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I’m Still Alive

10 Apr

I’ll write it here so I can’t break it – my new April’s resolution (?) is to start blogging again! I’ve managed to build the blog up to a reasonable readership, then I just stopped for 2 months, without good reason. I’m sorry – I have awaken from my stupor, and I’m back, and I promise from here on in this blog will only continue to get bigger and better!

Now musically, I don’t really know where to start, because although those two months have not been as fruitful musically as some others, there’s still plenty I could and should have shared. To get things moving along, I’ll post some stuff that I’ve got really recently.

Jamie xx – Boiler Room #35, Unknown Track

So I actually don’t have a clue what this is. New Harmonix has been suggested. I’m posting it here for two reasons – firstly, it sound like it’s pretty good – somewhere between Burial and Hudson Mohawke. The second reason is to ask you guys. If anyone knows what this is, please, I beg you comment below!

Jamie Lidell – A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Mix)

This track is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It takes aspects of all sorts of genres and crosses them into one, giving this song a really unusual feel – does it belong on a high energy dancefloor or in a relaxed living room? It also gives me another question – why hasn’t it become any more popular?!

David Morales – Needin’ U

If you live anywhere near me, you’ll be experiencing the weather that, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been waiting for for the last eight months. What better way to celebrate the sunkissed state of affairs than with this early 00’s house anthem from David Morales?

Quantic – Not So Blue

I’ve always wanted a friend who listened to different but good music to me – and now it looks like I found one! So cheers buddy, you know who you are. This 2002 track from Quantic blurs the boundaries between electronic jazz and instrumental hip-hop.

Tall Ships – Chemistry

Those who were reading this blog when Foals last album came out will remember my disappointment at the loss of the ‘original’ Foals sound and it’s lack of a replacement. Well, eventually my woes have been brought to an end by Brighton-ers Tall Ships, who compose a similar type of maths-rock aesthetic. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys.

Well those highly varied songs are enough to be going on with I think. I will bring more soon, and it won’t be in such a jumbled fashion as this. Thankyou for reading.


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.


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!

A Certain Philly-based DJ

14 Feb

If you have not yet heard of Diplo, here’s your chance to catch up. If you have, you know he’s the mastermind behind some productions for M.I.A., Santigold, and even rapper Gucci Mane. His work has developed a new sound unique to many listeners. Here are a few tracks that he has produced and remixed that are sure to get your head bobbing. Enjoy.

Sleigh Bells- Tell Em (Diplo Remix)

This is Diplo’s latest remix done for Sleigh Bells track “Tell Em.” Once you listen to the original track, then compare it to Diplo’s remix, it’ll really start to grow on you.

Santogold – Starstruck (Diplo Remix)

Although this is an older track, it has not disappointed me to this day. It comes from Diplo’s Top Ranking Mixtape which primarily consists of remixes of Santi’s album “Santogold” by other DJs under Diplo’s record label Mad Decent.

Gucci Mane – Danger’s Not A Stranger (Diplo Remix)

Gucci Mane’s music isn’t the type I’d listen to right off the bat. But if you listen to the mixtape “Diplo Presents: Free Gucci,” some of the beats are hard to ignore. After a couple of listens, you can’t help but pay acknowledgment to the lyrics. This particular track is an example of that. Compared to the original, this version kills it. British DJ, Sinden recently released a sequel mixtape, “Sinden Presents: Free Gucci 2 – The Burrrtish Edition.” Both are packed with bass-filled tracks that are sure to delight you, so be sure to check them out.

Finally – my personal favorite Diplo remix to date. What gets me the most about this remix is that it was completely transformed into a dance song and it works perfectly.

I hope enthusiasm about Diplo has been built. The guy really deserves some props!


28 Jan

Mid Semester tests finally finished yesterday, after a month or so of hard work. So, freedom ensues. A huge weight off my shoulders, it really is. Well, that’s given me time to procrastinate, as you can imagine, and here’s how I spent some of that time…

Pyramid – Solar

Pyramid is a young French producer, best known for his remix of Air, which I featured a couple of weeks back. Apart from some confusion about his genre (French errors from me!) it went down rather well. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and he sent me this, his latest tune.

