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

Pick up the phone

Last Friday I posted a remix of Dragonette‘s Pick up the Phone and have now become borderline obsessed with the track, especially the Arithmatix and Van She Tech mix. I know its old. Its one of those tracks that I downloaded and let sit unlistened to for nearly ever in my itunes library. Anyhow, I love it. I’m happy to bring it to you if you’ve not already heard it. And I’m happy to reintroduce it to you if you have and had nearly if not already forgotten about it.

Dragonette – Pick up the Phone
Dragonette – Pick up the Phone (Arithmatix and Van She Tech Rmx)

The image above is part of a series entitled Exploded by American photographer Adam Voorhes. You can check out the rest of the series and some of Voorhes’ other work here.

February 2, 2010 Posted by | F.A.D., Jams | , , , | Leave a comment

The Reaper

Its been sometime since Van She have came out with a hit of their own, nor have I heard anything of recent by their offshoot, Van She Tech, the moniker used when they remix the work of other artists’. All this aside, the electropop band from Australia sustain their throwback sound in their cover of Blue Oyster Cult‘s 1976 classic, The Reaper. As the story goes, Van She requested to record the cover after headlining Bacardi Express in Australia.

Van She – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult Cover)

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

Leslie Feist

Yesterday evening I was watching Live at the rehearsal Studio and I was reminded as to why I love Canadian starlet, Leslie Feist. Her soulful voice is a throw-back to lost times, which pays homage to many great voices of the 40s and 50s, like Edith Piaf. While she embraces the past, Feist effortlessly storms into the future as she incorporates electronic sounds into her music for our modern musings, which is why her tunes might have become an instrument of remixery by many masters’ of the art, like Diplo, Boys Noize, LifeLike, Van She Tech and fellow Canadian electro pop duo, Chromeo.

Feist – My Moon, My Man
Feist – 1234 (Vanshe Tech Rmx)
Feist – I Feel it All (Diplo Rmx)

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

There’s a lot that’s New In Town.

Little Boots album, Hands, will be released globally on June 9th. When Fred Falke dropped his mix of LB’s New In Town a couple of month back I knew we had another remix hit. I have to admit that I was expecting something from Van She Tech or maybe even Diplo. Despite their absence on this round of remixery, the Emil and Friends is one pleasent surprise. A1 Bassline is certianly no surprise. The guy is the best kind of whore the scene’s got right now.

Little Boots – New In Town
Little Boots – New In Town (Fred Falke Vocal Rmx)
Little Boots – New In Town (Emil Friends Rmx)
Little Boots – New In Town (Golden Filter Rmx)
Little Boots – New In Town (A1 Bassline Rmx)
Little Boots – New In Town (A1 Bassline Attack Rmx)

May 2, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Counting with K-os – Video!

Just in time for the summer rush of releases, Kevin Brereton, aka K-os is back with the debut from his upcoming album, Yes!. Pretty typical if I may say so. Simple beat with a mellow break towards the end though the rhymes are notably advanced in comparison to his catchy Crabbukit days. The vid is standard. Cinematography enhances the already great dancers, reclaiming the urban landscape from the confines of social control. woot.

BONUS! Apparently Canadian indie artists like to showcase their musical talents by integrating them with their ability to count. In all seriousness though, I love Feist. And Van She Tech got it right with this jam for sure.

Feist – 1234 (Van She Tech Rmx)

March 27, 2009 Posted by | Jams | , , | 1 Comment