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October 2015 Chart

lights

Artist Song Name Remixer
Drake Hotline Bling
Hot Chip Huarache Lights Soulwax remix
So nice having Soulwax remixing things again… they make this song so much more dancey
In Flagranti Double Talk Wolfram Remix
Akase Murmur Ewan Pearson Remix
Annie Cara Mia
It’s Annie so of course I like it, but I gotta admit I like her slightly darker stuff better.
Neneh Cherry Everything Loco Dice remix
Lady Gaga I Want Your Love
This is such a great cover. Bonus: Nile Rodgers (who produced the original Chic version) did the song with her!
S-Man & Man Without A Clue Drop the Needle Kevin Knapp remix
Chris Brown Zero
Ahhhhhh why do I love so many Chris Brown songs?!?!
New Order Tutti Frutti Hot Chip Remix
Love what Hot Chip do with this song — they stretch it out even more. And while I love how “Hot Chip-y” most Hot Chip remixes sound, this one feels like a totally natural version of the original — as if it were some alternate take.
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra Don’t Stop the Dance Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye mix
I’ve always dug this song but heard it on American Horror Story: Hotel the other week and was reminded of what a great song it is. I usually try to go for remixes whenever possible and this excellent one by Greg Wilson (who has appeared on a few of my charts) is pretty close to the original but stretches it out a bit.

September 2015 Chart

martian

I dunno about you, but I like the charts where I have tons of songs and I don’t want to edit it down much more than charts where I only have a few songs and with the exception of like 1 of them, it was tough to come up with.

Artist Song Name Remixer
Mike Mago & Dragonette Outlines
I’m not sure why it took me so long to find this song but I absolutely love it.
Dave Audé Figure It Out
I recently started getting back into running and this song showed up on my old “Gym Songs” playlist.
Alex Metric Drum Machine (feat. The New Sins)
The vocals on this song sound like Peaches.
Auxiliary tha Masterfader Disco Machine A Copycat Remix
Claptone Dear Life Claptone Night Remix
Dim Zach Primal Unleashed David Garcet Remix
Go Satta Zoo Statickman Remix
Guy Gerber & Miss Kittin Rumors On The Dance Floor, Part 2
Hot Chip Started Right Joe Goddard Disco Remix
…and thus begins finally really digging the latest Hot Chip. It took some time and a few remixes (yesterday another awesome remix dropped that’ll be on next month’s chart I’m sure) but now I’m starting to love it. This seems to be a trend when it comes to Hot Chip.
Phon.o Bodycheck (feat. Born in Flamez)
Tame Impala Let It Happen Soulwax remix
This is awesome and not just because it’s an excuse to put the song on a chart again.
Big Grams Drum Machine
Big Boi (of OutKast) + Phantogram.
Jacques Renault Goodnight Moon 004 (feat. Mark Verbos)
New Order Tutti Frutti (Feat. Elly Jackson)
I’m very much loving the new New Order album, Music Complete. Tons of great tracks but this one always stands out for me (and no, it’s not a cover of the Little Richard classic).
Gallant Weight In Gold
Carly Rae Jepsen Warm Blood
I knew it had great reviews and all, but I definitely enjoyed this album more than I expected.
Crookers Embrace The Martian (Feat. Kid Cudi)
I’ve been thinking a lot about Mars lately. (water and movies)

August 2015 Chart

Couch

Artist Song Name Remixer
NTEIBINT The Owner Extended Mix
Avicii Waiting for Love
This month’s c89.5 earworm
Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique Love Is Free (feat. Maluca)
Flush Come Back Baby
When I first heard this song I was like, “Whoa! I love this!! Who is this Flush person that created it??” so I go to the SoundCloud page for the song and oh turns out that Flush is the new project/alias of one of my all-time favorite DJs: Aeroplane (who has made a few chart appearances already)
Julio Bashmore Simple Love (feat. J’Danna)
Bicep Just
Duke Dumont Ocean Drive
I got this song stuck in my head for days and then it finally came up during a shuffled playlist and I was like, “Of course! Another great Duke Dumont track!” (he’s also made a few apperances on the chart before — with both original songs and remixes).
Sam Smith Lay Me Down Flume Remix
Bon Voyage Booshie Andy Bell Remix
John Hancock III Left Me
Just Her Silence Pete Oak’s Slowhand Remix
Panthera Krause If Benjamin Fröhlich Basic Refix
Escort Actor Out of Work
33Hz Stephanie All Night
A relatively older song (from 2011) that I re-discovered while listening to a Richard X Pandora station at work.

