I Finally Understand the Meaning Behind “Too Many DJ’s”

I just had a rather frightening thought: Am I being unreasonable, or have we actually reached the point in music history where the number of remixes and remix artists outnumbers the number of substantial original works being put out? Either way, the functionality of the music industry has undoubtedly changed quite a lot in the past couple years. It’s strange to say that I recall a time wherein a remix was a strange and exciting thing. I suppose it figures, though; We had little more than Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk, and The Chemical Brothers to work with, and considering the large expense of equipment at the time, the field of remixes was, naturally, an empty one. At this point, however, the case is quite the opposite: It seems the bedroom producers nearly outnumber lawyers, and as such, I’m forced to cross my fingers each time I come across a remix of a song that I particularly enjoy in hopes that its bedroom producer hasn’t wreaked an excessive amount of havoc upon the once sparkling creation.

(I should mention that I really am very curious as to how other people feel about this issue. If you’ve got an opinion one way or another, feel free to express it!)

LAZRtag

Fortunately, I’ve recently been struck with an extensive good luck streak, and have been pleasantly surprised with my finds. As you may have surmised due to a recent post, I was thoroughly impressed by the job that Los Angeles’s Classixx did on their Ting Ting’s Shut Up and Let Me Go remix, and at the time that I posted, I would have argued that another artist making an attempt at an additional mix would be foolish (and would indeed further my statement about the lawyers)–In case you haven’t guessed, that’s no longer the case. Where Classixx was able to take the original poppy track and turn into something soft and elegant, the quick-rising group known as LAZRtag has chosen quite the opposite approach, and built a nine foot monster of sound that, to put things nicely, will inevitably consume you. Sure, it’s a classic, generic electro banger, but hey, who doesn’t love a fat synth to sweat to every now and again, especially when you’ve got the cute Ting Tings girl singing for you all the while.

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The Ting Tings – Shut Up and Let Me Go (LAZRTag remix)

And while I’ve got you thinking heavy, I figure I owe the blog world a bit of a refresher: I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday searching for Boys Noize‘s 2006 remix of Tiga‘s Move My Body, only to be disappointed to find that it had all but disappeared. Boys Noize‘s latest works have indeed been inexplicably creative and fun, but when the cravings for his original home-brewed party techno arrive, they must be satisfied. *Sigh* Sometimes I just can’t help but miss 2006.

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MP3: Tiga – Move my Body (Boys Noize remix)

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)