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Compromise Music Presents: The Remixtape, Vol. I

2 Apr

I’m pleased to eventually be able to introduce you to a project we at Compromise Music have been working on recently. Basically what happened was, we gathered a few of our favourite producers, and got together for a bit of a mixtape. What we did is got them to remix one song of our choice, and one of theirs. Here’s the final project, which I think it’s fair to say all involved are very pleased with! I’m honestly proud to be introducing these artists to you and also to be at least partially responsible for the existence of some of these tracks! You can grab the tape here, but most of the tracks are available individually on the artists Soundcloud pages, listed below.

Tracklisting:

1) Yelle – Safari Disco Club (HLM Remix)
2) Trophy Wife – Microlite (Randy Lauren Allien Remix)
3) The Streets – Soldiers (Danny T Remix)
4) Camo & Krooked – Climax (Ollie Macfarlane Edit)
5) French Films – Take You With Me (HLM Remix)
6) Foals – Miami (Randy Lauren Allien Remix)
7) Jamie Woon – Missing Person (Danny T Remix)
8) Skream – Midnight Request Line (Ollie Macfarlane Edit)

Enjoy these exclusive tracks!

HLM on Soundcloud
Randy Lauren Allien on Soundcloud
Danny T on Soundcloud
Ollie Macfarlane on Soundcloud
Compromise Music on Soundcloud

More music will be coming very shortly!

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Hypocrisy

5 Feb

I’ve never hidden the fact that I don’t like dubstep – some would say I’ve shouted it from the rooftops. So a large part of me feels highly dubious about these postings. It’s not dubstep-dubstep though, it’s more sophisticated – I feel like a musical elitist saying this – well I am really – but this is proper music, not just noise.

Ghost – Stories (Featuring Misty Miller)

This link up between two South London teenagers has real soul and atmosphere, the contrast of Misty’s delicate voice with the hard synths of Ghost is nice. It works so well.

Ghost – Fairytale (Featuring Misty Miller)

Much the same story as above, but this one is a tad closer to Misty’s style than Ghosts, until at 1 minute some seriously good synth work happens. It almost reminds me of Jamie xx’s version of Running from We’re New Here.

The Streets – San Frandemonium

To call this one dubstep is really pushing ‘dubstep’ to it’s very outmost limits – in geographical terms it’s like calling Watford part of London. That probably doesn’t help you to get a very good picture of the song I realise. Basically, it’s pure production from The Streets – and he really comes into his own here, with this synth driven hip hop instrumental – I can’t exactly genre-fy it, as you might be able to tell!

James Blake – Tep & The Logic

The newer, ‘next Bon Iver’ stuff has got everyone and his brother in a real frenzy about James Blake, but it’s stuff like Tep & The Logic, a rejected take from his up-coming album, that got James Blake his original fanbase.

Jamie xx – Far Nearer

This has been floating around the internet for quite a long time now but only a radio rip from XFM was available. After that it was rumoured to be appearing on We’re New Here which I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. Who knows what it is!? Anyway, here it is in all it’s deep bass-steel drums glory.

Blackbird Blackbird – Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)

This drifts out of the greater-dubstep movement and over into chillwave. I guess it’s most closely related to the James Blake track. It’s bliss for all seasons.

Fiver

26 Jan

First post for me, so purely an experimental thing until I find my feet. Just thought I’d give you a little introduction to my kind of music. It’s varied, and I’ll do specific posts, but for now, here are 5 songs that were in my head at the time of writing.

New Order – Age of Consent

This New Order track is a prime example of a song that is nice to listen to. Well made, simple, but effective. Personally, I prefer Joy Division, but for now I felt it’d be better to start off with an easy one.

Sigur Rós – Samskeyti

For me this song is just so beautiful. I do prefer the live version from their DVD/Documentary ‘Heima’ but as it is here, it is still just an incredibly beautiful piece of music. Sigur Rós are a band that hail from Iceland, and if somehow you don’t know about them, get on it. Now. Seriously.

