Posts Tagged ‘Bloc Party

07
Aug
10

THE RECOMMENDER – THE CAST OF CHEERS

THE CAST OF CHEERS

The genre of math rock always did sound like the future when it first arrived out of America’s midwest a couple of decades ago, before it evolved into its modern form, with the British act Foals or the New York-based Battles heading up the underground alt-rock scene in the last few years.  It should come as no surprise that this futuristic genre has returned and is seemingly ever more fitting to modern life with each appearance.  It enjoyed a short hiatus between Foals albums, but now seems back stronger than ever with Manchester’s Everything Everything turning it into something ready for the overground, taking the intricate jazz rhythms and moulding them into something beautiful and harmonious from its earlier foundations.  This evolution is joined by Cast Of Cheers, a four piece from Ireland, adding yet another country to the math rock map.  They take the genre’s signature staccato, rapidly-knocked beats and follow it tap for tap with the high guitar notes.  We imagine the tablature of this music to look as impossible as reading hieroglyphics in a sandstorm, so heaven knows how they get through the recording process.  We’re glad they do if the efforts produce music of this quality.  Why do we love it so much?  Well, there’s a theory that suggests it’s to do with the way in which our brains work.  The thoughts inside our minds are not linear, but are instead a rapid firing of neurons that are jumping about all over the place.  Therefore, when we listen to the off-beat and half-beats of math rock it sits better with how our brains like to digest information.  As I said, it’s just a theory.  Either way, it still requires a shit-load of skill and creativity to carve out something so complex, let alone make it enjoyable and melodic.  Bloc Party nailed it pretty well, but that was more down to Matt Tong’s extraordinary ability with the sticks and so they only really dabbled in this end of the rock spectrum.  Cast Of Cheers are slap bang in the centre of the movement and with tracks such as Goose and Strangers they even pour in stories of love and hope alongside the clever arrangements.  The outstanding track, Auricom, is so layered with beats that you can literally select to follow any one of them and find a groove to fall for.  Their arrival comes as our attention currently finds itself on Ireland and it’s burgeoning post-punk scene, with the likes of  Jogging and Not Squares also opting for maximum power.  As if their music isn’t forward-thinking enough, Cast Of Cheers have also gone and released their debut album, Chariots, for free on their Bandcamp page, so head there for more. Like. Now.  Our culture’s evolution is so subtle that you won’t ever feel like you’re in the future, for it will always be your present, but the progression of music can transport you there in an instant with the likes of The Cast Of Cheers.   (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here:         THE CAST OF CHEERS – AURICOM

Hear them here:         THE CAST OF CHEERS – DECEPTAPUNK

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07
Dec
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 37

THE REMIXES – PART 7 – STARSMITH

Starsmith, (real name Fin Dow-Smith), recently messaged us an update, which we’re pleased to say clarifies his current position.  To date we’ve known him as the producer behind Ellie Goulding‘s album, as well as playing alongside her live.  With her debut album due for a release in early 2010, we knew Fin’s work was virtually complete there, so what was a well connected talent such as Starsmith going to do next?

Well, the 21 year old is putting his music degree to good use, making sure he carves out his own solo career, rather than simply being the big bang behind other future starlets.  Having first arrived with the backing of the independent Neon Gold label, he has now signed his own record deal with Island (!) and we are pleased to confirm that he’s finally setting about producing his own songs.  He hopes that his own debut album should be ready for September 2010 and it will of course include Ellie Goulding as a guest vocalist, with the first single due around April.

Of course signing to a major record label, confirming guest vocalists of that caliber and planning release dates is all rather surprising, considering he hasn’t yet written or recorded any of his own original material!!  Well, when you have Ellie’s extraordinary tunes, as well as his plentiful remix catalogue, the picture becomes a lot clearer.

