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[REMIX] Tyga – “Rack City” (DWNTWN REMIX)

if you ain’t got no ass bitch wear a poncho

♫ Tyga – Rack City (DWNTWN REMIX)

One of Los Angeles’s finest up and comers just popped out another stellar remix, this time taking Tyga’s stripper anthem and grinding a little beat on it. Pop it if you got it.

Catch DWNTWN at The Burning Ear’s showcase at The Firehouse during SXSW in March! 

[COVER/REMIX] DWNTWN – “Big Jet Plane” (Angus & Julia Stone cover) + Jessie and the Toy Boys – “Let’s Get Naughty” (DWNTWN’s Basement Remixxx)

be my lover, my lady river, can i take ya, take ya higher

♫ DWNTWN – Big Jet Plane (Angus & Julia Stone cover)

Hey Internet! Are you listening? Amazing sounds are being created here!

I had the privilege of catching DWNTWN play on Saturday night and damn if they didn’t redefine what two people, one guitar, and a backing track can do to a stage. (Their enthusiasm and stage presence easily out-performed M83 and their supposed epicness.) Plus, DWNTWN’s songs beyond the 2 we already know are all gold. But until we can get our hands on recorded versions of those jams they are keeping us satisfied with other treats. This cover of Angus & Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane” is a great part of their set and is beautifully rendered here. (plus has a video)

♫ Jessie and the Toy Boys – Let’s Get Naughty (DWNTWN’s Basement Remixxx)

Then this new remix of Jessie and the Toy boys continues DWNTWN’s tradition of bonkers reworking of pop jams. Let the dance party begin. 2012, you’ve been warned.

The Best SONGS of 2011 – Pt. 2 (July-Dec)

Songs are pretty amazing things. It’s magical that such a small thing can be so powerful. In the blink of an eye a song can make you smile, dance, cry, think, laugh, etc. These are the ones that did all those things for me the second half of 2011.  Read more

The Best REMIXES of 2011 – Pt. 2 (July-Dec)

Ahem! Excuse me. If you thought you were taking a break because last weekend was New Years Eve then forget it. This is the first weekend of 2012 and it’s time to kick things off right. Below is a list of the best remixes of the past 6 months and they are quite restless so please let them out this weekend. Walks and feeding are optional.

Any glaring errors in judgement? Any additions you would make? Any good pizza in L.A.?

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25. ♫ Humans – Avec Mes Mecs (Joseph Martin Remix) / Epic song. Turned up to 11. Who knew that all we had to was party?

24. ♫ The Static Jacks – Into The Sun (RAC Maury Mix) / I like my bass (guitar) down low.

23. ♫ Kings of Leon – Sex On Fire (Al Fingers’ Juicy Remix) / Nope. It wasn’t all a dream. It really happened and it was good.

22. ♫ Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (Sound Remedy Remix) / Don’t fuck with a classic unless you are going to do it justice. That goes double for my dog Beethoven. Good thing justice was served! Plus: wobbles I can stand.

21. ♫ Enrique Iglesias – I Like How It Feels (DWNTWN remixxx) / The original was on in every clothing store in the world for a while there. Making it massively enjoyable again is a huge feat.

20. ♫ Jeremy Glen – New Life (Amtrac Remix) / Soulful pipes strapped on express Amtrac headed for Danceville. Two tickets please.

19. ♫ Jessie and The Toy Boys – Push It (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix) / It’s all about the chopped up “ohh” beat. Ride it.

18. ♫ Body Language – Holiday (RAC Mix) / Honey baked happiness! Candy coated danceability! Sugar roasted rhythms!

17. ♫ M83 – Midnight City (Alcala Remix) / One of the top remixed songs of the year had stiff competition but Alcala’s slow build explodes the original into the stratospheric massiveness that it always hinted at.

16. ♫ Grouplove – Colours (Foster the People Remix) / Grouplove and Foster The People? It’s like multiplying rainbows together. Of course it’s gonna be awesome.

15. ♫ EverythingEverything – Final Form (Cats Hero Remix) / One of the most spastic bands around stay exactly that way. And all is good in the world.

14. ♫ Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra) (The 14th Minute Remix) / Piano! There were exactly 427 remixes of this song last year. Only The 14th Minute’s makes this list. (Although some others actually were pretty good)

13. ♫ Unouomedude – Frequency (The Soundmen Remix) / The Soundmen, man. The mutha-freakin Soundmen. Get some.

12. ♫ Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (Stern* Disco Remix) / I almost scared to hear the original for fear of ruining the wide-legged elastic swagger of this hot buttered groover. So sexy.

11. ♫ Rihanna – We Found Love (Viceroy Remix) / Don’t hate. Dance. And make weird noises to the beat. No better or more refreshing take on this saturated jam.

10. ♫ Theophilus London – Why Even Try (RAC Remix) / A thousand fantastic RAC mixes ago there was this one. The soundtrack to an indie carnival fun house. Classic.

