A couple of months ago my colleague Floffy posted Monarchy for the first time. Today we got the new briliant track It Must Be Love (b track on the new single which is due May 10th) from Monarchy and I had forgot how good this British electro-disco-pop stuff is. It’s great! So less words, more good music.
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.
The third day of TAjTs year best-lists and we’ve reached the best original mixes of 2009. It’s been a great year and here are my, Surikatens, best tracks from it. Listen to them, dance to them and buy them. And of course, feature them in your playlist for the new year!
10. Annie – I Don’t Like Your Band
A dear friend tipped me of on Norweigan electro-pop artist Annie and her album Don’t Stop (released on 19 October in Europe). Since then the album has been played a lot of times. Especially this song, I Don’t Like Your Band, with its catchy melody and lyrics has stuck it self on my mind.
9. Justin Faust – Capri Spinoff
With his EP RevengeJustin Faust really kicked this year off. Faust has been recording music on a variety of labels since 1992 but it’s been with Revenge and a couple of great remixes (among them the remix on Heads We Dance which was featured on my Best Of Remixes-list) he has proven himself for real. Capri Spinoff has got all of Justin Fausts earmarks disco, synth and house blended nicely togheter.
8. Rory Phillips – Solar Breakfast
With this track British producer Rory Phillips showed that he’s more than a great remix artist (with remixes on Chromeo, The XX and Gossip) and brilliant party organizer. Solar Breakfast is a great nu disco track that builds up and won’t let go of you. The only thing you can do is dance. Keep an eye on this guy, that’s my advice.
7. Grum – Hearbeats
Scotlands finest, Grum has had a brilliant year. With releases of tracks Runaway and Hearbeats he’s gained a lot of well earned success. On music blogs all over the world bloggers have singed his prayer. Heartbeats really got my heart beating the first time I heard it and it won’t stop. This is an amazing track, no doubt about it.
6. Ellen Allien – Lover
The first techno track on this list and one might not be surprised that it’s a track from totally extraordinary German producer Ellen Allien. Released in the end of August on legendary Bpitch Control this track set a standard for the autumn. It’s beautiful and on the same time dark and scary.
5. Kris Menace (feat. Fred Falke) – Fairlight Pt. 1 and Pt. 2
To chose one track from Kris Menace 26 tracks on critic loved debut album Idiosyncrasies is extremely hard. Fairlight, featuring producer friend Fred Falke, was initially released in 2006. The follow-up Fairlight Pt. 1 and Pt. 2 is a true house killer. You have to love it, dance to it, ride a bike to it, have a drink in a park to it…
4. Jesper Dahlbäck – Super Connector
I almost forgot about this song when Hajen (my colleague at TAjT) reminded me. This track was easily one of the most important tracks of the late winter and early spring of 2009. It held me company on long train rides and made me happy every time I heard it. And who can blame me? From the first tune this track is sheer happiness. The intro tickles your good mood and then you’re stuck.
Are we happy that Steve Angello made a promise on New Years Eve one year ago to stop partying and start producing? Yes we are! His album The Year Book is a fantastic house journey. Being one third of the Swedish House Mafia Steve Angello is one of the superstars on the club scene. Here he shows why. Tivoli is truly fantastic dance track that we for sure will hear on clubs all over the world for quite a while.
How can a collab between Armand Van Helden and A-Trak possibly be anything else than magical? Well it can’t! This is magic, dancefloor magic. aNyway brings disco back to life, blends it with perfect house beats and all the talent of two briliant artists. If you don’t dance to this one, well then you can’t feel very good. My advice is to listen to it again, and again, and again. Eventually you will dance. I promise you.
I don’t know how to describe this track. It’s just a perfect, magic, beautiful track. Deadmau5 has a unique ability to produce tracks that could be described with these words. Strobe is a track that you just don’t want end. The original mix is ten minutes long and has it all. If you’re a more restless soul you could go for the club edit but then you miss out on a four minute long intro-euphoria. If you need a soundtrack to your life for a while, this is it!
Upcoming ”What We Danced To”-lists: 31 December: Best Of 2009 – by hajen
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
TAjT really likes french house producer and dj Fred Falke. We’ve been stuck ever since we first heard his funky collaborations with Alan Braxe. Last year’s remixing explosion of artists such as Jamiroquai, The Whitest Boy Alive and Kish Mauve was marvelous. This year has, if possible, been even better. We just had to ask Fred himself what inspires and who influences him right now.
TAjT: What inspires you when you are producing?
Fred Falke: It can come from anything at any time and anywhere! There really is no single point of inspiration with my music.
T: Where do you most often get inspiration to a new remix or track?
FF: I’m always inspired by the track itself, I’m lucky that I get sent a lot of music for remixing and I can pick the tracks that inspire me to create something special.
T: Do you search for any particular feeling when you play live? What does it feel like?
FF: I love the excitement of playing live because it is very on edge. It can go wrong at any moment, but at the same time it can go so right and become amazing!
T: Are there any differences between producing on your own and working with a team.
FF: Yes of course, both have their benefits and restrictions, it’s like a game of Tennis, you can play singles and only have to worry about your self or you can team up and play doubles. For that to work both players have to bring their A-game and work together to get the best results.
T: Describe one particular collaboration that you enjoy.
FF: I really enjoy my time spent with at Xenomania, a writer and production team based in Kent, England. I get to work in a team of brilliant people, with them for Mini Viva recently was a wonderful experience.
T: You’re also a Bass Guitarist, do you think this has influenced you when producing electronic music? In what way?
FF: Definitely, bass is a very important part of dance music, and I make sure I pay a lot of attention to the bassline in all my tracks.
T: Name three of the best tracks right now? Why them?
FF: I’m going to name three that I’m listening to a lot on my ipod at the moment:
Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind
A Great song and production, it’s a perfect track.
Beach boys – I Get Around
Amazing track for the era it’s amazing what they have done.
The Killers – The World We Live In
The Killers have epic production, and this is a big song!
We thank Fred Falke for his time and tease you with some of his latest work. Don’t forget to buy Fred Falke’s tracks at Beatport.
Allt hänger ihop på ett eller annat sätt. Egentligen är det inte konstigt. Vi är barn av vår tid och goda producenter influeras av varandra. Vi har nyligen nämnt Yuksek när vi presenterat Kris Menace och Amanda Blank. Vi kan inte hålla oss, utan är tvungna att dela med oss av tre eminenta remixer vi snubblat över.
Inte sällan syns Kris Menace tillsammans med TAjT-guden Fred Falke (som vi skrivit om här). Bland annat så har de tillsammans gästat BBC Radio 1 och gjort en fullständigt under Essential Mix som går att ladda ner här.
Tillsammans med ovan nämnda Fred Falke har Kris Menace tillsammans med Felix Da Housecat producerat dagens nedladdningsbara spår Artificial. En fantastisk housedänga om jag får säga vad jag tycker.
Hur mycket jag än utforskar världen och den elektroniska musikscenen återkommer jag alltid till en producent – Fred Falke. Den här briljanta fransmannens verk går inte att överdosera. När det svenska höstmörkret är som värst och regnet inte verkar vilja sluta ösa ner stänger vi på TAjT, och då kanske främst Hajen, in sig i sina hörlurar med bland annat de här tre spåren. Håll till godo!
Fred Falke – Back To Stay
Alesha Dixon – The Boy Does Nothing (Fred Falke Remix)
Kris Menace – Fairlight Pt.1 and Pt.2 (ft. Fred Falke)