BOTR vol 13

I’ve been stuck in a rut lately.  I’ve been swamped and work and when that happens I generally listen to a very small set of music over and over and over again.  The problem with this is that no new music coming in means no new music going out.  What happens is terrible.  So to spice it up I decided to bundle together another volume of BOTR (Best of The Remix).  If you’d like to check out all the previous BOTR volumes click here.

Enjoy the music.

mp3 : The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice (The Girls Can Hear Us Remix)
I love this remix.  It takes a classic summertime song by the Beach Boys and updates it just enough to make kids born in the last two decades appreciate the talent of the original surf rockers.

mp3 : David Guetta – Memories (feat Kid Cudi) (Armand Van Helden Vocal Remix)
Don’t be fooled by the opening forty five seconds of this remix.  When the vocals from CuDi drop in you’ll realize that you’re in heaven.

mp3 : Duck Sauce – aNYway (Black Noise Disco Remix)
I wasn’t quite sure what I thought of this track on first listen.  It sounds a lot like it’s from the late seventies, but the remixed aspect of the the song gives it a nice 2010 worthy veneer.

mp3 : Florence and The Machine – Dog Days Are Over (Breakage Remix)
This is by far the most depressing Florence and The Machine remix that I’ve ever heard.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Some days it’s good and well to be melancholic.

mp3 : Kinkiez – Nothing New (We Plants Are Happy Plants Remix)
The band is an act you’ve never heard of, but the track is worth a listen simply because We Plants Are Happy Plants has touched it.  WPAHP seems to have carved out a clever niche in the remix game and to date there hasn’t been a true competitor.

mp3 : Lady GaGa – Telephone (Crookers Remix)
I have no idea why anyone likes GaGa other than she tries really really hard to be even more abstract than Madonna ever was.  One thing can be said; even though her lyrics are Fergie-terrible at least the delivery is somewhat palatable.

mp3 : MGMT – Of Moons, Birds and Monsters (Holy Ghost Remix)
I thought this remix was appropriate what with MGMT having a new album due out this year.  Although this remix isn’t exactly club worthy it’s not problem, MGMT have always been more closely aligned with drug use anyway.

mp3 : MSTRKRFT – Bounce (OH SNAP!! Bootleg Vocal Remix)
To be honest MSTRKRFT are much better when remixing instead of creating original music, but this track had me at “all I do is party, ha ha ha ha.”  Makes me think of the Real World.

mp3 : Phoenix – Fences (The Pointdexter Remix)
If the previous remix was a mouthful of random club beats and party music this simple remix is a smooth sorbet, a sort of aural palate cleanser, a chilled out relaxing moment in the sun.

mp3 : Phoenix and Peter Bjorn and John and Victoria – One Thousand Nine Hundred and One Folks (Immuzikation Remix)
It’s been a long time since I listened to an Immuzikation Remix.  It’s been far too long.  At one time he alone sat atop the list in the remix world and here’s a nice example why.

mp3 : R Kelly vs Major Lazer – Ignition (The Hood Internet Remix)
No remix set is complete without one completely gratuitous R Kelly song.  Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce…

mp3 : Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard (Passion Pit’s Summertime Radio Remix)
If any remix could serve as the exact opposite, a counterpoint, to the previous R Kelly remix then this is that track.  Smooth and sugary like molasses this remix sounds like I usually feel on a hot summer day.

mp3 : Wale – Good Girls (A. Clark, Quix Remix)
This remix further cements in my brain that Wale and CuDi will end up being two of the most influential (or at least most long lasting) rappers in the current generation.  His rhymes remind me a lot of the iconic day of rap when Biggie and 2Pac were still around.

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We Plants Are Happy Plants : new song : Apollo

We Plants Are Happy Plants has deemed us worthy of a new track from a forthcoming album entitled Twilight of The Dawn.  The track is entitled Apollo.  Now whether or not he is referencing the Greek god, the Apollo series of space flights taken by NASA, or Battlestar Galactica is up for interpretation.  Regardless of actual reference the common thread between those three possibilities and the track itself is this; they are all out of this world.  Literally.

mp3 : We Plants Are Happy Plants – Apollo

The opening dialogue in the track is from the cult movie The Man From Earth which seems slightly ironic considering the word Apollo and almost all possible references of that name are opposite both the title and theme of that movie {it’s basically a film about a man who was born a cave man but is still alive in modern times}.  All indie movie and Greek god references aside this track is simple brilliance, yet again, from We Plants Are Happy Plants.  And to be honest I expect nothing less from Peter Bergmann.

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We Plants Are Happy Plants

A few months ago I raved about two remixes I stumbled upon done by We Plants Are Happy Plants.  Turns out his name is Peter Bergmann, he doesn’t have a proper website {although he needs one}, he likes his myspace profile quite, well, eccentric, and he has an impressive group of musicians who’ve influenced his work.  Among others he lists Radiohead, Daft Punk, Justice, Sebastian Tellier, DatA, Hot Chip, and James Murphy.  With such lofty goals it might be easy to write him off as just another myspace wannabe, but that isn’t the case with Peter’s music.  His latest effort, or at least the latest track he’s emailed out, is brilliant.

mp3 : We Plants Are Happy Plants – UITC

The UITC stands for Up In The Clouds and that’s precisely how I feel when I listen to this track.  I might be mistaken but I think I recognize bits of the soundtrack from the amazing The Dark Knight.  If anyone can identify exactly what the strings section in UITC comes from please leave it in a comment.  I think it’s from latest Batman, but I couldn’t pin it down exactly when I was randomly fast forwarding through the score last night.  Oh, and make sure you check out his myspace page.  Consider yourself adequately warned that it might take awhile to load and/or may cause epileptic seizures.

Edit : Peter just emailed me to let me know “…the strings in UITC are looped from James Newton Howard’s Lady In The Water soundtrack from the song ‘the great eatlon'” – thanks Peter, and keep making great music.

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