August 2014 Chart

Annunaki
August is one of my least favorite months of the year (sorry — but fwiw it’s opposite my favorite month [February] so there’s maybe some sort of symmetry going on?). Anyway, in light of that fact I’m not terribly enthusiastic about this chart. Not that I dislike the songs or anything (actually, some of them are great — and overall this chart has some real excellent stuff), but I think due to this summer malaise I just can’t get as into it. Eight songs is pretty short, two of the songs featured are remakes of previous versions (“Afterlife” remixed by Flume and “Insecptor Norse” pumped up with Little Boots’ vocals). And to make matters worse, there were a few songs that weren’t on SoundCloud or YouTube so you can’t even check out everything in one place. Let’s aim for a better September…

Artist Song Name Remixer
Arcade Fire Afterlife Flume Remix
I love how weird Flume makes this song. When I first saw it posted I thought it was too good to be true.
Ercola Follow Me (feat. Annie)
Oldie (~2008) but goodie with vocals by my fav Annie
Todd Terje Inspector Norse Little Bootleg
Little Boots turns what is already an incredible song even more incredible-er
ZHU Faded The Magician Remix
Michael Jackson A Place With No Name
I love how this song echoes one of my all-time favorite songs: “A Horse With No Name.”
Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence Prins Thomas Diskomiks Remix
Nico & Vinz Am I Wrong
The video is super inspirational and all that, but I gotta admit that when I first heard this song I thought it had to do with a broken heart and loved it much more…
SBTRKT New Dorp. New York (feat. Ezra Koenig)

July 2014 Chart

Summertime Sadness
Sometimes I worry that these charts become too predictable. The last few charts, this one included, have been full of familiar names. This month we have another Lana Del Rey song, another Munk remix, another Drop Out Orchestra remix, another Klaxons song, another Flume remix, another Le Youth remix, another Michael Mayer remix, another Yeasayer remix, another We Have Band song, another Kasper Bjørke song, and another Felix Cartal song (which pains me the most… I want to hate his generic “EDM”-ness but I can’t resist).

Bonus: For those of you who read this blog post, the image above is from a “fan video” I made for Lana Del Rey’s song “Summertime Sadness.” It was my friend time using Adobe Premier and I had quite a lot of fun doing it. Expect to see more of my own videos in the future… Check it out here:

And now on to the chart…

Artist Song Name Remixer
Lana Del Rey West Coast Munk Remix
Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop Drop Out Orchestra Rework
R.I.P. Tommy Ramone. I love their music and realize it’s sort of sacrilege to apply electronic music to their stripepd-down sound, but I think this Drop Out Orchestra remix is interesting.
Klaxons Rhythm of Life
Really loving their new album!
Lorde Tennis Court Flume Remix
Deorro Five Hours
Cheesy “EDM” track #1
Disclosure Voices Le Youth Remix
Ed Sheeran Sing
I never expected to see him on one of my charts but I love the Justin Timberlake vibe of this song.
Sin Cos Tan Sooner Than Now
Heard this on the show Halt and Catch Fire and loved the ’80s vibe it had.
Terranova Painkiller Michael Mayer mix
Charli XCX SuperLove Yeasayer remix
We Have Band Modulate Tim Goldsworthy extended mix
Tim Goldsworthy + James Murphy = DFA production team
Kasper Bjørke Doesn’t Matter Kasper Bjørke remix
Spaam Pompom Gali
Mr Flash Midnight Blue (feat. Surahn)
Felix Cartal Ready for Love (feat. Chloe Angelides)
It pains me to include this dude… But I keep loving his songs! Cheesy “EDM” track #2

June 2014 Chart

Royksopp and Robyn
The theme of this month’s chart is déjà vu: many of the artists featured in this month’s chart were also featured in last month’s chart, Boys Noize remixed Depeche Mode again, Röyksopp & Robyn appear twice (oh, and they were in last month’s chart, too), and I let go of any standards and even included a song that was on a chart over 3 years ago (can ya guess which song?) because I love it so much. So yah, this chart might feel very familiar in some ways but still awesome all around.

