Britney Spears – I Wanna Go (Krush Remix)

25 11 2011

The team at Krush is at it again, this time remixing uber pop star Britney Spears into a wild, synth laden dance club track, replete with the big hook, drops and edits, taking the original to a next level, while adding just that little bit more.

Krush is a songwriting/production/dj team on the move with their latest round of productions and remixes. Based out of New York, they work with artists, bands and labels across indie, electronic, urban and pop genres, crafting tracks with catchy vocals and big sound while adding their electronic flavor to the mix.  As for this Britney remix, I cannot argue this being the definition of all the above.  Definitely a team to look out for, and excited to hear the new artists they are working with.

Check out their remix on Youtube, and follow the details for a FREE download.

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What Is Complextro?

25 11 2011

If you are a frequent clubber, or music blog troller, you might have started hearing a new crop of electronic club sounds.  It’s not electro, and it’s not dubstep…but it definitely has elements of both.  Imagine a 4/4 beat built with a myriad of synth sounds, very rapid edits and transitions, a filthy dub baseline, and usually accompanied by vocals and big breakdowns for the epic hands in your air moment.  I’ve been hearing more and more of this from the likes of Porter Robinson, Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, Madeon, and others.

Up until today I’ve been describing it to people as “this crazy weird mix of sounds”, but officially I hear it is being dubbed Complextro.   Or if taken literally, more complex electro, giving credit to highly edited Dubstep, and the danceability of Electro.  It makes sense, as more and more producers are taking to Ableton to create music, a program which enables the ability to highly edit audio more than ever before.  And as production tools allow producers to do more things, then the creativity takes over, and that is where the fun begins!

Whatever it is called, or how it is made, this new genre is really taking off.  After a recent show in New York featuring DJs Madeon and Porter Robinson  (both Complextro pushers in their sets), the club was mobbed and I saw no sign of crowd fatigue throughout the 4 hour night and was one of the better nights I’ve had in New York in quite some time.

So what next with Complextro?  My take is now that the genre has been named, I think we will be seeing more and more push into this style over the next year.  That’s good news for us, as electronic music continues to take off in America.

Want to hear some?  Check out these vids of Porter Robinson and Madeon playing Complextro at Webster Hall in NYC on 10-28-2011.  More to come.  Pz.

Madeon @ Webster Hall, NYC dropping Justice – Audio, Video, Disco Remix

Porter Robinson @ Webster Hall, NYC dropping Swedish House Mafia – Save the World Remix.  Wait for the drop at 1.01





SoundCloud shifting from music to….well just Sound

5 10 2011

Is SoundCloud jumping the shark?  It should be no secret to anyone that SoundCloud is a great music utility for people around the world looking to upload and share their personal music creations.  But after sitting through a presentation to some techies yesterday about SoundCloud’s new features, and general mission, I started to wonder if SoundCloud is moving away from its core music roots, and more towards the money.  And if so, what does that mean for the user?

As noted in their product release sometime in late December 2010, covered here by TechCrunch, SoundCloud added a record button, in the effort to give people the opportunity to record more sounds.  Well “sound” as it was interpreted, includes alot more than music.  They spoke of newscasts, personal audio notes, and basically any type of sound that can be recorded.  “Uh Oh” I thought, quickly making the assumption that moving in this direction opens SoundCloud to alot more users, especially non-core music creators.  Then I did a little digging and saw that in Jan 2011, SoundCloud raised $10MM in Series B Venture Funding to ramp up its user base, as reported by AllThingsD here.  Now being a technologist myself, I fully understand what this means.  It means “Hey SoundCloud, it’s time to make some money,” and there are 2 general strategies to actually make (non-advertising based) money online.  1) Get more money from your existing users.  2) Get alot more users.

So if SoundCloud has $10MM in the bank, the question is what are they going to do with it.  Will they use it to build out more awesome functionality geared for the music creator, or will they use it to approach a new audience.  If the answer is the latter, then what will the existing music community think of these new members?  Will they like mingling with this new audience?  Will it dilute the awesomeness of the original SoundCloud?  Will this original community be forced to move on to the next platform?  It’s too early to tell, but I sure am wondering.





Foster The People coming to Brooklyn Aug 11th

13 07 2011

Loving Foster the People lately.  I can’t walk through the East Village without hearing Pumped Up Kicks.  I also cannot get through 3 days in a row without someone asking to see if I want to go check them out in Prospect Park on August 11th.  Turns out Foster is also playing with Cut Copy on August 11th, so most definitely a great show.

