Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love (Poolside Remix)

Coachella is a crapshoot. You don’t know which weekend the sun will be out for blood or which weekend the skies will be crying. You don’t know which act will bring the ruckus one weekend and flat line the next.

You go to the festival to see a couple acts or 25, depending on your dedication/love of music. Or, as I quickly discovered, was more or less the case for many attendees, the festival is a convenient (and stellar) excuse to let loose and come back bragging that you witnessed Tupac’s resurrection.

You go to the festival because who doesn’t love paying 350ish dollars for the right to pay 9 dollars for a beer, sacrifice yourself to the sun, have a tryst with Molly, wear that now retro-Vlade Divac jersey you bought in third grade and now finally fit into, and perhaps even grind yourself into a romance.

But beneath this subterfuge, there is some extremely good, live music to be seen at Coachella–and some really REAL moments where the crowd did feel like it was there for the music and not the circus.

The Rapture’s set, when the sun finally went down on the festival’s opening day (second weekend), was one of these moments, where music trumped the rage machine.

For me (someone who admittedly would quite possibly choose music over sex, if given the choice at the gates of hell), the real reason to go to a festival is Discovery. Your weekend can be made or broken by the following experience: at some point, you’ll wander over to a stage, catch an act who’s country of origin you don’t even know, and after completely immersing yourself into their sound, fall in love with that band. While I’m well-aware The Rapture is a Pitchfork-revered cult-Indie rock band on James Murphy’s imprint, DFA, that’s kind of what happened to me when I witnessed their set, almost by chance.

Yes, I’d already heard “How Deep is Your Love” and the 69 accompanying remixes. Yes, I’d been swooned by the stellar remix package to “Sail Away,” but I wasn’t really IN LOVE with the band—partially because I typically stray from the type of mainstream, hipster-aesthetic that Pitchfork fellates on a daily basis. I just knew that The Rapture lend themselves spectacularly to remixes and had a couple groovy songs.

And they absolutely blew me away throughout their hour-long set. Aside from the constant rave-ish environment in the Sahara tent, The Rapture’s set was a rare moment where the rest of the festival ceased to exist and you weren’t thinking about “where to go next.” You were just lost in the groove.

 

 

The Rapture got on stage and greeted the crowd with an emotional, deep, sultry ballad that was: “In the Grace of Your Love.”

Eyes shut, bodies swayed, and vibes were felt. This is the type of song that touches a nerve deep down in your soul. This is the type of song that you don’t move to–you move with. It’s the type of song that is both a lyrical prayer and a sensual ode.

It’s a song that I totally forgot about until DFA recently released its VINYL only remix package. And now I’ve immediately fallen right back in love with it.

The Rapture – In The Grace of Your Love – Poolside Remix by Poolside Music

The Poolside remix was built for a sunset. Tropicalia, day-time disco at its finest, the moistest duo in NorCal delivers a summer anthem that will drop panties and lift boxers in its wake.

 

The remix from Pional, a Spanish production duo is equally stellar, and perhaps even more sultry. I’ll call it the sunrise version, because after hearing this one, you’ll most likely find yourself on the prowl for a day full of love.

The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love (Pional remix) by Pional

Both remixes highlight the song’s beauty in distinct yet subtle ways. And both of them are constant reminders that powerful music is still being made.

The Vinyl release is currently sold out, but look out for a re-release and perhaps a digital one in the future. Get it.

Ladyhawke – Sunday Drive (Gigamesh Remix)


Gigamesh just keeps getting more and more giggity giggity with it. His productions are so prolific and frequent that it’s a mystery if this man does anything but crush it in the studio and spread the gospel of disco. His latest remix to the always sexy Ladyhawke is a typical, funked up interpretation of an electro-pop gem.

Ladyhawke – Sunday Drive (Gigamesh Remix) by GIGAMESH

As always, Gigamesh introduces a very groovy bass line and turns this leisurely “Sunday Drive” into a fast paced groove.

Indeed, as the producer gains more notoriety, Gigamesh’s remixes are delving into a more electro-poppy, and dare I say, commercial realm. And while I generally hate on all things commercialized, the disco-touches Gigamesh has put on tracks are eloquent. This is no more evident than in his flawless touch-up to James Curd’s “Guide Me. Get your repeat button ready because this one jams.

James Curd – Guide Me (Gigamesh Remix) by GIGAMESH

Gigamesh’s sound is still very much embedded in the art form he’s helped grow and flourish: nu-disco. While his works are perhaps a tad less funky than his early DiscoTech days, they’re still well suited for the boogie. The sound has evolved into a unique one that can only be described as Giggity. And that sound will soon be spread to the masses when his original productions hit the interwebz.

 

Gigamesh is set to put out an EP titled “All My Life” this year. If this preview is any indication, it’s going to give K-Ci and JoJo a run for their title as “best song titled All My Life.

Gigamesh – All My Life EP (preview) by GIGAMESH

Chris Malinchak – Ironbound

The time has come for French Express to release the long-awaited sequel to Chris Malinchak’s Hollywood EP; Ironbound is finally here. It is comprised of 5 vibrant tunes, all of which possess their own individuality and sound, yet still share the unique combination of 90’s dance and deep house crafted by Malinchak that we’ve all come to love.

Chris Malinchak – There I Was (Again) by Chris Malinchak

Malinchak’s February release, “There I Was”, has been the main source of anticipation for his EP. “There I Was (Again)” is a flawless combination of soul and deep house, funkier than the original. Once the bottomless beat is dropped at about a minute in, you’ll soak in the vibes and immediately dance ‘em off. The reverberating bass and sexy, impassioned vocals set this EP off to the right start.

