Glasnost Remix The Ting Tings

Glasnost Remix The Ting Tings {1}

This is what happens when cheeky Brits collide with a Houston dance party.

THE TING TINGS – HANDS (GLASNOST REMIX)

Katy Perry Remixes That Do Not Suck

Katy Perry Remixes That Do Not Suck {2}

The music purist within me is slowly dying.

Let me explain. The proliferation of independent music into mainstream culture has blurred the lines of classification to such a degree that I don’t even know what “indie music” is anymore. Did you happen to see The Grammy Awards a few weeks ago? For the first time ever, an independent label album won the award for Album of the Year, beating out heavyweights like Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry. Talk about a sign of the times.

So how does this affect me? I’ve always loved art, with music being my favorite medium. In the past, I’ve ripped commercial radio for pumping out generic entertainment masquerading as art. Heck, I even started a blog geared towards that contempt. (saynoradio.com.) But things change, and people evolve; and as it turns out, indie and mainstream can coexist.

For me, uber pop-star Katy Perry is a good example of this fresh outlook. I recently become an appreciator of her 2010 platinum-selling sophomore album Teenage Dream. Yes, she’s signed to a major label that have paid commercial radio station’s big money to play her singles. But for a moment, eliminate her mainstream appeal and focus on the artistic output.

Personally, I see little difference between her musical style and that of indie label artists such as Robyn, Annie, La Roux, and Ellie Goulding — whose latest works have respectively earned an impressive 8.7, 7.7, 7.0, and 6.8 on Pitchfork. Also, from what I understand, Katy Perry writes or co-writes all of her songs, which I’m sure is comparable to the aforementioned artists. (All of whom I enjoy, by the way.)

So, here’s the key takeaway: until recently, the only thing keeping me — and probably a lot of us — from getting on board with different types of music has been “labels.”

I’m over it. And it would seem that many highly respected producers such as Fred Falke, Mstrkrft, and DJ MegaMan are over it, too.

KATY PERRY – FIREWORK (FRED FALKE REMIX)

KATY PERRY – CALIFORNIA GURLS (MSTRKRFT REMIX)

KATY PERRY – TEENAGE DREAM (DJ MEGAMAN & PANIC CITY REMIX)

indie.mix.39

indie.mix.39 {1}

What’s up everyone? Hope the new year is treating you well thus far! It’s cold and snowy here in Chicago, but life is good as always. I was able to finally put the finishing touches on my February 2011 Mix — The Groundhog Day / Snowpocalypse Special.

Please enjoy and be sure to stay warm out there!
Much love,
—Dan

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Track List:listen below!
01. Cut Copy – Pharaohs & Pyramids
02. Restless People – Days of Our Lives
03. Smith Westerns – Weekend
04. Foster The People – Helena Beat
05. Toro Y Moi – New Beat
06. MillionYoung – Easy Now
07. Pnau – The Truth (Jump Jump Dance Dance Remix)
08. Starfucker – Millions
09. Holy Ghost! – Do It Again
10. Memory Tapes – Today Is Our Life
11. Penguin Prison – Golden Train
12. Mitzi – India
13. Ginger Ninja – Sunshine (Eumig & Chinon Remix)
14. Punches – Feeling Right
15. Twin Shadow – Shooting Holes at the Moon
16. Peter Bjorn and John – Second Chance
17. Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues
18. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries
19. Gorillaz – Empire Ants (Miami Horror Remix)
20. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream

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Eumig & Chinon Remix Ginger Ninja {0}

Can you say Best post title of all time?

Contrary to popular belief, Eumig & Chinon aren’t a duo, but rather, just one superstar Danish producer by the name of Christian Kastbjerg. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of synth-rich house-influenced dance grooves, and I love what he’s done with the aptly upbeat tune “Sunshine” from (fellow Danes) Ginger Ninja. Simply put: the guy is phenomenal. And not to sound overly complacent, but this remix should be the gold standard for how to enhance a song without diminishing its original appeal. Give it a spin below.

GINGER NINJA – SUNSHINE (EUMIG & CHINON REMIX)

Friday Extended Play Mix 010711

Friday Extended Play Mix 010711 {0}

Happy Friday everyone. Thank you all so much for supporting this site over the past few months — I’ve had a blast getting things rolling. We’re now averaging 200+ unique visitors per day which is absolutely thrilling.

Here are a few gems that I’ve been loving the past few days; should help you finish out the week strong. Thanks again!

01. The Magician & The Gates of Love – Harvest (Teen Daze Remix)
02. The Concretes – All Day (Niva Remix)
03. Dent May – Eastover Wives
04. Waylayers – Fires
05. Gypsy & The Cat – Sight Of A Tear
06. Work Drugs – Third Wave
07. Reading Rainbow – Wasting Time
08. Futurecop! – Venice Beach (Germany Germany Remix)