we listened, we sang, we blogged.

January 2nd, 2015 (10:51 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ BBC Music and Various Artists – God Only Knows

From all of us who live for music to those of you who tune in, Happy New Year, from SyncHarder and one of its strongest inspirations, BBC Music!

building and building

June 2nd, 2014 (18:28 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home

The Cinematic Orchestra has been making music since the late 90s, based on a strong foundation of catchy melodies played (seemingly) by a grand orchestra, and topped with delicately stimulating vocals. Good stuff.

putting the FUNK in Garfunkel

January 13th, 2014 (20:56 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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14-01-13 golden pony

I often cringe at the idea of classic songs being remixed, but once in a while one comes along that knocks your socks off. The Golden Pony had the ingenuity to introduce a disco beat to “Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel, transforming a somber tune into one that is upbeat and groovy… Bravo! Also, love the French Bulldog.

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

Their remix of “Fuck the Pain Away” by Peaches combines deep house and funk beautifully. I’ll also take the excuse to be obsessed with this high school throwback all over again!

★ Peaches – Fuck the Pain Away (The Golden Pony Remix)

play the Gramophonedzie

December 17th, 2013 (21:48 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ Gramophonedzie – Why Don’t You (Original Mix)

A Serbian participant of the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy, Marko Milićević, aka Gramophonedzie, brings a beautiful lounge hop to old-world big band. Throw in some kooky, eccentric music videos and I’m sold…

♬ Gramophonedzie – Brazilian (Original Mix)

an extra dippy swing

October 20th, 2013 (16:57 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ Parov Stelar – Catgroove

While we all grieve amidst the news of Roseland’s shuttering, I thought it only proper to pay respect to its original days in 1919 as a swing club, by presenting a recent favorite Austrian DJ who takes fun, bouncy swing and adds an extra dance-music kick. Parov Stelar performs with a band during his live shows, to create individually beautiful performances that mimic two other favorite performers, Wax Tailor and Gramatik.

★ Parov Stelar – Booty Swing
♬ Parov Stelar – The Golden Boy

repeat the past

August 11th, 2013 (16:35 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-08-11 verve first ladies

There’s no other way to say it: this album is insanely good. When Verve Records isn’t busy producing jazz albums by some of the greatest musicians in history, they shuffle through the EDM pileup to produce “Verve Remixed” — compilation albums of their famous classics reinterpreted by the world’s best DJs — always to fantastic results. I purchased (yes, purchased) their box set of Volumes 1-4 (iTunes) but this latest collection, “The First Ladies” (iTunes), tops the rest. Ella Fitz remixed by Maya Jane Coles? Dinah Washington meets DJ Carnage??? Nina Simone vs. Zed’s Dead?!?! Unreal. Check out my favorite track, remixed by the on-fire Flume, below, then go spend $10 and gift yourself the greatest week of music you’ve had in a while.

★ Marlena Shaw – Woman Of The Ghetto (Flume’s Jackin’ House
Mix)

saying something to us we can learn

July 24th, 2013 (22:43 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-07-24 tim deluxe

Robert Frost is a great American poet, known for artistically depicting life in New England. His work won him a Pulitzer Prize, but his personal life was filled with grief and loss. Frost wrote “Choose Something Like a Star” in 1943. The main themes of the poem include a perspective on humanity’s need for reassurance and isolation of individuals. The poem is written in iambic tetrameter and is often compared to “Bright Star” by John Keats.

Tim Deluxe = Timothy Andrew Liken, a UK-based DJ and producer. You might remember Mr. Deluxe from “It Just Won’t Do”; but I prefer “We All Love Sax” and “Let the Beats Roll”.

♬ Tim Deluxe – Choose Something Like A Star (Poem by Robert Frost)

The original mix of “Choose Something Like a Star” comes from the album, “The Little Ginger Club Kid”, published in 2004. Of course there are other versions, but this is the one I like best. It is one of those songs good for everything; relaxing, partying, exercising, blunt ride, kissing, et

one damn good reason

January 22nd, 2013 (17:53 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-01-22 the tailors

I said it once and I’ll say it again, there is nothing better than a solid remix of a classic, much less one by such a highly-esteemed artiste as Ms. Chapman… glorious. Just 22 and 23, this Dutch duo is already kicking ass and takin’ names…

★ Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason (The Tailors Remix)

another belgian delight

May 14th, 2012 (22:57 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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♬ Oddisee – The Blooming or $

Belgium’s ZBS Studio reached out to Mello Muisc Group about permission to do a video for Oddisee’s “The Blooming”. The resulting marriage of visual storytelling & instrumental perfection is a narrative work that tells the story of time’s passage in the life of a boy. The video was directed, shot, & edited by Tomasz Cibulla and Wojciech Drożdż of ZBS Studios in Belgium.

::remedied::

May 8th, 2012 (22:47 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Remember that über-pretty song I posted by brothers-in-co KO KO? Well L.A.-neighbor dj Sound Remedy just remixed the sh*t out of it… at first, giving it a gorgeous DnB-esque makeover, then a giant, swirling, electronic synth-infused bridge, before dropping back into the catchy chorus with a perfectly snap-along new rhythm.

★ KO KO – Float (Sound Remedy Remix)

You’ll appreciate these other two favorites by Sound Remedy: a beautiful electronic original and the coolest of cool remixes, of… NEIL YOUNG.

♬ Sound Remedy – Seismic Pulse (Original Mix)
★ Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)

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