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Hidden Gem: Remix Artist Collective (RAC)

June 2nd, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Remix |

RAC which stands for Remix Artist Collective, is a group of international producers who create re-interpretative rock/electronic/dance remixes for musical artists. They strive to stay away from “club” type remixes and to bring something new and different to the song.

I like many of their remixes and have included five of my favorites that we haven’t blogged about yet.
Foster The People – Houdini (RAC Mix)
Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (RAC Mix)
Phoenix – Armistice (RAC Mix)
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (RAC Mix)
Penguin Prison – Worse It Gets (RAC Mix)

Follow RAC on soundcloud for many more remixes!

Previous: Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (RAC mix), Super Mario Bros – RAC

Lil Wayne vs Phoenix mashup EP!

May 11th, 2011 by | Mashup |

I had this in my blog about playlist for more than a month after I found out about it on Indie Shuffle. You’d think I would blog about this as soon as I heard it, but lately I have been feeling iffy about mashups these days, generally because it’s one of the few genres I have a lot of experience seeing live and being skeptical it would be much different than not hearing it live.

Either way, I commend Mashup DJ Tumblewoof for putting together this dope A vs. B mashup project mixing one of the best indie rock/pop groups in Europe with one of the most controversial rappers of the 21st century in Lil Wayne.

Below is my 2 favorite mashups in the project, but I highly recommend downloading the whole thing on datpiff or support Tumblewoof by paying a buck for the EP on bandcamp.
Phoenix vs Lil Wayne – Stuntin’ Like 1901
Phoenix vs Lil Wayne – Officer Lasso
Follow Tumblewoof on twitter to stay up to date with his latest mashups.

1901 remixes and mashup *Joe Cool, Cello Kid, DJ Ryno

March 25th, 2011 by | Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Remix |

First two songs are rap remixes to Phoenix’s smash hit, “1901”. Cello Kid raps in the first couple minutes then leaves the rest to Phoenix. In Joe Cool’s rap remix, the beat to “1901” is mixed up a bit and overall the song is a bit more chill with dope instrumentals.
1901 (Cello Kid Remix)
Joe Cool – 1901 ( Aartt Shou)
Next two songs is a remix and a mashup. DJ Ryno puts in several rap vocals and has that over some remixed “1901” instrumentals, to make for a chill rap mashup/remix. Lastly comes a remix that came out in 2010 by DLID who slows up the song, throws in some subtle dubstep/electro to make for a chill alternative to the original “1901”.
DJ Ryno – 1901s Player’s Anthem
1901 (Customised by DLID)

Bonus: Here’s another song from Joe Cool off his latest mixtape, Mixtape For No Fucking Reason (Download).
Joe Cool – Runnin (Prod. by Chef)

3 mashups I love *Chambaland, Kevin Shoemaker, DJ Troublemaker

March 7th, 2011 by | Mashup, Mashup Monday |

Below are three mashups that I really love but haven’t blogged about yet. In order of most recent to oldest.

DJ Troublemaker of King Fantastic recently did a mashup with the Killer Reese One vocals from “Why? Where? What?” (a King Fantastic song) with Rusko instrumentals. It really gives it an electro/dubstep feel with chill rap.
DJ Troublemaker – Why? Where? What? (King Fantastic vs. Rusko)
Next is one of the more interesting mashes, with Kevin Shoemaker mixing hip-hop with classical music. The hip-hop is Jay-Z & Kanye West, and classical piano from Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2”. KShoe makes his mashups differently from most mashup DJ’s and I look forward to more from him.

Lastly is Chambaland who used mostly Phoenix instrumentals with Jason DeRulo & Imogen Heap vocals. The creativity in this is dope, and whenever you use Phoenix, I can’t help but enjoy it.
Chambaland – Nineteen Oh What (Jason DeRulo & Imogen Heap vs. Phoenix)

Can’t get enough of Phoenix

October 21st, 2010 by | Remix |

I really like Phoenix and now I know a ton of other people do, so I figured, why not offer some artists remixes to Phoenix songs. Below are a few songs off the Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix Remix Collection (Buy).

To Download on Mac: Control-Click song and choose “Download” or “Save As”

To Download on PC: Right-Click song and choose “Save As”

1901 Bo Flex’d (Passion Pit Remix)

Lasso (Two Door Cinema Club Remix)

Lisztomania (Alex Metric Remix)

Bonus: Another “Lisztomania” remix by Netherlands producer Shook. Enjoy!
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Shook Remix) by Shook

Daily Mash – 1901 Stuntin’

October 15th, 2010 by | Mashup |
Lil Wayne & Birdman vs Phoenix mashup. This is by Black Glove who mixes “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” and “1901” so well, mixing vocals from both and using the incredible instrumentals of Phoenix.  1901 Stuntin’ by Black Glove 

If you like this mashup, check out the last mashup we posted by Black Glove.