 

 

Chris Malinchak – Fuego by Chris Malinchak
Next we have “Fuego”, the track that lit up the core of The Magician’s Magic Tape 22 as an integral member of Ironbound. The track’s tropical hi-hats, chanting-esque vocals and captivating synths epitomizes itself as nu 90’s house. Feel the electrifying deep beat and build-up approaching the second minute mark. Chris is on fire, and it feels, feels good.

 

 

Chris Malinchak – Brooklyn Bounce by Chris Malinchak

“Brooklyn Bounce” is the deepest and most zealous track on the EP. It starts off heavy and smooth with consistently rhythmic hi-hats – but when the buildup enters, it’s completely infectious. The subtle vocals add a wonderful touch too, of course, as Malinchak has mastered in all of his tracks thus far. I love the layering of the hi-hats, synths, vocals and addition of bass he orchestrates as a fading dénouement for the track. Brilliant.

Don’t forget to check out “Razor 2.0” and “Kuzari” as the final two members of 5-piece production. More beats for your intro-to-summer enjoyment. New Jersey’s got a load of talent for us. Cheers, Chris – ya did it again.

 

Only Children – Down Fever

So it’s officially summer holidays on my end, and I can’t think of a better song to celebrate with than the French house banger “Down Fever” by Dino Soccio of Chicago’s funktastic “Only Children”. It was featured on Aeroplane’s March mix, and the best part, is you can download it for free.

 

 

Down Fever by Only Children

When I was perusing through several nu disco blogs a few weeks ago, this jam grabbed my attention immediately. Although the beat is simple, Dino incorporates jazzy, funky build-ups that avoid any degree of monotony in the entire seven-minute production. Only Children even samples Whitney Houston with a consistent rhythm guitar; it’s perfect from beginning to end.

I’ve truly missed the sound of  nu disco tracks over the winter lull, but Only Children has finally brought back the heat. Roll the windows down, embrace the breezy sunshine and blast the volume on this one.

Goldroom – Fifteen

If you’re late to the Goldroom party: let’s recap. Goldroom is Josh Legg, Co-Owner of Binary Entertainment, member of synthpop band NightWaves and a great writer and inspirational visionary of the dreamwave scene. DJ/Producer/Remixer and, if you get a chance to discuss music with him, a very serious songwriter who’s passion is to take the medium of dance music and add the thought, depth, dimension and emotion that sadly often seems to be lacking.

 

It’s about feeling, about originality, about making great music that stands up over time. Goldroom songs are just that, actual Goldroom songs. Each tune is approached with heart and intention not just -fruity loops gone wild or -reworking old 90s R n’B songs, slapping a new title on with no credit to the original artist, and calling it good.

 

Goldroom is determined to make music that inspires him, his eclectic style draws from a wide variety of types and genres of music current and past. A killer ear alongside a masterful handle on the nu disco, dreamwave sounds, blissful. It is that versatility and panache that have propelled him through an incredible year that has seen a European tour, some very sexy international one offs’, epically well received remixes and originals and a place on the Bond music group roster alongside fellow Binary bro Fabian as well as the likes of Classixx, Fred Falke, Moonboots etc. Without further ado or adulation…Fifteen.

 

Goldroom – Fifteen (ft Chela) by Goldroom


What a jam.  Dreamy, sexy, youthful and full of idealistic optimism. Thoughtful as well as full of emotion and groove, this is one of those tunes that has you reflecting, thinking back on younger, care-free days. First times, the excitement of discovery, summer romance and the untouchable hope that only youth fosters.The musical maturity shines through as Goldroom shows his versatility and depth. Point blank, this is a moving and beautifully crafted song. Genre defying, gorgeous. Clear and stirring vocals by newcomer Chela, grooves by Goldroom. With his humble yet lofty musical aspirations and a genuine passion to produce  relevant musical art, sky is the limit for Goldroom in 2012 and beyond.  Binary approves.

Kris Menace feat. KiKi Twins – We Are (Final DJs Rmx)

 

When making electronic music to a recipe the ingredients and cooking 
duration are key. Kris Menaces’ new song- We Are, takes a great selection
 of refined and natural produce and mixes them together into a slowly 
simmering spice infused anthem that is rich in vocal flavour and works 
into a smokey ambience .

Final DJ’s have taken over the recipe: guerrilla-style and added their own mix of suitably well matured
 vintage flavours for their remix of We Are and it’s resulted in one 
delightfully thrilling and filling synth laden course of exaltation,
exclamation and excitation!

Kris Menace feat. Kiki Twins – We Are (Final DJs Rmx) by FINAL DJs

I can’t help but feel the vocal track works much better in this remix
 than the original. It’s such a powerfully delivered vocal style that
 it’s prominence is more diminished in the original mix, like that
 flavour you can taste in a delicacy that you wish was more dominant.
The Final DJs bring the vocal right up front, making that first 
piquant taste last all the more by making the emotional charged words 
resonate in a deeply satisfying way. The 80s flavour complements the 
vocal perfectly, adding even more poetry to the experience.

By
 continuing the synth leads into the final revelatory rain storm Final
 DJ’s manage to be justified, victorious and introspective all at once

. We Are is just what every Final DJ’s remix should be, taking bolder
 new directions for ingredients that already work well together and
  drizzling them in a neon glow of tasty pink and cyan scrumptiousness 
that is sure to satisfy even the hungriest listener.