It’s this remix material that we are focussing on today, and our Remix Specials are fast becoming a set of hallowed halls, having previous listed giants such as:  Soulwax,  Bloc Party,  The TwelvesThe Golden Filter,  The Shoes and DiscoTech on past editions.  Starsmith’s golden touch adds his trademark wealth of electro synths, shameless 80s influences and bouncing beats.  Looks like Ellie’s going to have some stiff competition in 2010 then…

PALOMA FAITH – NEW YORK  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
PASSION PIT – SLEEPYHEAD  (STARSMITH REMIX, Ft. ELLIE GOULDING) ysi
LADY GAGA – BAD ROMANCE  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
LISA MITCHELL – COIN LAUNDRY  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
PRIVATE – MY SECRET LOVER  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
FRANKMUSIK – BETTER OFF AS TWO  (STARSMITH HOLIDAYING IN THE HEATH REMIX) ysi
ELLIE GOULDING – STARRY EYED  (STARSMITH PRODUCED) ysi
KATY PERRY – I KISSED A GIRL  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi
MARINA & THE DIAMONDS  – I AM NOT A ROBOT  (STARSMITH REMIX) ysi

If there’s any others we’ve missed then we’d appreciate you informing us in the comments section.  We know others are out there somewhere.  Also, it’s worth you knowing that we’ve nearly finished our Best Tracks Of 2009 post, so we will upload that in the next few days.  Yet another exciting reason to head back here before the year/decade ends.
(MB)

19
Sep
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 32

It seems that we’ve not done a Gig List for a while. August is a slightly weaker period for live music in Brighton, (with a handful of lucky exceptions), as venues await the return of students in September and October, so here are a couple of highlights as Autumn’s flood gates open.

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DEADMAU5

Is there a bigger name on the world’s DJ scene right now? This one-man, tidal wave of a DJ launches his next album, Lack Of A Better Name, in the next few weeks and follows it up with a tour around the UK. Out of all the places on this tour, Brighton is lucky enough to get the man-sized mouse for two consecutive nights at our beach-fronted club, Digital, such was the massive demand for tickets. It seems Brighton has a special pull on this Canadian tech-master. His recorded music is often tucked into the minimilist, progressive techno pocket, which suits the fact that he’s rather a techie geek, often spending almost as much time inventing programs and software for his studio productions than he does actually creating new music. However, it’s with his live sets that the mouse truly begins to roar, as he steps into a more thumping electro realm with extroadinary power and finesse. This is a DJ totally in control of any crowd he faces, building up tracks and dropping the breaks to perfection. He’s famous for wearing many different custom designed, massive mouse heads that range in colour from bright red, to black, to diamond encrusted. Prepare to see the giant mouse ears bobbing up and down above the frenzied crowd’s pumping fists.   (MB)

ACT:                    DEADMAU5
VENUE:               Digital, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £ 10.00
DATES:                Sunday 18th and Monday 19th October 2009
WEBSITE:           Myspace
TRACK:               MORGAN PAGE – THE LONGEST ROAD (DEADMAU5 REMIX) (ysi)

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BLOC PARTY

So big are this indie band that they’ve taken it upon themselves to rebrand the month of October for us. As they drive their UK tour around to most major cities outside London through ‘Bloctober’ they stop off at our largest capacity venue, The Brighton Centre. It’s a pity that this is the only venue big enough to squeeze in a band of this size as the acoustics are piss poor. Really, really piss poor. If a band are to avoid getting lost in this vast chasm they’ll need to create a sound as big as a stampede of horny elephants. Taking in the evidence from their summer festival slots it seems that Bloc Party could scare off a thousand, rabid mammoths with one blast of their bursting choruses, so they’ll be just fine. Adored by millions, Kele will no doubt bring his usual self-assured frontmanship to each set, whilst Matt Tong, a man that is the definition of  extroadinary drumming and technical timing, will provide his usual metronomic brilliance as the back drop. With such a vast catalogue of generation-defining songs in their locker, prepare for mass sing alongs and an atmosphere that The Brighton Centre probably hasn’t seen since the likes of Muse or Kasabian. And that’s saying something!   (MB)

ACT:                      BLOC PARTY
VENUE:                  The Brighton Centre
COST:                    £ 22.50
DATE:                    Saturday 24th (BL)October 2009
WEBSITE:             Myspace
TRACK:                  BLOC PARTY –  HUNTING FOR WITCHES (RUCKUS ROBOTICUS REMIX) (ysi)

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The Recommender is off to SourceFest tonight for the annual celebration of our town’s best going out bible, The Source Magazine, which I also write for. On show is a truly exceptional line up of Brighton’s talents, including The Half Sisters, The Agitator and The Lyrebirds. All of which are due a mention on this blog in due course.

07
Dec
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 15

I know every other blog and music magazine does this, so I thought I’d obligingly contribute my ‘best-tracks-of-2008’  list too. I know what you’re thinking – “but every track you post is blindingly brilliant Mike, how can you choose?!” – I know, I know, but I’ve spent the last month trapped in a tower in a Buddhist monastery in Tibet thinking this through, so I’m sticking with it and you best enjoy it!

Before you ask, it’s in no particular order. None of us would agree, it’s really pointless and it would take at least another 6 months in the monastery. Feel free to comment listing which numbers should go in which priority, or if you have any additions you’d like to add >>>

And lastly, please note that not all the tracks listed here were released in 2008 – some are likely to be released in 2009 – it’s just that they floated past The Recommender’s ears this year, as tunes do when you write a blog. At least it’s making 2009 also looking fooking ace!!!

1) THECOCKANDBULLKIDON MY OWN
>> I’ve kept a keen eye on this young, new talent that’s emerged this year. She has that independent look and style all her own and her music is no different. Confident, yet beautifully sweet music, full of melody and tune. Her vocals lift the music off the page and are impossible not to love. Upbeat and catchy, her masterful ear for a good pop hook is right up there with the best of them. 2008 has seen a fantastic emergence of strong female solo-artists, including the likes of Little Boots, La Roux, Goldielocks, and Thecocknbullkid’s Anita Blay can definitely be firmly added to the list.

2) MGMTKIDS (Soulwax Edit)
>> 2008 was a particularly good year for remixes, covers and mash ups, as the world’s bedroom-producers got very busy with their new technology. This original tune already blew me away, nestled in the middle of the MGMT album, Oracular Spectacular, and to be fair this Soulwax remix only tweaks it a touch, but it’s pushed up just enough to become a true club floor filler. Hear this in a club packed with Indie-loving teenagers and watch the place erupt.

3) ELBOWONE DAY LIKE THIS
>> 2008 saw this masterful band of truly exceptional musicians get their buttons in the form of the critically affirming Mercury Music Prize. True acclaim has never been so apt and I for one implore you all to grab a copy of their album, Seldom Seen Kid, as it has many peaks. This tune is a highlight for me and it replaced my previous ‘favourite track’ by them, ‘Forget Myself’. It has an advanced, superb production and boy what a sing-along climax! Never before has a band leapt into the stadium arena with such a triumphant stride. It’s all they deserve. And Guy Garvey is such a top, top fella to boot…

4) VAN SHECAT & THE EYE
> > A fresh effort from these Australian fellas from the monster label Modular Records. The Australian competition really stepped up a gear in 2008, with Midnight Juggernauts, The Bumblebeez and The Presets all shining strong with great releases of their own, but Van She definitely held their own. A sublime song, with it’s MGMT-style opening and it’s burst of fresh chords that break to the rumbling bass. A leaf taken from the band Sugar and an additional taste all of their own, it’s uplifting chorus leaves you feeling like the tune has existed forever. It’s great songwriting by a band well into their stride.

