Hello blog world!!
It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to write something up for the blog. As I’m sure you guys know there are a lot of big things we’re working on here at Binary, so I’ve been a little preoccupied, but there are a few posts I wanted to write, so expect to hear from me again soon.
Today I wanted to bring you some remixes for London duo Cassette Club’s track ’4 Me’. Yeah, they’re a bit old (in blog years), but cut me some slack ’cause I’ve been out of town for like a month. Way too long to be missing LA!
Cassette Club – 4 Me (Bestrack Remix)
Our good friends at Eye Industries sent these remixes over to me in support of the debut single release from Cassette Club for this track. The original version of this song is a bit more French house sounding, with a sweet lounge-y feel to it. One thing I noticed about all the remixes I got is that they all sort of have the same feel…a similar chord progression and all of them are nice bouncey, yet chill tracks. I think that’s probably a testament to the original track which has a solid foundation driving through the whole song, with some great vocals riding over the top. It’s a lot easier to create a great remix when you’re starting out with a great original, and I think this is a good example of that.
So Josh and I spent a couple weeks in Boston working on some new NightWaves material in a very peaceful and isolated setting and then I went to Chicago for a week to see my family and my new baby niece, so this past month has been a pretty long emotional ride. And man, did it feel great to get back to LA! Isn’t it awesome how every place has its own feeling? Chicago is where I’m from, but it wasn’t until I got back to LA and was standing at the airport surrounded by the palm trees and breathing the not so fresh LA air that I really felt at home. These remixes really feel like LA summers to me. I’m sure every place is nicer in the summertime (especially places like Boston and Chicago), but I just realized how summers in LA are an equally special time. Most people think that we get the same weather year round in LA, but that’s not the case…summers really are more fun everywhere.
I love how this Bestrack remix feels like an LA summer to me. Big golden synths like the sun, a bouncing rhythm for all those nights that don’t stop, a few sweeping noise pads that hang over the song like the mist in the city night, and a great use of the vocals which fill the song with the emotional desperation of all of us LA kids sitting back and feeling like we really are living the good life. Cap it all off with a sick guitar solo and you’ve got the LA sound right there.
Cassette Club – 4 Me (Beaumont Remix)
And here’s Beaumont’s version of the same track…let it be known that I’m a big fan of Beaumont. His remix of ‘Sweet Carrie’ is definitely one of my favorites, and I’ve really enjoyed all his production work…I think he really gets it. He always does a good job of structuring and building the song the way that it is really meant to be. All the things I said about Bestrack’s remix and the LA sound could apply to this remix as well, except that Beaumont’s remix has a lot more tension built in which leads to some more epic buildups, and I will never argue with that.
“TV screens and limousines/The other side of shattered dreams/I’m standing here on my own again/but I keep on playing it out…”
Sounds like how I felt getting back to LA. I guess there are a lot of ways you can interpret “the other side of shattered dreams”…maybe it’s like the opposite of shattered dreams, soooo fully intact dreams? But I don’t think so. In my mind, it’s about the progression of time, and while one day our dreams may shatter, tomorrow is a new day, and the only thing we can do is keep on playing it out. While I can’t say that I’ve ever had shattered dreams (or at least I haven’t slowed down enough to realize it), LA is definitely the city of dreams. And whether your dreams have been shattered or just unrealized, LA is a place where you can start anew, or just plain start. I think that’s something all of us in Binary believe it…just doing what we can to keep moving forward, and every little step we’re taking is one step closer to the other side of shattered dreams. Life is about the journey and we’re having one hell of a journey, so that no matter what happens, it is all worth it. I can’t think of a better place to follow your dreams than LA…the summertime energy is flowing, the lights of Hollywood light up the sky, every weekend marks a new milestone, and “for me it’s gotta be like this till Saturday night”.
As a bonus here’s another ’4 Me’ remix by our friend Quinten 909…
Cassette Club – 4 Me (Quinten 909 and Livian Remix)
Be sure to head over to iTunes to check out Cassette Club’s ’4 Me’ release here, and show some love to all the remixers that did a great job!