FLUME: Insane plus Mixtape

This sound has been blowing up everything from radios to relationships, laptops to lapdances, hearts, minds, boats, babes and now, finally, this blog.

Flume is a super young, super talented producer who is making serious waves with his crazyclean and tight tracks - wish I coulda seen him when, but can't wait to see him soon.

psst... here's some more... cause you know you want it ;)



VonStache: Sandbox Love

Remember Gil Mantera's Party Dream?

Well apparently these synthesizer philosopher brothers have a younger Australian sister with more tattoos and her own hula hooping gogo dance groupies. She's also just finished up her first EP and is busy shooting the music video for the third time. She's perfectionist and fan of food fights, I guess.

Meet Von Stache (Saspot) hailing from the electromusic holy land of Geelong, Australia. Part Party Dream with splashes of Le Tigre, and hefty helpings of sugar, spice and led lights Von Stache belongs on your NYE/NYD/everydamnday plalist.

Support her bid to be 'Unearthed'by Triple J... Follow Von Stache on Soundcloud and Facebook.



Thankful for What We've Got (Gangster Leans): William DeVaugh remixes

Oh damn, this groove was the perfect soundtrack for my drive back from a sunset beach trip last Friday. It's funky-as, pushes a positive attitude and gratitude and includes the lyric 'gangster lean' - I mean, c'mon! I texted three people to turn on and tune up their radios to PBS' "Smoke and Mirrors" show to join me in my personal party. Listen to this killer community supported radio station here.

The original William Devaugh track, "Be Thankful for What You've Got" (at the end of this post) is already funky as hell and DJ Day made the mix I heard last week.

Then I go to share it with you and in true SeriousStuff fashion, I find a bunch of other versions that rock my world and pop my hips just as hard. I simply refuse to choose.

And it turns out that Massive Attack's did a version too.. This guy must be getting some serious residual payments..

Oh and by the way, here's the original:



BANKS - Change (Dream Koala Remix)

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BANKS - Change (Dream Koala Remix)

Berlin / Paris collective Dream Koala has created new realms of music with their remix of Banks - Change. With a 4x4 beat, the group has transformed a pop tune by Banks into a transformitive tune.

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Disclosure - Latch (DJ Premier Remix)

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Disclosure - Latch (DJ Premier Remix)

DJ Premier will never die, he'll just keep making the best remixes around. The DJ who cut his teeth with Pete Rock and CL Smooth now covers Disclosure's Latch ... what mood altering he pitches, this one is on top!

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Dolly Parton - Jolene (Kygo Edit)

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Dolly Parton - Jolene (Kygo Edit)

One of the best vocalists, which may or may not be due to her ample bosom is Dolly Parton. Dolly is queen here in Tennessee, with her own theme park in Pigeon Forge - and not without due respect. Dolly has got the skills and guts to make some incredible music. Kyogo has remixed her Jolene into a dance floor banger ... and none too soon!

BONUS: Dolly Parton - Jolene

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The Nails - 88 Lines about 44 Women

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The Nails - 88 Lines about 44 Women

The Nails were originally a five-piece New Wave band that formed in Boulder, Colorado in 1976. In Colorado, they were originally named The Ravers, and their roadie, Eric Boucher, later became known as Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys. The band members were Marc Campbell (lead vocals, guitar), Dave Kaufman (keyboards), Al Leis (drums), Artie Freeman (lead guitar), and Jon Cormany (bass).

By the late 1970s, The Nails had established themselves on the club circuit and were now composed of vocalist Marc Campbell, bassist George Kaufman, saxophonist Douglas Guthrie, drummer Mike Ratti (Dennis McDermott on Mood Swing), keyboardist Dave Kaufman, and guitarist Steve O'Rourke. Hotel for Women, an EP recorded in 1981, contained an early version of "88 Lines About 44 Women", a song that caught the attention of RCA. The Nails were signed to RCA By Bruce Harris, also known for bringing The Clash to America. In 1984 "88 Lines About 44 Women" was re-recorded for RCA and included on The Nails' full-length debut LP, Mood Swing. The song received regular airplay despite a number of double entendres and lyrical references to masturbation and sadomasochism.

I'd never heard this song, except for this hmmmmm ... hmmmm ... hmmmm ... chorus until my girlfriend, who has a thing for 80's tunes, turned me onto it. I love this girl. Truly a throwback to 80's simplistic sentimalities.

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Parassela - Pariah (Home Alone EP)

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Parassela - Untitled A1

We love a good mystery! So who is Parassela? Apparently, Parasella is the studio live project of Blawan and the Analogue Corps. Their first release on their own album has become a collectors item in less than 40 days. Now the project lands on Restoration, featuring Pariah on track A1, a crossover monster of techno and garage. There's so much distortion, it makes my defibrillator, skip a beat or two.

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PURE MAGIC: Dan Deacon - Snookered

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Dan Deacon - Snookered

When it comes to imagination, my favorite artist will always be Dan Deacon. His live shows are legendary - mainly because he prides himself on making the audience part of the show. Whether it's dance contests, communal sing-a-longs or phone apps which sync lights and music, Dan is an innovator. He is a master at layering music - you can hear it in Snookered. That truly is magic.

Check out the Vice / Noisey interview with Dan Deacon as well, below.

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Detroit Urban Skiing?!?!?!??!?!!

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Detroit Urban Skiing

These catz go hard ... taking on the urban Detroit landscapes with skis no less. What they present is breathtaking, from the innovation to raw determination to have fun on any terrain. Check out poorboyz.com for more action.

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Crystal Castles III Full Album w/ Christiane F - We Children from Bahnhof Zoo

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Crystal Castles III Full Album w/ Christiane F - We Children from Bahnhof Zoo

Today, we present another genius movie dub - 1981's Christiane F. – We Children from Bahnhof Zoo along with Crystal Castles album III. The movie portrays the 70's drug scene in West Berlin. The absolute bleakness of the movie and music fit perfectly together.

01 Plague 0:00
02 Kerosene 4:55
03 Wrath of God 8:07
04 Affection 11:14
05 Pale Flesh 13:51
06 Sad Eyes 16:50
07 Insulin 20:17
08 Transgender 22:04
09 Violent Youth 25:09
10 Telepath 29:30
11 Mercenary 33:25
12 Child I Will Hurt You 36:03

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Tensnake - No Relief (feat. Fiora) (free download)

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Tensnake - No Relief (feat. Fiora)

There must be something in the German water that makes such good techno artists. Take Tensnake a.k.a. Marco Niemerski for example. Everything he touches turns to gold and his latest track - No Relief (featuring Fiora) is no exception. The vibe is evocative of a Booka Shade song - and I mean that in the best possible way. The vocals are felt with true conviction and the melody will echo through your domepiece forever! Why is Tensnake giving this track away for free? I don't know, but am not going to complain.

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Luke Million - Midnight (GRUM Remix)

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Luke Million - Midnight (GRUM Remix)

GRUM a.k.a. Graeme Sheperd is back! Not that he ever really left, but it's been some time since we've heard new material. With this remix of Luke Million's Midnight, GRUM brings that trademark synth bassline upon which he made his mark.

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Jeekoos - The Wreck EP

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Jeekoos - The Wreck EP

Producer and DJ, Jeekoos a.k.a. Bartek Jeekoos has been peddling his own take on bass music for well over a decade now. He's been influencing kids and getting many hooked on that addictive bass line from his headquarters in Chicago. Now, he's dropped a new product - The Wreck EP, which features The Wreck, which will have you waylaid for hours and Gettin' - whose chronic influence will get you lifted and well retarded. Enjoy responsibly!


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Gnarls Barkley - Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Cover)

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Gnarls Barkley - Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Cover)

There was something so pleasant about that place ... ya know, that place where all the incredible covers come from. Today, we have TEEMID and Joie Tan covering one of the top tracks of the 2000's - Gnarls Barkley's Crazy. On this one, they strip back all the sanity and go straight for the gut. What's left is a haunting rendition that will make you lose your mind!

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Daft Punk - Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas

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Daft Punk - Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas

Daft Punk have just released the video for their track Instant Crush featuring Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas. The video and song frame up a perfect little love ditty done Daft Punk style. Julian, who was specifically chosen for his former work with the Strokes, helped Daft Punk bring this song to fruition from a demo track that they had lying around.

BONUS: Daft Punk - Motherboard

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Greetings fellow e-citizens! It's been awhile since I've posted, but some new tunes I've come across recently have propelled me back into blogging action. Sorrow is a UK-based producer from Bristol, Britain. His productions are immensely unique, and get plenty of replays on my computer.

The first track of his I came across is called "Through the Night"

He also just released an LP this year, entitled Dreamstone:

The entire LP is solid, but the tracks that stood out to me the most were these four:




Dreamstone ft. Co Ma

Enjoy! Hope the cold weather isn't cramping your style :D



Todd Terje - Spiral

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Todd Terje - Spiral

Wake up ... I said WAKE UP!!! It's Thursday (is it?!?!) morning and time for a little Terje in your cup. Yes, Todd's got the good to get you up and running this morning. Spiral is a build-up of synthy proportions ... great for watching the sun come up!

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Nneka: Shining Star (via Joe Goddard)

So Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) remixed this Nneka track... to the tune of over nine minutes with a bunch of fluff at the start and end. Nneka's inclusion of the remix on her YouTube channel cuts it down to all killer in this 3min 15sec version.

I'm all at once addicted and craving and incessantly listening to this track today. The beat, the lyric, the uptempo bounce and the melodic play is all really working for me. I'm astonished that I haven't shared this already.





Youtube user - Günter Von Düctrape has expertly synced George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" with a Moderat soundtrack. What a genius concept!!! This eerie flick just got a whole lot creepier!

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WOODKID - Volcano (live)

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WOODKID - Volcano

Yoann Lemoine a.k.a. Woodkid, is a French music video director, graphic designer and singer-songwriter. He burst on the music scene in 2011 with his incredible anthem - Iron. Now, he's back with an incredible composition that is best appreciated live - Volcano.

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DJ Form - Live @ Resonate v.5, Chicago, IL. 4/24/2010

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DJ Form - Live @ Resonate v.5, Chicago, IL. 4/24/2010

Boy, do I miss my Chicago friends ... especially this guy - DJ Form a.k.a. Oren Form Kopperl - incredible turntablist and DJ/MC for Pseudo Slang. Oren's been rockin the ones and twos for a great many years and you can hear it. I present DJ Form's set at Resonate v.5 from April 2010 - when I first met this guy. Let the music speak for itself.

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HIDDEN TREASURE :: Symphony Hall - Metal Arrives

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Symphony Hall - Metal Arrives

I devour music ... yes I eat and eat and eat - I am an addict. It's all an attempt to find the best tracks out there. It does pay off, however. Symphony Hall is a one time collaboration between Riton and Canblaster - brought about through Surkin's Marble Music label. This bipolar gem has got it all - hard electro beats + oh so groovy piano chords and female vocals. It's a musical orgasm!

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GET BUSY :: Clams Casino - I'm God (P-80 Footwork Refix) (download)

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Clams Casino - I'm God (P-80 Footwork Refix)

Good footwork gets me trill like no other music, especially when it's done right. Here's a perfect example - Clams Casino's I'm God remixed by P-80. I've never even heard the original - I don't care ... I know it won't be this good!


BONUS: P-80 - Vertigo (Original Mix)

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London Afrobeat Collective - Prime Minister (Captain Planet Remix)

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London Afrobeat Collective - Prime Minister (Captain Planet Remix)

London Afrobeat Collective are an expanding ensemble from (take a guess) headed by lead singer, Funke Adeleke. They've just recently release their new single - Prime Minister and allowed a few remixes including this driving juggernaut by Captain Planet. This one is just extra Afro Funky! The horns really make it great. Be sure to pick up all the versions on their Bandcamp page.

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J-XCLUSIVE :: Julian Lozano - My Own Lane

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Julian Lozano - My Own Lane

Longtime brosef and rapper Julian Lozano a.k.a. J-X has been busy since his recent transplant to Louisiana. My Own Lane, which has recently dropped, is Julian's anthem to doing it his way - manifesting his own reality. This is a hype tune with nice a "dirty south" trap melody providing backup.

Keep doing it your way, brother!

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Jokers of the Scene - Silencio / Have You Said Your Prayers Today?

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Jokers of the Scene - Silencio

At the top of their game, Canadian duo Jokers of the Scene have dropped their newest single - Silencio for Lau / Astro Lab Recordings Various Artists album - TREASURE HUNTING VOL 2. This one is a fun, energetic tune with perfectly timed samples. Looks like this is my new tune to wake up to.

BONUS: Jokers of the Scene "Have You Said Your Prayers Today?"

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Todd Terje Essential Mix 2013

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Todd Terje Essential Mix 2013

Enjoy this Essential Mix from Todd Terje from July 26 of this year. It's chock full of afrobeat, rare groove and disco.

1.wally badarou - voices
2.riuichi sakamoto & robin scott - once in a lifetime
3.herb alpert - rotation
4.jim morrison - ghost song
5.guru guru - taoma
6.edu lobo - zanzibar
7.paul mauriat - from jupiter with love
8.juan laya & jorge montiel - cumbanchero
9.traks - wild safari (edit)
10.men at work - down under (chuck norris dub)
11.dennis brown - out of the funk
12.tanner ross - straight to the moon
13.tim green - cherry
14.let's get lost - 1002 nights
15.nese karaböcek - yali yali (edit)
16.angelo & eighteen - flight 2
17.status iv - you ain't really down (edit)
18.lone - lying in the reeds
19.chico hablas - los voladores (edit)
20.joe - r.e.j. bit
21.kitty winter - new morning (prins thomas edit)
22.shindai lovers - a little bit faster (prins thomas edit)
23.linus loves - skagg
24.steve miller band - serenade
25.sleazy mcqueen - mrs vanderbilt
26.guitar slim green - shake it up (edit)
27.gerry rafferty - right down the line (12" mix)
28.nicolette larson - lotta love (12" mix)

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Ok Sure - FYMF (Why Don't You Stay)

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Ok Sure - FYMF (Why Don't You Stay)

My sweet soul sister Miriam a.k.a. Serious Stuff turned me on to this incredible tune from Melbourne based DJ, designer and producer Ok Sure a.k.a. Akaysha a.k.a. Kaysh who has been on the scene since the age of 13. She has remixed tracks from Bob Marley to Deadmau5. FYMF (Why Don't You Stay) is just begging to be shared with anyone who knows good music. You know what you have to do.


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Stwo - Syrup

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Stwo - Syrup

Paris-based Stwo ("Stew") has dropped a delicious elixir of melody and beats called Syrup. This is the kind of music I hear in my dreams! Enjoy with a bottle of your favorite Robo ... or don't - either way, you'll be flying.

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Life is Hard (Teen Daze Remix)

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Life is Hard (Teen Daze Remix)

As I write this, a golden sound washes over. That talented Canadian - Teen Daze has done it again with his remix of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Life is Hard ... it hits you right it the gut and heart and head. If Teen Daze was a chemist, his drug would be sought after far and wide. In any case, he's got me hooked on his magic. Listen to this one at full volume!

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Halloween Barrel dem

It's that spooky time of year again. Time for tricks and treats and halloween remixes. So without further ado, I bring you some top notch halloween tunes for your party playlist.

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Skee-Lo - I Wish (Meaux Green Remix)

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 I Wish (Meaux Green Remix)

I wish ... oh I wish I could make a remix as tight as this. Meaux Green's I Wish remix takes up back to the nolstalgic 90's when Skee-Lo had a dream. Play this one out and you'll be sure to fill the dance floor.

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Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)

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Love Will Tear Us Apart (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)

I'm pleased to be sharing this incredibly gorgeous remix from two incredibly talented guys from Skane, Sweden. Better than the original?!?! Maybe!

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Flex Cop - This Is Not Meth (download)

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This Is Not Meth
I have been notably absent from posting much lately and I apologize. I've been working a lot of hours at the new job, but hopefully I'll have some time over the next few days to post some scary halloween remixes. In the meantime, Flex Cop has created this infectious, feel good tune ... which is definitely NOT METH. Listen for the signature Walter White sample. This one is currently on heavy rotation on my own personal playlist.

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MAGIC :: Four Tet - Unicorn

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Four Tet makes music. Four Tet makes magic. Four Tet makes magic music ... and unicorns. It really works! Play this song and you'll have unicorns dancing around in your head all day. I guarantee it.

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RL Grime - Because of U (download)

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Because of U

L.A. Producer RL Grime has produced a new single - Because of U. Coming with a new school vibe and an old school tip, the track is one of those tunes that won't quickly leave your brainal cavity.


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Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence (The Golden Pony Remix)

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The Sound of Silence (The Golden Pony Remix)
I don't know about you, but I know ... lot's of times, if a song is going to be good just from the title, even if I've never heard of the group before. Take The Golden Pony for example - I may or may not have heard their remixes before - but as soon as I saw they were remixing 'The Sound of Silence' ... I said, aww yeah mutherfucker - let's see what we got here. I was not wrong, cause this remix kicks much ass! If you don't agree let's take it outside. What do ya say?

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Souls of Mischief - 93 'Til Infinity (Phonatics Bootleg)

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So today, I'm talking to a coworker about music and he tells me that he likes old school West Coast hip hop. I had to ask of course, if he liked Souls of Mischief, and he said that he had heard of them, but never heard them. So I told him to definitely check them out. Now, I don't believe in coincidences - but 2 hours later, as I'm checking my email, I get a promo for this tune ... which may be one of the best remixes I've heard of this classic tune. I really love not-coincidences!