July 2015 Chart

A View

Artist Song Name Remixer
The Chainsmokers Let You Go A-Trak Remix
Go Satta Brand New
Kerri Chandler Turn Off The Lights Who’s Afraid Of The Dark
I love how dark and slighty twisted this sounds. Who’s afraid of the dark?
Kölsch DerDieDas
Huxley I Want You Deetron Remix
Mark Ronson I Can’t Lose Duke Dumont Remix
Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special album continues to be amazing. And it’s been a while since I’ve had a Duke Dumont remix. (Last time he remixed Tensnake’s “Love Sumblime” and his take was killer.)
Miguel …Goingtohell
It was tough choosing which song from his new album I should include here. Really love his new album Wildheart. Bonus points: After I picked this song I found out that it was produced by Cashmere Cat!! — a producer I really love (and has appeared on two of my charts).
Tiga Bugatti Cliff Lothar Solid Pleasure Remix
“Bugatti” was definitely a grower for me. When I first heard it I didn’t really like it much. Then I heard this remix the other week and I started loving the song. My favorite part of this remix is the really spaced-out/computered-out background voice that sort of echoes/calls things out.
Jori Hulkkonen Ready Player One
This song is so fucking energetic. And has such an amazing 80s vibe. It’s a shame there isn’t a music video for this (hmmm… maybe I could make one?)
Disclosure Holding On Melé remix
Felix da Housecat Freakz on Time
Hudson Mohawke Brand New World
Louis La Roche Jealousy

June 2015 Chart

Trinity Test

This chart is so late I have nothing to say except that I was reminded to post it when I learned today was the 70th anniversary of the Trinity nuclear test. Enjoy!

Artist Song Name Remixer
Citizenn Be Ralph Lawson dub
Eskobar Someone New A Copycat & Martin Brodin Remix
Another chart, another Copycat remix…
French Horn Rebellion Swing Into It Chordashian Remix
Tepr Hypnotease
Flume Some Minds (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
Kaskade Never Sleep Alone
Thank you c89.5
Afefe Iku Mirror Dance

May 2015 Chart

Fenced
I always worry that my charts are entirely predictable and that I just recycle the same artists and producers and remixers over and over. While this one has some frequent contributors (Copycat, Designer Drugs, Leo Zero), I’m happy to say that most of the artists are new to my own private chartland. I wish I could say I had some highlights, but again this is another solid list of great new music. I’ve rated all of them four-stars.

Artist Song Name Remixer
Blur Thought I Was A Spaceman
I love the new Blur album. It reminds me of their later stuff (13 and Think Thank) which I love.
C.A.R. Idle Eyes rRoxymore Remix
Hotlane Dirt on the Sidetracks
Love the vocalists voice here — totally hypnotizing. This song has a great creepy vibe.
Manics High Floors Designer Drugs remix
I always look to Designer Drugs for shiny, bouncy, uptemp remixes. They don’t disappoint.
Passion Pit Five Foot Ten (I)
Such a cheesy/poppy song but I love it. It feels innocent.
The Sweeps The Last Dream A Copycat Remix
Okay I feel like I include A Copycat remix pretty much every chart, but I think I try to hold back on ’em a bit. When I heard this song I was like, “This is excellent… and I bet Copycat remixed it.” Turns out he did. So of course it’s excellent. (Spoiler alert: There is already a Copycat remix on the June chart.)
Underworld vs. Heller & Farley Baby Wants To Ride 12″ mix
Cover/remake of the Frankie Knuckles amazing original.
Brandon Flowers Still Want You
Another much more upbeat/happy song than I’d usually include, but as soon as I heard it the song grabbed me. Maybe my favorite song on this chart…
Chimes and Bells The Mole Trentemøller remix
Hot Chip Why Make Sense?
Sad to say that I’ve been slightly disappointed with the new Hot Chip album Why Make Sense? So far this is the only track that really stands out for me. I’ll keep listening in hopes it’s one of those albums that grows on you.
The Chemical Brothers Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
So excited for their new album. The Chemical Brothers were one of the first electronic groups I loved.
Anoraak Odds Are Good
From the The Orange Collection, the latest “[color name] Collection” compilation from one of my favorite record labels: Eskimo Recordings.
Bomb the Bass Boy Girl Leo Zero remix
Drake x Beyoncé Can I
There are many versions of this demo floating around. So far my favorite is 3m26sec — it has since been taken down. Regardless of the demos, I think we can be fairly confident that the final track will be as awesome as the two artists collaborating to make it.
Prinzhorn Dance School Reign Shit Robot Remix

Reactions to some recent news

I’ve been feeling sort of angsty today due to various stupid reasons and while reading some news on the bus I felt compelled to get some of it out but these are sort of not-for-Facebook ideas so I’m dusting off the old blog. Ironic that I feel safer sharing “controversial” things on a public blog than I do on a non-public Facebook page. On to my rants…

1. Silk Road website creator gets life term for drug plot
I can’t believe this guy got life in prison. I get that illegal stuff happened there, but to me this crime pales in comparison to so many things lately that people have gotten away with completely (e.g. Wall Street financial crisis, George Zimmerman, various police officers across the country, etc.). I completely agree with the defense’s position that “in contrast to the government’s portrayal of the Silk Road website as a more dangerous version of a traditional drug marketplace,” the website “was in many respects the most responsible such marketplace in history.” I’m skeptical of the claims that the guy took out hits on people, too. I also think it’s stupid that parents of people who died of overdoses were involved with this case and testified during sentencing.

