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Friends over at Pigeons and Planes have compiled the 25 best remixes (of 100+) by remixing behemoths RAC. If you’ve ever read this blog before you’ll know that we love RAC and their knack of adding just that little bit to switch things up enough to make something absolutely wonderful.
So back in the day I used to do a monthly round up of what was posted up to catch you guys up, then that moved to a bi-monthly thing because I kept forgetting and now we’ve achieved a world record (olympic fever y’all) and we’re going for the big three month round up, it just got real.
Childish Gambino dropped a new mixtape Royalty (first new material since last year’s Camp). Highlights were his collaboration with Beck on “Silk Pillows“
The Neighbourhood released their debut EP, I’m Sorry and got everyone very excited for what was going to come next, definitely check out “Sweater Weather“
Frank Ocean surprised the internet by releasing his hotly anticipated debut album Channel Orange a week before originally scheduled, before all this “Pyramids” gave us a taster of what we were to expect from the album.
Hit-Boy stepped from behind the boards in the studio to say hey I can rap, here’s “Old School Caddy” with Kid Cudi.
The Olympics are upon us and Underworld were in charge of the music for the opening ceremony, check out “Caliban’s Dream” featuring Alex Trimble from Two Door Cinema Club- who also have new track out “Sleep Alone“
Fiona Apple came out of a hiatus to deliver her first album in 7 years, The Idler Wheel… and did not disappoint- check out “Every Single Night“
Yeasayer teased their new album with “Henrietta” and “Longevity“
After giving us remix after amazing remix, producer RAC is finally playing his hand and releasing some original material. With Penguin Prison on board, “Hollywood” is funky smooth indie pop at its best.
Its always nice to see a band do good from where you’re from and Oxford’s Fixers have done just that. Citing their influences as The Beach Boys and Cocteau Twins, Fixers are trying on the psychedelic/experimental sound and wearing it well. “Iron Deer Dream” is from their upcoming EP and out now, available here. They’re supporting my other favourites Summer Camp at the moment. Oh and RAC have done a pretty sweet remix of “Iron Deer Dream” too.
Oh the remix. Making bad songs good, good songs great, and great songs freaking amazing. Whether you absolutely love the original, the remix (if done right) can make you discover and appreciate things in a track that often goes over looked in its original form, don’t ask me how, it just does. 2011 was a good year for remixes (However, I’m not sure if 2011 was a great year for wine…time will tell) so here are my favourite ones of the year…
…and I can’t pick just one. Remixer Shane Conerty aka LEANN GRIMES came to my attention with some of the best remixes I’ve heard this year. Taking indie tracks and mishing and mashing and mixing things up, LEANN GRIMES ear for music sets him apart.
I’ve always said that the problem with The xx’s Intro is its over way too quickly for my liking. Its a phenomenal song that puts you right in ‘that mood’ from the start and then its over… So thank you Kenny Burke who has extended this to eight minutes plus, adding some beats, some dazzling synth arpeggios and keeping ‘that mood’ tone. God bless you Burke.
I couldn’t stick to just one of these remixes. Each one brings something different. Sango’s adds a big beat and lets the instrumental do its thing as it rides over it. Karmas slows it down, lets the vocals do their things and adds a whistle. Both brilliant.
The Neon Lights from the UK came out with two of my favourite remixes of the year. Funnily enough they’re remixes of The xx and Bon Iver, so we’re really not breaking that much new ground in this post so far… But seriously these remixes are golden. Taking Bon Iver’s Hinnom, TX and The xx’s Crystalized and doing something amazing with both of them,
Matt & Kim: “Daylight” (Stic Man Ra Remix) + “Block After Block” (Echoes Club Edit) + (Teen Daze 80s Teen Gang Movie Remix)
I couldn’t stick to one, again. There are always some great remixes of Matt & Kim’s stuff, probably because you’ve got something pretty good to work with already. Stic Man Ra’s remix of Daylight adds a lead guitar, a tight hip hop beat and a guitar solo to close. I’ve picked two remixes of Block After Block because both bring something awesome to the Matt & Kim table. Echoes brings along some 90s piano and some synths while Teen Daze brings along video games sounds and some synths. All good fun.
I mean, who didn’t remix FTP this year. It seemed like every week someone was releasing another remix of Pumped Up Kicks. I’ve painstakingly narrowed all these down to just one favourite remix of Pumped Up Kicks by MNDR. It completely transforms the original, taking the bassline vocals and adding to it a sick dance beat. And if you want to check out all the others…soundcloud bitches.
The Naked and Famous: “Young Blood” (Dave Sitek Remix)
TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek is a demon when it comes to remixes, and when he turned his attention to The Naked and Famous’ smash Young Blood, he did it right proud. Adding a little Japanese flavour with some massive snares, this is on par with the original and for a night out…it just noses ahead.
Adele had a helluva year in 2011, no bones about it. Rumour Has It is my favourite track off 21, and this remix just keeps up the love. This, without fail, gets me hyped for a night out, its just a massive dance track. Get involved.
Oh this goes hard. The original went hard, but this Cazzette remix takes it to another level. It speeds up and slows down vocals, adds a dubstep break, mixes in some d’n’b and just takes it to the next level.
It was hard to narrow down RAC’s amazing year of remixes to just one, but this remix of Theophilus London’s Why Even Try is the one for me. Taking away that heavy juicy bassline and adding in a sweet video gamey riff.
Now this is one that I prefer over the original, sorry Freelance Whales. Lightwave’s remix of Hannah is infectious fun, kicking drums and synths all round and puts me in a good mood everytime so can’t be all bad.
I know, I know…I haven’t been around that much lately, lets blame the festive season and fuzzy heads. Hopefully I’m back now and in the next coming weeks I’ll be throwing in my best of 2011, what I’m looking forward to in 2012 and just good freaking music, as always.
Lets start this off right though with RAC’s 2011 remix. Every year Hype Machine put together their zeitgeist ish of the year (songs, albums, artists and what have you) and they also get some lovely people to mash up all these things together in a downloadable remix session. This year they’ve got Odd Future, The Go! Team, Jensen Sportag and RAC doing wondeful remixes. I’m staying loyal to one of my favourite remix artists out there RAC and throwing their amazing 2011 Music Blog Zeitgeist Mix up.
Remix Baby: Theophilus London “Why Even Try (RAC Remix)”
For the last few Remix Baby features, we haven’t strayed far from RAC (Remix Artist Collective). Who cares, they’re really good remixes, when start making bad ones we’ll stop posting them (probably not going to happen). Here’s their just released remix of Theophilus London’s Why Even Try.
Remix Baby: Lenka “Trouble Is A Friend (RAC Maury Remix)”
We’ve been meaning to post on this quirky singer/songwriter for a while. You might recognise The Show or Trouble Is A Friend from some movies in the past year or so, mainly Easy A (the movie that made Pocketful of Sunshine great again). If you like Feist or Regina Spektor, chances are you’re going to like Lenka we’d recommend The Show, Trouble Is A Friend and My Heart Skips A Beat to start off. But anyway, this is all about the remix and here’s R.A.C. again with their remix of Trouble….