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Robyn - With Every Heartbeat (Kleerup Remix)

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Robyn - With Every Heartbeat (Kleerup Remix)

I've been paying a lot of GTA V lately and this orignal tune is one of the best they play on the "Pop" channel, but check out the Kleerup Remix. The guy is taking the best part of the song and putting it throughout the song - how could you not love it?

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Donna Summer - Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix)

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Donna Summer - Bad Girls (Gigamesh Remix)

I have been noticeably away from the site lately due to the new job and all the hours I am working ... assured the transition is just temporary, this blog is and will always be my first love. So to the music - Gigamesh might be, in my opinion - one of the greatest remixers out there. His version of - Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough is still one of my favorite remixes and is still one of the top songs on my phone. Apparently, I just missed Gigamesh up the road at an all weekend festival last weekend in Woodbury, TN - but I'll always have his remixes to carry me through.

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FRENCH EXPRESS PRESENTS :: Jonas Rathsman - Yes I Am

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Yes I Am

French Express member Jonas Rathsman has dropped a critical house track ... going deep like the Marianas Trench! For a guy from Sweden, his music always sounds so tropical.

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Badfinger - Baby Blue
Oh boy, if you didn't see the finale of Breaking Bad ... I won't spoil it for you. I'll just say that Walt wasn't in love with his wife, but some girl named Baby Blue ... I'm serious ... and he doesn't die in the end (that we can see for sure). Oh fuck it - check out the awesome song by Badfinger -

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Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory ? (Full Album)

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What's The Story Morning Glory?
"How many special people change? How many lives are living strange? Where were you while we were getting high?

Well?!?!?! Where were you nigga? LOL ... Man, I posted about the Stone Roses a little while back and they were tops at what they did, but there's no doubt that Oasis came and picked up their momentum when they were dealing with manager and record company bullshit and Oasis ran with it. I don't necessarily want to compare the two bands, even though Liam Gallagher cites the Roses as a big influence - but Oasis really had something going when they dropped (What's The Story) Morning Glory ?.

Listening to it again on this Saturday morning, especially Hey Now! and Champagne Supernova, really make me feel nostalgic - and thats a great thing for music. It means that there was a time and a place that was special that's tied into your brain by the music you hear.

Hello - 0:00
Roll With It - 3:24
Wonderwall - 7:21
Don't Look Back In Anger - 11:41
Hey Now! - 16:30
Swamp Song (Excerpt 1) - 22:10
Some Might Say - 22:55
Cast No Shadow - 28:24
She's Electric - 33:16
Morning Glory - 36:58
Swamp Song (Excerpt 2) - 41:45
Champagne Supernova - 42:42

SICK TO THE MAX :: Bassnectar - Immersive Music Mixtape - Side Two (download)

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Bassnectar - Immersive Music Mixtape

Bassnectar has just created a helluva mixtape. This one's got everything including the kitchen sink. Make sure you also check out Side 1.

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Ladytron - Ghosts

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I've been on a scary movie kick with Insidious 2 being the highlight last night. My favorite scary flicks are of course ghost stories, but some of them can be real crap - including the one I just watched ... which I won't name. The only good part was during the closing credits when they played Ladytron - Ghosts. Now that's some ghostiness I can really get behind.

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BREAK BAD :: Junip - Line Of Fire

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Line of Fire

I caught this incredible song while watching the Finale preview of Breaking Bad. As we've written about before, the show is well known for using music to set the tone for the most dramatic of its scenes and this is no exception.

Junip is a Swedish duo made up of José González (vocals, guitars) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, Moog synthesizer).

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Keys N Krates - I Just Cant Deny

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I Just Cant Deny

Keys N Krates are making some bad-ass trap music these days. It all started with Treat Me Right earlier this year and now they've dropped - I Just Cant Deny. Always melodic, upbeat and catchy ... that seems to be the formula they've got going and it's working.

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Booka Shade - Love Inc

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Love Inc

I'll be honest ... I could use a lot of love right now, we all could. I had a dear friend pass a week ago today and his wife, another dear friend and her kids are dealing with the fallout. I could use some Love Inc. Thankfully Booka Shade has provided ... with one of their newest tracks "Love Inc". This one is just beautiful ... let's share this and pass love around to one another all over the planet ... 4 REALZ!

