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Fickle Friends – For You (Cesare Remix)

Gonna jump straight in here with today’s choice:

Fickle Friends – For You (Cesare Remix)

We both have a bit of a thing for that 90’s french pop music sound. That vocal dancey floating pop sound that artists like Phoenix and Labels like Kitsune made so popular,there is just something, well…. nice, about the sound and the original of today’s choice by Brightons Fickle Friends is exactly that.

Needless to say it was a huge track on Hype Machine, as was their quite magnificent "Swim" which you'll find on their Soundcloud page and is about as perfect a hybrid pop song as you'll find anywhere.

The thing is though the style of vocal and structure of the songs nearly always lend themselves to a top notch disco house remix, and I often found that when they get the remix i end up connecting with that a lot more. Which is the case here with Cesares remix of For you – taking the track and turning it into a floating poolside/lounge anthem.

It's also worth checking out his superb downtempo remix of Suvi: https://soundcloud.com/suviofficial/bleeding-for-your-love-cesare which is so good i nearly ended up featuring it instead:

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Chilly Gonzales – Knight Moves (Original version)

I had no internet last week, thanks to Fourbears for covering the blog, and today i'm off sick so i'm absolutely taking a freebie:

Chilly Gonzales – Knight Moves (Original version)

I'm a big fan of Chilly Gonzales, there is a whole post about how great he is here. So i'm just gonna focus on how awesome this piece of music is. The piano, the dance beat, the counterpoint strings and the crescendo it all builds up to.

It's a great bit of music, produced by Boyz Noize if i recall correctly, and it's a great listen from a brilliant album I've been revisiting a lot lately. Interestingly there is a DVd out of Gonzales performing the album which i highly recommend you pick up, there is a simply amazing live version of Knight Moves in the soundcloud set below.

Enjoy.

Paws ft Michelle Zauner – Deceptacon

Just a quick one tonight, to try and end a pretty rubbish week on a high and with a bit of energy. So have gone with a bit of in your face indie rock.

This track has been on my playlist for a while, the Scottish band Paws absolutely destroying the excellent Le Tigre track Deceptacon. The original is a bit raw and dirty, but they take it to a new level. The perfect track to go out, have a few drinks and throw out a few kicks too. Immense, just turn it up.

 

Whale – Crying At Airports (Shawn J Period Remix Feat. Mos Def)

It’s been a pretty hectic couple of days, hence no posts and it will be a quick one tonight. During recent journeys I have been listening to the new Nostalgia 77 meets Prince Fatty album, particularly his remix of Medicine Chest which is a blinder. For some reason that track has taken me back to this lesser known track…

Shawn J Periods remix of Crying At Airports, featuring Mos Def.

Most people remember Whale for their track Slobo Humpin, but for me it’s this track. I wasn’t really into them, but was working in HMV when this came out and was instantly drawn to the Shawn J Period mix. He was everywhere at the time as was Mos Def, due to amazing stuff like Universal Magnetic.

The original is OK, but this remix is amazing, with that classic SJP lolloping beats, bass and glitches. Then 2/3 of the way through Mos Def comes in and the thing really takes off. As mentioned It’s not a very well known track and this was the only instance of the remix that I could find on YouTube (plus it’s actually listed under Mos Def). I used to play it out a lot and always used to get asked what it was. Very nice indeed and it still sounds pretty fresh even now.

DJ Kovas – The Walk To Work guest Mix

Gonna take a detour from the normal "selection from the journey in" today as over the weekend I was sent this awesome D&B mix by an old friend, and man behind the brilliant 64bar Music DJ Kovas.

‚ÄčKovas is an old friend from our days slinging mud on the Ninjatune Forum. We'd collaborated on a few projects and stayed in touch after the fact. He's done a few mixes for me in the past, like his brilliant "7 Steps to better Listening" guest mixes on my Interesting Blends blog.

Anyway, the mix landed with a subtle "here you go mate", and on listening i had to have it for the blog.

Kovas has always been a DJ steeped in D&B, and I like that he's dropped a slightly deeper off the radar selection here. There's so much good stuff out there at the moment that he has plenty to choose form and Kovas drops a wickedly varied journey into low slung, half time, minimal sounds backed up with haunting, cathartic ambience and lashings of jazz soaked melody (or some such guff as he said when i asked him to describe the mix).

Whatever, it's a stomping mix, full of uplifting melodies, tearing beats, soul and some of the deepest synth sound I've heard in a while – stand out tracks for me are “Those That lead” by Direct Motion, blog favourite Om Unit & Sam Binga’s outing on Exit records “Small Victories” and "Hills to Climb" by Kyshido, and the cheeky little Spectrasoul's rework of Sampha's – "Too Much".

If like me you're not massively into anyone genre but enjoy the more melodic side of D&B & Deep House this mix is perfect for you.

So check it out…..and a massive thanks to Kovas for getting our podcasts rolling again.

