YEESH, another one of those few days where all of a sudden I get hundreds of submissions (no joke). Before it piled unmanageably high, I sorted through everything and picked twenty-five for you here. I review ten of my favorites, and there’s a mess of bonus tunes that still made it in for various reasons. The bonus tunes you’ll notice are a little different from the norm – Karton’s track has drum & bass influences, for example, and the Aloe Blacc remix is more low key than what I would normally play, but I love it enough to put it up here. By the way, I’m still tweaking the audio player situation, so if anyone has any comments on it, good or bad, fire away! Hope to see some of you at tonight’s military-themed PORN & CHICKEN!
Street Savi is a Chicago based emcee and producer who I’ve been a champion of for some time. Here he takes Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner’s “Animal Rights” and puts his own vocal from “Shoes” over the top. It works extremely well though I wish he had played it up a little more by tweaking the vocal even more over the break and continuing it for the second half of the song. Think of it as a compliment…I want to hear more!
Breakdown always delivers and lately they’ve been sending things over with some frequency. Their take of Nas & Damian Marley’s “As We Enter” is one of my favorites from them to date. It’s got a very singular sound with slightly dissonant violin stabs and chunky percussion. It’s a bit throwback, without sounding old. The vocal is a touch too low – only really noticeable when everything comes in full – which is the tune’s only drawback.
This Wongo remix of DJ Fame Vs. Eric Sharp is pure yumminess from the super wobbly low end to the droning top synths and random vocal and sound effect stabs. It’s organized chaos from beginning to end – sounding like a few guys drunk and stoned in the studio pressing random buttons on an MPC while laughing hysterically. I don’t mean that as a bad thing – there’s just such a fun, I don’t give a f**k quality to the track that keeps me listening over and over again.
Them Jeans was sitting on tune “Vocal Test” for a few months and just had a ‘f**k it’ moment and sent it out. I’m glad he’s letting us share the wealth because this is not something to sleep on. The build to the first breakdown is unbelievable, continually ramping up even when the drums drop out. By the time it kicks back in, everything is so tightly wound up there’s no way to not love what comes next. What comes next though, if you’re curious, is a deceptively simply programmed, but HUGE sounding banger.
A new Hyper Crush track! This is less like the Diplo-produced “Ayo” (which I SO <3) and more like their older stuff…with a dash of Ke$ha. They definitely are making their point of view known – “Kick Us Out” is radio ready, featuring a sound that’s almost disappointingly commercial but saved by the vocals. No, this is not a selling out rant. While the song is good, it’s just so much less uniquely Hyper Crush than their previous work, even in the lyrics. I’ll be playing this out – it’s catchy, produced really well and I am such a Hyper Crush fan – but damn, where did the days of “The Arcade” go? I hate to love this, but I do.
I am a huge Felix Cartal nut and joke that one of his songs has to make it into nearly every one of my sets…so JOY when I saw Clockwork‘s remix of “Love” sitting in my inbox. He nicely adds some dirt to the tune and eliminates the super strong panned effect from the original. It could be tightened up slightly, but I’m loving the jittery and dark four beat note that gets repeated over and over and the little vocal sample snuck in there.
Damn, Cheyenne Giles must have locked himself in the studio for some time because I have three remixes from him here, of Afrojack’s “Polkadots”, Robin S.’ “Show Me Love” and a combo of “Show Me Love” with Luciana’s “I Like That”. The “Polkadots” remix has heavy tribal undertones and is spliced to hell, while the “Show Me Love” tune has an unexpected transition into a dubstep breakdown of Doctor P’s “Sweet Shop”. The combo remix of “Show Me Love” with “I Like That” is an unapologetic thumpy monster that in all honesty could have used a little re-mastering for the high end range, but it still gets the point across.
“Burn It All Down” is a pretty straightforward electro offering from Tony Oh, with emotional sounding vocals, though with the effects I can’t tell what he’s saying…though I bet “burn it all down” is in there somewhere. Funnily enough, I almost don’t mind that I can’t understand the voice as they almost operate as a secondary melodic element versus a traditional vocal. The lilting quality combined with a background synth mimicking the same notes makes this a gritty and tough electro tune with a heart.