For you Foster Fans out there, here is a new remix of Pumped Up Kicks from Krush.

(Full disclosure, the Krush team are friends of mine, so most likely you will be hearing alot from them.  They are a songwriting and production team based out of Brooklyn, fully bringing the music goodness).

Also a list of Foster The People’s upcoming US shows in August

August 5th, 2011 – Chicago, IL , Lollapalooza 

August 7th, 2011 –  Detroit, MI , Magic Stick

August 8th, 2011 –  Pittsburgh, PA , Mr. Smalls

August 9th, 2011 – Buffalo, NY , Tralf Music Hall

August 11th, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY, Celebrate Brooklyn, w/Cut Copy

August 12th 2011, San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Festival





It’s Time…..to START POSTING again!

13 07 2011

Jesus, it’s been over 3 years since my last post.  That is just ridiculous, seriously who does that?  If I were WordPress, I’d smack me right across the face, and send me to my room.  The room without the computer or any form of internet connection at least.  Well listen, I know it’s been a long time, and 3 years is a loonnnng time, but you know what…I think it’s time to get this party started!  Yeayuhh!





Sebastian Tellier – Hiro, NYC REVIEW | The man, the myth, the beard!

31 07 2008

Its officially the french takeover! I can guarantee you that everyone that went to this show last nite officially wants a silver jacket with matching tight white pants and a beard.  Shit I want 2.  Tellier tore down the French-o-clots ™ with about 60 minutes of sex, sleeze and and plain old wackiness to a packed house of euros and americo-euros alike at the Hiro Ballroom, NYC.  The night was all smiles for the band as they went through their set list starting with Sexual Sportswear, on to Kilometer and down the line.  Although Telliers’ strong stage presence could be felt by the entire audience (and especially the microphone he fellatio’ed throught the set) his band accompaniment was also quite impressive.  Even I was mesmerized to the point I felt to need to almost just on stage and have a mini-freak out. 

I’m gunna give this nite 2 french thumbs up.  Check the vids courtesy of Mike over at TheMusic.FM.  Sit down, dim the lights, and get ready for some softcore porn music making!

Opening track – Sexual Sportwear – damn that silver jacket is fuckin sweet!

This is great.  Peep the microphone thrusting & crotch grabbing dance moves mid-vid.  I gotta say am very impressed.

Tellier ranting and raving about zee cheeeeckkkaann sandwhich and other stuff.  If you can make sense of it, your either the man…or french. =) 

Props again to TheMusic.FM for the footage and GBH for the booking!





52 Hours in Montreal | Review

31 07 2008

 

Montreal montreal – oh how I miss thee – let me count the ways 

1)      Vagitron

2)      Turbocrunk

3)      Peer Pressure

4)      I Heart Neon

5)      Le Piknic Electronik

6)      MEG Festival

7)      Osheaga Festival

8.)      Late nite poutin!

My producer G.I and I commenced a whirlwind tour of Montreal to see what the hype was about last weekend.  There’s much to say and we weren’t disappointed.  Despite the music, drinks and debauchery – we came back in one piece.  Make sure to check out the ThumpThump ReNix Guide to Montreal at the bottom of this post. Also big ups to my electro partner in crime Showtrotta for her mini-guide (peep the lower-lefthand sidelinks) and MTL Muxtape before the trip.  – Paul Le Paul

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Arrived Friday nite – it was Francofolies weekend, so every Pierre Antoine, Claudia and Jean-Luc was up in the city Frenching out…quickly navigated to St Denis street (apparently pronounced Denee) for a couple pints at a packed open air terrace bar.  These terraces (we called them “tear asses” b/c of the European b.o smell) seem to be popular with the tight pants crowd.  Hit up a couple more locals before finding out about the Vagitron party.  Pissed we missed it – Jordan Dare was his thang.

Saturday there was more Laa Franching all over the place.  We were sure not to get in the middle of it so headed to the Plateau district, which is more like our beloved East Village spilling funky shops and boutiques.  We met a lovely young lady at a clothing boutique who gave us the scoop on the local parties.  GREAAAT SUCCESS! Did the rounds down St. Laurent, hit up some shops, grabbed a few pints and napped before the evening’s festivities at Gogo’s (cmon for stinger shots only – see below), then Coda, Blue Dog & Blizzart for the MTL electro goodness we’ve heard so much about…Stumbled home about 4am with a electro smile on my face.

Sunday we hit up a Tim Hortons (basically a Canadian wanna be Dunkin Donuts) but had to do it.  Then made it to the suburbs of Lavalle to visit some friends.  Nothing major to report  – kinda like Central Jersey strip mall action – even tho Manny swore up and down it was “up and coming Montreal #2”.  After the drop off, we attempted Le Piknic Electronik, which is basically like PS1, Summerstage and Water Taxi Beach all combined, but still way cooler.  It’s a massive summer weekly outdoor DJ concert in a major park – best thing is they allow BYOB alcohol which automatically makes this better than any NY parks party.  Sadly it started raining so didn’t make it.

Time to hit the road officially back to homebase.  After all that, the ride sure tested our limits and ability to stay awake w/o Red Bull or Sparks (drink at yor own risk).  60 minutes at the border and we had forgotten to shave our beards and/or take showers.  Sure to be profiled, but the border guard seems to take a liking to G.I.  Went right through, blasting 6 more hours of electro on the stereo.  In typical fashion, went home straight to check this week’s party schedule to do it all over again.  YeaYuhh!

Overall, Montreal is A LOT like New York – diverse people, nightlife with a range of things to do.  You can find what you want and when you want it.  However despite their uber liberalness, just like NYC, they too are subject to big city nonsense.  Bottle service is creeping into all the bars/clubs.  No smoking indoors has been implemented.  Supposedly there is a major crackdown on any “fun” music club.  Hmm sounds familiar Mr. Giuliani.  And their B&T crowds the streets on weekends like whoa!  But evenso, I still totally ‘eart Montreal.  Great music and less popped collared yuppies than NYC.  Now that we know the dilly, next trip will be better planned.  May even get a loft share – 4-8 weeks and do our thang up north for a minute.  Holler!!

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THUMP THUMP’S RENIX GUIDE TO MTL

Places to go with good music & vibe – Bars/Clubs

1)      Coda4119 St. Laurent

2)      Blue Dog3958 St. Laurent

3)      Blizzart3956a St. Laurent

4)      Jupiter Room3874 St. Laurent

5)      Circus (afterhoure) – 917 St. Catherine East

6)      Stereo (afterhours) – 858 St. Catherine East

7)      Random Loft parties (wow – are we in Brooklyn again?)

 

Streets / Areas to walk around

1)      Parc Ave

2)      Mont Royale

3)      Upper St Laurent

4)      St Denis

5)      Rue Sherbrooke

6)      Park X – supposedly the ghetto.  Looked more like Staten Island to me, but had an interesting feel.

 

Other goodies:

1)      Paul’s Boutique – 112 Mont-Royal E – Sweet used vinyl record store and borderline crazy owner 

2)      Inbeat Records Store – 3814 St. Laurent – Amazing dance records & great for party flyers

3)      Moog Audio – 3828 St. Laurent – Music equipment & gadgets out the ass

4)      Laika coffee – 4040 St. Laurent – Coffee shop w/live djs

5)      Goodfoot – 3830 St. Laurent  – ill sneaker shop for le limited edition kicks

6)      Parc Jeanne Mance – Sundays for the impromptu bongo dance parties  (off Parc Ave)

7)      McGill University students – peeps know how to get down

8.)      Old Montreal – down near the port if you’re feeling all architecturally nostalgic

9)      Montreal Expos caps

10)   Strip Clubs – we didn’t go to any, but they are bountiful and heard they are tha shizzle 

 

No Go’s 

 

 

 

1) St. Catherine Street – unless you’re a tourist or played one on TV

 

 

 

2) Canadian pizza – immediately pass on this option

3) Middle and lower St. Laurent Street – worse than Hoboken.  Skip it. 

4) Stingers – popular canadian shots (Brandy, Crème De Menthe & Tabasco Sauce) – guaranteed hangover central

5) Euromullets – every mofo had one of these.  I wanted to vomit.  Welcome to 2006 people. 

 

If you’re Montrealian and reading this post, you know it’s pretty accurate. If not, let me hear about it.  Oh, and I also want to big up this party happening THIS WEEKEND – MEG FESTIVAL DAYAM!