Monthly Archives: August 2011

#111 – Remix. Remix. Remix.

Yes. That is correct. We have some remixes for your listening pleasure. The first is one that was sent our way by a certain DJ called Faux Pas. I like his name. And I like this track. The original song has been one of the most popular posts of the past four months, and for good reason. This remix (by one of the band!) has turned it into a bouncing, stripped down, dancehall vibe song while keeping some of the vocal elements that we all loved so much about the original song. Here’s the Faux Pas remix of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.

If you want to have a crack at remixing the song you can. The original stems for the song have been put online (here) for all and sundry to have a go at. If you do give it a shot and you think we’ll like it then please send it over!

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#110 – New Video Special


Here are three new bands who have all recently put up videos for their lead singles. The first up is ‘Wax’ by London-based Theme Park. While finding them on search engines is no mean feat, it’s well worth the effort. The bass is toe-tappingly compulsive and the laid back vocals add up to make a pleasing summer tune. Yes, they sound a little like the Talking Heads. But they were good. And so are Theme Park.
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#109 – The Trojan Appreciation Society Lives On

It’s back! After a break of lord only knows how many years and many a compilation album, the first stop for Reggae-lovers the world over is back. You can read all about the new society here and sign up for their newsletter to get updates and the usual. As well as kicking the Appreciation Society back to life, Trojan have got a new compilation album coming out on Monday. It’s got a mix of old classics and a whole host of unheard reissues/re-releases, as well as some never-before-heard stuff. I’ve been lucky enough to hear the tracks and you won’t be disappointed. The fact that it comes out just after Carnival means if you’ve not quite had your fill of Island music, then you know where to go. More info and a pre-order link: here.

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#108 – Go Vibe With Tribes

London based Tribes have got a spare few days in September and they’re looking for places to play. Not venues though… It could be your bedroom, your living room, your garden. You get the idea. Continue reading

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#107 – Little Foot Long Foot Told Me To

These guys are Little Foot Long Foot and they’ve taken our “Suchandsuch Told Me To” feature and added a little twist to it, by giving us a brief walkthrough of their new album called Oh, Hell. It’s pretty enlightening to hear the process that went into making the songs/choosing the names/general anecdotes about the band. The fact that it’s a cracker to listen to doesn’t hurt either: punky, angsty in all the right places, heavy and there’s a fair bit of good old-fashioned rock organ in there too. Keep your eyes peeled over the next couple of weeks for a full review, but for now this will get you salivating a little. You can listen to their lead single, ‘Sell Out While You Can’ here, and read about it at the bottom. Although you can probably figure it out from the title. If you want to listen to the songs they’re talking about, do that here.

Little Foot Long Foot – Sell Out While You Can

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#106 – Pumped Up Kicks

Here’s a jolly good song and three remixes to go with it. It’s from Foster The People, who’s debut album Torches came out back in May on Columbia. The song ‘Pumped Up Kids’ made quite a stir over a year ago now. Considering it’s about a bunch of kids getting violent it seems oddly relevant right now. It’s a big tune though, in it’s own stoner/trippy kind of way, largely in thanks to that amazing bassline. I miss playing the bass. I think I’ll go and play some bass…

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks [Buy]

And here are the remixes. The first one is fresh and we owe All Things Go thanks for putting us on to it. As for the others, I have no idea where they have come from. So let’s thank the big, bad cyberspace. Or whatever. Continue reading

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#105 – Mr Little Jeans

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#104 – Remix O’Clock

Here we go with another roundup of remixes, old and new, that I’ve been listening to over the past week or two. I am going to start with something off the Wugazi mashup album. It’s rare for mashups to be any good at all, let alone comparable with the original songs. Yet somehow Cecil Otter  and Swiss Andy have managed to pull this off. Picking one song off the album is a pretty much impossible task. So rather than simply listening to this one song, head over to www.wugazi.com, download the album and listen to all of the songs. Lots.

Wugazi – Shame On Blue

Having put Rihanna’s latest song up on Sunday I started relistening to a reggae remix of Rude Boy I found ages ago. I don’t have a clue who it’s by, but it’s about as summery as it gets.

Rihanna – Rude Boy (Reggae Remix)
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#103 – Three New Songs

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Here are three songs that have been doing the rounds recently, all of which are worth a combined twelve and a half minutes of your time. The first comes from Clock Opera, who we’ve previously spoken of quite highly. This is their new song, due out on Moshi Moshi at the start of October. It’s in slight contrast to the piano-based ‘Belongings’ we posted before, but the emotion is well and truly there while the buildup is every bit as good. They are slowly working up quite a buzz at our HQ (which is to say, over at my gaff) and I’ve got high hopes for them over the rest of the year.

Clock Opera – Lesson No. 7
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#102 – Something About The Radio

I’ve got to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the radio. Well, commercial, “mainstream” (my girlfriend will kill me for using that word!) radio, at any rate. Unfortunately in my current job we have got the radio on all the time. While it largely serves to prove me right (that it’s kinda crappy), there are occasionally good songs. Here is a little selection of songs that I’m not yet incredibly tired of. I may well be in a week, but right now I’m enjoying them when the DJ’s play them. Which leads me to my big question to radio DJ’s: do you like most of the songs you play? And if not, do you have a particular nice adjective you use to describer a song that you don’t like? Answers on a postcard please. Or in the comments below. Anyway, enjoy these songs.

Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
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A powerful ballad and an awesome song off her second album that was released earlier this year. I thought her first album was pretty dull, if I’m being honest. I definitely was not a fan of ‘Chasing Pavements’, but on this new release she’s stepped up her game some. This is the current single getting all the airplay and, quite frankly, she deserves it.

The next song is a little old but I heard a new song by Jason Derulo and was a little disappointed. So I put up my favourite one. A good rule of thumb is if a song starts with a sung “Jaayssson Deruuulo” I will like. This song is why I think that.

Jason Derulo – In My Head

I heard this on Choice FM the other day and throughly enjoyed it. I am quite unashamedly a fan of Rihanna. Not only does she sound amazing, she’s not too shabby looking and she makes jolly good songs. I think she needs to be a little careful not to end up sounding like all of the other female pop or do that thing that Pink does and just write crappy songs with the occasional swear word in it. With songs like this though I don’t think she’s really got much to worry about.

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