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Barretso – We Won’t Stop (Redial Remix)


We were the first blog to find Barretso a few months ago, and since then the Russ Chimes-y prodigy has been showing up all over the place. A dizzying array of originals and remixes have flooded the blogosphere, creating a nice little wave of hype for this Chilean. Naturally, we’ve been keeping a close ear on the guy, as his productions are that kind of heavy synth dance tunes that only a few on the planet seem to be making. (I’m talking breakneck, fast paced, big lead solo, 4tothefloor, bloghouse style stuff).

Anyway, of everything that he’s pushed out in the last couple months, the Redial remix of We Wont Stop is my favorite. It stays true to Barretso’s overall sound, but really amps the song up a lot from the original. Redial really takes this one and launches it into the heavens. Unlike some heavy songs that make me want to do some drugs and go nuts, this song just makes me feel like I’m on a mission to save the world… or maybe just a pretty girl (is there a difference?)


Barretso – We Wont Stop (Redial Remix)
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Like a flashing glimpse of something so beautiful you can hardly handle it, this song builds up just as your heart starts to beat faster and faster. By the bass drop, you’re ready to drop everything and go on a mission. This is my FAVORITE kind of heavy song, the kind that gives me the same kind of emotions that slow, melodic music will. This song is heavy, but DAMN if it isn’t EMOTIONAL. Thats a premise that a lot of the Binary Family has been built on. Sometimes you’re out, and a touch or a glance can send you into the kind of frenzy that this song just sounds like. Sometimes the smallest things become the biggest things in life. I love that.

“We Wont Stop Toniiiiiiiggght”

A quick note: Barretso has GREAT vocals. This sets him apart from everyone else making music like this. I’m very curious to see if he can pull off a great album. His closest counterpart in this sense is perhaps DATA.

The rising buildup is the signature moment of the track. Its like the moment when you finally get the nerve, doing something you don’t think you can do… But before you know it, you’re there, looking at them right in the eyes. Adrenaline just coursing through your veins. The kind of adrenaline rush that keeps you up all night. The buildup is great because you just don’t really know whats about to come.

And, as you’d expect of Redial, the payoff is just that, a great payoff. Great song, even better remix.

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Cadillac


Today we’ve got a couple tracks from a pair of Melbourne bros by the name of Cadillac. The guys were nice enough to send us some tracks to put up here on the Binary blog, so I’ll start with my favorite of the three, a track called “Give It Up”.


Cadillac – Give It Up (edited version)
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Last week, for whatever reason, I noticed a bunch of things that made me realize, man, I bet being in Australia right now is awesome! You’ve definitely read our coverage on some other great Aussie artists here that we all know, be it Cut Copy or Empire of the Sun,Bag Raiders or Miami Horror, DCUP or Shazam, Van She or Gloves, or a number of others. All have contributed big things to the music we love. We always knew there was a great music scene in Melbourne, but it seems to me like the rest of the nation down under is catching up and in a big way. And not only that there are scenes growing in these other cities, but it seems like dreamwave is getting big there in a big way. And what better place for it to happen then Australia (besides LA, of course).

I’m pretty sure I’ve liked every Australian I’ve ever met. They seem like good people who know how to party and have fun and it seems like they have strong bonds of friendship. Hearing this Cadillac track makes me think how while we’re all here struggling through a rough and snowy winter (well, not ALL of us), it’s summertime in Australia, and every night, the kids are stepping off of the beaches and walking under the palm trees to the closest bar or club and getting down to some bright and sunny music with their bros and the girls, drinking more beer than us and dancing the night away. I’m thinking Australia should capitalize on what they’ve got going and rename the country Dreamwavia. Yeah, I’d go there.

Cadillac is a pretty new band, though I’m not sure they’ve been out DJ’ing around Melbourne, but at least in terms of their productions they’ve got a small catalog going at this point. The guys mentioned how they would be elaborating on some of the tracks and I’m sure hoping they’re making more, because this is a great feel good track with some real clean and funky production. My favorite part is the little accent riff that goes “doo doo, doo doo, doo, doo…doo…doo”, which you can first hear at the :04 second mark. Whether that makes any sense is beyond me, but for some reason I feel like that adds some real Australian flavor to the track. This track really sounds like the end of a long sunny day in the sand, getting ready for a big night out.


