07

Mar

RAC: “Ready For It ft. St. Lucia”

What a collaboration! The remix artists turned beatmakers RAC have teamed up with tropical synth brooklyn band St. Lucia for this synth pop classic “Ready For It”, with Nina and Jean-Philip sharing vocals. 

From RAC’s first part of their debut album Strangers Pt. 1.

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20

Aug

RAC: “Let Go ft. Kele (of Bloc Party) + MNDR”

(via Pigeon + Planes)

You might know RAC for their remixes, they’ve been pretty prolific over the last few years- but in recent times they’re turning their attention to original material, like last year’s ‘Hollywood' with Penguin Prison. Now we have “Let Go” with assistance from Bloc Party's Kele and MNDR. “Let Go” is a laid back slice of summer synth pop, look out for RAC's debut album too. 

02

Aug

The 25 Best RAC Remixes

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 check out the 25 Best RAC Remixes as compiled by Pigeons and Planes (via Pigeons and Planes

Not on this list is the remix of Lenka’s “Trouble is a Friend of Mine” which funnily enough is one of the most popular posts I’ve ever done- safe to say everyone loves some RAC. 

01

Aug

May/June/July

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. 

Here are the highlights of the last three months…

Check out the ITYLTS Best of 2012…so far - 30 of the best of 2012

Work Drugs dropped their latest album Absolute Bearing, with “Boogie Lights”, “License to Drive” and I chatted to them about important worldly issues

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. 

Passion Pit gave us the first taste of their new album Gossamer with “Take A Walk" "Constant Conversations" and "I’ll Be Alright

Moby re-recorded “Extreme Ways" for the new Bourne film. 

Tame Impala have new material out, “Elephant" and "Apocalypse Dreams

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

The Griswolds followed up “Mississippi” with the amazing “Heart of a Lion" while chatting with me about even more important global issues

The Helio Sequence broke their silence with “October" from their forthcoming album.

Nas came back to a career high with new album Life is Good, check out “Bye Baby" and "Cherry Wine ft. Amy Winehouse

Theophilus London dropped his new mixtape Rose Island, Vol. 1 with the amazing cover of Wang Chung’s “Dance Hall Days

The xx leaked the first track “Angels" from Coexist, the follow up to their massive debut. 

The Antlers released a game changing EP Undersea, “Drift Drive

Hoodie Allen kept on giving with “Hey Now" that didn’t quite make it to All American

Freelance Whales has a new album coming out, here’s “Locked Out

Slow Club had a video starring Daniel Radcliffe for “Beginners

Carly Rae Jepson took over the whole world with “Call Me Maybe”, so check out these live performances with Jimmy Fallon and covers by Ben Howard. 

Remix, Baby: Some amazing remixes of AlunaGeorge, Fiona Apple, Theophilus London, The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey and Imagine Dragons and of course remix artist LEANN GRIMES.

disCOVER: Here are some flipped covers of Lana Del Rey, Robyn, Twin Peaks by She’s So Rad, Foster The People by Usher, Coldplay, SpoonFrankie goes to Hollywood by Fossil Collective, Body Language by Emil & Friends, Gotye by fun. and Active Child by Ellie Goulding.  

New Discoveries (new to me at least): the amazing of Verona, Kick Up The Fire, Splash, Friends, JMSN, Rhye, UMA, Alex Evans, Big K.R.I.T., Wild Combination and Youth Lagoon

Summer Playlist 2012 with Poolside, Trails and Ways, RAC, The Knocks, Blackbird Blackbird and Tyler the Creator & Toro Y Moi

Biggest Videos: If you haven’t seen these, well go and see brand new videos from Lana Del Rey, Delta Heavy, Watch The Throne, Coldplay & Rihanna, San Cisco and Charli XCX

Enjoy party people.  


07

May

RAC: “Hollywood ft. Penguin Prison”

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. 

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14

Mar

Fixers: “Iron Deer Dream”

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. 

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18

Jan

ITYLTS Best of 2011: Best Remixes, Baby

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…


LEANN GRIMES

…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. 

Cats & Dogs in Idaho by LeannGrimes

Held Hands Coming Apart by LeannGrimes

The xx- “Intro” (Kenny Burke Edit)

The XX - Intro (Kenny Burke Edit) by Kenny Burke

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.

Bon Iver: “Towers” (Sango Remix) + (Karma Kid Re-Rub)

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. 

Bon Iver - Towers (Sango Remix) by SangoBeats

Bon Iver - Towers (Karma Kid Re-Rub) by Karma Kid.

The Neon Lights

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, 

Bon Iver - Hinnom, TX (The Neon Lights bootleg) by The Neon Lights

XX crystalised - The Neon Lights remix by The Neon Lights

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.

Matt and Kim - “Daylight (Stic Man Ra Remix)” by Green Label Sound

Matt and Kim - Block After Block (Echoes Club mix) by differentrecordings

Matt & Kim - Block After Block (Teen Daze’s 80s Teen Gang Movie Remix) by teendaze

Foster The People: “Pumped Up Kicks” (MNDR Remix)

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.

Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks (MNDR Remix) by loadedlove

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.

The Naked And Famous - Young Blood (Dave Sitek Remix) by The Naked And Famous

Adele- Rumour Has It (Rascal Remix)

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.

Adele - Rumour Has It - RASCAL Remix by djrascalmusic

GIVERS: “Up, Up, Up” (CSS Remix)

Love the original and love the CSS switch on it. Keeping the fun and happy style, CSS adds some guitar and a catchy dance beat. What more could you want?

Givers - ‘Up Up Up’ (CSS remix) by Stayloose

Kanye West: “Monster” (Another Somewhat Hellish Cazzette Bootleg)

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.

CAZZETTE vs Kanye West, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Bon Iver & Nikki Minaj - I’m A Motherf**king Monster by Cazzette

Theophilus London: “Why Even Try” (RAC Remix)

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. 

Theophilus London ft. Sara Quin - Why Even Try (RAC Mix) by RAC

Childish Gambino: “Freaks & Geeks” (Star Slinger Remix)

Star Slinger had a huge 2011 truly making some major noise with his remixes. Having an endorsement from Childish Gambino probably didn’t hurt and much deserved with this remix of Freaks & Geeks

Childish Gambino - Freaks and Geeks (Star Slinger Remix) by Star Slinger

Freelance Whales: “Hannah” (Lightwaves Remix)

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. 

Freelance Whales - Hannah (Lightwaves Remix) by chooseyourownadventure

05

Jan

Remix Baby: 2011 (RAC Remix)

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.

 Starting off with Phantogram's amazing Don’t Move it moves seamlessly through all the greats of the year with Theophilus London, M83, Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, Justice, Lykke Li, Sunday Girl, The Rapture and Foster The People to name a few. Happy 2011…Bring on 2012. 

RAC vs The Hype Machine - 2011 Music Blog Zeitgeist Mix by hypem

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24

Oct

Remix Baby: Death Cab For Cutie “Some Boys (RAC Remix)”

Its been a while since we’ve had an RAC remix, but no worries they’ve only gone and delivered another amazing one this time of Some Boys by Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie - Some Boys (RAC Maury Mix) by Death Cab for Cutie

09

Aug

Remix Baby: Alex Winston “Velvet Elvis (RAC Remix)”

They’ve done it again. RAC have yet to release a remix that we do not like. Here’s their remix of Alex Winston’s Velvet Elvis. It’s classic RAC, and RAC are becoming classics.

Alex Winston - Velvet Elvis (RAC Mix) by RAC