VanGuard – Loving Someone Else

I think this one’s going to down the Fake Blood route and become the next French House tune to really penetrate the charts. I don’t know what the sample is but it sounds a bit like Say Say Say by Michael Jackson. This one sounds pretty good from the word go and to be honest it didn’t quite breakout into something as good as I expected. It’s still pretty good though, don’t get me wrong.

Thomas Bangalter & Falcon – So Much Love To Give

You should know that Thomas Bangalter is one half of Daft Punk, but he’s also done some pretty awesome solo work, which you might not be aware of. His remix of DJ Mehdi is my favourite but I recently rediscovered this golden nugget from the early noughties. I guess you could say it’s a bit long at ten minutes but nonetheless it’s a great track.

Johnny Cash – Hurt (Nico Pusch Remix)

I’m really getting into a lot of tracks like this at the moment – tracks which break the holy commandments of music. There are certain legends who really shouldn’t be remixed. It takes real audacity to tackle a work of theirs – because it’s so hard to improve on them. However, Nico Pusch has just taken Johnny Cash of that list – he’s still a legend, but clearly, he can be remixed.

Elvis Presley – Fever

Obviously Elvis was way way before my time, and actually even before my parents time. Not that he was tremendously popular in Yugoslavia anyway! But despite that I’d heard this countless times, and yes I like it, but I’d never really bothered to get it. Well I’ve just rectified that and here’s your chance now…

New Years Bangers

29 Dec

When I got up this morning I knew I had to work. I’ve still managed to find myself here though. The reason for that is that I decided I needed some new music to help me through the laborious process of copying notes. I had some new indie tunes in mind, but instead I’ve found some French electro and house. At least the New Years Eve party playlist is sorted now.

The Phantom’s Revenge – A Better Day (Boba Threat’s I’ve Learned to Cope With Bad Days Bootyleg)

Boba Threat says he’s ‘making shit amateur disco-house’. I have to disagree. This is far from amateur. True, it is hard to go wrong with a Phantom’s Revenge track, but this is an improvement on a good original.

Fitz & The Tantrums – Money Grabber (Party Supplies Remix)

I got this one emailed to me yesterday by the highly mysterious Party Supplies. Operating purely out of a YouTube channel, the New Yorker is someone that I expect to hear a great deal more from in the future. If you recognise the name, it will probably be from his Hypem-topping remix of Edward Sharpe’s Home – definitely check it out if you haven’t heard it before. In this one, which I have personally uploaded to Soundcloud (it’s that good!), you have a bona-fide 80’s style electro-banger. There’s a download link in the description also.

Poka – Rudeboy Theme

In keeping with the 80’s-esque electro theme is this new track from Greek producer extraordinaire, Poka. I’m slightly running out of stuff to say about this kind of music now, it will get the dancefloor moving for sure – providing the dancefloor has some taste and don’t want Borgore etc.


20 Sep

So for my first post I thought I’d introduce you to someone who I’m really really excited by. He’s called emDeeeMa and is an electro/house producer from Detroit. I’ve talked about him quite a bit before on other blogs, but I haven’t yet done a track specially for his tracks. It’s about time I did really.

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance the Way I Feel (FRANKMUSIK cover) (eMDeeeMA Remix)

The first track I heard is a clever remix, with a nice little tune woven underneath the original. Much more party suitable than the original.

The Klaxons – Echoes (eMDeeeMA Cover)

I talked to him about remixing the Klaxons and a day later got this beauty back. It’s a superb house take on an excellent track!

Bloody Beetroots – Dimmakmmunication (eMDeeeMA Re-edit)

Incredibly, he does all his own vocal work. This track shows he could have had a decent crack at being an MC, taking a sweet electro track to the next level with superb vocals and a killer beat.

LMFAO – La La La (eMDeeeMA Remix)

One of my least favorite bands just got listenable – thankyou emDeeeMa!

eMDeeeMA – I’m a DJ

The first original I heard of his is fresh off the press. It’s sinister yet upbeat and is, overall, quite an enchanting track.