Music and other modern musings

Off to Aussie

A friend of mine is off to Australia tomorrow so I figured I’d put together a shortlist of my fave Aussie artists. In no particular order, here you go:

Bertie Blackman – Black Cats (Shazam Rmx)
New Young Pony Club – Ice Cream (Van She Tech Rmx)
Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream
Cut Copy – Lights and Music
Sia – Buttons
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
Ladyhawke – Paris is Burning

And yes, i am fully aware that Ladyhawke is from New Zealand. I ignorantly couple her with the Aussie kids out of mere proximity to the rest of the gang. I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone by this.


February 4, 2010 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Another Aussie kid to love.

Bertie Blackman is an Aussie and I like her. Surprised? Not I. I’ve professed my love for the acts from down under countless times. Cut Copy, PNAU, Empire of the Sun, Kylie Minogue, The Galvatrons, Ladyhawke (she is from New Zealand but whatever), Bag Raiders….whao! Anyhow, back to Blackman. The girl has been on the scene and working her way to the top for some time now and I expect that we’ll be seeing much more of her with producer Lee Groves (Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani) behind her newest album, Secrets and Lies, which was released last April.

Here’s two remixes I came by recently that prompted my new found love for the Aussie chick. She kind of reminds me of Karen O.

Bertie Blackman – Black Cats (Shazam Rmx)
Bertie Blackman – Black Cats (Calling in Sick Rmx)

On a side note, did anyone else read that Karen O stole Miley Cyrus’s Grammy nomination?!?! Um, amazing! You can read the story here.

Karen O – All is love (My!Gay!Husband! Rmx)

p.s. Much like yesterday’s reference to Nickelback, I certainly never imagined that Miley Cyrus would have a place on this blog.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Letters from Australia

My love-professing post on OZ the other day have and the many posts on Aussie kids like Empire of the Sun and Cut Copy have made it pretty evident that I am blown away by the talents of the land down under. Australian Dj and producer, Dj Sexwax, dropped these Cut Copy and Ladyhawke mixes in my inbox yesterday and I couldn’t help but offer ’em up to you! The Back of the Vanedit is undeniably killer – its 80’s synth/electro pop addition will make any heart palpitate. And well, pretty much any Cut Copy mix is sure to get me fired up – especially one with an oldskool breakbeat sample or two!

Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Sexwax Rmx)
Cut Copy – Far Away (Sexwax Rmx)

Hop over to his Myspace for a dope mix of Spankrock‘s Put That Pussy On Me.

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , | 1 Comment

Dear Australia, I Love you.

I would really like to know what it is about Australia that inspires so many great acts, Cut Copy, PNAU, Empire of the Sun, Kylie Minogue, The Galvatrons, Ladyhawke(though she is from New Zealand but I am sure she shares similar ‘down under’ influences) and today’s post, Bag Raiders. Perhaps its the mega amounts of sun they receive, their proximity to Asia, or maybe their isolation (geographically) from the rest of the world – I am note sure. What I do know is that somehow the world down under keeps producing some pretty novel sounds.

Bag Raiders have a pretty solid sound – somewhere between Justice and Miami Horror, but its their remixing abilities that I give them the most praise for.

The originals:
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars

And their best remixes:
Cut Copy – Far Away (Bag Raiders Rmx)
The Galvatrons – When we were kids (Bag Raiders Rmx)

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The french front-runner, Fred Falke

French house producer/Dj, Fred Falke, is truly a master in his own art. In his decade-long career he’s worked with big-wigs like Alan Braxe and Khris Menace, and never seems to let me down with his ability to renew über popular tracks, turning them into something completely novel for a second time around.

Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Fred Falke Rmx)
Lykke Li – Im Good, Im Gone (Fred Falke Rmx)
Hot Chip – Colors (Fred Falke Rmx)
Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Rmx)
Little Boots – New In Town (Fred Falke Rmx)

March 6, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Many shades of the back of Ladyhawke’s van.

There is no doubt that Ladyhawke is as much a mega success as her other down-under mates (See Empire of the Sun below) – So much that it would appear that everyone had to get there hands on her and her track, Back of the Van. While the original still takes the gold on my heart, an unusual story for me, the Fred Falke and ddpesh are my other faves. Let me know which one(s) you prefer.

Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (original)
Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Fred Falke Rmx)
Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (ddpesh Rmx)
Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Kid Cola Rmx)
Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Seawax Rmx)
Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Lapse Rmx)
Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Mr Vega Rmx)

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment