MIX: keepin’ me warm

December 2nd, 2012 (13:43 EST) · 6 comments · permalink
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The unfortunate audience to a string of recent spectaculars by Mother Nature (hurricanes, snowstorms, hailstorms, you name it…), the City That Never Sleeps never once yielded its dance ambitions. Bound together by glowstick-lit nights and work-free days, New Yorkers kept each other warm in our time off, dancing with the best at Lavo or Cipriani hurricane-night, sharing showers and electric with others at our gyms, offering shelter to our friends without power. And despite some severe changes to our norms, New Yorkers everywhere stopped what they were doing to help one another. So here, a mix to toast the warmth felt in full during a time of need… Cheers! :)

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they just want you to smile and laugh

September 30th, 2012 (14:34 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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The tweet-happy producer-duo Markus Garcia and Jerome Potter, aka LOL Boys, have recently announced a split, after four years of awesome production. Jerome announced on Facebook that the LOL Boys were going on a hiatus to take time to work on their solo craft, but as a parting gift to their devoted following, the Boys released a whole package of edits in a glorious 40-minute mix for The Fader. This edit of Avicii’s “Levels” is outrageously fresh, as well as this cut of “Call Me Maybe”…

★ Avicii – Levels (LOL Boys Edit)
★ Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (LOL Boys Edit)

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it’s you, and I, and all our friends, and their friends…

September 25th, 2012 (04:56 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ Project 46 & DubVision feat. Donna Lewis – You & I (Original Mix)

Take this on 5am runs to the train, daft scrambles at work, attempts at self-revival on the commute home… Canadian duo Project 46 routinely raises the soul with their high-powered tune-ups, and this time they make use of some delicious grinding, fist-pumping sound effects similar almost to sir Zedd… I like!

Shlohmo breezes past

September 17th, 2012 (17:13 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ Shlohmo – The Way U Do

Henry Laufer, aka LA-based producer Shlohmo, creates music that evades genre classification: lo-fi, chill wave, trip-hop, experimental pop, and “psychedelic synth-funk” have all been tossed around, though he prefers not to box in his style to one category. At 18, still a senior in high school, he started the Wedidit Collective with his RL Grime. He dropped out of college to make his first album two years ago, and has since been signed to Friends of Friends, releasing two albums.

♬ Groundislava – Bottle Service (ft Shlohmo)
♬ LOL Boys – Changes (Shlohmo Remix) (C&S by BeeAreAyeDee)

His music is slow, but precise and romantic. Characterized by strong, hip-hop drum samples and slow, ethereal melodies, a beautiful combination emerges as equally suitable for dancing as for laying on the floor, holding hands. Enjoy some of his stand out tracks (above), and be sure to check out the WeDidIt Collective for more amazing lounge-esque music.

NB: Welcome, MCMC, to the team!

Redlight, I give you the green light

September 9th, 2012 (18:16 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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This silly-sloppy-seconds-Sunday-sabbath, we’re reallllly feeling the deep, bass-booming remixes of British popstar Delilah…

★ Delilah – Inside My Love (Redlight Remix)
♬ Delilah – Breathe (Emalkay Remix)

pleased to present…

August 15th, 2012 (09:11 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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♬ Wax Tailor – Heart Stop (ft. Jennifer Charles) or $

Fave frenchie Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, aka Wax Tailor, first entered my library as an “iTunes Suggested Listening” when, in 2005, he created and produced his first solo album, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, a nouveau form of lounge music dubbed “orchestral hiphop” that met major success in his home country of France. He produced two more super-cool albums in ’07 and ’09 before deciding to take some time off after a worldwide tour. Well, the date’s finally been set for his next new album, Dusty Rainbow from the Dark, and an EP already out, featuring a remix by another longtime favorite, RJD2! The full album comes out September 10th in Europe, the 18th in the U.S.!

EVENT: cruise with Bonobo!

August 11th, 2012 (23:28 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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I kicked myself HARD when I skipped this last year, so when I saw that one of my fave brit DJs Bonobo was doing another round of Rocks Off’s awesome concert cruise series, wherein guests are treated to 3+ hours of sunset cruising around Manhattan Isle listening to sweet, smooth beats — and just before my birthday! — I had to buy. 30$ for tickets HERE.

Bonobo creates the smoothest of cool lounge music that undulates between a drum ‘n’ bass and jazz-type feeling (see his mix below at the 14′-mark to see exactly what I mean). It makes for great music to chill, sip, and chat, that’s for sure. :)

More recent Bonobo greats:

♬ Bonobo – Terrapin or $
★ Bonobo – All In Forms (Letherette Remix) or $

for the city that never sleeps [updated]

July 24th, 2012 (23:38 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Working late into those waning hours of twilight until it blurs into sunrise, find here comfort and solace that you are not alone…

★ Bondax – It’s You
★ SBTRKT – Pharaohs (What So Not’s ‘Club ReRub’) added!
★ The xx – Angels (Mirrors Remix)
♬ Crystal Castles – Untrust Us (VS//YOUTHCLUB Remix)


June 24th, 2012 (19:21 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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So I tripped across these two incredible Beatles remixes — yes, remixes of Beatles songs, scandalous. But no, here Pretty Lights fave Gramatik takes on the challenge “Don’t Let Me Down” and transforms it into a bass-heavy, tripped-out groove fest:

★ The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down (Gramatik 2012 Remix)

Then there’s the recent uprising of Feature Cuts, a Dallas-based producer who, after mixing primarily rap and hiphop albums, decided in 2011 to convert to EDM production. Fast forward a period of mere months, and I’m headbangin’ right along to this wompity “Eleanor Rigby” takeover:

♬ The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby (Feature Cuts Remix)

the latest Lana

June 20th, 2012 (23:03 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Always love a good Lana remix… hats off to Marcapasos and fave Adrian Lux…

★ Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness (Marcapasos Remix)
♬ Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Adrian Lux & Blende Remix)

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