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Remix Roundup Vol. 22 / 5.20.2010 [A-Trak, Miike Snow, Crystal Castles, Local Natives, Ratatat, …]

Great remixes coming out the wazoo! This roundup sets the record for shortest time since the last one and it’s still bursting with 16 jams! Remixes first, mashups second, zip file at the end… but good times above all!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!

REMIXES

♫ Miike Snow – Billie Holiday (LightsoverLA remix) / Yes! Yes! Yes! It had been waay too long since we had a Miike Snow remix and now we get one for the great bonus track “Billie Holiday!” It’s like going to a rave in the cockpit of Read more

LOCAL NATIVES convert energy from the SUN into great music to deliver into our HANDS

take into account that it’s all about to change

♫ Local Natives – Sun Hands

These dudes from L.A. just won’t stop impressing me. Looking back on it now I am kicking myself for turning down an invitation to see them play back in August. Somehow I just didn’t “get” the early tracks “Airplanes” and “World News” (of which the former has turned into one of my favorites). Eventually I heard “Camera Talk.” Then I heard “Sun Hands.” Then I started seeing all their fantastic artwork (Their MySpace is a good start). And then the other day I finally got their album, Gorilla Manor. It’s as if they knowingly named the opening track “Wide Eyes” as a prediction of my reaction. Gorilla Manor is full of those pleasant surprises but none so striking as in the middle of “Sun Hands” when everything goes off the rails in the best way possible. Local natives are growing on me exponentially with each listen but it’s that unexpected eclecticism that I worry will keep away listeners who prefer to neatly label their music. A lot of people (myself included) often need an album to have that one standout track to hook you in and to mutually appreciate when it comes on in a bar/club. The frustrating beauty of Gorilla Manor is that every track on the album can be that track and sometimes they even sound like they were made by different bands. How can Local Natives nail it so hard in so many different ways? My recent favorite is the lush “Who Knows Who Cares,” what is yours? I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a big range of answers.

♫ Local Natives – Who Knows Who Cares

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LOCAL NATIVES got no use for a CAMERA, I mean TALK about sweet abum art!

even though i can’t be sure, memory tells me that these times are worth working for

♫ Local Natives – Camera Talk

How can you not get down with the drum/piano combo on this jam? I have no doubt that is is a floor destroyer at Local Natives’ live shows. These L.A. dudes have been bouncing around my iTunes for a while now but it wasn’t until “Camera Talk” came along when it all clicked and their sound made sense to me. I hope that makes sense to you. Anyway, I am on board and psyched that these guys are repping L.A. with some solid jams. I would post another jam from them but I have a feeling that once I get my hands on the album it will be getting a review post. You know how I do. The UK already has their debut Gorilla Manor, but US peeps are going to have to wait until Feb.

Bury your face in MySpace