tuesday, as well as at tomorrow in San Francisco.

While you wait, check out their latest body-mover:

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Crookers – Mad Kidz

And you’re just dying to hear more of those delicious housy beats (which I know you are) you might want to look into Aston Shuffle. The (I almost feel ridiculous at this point even having to mention this) Australian artist has a similarly infectious beat, but with a bit of a more traditional electro touch. There’s no doubt the vocoded hook toward the middle of the track will have you clicking the repeat button.

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The Aston Shuffle – For Everyone

A-Trak


Moving in a different direction, there’s been a rather unusual release from the likes of A-Trak today. The hip-hop gone electro dj/producer has recently finished a 45 minute long original piece for Nike that’s intended to be the perfect soundtrack to your workout. According to A-Trak himself, his mix is a cross between his newer Disco style and his hip hop roots, so you can expect to hear a bit of the electro rap we’ve been encountering more and more frequently. If you’re already busting out the short shorts and the ear buds, you might want to grab the mix on iTunes before you leave. It’s under the Nike sports section.

And as a final touch, I simply must include this rather frustrating little video I stumbled across. It’s one thing to have an opinion but oh is Mr. Henry Rollins the ignorant one… If you don’t feel like spending quite a lot of time fuming over the controversial comments on the video, I suggest you don’t read them, lest steam start to leak from your ears.

Bored on a Saturday Night?

Just thought I’d toss out a little info for those of you that have been sitting at your computer, double clicking the same four tracks in iTunes for far too long: If you’re down to get hard and heavy, and if your ears have had way too much time to heal since their last good bleed, you might want to hop in the old shaggin’ wagon, shell out the five bucks a gallon to fill her up, and head down into LA to check out tonight’s Blow Up LA event. The lovable threesome, Royal Rumble (the prodigy behind the infamous Kid Sister – Damn Girl remix), shall be headlining, and will be preceded by several other Los Angeles tableists, all of which are more than noteworthy. (Did you check out LAZRtag’s “Don’t Stop the Music” remix covered in the previous post? *sees the look of disbelief on your face* Yes, my friend, they will be there, and they will knock your funky little hipster socks off.)

Here’s the full lineup:

Admission’s only five bucks if you check out the Blow Up LA site and send an email for a guest list request, however, at this short notice, I can’t guarantee that you’ll still make it on. But don’t fret! Even if you don’t, you’ll only pay ten bucks, which, in a better light, means that all you have to do is put two less gallons of gas in your car and drive at the incredibly fuel efficient speed of 45mph on the trip down to make up the difference. Sounds like an offer that can’t be beat…

And in case you’re somehow still unfamiliar with the by-now-notorious Royal Rumble, here’s a couple appetizers that’ll help you lace up the disco shoes:

Kid Sister – Damn Girl (Royal Rumble Hall of Fall Remix)

Soulwax – Miserable Girl (Royal Rumble edit)

You can remix that!?

One of the greatest things that modern electro has done for the music world in the few short years that it’s been around is open one massive door to a whole new realm of remixing potential. I mean, yeah, there have always been remixes in the past, but what they usually boiled down to was just some new rapper covering some older guy’s track, and needless to say, we all got sick of that pretty fast. And then there were (God help my soul for bringing this up… what am I thinking?) those cult-status metal remixes of Britney Spears songs. I’m not even gonna go there. The point is, that up until recently, the entire concept of “the remix” has been largely limited. With this new remix culture, however, a great song is released, and then you get to hear it forty-three more times as every other producer in the world takes their shot at crafting it to their liking. Who could complain about that? The reason I’m getting all nostalgic on you is because remixes have been getting even crazier. People are starting to rip it up with tracks that have never before been considered; They’re pulling from nearly every genre, from hip-hop to pop to the truest So-Cal rock, and as such, they’re allowing Disco to consume everything in it’s path. Survival of the fittest I suppose. 😛

Crookers

First things first: The Busy P remix I did a post on a week or two back has finally busted out of it’s cage, foaming rabies gums and everything. There isn’t much information on when, if ever, it is scheduled to be officially released, but until then, we’ve got the full length, 192 kbps leak at our disposal. Do with it what you will… just keep it clean 😉 [As a side note, it’s been confirmed a Crookers remix–it was not done by The Bloody Beetroots]

Busy P – To Protect and Entertain (Crookers Remix)

On top of that, there have been some rather impressive genre-bending releases from the likes of LA Riots, VNDLSM, LAZRtag, Man Eat DJ, and Jizm. Who’d have thought we’d hear Kelis remixed? I guess her Milkshake brings all the boys to the club, as well.

Weezer – Automatic (la Riots Remix)

Kelis – Milkshake (Man Eat Dj & Jizm Remix)

Rhianna – Umbrella (VNDLSM Remix)

Rhianna – Don\’t Stop the Music (LAZRtag club remix)

And finally, Oh SNAP! (the guys who brought us the infamous “Bill Cosby Sweater” track) did a little edit of MSTRKRFT’s “Bounce” for those turntable savvy kids out there. A few added vocals and some edited synths make it an absolute wonder to dj with, so if you’re planning on throwing down, make sure you pick this one up.

MSTRKRFT – Bounce (Oh Snap Bootleg Vocal Remix)

Random Finds and Updates

Thought I’d toss up a mini post for a couple of the better tracks I’ve stumbled across recently. No real theme to them, except for the fact that they’re all pretty spectacular. Check it out:

Thunderheist & JFK


JFK (the mustached half of MSTRKRFT) has recently finished a remix for fellow Canadian party-goers, THUNDERHEIST, which is a cause for celebration considering electro/hip-hop hybrid tracks given the MSTRKRFT touch always seem to get the bodies bouncing. Here’s the remix, as well as the original:

Thunderheist – Jerk It (Nasty Nav + JFK remix)

Thunderheist – Jerk It

On a side note, how would you like to be in the front row at one of Thunderheist’s shows…

Kitsune

Also, I just had Kitsune’s most recent compilation album tossed my way, and I must say, those Parisian’s have got quite an arsenal of artists going for them. Though the entire album is very well done and quite worth purchasing, I was particularly impressed by the London duo, autoKratz, who had me up and grooving with their track entitled, “Pardon Garcon”.
I’ve included that, as well as another of their rather danceable tunes.

autoKratz – Pardon Garcon (rework)

autoKratz – French Girls Play Guitar

Rayflash

I’ve got to give credit to DiscoDust for picking this next guy up. Japanese producer RayFlash is an electro dream-come-true, what with his heavy kick-snare drive layered with the perfect combination of distorted, vocoded, and reverbed synths. It’s like he took a piece of everything that’s ever been done in electro, from Daft Punk to Boys Noize, and threw it all together in one ultimate track. And as a plus, he’s finally put Japan on the electro map, which opens up a whole new world of producers and possibility. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of a response the rest of the Japanese world has to this new found genre.

RayFlash – Flash Dancer

The Bloody Beetroots

And finally, I simply must comment on a particular Bloody Beetroots track: I don’t have much to say about it, except that it makes me feel like I’m about to fight Bowser in an epic game of Super Mario. Kinda makes me wonder what they were trying to accomplish with this interesting piece of music. What do you think?

The Bloody Beetroots – Verra la Morte e Avra i Tuoi Occhi

A Few Feisty Remixes

Feist

A little over a year ago, Canada’s famed sweetheart, Feist, dropped her third studio album, The Reminder, on us. I don’t know if you remember, but in the weeks that ensued, if you closed your eyes and listened hard enough, you could almost always hear a collective “Awwwwwwww….” as, little by little, nearly everyone in the world grew fond of her adorable songs, specifically the soft-spoken tune “1234”. I mean, even if you didn’t own the album, or even a music player for that matter, the track was still unavoidable (thanks to that infamous ipod mini commercial), and for the next several months, it was played time and time again, slowly wearing itself out until it had all but disappeared. —That is until our studio happy friends decided that they hadn’t spent enough time with the charming little girl, and decided to give her a good remix’n. Thanks to them, there are more than just a few “1234” remixes floating around online, all of them just aching to win you over, and I don’t think any of us are complaining. I mean, no one even really wanted to let Feist go in the first place; The truth is, we were all just embarrassed to have to admit that we’ve had the same Feist song repeating on iTunes all this time. Don’t worry, now you’ve got an excuse.

Check out the Vanshe Technologic remix. The opening will have you intrigued, and I guarantee you’ll have fallen in love by just over a minute in.

Fiest – 1234 (Vanshe Technologic Remix)

And here’s a rather unusual yet strangely intriguing edit, followed by a blippy electropop cover.

Feist – 1234 (My!Gay!Husband! Get Up Kid edit)

Bikini – 1234 (Cover)

I know it’s a bit of an offshoot, but I can’t talk about Feist as a solo artist without ever mentioning her previous musical endeavor, Broken Social Scene. The nineteen member band has a sweeping nostalgic sound that plays like one enormous contented sigh. Simply magical…

Broken Social Scene – Major Label Debut

One last little note. If you haven’t already seen Feist’s music video for 1234, you simply must watch spare a few moments and watch it now. It’s fun and playful, but the real magic comes from the fact that the director chose to fill the entire video in one take. The camera never cuts throughout the video. If you really stop to think about that, you’ll realize how incredible a feat it is. Anyhow, take a look!