There’s heavyweight remixers, and then there’s HEAVYWEIGHT remixers. No reference to the newly svelt Rick Rubin‘s physical size, in a week that has already seen Damon Albarn save Lana Del Rey from the internet doghouse, the super-producer has “ruined” Justice‘s bombastic “On’n'On” by removing much of the arena bombast of the original and turning it into a slowburn discofied cut begging to be dropped by DJs from DFA to Dixon.
Mash-ups may have gone the way of the dodo, but original innovators Soulwax (aka 2ManyDJs) might have found a way to rekindle interest. The Dewaele brothers are about to launch the Radio Soulwax iPhone App, a free app which will feature 24 hours of highly complicated audio/video DJ mash-ups.
“We applied for an internet radio license, which gives us the freedom to play and stream whatever we want without having to clear any of it, as long as we make it free, which was more important to us than making money on it,” David Dewaele said in an interview with ErolAlkan.com. “The whole thing is basically a labour of love for music and record sleeves. We thought it would take us a good six months, but we got a bit carried away…”
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Erol Alkan has proven himself highly adept at crossing psychedelic guitars and sophisticated dance music beats through his Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve project with Richard Norris (still one of our most listened to records from 2009). So it was an easy guess that Mr. Alkan might take a shot at the fuzzy guitars of Tame Impala. But the pleasent surprise comes when the disco beat kicks in and you realize that this song could have easily been a hit at Trash, Alkan’s defunct temple of indie-dance that pretty much defined the Bloc Party/LCD Soundsystem scene in the early ’00. Given his recent forrays into big room electro, we had almost forgotten where the guy is coming from.
Tame Impala - Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind (Erol Alkan Rework) Radio Edit by Erol Alkan']
Just like disco and disco-house seem to have dominated much of ‘o9 and ’10, the next wave of retro sounds, acid house, seems like it’s going to get big again in 2011. Blame it on Boys Noize, the German superstar who been championing the beloved sound of the Roland TB-303 for more than a minute. Next year, he’ll be releasing a compilation of acid-inspired tracks, titled easily enough, Super Acid. Fave producers like Feadz, Erol Alkan and Siriusmo contributed track to the compilation, recreating the vintage sound using everything from original gear, to laptop emulators and even iPhone 303 application. Here’s a quick medley to preview the compilation that will have everyone jacking in 2011 like it’s 1988.