It’s easy to see why NME named Charli XCX to their Young Brittania 2013 – Future of British Music list. Whereas most young dance pop artists are manufactured studio creations, Charli started off as an independent alternative artist, writing/cowriting her songs, and has kept that ethos firmly intact. Leading off her second solo album comes “Superlove,” an incredibly-written pop song about powerful infatuation and love with analogies that are both simple and deep. The hooks are catchy and it’s the kind of song that SHOULD be on the radio every 10 minutes. For club consumption, four remixers go in completely different directions. Its hard to describe the sound of Yeasayer as there really isn’t a steady beat (or any beat per se), but it’s not ambient and actually has a pulsing energy to it – imagine listening to ELO while in a K-hole. Frenchman Canblaster mixes electro, disco, fusion, stutter beats, and vocal effects for a kitchen sink effect that shouldn’t work- but does. Mike Mago’s mix is an extension of the retro ’90s house sound of his summer anthem “The Show.” The Wideboys mix is the most straightforward, a blending of their trademark bouncey electrosound with stadium elements for contrast. All four remixes are creative and show how a great pop song can work in just about any context.
The Killers have never been afraid of clubland, and as an electronic-driven rock band has had their tracks remixed by everyone from Madeon, Stuart Price, Josh Harris, Ferry Corsten, Armin van Buuren, Pet Shop Boys, and Steve Aoki. Gearing up for the release of their Greatest Hits compilation ‘Direct Hits,’ both their current single “Shot at The Night” and their 2006 single “When You Were Young” get the remix treatment. In the hands of Cazzette, the m83-produced “Shot at the Night” transforms from downbeat synth pop to an edgier electro track with ELO-ish elements and a bit of a singalong Mika/Scissor Sisters feel. Calvin Harris transforms the rootsy rock of “When You Were Young” to a big room stadium house monster. With all the great remixes that the Killers have released over the years, a greatest remixes album to accompany ‘Direct Hits’ seems like a no brainer.
The duo of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak are back, following up their doo-wop-inspired “It’s You” with “Radio Stereo.” Based on samples from The Members’ “Radio,” the ska-punk song is transformed into bouncy electro dub with horns and an oddly ELO-inspired feel. Yes, there is a mash of styles, but it works way better than you would imagine. Dutch heavyweights Bingo Players mash different grooves together for a big room monster complete with bits of ’90s Daft Punk, hard electro, and stadium. It’s just this kind of randomness that we’ve come to expect from Duck Sauce and we can’t wait to see what kind of visual orgy they concoct for the video. After this and their other singles “aNYway,” “Barbara Streisand,” “Big Bad Wolf,” and “It’s You,” we also can’t wait to hear what else they come up for their album Quack, which is due to be released later this year,