Daily Mash – Last Nite’s Lisztomania

October 11th, 2010 by | Mashup |
Phoenix vs The Strokes. Two awesome pop/rock songs in one! Mashup by DJ Franklyne.  Phoenix vs The Strokes – Last Nite’s Lisztomania (DJ Franklyne Mash Up) 

Not so Hidden Gem: Two Door Cinema Club

September 29th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Pop, Rock |

If you like Phoenix at all, you will like Two Door Cinema Club. Funny thing is, the Ireland-born Electro-Pop/Indie Rock band opened for Phoenix earlier this year on their 2010 US Tour, but since then have been a headlining act performing in Australia, the UK and the US among others.

Two Door Cinema Club formed in 2007 and released their debut album, Tourist History, in March 2010, which has some really great songs.

Below are my favorites from Two Door Cinema Club including a song (“Hands Off My Cash Monty”) which was released recently.

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work

Two Door Cinema Club – Eat That Up Its Good For You

Two Door Cinema Club – Hands Off My Cash Monty

(For Mac: Control-click & “download linked file”)
(For PC: Right click & “save as”)

Before The Bigs Summer ’10 Mix: Best You Never Heard

September 3rd, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Pop, R&B, Remix, Rock |

The mix is 25 songs released this summer (May-August), by artists who haven’t released a debut album yet. The only exception is “All Summer” by Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Vampire Weekend because that’s one of the best songs released this summer.

Without further ado, enjoy Before The Bigs Summer ’10 Mix: Best You Never Heard (download links below):

Download: Before Bigs Summer ’10 Mix: Best You Never Heard

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Comment on which song you like the most. Enjoy!


Lollapalooza 2010: An Event Like No Other

August 13th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous |

Last week BTB went to Chicago for the sixth annual Lollapalooza festival. This great concert series brought in over 250,000 fans to Grand Park for three full days and nights of music.  BTB has a quick recap of our favorite shows.

Friday – The main headliner had to be Lady Gaga. While not a fan, BTB was amped to see her show and see what all the excitement was.  Overall, we were very disappointed in her show as she seemed to try and over do it with her crazy “statements” and over the top antics.  We also got our first live look at J.Cole at Perry’s which is pretty much just a huge dance party.  Our favorite show of the day was Matt and Kim who not only did a great job with their music, but seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd and really got them excited and amped.  From jumping in the crowd to climbing up the side of the stage their performance was wild.  Of course, they finished off with “Daylight” which was a perfect ending to a great show.  We also loved Chromeo where we got a great spot in the 10th row.  Chromeo put on a great show that was worth getting a bad spot for the Gaga show as crowds of people skipped it to see her.  Though we missed most of their show, The Strokes also did an phenomenal job from what we did see and lived up to their hype of being a great live band.  Unfortunately, the crowd was so small because of Lady Gaga so they did not get the hype they deserved.

Saturday – Saturday started with a trip to see Blues Traveler which was more of a laid back watch for us as we tried to relax after a long day before. We checked out PerryEtty vs. Chris Cox at the Perry’s (named after PerryEtty) Sound Stage which was one of the more wild exciting moments of the concert.  Though a pretty young crowd, the dancing, jumping and fist pumping were a great way to wake up the day crowd.  We also checked out one of the best shows of the weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes which did the best job of putting on a performance.  Saturday’s main headliners were Green Day and Phoenix.  We decided to check out Phoenix who did not disappoint.  They played every song from the album and opened with “Lisztomania” into “Lasso.”  They closed with “1901” which was a great finish to the day.

Sunday –  I was most excited to see Chiddy Bang and they didn’t disappoint.  While the weather was super hot and the crowd at Perry’s was uncomfortably crowded, Chiddy Bang put on an awesome show, with Chiddy showing off his rapping skills by doing a solid freestyle with suggestions from the crowd.  He finished off with “Opposite of Adults” which was a perfect way to leave Perry’s for good.  The last act we saw was MGMT which we found very disappointing.  MGMT had a very poor crowd. People were crowd surfing during mellow songs, though many people didnt feel like they were into it and everyone seemed like they were there just to have something to talk about on Monday.  The main act that night were Arcade Fire and Soundgarden and though we wern’t able to hear either of them, we heard great reviews from people later.

Overall, Lollapalooza was an amazing experience. The entire event is special.  From the amazing bands to the people watching, there is not may events quite like it in the world.  I dont think anyone can describe it better than our friends from Up Chicago.

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