Thursday, July 30, 2009

New single and video from Friendly Fires

I just felt that I had to share Friendly Fires new video with you guys. It looks warm and sunny compared to Stockholm right now. The song also feels like sunshine. It will be released as a single by XL Recordings on 31st August.

Friendly Fires - Kiss Of Life

Raised By Wolves

This beautiful animated video is made by Kilian Eng, one half of DW. He's also an illustrator (DW Design) when he's not composing great nu italo tracks. The video is especially made for the remix made by Parallels of The Cansecos' "Raised By Wolves".

The Cansecos - Raised By Wolves (Parallels Remix)

And as an extra bonus, this other remix of the same song is also quite nice.

The Cansecos - Raised By Wolves (The Cansecos B-Town Remix)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I mentioned in a post earlier today that Empire of the Sun's "Walking On A Dream" is one of the most remixed songs this year. But I start to wonder if the song "1901" by Phoenix perhaps is the most remixed song this year. In my playlist I now got 20 remixes and the original song. And I believe there are even more out there. It's a good song the French pop gang has created therefore a lot of good acts wants to remix it.

To make it not to hard-to-grasp for you guys I have chosen the best remixes so far. My personal favourites are without a doubt Build, We Think and the mash-up with Au Revoir Simone's "Sad Song". This is as I said not all remixes, if you want me to post some more, just let me know.

Phoenix - 1901

Phoenix - 1901 (Build Remix)

Phoenix - 1901 (We Think Remix)

Phoenix - 1901 (COMA Remix)

Phoenix - 1901 (Afghan Raiders Remix)

Phoenix - 1901 (Mother/Father Nu Wave Remix)

Phoenix - 1901 (RAC Maury Mix)

Phoenix - 1901 (The Garage Band Teenagers Remix)

Phoenix - 1901 (One For The Team Remix)

Au Revoir Simone vs. Phoenix - Sad Song From 1901 (Elocnep Edit)

Digitalfoxglove vs. Freak You

Freak You is Franck from Antibes. He seems to be leading quite an agreeable life; living on the French riviera, running a wineshop (naturally) and the excellent label On The Fruit, as well as producing great electro or French touch tracks. So, if Freak You is a bottle of well-aged Château Pétrus, Digitalfoxglove from Hessen, Germany would perhaps be a nice Riesling. Mix them together and you'll... well, ruin two fine wines, but get this little gem of a track. The bouquet is filled with synth strings that seem cut out of an 80's movie, a sawing bassline and long menacing build-ups. I especially love the sharp handclaps. Perhaps I should have brought this to you earlier, but I think a week of lying in our mp3 cellar while I was out of town did it good.

Digitalfoxglove feat. Freak You - Beasts and Flowers

Buffetlibre & Beaumont remixes

Today I will put two great acts together in one post with some new remixes from them.

First we have awesome Buffetlibre from Spain, who are DJs, makes great remixes and also have the mighty 80's cover project "Rewind". They have a busy schedule this late summer and early autumn touring in Spain and Netherlands. They are also doing a mini-tour with another great act named Frankmusik, that we soon are going to write about in a bigger scale. The remix of Little Boots "Remedy" is made together with Sidechains, who from time to time work together with Buffetlibre.

Little Boots - Remedy (Buffetlibre vs Sidechains Remix)

Cartridge - The Woods (Buffetlibre Remix)

As the next great remixer we have our favourite Aussie Beaumont, who never lets you down. His latest remix is of James Yuill's "No Pins Allowed" that is superfresh. Then we have two other remixes that aren't that superfresh but almost. One is of one of the most remixed songs this year "Walking On A Dream", but this one is well worth posting because of Beaumont's nice touch.

James Yuill - No Pins Allowed (Beaumont Remix)

Empire of the Sun - Walking On A Dream (Beaumont Remix)

Emil & Friends - Downed Economy (Beaumont Remix)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Remixes of "Blue Skies"

I just received the latest remix of the indie/folk band Noah and the Whale's great song "Blue Skies" made of The Twelves. They make it to a catchy fine tune compared to the original.

Earlier there have been two remixes out there by Yacht and Death to the Throne. All three remixes are quite different from the original and also quite different from each other.