5) DANGER ft VYLE0h00
>> I am in love with the sound Danger produces in his tunes. It’s all cinematic, 80’s thriller film scores. They are a dark, scary back drop theme tune to any Carpenter movie, circa Halloween or Christine. A tidy Electro pounding pace with heavy synths, its like being hooked by the mouth into a nightclub. This tune follows the same theme, but adds a missing ingredient to previous tunes – namely vocals. Vyle’s lyrics make the tune lighter and infinitely more listenable. It therefore goes down as my favourite work by him to date. I look forward to a lot more from him in 2009.

6) LADYHAWKEBACK OF THE VAN
>> 2008 was the year that Pip Brown finally splashed onto the scene in proper 80’s synth-pop lovliness. She’s been all over the blogosphere this year, but this New Zealand songstress eventually trapped me with this tune. Retro-pop that sounds comfortably familiar, yet bursts with freshness too. Her earlier effort, Paris Is burning, also ranked highly, but it was this tune that finally stole my heart. Her Chrissie Hynde-sounding vocals and an ear for a strum-tastic melody-making chord change meant for a full song with plenty to love.

7) BUSY P ft MURSTO PROTECT AND ENTERTAIN (Crookers Remix) 
>> What more do you require in a tune? It’s comes from the Ed Banger Records god that is Busy P and the lyrics are sweetly married by rapper Murs. It brilliantly details an LA scene that’s had my eyes and ears glued to it all year long. This particular version has had the magical Crookers remix dust sprinkled all over it, giving it the perfect pace, electro rough edges and bounce that really adds to it. There was a dozen or so remixes released of this tune, including ones by Mehdi, So Me and Mr.Oizo, but for me, this is the best.

8 ) TV ON THE RADIOHALFWAY HOME
>> Although their left-field, alternative Indie so familiar in their previous albums was somehow smartened up on 2008’s album, Dear Science, the more polished finish that’s evident here actually turned them into a more listenable, less dark affair. I loved previous work by this New York 5-piece, but with this album the songs hit you instantly and with their talents that means they hit you real hard. The highlight for me was this opener, a sublime building track that reminds me of Bloc Party at their most peaceful, with the echoing lyrics and sweeping drums that crash as the guitars kick in. It’s one of the most beautiful openers to any album. The album maintains the fantastic setting throughout, so hunt it out and get swept up.

9) FOALSCASIUS
> > 
Released in Spring 2008, a couple of weeks before their fantastic debut album, Antidotes, this tune provided the confirmation, after the massive hype throughout 2007, that this band were the real deal. Their ‘Math Rock’ or ‘Geek Rock’, as the blogs named it, was fresh, different and exciting to hear. With their distinctive guitaring, played high up the neck of the guitar, flicking out brilliant riffs that caught the eye live, as well as the ear. The band are very tight on stage, sharing a bond that causes a magical chemistry with the crowd. The high tempo of the song bounces along like a robotic butterfly, as it’s all over the place, however, its never lost. With it’s crashing breaks and fantastic chorus, that first splits off at 25 seconds in, it bursts into a fantastic sing along. A proper teenage Indie anthem.        

10) THE WILD BEASTSTHE DEVILS CRAYON
>> “This truly is the devil’s answer…” – What more can I say!? Slotting neatly on the shelf alongside Yeasayer, this beautiful, wistful, swirl of a song is truly epic. It also has a fantastic video, found posted here on ‘How Good Is This 4’. A fantastic four-piece, with two very credible and differing singers (a unique rarity in itself!). Bursting out of Kendall in the North West in the summer of 2008, with their debut album, Limbo Panto, this band look to have a bright future indeed.

11) PRIMARY ONE –  HOLD ME DOWN (The Shoes Remix)
>> I’ve lost at least a couple of nights sleep having this goddamn tune going round and round in my head as I hit the pillow. I warn you not to listen to it prior to sleep, as it’s literally impossible to remove it once it’s in there. I caught them live in the summer and they were satisfyingly ace. If you don’t yet know them it will only be a matter of time. I believe 2009 could well belong to these guys if things go as planned.

