Infatuation 07: Jokers of the Scene
Infatuation 07: Jokers of the Scene
Ya’ll remember 1988? Bionic Commando was originally a game for NES but has recently gotten a full fledge make over for XBox 360, PS3 and PC. And not only has the game received a facelift but so has the theme song — three times over by Rusko, Clipz and Surkin. It’s dance music becoming video game music or video game music becoming dance music or both. I dunno. The lines are blurred.
Not only do we have the Surkin remix for your ears, but we also have a copy of the game to give away. Send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “BIGSTEREO Contest.” Sorry, this contest is for UK Residents only. But the remix is for everyone so enjoy:
“Bionic Commando Theme” (Surkin Remix)
The game is out in the UK on May 22nd and in the States on May 19th — XBox 360, PS3 and PC formats. Pre-order here.
Far Away is a new Friday night party in Vancouver. It’s an offshoot of Radio Zero so you know the focus is on good music. Good news if you’re in Vancouver, still good news even if you’re not in Vancouver. Why? Because if you keep an eye on Far Away’s blog, they will be releasing edits and remixes from Far Away regulars and friends.
To get a taste here is Radiozero founder and Far Away resident Tyler “Fetch” Fedchuk’s amazing, amazing remix of San Serac/The Tranzistors’ “Zanadu.” Will make you sweat even if you’re sitting still. So good:
San Serac & The Tranzistors – “Zanadu” (Fetch remix)
Boys Noize is the latest to offer a covermount mix for Mixmag. Sixty minutes of Boys Noize signature hard beats — you’ll want to pick this up the second it hits newstands. Look for it in the next couple weeks. Yeah, a couple weeks can feel like forever… Luckily we have a preview of the begining to hold you over:
Boys Noize – “Mixmag” (Preview)
The blogs have been ablaze with love for Austin’s VEGA since his first song “All Too Vivid” dropped on the Internet last year. Well, well VEGA is back in full swing with “No Reasons,” the lead off VEGA’s debut Well Known Pleasures EP due May 19th on Vogue College Records.
Tracks in this genre (call it nu-hammer, dreamwave or whatever) often get lost in the neon and failed Miami Vice references, but “No Reasons” succeeds by not only relying on the past but also the present and future. And what really seperates it from the rest is not the layered synth but the big chorus and sing-a-long lyrics. It is so easy to love. I’ve seriously listened to this fifty times on repeat — it has “hit” written all over it.
VEGA – “No Reasons”
“No Reasons” will be the summer jam, roof top party track of 2009. The killer pop hook will keep you listening straight through August and beyond, guarantee.
Cover art and tour dates after the Jump »»
Oh Grum. In a lot of ways Grum sounds like how electro “should” sound: all the right pulses and distortions, lyrics that don’t really matter, etc, etc. The problem with “Sound Reaction” is just that though — it’s how it “should” sound. 5th, 6th, 7th generation is tough. All the sonic ups and downs are there, but we’ve already been on this roller coaster. Needless to say, “Sound Reaction” is good for what it is:
Grum – “Sound Reaction”
The real goods are in The Revolving Eyes’ remix though — takes the track and pushes it straight from 2006 to 2009. You know, electro laced with disco that’s more about a melody than making your teeth shatter. Relevant but could have a little more soul/life. Regardless a nice effort:
Grum – “Sound Reaction” (The Revolving Eyes Disco Fizz mix)
Purchase @ Beatport.
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Woah, this is so good — The Golden Filter take on Empire of the Sun. Refreshing, even. The bad news is The Golden Filter just tweeted that this will be their last remix for a while. The good news? They’ll be working on their own stuff.
Empire of the Sun – “We Are The People” (The Golden Filter remix)
The xx have certainly reached critical mass. All I have for “Crystalised” is hyperboles so I’ll save you the rhetoric. But I will say the boy/girl minimalist touch is very welcoming.
The xx – “Crystalised” (mp3 via Fader — check their interview)
7-inch out now — backed by a cover of Aaliyah’s “Hot Like Fire.”
If the early-2000′s were about electroclash and the mid-2000′s were about blog house then maybe 2009 is the swan song when the two genre’s collide? I don’t know if I buy that argument, but electroclash pioneer (egad) Spencer Product has a new single out on Coco Machette backed with remixes by bloghouse champions (egad) Designer Drugs and Tronik Youth. Both remixers deliver their signature styles but Tronik Youth’s effort is the real winner here:
Spencer Product – “We Bite” (Tronik Youth remix)
Spencer Product – “We Bite” (Designer Drugs NY Nite remix)
Purchase “We Bite” at Beatport.
Doesn’t matter how many people touch it… truth is “Hearts on Fire” will never grow old. Team Canada’s Grandtheft is the latest to add his touch. Think of this as banger-lite — what could’ve of been an extreme eighteen months ago is instead tamed and controlled into a polished edit. Perhaps GT’s “Heart on Fire” could use a dash more soul but the marks it loses there are more than made up with in quality:
Cut Copy – “Hearts on Fire” (Grandtheft remix)
I don’t know what disco has to do with toast but anyway Jorn Hollman from Germany tells me Dizko Toaster is his filter house project. He has done a couple of releases and the most successful one was Toast hawaii on Oliver Koletzki’s Stil Vor Talent label. Here’s one of his latest tracks “The Greatest Love” with a remix from fellow German Gimbal:
Dizko Toaster – “The Greatest Love”
Dizko Toaster – “The Greatest Love” (Gimbal Remix)
Do yourself a favor and click to YouTube and watch this one in high quality — Nite Jewel’s video for “Lover” makes me think of Roxy Music. Maybe “More Than This” but with more lounge.
Proof after the Jump »»
Well, 2009 is shaping up as the year that all our old favorite bands are making their return to the spotlight: including The Gossip with their post-success, Rick Rubin produced album — Music for Men. The lead single “Heavy Cross” follows the same garage rock-disco-blues path as Standing In The Way of Control. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not. Evolution would be nice, but more of the same from The Gossip is ok with me. Music for Men hits UK stores June 22nd and is destined for US shelves four months later. That mean it’ll chart in the UK but will do awful domestically because everyone will have download it before then… Miss U Kill Rock Stars.
Anyway… Ditto will have a busy Summer not only with the Gossip. She has a spot on the new Simian Mobile Disco album and is launching a collection for Evans (I think that’s like the UK version of Layne Bryant). If it couldn’t get any more bizarre, Beth Ditto is also the subject of a new doll… like an official doll. Cool idea, but the final product is kinda creepy (do the boobs detach??)… look for it in toy stores at the bottom of the bargain bin:
Tim Sullivan from Damn Arms has a new project titled Das Moth. Why the moth? According to Tim his older sister has called him moth ever since he was little. The older sister will be making an appearance on vocals in some of the songs, and Tim says Das Moth will be a project for him and his friends. He’s also been at work with Dan from Cut Copy and Joel from Riot in Belgium (RIP). I expect some goodness to come.
To celebrate Tim’s new club night Tokio Disko (yes, as the names suggest it will take place in Tokyo, Japan), he has a nice mixtape to share. If you’ve been hiding under a rock there is also a great Damn Arms remix competition happening. Go get yourself the parts!
Das Moth – “Tokyo Disco Mix”
Tracklisting after the Jump »»
It’s official. I have re-fallen in love with Fan Death. They just sent over this cover of “Goodbye Horses” to promote their upcoming European tour — and it’s incredible. A bit less disco and a bit more rock attitude that some of the previous stuff we’ve heard from Fan Death… and they manage to catch the feeling of the original quite well. There’s soul in this one. Anyway.
Fan Death – “Goodbye Horses”
And Fan Death says: “We don’t like doing covers live so don’t request we play it.” So there you go.
Euro Tour Dates after the Jump »»
The Dø – “On My Shoulders” (WILDLIFE! Remix)