Noah and the Whale - Blue Skies

Noah and the Whale - Blue Skies (The Twelves Remix)

Noah and the Whale - Blue Skies (Yacht Remix)

Noah and the Whale - Blue Skies (Death to the Throne Remix)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Fantastic nu italo from pinkMachine

I totally love this! It's awesome! It's fantastic! I got a new song named "Gabriel's Theme" from amazing pinkMachine to our SoundCloud. And I fell in love right away. It's like Giorgio Moroder and Jan Hammer has flown into the intergalactic future with pinkMachine as the guide.

pinkMachine is a busy guy based in Chicago. He specializes in production and conceptual based performances. He has two record shops named Hot Jams Records and Books In The City. He makes great music and he's also a DJ. And besides that he is also running the record label glamBoy musiQue, it will be fully launched in October this year. glamBoy has a great set-up with loveable artists such as DW, Daroc and Saber.

Tracasseur is proud to be the first and totally exclusive blog in the world to post these three promo songs from the forthcoming album "Return Of The Vice Lord". The release is set for December, so keep your eyes and ears open. We're going to tell you when it's out there!

pinkMachine - Gabriel's Theme

pinkMachine - Rettili Retro

pinkMachine - Ritorno Del Signore

And as a bonus we're also give you this fine song "Space Disco" that's already a classic to me.

pinkMachine - Space Disco

Sunday, July 26, 2009

New exclusive track from Deluce!

We are delighted to be first and exclusive with this new great track from our French God. He's young, he's talented and he always creating fantastic electro pop with delicious harmonies. Give Deluce all your love and support! And if you haven't read our interview with him we made in March, check it out too!

Deluce - Into a Cloud

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Give Me a Kiss

Today we get a little bit harder. Why? Because it's Saturday? No, because these French guys Give Me a Kiss are handing over some tough material. You can hear the harder French style in the music and it's not hard to understand that they are influenced by hard-boiled acts such as The Toxic Avenger, Boys Noize and The Bloody Beetroots. They say that their music is "electro-stimulative and very different in their sonority and their strong identity" and I can't more than agree.

These Frenchmen are quite skilled, they just won the remix competition of the song "Darling" by Popular Computer. That means that their remix will be included in the next Popular Computer EP named "Darling" released on Rise Recordings.

Popular Computer - Darling (Give Me a Kiss Remix)

Popular Computer - Darling

Here are some other hard-boiled tunes for you. And I wonder if it's Chewbacca on vocals in "The Week&"?!

Give Me a Kiss - The Week&

Give Me a Kiss - No More Patient

Give Me a Kiss - Disco

Friday, July 24, 2009

Headman a few steps ahead

For many years Headman (aka Robi Insinna) has always been a few steps ahead. He was kind of a pioneer of the punk-funk/rave disco movement with his mates over at DFA and Playgroup. He has released a couple of albums and he's also a fantastic remixer, almost everything that Headman lays his music hands on gets better than the original.

Headman's latest release "Dreampieces / Dirt" was out July 6th on his own label Relish Recordings. Check out these tunes where I believe that The C90's remix of "Dirt" is a fine one. Also the well-known Japanese producer Zongamin has remixed "Dreampieces" with a fine dark feeling. Buy and download the whole record here.

Headman - Dirt

Headman - Dirt (The C90s Remix Edit)

Headman - Dreampieces (Zongamin Remix)

And as I mentioned above Headman is king of remixes. Check out these awesome ones!

Roxy Music - Virginia Plain (Headman Rework)

The Units - High Pressure Days (Headman Rework)

The Invisible - OK (Headman Remix)

Hiras - Dirty Tricks (Headman 1-2 Mix Remix)

Shazam - Pool Party 2009 (Headman's Revlover Remix)

From Brazil with a French touch

The trio from Brazil call themselves Pristine Blusters and are influenced of the French sound from artists such as Mr. Oizo, Justice and Daft Punk. But they also fancy the electronics of Kraftwerk and as they say "some good old rock".

Inspired of the French sound they have edited or remixed some of the hot names from Ed Banger Records. But they are also inspired by the Germans so therefore Munk has been remixed and of course their compatriot MC Gi. The best remix or edit I would say, must be the Uffie edit.

Justice - Let There Be Light (Pristine Blusters Big Bang! Edit)

Uffie - First Love (Pristine Blusters Edit)

Mr. Oizo - Positif (Pristine Blusters Remix)

Munk - Live Fast Die Old! (Pristine Blusters 'Never Dies' Remix)

MC Gi - Quer Romance (Pristine Blusters 'Dirty Bitch' Remix)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kids from New Jersey

If you combine a nice colour as pink and mix it together with a well-known 80s action hero as Sylvester Stallone, then you get the New Jersey based group Pink Stallone. And the name says it all, it is a sound that combine the feeling of love and tenderness with the action feeling, and the music is also made by heroes. A sound as Sylvester Stallone goes disco.

