At long last, I’ve returned from Hong Kong/Macau/Shenzhen/Dong Guan/Maui/Honolulu! I have hundreds of photos to sort through and post, including more from the above shoot. Let me explain…when in Honolulu, I played at the fabulous Next Door. Afterward, we went back to hotel The Modern, exhausted on our last night, thinking about getting rest, packing and heading home for a few days. A sigh as the elevator doors start to close…and then they stop. The front desk came over, then security, then maintenance as they all tried to figure out what the hell was wrong. While they were fussing over us and apologizing, we were having laughing fits and chilling out on the floor. They eventually gave up and had to call in the elevator company, which, at four in the morning…takes a minute. So, in our block of elevator time, we did what any person would do – impromptu photo shoot.
There are a million stories to go along with a million photos – from winning it all to losing it all in Chinese dice game Sic Bo to random Hong Kong arcade prizes to Angry Bird EVERYTHING and of course, the food…duck tongue, pig neck, preserved egg, bird’s nest and more. If it was suggested I try it, I tried it.
For the moment, I thought I’d just post up a few choice morsels while I try and whip my life into a semi-organized order before heading off again this weekend to Milwaukee for Dick’s on Friday and Madison for Segredo on Saturday. Glad to be home, glad to be posting again for you guys – it’s been too long!
Black Cards, a group which has been appearing with some frequency here as of late, is back yet again with their take on Major Lazer’s “Original Don.” This is my favorite remix that has appeared to date of the stompy song with Napoleon Dynamite-esque video. I actually think it’s also the Black Cards’ tightest remix to date as well, featuring loads of tight claps, a strong central synth and straightforward punchy drums and percussion that hark back to the original. On a side note, it seems that as quickly as the Black Cards arrived…they may now be gone. NOOOOOOOOO.
What do you do when Skrillex makes a gentler track to show off another side of his production? You turn it back into a banger, duh. That’s exactly what Back From The Future did with “Summit”, Skrillex’s collab with Ellie Goulding off new EP “Bangarang.” The great thing about their mix – it keeps the lilting vocals and long stretches of pretty programming that you could just dive into, but then punches you in the gut with bits of growling, dubstep goodness. This same mentality goes for Matt Sayers‘ remix of the same tune – despite Skrillex’s efforts, I guess we all just want a little “Bangarang” in the end.
Alex Metric’s “End of The World” is the type of song I’d love to listen to on a road trip, or as the last song of the evening, with the lights coming on. It’s easy to get lost in, loopy with hints of drum and bass undertones. HeavyWeight takes it in a whole new direction, with a 4/4 backbone, huge buildups that go into other buildups and big electro sounds. In other words, it’s now makes you want to dance around insanely instead of sink a little further into the couch.
Sawgood and Indosilver Club have collaborated together on “One Handed”, a nutty drumstep to drum and bass banger with bits from “Get Up” by Skrillex and Korn. These two should collaborate more often – the track transitions between the two parts seamlessly and kinda makes me want to wear Jncos again. I could even do without the vocal in this, even though it’s not featured prominently. The instrumental here is so strong it just doesn’t need it.
Knife Party’s “Internet Friends” is one of my favorite songs right now – I get chills when that breakdown hits…the subtle creepiness of the clicking heels, the pounding on the door, the cellphone buzzing…and now you’re going to die. That being said, I was thrilled to see two remixes of the tune sitting in the inbox. The first is another from Matt Sayers, which combines bits from Swedish House Mafia and Knife Party’s “Antidote” and combines it with “Internet Friends” for an interesting duality. I wish the “Antidote” lyrics appeared sooner than they do, but it still works. Uberjak’d also gets in on a remix, looping the vocal and giving it a bouncier, slightly less ominous feel.
Yeah…I love my moombah. Stereothieves have made a moombah version of Swedish House Mafia & Laidback Luke’s “Leave The World Behind” and it works quite well. My only gripe is that the vocal retains a lot of artifacts from being slowed down so much (that slight stuttering you hear). Getting over that, the rest is filled with booming, hollow drums and that recognizable piano line. It’s not an intense moombah track – more like moombah for a prom slow dance with your special someone.