We’re digging this 2015 video Club Megamix mashup of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits by DJs MichaelAngelo & DigiMark. Modern remixes of all songs included in this mashup give it an updated feel for dance floors everywhere.
Our dear friends over at 8tracks.com have been kicking it lately with featured mixes by hot DJ producers. This week, they’re launching a new mix from the break out American production team, The Disco Fries.
Sprinkled with salt and smothered with ketchup, this The Disco Fries playlist is the perfect end of summer jam session. Lot’s of fun records in the mix, but given the DMCA restrictions on pre-announcing playlists, we can’t actually tell you what they are! I know, right? Well, that’s what we’re dealing with nowadays here on the interwebs, but that shouldn’t stop you from listening, exploring and discovering some fresh tunes just out of The Disco Fries kitchen. We will say there is one serious smackdown of a remix. Check the “Won’t Look Back” [Disco Fries & Aylen Remix]. The original artist is one of our favorites, Duke Dumont. This is a huge record and the The Disco Fries give it an amped up treatment. They’ve sped up the original vocals a bit, but it all works in the context of their remix of this now classic deep house tune.
The Disco Fries are Nick Ditri and Danny Boselovic. Known for their EDM tracks, original productions and remixes, the duo are burning up the radio airwaves and have a couple of #1 Billboard Dance Club Play remixes. They reworked records for Katy Perry and Foxes to Flo Rida and Cobra Starship. You can also hear three The Disco Fries produced tracks on Tiësto’s, A Town Called Paradise. They are “Wasted” featuring Matthew Koma, “Say Something,” and “Shimmer” featuring Christian Burns (production and writing credit). They’re also credited with co-writing and composing on KrewellaLive For The Night along with the members of Cash Cash.
Some of the biggest names in EDM support The Disco Fries, including Tiesto, Hardwell, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, and Armand Van Helden. The Disco Fries are just getting ready serve up more hot potatoes from Nick Hexum (of 311), Breathe Carolina,Tiesto,Raine Maida (of Our Lady Peace) and a slew of other incredible writers and vocalists.
In regards to their 8tracks playlist selection, here’s what Nick and Dani had to say: “We’re always looking to push ourselves to explore new sounds. We want to keep making music that we enjoy sharing with people and people enjoy hearing. The party never ends for us.”
Get Turned Up To Death! While SNL rightfully parodies EDM culture now that it’s a mainstream phenomenon and looks quite foolish to the uninitiated, DJs Shiftee and Enferno put together this live reaction video to the original Andy Samberg SNL skit that spoofed Avicii and other DJs in the genre on SNL. The video doubles up as the release of a new track called “Fly Away.”
What this video does is to show the creativity and skill that goes into producing, mixing and developing the sounds of today’s generation of electronic music producers create. It’s certainly fun to watch!
I’ve been a fan of EDM producer, Calvin Harris, for a while now. I’ve spun his songs out in my DJ sets and usually look forward to receiving something new by this talented British producer, who is now one of the world’s highest paid DJs. While his new single, “Blame,” featuring the vocalist, John Newman, has hit #1 in the U.K. and ties Michael Jackson for the honor, I’m not so sure this is a number one record.
First, it’s not horrible. It has all the usual elements: sounds anthemic, big room progressions, deep house sounds mixed with syrupy pop. And, John Newman’s raw and sometimes raspy vocals that create the emotional pop sound that has certainly caught on in the dance music world. For some reason, I just feel it’s a little too formulaic. While it’s a verified hit now across the pond, will that record translate here in the U.S. on pop radio? I hope not, because I really don’t want to hear a guy whining every hour (as U.S. radio tends to play hit records each hour to shove it down your throat) about how he cheated on someone and now wants to “blame it on the night.”
One thing is for sure, the music video for the single had a lot of money thrown behind this effort. It’s a slickly produced, highly stylized video, which will sell a lot of black lingerie and stockings. I’ve seen a ton of electronic dance music videos over the years and many surely don’t have the budget to achieve this level of production. Harris and the label that backs him can pour money into these songs and get results like #1 chart topping singles with a formula that they’ve been able to milk now for a few years, but they have to be careful they stay on their game and don’t mail it in like they seem to have done on this song.