12) FLEET FOXESWHITE WINTER HYMNAL
> > It’s frustrated the hell out me reading that many, many of the world’s largest music magazine’s voted Fleet Foxes self-titled album, released through the awesome American label Sub Pop, at the top of their ‘best albums of 2008’ lists! It’s good, but it’s not that good. It’s an album that looks backwards rather than forwards. It’s an accoustic mix of Beach Boys harmonies, were they fronted by Neil Young and backed by the band America. Not a lot that’s breaking moulds then, but it could be worse. After all, there’s still enough magic to warrant your attention.  Sitting by a winter’s fireplace with the snow at your door this song feels so right. It’s beautiful, it’s cinematic and somehow it feels like it has always existed.

13) THE ROLLING STONESYOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT (Soulwax Remix)
>> The second of the remixes by Soulwax on this list, as boy have they been working hard this year! Chopping other people’s tunes up is indeed what they do best. Keeping true to Mick Jagger’s words, (probably contractually, knowing The Stones’ tight ship), they added just enough frisson to build the pounding song up to a new level. The Electro and 60’s band’s sound shouldn’t go hand in hand, but with this work looking well polished it seems we are all going to have to re-raid our Beatles/Beach Boys/Bob Dylan/Byrds/Kinks, (- delete as appropriate), record collections for the next remixes.

14) MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTSSHADOWS
>> Australia went cra-zeeeee this year with an explosion of cooler than cool new Indie-Electro bands. They just about all slot neatly into The Recommender’s intended record box. Modular Records is very much at the front of this Aussie push, signing up most of them. The MJ’s though are my favourites. Disco-infused prog-rock-influenced 80’s casio brilliance. The album drifted a little, but the highlights, of which Shadows is my favourite, keep it well above most other albums released in 2008. I managed to see them live in Brighton earlier in the year and had a chance to thank Vince (lead singer) personally which was the least I could do for such an awesome effort.

15) BLOC PARTYTHE PRAYER (La Modes Sunday School Mix)
>> Bloc Party get a lot of cover on the blog world. They have that magic ability to cross dance and indie music quite like nobody else can. We love them and their sublime back catalogue. It also makes them ripe for a good remix, so you will find there’s a million available out there. This one drifted past my inbox this year and I believe it to be one of the best I’ve ever heard, so it gets onto this list simply by standing tall amongst a crowd of others. La Mode have had a fantastic year as most of what they touch turns out to be really strong.

16) RADIOHEADNUDE
>> Although this is from the album In Rainbows, initially released in 2007 through the inspired choice of a ‘pay-what-you-want’ scheme, this single was actually released in March 2008. The second single to come from that album, it was originally penned more than 10 years previously. Thom Yorke is a master of the haunting, climactic vocals and never before has it shot straight through you quite like it does in this song. Delicate, simple and truly beautiful. It’s a modern masterpiece that no other band could quite achieve. I don’t know how they manage to create songs of such strength that yet seem so fragile.

17) FRIENDLY FIRESWHITE DIAMONDS
>> This St.Albans 3-piece burst onto the scene with mucho NME back up and plenty of blog cover through 2007 and 2008. Like most other people, I first came across this band through their amazing tune ‘Paris’, which turned into a subsequent hit, but it was with the tune ‘White Diamonds’, found on the self-titled album released back in September, that I finally fell in love. It’s like a smarter, better dressed version of a tune The Killers would love to have created, had the Las Vegas band not lost it and focused more on their silly facial hair than their music. Its all whirling drum claps, with a funky riffing guitar, that pairs up with the excellent, stylish vocals from Ed McFarlane. Just as it’s verse builds and breaks into the chorus it provides a satisfying knock out blow that smacks you for a home run. A ‘killer track’ in the true sense I guess.