Artist Song Name Remixer YouTube
Blood Orange The Complete Knock Bottin mix
Handbraekes Grind Go
JMRS The Book Nothing Else
Sunshine Boogie Walkin Munk Edit
Röyksopp & Robyn Sayit
I’ll admit: This song didn’t really grab me until I saw the way they performed it live when I saw them in concert. The video/visuals they used for this song are amazing and really captured the mood/feeling of their collaborative energy.
Billie Ray Martin Just Fascination A Copycat remix
Depeche Mode My Little Universe Boys Noize Remix
Boys Noize + Depeche Mode = AWESOME! (see also: Personal Jesus, Wrong)
Naughty Boy La La La (Feat. Sam Smith)
Currently my new favorite song. The video is very surreal.
Lykke Li I Follow Rivers The Magician remix
Sound familiar?
Little Dragon Let Go
Oliver $ & Jimi Jules Pushing On
Röyksopp & Robyn Every Little Thing
Metronomy Reservoir Jacques Lu Cont remix
Hercules and Love Affair My Offence (Feat. Krystle Warren)

May 2014 Chart

QR code printed on a 3d printer
For whatever reasons, it turns out that my May charts tend to be pretty awesome (I’d post links to previous ones, but the many of the SoundCloud files are gone so you can’t tell what the song was… just wait until I write my fancy database-driven charts feature — which I’m sure will happen someday?). Great way to kick off the summer, right? Bonus points for every one of these songs being available on SoundCloud and YouTube (though three are sort of pseudo-videos)!

Artist Song Name Remixer YouTube
Blood Orange Uncle ACE Kindness remix feat. Robert Owens
Klaxons There Is No Other Time Canblaster remix
Looks like the next Klaxons record could be great… or am I falling for their tricks again
La Roux Let Me Down Gently Prins Thomas Diskomiks
Love the emotional depth of this song. Feels very powerful to me.
Lykke Li No Rest For The Wicked Joris Voorn Remix
Maximum Balloon Tiger (Feat. Aku)
I love the new Kelis album which was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio. This is from his solo record and it’s amazing
Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again In Flagranti Remix
JMRS Shatners Bassoon
Solange Lovers in the Parking Lot
I’ve loved this song for a long time… but yah, I included it here because of Solange and Jay Z’s recent elevator situation.
Handbraekes Bravo
Felix Cartal Who Even Am I
NTEIBINT Never Without You Domestic Technology remix
Museum of Love Down South

April 2014 Chart

Power of Myth
Somehow I only ended up with 9 amazing tracks for April — but not to fear, I always focus on quality over quantity. If there is anything to be disappointed about in this chart it’s that there are so many familiar names — artists and remixers who frequently show up on my lists: Nancy Whang, Pharrell Williams, Kylie Minogue, Bloody Beetroots, Galantis, Copycat. But I can’t help it. Especially with Pharrell — I’m seriously considering upgrading “Marilyn Monroe” to a 5-star song! (PS: Sorry about the lack of redesign… still trying to figure out the best look and feel!)

Artist Song Name Remixer YouTube
Nancy Whang & Audiojack Like an Eagle extended version
Nancy Whang has a new song? Of course you’ll find it here!
Bobmo It Is Happening Again
Samples the Giant saying, “It is happening again” from Twin Peaks!
Dillon A Matter of Time
Pharrell Williams Marilyn Monroe
Like I said: this could be a 5-star song soon…
Kylie Minogue Into The Blue Vanilla Ace Remix
The White Lamp Ride With You ItaloJohnson remix
The Bloody Beetroots The Beat Bottai remix
Galantis The Heart That I’m Hearing

March 2014 Chart

Minnesota Winter Storm
Of course just in time for me to fly to Minnesota to visit my family there is a winter storm. How about my March 2014 chart to get me through it? A lot of songs again and a couple of them are almost 5-star songs (Tensnake’s “Love Sublime” and Le Youth’s “Dance With Me”). Stay warm, stay snow-free, and enjoy! (Oh yeah, and this is the second month of me trying a new format… it’s still not final…)