Okay, so let’s be honest. Yes, I like looking at women in lingerie just as much as the next guy. But maybe that’s getting tired. The woman in black lingerie passed out on the bed is very cliché. Anyone can put a beautiful woman in lingerie in a music video. We’ve been doing it year after year after year. But, what does that tell our young women? That they should walk around in lingerie while men stay fully dressed, because it’s more appealing to watch a half-naked woman in a music video who is the only one to blame for a poor decision?
Is that what we’re saying to our daughters? Your role in life is to use your body in sexy lingerie to do what, exactly? Yes, I know it’s a music video and this is the norm. But, come on. Really? More of the same? It’s just…well, boring is what it is. There’s no creativity behind all the money that went into this music video.
Help me understand the metaphor of the women diving into different bodies of water. One woman dives into a sink in a bathroom. Another into a champagne bucket at the club. Yet another into a rain puddle. And, lastly another disappears in a bath tub. All neat tricks, for sure. Each woman ends up being underwater, then their heads pop up at once above the water at the same time. Is this supposed to mean they were slipping into semi-consciousness on some sort of drug as the lyrics, “Blame it on the night” and “Don’t blame it on me,” are crooned by Mr. Newman? I’m not really sure.
From a quick read through the lyrics, it seems the guilt is heavy on the mind of the man in video, who is now regretting fooling around with another woman who came over in black lingerie.
Can’t be sleeping Keep on waking Without the woman next to me Guilt is burning Inside I’m hurting This aint a feeling I can keep
It seems as if the woman on the bed was a friend who just needed to talk, but it went a little too far.
I had to let her through the door I had no choice in this I was the friend she missed She needed me to talk
Well, who’s fault is it really? Not his, that’s for sure. It’s the fault of the night, not his inability to keep his hands to himself when a seductress makes an appearance in his apartment.
So blame it on the night Don’t blame it on me Don’t blame it on me
Now comes the remorse and asking for forgiveness (for what, being an idiot?).
Oh I’m so sorry, so sorry baby (I’ll be better this time) I will be better this time I got to say I’m so sorry Oh I Promise (I’ll be better this time) Don’t blame it on me Don’t blame it on me
The bottom line is, this is a video about a guy who cheats on someone with another woman, but wants to blame it on “the night” instead of his own stupidity. We’ve got a formulaic dance track with a formulaic video that has now gone #1, most likely not because it deserves to be #1, but because it’s got a lot of money behind it to push it to #1 – umm…in the U.K., that is. Hopefully, we over here across the pond don’t fall for this one, because I for sure don’t feel like hearing this one on the radio every hour. A guy whining about how bad he feels now that he’s slept with another woman who showed up at his door in black lingerie.
Don’t agree with me and love this song? While we wait for our iTunes affiliate program application to be approved, you can buy it on Amazon.com.
We’ve been listening to phenomenal music this week. Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories, hit the store on May 19th. When we were scoping out Moby’s latest release, Almost Home,we discovered that the same DJ/Producer, Sebastien remixed that record and this one too! Of course, we had to just jump on the Sebastien bandwagon and get this one onto the blog as well. Okay…so we’re a little late to the game on this Sebastien dude. He seems to be scoring a few points with choice artists who make incredible music. Could Sebastien be the next Calvin Harris? It looks like he’s working his way down that road, for sure.
Here’s the original official Coldplay video for single, “Magic.” The song is about a love somehow broken. By whom it doesn’t say, but the memories of that love still persist and while the relationship fades from view, it was still like magic, even if it’s now no longer together.
Here is the Sebastien remix of Coldplay “Magic” we discovered on SoundCloud. He gives this record a nice bottom end deep house flavor with simple piano chords throughout that keep this song grounded near the original. Simple, emotive and effective.
Not sure yet where to buy this remix as the download has yet to make itself available. Hopefully, we’ll see it soon.
If you’re looking for more of an electronic dance music remix, the legendary Giorgio Moroder gives this one a spin as well. You can hear the difference in the more polished sound of the experienced dance music veteran in the complex synth and drum patterns. This is available now for download through iTunes.