18) MIAPAPER PLANES
>> This tune came out in February 2008. The third single from the critically acclaimed 2007 album, Kala, is the strongest in my opinion and proved to be the most commercially successful of any of MIA’s releases. Remixed by Diplo, Speak, Scottie B and Adrock amongst others, this tune is full of samples and sounds that hammer home it’s strong lyrical bite. An unlikely tuneful chorus that you could actually sing along to found me seeing a side to the inventive MIA that hadn’t reared it’s head before. It’s a totally stunning and original piece of work. More will be written about the wonderful MIA in an upcoming post I’m doing about the strong female solo artists, so find out more soon.

19) THE GOLDEN FILTERSOLID GOLD
A strange selection this, but due it’s entry all the same. The band did the ‘Fake Blood’ thing and deliberately held back from letting anyone know their names, faces, or quite frankly anything about them. I think it’s becoming a more and more popular thing to do. Perhaps it’s tantalising to the adoring teenagers to have that air of mystery surrounding them. Perhaps it’s a kick back against the blog world’s ability to spread any new music they locate wafer thin, even before the band are signed up. Either way, it doesn’t deflect from the fact that the songs this group write are strong enough on their own. I had the chance to meet up with them recently and watch them play live in my local town a few weeks ago and even though the mystery regarding their names and faces has now been lifted for me the excitement remains, as they play out a fantastic live show. 2009 may well belong to them.

20) GRINNY GRANDADMONTY
>> This lot are brand spanking new and yet to release any album etc, but I was in contact with them earlier in the year and they very kindly sent me a selection of their finest songs. All are potential future singles and all were truly fantastic. It’s a sample heavy blend of smooth guitars and beautiful vocals from the talented Claire and Kimberley, backed up by a powerful, slow beat. It’s a dreamy concoction and will remind you of the best bits out of a Zero 7 or Morcheeba album. The melodies seem like they nestle in your ears perfectly, creating a tune that you will instantly love. Perfect for a summer’s day outdoors. Perhaps summer 2009?

OK, I’d better stop there. I’d love to have added The Hair, or La Roux, or Little Boots or, or, or, or….

I hope you agree that this is a list of truly great songs, from great artists, in a productively great year. For more details on them please search through The Recommender’s bountiful archives.

Leave your comments, because I know you will have your opinions on all this.

Be sure to return throughout 2009 to see some of the above artists really blossom. We’ll be right there when they do…
Mike

24
Oct
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 10

In How Good Is This 7 I listed my favourite Bloc Party tracks. It’s proving to be a never-ending list as more and more remixes crop up.

Thanks to fellow (brilliant) bloggers Dancefloor Mayhem for showing me this latest one. It’s so good I simply couldn’t resist posting it on to you. It’s right up there with the best and goes to prove just how ripe Bloc Party are for a re-edit.

BLOC PARTYTHE PRAYER (La Modes Sunday School Remix)

Is it the best remix ever done of these guys??? Let me know your thoughts as always…
Mike

07
Oct
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 12

Like a boxer with his opponent on the ropes, the RECOMMENDER just keeps getting stronger and stronger. With this edition I’m moving in with a couple of well-placed rabbit punches to your musical ribs. Can you take it? Of course you can…

HI-DEAF
I’ve been fervently getting right into my remixes lately. In fact, does anyone write new songs anymore? Soon we’ll be remixing remixes! Anyways, its not going to be a problem so long as the tunes are as kick-ass as these guys make them. Hi-Deaf are a couple of proper LA scenester DJ’s that give that magic touch to any tune they grace, from thier brilliant mash up of Daft Punks ‘Da Funk’ blended with Maddonna’s ‘4 Minutes’ , to plying their hands to Radiohead’s ‘Reckoner’. They chop it all up masterfully – like Gordon Ramsey with a new knife set. The two guys, Ryan Wilson and Ken Floyd, are DJ’ing sets that launch straight off of the fantastic LA Riots rocket pad. That’s definitely no bad thing at all…