James Blake – I Never Learnt To Share

On the other end of the spectrum, we have James Blake, a.k.a Harmonimix. Here we see how Blake has quite an impressive singing voice and can layer his vocals to have a haunting effect. In an odd way it reminds me of ‘Woods’ by Bon Iver, purely in the way the layered vocals build. The drops James Blake creates are quite something, and the end of this song makes me desperately want to see him DJ, as all speakers I own cannot quite do this justice.

Au Revoir Simone – Take Me As I Am (Max Cooper Edit)

I’ll admit I do not know much about Au Revoir Simone, or Max Cooper for that matter, but this is a match made in heaven. The deep resonating bass can really be felt right through you, and it still turns out to somehow be quite a mellow listen. I’ll be browsing through Max Coopers back catalogue and posting anything that reaches this level.

David Bowie – Rock & Roll Suicide

Not much needs to be said about this track. Lyrically and musically, it is effectively a ‘pop’ masterpiece. I’ll admit that I am a little obsessed with most of his tracks, but it is hard not to be. Blame my father, who wishes he was David Bowie.

That is all from me for now. Next time I’ll have some sort of theme, but for now, hope you enjoyed it.

Theo

Remixes, Re-Edits and Re-Touches

26 Jan

Essentially one and the same. These are some rather fine examples. The other day, I looked at my iTunes album and found that 10GB out of 46GB are remixes. Not quite sure what to make about this.. I’m sure certain psychologists would have me know it reflects a great deal about my personality, maybe a perfectionist streak? Here are good one’s anyway…

DJ Mehdi – Signatune (Kaytradamus Remix)

When Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk has remixed a song, it’s something of a risk to take a go at remixing it, especially if you’ve heard what he’s done with it – it’s pretty fantastic. So relatively unknown Canadian Kaytradamus certainly has balls. However, he’s pulled this one off really nicely, an interesting and different take on the remix to kill all remixes!

J Dilla – Stop! (Kaytradamus Remix)

J Dilla is, sadly, an artist I know very little about. So I’m not in the greatest position to judge this remix from Kaytradamus really. To me though, it sounds pretty damned good! I know enough, however, to feel honoured to be posting this track of his.

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (Kaytradamus Remix)

Man, quite a bit of Montreal’s Kaytradamus today! Still this one leads nicely into the next one and it’s a good track in it’s own right anyway. When TDCC released the stems for this one a few months back, it’s led to innumerable remixes. I think this one and the one below are two of the better one’s.

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (Dresscode Remix)

I really like what they’ve done with the guitars here – the new house-style pianos transform the song from an indie ditty into a beast fit for dancefloors where skinny jeans aren’t obligatory – although dancefloors where skinny jeans are obligatory tend to be the best!

Rui Da Silva – Touch Me (Jamie xx Remix)

A new Jamie xx remix always brightens up the day, as is the case here with his take on Rui Da Silva’s early 00’s house smash. Truth be told, I can’t really remember the original, but knowing his old work, one can rest assured that this is almost definitely an improvement!

Events and Happenings and Such forth

23 Jan

Quite a lot of big stuff has happened in my life over the past few days, I feel like the axis of the world have tilted a few degrees. Some stuff’s good, and some’s bad – although none of the bad stuff’s really happened to me, it’s more to friends-of-friends and what not but I have to say I’m still adapting. Now you’re here for the music not to enter my inner sanctum so I don’t really know why I’m sharing but I suppose it gives some content to these songs.. The world feels different to me but not in a particularly better or worse way.. So I suppose you better bare that in mind when you listen to the following.

Bikini – American Mourning

This track’s really grown on me in the couple of weeks I’ve had it for. It’s gone from being another chillwave track to being something really quite special, I really like the tune, I think this is really clever, it’s almost dance music but at the same time there are a lot of elements you’d expect to see in your bog-standard indie track. It follows a path made by the likes of Passion Pit, who have never really been a favourite of mine, but I do think this is really good.