Walk to Work mix – October 2014 by 64barmusic on Mixcloud

The Mohawks – Beat Me Till I’m Blue

It’s my birthday today and I had a day off so no commute. This means I get a freebie and get to pick a track I have been meaning to stick up for a while, one of the funkiest tracks ever..

Beat Me Till I’m Blue by The Mohawks.

Now, most people know The Mohawks for their mighty track – The Champ. But ever since I heard this, I’ve preferred it. Every inch of it is funky: the beat, the organ, the way the horns hammer the 1 of the beat and then when that guitar comes screaming in I’m throwing out kicks everywhere. This track never left my record box when I was playing out as it sent every place I was ever in mad. Flawless.

Henry Pope – HEAT WAVES

As you may know i'm always a bit wary of posting DJ mixes on here. But, occasionally, there are some that are so darn good I just have to feature them, and today’s is one of those:

Henry Pope – HEΛT WΛVES

Inspired by the Californian heatwave the thing I really like about this mix is the amount of genres it takes in without ever losing focus. From the IDM/Dub Step/Hip Hop hybrids so prominent in the American dance music scene at the moment Henry takes the music into slo-mo house, ragga, latin house and 2 step D&B territory without it ever sounding jarring. Additionally the mix jumps genre at such a rate if you don’t like one style another one is along a few moments later. 

It's mixed really really well, with tracks key matched and melody and vocals sitting perfectly, along with the odd curve ball as well (Mark Morrison anyone). The mix certainly proves you don't have to go hard from the start, nor finish at the same BPM you begin, with the set starting out perfect for lounging in a bar or around the pool but building into a dark basement room dancefloor frenzy towards the end.

Anyway I first encountered Henry Popes stuff when he sent my other blog Interesting Blends some material, a couple of mixes and some original tracks and I featured them. Thankfully he's continued to grab peoples attention and I highly recommend you check his soundcloud page out, there are some real gems there.  

Foxygen – How Can You Really

Today’s track is a blinder. I have subscribed to uncut magazine for years. Every magazine you get a free CD and over the last 2 years I have played very few of them as I don’t get the chance to check them out. Then brain started working and figured out that I should stick it on in the car now I drive to work most days… Doh.

So I stuck this months CD on, got to track 8 and thought, we have a winner:

How Can You Really by Foxygen.

They are on the excellent jagjaguwar label and hail from California. The few bits I have heard of their before are very soft psychedelic pop.
But this track is a stormer. At is core it is as good a pop song as you will ever hear. In fact in the hands of someone more mainstream you could believe this being top of chats and never off radio. It is a classic 60’s type pop song driven by an awesome piano riff. But the production dirties it up nicely. The track speeds up and slows down, the production is deliberately not over polished and the vocals have been multi tracked till it’s hard to distinguish some of the words, partly due to the phrasing being quite different on some of the takes. It is a bit disorientating at times but it gives the track an edge it otherwise wouldn’t have. It really is tremendous stuff. I must have played it about 8 times on the way in.

I have stuck the video up too as it makes for great watching and really adds to the track.

 

 

Hayden James – Permission To Love (Touch Sensitive Remix)

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know i'm a big fan of Australian label Future Classic and Michael Di Francesco otherwise known as Touch Sensitive, so today’s choice should come as no big surprise all things considered.

Hayden James – Permission To Love (Touch Sensitive Remix)

I'll keep this short, but basically Di Franco takes fellow Australian James 80's slow jam homage Permission to Love" the slo-mo house work over. It's typical Touch Sensitive, 80's basses, a clean crisp drum and big orchestral sounds that can only remind you of Art of Noise among many others.

Like i said I've long been a fan of Di Franco, and this is another great tune in my book, the track came out about a year ago and is still on rotation on my playlist.

I said i'd keep it (lazily) short, so here it is:

General Levy – Dem No Wicked Like We

I haven’t had much sleep over the last few days due to a number of reasons and I’m not going to Lie I was bl*ody knackered when schlepped out the door and headed for my train.

Tired Aapie means grumpy Aapie and I just couldn’t be bothered to think too far ahead and deemed it appropriate that fate (also known as Shuffle) provide my playlist for today. Bit of Fleetwood Mac, bit of Leaders of the New School and a bunch of other things from before the time of MP3’s came on… maybe it knew I was feeling old today and gave me a throwback but the track a midst all these remnants of yesteryear was:

General Levy – Dem No Wicked Like We

Now, this is going to surely be a true Marmite moment, either you'll love it or hate it, but this track was one of THE tracks when i was first really going out clubbing. Hip Hop was just breaking through to Radio 1, and Tim Westwood played this on his show. For all the stick Westwood takes, and he does deserve a lot of it, the man was responsible for really breaking Hip Hop to the wider audience in the UK, but not only Hip Hop Reggae and in this instance Ragga.

Levy is form London and is probably known as much for his Jungle MC out put as anything Ragga, his probably most well known for incredible, but I always had soft spot for "Dem No Wicked like We", a pounding Hip Hop break with a little bit scratching and Levy's faster than the speed of sound machine gun delivery.

Superb!


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