I stumbled across Pink Stallone autumn last year and since then I've been keeping my eyes and ears open for more to come. And every time they have released something new, it's as good as before. So the conclusion for me was clear, it wasn't a one time thing.

The pumping sound of the 80s disco is the main theme in all the songs but still they feel very different from each other. For example, in "Ghostfriend" a robotic voice works together with a slower beat of drums. In "Seaside Conga" the tempo is faster and with "harder" vocals. And "Vlad" has more of that pink feeling in eleven minutes. And they make "Obsession" by Marina & The Diamonds to a whole different tune, in a good way though.

They have just released their debut record Swiss Ambulance / Hydroplanes 12" on Zarcorp Inc. It will only be available online directly from Zarcorp Inc. and in Tokyo’s Escalator Records store. Only 500 copies are made and it's something to possess, the record is 180g vinyl and it's white!! For more info about the record:

A taste of "Hydroplanes":

Pink Stallone - Swiss Ambulance

Pink Stallone - Vlad

Pink Stallone - New Fate

Pink Stallone - Seaside Conga

Pink Stallone - Per Sindaco

Pink Stallone - Ghostfriend

Marina & The Diamonds - Obsessions (Pink Stallone Crush)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Bestrack + Justin Faust + Worship

Bestrack logo
Parisian Bestrack, whose remix of Tesla Boy we posted here, is soon coming out with his "Sunset City" EP on Justin Faust's label Bouchemiture. Here's a teaser video for the release:

One of the remixes will be by the German producer-turned-label boss himself, while the rest of the tracks are yet to be revealed.

Bestrack - With You (Justin Faust Remix)

Hopefully one of the tracks will be Worship's remix of "Wishmaker" since we're big fans of Worship as well.

Bestrack - Wishmaker (Worship Remix)

Worship's remix is of course an answer to Bestrack's remix of his "Ritual Action"...

Worship - Ritual Action (Bestrack "Fecondity" Remix)

...And he has also just dropped this remix of a certain Lady GaGa:

Lady GaGa - Just Dance (Worship Remix)

And as you might know, Mr Faust has recently been floating around the blogosphere with this excellent remix...

SomethingALaMode - Rondo Parisiano (Justin Faust Remix)

...And of course this one of one our favourites; Edwin Van Cleef (who rocked in Gothenburg last weekend):

Edwin Van Cleef - I Want You (Justin Faust Remix)


Here's Bestrack's respectful remix of one of the best dance tracks ever made; the B-side of Madonna's '85 single "Angel":

Madonna - Into the Groove (Bestrack remix)

...And to finish off (phew), doesn't this video make you want to throw away your silly inlines and go old school?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Doctor Rosen Rosen prescribes Lily Allen with a dose of remixes

Yes, that's exactly what the good Doctor Rosen Rosen does. To be more precise he has remixed the whole Lily Allen's album "It's Not Me, It's You" and renamed it "It's Not Me, It's Doctor Rosen Rosen".

A huge project and I think he does it well. For example he has remixed "The Fear" with no drums, that might be the first remix ever without drums?! "Never Gonna Happen" has already been quite a hit over at Hype Machine this spring. I believe the best remix has to be "Not Fair" with a catchy beat. But what do you guys think?

Here is the whole album with the songs in the correct order so you can compare the remixes to the originals over at Spotify.

Lily Allen - Everyone's At It (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - The Fear (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - Not Fair (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - 22 (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - I Could Say (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - Back To The Start (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - Never Gonna Happen (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - Fuck You (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - Who'd Of Known (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - Chinese (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - Him (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

Lily Allen - He Wasn't There (Doctor Rosen Rosen Remix)

More ODahl

I wrote about ODahl a couple of days ago. Thought I'd post some more for you.

First up two of his own tracks, "Kelly..." is another slice of nu disco-house while "Autumn Anthem" is more towards electro.

ODahl - Kelly Goes Robot

ODahl - Autumn Anthem

The remix of Jay-Jay Johansson's Dee D. Jackson cover is in line with the remixes posted before...

Jay-Jay Johanson - Automatic Lover (ODahl Remix)

... While the Lil' Wayne & Birdman remix shows ODahl's versatility with a venture into the world of modern electro hip-hop/r&b.

Lil' Wayne & Birdman - Stuntin Like My Daddy (ODahl Remix)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Love in July once again

Sally Shapiro's new great song "Love In July" that I wrote about in early July has a few remixes on the single. My favourite of the remixes is by the Swedish Le Prix who gives that pounding and genuine italo feeling to the song that we are used to hear when listening to Sally Shapiro.

Sally Shapiro - Love In July (Le Prix Remix)

Sally Shapiro - Love In July (CFCF Remix)

Sally Shapiro - Love In July (Bostro Pesopeo Remix)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Daroc is behind the wheel

This Depeche Mode cover by our French friend Daroc is not a new tune from him, but it's awesome! I believe it has not received that much recognition that it deserves.

The original track from Depeche Mode was the third single on the album "Music For The Masses" released 1987, and for me it's one of their greatest songs ever. Daroc has kept the right feeling of the original and developed the song into something great with the help of singer Dhalia Di Sandro. The cover is a part of Buffetlibres 80's cover project and was found on "Rewind 1". Now you can also find and download the next part of the cover project "Rewind 2" from their site consisting covers of OMD, Yazoo, Cyndi Lauper to mention a few.

Daroc feat. Dhalia Di Sandro - Behind The Wheel (Depeche Mode Cover)

Depeche Mode - Behind The Wheel

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Got this track through my YouTube account (!) this evening. It's a remix by Stockholm producer ODahl of the evergreen Empire of the Sun single "Walking on a Dream". The great original is transformed into a track somewhere in the region between nu disco, house and electropop, complete with lovely synth strings and a bouncy bassline. A slightly unorthodox method of delivery but still a wonderful gift. And the beginning of the video seems made for posting on this blog.

Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (ODahl Remix)

I first came across Mr ODahl via his remix of stellar soul classic Luther Vandross' "Never Too Much", which seems a logical choice of track since his soundscape seems to be influenced by the funky pop-soul of the 80's.

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much (ODahl K-Love Remix)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TMDP is back!

No, it's not a new Backstreet Boys song... It's an up and coming electronic act from Toronto composed of Jeffrey Addison and Gavin Rough producing for YYZ Records. Their electronic sound is very up driven, has lots of 80s sounds and of course lots of disco...

I discovered them recently and like to share their sound to you all. Also check out their MySpace page here. And if you like them, support them by purchasing more of their music.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Love in July

Brand new and beautiful video of Sally Shapiro's "Love In July". A fine little story about the love between a goldfish and a whale. A love story that fits perfect with that fine italo sound of Shapiro and the producer Johan Agebjörn.

The new single "Love In July" from Sally Shapiro will be out July 14th via Paper Bag Records with several remixes. Her new album "My Guilty Pleasure" will be available August 25th also via Paper Bag. Don't forget to buy!

Sally Shapiro - Love In July

Sally Shapiro - Miracle

Sally Shapiro - Miracle (Bogdan Irkük Remix)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer night space disco

If you're anywhere near the Swedish west coast Saturday night you really have no reason not to go to Summer night space disco at Storan, Gothenburg, hosted by our dear colleagues Dödselectro. Not only are they running a great blog (and filling in as our personal tech support at times), they have also branched out to become ambitious club promoters.

For their third club night they have really hit the jackpot, eventhough I guess it's been down to hard work rather than luck, with the bookings of two excellent British acts in Fear of Tigers and Edwin Van Cleef. Both of them are among our true favourites and we've written about them both (see FoT here EVC here).

We'll send a reporter/spy/party delegation there and we'll be very disappointed if you don't show up. I mean, 80 SEK for a fantastic night like this is something even Bernie Madoff would invest your money in.

Here's a brand new track from Mr Tigers:

Bent - To be Loved (Mr B aka Fear of Tigers Remix)

Classic Van Cleef, incredibly not posted apart from the DW remix:

Edwin Van Cleef - I Want You

And here's some excellent Swedish music that have come to our attention via Gothenburg:

Mille - Crysteena
MySpace (you'll probably be hearing more about him soon)

Calis - Running Away
MySpace (Dödselectro's latest find)

Prom Night remixed

Got a prom date? Great hairdos à la Stephen King's "Carrie" complete with Sissy Spacek covered in pig's blood is promised. And all to the music of Linus Loves. Mr Loves will be competing to be your date together with two other young men; Don Diablo and Burns. Glaswegian Linus Loves would be the slick choice with the 80's haircut, Amsterdam's Don Diablo a bit more energetic and even more eager to dance, while Burns is the badboy you should avoid taking home to meet your parents.

Me? I'd prefer to go to the prom with a girl, so I'm holding out for the Emmon remix...

Linus Loves - Prom Night

Linus Loves - Prom Night (Don Diablo Remix)

Linus Loves - Prom Night (Burns Remix)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New video from Emmon!

Super fresh new video from our favourite Swedish girl Emmon. She has been quite busy this early summer playing live at all the best festivals in Sweden, both Arvikafestivalen and Peace & Love in Borlänge have been visited with success.

But she recorded this video before the summer gigs and she mentioned it in the interview Tracasseur held with her in May. In that exclusive interview we asked her about the video she was shooting and she said:

"In the video I should look sweaty, dirty and quite beaten up. For that reason, over and over I was poured with water and had to crawl around on dirty cellar floors in two days."

And with that quotation from Emmon I leave you guys with this fresh dirty video:

We have already posted this song earlier but once again here it is, but don't forget to give Emmon all your love and of course buy her great music here!

Emmon - Lips On Fire

Rock the Disco

It's been a while since I posted some rare (and very long) disco tunes, so I decided to make a change of that today.

First up is a cover by Chaplin Band of Italian Lucio Battisti's masterpiece "Il Veliero". Then you have an extravagant disco anthem by super-diva Amanda Lear. And if you wonder where you heard that sample in Karen Young's "Hot Shot", it's from Daft Punk's "Indo Silver Club".

Ok that's all from me today, now I need to recover from a very long night...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

What a Bloc Party!

Here is the video for Bloc Party's latest single "One More Chance" coming out 10th of August.
I really don't think this is their best video so I decided to give you Alex Metric's excellent remix of this song as a bonus. I know I can always trust this English bloke....

Monday, July 6, 2009

Val Venosta go apes

Erik Berglinden and Pär Fredriksson of Val Venosta seem to be taking some time off from their music production duties to celebrate summer by heading out to paint the town red with their bike gang while declaring "peace and quiet is for libraries!". So round up the gang and play this track on the ghetto-blaster over and over, you too! Oh, and someone give a ride to that poor kid without a bike.

Val Venosta - Peace And Quiet Is For Libraries!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Hypnotic France remixes

We've written about Daroc and DW's collaboration "Hypnotic France" in a previous post. Today Kilian from DW sent us two awesome remixes of the track by Charlie Fanclub and Pelifics. Both are beautiful laidback pieces of music perfect for a lazy sunday.

Daroc ft. DW - Hypnotic France (Charlie Fanclub Remix)

Daroc ft. DW - Hypnotic France (Pelifics Remix)

Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Neon Workout!

Too raunchy for Photobucket

New from one of our favourite Swedish nu italo producers, Stockholm-based Neon Workout! Funny thing is that I found out about him via our dear colleagues in the Bay Area at Disco Workout (sometimes you really have to cross the river to get water).

Not only does Christian make perfect 80's italo/hi-NRG/disco tracks. The music is also accompanied with hot semi-softcore-porn logos and videos. Like the video for the new track that dropped today for example:

Neon Workout - Falling

Not catchy enough? Well, "Running in the Night" has even more of a disco feel and has been one of my favourite tracks this spring.

Neon Workout - Running in the Night


Bonus video:

Bionic Commando

Here is a new cool retro remix by Surkin I just snapped up. The Frenchman Benoit Heitz from Surkin did a pretty good job going all the way with this computer geek song....or what do you think?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Hot hot hot!

I know it's like swearing in church, but it's so darn hot here in Stockholm right now. You sweat like Zinedine Zidane if you try to move an inch and your brain seems to be slowly turning into fudge. Here are some fresh tracks I listen to to cool me down, but they don't seem to do the trick. I guess they're too hot.

See, can't even bother to write a few coherent lines...

First up, Danish indie band WhoMadeWho remixed by British Balearic/nu disco duo Reverso 68:

WhoMadeWho - Keep Me In My Plane (Reverso 68 Remix)

Messieurs Yuksek and Brodinski turns Peaches's "Lose You" into an uptempo but beautiful techno track that manages to be intense and mellow at the same. <3

Peaches - Lose You (Yuksek & Brodinski Remix)

Any summer feelings should be augmented by this up-lifting remix by Dcup of fellow Aussies teenagersintokyo.

teenagersintokyo - Death Rides A Horse (Dcup remix)

Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg in Miike Snow shows that saving Britney Spear's career by producing "Toxic" was no fluke. Or is their American colleague Andrew Wyatt the one behind ravey electro house hits like these?

Peter Bjorn & John - It Don't Move Me (Miike Snow Remix)