Notable Dance Podcast #065 by Notable Dance on Mixcloud
Chris Malinchak ft Mikky Ekko – Stranger
Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love (Bender Remix)
Oliver $, Jimi Jules – Pushing On
Zinc – Show Me (KiNK Beat Remix)
Leonardo GloVibes ft Juiceppe – Electrica Salsa
Alex Metric – Hope
Nile Rodgers – Do What You Wanna Do (Chocolate Puma Remix)
Harry Romero – Tania (Riva Starr Remix)
Eric Prydz – Liberate
Lush & Simon – Hunter
Dash Berlin & Jay Cosmic ft Collin McLoughlin – Here Tonight
TS7 ft Yaz Nikks – Give Me a Sign (Garage Mix)
Harold van Lennep – Liberation
(Picture of Leonardo Glovibes taken at Winter Music Conference 2014.)
How can you not be a fan of Chromeo? The Canadians meld electro, ’80s, and disco with a fresh sound that is uniquely them. You can’t help but dance when songs like “Fancy Footwork” and “Bonafide Loving” come on. A highlight of the summer was their remix, with Oliver, of Donna Summer’s “Love is in Control,” was just a taste of what’s to come. Both preview singles from their forthcoming album ‘White Women’ – “Come Alive” and “Jealous” – mash ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s sounds together like a musical blender. On the intro of “Jealous,” you can hear a bit of collaborator Oliver’s influence since it is reminiscent of Bonnie McKee’s “American Girl,” but over all the sound is clearly Chromeo. If you are a fan of the recent Big Gigantic “The Night is Young” single or are looking for a fun followup to Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ (but don’t want to wait four to eight years), here is your soundtrack for a funky spring.
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Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
The Mechanical EP, released by Oliver back in January, featured four tracks that spanned genres yet felt cohesive because of their musical production style. While they have been on tour with Zedd and Alex Metric, remixes of the tracks were compiled for the new Mechanical Remixes EP, which is every bit as diverse and interesting as the original. Take the title track, where the original is a full-on ’80s downbeat synth-pop movie score with a touch of dubstep influences, like a modern day Harold Faltemeyer, and the remix by Values strips it down for a lo-fi and happier hands-in-the-air vibe with more of a Bow Wow Wow feel. The Dillon Francis mix of “Night Is On My Mind” flips the mood, turning the downtempo, dark-vibed moombah-ish track into a happier modern electro track which would be perfect for a revival of the ’80s movie Breakin’. Nom de Strip take the bouncy and poppy electro jam “Control” and toughen it up with a harder, more agressive electro feel, but keep the pretty keyboard breakdown intact, making it a nice contrast. The least successful of the batch seems to be Tchami’s take of “Move Your Body (MYB).” What starts as full-on ADD electro jam with new sounds coming every 20 seconds or so (stutter beats, ’90s Daft Punk vocoder, insane filters, handclaps), is simplified to a hybrid of hard electro and UK garage with a a dark dropout which seems like it was inspired by that Mike Mago track “The Show.” If you’ve not heard the original Mechanical EP, it’s definitely worth a listen. The Remixes EP takes all the tracks in a new direction but not so far removed that you can’t feel the original vibes.
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