Aeroplane Remixes

4 05 2009

Long overdue, just a little tribute to Belgian duo Stephen Fasano and Vito De Luca aka Aeroplane, who are among my favorite producers out there right now.

Fantastic disco mix of “Baby I Can’t Stop”, part of Norwegian producer Lindstrom‘s ongoing effort with Solale, their debut collaboration is expected to be released sometime this year. Meanwhile, II, Lindstrom’s second cooperative effort with Prins Thomas is out May 18.
Lindstrom & Solale – Baby I Can’t Stop (Aeroplane remix)

Amazing remix of Grace Jones’s autobiographical 2008 single “Williams’ Blood”. Hypnotic beat and what a narrative..this song never gets old.
Grace Jones – Williams’ Blood (Aeroplane Remix)

Of course I have to post this one…everyone’s favorite remix of 2008. Totally transportive. “One day we’re gonna live in Paris, I promise, I’m on it.”
Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane remix feat Au Revoir Simone)


One of their earlier singles, kaleidoscopic guitars and balearic beats..phenom.
Aeroplane – Above the Clouds



Fan Death cover Goodbye Horses

3 05 2009

In honor of their Euro tour officially kicking off, Fan Death bring us their well done (and less androgynous) rendition of 80s classic “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus, best known for its perfect inclusion in the ultra creepy Buffalo Bill scene in Silence of the Lambs. Can’t decide which I like better – the song or the cover art?

Fan Death – Goodbye Horses (Q Lazzarus cover)
Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses


Listen to more Fan Death on this post.

Fan Death - Goodbye Horses

The Golden Filter + Empire of the Sun

29 04 2009

Empire of the Sun had been on The Golden Filter‘s ‘coming soon’ remix list for a while, and now it’s finally out! I’m a fan of anything by either artist, so no complaints here. This will be their last mix for a while as they turn their attention to their own songs. I’m eagerly awaiting a full release so they can go on tour again, and I can relive the transcendental musical experience of seeing “Solid Gold” performed live. Check out a couple of their previous mixes here and here.

Empire of the Sun – We are the People (The Golden Filter remix)
(Thank you NME).

The Golden Filter live

Dirty Projectors – Latest Single

28 04 2009

Following 2007’s Rise Above, Dirty Projectors are back with their fifth album Bitte Orca, due out June 9. The first single “Stillness is the Move” was released last week by Domino Records, and it’s a fresh one. I can’t decide what I like best about this track – the lyrics (love + existential favorite), the music (fantastic composition, just enough melody), or the R&B flavor (for real). I don’t think it’s possible not to like this song..if you’re not immediately convinced skip to the last 2.5 minutes where the magic really comes together.
Dirty Projectors – Stillness is the Move


Below, the band teams up with David Byrne in the first track off of the Dark Was The Night compilation.
Dirty Projectors & David Byrne – Knotty Pine

Dirty Projectors

Damn, I wish I was your cover

22 04 2009

Here’s my first of many ‘covers that are better than the original’ posts. And by ‘better’, I really just mean that I like it better, because objective reasoning is beyond my pay grade here.

First up is the Bat for Lashes/Fionn Regan/Maps rendition of “Higher Than the Sun” by Primal Scream, performed live for the BBC program “In the Company Of” back in August 2007. True, we’re dealing with a classic here, Screamadelica being a groundbreaking album (that I love), but props to Natasha Khan’s vocals (with slivers of Regan’s voice echoing in the backround) for taking a trippy acid house track and making it so emotive and moving…my heart melts a little every time I hear it. This makes my top 25 all-time. 

Bat for Lashes w/Fionn Regan and Maps – Higher than the Sun (Primal Scream cover)
Primal Scream – Higher than the Sun

Bonus track – “Loaded” remixed by Terry Farley (one of the producers of Screamadelica). Man, I love this version..makes me want to go pub hopping in Scotland.
Primal Scream – Loaded (Terry Farley remix)

Sinead O’Connor Reissue

21 04 2009

I tend to steer clear of reissues, leaving them for the completists out there, because who needs more of the same with fancier packaging? I will, however, be getting my hands on the special edition of Sinead O’Connor’s classic I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got because it includes a second disc of B-Sides/live cuts (including a fab live version of “Troy”), two previously unreleased tracks, and because yes, I think her music’s awesome. The LP is out today from Capitol/EMI, check out the tracklist here.

Sinead O’Connor – Sacrifice (Elton John cover)


Just another reason to watch this video again..which I admit, is still capable of making me cry.

The Big Pink

20 04 2009

Is this the year early 90s-inspired surpasses 80s-inspired as my musical era of choice? ..gasp.. The Big Pink‘s euphoric second single “Velvet” hits the shelves today via 4AD. Stronger vocals and a pulsing beat add some more gravity to the track versus their previous single “Too Young To Love”, but the heart of it all, the melodic reverb, is left intact. Watch for their debut full-length release later this year.

The Big Pink – Velvet (buy it here)

The Big Pink – Too Young To Love (right click, save as to download)

The Big Pink