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Educational Remix

Posted on 13 May, 2008. Filed under: chillout, Dance music, dub, Dubstep, Electro, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, hard trance, house music, Music, Music Genre, rave, remix, Techno, Trance, Uncategorized |

Understanding the unique components of a style of electronic or dance music can be pretty hard, especially if you aren’t familiar with many (or any) other styles of electronic music.

For me, one of the easiest ways to figure out what makes a particular style is by comparison. I listen to a song I know well (particularly something not electronic or dancey) then listen to a remixed version of it.

For example, one non-dance song I was really into in the mid-90’s was a song by Arkarna, called ‘The Future’s Overrated’. Due to my lack of fundage at the time, all I could afford was the single. A few singles of this song came out, each with a few different remixes – my favourite being Amethyst’s Past, Present and Future Mix.

Around this time, I wasn’t particularly familiar with many styles of electronic music. I knew basic tech and listened to the more commercial stuff like Snap, C&C Music Factory, The Prodigy etc etc. I hadn’t come across much progressive electro trance stuff. This remix was a great intro. It helped pique my interest in those styles and was the start of my journey in to chill-out and trance.

Knowing the original version helped highlight the slower, more atmospheric sound of trance, as well as the synthetic beat/tune sounds and resonating, floatey vocals. *sigh* Beeeeyaddaful…

Track details: Arkarna – The Future’s Overrated (Amethyst’s Past, Present and Future Mix)

Also have a listen to:
Justin Timberlake – My Love (RYF Dubstep Remix)
Beverly Hills Cop – Axel F (Hard Trance Remix)

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Conversion through Remix

Posted on 13 May, 2008. Filed under: beats, Dance music, Disco, disco house, Electronic Music, Garage, House, house music, Music, remix, speed garage, UK Garage, Uncategorized |

One way alot of people seem to get in to electronic music is through hearing dance remixes of songs they already like. I remember aaaages ago when Shanks and Bigfoot brought out their infamous ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’. One of my friends had bought the single and had it at a party.

Ofcourse, Track 1 got played over and over (insanity of youth, I know), but at one stage someone let the CD keep playing and all the remix versions started up. It was great. At this stage in life, not alot of my friends were familiar with dance music, and some found it a little intimidating. As far as they were aware, dance music was just loud doof-doof, whistles and disconcerting chipmunk-sounding vocals. 

It was this sort of remix that moved dance music in to their (and my) domain, and allowed them to get to know (and in most cases, love) the different styles of it. Remixes gave them the music they already loved, recognised and felt comfortable with. They didn’t have to move completely out of their comfort zone to get a little taste.

So next time you come across someone who would really benefit from getting to know a particular style, but they’re having trouble seeing the light, maybe work them around with a couple of remixes. It’s worked for me.

Track details: Shanks & Bigfoot– Sweet Like Chocolate (Ruff Driverz Vocal)

If you like that, have a listen to: Ruff Driverz – Shame

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Elgar Gets a Make-Over

Posted on 8 May, 2007. Filed under: beats, Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Music, remix, Techno |

On the weekend I went to a symphony with my Dad. The main attraction for me (apart from one of the cellists – teehee) was Vaughan Williams’ ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’.

The “headlining” piece was actually Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’. This was, ofcourse, towards the end of the concert, and by that stage I was getting a little drowsy. Well, did that change when they started this!

If any of you are familiar with the first movement of ‘Enigma Variations’, you’ll know why my interest was piqued.

If any of you are familiar with Rob Dougan’s ‘Clubbed to Death’, that’s why my interest was piqued!

The string theme used in the beginning of (and throughout) ‘Clubbed to Death’ is none other than the ‘Enigma Variation’ theme. Rob D just added some sexy bass lines and synthetic sounds.

Why I didn’t pick this up before the concert, I’ll never know. But I’m glad I didn’t, as it was a great suprise! I’m sure there were lots of other under 35yo (or Matrix fans) in the audience who agreed.

Anyway, hearing this piece got me thinking. Out of all my favourite classical pieces, which one would be most awesome to remix?

And how does one go about remixing an old song? Do you take out the theme from the original, think of a beat you like, then work it in? Or do you think about how you want the song to feel and then go from there?

Another question, is it harder to remix an established piece of music (particularly if it’s well written), than starting from scratch? The style and movement of it is already so intrenched by it’s genre, wouldn’t it be difficult to break away from that?

Track details: Edward Elgar – Enigma Variations
Track details: Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death

If you like that, try: The Prodigy – Mozart Remix

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Wisp-ey atmospheres

Posted on 24 April, 2007. Filed under: Ambient, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, Electronica, experimental, Music, remix, Techno | Tags: , , , , |

Even when I need to relax, I don’t like listening to ‘technically boring’ songs. By that I mean, songs where very little happens, there are very few layers, there are no rhythmic changes etc etc.

But every brain needs a little down time. Or, in my case, something to distract it enough to be able to wind down and rock it gently in to (hopefully) some form of temporary oblivion.

A song that does this really well for me is the Wisp remix of Aphex Twin’s ‘Rhubarb’. It’s an awesome mix of relaxing, atmospheric ambient with an Omni-Trio-esque jungle rhythm mixed in. There are no sudden loud noises to jar you back in to reality, just smooth, groovy ambience.

