September 17, 2009
New Spins: It's All About the Females
Only the best remixes, mashups and reimaginings of other tracks. Remixes are basically the hipster excuse to listen to pop music without having to fully admit to likely the underlying pop song.
I have been really into female vocalists recently (yeah I can admit it). And like the hipsters I feel more comfortable admitting to liking the remixes as opposed to the original (sometimes very poppy) pop song. More seriously, I think the best remixes focus primarily on enhancing the strength of the vocal track either through minimalist striped down beats to fully illuminate the vocal i.e. La Roux "In For The Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix) or kicking up the dance beat and energy where the original was a bit lacking i.e. both of these Marina & the Diamonds remixes. At least that's what I am telling myself.
These are my favorite 3 female vocalists of the moment currently blowing up all over the remix circuit: La Roux, Marina & the Diamonds and Little Boots (concert Friday at the Roxy with Dim Mak!). These are my current favorite remixes by each one:
La Roux - "In For The Kill" (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix) LINK - My favorite remix of the year so far hands down.
La Roux - "I'm not Your Toy" (Jack Beats Remix) LINK
LINK - Check out the rest of Gold Panda's remixes and his originals (particularly the fascinating "Quitter Raga" here: http://www.iamgoldpanda.com/music
Marina & the Diamonds - "I am Not a Robot" (Penguin Prison Remix) LINK Loving this!
Little Boots - "Stuck on Repeat" (Fake Blood Remix) LINK Little Boots is almost definitely the most remixed artist of the year and for good reason. She is the Robyn, Annie, Kylie of this year and she is playing the Roxy tomorrow night with Dim Mak's slue of Djs! Check out more remixes here: LINK
P.S. you all know how I feel about the XX album (if not see previous post) and Them Jeans (great LA DJ/producer) does the original justice with his "Shelter" remix LINK
P.S.S Not part of this female vocalist kick but just listened to this Animal Collective remix that kind of blew my mind.
Animal Collective - Sumemrtime Clothes (Dam Funk Remix) LINK : This is why I love remixes - not every note works, but it is all about experimenting. This songs is equal parts AC, Prince and 70s porn music - somehow it works brilliantly.