Duck Sauce, in other words A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, took the world by storm last year when they released some tracks so funky you couldn’t possibly stand still. Yesterday A-Trak gave us some very good news on his blog. The first one is that they’ve made their own Duck Sauce toy. From the Duck Sauce logo by Dust La Rock the rubber duck company Celebriducks has created a unique Duck Sauce toy. It doesn’t squeak and there’s only 1000 of them.
The second news item is this statement from A-Trak ”yes we have new Duck Sauce songs, a bunch of them, and they are fonky.”. So all you Duck Sauce fans out there who’ve been listening to aNYway and Grandsteppin’ until your ears and feet bleed, your wait is soon over!
This one isn’t new but we just couldn’t leave this post without a song in it.
This is all over the internet by now since it got unleashed yesterday. But if you only read TAjT and are counting on us to bring you the latest news we shall not disappoint you. Tiga and Turbo Recordings announced is releasing a deluxe edition of his second full lenght album Ciao! with remixes by Chromeo, A-Trak and Steve Aoki.
So, it’s time for our very last post this year. We’re closing the loop with the fourth and last Best of 2009 list. This is my, Hajen’s, best tracks of 2009. Happy New Year dear readers!
10. Rubix – Baiser Sur La Disco (Rubix Refix)
Rubix – disco at its best! I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it. It’s a must dance track with a promise of a never ending night at the dance floor. But for God’s sake don’t leave this track for the club nights – use it whenever you need to cheer someone up – at the bus, in school, at work, in supermarket queues. Disco is for living.
9. Duck Sauce – aNYway
This Duck Sauce might not have many similarities with this sweet and sour thing you eat with china food. The mix of A-trak – Armand Van Helden and house/funky disco makes me fall head over heels. And as icing on the cake they have made a marvelous video for aNYway. I say no more.
8. Deadmau5 – Strobe
This track by always genius Deadmau5 doesn’t need an explanation. Listen – and marvel.
7. Amanda Blank – Make It Take It
Amanda Blanks I love you might be one of my most listened albums of 2009. The thousand layers of her deep and smooth voice on simple, but oh so brilliant, bass loop. A perfect clash between electro and hip hop.
6. Fred Falke – Back To Stay
You that read TAjT on a regular basis clearly now what position Fred Falke has got in our, and especially mine. electrified heart. Fred Falke is like the good parts of Midas. Golden like a car ride in winter scenarys, a sunny day by the sea or a smoky, sweaty, slow but energic dance floor at 5 am. Back to stay is the good parts of life.
5. Name The Pet – Get On The Bus
This is one of my favourite dansgolsvältare (translation: tune that overturnes the dancefloor) from this year. I can’t explain why – my words seems unimportant in the company of Get on the bus. Turn up the volume – the intro says it all.
4. Shazam – Hello Cat
A smooth track that reminds me of Jamiroquai in its best days. Very nice tune!
After escaping her last record label and getting parts of her album leaked out, one of the most longed for albums finally came. Annietakes electro pop to a new level with Don’t stop. The title track is a catchy and karaoke friendly one – in a fresh way.
I agree with Surikaten on this. It’s indeed hard to choose one track from Kris Menace debut album Idiosyncrasies. But, Electricity it is. Mostly because it manages to remain easy even though it has a massive fateful image. It’s magic!
BONUS: David Guetta feat. KiD CuDi – Memories
A track that both I and Surikaten really like is this track. A genious collab between Guetta and Kid Cudi, between house and r n’ b. A totally genious floor filler that at least we are going to welcome the new year with tonight.
Day one of TAjTs odyssey thru the music we danced to during 2009. And we are so exicted! During four days we will bring you our best remixes and best original tracks from the year that has passed. Picking out only ten tracks from such a great music year as 2009 proved to be more dificult than we thought. There were moments when we couldn’t decied and there were moments when memories, both good and bad, filled us up and wouldn’t let us move on. But here it is. The first out of four lists. The best remixes of 2009 according to me, Surikaten.
10. Uffie – Pop The Glock (Felix Da Housecats Pink Enemy Remix)
A late arrival on this list you can call it. Ed Banger queenUffies track Pop The Glock was originally released in 2006 and has been heard on many dancefloors ever since. Actually I never really liked it, until now. Felix Da Housecat has turned this track into what I wanted it to be from the beginning. More house, less electro. And therefore it made it into my list.
9. Burns – First Move (Fred Falke Remix)
To not feature Fred Falke on this list would be a mistake. Some said that there has been to many remixes from Fred this year. Well, doesn’t matter really when he does things like this remix on Burns First Move. Fred Falke remains a brilliant remix artist.
