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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!

Odds & Ends

12 Feb

Here are a few songs I’ve got lately that wouldn’t really fit in anywhere else… So enjoy!

Eek-a-Mouse – Sensee Party

A craze for the skateboarding Jamaican mouse Rastamouse has been sweeping the UK like a tidal wave, leading to numerous ‘remixes’ of the title theme on Youtube. Among others, including the likes of Pass Out from Tinie Tempah, is my favourite, a combination of Rastamouse and Sensee Party by Eek-a-Mouse. Sadly the video has been taken down, but you can still enjoy this reggae classic.

Nostalgia 77 – Simerdown

I don’t normally go in for lounge jazz, but my dad brought back a Nostalgia 77 CD from a party a couple of years back and I got quite into it. They’ve continued their distinctive cool style into this, their next single.

The Streets – Soldiers

You’ll remember just a few days ago I posted a link to an instrumental track from The Streets called San Frandemonium. I’ve now found out the beat was used on Computers & Blues for this track, Soldiers. I think it’s the best track on the album – although I’m not so sure about the chorus. For someone whose not normally a particularly big Streets fan, I quite like this though.

Foals – Spanish Sahara (Deadboy Remix)

Deadboy is another artist who I’ve recently featured. This remix of Foals is different to his other works though, because as well as the usual dub elements there are bits which sound like garage, and other bits which sound like house. It works really well, I wouldn’t have expected these styles to meld so nicely but it’s an enjoyable nine minutes!

Some of my favourites

17 Jan

Ah man it’s actually sunny outside, the sky is blue. Such a lift, everything seems better in the sun, doesn’t it?
Now even though we’re all about promoting new music and all that kind of stuff there’s still some stuff from years gone by that I still listen to. Sometimes, when you’re in a good mood (like I am now) or when you’re in a bad mood you just want to listen to a familiar track, and the tracks I’m sharing today fall into that category – the track I’ve never stopped listening to. This is by no means all of them, just  a selection for today

The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen (St Etienne Remix)

I posted the original of this a little while back, and I remember saying it was good but you just couldn’t compare it to this remix. Well here is this remix, and I’m sure if you give it a play you’ll see exactly what I mean. It’s blissful, relaxed and it just sounds so good, it’s difficult to put into words exactly what I like about it but I especially like the way the vocals almost lay into the track, the structure and everything is just spot on.

The Strokes – Heart In a Cage

I remember the first time I heard Reptilia, it instantly became pretty much my favourite song ever, no way did I think anyone, not even The Strokes, could come close to it’s peak. Then I heard this, some while later and I had to change my mind, it’s probably not quite as good as Reptilia (that riff!) but even so, it’s an amazing track. I really like Julian Casablancas vocals in this, and I know that’s the vogue thing to say because NME and everyone else says it, but listen to this and you can’t tell me he isn’t good.

Foals – Two Steps, Twice

If you regularly read you’ll probably realise I’m something of a sucker for the math-rock of Foals. This is one of their most under-rated tracks, everyone loves Hummer or Balloons or Cassius but this one is something of a hidden gem. It fits their normal structure of fiddly guitars, quick drums and frenetic vocals, but it’s built almost like a dance track, with a buildup leading to a drop. I think more conventional guitar bands should do that – because as you can see here – it sounds pretty damn good!

Justice vs Simian – We Are Your Friends

The track that first introduces you to someone as good as Justice is always going to be special, and for me it was this. Even from the opening three notes, the listener is hooked. This is quite simply one of the best tracks of it’s genre from maybe in a long time. It’s slightly different to normal Justice stuff, the contrast of the slightly raspy vocals and the bass and the piano are something completely different to the normal dark, almost neo-classical hard synth based music they produce. A part of me, despite how good their other stuff is, wishes for more like this…

Je dois travailler… Mais je ne suis pas

29 Dec

As I said in the last post, I wanted some music to work to. Well searching the internet brought up quite a bit of French electro, which is good, but it wasn’t actually what I was looking for. I have an iTunes library large enough for alot of music to go into it and swallowed up, never to be heard again. Well I’ve plucked three of those songs back from the brink, and put them onto my iPod. Here they are.

The Maccabees – First Love

The Maccabees had some what passed me by, a name in NME but nothing more than that. I got round to downloading both of their albums back in March but it is only now, two years since they rose to prominence, and a lot of peer pressure later that I’ve actually bothered to listen to it. I would advise those in the same situation as me to listen to it, they are one of the best British indie bands of the moment. What they’re doing may not be particularly earth-shattering, but they are following a well-trodden and successful formula for making good music.

Foals – Miami

Foals first album, Antidotes, is one of my favourite albums. I eagerly anticipated their second, Total Life Forever, but from clapping eyes on the cover, I could see this wasn’t going to live up to the high standards of it’s predecessor. The fun had gone out of Foals – the scribbly drawing had been replaced by quite a boring, dark photo. This theme, contrary to the old adage, don’t judge the book by it’s cover, is maintained throughout the album. However, the one highlight is Miami, which is fun and upbeat – it sounds as though it should be on the first album.

The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen

This track was familiar from the superb St Etienne remix – one of my favourite tracks of the year, period. While the original doesn’t live up to the high standards of the remix, I’d still consider it to be one of the best tracks on their debut album, with the obvious exception of Let’s Go Surfing. I have to admit this track is one of the only tracks from The Drums that I really like or that in my eyes really lives up to their hype – although I have to say they have spawned some great remixes and for that alone we should be grateful.