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Monday, June 11, 2007

More Bass! Music for your Subs

Mood: "Top Down, Seat Back, Rollin' in my..."

Tracks (View this iMix):
  1. Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
  2. Le Disko (Radio Edit) - Shiny Toy Guns
  3. Banquet - Bloc Party
  4. Glass Danse - The Faint
  5. Take Your Mama - Scissor Sisters


Gives your subs something to savor, so turn it up!

But why?

1. Dangermouse (Producer) is my hero. You can check out his other projects on wikipedia; Gnarls Barkley is also. The Gorillaz website is also pretty awesome.

2. I discovered this song by way of iTunes' single of the week, which I highly recommend. A free song from an upcoming artist every week is pretty sweet, especially if finding new music is as exciting for you as it is for me! Anyhow, Shiny Toy Guns garnered most of their popularity through myspace... who would've guessed?

3. These crazy brits aren't as techno-esque as the rest of these songs... just turn up the bass and don't complain. Banquet is the single... and I seriously considered using the Phones Disco Edit from Silent Alarm Remixed, but decided that version was too long. I think Remixes are generally a bit long winded and only really good for dance clubs.

4. Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) used to be in the Faint... but they kicked him out before they found their sound. Thank god for that... synth-pop with a whiny singer just wouldn't have the same appeal. They managed to snag a spot on the same record label as good old Conor though!

5. I have no excuse for this. I just had to include a little disco... even if it is a new band.

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Monday, June 4, 2007


Mood: "Experimental"

Tracks (View this iMix):
  1. I Like the Way - Bodyrockers
  2. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
  3. Smile (Radio Edit) - Lily Allen
  4. Hide and Seek - Imogen Heap
  5. New Born - Muse


New Sounds through electronics and sampling: Electronics have had a massive impact on music, especially in the last few years. It's now easier to create new sounds even as they become more complex and realistic.

But why?

'I like the way' to start the mix because of it's energy. I think it comes from the clever use of electric guitar (for a 'dance music' band). I especially like the way they use LPF's to create a feeling of build.

'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger' because of the Insane vocoder/midi-guitar solo. I think Daft Punk is one of the most creative electronic bands I've ever heard.

'Smile' because of the deceptively simple electronic beats, and the bitter lyrics, that make me smile. They're just so damn funny, but terrible at the same time.

'Hide and Seek' because vocoder a capella. The vocoder sounds big and warm and the arrangement is very dissonant. I'll admit it... I'm a sucker for vocoders.

'New Born' because of it's intense transitions. It makes a good follow up for 'hide and seek' because of it's semi-quiet synth intro and the dramatic transitions make this song interesting, and fun. Also, Matthew Bellamy's Vocals are brilliant and dark and (for me) they make muse worth listening to.

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