8. Heads We Dance – Take My Picture (Justin Faust Remix)
German Justin Faust released his EP Revenge in February and showed that his house music in the border land between disco, house and synth is something for the big clubs. With this remix of happy pop song Take My Picture he caught my appriciation as remix artist. This is a track which will make indiepop kids and club kids dance togheter in harmony (or more likely in a more sinful way).
7. Yuksek – Tonight (Kris Menace Remix)
Yuksek-track Tonight is of course a really good song from the start so one might say that Kris Menace had an easy job. Or one can say that he added another dimension to a good song and made it great. If we were to single out one artist that has managed to be productive and still releasing quality stuff, that artist would be Kris Menace. With his 3CD (!) debut album Idiosyncrasies he got me totally hooked.
6. Munk – No Milk (Mercury Remix)
Munk is one of the artists recording with German nudisco label Gomma. No Milk is a rather slow disco track produced by Milk featuring vocalist Asia Argento. The Mercury remix makes this list because of the beautiful way the Swiss producer has turned this slow nice track into a more dance floor friendly house track.
5. Fever Ray – Seven (The Twelves Remix)
Swedish Fever Ray a k a Karin Dreijer (The Knife) released her debut album 18 March on Rabid Records. The album featured among many great tracks, this song called Seven. Seven months later the track was remixed by a lot of great producers and released as a single. Remixes from CSS and Crookers made it onto the release but this remix by Brazilian duo The Twelves didn’t. But that doesn’t really matter, this is a great track with a lovely funky guitar that tickles our dance nerv.
4. Chromeo – Night By Night (Siriusmo Remix)
Chromeo has ever since their release of Bonafied Lovin’ back in 2007 been two artists to rely on when it comes to funky electro. Coming year they are about to release new own material and we can’t really wait. So we weren’t exactly sorry when the sneek peak Night By Night was released. When a Chromeo track is released you can almost be sure there will be a lot of great remixes to follow. No disapointment there either. This remix by Siriusmo is just banging its way into fourth place. Put on those dancing shoes everybody!
This is a track to die for! Not only is the original track by Bag Raiders one of the most beatifully composed tracks of 2009, this Kris Menace remix makes it perfect. Australian duo Bag Raiders has amazed me since their release of Turbo Love in October 2008. With killing remixes on Cut Copys Far Away and Sneaky Sound Systems I Love It they’ve also gained a lot of succes as remix artists. This is definitely a duo that I hope to hear a lot from over the years to come. Regarding the remixer Kris Menace, well what is there to say, he is just great (and the only artist with two songs on this list). Also check out the Siriusmo remix of this song.
Calvin Harris makes it to second place on my best of remixes list with this remix on David Guetta track One Love. First of all he’s a fantastic producer. I mean just look at the people he worked with. His greatness as producer and remix artist, I think, he really shows of in this remix. When I heard One Love for the first time I thought it was kind of boring. This remix is NOT boring! It’s everything else but boring actually. I just simply love it!
We have reached the top of my list with the best remixes of 2009. This is it! A-Trak‘s done it. Again. Yeah Yeah Yeahs made a song that even I can’t help to like. This song went thru the magic mind of A-Trak and out came such a beatiful house track that I just can’t belive it. The song took a huge step from being a song I might’ve played a few times to becoming a song that I don’t stop listening to. I think that makes it a great remix. And therefore it makes the top of my list.
Upcoming ”What we danced to 2009″-lists: 29 december: Best of remixes – by hajen
30 december: Best of 2009 – by surikaten
31 december: Best of 2009 – by hajen
A-Trak som nyligen setts och hörts här på TAjT tillsammans med Armand Van Helden i helt briljanta Duck Sauce kan också på egen hand. 50 % av TAjTs direktörer var och såg honom på Blå i Oslo för ett år sedan och sedan dess är vi fast. Med en grym teknik live och sjukt mycket musikalitet är det svårt att inte fastna. Har ni inte fastnat ännu? Lyssna på dagens spår. Lite nytt, lite gammalt, lite eurodisco influenser, lite electro och massa dansmusik.
”Duck sauce is a translucent sweet and sour orange condiment used in some Chinese-American restaurants.” , says Wikipedia. TAjT says that it’s one of the most interesting and skilled duos that we’ve heard in a long time. And TAjT’s right of course. What could possibly go wrong when Armand Van Helden and A-Trak team up? Well nothing.
This is as funky as funky can be!
Duck Sauce är allt annat än en halvgenomskinlig sötsur sås. Duck Sauce är en av de mest intressanta och kompetenta duos vi har hört på länge. Vi menar vad kan gå fel när Armand Van Helden och A-Trak gör gemensam sak? Ingenting faktiskt.
Välkommen till en fantastisk fredag med TAjT och Duck Sauce. Glöm inte att ta på dina bästa discodansskor.