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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.
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02
Aug
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 33

Photo by Kid Paparazi

THE REMIXES – PART 5 – THE TWELVES

It’s been a little while since we did a ‘remix special’ here on The Recommender. Previous editions, including the likes of Soulwax, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and The Golden Filter, proved to be amongst some of the most popular posts we’ve ever had on this blog. This only goes to prove the popularity and power of a good remix.

These days, checking the Hype Machine backs this up, as it’s famous ‘Top 100’ blogged tracks usually has tons of them. It’s something that we think is a little over-cooked here on The Recommender, so we make sure we reserve our ‘remix posts’ for only the finest, most outstanding efforts. This is a category that THE TWELVES slot into very neatly.

A very busy duo from the Brazillian shores of Rio De Janeiro, they bring an excellent sunny side to everything they remix. Often adding more Pop to an already Popped tune, their blends are undoubtedly still for the club floor. They have a positive bassline to all their selections, whilst allowing the magic of the original track to still remain, (often keeping most of the vocals), whilst they stir in some Funked tweaks for good measure.

Selected highlights are attached below for you to judge for yourselves. They regularly tour the world’s club scenes so you will undoubtedly be able to catch them live soon. The question is, are they true pretenders to Soulwax and DiscoTech‘s mighty remix authority?

LA ROUXIN FOR THE KILL (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
NOAH AND THE WHALEBLUE SKIES (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
ASOBI SEKSUTHURSDAY (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
A-HATAKE ON ME (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
THE FLAMING LIPSTHE YEAH YEAH YEAH SONG (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
FLEET FOXESWHITE WINTER HYMNAL (The Twelves Remix)        (ysi)
THE VIRGINSRICH GIRLS (The Twelves Remix)      (ysi)
RADIOHEADTHERE THERE (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
ZEIGEISTHUMANITARIANISM (The Twelves Remix)       (ysi)
DATABASE vs FRENCH HORN REBELLIONBEACHES & FRIENDS (The Twelves Remix) (ysi)

Please take a second to leave a comment, either letting us know which track is your favourite, or if you know of any other decent Twelves remixes that we’ve perhaps missed, as this sort of information lets us know what people are enjoying currently. Thanks, as always…




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