Artist Song Name Remixer YouTube
Holy Ghost! Bridge & Tunnel Prins Thomas Diskomiks
youngTEE The Way You Kiss
MEN Be Like This
They played this when Aurea, Troy, and I saw them at Chop Suey. It’s from their first album but somehow I missed it. High energy and really fun!
Tensnake Love Sublime Duke Dumont remix
Wow wow wow! This song blows me away — and especially this remix. I love the repetitive “are you drawn to me?” at the beginning. This song feels epic.
Booka Shade Perfect Time
Pharrell Williams Gust Of Wind
Daft Punk showed up on Pharrell’s solo album!
Chela Zero Nick Lynar Remix
Syn Cole Miami 82 (Feat. Madame Buttons)
This is kinda cheesy and very c89.5, but it got stuck in my head so…
Franskild Clockworks
Night Drive Drones Bit Funk remix
Copycat Can You Feel It
Copycat is becoming one of those DJs who is starting to show up on nearly every chart…
DyE She’s Bad Joakim Refix
Escort Cabaret Little Boots remix
Le Youth Dance With Me extended mix
I’m so in love with this song. It samples TLC’s “No Scrubs.” Sort of reminds me of a more poppy Flume.
Nacho Lovers Go On

January 2014 Chart

12th Man
I get the impression that lots of people are excited for some big game today? My city, Seattle, seems especially crazy. So here’s my (only) contribution to the Super Bowl/Seahawks excitement: A new chart! (Though if I can offer another Super Bowl-related thing, I highly recommend the Frontline documentary League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.) This chart is unique in that it features two songs by the same artist (a first) and marks the first time a song I remixed/edited is on the chart (my first time making a “megamix” by mixing various remixes of the same song). Enjoy! (And go Seahawks!!) Bonus: I’m also trying out a new format for this chart. Consider this a beta version. I’m working on automating the creation of these posts based on my iTunes playlists files. But first I want to get the right look for the chart… (and I know the current version needs work — it’s a rough draft!).

Artist Song Name Remixer YouTube Notes
Beyoncé ***Flawless (Feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) official music video my favorite of the two Beyoncé songs
Rudimental Feel The Love (Feat. John Newman) official music video
Beyoncé Drunk In Love (Feat. Jay-Z) official music video
Galantis Smile official music video Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklow aka Style Of Eye
John Newman Love Me Again official music video also sings on aforementioned “Feel the Love”
Lady Gaga Do What U Want (feat. Christina Aguilera) live performance from The Voice
Emeli Sandé Next To Me official music video
Nina Kraviz Ghetto Kraviz Steve Rachmad’s Jack mix
Georgi Kay Ipswitch live from Rough Trade fell in love with this song which is featured in the amazing miniseries Top of the Lake
Daft Punk Get Lucky Who Shot Jr? megamix my first megamix!
Katy Perry Dark Horse Manhattan Clique Remix
Boys Noize Got It Blood Diamonds remix
Black Devil Disco Club Dangerous Mixture

Year 2013 Chart Redo

the rural juror
In honor of me starting jury duty (or, rather, potentially being selected to be on a jury), I’m revisiting something I did the first year I did these music charts: taking one song from each month and replacing the version I choose for the chart with a different version or remix. Believe it or not, my fans, sometimes I don’t get things exactly right the first time. (Though apparently I didn’t post them the first time around… maybe I will someday…). Here’s what I came up with for 2013:

January

Boys Noize – Ich R U (Jacques Lu Cont remix) Ich R U (D.I.M. remix)
I do love me some Jacques lu Cont, but this remix is pretty harsh. I like the softer, more shiny approach that D.I.M. takes. To be honest, I had to check a few times to make sure I didn’t have the remixes transposted. The Jacques lu Cont (who is famous for Madonna’s Confessions on the Dancefloor) remix sounds much more like a D.I.M. remix, and vice-versa. Oh well!

February

Tame Impala – Be Above It (Light Year’s ‘Get Above It’ 909 Edit) Be Above It (Erol Alkan Rework)
I like this version so much I even included it on my November 2013 chart!

March

Kasper Bjørke – Deep Is the Breath (Hannulelauri Male mix) Deep is the Breath (original mix)
A rare case where I like the original better! I think the Hannulelauri remix waters it down a bit.