Track Details: Aphex Twin – rhubarb (Wisp 1159 mix)

If you like that, try: Aphex Twin – lichen (Wisp 1136 mix)

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Tipper-licious

Posted on 12 April, 2007. Filed under: beats, Breakbeat, breaks, Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, Electronica, experimental, Music, Music Genre, nu skool breaks, remix, Techno |

Sometimes I wish I was a DJ. I find this feeling to be particularly strong when I go to a rave or a club and the DJ just keeps a song running and running and running… What I especially don’t like is when the MC goes “WHO WANTS A REWIIIIIND?!” And I’m like “NNNOOOOOOO!!!” But “reeooreeooreh!!!” and off the song goes again.

There has been one event, however, that was just incredible. I swear the DJ could read my emotions, ’cause just before I started to think “ok, I’m ready for a new song now”, he’d start working something even better in.

This DJ was none other than (the freakin’ amazing) Dave Tipper. He had me on the (good) proverbial edge his whooole set. Let’s just say that by the time I walked out of the club that night, I was ready to light-up then go to sleep!

Track Details: Tipper – Twister

If you like that, try: Grooverider – Where’s Jack the Ripper (Tipper rmx)

For something a little different, try: Tipper – Cable to Continue

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Just Noisia?

Posted on 9 April, 2007. Filed under: beats, Dance music, DJ, DnB, Drum'n'Bass, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, Electronica, happy hardcore, Hardcore, Music, remix, Techno |

I laaarv dark drum’n’bass. The more industrial-ey, grumble-ey, yum-ey the better. Especially if it uses a nicely broken beat (not just a slow doof-doof-dah-doof).

I ALSO love 80’s music, so when I came across this song (Eurythmics rmx by Noisia), I got excited.

At first, it just sounds like the original has been sped up. Enter the chipmunk vocals (aah dear, here I was expecting tasty dark drum’n’bass Noisia-styles and I’ve got a happy hardcore rmx).

FLASH BACK NOTE: remember those days when you’d put a record on your parents turntable and switch the speed up, just ’cause it sounded so funny and cool? Those Chipmunks could sing everything!

But that was just the intro. At 1:08 it fades back and you get ready for the wind-up. And at 1:29, well, that’s where my hair stands on end. THAT’s where the drum’n’bass kicks in… and boy is it tasty. Up and down synth-ey winds and thick drum beats… eek…

Not sure if I’d say this was a fantastic assimilation of the original though. You kind of get the feeling he just sped up the original, then put it together with a relatively generic dark dnb backing. But who cares?!?!?!?! I LIKE IT!!

Track Details: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Noisia Bootleg Remix)

If you like that, try: Jesus Jones – Zeros and Ones (Prodigy rmx)

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Generation-X sounds for Generation-Y-ers

Posted on 29 March, 2007. Filed under: beats, Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, Music, remix |

Some musical traditionalists see the ‘remix’ as an abomination.

“Why corrupt and defile a perfectly good song with all those bleeps and rumbles!”

“Why allow the integrity of a song created by people with pure talent (using nothing more than an acoustic instrument and a brain) be destroyed by a tone-deaf, computer-using heathen?!?!”

Well, to me the ‘remix’ is just a different interpretation of a song. An interpretation that highlights the best parts of a song or improves upon its general production.

Take Devo‘s Whip It, for example. (do-do-do-do-do crack that whip! do-do-do-do-do)

It’s a corny-tuned, weird-themed little ditty with synth work straight out of the 80s. Not really a song I enjoy listening to, unless I have something else distracting me at the time.

However, deepen the bass line, bring the guitar-ey tune to the fore, reverberate some of the vocals (while still maintaining the original vocal track) and you’ve got a song I’d put on repeat! Steir and Sakurai have created a version of this song that takes advantage of the broader frequency ranges we can experience on modern sound systems. And the addition of a couple of sounds really appeals to my need-more-info-in-smaller-packages brain. It’s Generation-X sounds for the Generation Y-ers!

Give it a listen. You’ll see what I mean when the bass really kicks in at 28secs. LOOOVE IT!

Track Details: Devo – Whip It (Steir & Sakurai rmx)

If you like that, try: America – Ventura Highway (Deepsky’s Blizzard in LA rmx)

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Freq Nasty – Freq’n Awesome!!

Posted on 28 March, 2007. Filed under: beats, booty breaks, Breakbeat, breaks, Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, funk breaks, Music, nu skool breaks, remix |

Freq Nasty is one of those DJs that can make even the most dodgy song sound wikkid.

Take, for example, Kelis’s ‘Milkshake’ – a rather bland vanilla excuse for a woman to sit in a milkbar, shake her boobs and “sing” in innuendos. No strong bass lines, no catchy tune, no wonderful voice control, just a couple of annoying lines that seem to get stuck in your head.

That is until Freq Nasty (aka. Mr Darin McFadyen) gets his hands on it. Within 15 seconds of starting the song, a beat comes in that promises something special. Introduce a little synth work and then drop the heavy, tuned bass drops.

And he doesn’t just put random rumbles here and there; overlay a previously recorded sample and loop it over the top of the track repeatedly. He works with and in to the tunes, not stripping them too far back from their original style.

Add to that some fantastic vocals by Spoonface (haven’t heard an MC as good as him in awhile), and you have one funky, ‘gotta-move-some-part-of-my-body’ piece of toonage.

Track Details: Kelis – Milkshake (FreQ Nasty’s Hip Hall Mix)

If you like that, try:  Freq Nasty – Come Let Me Know (feat. Rodney P)

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