This week’s On Repeat is all about the first taste of summer. We’ve all taken a walk and felt the extra spring in our steps as we realized the ground was warming up, sunnier days ahead. May is a month when we all thaw out. Smiles come a little easier, and we all get the chance to bust out some shorts, or maybe some short skirts. I remember my days at USC, and these first days of warmth were always cause for celebration. Love is in the air and the promise of a long, party-filled summer is all around us. So, here are 6 songs to kickstart your hearts straight into Summer ’11.
She walks on the street // alone in the dark
Gypsy & The Cat – Jona Vark (Alan Braxe Remix)
Whether you’re aware of it or not, Alan Braxe has reached Godlike status here at Binary. His early work with Falke is something of a holy text for us, and his remarkable longevity as a producer is inspiring. As a pioneer of the French Touch movement, he was truly a key inspiration for dreamwave and the entire movement that we’ve been a part of here at Binary. Naturally, when he releases a new song or remix, we always take notice. I’ve been holding on to this remix for Gypsy and the Cat for a couple months now, and its been sitting in my ‘to blog’ playlist the entire time. Well, finally here it is… This is about as playful as Braxe gets, but he manages to match that playfulness with an equal level of romanticism that can only come from a Braxe production. Bravo.
I believe in anything at all..
Hey Champ – Anything At All
Hey Champ‘s story is interesting, having signed a deal with Lupe Fiasco’s short-lived major imprint, only to see it fold before they could release a record. Their full length, a nice take on synthpop in the post-electro world went relatively unnoticed despite being a collection of some great songs. We’ve always been supporters of the band here at Binary, but the album did end up feeling a bit ‘soft’ or ‘nice’ for our liking. And now, on the heels of the full length they’ve released a new single, “Anything At All”. The funny thing is, stylistically it fits very much with their album. ‘Nice’ and ‘Safe’ are adjectives I’d use for this song as well… the difference is, this is just a fantastically well written song. When you write a song as good as this, you can get away with it sounding a bit soft. This song has been stuck in my head for the last two weeks and there are no signs of it going away. Its one of my favorite singles of the year and in a lot of ways it reminds me of all of the promise that summertime can present us.
So I gotta get up, EARLY in the morning
Summer is often all about the party, so what better way to kick it off with this Jasper jam. My favorite mornings are the ones that arrive without any sleep. We’ve all had a night or two in our lives last well into the morning, and we all know how exhilarating it can be.
Justin Faust – Your Life (Italo Brutalo Remix)
Italo Brutalo takes on none other than the myth, the man, the legend, JUSTIN FAUST and gives us a dreamy treat that feels like the kind of afternoon that descends on you after you’ve stayed up all night. The day is hazy, your memory is hazier, and the mojitos start going down a little easier than they should. Really enjoyed this one.
Kamei – Sugarland (LBCK Mellowdisco Remix)
But of course… there isn’t a party without the banger. Obviously we’re not the type of blog that generally throws up heavier tunes, but its definitely not because we don’t get down like that. I find it hilarious that LBCK thinks that this is ‘mellowdisco’, considering the track is anything but mellow. What I do know is that its melodic, bouncy, and fun as hell. I’d DJ this song anyday and I’m sure it’d get the ladies movin’ around a bit.
Pelle G – Childish Delight (Eumig & Chinon Remix)
We’ll close it out with Eumig & Chinon‘s remix for Pelle G. Childish Delight pretty much describes the remix, since they accepted the challenge and went full-breakbot on us. They’re one of a small handful of producers in the world that are capable of even being compared to Breakbot, and they shoot this remix straight into a childs candy-filled dreamworld. They seem to be improving with leaps and bounds with each subsequent production, which definitely places them right near the top of ‘producers I’m watching’ list. Not too much to say about the song though, except that I dare you to make it through it the song without smiling from ear to ear.
See y’all next week.
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Written by Josh (Binary). Follow him on Twitter.