Conner Youngblood – Neon Flicker

I got this track a couple of months ago, but I’ve been listening to it quite a lot because I think it shares quite a lot with the track above. I normally abhor auto-tune in pretty much all it’s uses – my worst nightmare is Black Eyed Peas/Eminem combo dubstep remix actually (thank God it hasn’t happened yet) but in this case it sounds good. I can’t quite put my finger on why but it’s almost used like an instrument rather than a voice and I like that.

Sports – To Catch a Thief

There’s a good contrast between the riff that’s repeated at various times throughout the track and the rest of the track. It almost feels as though it shouldn’t be there, the notes are at a contrast to the body of the work and it really shouldn’t work but it does. This one’s lazy and kind of sums up my mood to working right now. It feels like there’s optimism deep in the bowels of this track but it’s struggling to break through a hazy layer of tiredness, and sadness..

Rollerskaters – Boyhood

There’s a lot of surfer-rock out there at the moment and Brooklyn’s Rollerskaters are very much in that trend, although they insist that they make pop. It’s funny that a group of New Yorkers are behind this, because to me this absolutely sounds like the work of some Californians – everything from the perky bassline that carries the track to the ever optimistic sounding vocals. This is a real sound-a-like to The Drums, and I really like it. They’ve only got three tracks so far but I’m tipping these guys for big things.

Rollerskaters – Sleep Tight

After I went onto Soundcloud to find the above track I also heard this one, Sleep Tight, for the first time. This is surf-pop for the night time, and sounds more like someone like La Femme than The Drums – it stays within the genre but moves to a different area of it, which I think says a lot about the band. I think I prefer this one personally.

On the count of three… Ooh La La

18 Jan

Something’s come over me lately, and to be quite honest I don’t really know what it is. If you hadn’t figured it out from the picture and the title, I have at least temporarily become something of a Francophile. To what extent it’s Yelle driven remains to be seen.
DISCLAIMER – The French Government has definitely not paid me to write this. I am not a cultural ambassador for France. I promise.

Yelle – La Femme (Siriusmo Remix)
[They stole this track from my Soundcloud :'( sorry. Google it!]
Yelle is always the place to start when talking about France. Unless you start with Daft Punk.. but we’ve had plenty of Daft Punk on this blog already, and we’ve had quite a bit of Yelle too but if she carries on making music like this we’ll carry on saying Ooh La La, then we’ll share it with you, and you’ll carry on saying Ooh La La..

La Femme – La Femme Resort

The title of the last track is the name of this band. Now I’m featuring Air, Yelle more Yelle and some Daft Punk (I changed my mind) here. I think that La Femme are going to be the next name on that list of cool, sexy French exports. Currently bumming around America, these guys make surf pop, but with a French tinge. As well as this one be sure to check out Sur La Planche.

Poka – Superhero

I didn’t add Poka to that little list above because he spoilt the globally famous metaphor but again, like La Femme, I don’t think it will stay that way for long. He’s actual Greek but what he’s making is very French indeed and when this new release of his came up on my Soundcloud dashboard I couldn’t refuse – be sure to get it quickly, the free download is limited. He’s also included here.

Air – La Femme d’Argent (Pyramid Remix)

Another La Femme!? I can promise I didn’t make this post just for searching La Femme. Obviously it’s something of a French obsession – we already knew that anyway! It’s a brave thing to try and remix Air, especially when you consider that Lyonnais Pyramid is virtually unheard of. Not only did he try though, he succeeded with real panache.

Yelle – La Musique

Second dose of Yelle, this one’s from a Kitsuné Compilation. Seriously, the French are behind all the good stuff nowadays! I don’t know exactly what to say, it gets hard not to start repeating yourself here, but like the other track, this has a high Ooh La La content. It’s by Yelle after all – it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that it’s going to be good!

