[PLAYLIST] The Best REMIXES of 2012 – Part 1 (Jan-June)

So far, this year has been one of the best for remixes, making this list no easy feat. Speaking of feet, you should warm them up because they will moving in a second…

(Artwork pattern drawn by a Lego Turntable robot)

25. Toby Keith – Red Solo Cup (It’s The DJ Kue Remix!) / And suddenly Toby Keith is not only palatable but highly listenable.

24. Y Luv – Never Touch The Ground (Gazzo Remix) / It’s pretty impossible to improve on the original so taking it in a different direction was a wise move. Get pumped!

23. St Lucia – Closer Than This (Viceroy Remix) / How do you make tropical more tropical? Give Read more

[EP/STREAM] Young Empires – WAKE ALL MY YOUTH (w/ “The Earth Plates Are Shifting”)

i’m seeing colors, i’m seeing colors, its the way your body moves

  • Who: Matt, Jake, Aaron & Taylor
  • What: World beat haute rock, like Van She, Santigold, Ghost Beach
  • Where: Toronto, Canada + Facebook
  • When: Wake All My Youth EP is out now.
  • Why: It’s no secret that I’ve been in love with Young Empires since their first demo dropped over 2 years ago. Usually such a solid debut track or two would leave me worried about keeping up the quality but after they rocked me with their live show at the Great Escape last year I wasn’t stressed. They became obvious top picks for The Burning Ear parties at SXSW and have followed through with the flawless 7-track Wake All My Youth EP. “Beaches” is my new favorite jam of theirs, balancing signature YE “Woooh ooh”s with the laser tight percussion and big dancey guitar action. Alright, enough rambling from me, just get this EP already. Your summer will thank you.

Oh, and at their stellar show last week with Humans they slowed things down for the beautiful non-EP groover “The Earth Plates Are Shifting” and thank goodness it’s available to stream because its one I instantly wanted to revisit. Turn it up and get swept away.

[QUICKIE] Of Monsters and Men – MY HEAD IS AN ANIMAL (w/ “Little Talks”)

because though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

This remix of “King & Lionheart” got me into OMAM but jams like “Little Talks” have me coming back over & over. Big fun folk from the heart.

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]

[PLAYLIST] The Best SONGS of 2012 – Part 1 (Jan-June)

Lets not talk about the fact this year is already half over. Thats just insane. About as insane as the quality of jams that have been pumping through TBE HQ’s speakers these past 6 months. Here is the best of the best. Did I miss any? Did you miss any?

(Thanks to Vladimir Bobritskiy for the album art.)

25. My Great Ghost – Plain Sight / A pulsating, haunting, and thoroughly beautiful journey.

24. Purity Ring – Obedear / Slightly creepy. Very ominous. Highly Read more

[EP/VIDEO] Humans – TRAPS (w/ “De Ciel”)

i will never know and i will never show 

♫ Humans – De Ciel

  • Who: Peter & Robbie
  • What: Weirdo beat grooves, like LCD Soundsystem, Black Light DInner Party, Digits
  • Where: Vancouver, Canada + Facebook
  • When: The Traps EP is out.
  • Why: Did I mention that Humans kicked ass live on Thursday? I did? Good. Thats important. What’s also important is their new EP Traps which is full of the kind of loopy grooves and beats that I fell in love with on “Avec Mes Mecs.” Robbie’s voice wraps it all together into gloriously delicate and mesmerizing package. “De Ciel” bumps and pops straight into my core, igniting limb movement right off the bat. “Possession” is a big “oooh ooh” sing along number that dabbles in cowbell and stutter beats. The video for “Horizon” (below) is fine example of the band’s sensibilities. A blend of the serious and silly. Even though the songs are not overtly goofy I’ve seen few other bands have more giddy fun playing music than these two.

[EP] Polarsets – EXOTICA (w/ “Tropics”)

and i fear i might forget this moment, let it breathe into the breeze

  • Who: Rob, Mickey, James
  • What: Atlantic-tropic rock, like Theme Park, Friendly Fires, Tanlines
  • Where: Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK + Facebook
  • When: The Exotica EP is out now.
  • Why: These guys not only put on a solid stage show at our SXSW parties this year, they saved the day with a lent audio cable that patched us through a day of technical issues. If all that awesome wasn’t enough they have since dropped the tight-as-a-drum Exotica EP which kicks off with the glistening cocktail of a jam “Tropics.” Much like it’s video, the audio light-as-air adventure float through beaches and forests filled with love and wonder. And just like the rest of the 4 song EP, it gets even better with repeated listens. For a band who didn’t initially catch my interest, they have grown on me immensely these past few months. Get this for your summer.

[EP] Black Light Dinner Party – BLDP (w/ “Leave It All”)

coming soon, drop in the freezing air, laying down, clothes are off with your seductive stare

♫ Black Light Dinner Party – Leave It All

These mysterious NYC groove masters have a solid tradition of excellence despite only 4 tracks in the world. Their ID3 tage would have me believe there is a fifth but I haven’t found it. No matter, even if it was a total dud, the jams coming out of BLDP are so catchy and beautiful that it is easily one of the years best EPs. “Leave It All” kicks a big disco bounce as it unfurls into an upbeat oil-pump of good sounds. Grab “Gold Chain” and “Small Boxes” at their Soundcloud. Then give your speakers a good work out.

[EP] Meg Myers – DAUGHTER IN THE CHOIR (w/ “Adelaide”)

i don’t wanna cry about it i dont wanna fight about it, i just wanna let you go

♫ Meg Myers – Adelaide

  • Who: Meg Myers
  • What: Rocking chick pop, like Foxes, Niki & The Dove, Icona Pop
  • Where: Los Angeles via Tennessee + Facebook
  • When: EP is out now.
  • Why: Our man Doctor Rosen Rosen has already established his chops as a remixer and solo artist. His ever expanding world now includes Tennessee native Meg Myers and her Rosen-produced EP Daughter In The Choir. From epic pop groovers (“Adelaide”) to piano-led ballads (“After You”) to strings and bellowing confessionals (“Monster”), her music is laced with a darkness that gives it a sturdy weight. This pop is solid.