9. ♫ We Barbarians – Headspace (Grouplove + Captain Cuts Remix) / Remix tag team! This one goes off the high ropes at 0:40 for a full mat slam that keeps me pumped and robot dancing for like forever.

8. ♫ Citizens! – True Romance (Gigamesh Remix) / From the moment Gigamesh drops that beat it’s all over. The windows are down and I’m practically climbing out the window to get the whipping wind on my face. Thank goodness for seat belts.

7. ♫ Kelly Clarkson – Mr Know It All (It’s The DJ Kue Remix!) / DJ Kue absolutely crushed it this year. Radio pop has never had such a generous friend. You tell ’em Kelly! DJ Kue got your back!

6. ♫ Donnis feat. Dev – Ring My Bell (DJ Hotsauce remix) / THE remix of the summer.

5. ♫ M83 – Midnight City (remixé par Who Killed JR) / The piano intro. The faraway creep of the familiar song. The tweaked out grooves. The way all that goes bonkers fireworks style when it drops. A late entry to the “Midnight City” remix game but an absolute crusher in my book.

4. ♫ KAMP! – Cairo (Moullinex Remix) / This one gets stuck in your head and then lays little dancing critters that bust synchronized dance routines every time you poorly sing along.

3. ♫ Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Hannes Fischer Video Remix) / The best slow-build payoff ever. Turn it up loud. Goose bumps. Every time.

2. ♫ Tim & Jean – I Can Show You (Jump Jump Dance Dance Remix) / Just try to hold back the sunshine blazing from every pore of this jam. I will dance every time I hear this remix. Guaranteed.

1. ♫ The Notorious B.I.G – Everyday Struggle (Frogs in Socks BiG Bootleg) / Just as you get your head around the odd and minimal beat you realize that Biggie sounds clearly than ever and everything fits in such an awkwardly perfect way you wonder how such a thing could exist. Then you understand that the world is full of all sorts of miracles that nobody can explain.

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Artwork by Jacob Youngblood Ziegler

Be sure to catch all the 2011 “BEST OF” lists!

[REMIX] PREMIERE: T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen – “5 O’Clock” (DWNTWN 80’s Remix)

its like boy just get your ass up in that car and come get all of this love

♫ T-Pain – 5 O’Clock ft. Wiz Khalifa, Lily Allen (DWNTWN 80’s Remix)

So apparently T-Pain teamed up with Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen on a boring song about how T-Pain forgot to sex his girlfriend so she eventually texted him a reminder. Then Khalifa gets romantic with a verse about how he didn’t feel like banging any of the other girls in the club so he came home to you. Awww….

If all that just put you to sleep then thank goodness Los Angeles’s dance magicians DWNTWN reworked the whole thing into a jam that actually might keep you up until 5 o’clock. The Mike Tyson sample they worked into the intro is appropriate as this remix is basically Tyson’s the original. Baby eating aside, DWNTWN are on a serious roll and I have no doubt that this is the beginning of a long 2012 of great tracks.

The Best Party Songs of 2011

Yes! In time for NYE! This is my favorite year-end list to make because its obviously the most fun. And I give it the least amount of stress. Read on for Read more

Remix Roundup Vol. 56 – 11.23.2011 [Justice, CSS, The xx, M83 and more…]

Whats up big pimpity pops?  Welcome back.

Its Thanksgiving and time to break away from your ever so important Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Stumble-upon, Myspace (insert joke), Spotify and all things in the cyber-world.  Finally, take a minute and give thanks to the important things in your life like the Family, Happiness, Food and of course The Burning Ear.  You might be thinking “gee Joel, you kinda just contradicted yourself there with the whole cyber thing”.  Well,… I think you’re a contradiction.

Enjoy!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!  Follow @JoelAlbers on Twitter for updates on remixes, dubstep and all things Nurdy.

Premier: ♫  Flo Rida (featuring Akon) – Who Dat Girl (SmarterChild Remix) /SmarterChild is back on TBE and continues to show his diversity of sounds.  Once again he tackles a new genre and makes you question ever listening to the original ever again.  Please download from his Soundcloud, fan his Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

♫ Justice – New Lands (Anthony Atcherley remix)

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[MP3] Dwntwn – “Transition”

what did you think, that we would always stay together?

♫ DWNTWN – Transition

On the heels of Kopps, Cults, Handsome Furs, and others, the boy/girl duo dance party continues with LA’s DWNTWN and their eyes-closed, hands-up brand of poppy dance voodoo. “Transition” is about as much fun as you can have while telling off your ex for being so damn optimistic about your failed relationship. Add this track to your Labor Day BBQ playlist and you won’t even remember that relationship in the morning!

Catch their remix of OneRepublic in Joel’s last Remix Roundup and grab another track “Hungry Hearts” at their Facebook which damn now that I am listening to it I am really digging. Brilliant. If you are in LA catch them tonight at AKBAR!

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