April

Ali Love – Emperor (feat. Kali) Emperor (Maceo Plex Last disco remix)
This is exactly why I love making this list. When I first heard the song the remixes hadn’t come out. I expected to find a remix that opened up the song a bit more, and here we are!

May

Rex the Dog – Do You Feel What I Feel (Rex the Dog Pratersauna remix) Do You Feel What I Feel (Jacques Renault vocal remix)
Original I gravitated to the Rex the Dog remix because I’ve always loved the remixes he’s done. That said, and although I included it on my chart, I didn’t really really love the song the way I expected to. This Jacques Renault remix keeps the song from being a little too Rex the Dog-ish and rounds it out.

June

Toys – Noise Noise (Sayem Remix)
This was the most difficult. I actually love every version of every song I picked for my June chart! So here’s an interesting remix of the Toys song Noise.

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Telonius – Hit Me Hit Me (Cassian remix)
Another case of “I didn’t know all of the remixes out there.” This Cassian remix is much more interesting.

August

Quentin Quatro – Disco Quatro (Psychemagik remix) Disco Quatro (Space Coast remix)
To be honest, I’d get a little annoyed everytime the Pyschemagik remix came on… it’s just a little too slow and relaxed. I like this Space Coast version that amps it up a bit.

September

Clubfeet – Edge of Extremes (French Horn Rebellion remix) Edge of Extremes (Munk remix)
I almost went with the Munk mix of this song when I initially did the chart in September but decided to opt for the most strange/interesting French Horn Rebellion remix. Now I get a change to include the more housed-out Munk version.

October

Telonius – I Make You Man I Make You Man (Suburban Dance Club remix)
Ohhh Telonius!! You’ve done it again! Just like July, here’s another instance of just not knowing all of the mixes. This time, though, like back in February, I included the new remix in my December 2013 chart.

November

Blamma! Blamma! – Zsa Zsa (feat. Kristina Train) Zsa Zsa (Wolf + Lamb remix)
This one is difficult for a couple reasons: First, I pretty much love this remix equally with the original (but the remix adds some interesting stuff to it) And second: I haven’t had as much time to second-guess all of the choices on this chart (see also: below). So enjoy both equally.

December

The Deadstock 33’s – The Circular Path (Luke Solomon remix) The Circular Path (Asphodells remix)
Like November, it was difficult to really come up with a different version of a chart that I’ve only had a few weeks listening to regularly. So like September, I’m going with another remix that I almost went with. This Asphodells remix feels warmer than the Luke Solomon take.

November 2013 Chart

ARTPOP
Wowza! November was a great month for music for me! This chart has more songs on it than I think any previous charts. And even more interesting: I’ve rated all of the songs with at least 4 starts (most charts are a mix of 3-star and 4-star)… plus: bonus: I’ve rated Lady Gaga’s song “ARTPOP” with 5 stars! I think it’s her greatest song yet (or maybe tied with “Bad Romance”). Unfortunately this also seems to be the chart with the fewest SoundCloud embeds or YouTube music or videos… Nonetheless, enjoy!










Lady Gaga – ARTPOP [YouTube live performance]
Talking Heads – Crosseyed and Painless [YouTube live performance from Stop Making Sense]
Miike Snow – Pretender [YouTube official music video]
John Boswell – A Glorious Dawn (feat. Carl Sagan) [YouTube official awesome video]
Asutra – Hopeless Place [YouTube music]
Telonius – Last Night (Faced Version)
Black Devil Disco Club – Fuzzy Dream (Junior Claristidge rework)
Jenna Drey – One Step Further
NVNZ – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

October 2013 Post

October 2013
Apparently Andrew Weatherall is my new favorite DJ. Who knew!? Seriously, though, the guy has been around for a while now and I never paid much attention to him, but this month two of his remixes show up. He must be making some sort of comeback. I always associated his stuff with sort of left-field, long, abstract… but the remixes here are more disco-y I want to say. Anyway, here’s my favorites from the month:










Arcade Fire – Afterlife [YouTube lyric video]