2. Putin Accuses US of Meddling Into FIFA Affairs
I hate to agree with Vladimir Putin about anything, but I sort of think he has a point here. I understand the argument as to why the corruption is a bad thing and has real-world consequences (outside of sports), but why does the United States have to file the lawsuit? Soccer is a bigger deal in nearly every other country in the world yet we’re the ones bringing this lawsuit? I hate to say but it only bolsters the claims made by Putin and IS that the US is trying to control the world. (That said, I doubt that the US is doing this in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from Russia.)

3. The Duggars
I find this whole situation extremely offensive. What other group but a religious group would harbor a child molester while continually bashing gay people. I’m not the first to say it, but ironic that people who insist that gay people are dangerous to children (brainwashing, sexual abuse, etc.) are in fact the ones who are literally dangerous to children.

April 2015 Chart

Hydroelectric
Nice mix of songs again this month — glad I’m over that under-10 slump that was going on during the winter. As per usual, a lot of familiar names. The new Tame Impala song “Let It Happen” is easily my new favorite song. I’m disappointed that there aren’t many music videos, but so it goes.

Artist Song Name Remixer
Above & Beyond We’re All We Need
Yes, thank c89.5 for this song.
Flowers and Sea Creatures Citadel
Throwing Snow Lumen
Jamie xx Loud Places (feat. Romy)
This samples Stars on 33’s “I Feel The Music In Your Heart” — one of my favorite songs.
Bluehost Tonight Xinobi Remix
Chromatics In Films
Tame Impala Let It Happen
First 5-star song in a while. I cannot stop listening to it. I love the last quarter of the song — that heavy guitar. Such a great song.
Arches New Love (Feat. Karen Harding)
Kasper Bjørke Bette Davis Eyes (feat. Jacob Bellens)
Another month, another Kasper Bjørke song.
Marina & The Diamonds Froot
Ellen Allien Butterfly Aux 88’s Electric Butterfly remix
WhoMadeWho Dreams The Hacker Remix
Skream Still Lemonade Redshape Remix
Étienne de Crécy Sunset (feat. Tom Burke)
Du Tonc Animals Extended Mix

March 2015 Chart

Easter
Whoa! After a few months of not many sons the overloaded-chart is back in business! March had tons of great songs and even getting it down to just 18 took some serious editing. Enjoy!

Artist Song Name Remixer
Aronchupa I’m an Albatraoz
This song is too bonkers not to love. A c89.5 discovery.
Philip George Wish You Were Mine
Another c89.5 song. Samples Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour”
The Ting Tings Wrong Club Club mix by the Super Criticals
Best concert of the month? Easily The Ting Tings. They were amazing live and performed this new song. I wish there was a better remix out there, though.
Calvin Harris Pray To God (Feat. HAIM)
I can’t believe how much I love this song — but it took a long time to get there. Definitely a grower for me.
Daniel Avery Water Jump Powell remix
Bassnectar Now (feat. Rye Rye)
Blur There Are Too Many Of Us
Reminds me of the later-era Blur stuff that I really like. Slightly experimental, slightly political.
Craig Bratley Black Swan Theory
Electrosexual The Way They Make You Feel extended version
Knox Redline Kodiak Remix
Kokiri Retrospect Illyus & Barrientos Remix
Le Youth R E A L Boogie Vice Remix
I love the way Le Youth scrambles old 90s songs. This one samples Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down”
Madonna HeartBreakCity
For Aurea
OneRepublic Love Runs Out Passion Pit remix
Two stories: 1. I told two of my friends that “I bought such an embarrassing album — OneRepublic!” and both of them were like, “What’s the big deal? I love OneRepublic.” And remember I’m the one who owns Ariana Grande, Paris Hilton, etc. Yet OneRepublic embarrassed me. 2. This remix is so killer. I love the original song but this adds some weirdness to it.
Rex The Dog Korgasmatron
Róisín Murphy Gone Fishing
Trances 4 Von Party Remix
Wait until 2:45 and this song goes a totally weird/awesome direction.
Kendrick Lamar King Kunta
I know I should love Kendrick Lamar for his lyrics and rapping (and I do!), but this song (and album) is just so lush and energetic. I randomly picked this song to listen to after importing To Pimp a Butterfly and I’ve listened to it like 5 times since.

February 2015 Chart

Seattle Great Wheel
Haters gonna hate! Here’s some of my favorite songs from my favorite month. Unfortunately not many of these songs are on SoundCloud or YouTube… Luckily my favorite song was on both (albeit a live version on YouTube).

Artist Song Name Remixer
Boys Noize Dawnload
Ghost Culture Lucky
Susanne Sundfør Delirious Richard X Remix
This is my new favorite song! Susanne Sundfør previously appeared on one of my charts when she did vocals for Røyksopp’s “Running to the Sea.”
Ani-i & Capablanca Farsi Farce
Étienne de Crécy WTF (feat. Pos & Dave)
Of Montreal Bassem Sabry Boston Bun Remix
Beyoncé Haunted Michael Diamond Remix
One of the reasons I bought the soundtrack. This remix is “haunting”…
Capri Cloud Rider
Karin Park Look What You’ve Done Wankelmut remix