Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Grum - Everytime EP

Interesting to hear some new original material from Grum. Really defining that sunny, naïve, 80's nu disco sound around 2009-10, it was necessary for him to reinvent himself. From the sound of it, I think he has managed to do that. My guess is he's done it by listening a lot to Chris Malinchak, which of course isn't a bad thing since we all love that guy. We're not as mind-blown as from some of those old classics, but "Everything" leaves us wanting more.

The embrace of deep house, and especially the British take on it (that everyone seem to be into at the moment - included us) is emphasized by the remixer selections. Berlin's Andre Crom has made the darker nightclub version, Ejeca's remix is for the cooling down hangout on some Ibiza beach after an all-nighter, while the Mia Dora remix is somewhere in between. Great stuff all around.

"Everything EP" is out now on Heartbeats.

Jeremy Glenn - Hermes

Here's a bouncy house track for the dancefloor courtesy of Torontonian Jeremy Glenn. And to celebrate that the Netherlands have a new king as of today he's giving it away for free. At least I assume that's why. Anyhow, we'll sure be playing this baby out!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kleerup + