A Tribute to Lykke Li: The Girl, The Glam, The Goddess. [6/1, Highline Ballroom, NYC]

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I know Lykke Li’s music. I like some of it. I knew she was playing in NYC last night. I didn’t stress too much about it. That is until a twist of events put me in a booth at the Highline Ballroom 5 minutes before she went on. Then everything changed. She came onstage with 3 dapper dudes backing her on various instruments. She ripped right into “Dance Dance Dance” and brought energy that rivals any of the remixes.

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Grandtheft remix)

Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema remix)

Lykke jumped and writhed around the stage with a presence and swagger that blew me away. At only 23 she performs like she has been doing this for years. She owns the stage and had everyone’s eyes locked on her as if blinking would somehow stop the how. I was a little bit in love.

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Villains remix)

Lykke Li – Little Bit ft. Drake & Mickey Factz

Throughout her set Lykke was armed with a drumstick (see photo above) that she would beat on anything from the mic stand to a tambourine to an actual drum. Fantastic. And then there was the Kings Of Leon cover. Ho. Ly. Smokes. If you thought you loved it in your earphones you should try it all up in your eye balls.

Lykke Li & Kings Of Leon – Knocked Up (Death To The Throne remix)

Lykke Li & Kings of Leon – Knocked Up

Lykke basically ripped through Youth Novels as if it was 2008’s top electro/disco record. Drums were heavy and sharp, synths were funked out, and Lykke just worked it. Hard. “Complaint Department” became a full on rave track.

Lykke Li – I’m Good I’m Gone (Black Kids remix)

Friendly Fires – I’m Good I’m Gone (Lykke Li cover)

All I can say about the experience is that it was epic. If Lykke comes to your town don’t miss out. I’m fully converted to the Cult of Li and if you aren’t already sold on her power then get there. Did I mention she covered “A Milli”? Yeah. Fa-resh.

Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Pocketknife’s loosefoot remix)

She encored with “Tonight” and it was beautiful and completely moving. No surprise there.

Lykke Li – Tonight (dntel mix)

I tidied my jaw up off the floor and humbly shuffled home to dwell in the memory of it all. Anyway, that’s it for my ramblings and the remixes but here are a few more B-sides and a live Vampire Weekend cover to complete my little Lykke fest.

Lykke Li – Everybody But Me

Lykke Li – I Don’t Mind (Jump On It)

Lykke Li – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Live)

Remix Roundup /// Vol. 4

Here at TBE I like to focus on new artists we are about to love and new tracks by artists we already love. BUT! Sometimes a remix comes along that just hast to be shared (danced to), and even more often a dozen remixes come along, hence the Remix Roundup. This week has some fantastic remixers (Designer Drugs, Don Diablo, Bloodshy & Avant, etc) remixing some TBE faves (La Roux, Basement Jaxx, Frankmusik, etc.). Crank the volume, clear the dance floor and download away!

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TBE Exclusive! DJ be and the Slow Burn Summer mix

Big moves are being made over at TBE HQ and one of them is this, The Slow Burn Summer mix, our first DJ mix by local favorite “DJ be” who was kind enough to blend up a fresh-to-death 60 minutes of straight fire. Put in on your iPod, cell phone, CDR, or whatever and then slip on your shimmy-shoes.

The mix is a single file because this thing is too fresh to be skipping tracks. I have, however, embedded a timecoded track-list in the lyrics section of the ID3 tag so you can at least know where you are at (or jump to your favorite part, if necessary). Let me know what you think of this method.

Download DJ be’s Slow Burn Summer Mix

Track list after the jump…

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Remix Roundup ∞ Vol. 3 / Now with covers!

stand up and get your extraball

Oh boy, it’s straight raining magic over at TBE headquarters. I’ve thrown in a couple sweet covers to balance out the remix madness. Good luck…

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Remix Roundup ∞ Vol. 2

I know I said that these Remix Roundups wouldn’t be as big as last time. Oops.

Get your downloading finger ready…

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[Just Burn It!] Moms are the Best! mix-tape

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day in many parts of the world. If you are in those parts, or you just love your mother, then this is the mix for you (and your mother!). Just download it, burn it, and give it to your mother. Don’t listen to it or even read the track names. That way it will be more fun for everyone!

Track-list after the jump. (no peeking!)

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The Pragmatic challenge you to a Deathmatch

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i’m in no position to talk about what is and isn’t mine

The Pragmatic – Deathmatch

The Pragmatic first hit the scene last October with “Circles,” a song that was instantly put on my playlist for that month. This past week saw the release of a full EP (Released for FREE). Five songs that range from the contemplative “Circles” to the frenetic “Deathmatch,” but all thickly coated in crunchy analog synths courtesy of  band member André Allen Anjos (Mr. RAC himself). Don’t let his star status fool you, however. The pragmatic are clearly a collaborative effort and have a very different sound than many of RAC’s remixes. Speaking of, here is RAC member Anndrew Maury’s remix of The Pragmatic’s “Circles.”

The Pragmatic – Circles (RAC Maury mix)

Bury your face in MySpace /// Get Cirlces EP for FREE

Just Burn It! The Upbeat Beatdown mix

Download the Upbeat Beatdown mix.

I know it’s been a while since the last Just Burn It! mix but you may have noticed all the changes to the site instead. Well as site tweaking settles down I’ll be making more mixes for y’all. Lets start with this one!

As spring arrives there are often days that turn out to be less warm than we would have hoped. I often find these days to be the most depressing. At least in winter you know what to expect but during these transitional times it can be tough. Hope is often higher than the mercury. On these depressing days it helps to have a soundtrack to pick you back up, and what’s better than a solid hour of upbeat music! There are dance-offs, face-offs, walk-offs and now an upbeat-off! Wait, that doesn’t sound right. Anyway, here are 19 tracks that are guaranteed to get you amped! From hand-claps to fist-pumps, it’s 60 minutes of pure upbeat psyched motivation! Make it your soundtrack to spring cleaning! Your place has kinda been looking like a dump…

Track list after the dump. I mean jump.

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