Music and other modern musings

6 degrees of sibling sensations

This past August I was pumped for seeing A-Trak side by side M.I.A.‘s bestie, Rye-Rye, but the girl had to go and get prego and cancelled her remaining tour dates. As I pondered who would make a great sub for the act I naturally considered Kid Sister, aka Melisa Young, ironically, the elder sister of J2K, aka Josh Young, one half of Chicago based duo, Flosstradamus. Alas, A-Track, little brother of Dave 1, aka David Macklovitch, vocals and guitarist of MTL based electrofunk duo, Chromeo, dawned the stage alone. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing the MTL native turned international sensation and exclusive Kanye DJ, can attest to the fact that the night was nevertheless something to bewonder (Aside from the fact that there was no air conditioning in the subterranean hot-box). Still, the whole experience left me wondering when the heck we would see the likes of kid Sis again. Her collabs with Tittsworth (who’s recent mix is a little bit of disappointment, if i may use this opportunity to say so) and Loudmouth West offered the Illinois born lyricist critical acclaim and made her into a near instant star in the minds of hipsters and collar-poppers alike.

Well she’s back. This past Tuesday, too much anticipation, kid Sister released Ultraviolet. The album contains past jams like Pro Nails and Control, and opens with the recent single, Right Hand Hi. I’m not sure Right Hand Hi will live up to the successes of the aforementioned hits but it is sure going to get more that your ear-drums shaking.

Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi

Some bonus tunes!!!!

Chromeo – Night by Night
The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Heads will Roll (A-Track Rmx)


November 19, 2009 Posted by | Gigs, Jams | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aoki’s Gifted.










As if N.A.S.A. (Dj Squeak E. Clean & Dj Zegon) hadn’t done a good enough job when they aligned Kanye, Santogold and Lykke Li for Gifted, Mr. Aoki had to come along and ante up! Bravo Steve. Bravo!

N.A.S.A. – Gifted feat. Kanye West, Santogold and Lykke Li (Aoki Rmx)

You can grab the original here

May 11, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Viva la Homecoming Disco!

For those that don’t know, DiscoTech is a 3-man remixing machine from Germany. Their mission, take a radio hit and edit it to the point it becomes acceptable to play at Friday’s scenester showdown. 

Coldplay – Viva la Vida (DiscoTech Rmx)
Kanye West – Homecoming (DiscoTech Rmx)

Their US tour just ended Sunday but I suspect they will be back in North America in no time.

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , | Leave a comment

Old news can be good news.

I’m a little late on this one but better late than never.

In the summer of 2007, I think most us were insanely excited in a dense cloud of disbelief to hear of Sam Spiegel (Dj Squeak E. Clean) and Dj Zegon‘s project N.A.S.A. – North America/South America. The appropriately titled project links the sounds and famed faces of the North and South to form a remarkable album of somewhat unimaginable collaborations; Tom Waits, M.I.A., George Clinton, Kanye, Lykke Li, Spank Rock, SantoGold, RZA, the YYY’s, Red Hot Chili Peppers and even Seu Jorge…Whao! If you’ve not heard the album, Spirit of Apollo, which dropped mid-February, I would highly recommend you do so now. Each track is like a 3-5 minute mental trip to Coachella.

Could there be a better combo than the one we have here?

N.A.S.A. – Gifted feat. Kanye West, Santogold, Lykke Li

FYI – Spiegel is reportedly working on a film detailing the N.A.S.A. project with older bother, Spike Jonze.

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My life is on repeat…

…But thankfully so are these new jams. Pump it! The Dream‘s, Walking on the Moon, is reportedly inspired by the former (sadly) king of pop, Michael Jackson.

Groove Armada – Drop the Tough (Twelves b-live Club Rmx)
The Glamour – Loveburn
The Dream – Walking on the Moon ft. Kanye West
Ace of Base – All That She Wants (The Disco Villains Rmx)
Flosstradamus – Big Bills ft. Caroline Polachek

Here’s the vid for the Flosstradamus track – Kind of flighty if you ask me. Caroline, the lead singer of Brooklyn’s Chairlift, reminds me a little of Feist. In fact the vid kind of takes a low-budget Feist approach. (Note: that is a compliment to Feist but an insult to Floss’s vid)

February 23, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Justin Martin is the American Boy

I know, I know, another American Boy remix?!?!? The song is as played out as uggs, lulu lemon and sigg water bottles. However, San Fran’s Justin Martin (Dirty Bird Records)adds a simple house baseline and a little bit of the echo treatment to make this track re-worthy of another shot on the dance floor.

Estelle w/ Kanye – American Boy (Justin Martin Rmx) (zshare)

Check Martin out when he plays Tdot’s hipster hangout, Wrongbar, on the 27th of February. More info here.

February 13, 2009 Posted by | Gigs, Jams | , , | Leave a comment