Cadillac – Manhattan (New Version)
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Here’s another track called “Manhattan”. Josh noticed that it’s a sweet little sample that also got used in Biggie’s ‘I Love The Dough’, which is definitely a positive for this song. It is a really solid beat, and hats off to the Cadillac boys for seeing that in the song. Isn’t it crazy how music goes through its evolutions? So many of the tracks from old gangsta rap songs out here on the west coast, and though probably to a smaller degree, east coast/NYC hip-hop beats, are so applicable to modern dance music. Change the tempo a bit, and you’ve got a really great groove ready to go for any DJ set. It really makes me appreciate great moments of musical brilliance, because that beats lifespan outlives its intended market. There is just something so human about that. So cheers to the original producers, and cheers to the never-dying human creative spirit that never stops seeing value in the world around us.


Cadillac – Later (Untitled)
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And finally here’s another great track from Cadillac. I think it’s another summertime/nighttime jam, meant to bring people together around ten o’clock to get the party started. This track has a pretty sweet solo in it. The guys from Cadillac tell me that they’re loving it in Melbourne right now, and that summertime is in full swing. I’m hoping I can make it over there sometime this year.

Be sure to check out Cadillac’s myspace page and send them some love. If you’ve got any insight on the Australian scene(s), feel free to comment on this post and let us know what’s really going on over there. And if any of you have the chance to make it over there anytime soon, my gut is telling me that you probably should. I’ll be expecting my check from the Australian Board of Tourism anyday now…

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Fabian – Heatwave (TNUC Video)


Fabian’s Heatwave was the jam that took us from the fall through the winter. As it rained over the past month here in LA, it was Heatwave that kept us all warm. Fabian was the Binary artist that delivered us the song that we hear being played out more than anything else. I’ve heard it compared to Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack outtakes, to epic house tracks, and even to a chillwave summertime layback track. In the end its a timeless snapshot of LA in the summertime. It’ll give you a jump in your step and a bead of sweat on your brow.


Fabian – Heatwave
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Today we’ve got a fantastic treat for you. LA based TNUC has decided to lend his hand to creating a video for Heatwave. As he explained it when he delivered it to us.

“If fast cars, fast women, leisure suits, cocaine, shade-tipping meatheads, disco, hardbodies, epic sunsets and Patrick Swayze are some of the things you hold dear to your heart, then book your first class ticket to Bogota to enter a pelvic-thrusting HEATWAVE.”

Sounds about right!

Does the video live up to the TNUC hype? Be the judge for yourself.

Fabian – Heatwave (video by TNUC) from TNUC on Vimeo.

Impressed? Head over to TNUC’s blog, where you’re bound to get lost within a labyrinth of spandex, hairspray, and John Stamos.

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Upcoming Binary Shows

Lots of places to see Binary artists in the upcoming weeks. We really hope that we can see some of your beautiful faces at some of these shows!

Sunday night 2/21 we have The Kids Are Radioactive playing a DJ set at the Clean/Cut party on the Standard Hotel Rooftop in downtown Los Angeles. Weather permitting, this will be a really fun event with dubFrequency, Gotta Dance Dirty, and Danceism all promoting the night. RSVP Here.

On Monday 2/22 LexiconDon will be playing the Hollywood Artwalk at the Dragonfly. It’s their first live set since touring the west coast in December, and they have added another member, Sam Gabbard, to make it a four piece live set. Be sure to come out and support a great night, and see LexiconDon’s only show currently scheduled in LA. RSVP Here.

Friday, 2/26 Binary is coming to San Diego for a show with Colourvision at the Beauty Bar. Performing live sets will be NightWaves, LexiconDon, and Short Circuit. It’s NightWaves’ first live set since June of 2009, so don’t miss out! NightWaves will also be playing the Dragonfly in Hollywood with LA News on Monday 3/1. RSVP for San Diego

The 2/26 San Diego show is the beginning of a mini-tour by Short Circuit that will see him in SD, the Spaceland in LA on 3/4, the Townhouse Lounge in Sacramento on 3/5, the Purple Lounge in LA on 3/12, and the Griffin in Las Vegas on 3/13.