Mr Flash – Disco Dynamite

If Kitsuné isn’t your thing, why not Ed Banger. This is typical fodder of theirs, some very cool French House/Nu Disco. Man, even listening to this, little men in flares on a flashing dancefloor come into my head. Yep, you got it, it’s pretty cool..

Daft Punk – One More Time

Last but by absolutely no means least, does anyone not love this track!? In fact, if you don’t love this track, you’re at the wrong place. Ever since the day it came out it’s I was like “J’adore!”. Man, I was pretty young then. I guess it just goes to show how cool I was as a little kid really, eh?  This is seriously so good, words can’t describe it. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, right? Well this song speaks a thousand pictures.

I’ll finish with that poetic thought, haha. I sorta feel like I’m the French cultural ambassador! I hope you enjoyed those incroyable tracks..

Vive La France!

Here are some of your new favourite bands

15 Jan

When I wrote this there wasn’t really a theme and I was going through the usual difficulties in coming up with a title, so I decided to look back over the post and I realised the unifying theme was that these are all, with the exception of the Eurythmics, artists that aren’t particularly high profile but possibly will be or maybe even should be. I know that’s a theme running throughout the blog, new exciting artists, but I think it applies even more here, so enjoy the sound of tomorrow, if you can get over the cliches…

Foster The People – Helena Beat

Last summer this LA trio were creating a real stir with their uber-catchy debut, Pumped Up Kicks. However since then they’ve been pretty quiet, I’d almost forgotten about them until today when they proved they have very much still got it, with this new electro-pop track, Helena Beat. While their last track was whistles and guitars this one’s synths and drum claps, heralding the arrival of a darker version of Foster The People.

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (RLYNX Remix)

While I was searching for the relevant link for the track above I found this ultra-chilled remix from RLYNX of FDP’s other track. (That’s Foster the People, not the NWA track in case you were wondering). Now as far I can see it’s his only work so I’m going to urge him here to do some more, because this is pretty good.. The people want more, and you’ve gotta give the people what they want.

Winter Gloves – Plastic Slides

With verses sounding like The Drums and choruses sounding like Two Door Cinema Club, these Canadian boys are destined for big things. While they may have been around longer than both of the aforementioned artists, they haven’t quite gained the critical acclaim yet. However, I think that’s likely to change with this track.

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Atiq Remix)

I didn’t think this track should be touched but Swedish producer Atiq has proved me to be completely wrong, with this electro remix. I’m genuinely struggling for words to describe this one. That ever distinctive riff from the original get’s darker, more menacing, more danceable. Maybe even better? Then it’s repeated throughout this song. No doubt that this would get any dancefloor anywhere in the world in a frenzy

Star Slinger – Word

This is the second track I’ve featured from Mancunian Star Slinger in successive weeks. Some in the British press are lauding him as a latter-day DJ Shadow, and I guess this is instrumental hip hop, but what I really like about this track isn’t the beat it’s the way that the bassline almost carries the track, with an independent but interdependent tune. According to Star Slinger this is Satanic Soul. Awesome…

Hollerado – Fake Drugs

When I saw the title of this one I thought it was kinda lame, trying to hard to get that rockstar image and so on. But listen, and to quote the song, it’s so agreeable. That doesn’t really work.. Basically, it’s your standard indie-rock track. As I said, calling a track Fake Drugs means it’s going to have to be pretty good to actually stand up, but this track does stand up pretty well..

Lord Boyd – Versailles Beat

Now Versailles Beat suggests there may be some kind of WWI theme running through this track, so I’m going to hazard a guess that Lord Boyd might be some sort of English military guy I haven’t heard of? Then again I could be completely wrong, this doesn’t sound like the kind of band that would name themselves after a historical figure. Man, I don’t even know how to describe this, it’s like electro-pop but performed by people as crazy as Lady Gaga wishes she was.
UPDATE – Lord Boyd messaged me on Soundcloud to say that you can get this track on a free EP of his here.. Get downloading