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New Order - Love Vigilantes (extended)

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Love Vigilantes

Love Vigilantes might be the best New Order track or even one of the best songs ever. Drummer Stephen Morris claimed slyly— because of the harmonica intro— “Love Vigilantes” was the first “proper” song New Order had ever written. Bernard Sumner discussed with GQ “the country tinged tragedy” behind “Love Vigilantes” when he explained—

“I decided to write a redneck song. It was quite tongue-in-cheek. It was about Vietnam. It was about a soldier that came back and his wife was sent a telegram to say that he was dead. You can take the ending one way or another. He’s either dead and he’s come back as a ghost and he sees her or he’s not dead and the telegram was a mistake. But his wife’s got it and killed herself—which is a very country tragedy.”

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Nas - Illmatic (Full Album)

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One day before 4/20/1994, a new album and hip hop artist hit the scene. His name was Nas, and with the help of Q-Tip, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Large Professor and L.E.S. he dropped his debut album Illmatic to the masses. It was not immediately hitting sales expectations, but after some time and rave reviews on January 17, 1996, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and in 2001, it earned platinum certification after shipments of one million copies in the United States.

01. Nas - The Genesis - 0:00
02. Nas - N.Y. State Of Mind - 01:47
03. Nas - Life's A Bitch - 06:42
04. Nas - The World Is Yours - 10:13
05. Nas - Halftime - 15:05
06. Nas - Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park) - 19:27
07. Nas - One Love - 23:36
08. Nas - One Time For Your Mind - 29:03
09. Nas - Represent - 32:22

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JUNGLE CLASSIX :: Remarc - Sound Murderer (Loafin In Brockley Mix)

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Sound Murderer

The aptly named Sound Murderer is a track I've been seeking out for at least 10 years ... pretty much since I broke an old jungle mixtape I had - Lary Breaks: Substrata. Today, I was listening to some old disco tracks and I came across the original from which the sample in this song comes from. This is what I live for ... truly! Shit makes me want to make an old school jungle mix soon.

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20 Years of Ravin'

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20 Years of Ravin'

When I was young, I listened to a lot of electronic based music - New Order, Depeche Mode, etc. But it wasn't until the early 90's and in particular 1993 that I got into DJ led dance and rave music. You see, I was stationed in Germany in the military at the time and the rave clubs and parties over there were burgeoning. I got an earful of that repetitive, driving sound and the vibe from all the other participants and I couldn't stop. I wanted to share a few of the anthems that I still listen to after all these years - the ones that were formative in my music education, whether they be techno, house, trance, breakbeat, drum 'n bass, dubstep, trap or downtempo, from that time until the present day.

And back to where it began-

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INCREDIBLE :: Obadiah Parker - Hey Ya Cover

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Hey Ya

OK, I'm obsessed with this Hey Ya cover by Obadiah Parker. Of course, I love the original by Outkast (Andre 3000), which was voted best song of the millennium at Grantland.com ... but Obadiah's version is much better in my opinion. Obadiah a.k.a. Mat Weddle is a singer/songwriter from Scottsdale, Arizona.

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VICE PRESENTS :: Lil Bub & Friendz (documentary)

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Lil Bub

Just in case you've been living under a rock somewhere, Lil Bub is a special needs cat and an internet celebrity. Forever cursed to look like a kitty, Lil Bub has one over the hearts of internet cat lovers, one person at a time. She was born, in 2011 - the runt of the litter to a feral mother but according to her owner, she comes from another planet. From Wikipedia -

When her owner Mike Bridavsky first met her, he picked her up and said "Hey, Bub!" Lil Bub is a "perma-kitten," a dwarf and a polydactyl cat. Her tongue always hangs out because of her short lower jaw and toothlessness but her appetite is unaffected. Lil Bub also suffers from a rare bone disorder called osteopetrosis for which she takes medication. During the filming of Lil Bub & Friendz she had a serious health episode but recovered. Bridavsky has studied reiki to care for her. Lil Bub's short legs and osteopetrosis restricts her movement "but she is a fantastic waddler." Contracts are negotiated with an out for Lil Bub's health issues. Lil Bub has been doing much better thanks to therapy with the Assisi Loop.
Bridavsky sells a variety of merchandise and donates much of the profits to animal rescue groups. Lil Bub helped him through a rough patch and he paid off six months of back rent on his recording studio. Bridavsky has a policy to not "approach anybody for anything." Lil Bub’s Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet was released September 3 2013.

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