Make sure you check out the Binary touring page to stay up to date on coming shows!

The Golden Filter – Hide Me


The Golden Filter are just a couple of years old, crafting dark, airy synth laden lullabies over punchy programmed drums. When Kyle and I first heard ‘Solid Gold’, back in ’08, we loved it so much we put it on our first dreamwave mixtape, NightWaves’ Presents The Dreamwave Hour. That song represented everything we love about this kind of music. It had great production, it hit you in the chest, and on top of all of that, there was a great song with singable melodies to match. Since Solid Gold, at least in my opinion, their other output has been pretty weak. Great production still, but the songwriting left something serious to be desired.

Well, here is the triumphant return to the great potential we heard when we first listened to Solid Gold. Hide Me delivers in every way you could hope. Its emotional, dark, mysterious, dreamy. Listening to this through headphones almost puts me in a trance. Enjoy.


The Golden Filter – Hide Me
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I think I dig this song so much because the voyeuristic nature of the song translates well with the sonic nature of the track. Its a bit dark, very mysterious, and pretty sexy. Breathy vocals are always a killer, and the idea of being watched is always a little creepy, and a little exciting as well.

Maybe you’re being watched, or doing the watching online? Maybe you’re just doing it from across the street. We’re all voyeurs in one way or another. From facebook albums to peering into the car next to you at a stoplight. Its the excitement that goes along with NOT knowing what to expect from what you’re looking at.

That feeling works both ways too. Who is reading this? Who’s looking at me in my car, or on facebook? Its creepy, and a bit exciting too.

This song captures just that feeling. It’ll make your skin crawl and it’ll make your heart beat a bit faster too.

They’re out there.

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Deadbots – Much Better


A nice little post for you here today. We recently got these tracks from Deadbots, a two-person group from Dublin and Vancouver, in support of their EP titled “Much Better” which will be coming out later this month or early March. Here’s the original from Deadbots for you to enjoy…


Deadbots – Much Better
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As I’m sure you know we talk about nostalgia a lot here on the blog. This song definitely takes me back, but only to about three years ago. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all, and I really like the song, it’s just kind of funny and nice. Funny timing I guess…I could use hearing some music like this right about now. We’ve got Coachella coming up here in Southern California and this song is getting me really excited for it. I’m just thinking about the drive out through the desert and then arriving in Palm Springs and getting ready for a weekend of making some bad decisions.

Maybe it’s the Justice-y pads that chime throughout this track, or the crisp MSTRKRFT drums, but this song is taking me back to a couple years ago when Justice played Coachella along with a ton of other great acts at the time. It was the height of the blog house era. A time when I was a bit younger and a bit dumber and a bit more ready to party, and this song makes me want to party. In the sun. By a swimming pool. I want to be in a place that parties all day in a desert oasis, and I want to have to face the decision of what will help my hangover more: jumping in the pool or this breakfast burrito and a mimosa. I want to be cool with the thought of shotgunning a beer and having it pour all over me before I jump in that pool. Ah, the perils of the good life.

I love the opening bass tone of this song, and the arpeggio is really stellar. The vocals are great. I think that’s what is bringing me back and making me want to party. She’s delivering the vocals like she’s already down to party, and it makes me want to join. That’s probably part of the recipe for a good track. Here is a remix that accompanies the track from Symbol One.


Deadbots – Much Better (SymbolOne RMX)
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This is a nice compliment to the original. I think Josh and I might debate a bit on which track we like better. I think I like the conciseness of the original better, but this remix does add some of that French dreamwave flavor to it with some more standard dance music drums. This track could get a dancefloor going late in the night. Good stuff.

