So I just moved from Denver Colorado in the US to the beautiful city of Sydney in Australia. I can’t begin to tell you what a change this is, but I’m excited to experience a new city. I’m not sure I’m ready to lose all of the touring bands that I was spoiled with, but I’ll survive. The first big show planned is Grizzly Bear at the Sydney Opera House. What an amazing venue to see one of my favorite bands.
I’m also excited to finally see RÜFÜS in their home town. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and they’ve been a part of my DJ sets for some time. I absolutely love ‘Paris Collides’ and get excited when I get to play it on big speakers. I found ‘Tonight (Terace remix)’ in my SoundCloud stream today and wasn’t disappointed. Have a listen.
I tried to do a little research on Owlle, but all of the interviews and blog posts are in French, and I’m a stupid American. From what I can gather, she’s been compared to the likes of Robyn, Lykke Li, Bat for Lashes, and Fever Ray. I don’t know about any of that, but they were the only words I recognized. Also, she appears to be a Depeche Mode fan, so I like her already. I also think it’s funny that other music blogs are solely focusing on Moonlight Matters’ production of the song. Granted, I like this version a lot more than the original too. I would add to the conversation that Owlle has a unique voice and without her vocals, this song could’ve been flat. So with all the credit in the world, I say good job Moonlight Matters for taking this track to the next level. I’ve listened to it multiple times in a row and still enjoy the hell out of it.
Frida Sundemo is from Gothenburg, Sweden. I don’t know much about her except that she’s so into music and creating it that she’s putting her medical studies aside for now. Immanu El is a group who is also from Gothenburg Sweden. I encourage you to listen to the remix (which I adore) and then listen to the original track as well. I went through and listened to some of Immanu El’s music on Soundcloud and you can definitely hear their influences in the remix. They take the original song which is very pop influenced, and slow it way down. It’s interesting in this case to hear how the song is suddenly dark, deep, mysterious. I’m focusing more on what Frida is saying. I’m enveloped in the music. This is what makes a great song.
What better way to start your day than with a sexy, bass-heavy monster remix of Tiga‘s Plush by the one and only Jacques Lu Cont. This gem is far better suited for late night sweaty dance floors, but I’m enjoying it just the same while sipping my coffee, toes tapping, head bobbing.
Also check out the previously featured track “Church” by Jacques Lu Cont (Previous post HERE). It’s one of my favorites.
I’m so excited to find another remix of Pacific Air’s Float. This time the track has been masterfully tweaked by RAC (Remix Artist Collective) based out of Portland Oregon. What I love is that between this version and the Fat Rat remix we posted earlier in November HERE, is that they are so entirely different, yet equally awesome. Which one do you prefer? Hear both below.
I’ve been a giant fan of Little Dragon for some time now and have posted their tracks numerous times since ArtistRoster’s beginning way back in 2009 (see HERE & HERE). The Gotheburg, Sweden based band Little Dragon, consists of Yukimi Nagano on vocals, along with her longtime high school friends Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass) and Håkan Wirenstrand (keyboards). I encourage you to do some research on these guys because their discography, dating back to 1996 is pretty solid. You may recognize Yukimi’s voice from numerous SUBTRKT tracks as well.
“Virgin Magnetic Material”, according to his Soundcloud page, is a remix project by Shai Vardi, a musician and artist based in Tel Aviv. That’s about all I know so far. He describes the meaning behind his remix project name as an electronic term for the core or shield material that has never been magnetized. My imagination had a better time with his name than the facts in this case. I hope to hear more from him in the future.
Bonus track from our March 2012 issue: Little Dragon – Little Man (Vindata remix)
You may remember Wild Belle from one of the July issues (HERE) when I featured the track, “Keep You”. It’s a great Jamaican/Island/Dream-Pop tune, much like the original version of “It’s Too Late” (check out the music video below to hear the original version).
Snakehips, a London producer, takes the original version of It’s Too Late and replaces any notion of their trademark island sound with a cool downtempo vibe. I think he might be a child of the 90s. Either way, this track is perfect for night owls like me.