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[Dance/Remix] Robyn – Indestructible (A-Trak Remix)

At least here in the states, it seems like Robyn is having one of the best year’s of her career. She’s recently released the third installment of her Body Talk series and has gone from 90s pop princess to the queen of the indie dance scene after taking her music into her own hands. And leave it to A-Trak to take one of our favorite of the newish Robyn tunes and make it into an even crazier dance explosion. There’s a great juxtaposition in this remix of disco funk and straight up electronic dance that works really well together. And the strings…ah, the strings. If they don’t make this feel like one of the biggest remixes of the year, then you probably need to get your ears checked. Add in Robyn’s voice, which I think is one of the best voices around in dance music these days just to put it completely over the top. The first drop when you go from strings into the beat is just so hot. And the electronic solos that come after ain’t too bad either. A homerun for Robyn and A-Trak from the first moment to the very last.

Robyn – Indestructible (A-Trak Remix)

Indestructible (A
Trak Remix)

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[Indie] Trophy Wife – Microlite + Take This Night

Oxford’s Trophy Wife have only just this week released their first 7″ single (you can order it here if you’re interested, which you just may be after giving these tunes a listen), but they’ve already made it close to the top of my “Hurry up and release a full album already” list. As a huge fan of electronic music (partially because of all the interesting things you can do with it), I have to say that I’m pretty intrigued by how much they were able to get into this song with what sounds like nothing more than a guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. The rhythms are intricate and the melodies numerous, but when you break it down, it’s surprising how simple these tunes really are. And what’s so great is the contrast between the two songs. After the unsettling nature of “Microlite”, “Take This Night” sounds, almost literally, like a breathe of fresh air. A strong debut effort from these guys, complete with high expectations for what they give us next.

Trophy Wife – Microlite


Trophy Wife – Take This Night

Take This Night

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[Electronica] Homeboi – Shrimps

Sometimes you see the title of a song and you know you just have to give it a listen, because you have no idea what to expect. And sometimes, if you’re really really lucky, that song ends up being top notch. And such is the case with “Shrimps”, a new tune from Germany’s Homeboi, who is 20 year old Marcin Sleziona, and the proprietor of this track. So what’s so great about it? Even though it’s got beats you can hardly even keep up with, it’s still totally warm and lush, thanks, no doubt, to the piano chords underlying most of the beats and filling up all the empty space. In the faintest way ever, it reminds me a bit of Volta Cab’s “Clarissa”. Not really because the two tracks sound the same, but moreso because of the way they both make me feel, and the way they both make me think “Damn, this song is pretty awesome, and I can’t wait to see what this youngster is going to come up with next.” Lucky for us, Homeboi has promised to let us know when he’s got something new in the works, so hopefully we’ll all be the first to find out.


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[Folk] David Vertesi – All Night, All Night, All Night

If you need a good story before going to sleep, this might just do. Off Vancouver’s own David Vertesi debut solo album Cardiography, comes the delicate track “All Night, All Night, All Night”. The song’s name might seem a little obnoxious at first, but after the first listen it makes you realize it really couldn’t have been called anything else. And if there’s one thing that Vertesi masters in this song, it’s the ability to paint a vivid picture in the head of the listener to the point where each phrase seems to appear as a mini-vignette in my head. It’s always great to hear an acoustic song that is able to shine through and utterly ride on back of the hidden subtleties in the instrumentation alone, whether it is a couple of extra guitar notes to add sentiment at the end of every count, or a half-note increase in an otherwise monotonous drums beat, all the elements come to life to tell a story very few have cared to share.

Cardiography will be released on October 26, 2010.

David Vertesi – All Night, All Night, All Night

All Night, All Night, All Night

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[Remix] Scanners – Baby Blue (The Chaotic Good Remix)

Not only is this remix pretty awesome and in your face, with a nice blend of heavy beats with a touch of disco, but it’s also award winning. You see, Dim Mak/Heineken/Green Shoelace Blog hosted a remix contest recently and the winner, chosen by Jazzy Jeff, would get to open up for him at a show in Chicago. Not a bad deal. And winner The Chaotic Good hit it out of the park with this remix of “Baby Blue” by Scanners. Give this a listen and if you crave a little bit more, have no fear because The Chaotic Good are slated to release an original EP at the end of this month.

Scanners – Baby Blue (The Chaotic Good Remix)

Baby Blue (The Chaotic Good Remix)

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[Experimentronic] Lemaitre – The Friendly Sound + Nishio

The latest in the overwhelming but welcome batch of glitchy electronic artists with unbelievable potential is Lemâitre, a duo out of Oslo, Norway. The duo has only released a few songs and I don’t even know if they’ve got a website other than their soundcloud page, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t make a big impression. They seem to have a good grasp on taking a bunch of random noises and samples and assembling them in a way that makes perfect sense. Take a listen to a few of their tracks and let us know what you think.

Lemaitre – The Friendly Sound

The Friendly Sound

Lemaitre – Nishio


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[Indie/Ambient] Houses – Soak It Up

When you’re a quasi-anonymous up and comer from Chicago with a hazy sound and a nice beat, it really just makes perfect sense to team up with a quasi-anonymous up and comer from Vancouver to make some songs. And such is the case with Houses and Teen Daze. We couldn’t really find much out about Houses but we did get some background from Neu Magazine, who told us that the duo, in the latest in this summer’s set of DIY significant other music makers, moved to Hawaii on a whim thanks to this country’s glorious economy and began making music and quoted that their bodies had melted into one. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it does seem to make a whole lot of sense when you listen to their tunes.

Houses – Soak It Up

Soak It Up

Houses/Teen Daze – Bikes


Houses – Endless Spring

Endless Spring

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