Be sure to check out Deadbots’ myspace page since they’ve got a lot of other tracks and remixes up there. I like a lot of the ideas they have so I’m looking forward to checking out this EP when it graces us with its presence. Maybe it’ll be perfect for Coachella this year as I lay on a raft floating in the pool in that place where time never moves.

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Baby Monster – She Comes Alive


We were quite pleased to find out that BigStereo would be launching their own record label. A project in the works for quite some time, it has finally come to fruition with their first release, a single from the Portland synthpop group Baby Monster.

Expectations should be high for a release like this. When someone like Travis decides to throw his whole weight behind something, it usually sticks. And, much like you’d expect, this song delivers. In fact, in a big way, it represents everything that’s great about Big Stereo as a blog. It continually straddles the line between traditional ‘indie rock’ and ‘dance music’. It seems as if their only prerogative is posting good music. What I do consistently find though, is that their posts generally are of bands, or producers, that will appeal to both sides of that spectrum. This release mirrors that philosophy perfectly. Combining half programmed/half live drums, singable melodies, and delicious synth work, this band has serious crossover potential.


Baby Monster – She Comes Alive
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As I’ve played the song, sometimes over and over, during the course of the last week, I’m most struck by the overall vibe of the song. I’m left feeling feeling alternately depressed and hopeful. It feels like a love song written by someone that’s scared to write a love song. There’s a level of loneliness that comes across that’s undeniable. Well… at least until the chorus.

The hook is what really makes this song. Right after you’ve been transported into a world of longing and endless nights, the chorus hits like a ray of light. I suppose finding the right person is a lot like that. You find your ray of light, and all of a sudden you can hear hope and love in all of the sad songs you used to wallow in.

“You and I only go where we want to go/Through the magical tunnels and rabbit holes”

I can’t help but think that this song is about exactly that. Being brought out of a dark time by someone special… someone unexpected. It is, after all, moments like this that make life best. Its also the kind of subject matter that make for the best art.

I think what I like most about the song is its distinctly NON-Brooklyn-y sound. The pretentiousness that has invaded New York music has a palpable stench. There’s so little genuineness that despite a seemingly bottomless talent pool, I fear that the entire city has just overdosed on their own hype. In any case, Baby Monster is sincere, and their message is genuine. Even the song feels like it takes place in some rural farmhouse.

“Walk around with nothing on/she comes alive”

Its like those times, when you just disappear from the world. All that’s left is the one you love. Your life, your friends, your family… Don’t matter. Slipping into those paradises usually happen out of nowhere, like a gift from the ether. This song captures both the longing for that moment, and the moment itself.

“Aw, shes climbin up the stairs now/floating in the air now”

Now, I’m probably wrong about the subject nature of the song. In all likelihood, its about something completely inanimate. But shit, isn’t this what art is all about? I ALWAYS make emotional, romantic connections with songs, art, and written prose when there is none to be found. That’s what I love most about music. Our ability to draw our own conclusions. When I hear this song, it makes me remember the blooming of a new love. Great stuff.

A big congratulations to BigStereo on the release. If you aren’t familiar with the blog, you should be, go head over. They’ve found a gem in Baby Monster. Can’t wait to hear more from them! You can find details on purchasing the limited edition single over there at BigStereo as well. Cheers.

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DCUP – Style (Rainbows Of Death remix)


We’ve been on DCUP for what feels like years. The demos that turned into his debut EP were some of the first non-Binary songs that we ever blogged. Style, in fact, was one of those songs.

DCUP has a new EP coming out, full of great remixes, including this sun-filled danceathon by Rainbows of Death. Its making me yearn for summer, so yeah… lets go.


DCUP – Style (Rainbows Of Death remix)
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In typical Aussie fashion, this remix is sparse, punchy as hell, and sun soaked beyond comprehension. This is summertime dance music right here.

Summertime beach parties, meeting new people every night.
Mojitos going down like water at 11am.

And, as if to sum it all up… the lyric that makes the original so good. And it seems so fitting for a song that sounds like this.

“Have your own kind of style/not like the rest.”
That’s right.

Rainbows of Death killed it here. I’m really excited to hear more of his work.

DCUP is great. Don’t know him? Get to know him.

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