Albums, Review | A Belated Discussion of Random Access Memories

Posted by on May 31, 2013

daft punk

By now, you’ve already listened to Daft Punk’s fourth album in full. You may have streamed it on iTunes, or downloaded the rip when it leaked (even though ain’t nobody got time for 192 kbps…), or perhaps you waited patiently and saved your first listen for the official, high quality, purchasable version. Your opinion of the album is probably already cemented.

But that won’t stop me from trying to change it.


House, Videos | Silver Medallion – Dancing On My Own (Robyn Cover) [Music Video]

Posted by on May 30, 2012

“I keep dancing on my own..”

In the latest in Silver Medallion’s cover series comes his rendition of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”. Taking the instrumental from Fred Falke’s remix of the song and turning the song into his own, Silver Medallion breathes new life into a song that came out two years ago. This cover is probably his best yet and the video is equally great. You can never go wrong with some time-lapse shots especially when they are taken in Dubai. There is a pretty humorous story behind this cover that you can read about below. If you like what you hear, you can download the cover in the Soundcloud player below as well.

“So HBO has succeeded in using psychiatric warfare to get me to watch Girls. It’s Sunday, and I’m drunk from brunch and probably some sake bombs and I’m watching Game of Thrones with my peoples at The Dollhouse and then when its over its like BAM all the girls wanna watch Girls, because, we live in New York, and it’s essentially about them, and then there’s that one episode where the girls are all dancing at the end because apparently that’s what girls do when their alone and gotta get their feelings out and then their dancing to Robyn and it reminded me a love Robyn and so then I called DJ Fresh Direct and I brought some fresh sangria to the studio and we recorded this Robyn cover, cuz, ya know, guys have feelings too sometimes.” – Silver Medallion

House, Preview | Eva Simons – I Don’t Like You (Fred Falke Remix)

Posted by on May 1, 2012

Fred Falke is one of the great unsung heroes of electronic music. Yes, he has a considerable following and has been in the game for a long time, but for whatever reason I feel like he’s never fully given the spotlight. But perhaps that’s how he likes it. His understated yet musically lush remixes are always in keeping with the best of the French house tradition — melodic, disco-tinged, and eminently danceable. They’re also often so excellent that they quietly eclipse the original tracks (Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” is a fantastic song, but Fred Falke’s remix has become the platonic ideal for me).

Falke’s latest remix, of the Zedd-produced “I Don’t Like You,” is a perfect example of his ability to fix something that wasn’t technically broken to begin with. He isolates Eva Simons’s powerful vocals and weaves in a new melody with a much more interesting chord progression, which beautifully showcases that almost ecstatic harmony in the chorus. No adrenaline-baiting builds, no airhorn samples or superfluous synthwork; this is just good old fashioned electronic music at its very best. I’m even feeling this over Nicky Romero’s remix, which has been getting heavy airplay on BBC Radio One lately and is sure to see more in the coming weeks. Preview Fred Falke’s remix in full below and look for it to drop on Interscope on May 22.


House | Mark Mendes and Paris & Simo – Aura (Original Mix)

Posted by on December 31, 2011

Toronto’s own Mark Mendes teams up with fellow Canadian duo Paris & Simo producing an anthemic house track that is grade A festival material.
DOWNLOAD: Mark Mendes, Paris & Simo – Aura (Original Mix)

Bonus House:
Incredible house remix of Nero’s “Reaching Out” from Fred Falke. Don’t sleep on this.
DOWNLOAD: Nero – Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)

Events | Pacific Festival OC: Review

Posted by on August 15, 2011

Let me start off by saying, if you haven’t attended a music festival yet, now is the time. Trust me, you don’t want to end up being that parent who lies about going to Woodstock because he or she doesn’t want to seem like an un-hip reject from his or her generation. And you know what? That’s exactly what these events are – our generation’s answer to Woodstock with a few production improvements thrown in the mix.

Some of you stragglers might find these shows intimidating. Not everyone is a die hard music buff nor do they fit the typical bill of an attendee but the beauty is, that doesn’t matter. Treat it like a night out to a club or bar with an act you may know well or not know at all. Everyone is there for one reason, to have fun, not to judge you. Sure, that $75+ ticket is a hefty price to pay for a day of fun, but in the grand scheme of things that money will be inconsequential. The memories, however, will last you a lifetime.

Pacific Festival is the perfect starter event for a weary concert go-er and with a lineup of over 50 artists, encouraging seasoned festival lovers to attend goes without saying. All the little details added up made this a top notch event for me. When I don’t have to wait in a long will call line and when it doesn’t take me an hour to leave the parking lot despite staying till the last breath of Cut Copy, I know the folks behind the scenes are doing something right. The gourmet food trucks, varying sizes and styles of stages, and the beautiful scenery were all things I took note of as well. Added up, these factors made it seem as though I had arrived at a “destination” not just some arbitrary cost-effective venue.

Before diving into the performances, I’d like to give Rebecca, Holly, and the rest of the Pacific Festival crew a special thanks for fueling our generation’s love for music by making this all possible. Click MORE to hear the nitty gritty details of the event (including the only controversy which got Steve Aoki kicked out and placed at the mercy of the general admissions crowd)