Find them here:    Myspace   

Hear them here:    SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEMUFO IN HD (Hi Deaf Remix)

THE BEENS
Sometimes you hear a tune and it happens to slot very neatly into your brain. I heard a remix by these guys and simply had to share it. This German 4-piece have created a remix from the Aussie band Amy Meredith with the usual fuzzy electro hooks on repeat, which at first hearing I thought I was going to get bored of, but then approx 1min 45secs into the track, the lyrics kick in and the tune snares you. A proper club banger and dancefloor filler. Enjoy… 

Find them here:   Myspace  

Hear them here:   AMY MEREDITHRUNNING (Beens Remix)

PIN ME DOWN
Ever wandered what Bloc Party would sound like if fronted by kim Wilde? Well that’s enough said about Pin Me Down…OK, so I’ll elaborate a little…If you thought Kele and Matt were the designers of Bloc Party’s sound you could well be made to think again. Pin Me Down are a creation of Bloc Party’s Russel Lissack with sexy vocals provided by Milena Mepris. He provides the swinging, choppy guitaring over a dance back drop and Milena’s tidy songwriting. With this project getting releases through the Kitsune label, I cannot imagine a set up with a more fashionable backing. Whether it develops into something more or simply stays as a side project is yet to be determined, but the vital signs are very strong.

 

Find them here:    Myspace

Hear them here:    PIN ME DOWNCRYPTIC

So you’ve survived another Recommender ear bashing. Thanks for going the distance with me once again as I trawl the world of contemporary tunes. More rich pickings next time, so pop back soon…

Mike

28
Sep
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 7


THE REMIXES – PART 1 – BLOC PARTY



If you don’t like BLOC PARTY then your going to hate this post.

However if you don’t enjoy Bloc Party you need to check yourself in for surgery, because your ears are clearly surplus to requirements. I’m not sure your bad taste can be surgically removed, but with the medical advances and modern science I’m sure we could try…

So here we are. Bloc Party are very well known to all of us and this is correct and very much as it should be. Nothing new to report. Nothing new I can cover that hasn’t been waxed to within an inch of it’s life. Right?

Pretty much. It’s just that I love Bloc Party like nothing else. They are my smack and I’m their junkie. No intervention’s going to get in my way here.

So what this post is about is a dedication to a well rehearsed passion. I want to list the Bloc Party remixes I enjoy. Yes, they’re a fine, fine band in their own right, with their upbeat, choppy dance-Indie brilliance, but never before in history has a band been so ripe for a remix. And haven’t the button-twiddlers been busy! So many awesome remixes!

Normally I demand a remix has to at least add something to an existing tune, or bring something fresh to the table. Bloc Party clearly write tunes well enough and they clearly have one of the best drummers of all time in Matt tong, but when remixed they seem to be pushed into the electro dance genre like it was as natural as conceiving a child.

I list the results of these remixes below for you. Believe me there are hundreds out there, so I’ve simply included those I see fit for purpose. Enjoy, pinch, comment, what ever you like. At least you know where I stand on the legends that are BLOC PARTY….

HUNTING FOR WITCHES(Villains Electro-Banger Remix)
THIS MODERN LOVE (Dave P & Adam Sparkles Making Time Remix)
THE PRAYER (Does It Offend You Yeah? Remix)
SIGNS(Plimsouls Edit)
I STILL REMEMBER(SebatiAn Remix)
LIKE EATING GLASS (Black Strobe Remix)
TWO MORE YEARS(MSTRKRFT Remix)
MERCURY (Herve Is In Disarray Remix)
MERCURY(CSS Remix)

Phew, I feel like I’ve got that off of my chest now. Hey, if we can’t indulge in our own blogs every now and again then what’s the point eh?? Let me know which remix is your favourite?

Bloc Party have a new album due out real soon. Cue remixers at the ready…
Mike




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Natasha Ryan - Photographer (New York, USA)