First up, let’s talk about Soulwax. The electro-rock-and-remix outfit from Belgium have been making their own sweet sweet music for over a decade, but are definitely most well-known for their top-notch remixes of club bangers like Justice’s “Phantom Pt. II” or Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock”, and understandably so. In a genre where remixes are hastily tossed together by adding a simple bassline and a few synths, it takes patience and a sensitive ear to make a remake that truly stands out. No templates, no trance remixes, no reggaeton-style bass patterns. Unique, reinventive takes on everything from dance-rock (LCD Soundsystem) to pop (Robbie Williams) to classic rock (Rolling Stones) is what Soulwax majors in. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to fall in love with their latest, an ear-catching remix of MGMT’s oft-remixed “Kids”. Check the remix below, and head on over to Pretty Much Amazing (a blog that’s…well…pretty much amazing) and download a recent set that Soulwax performed for the BBC about a month ago.
NOTE: These are YSI links. I’ll replace the YSI with zshare when the zshare gets its shit together later today
Pick up the BBC Essential Mix HERE.
Elsewhere, for those who enjoy classic rock with a new twist, check out Streetlab’s block-is-too-hot remix of CCR’s classic “Fortunate Son”. Much like their incredible remix of “Gimme Shelter”, the DJ duo from Brooklyn update an American staple, reviving a song that needs no revival (get, cause it’s Creedence Clearwater Revival…revival…get it?) but rather a supplement that lends dance-rock accessibility to the legendary track. More news on these guys (including their debut EP) coming in the next few days.
Dance boogie dance,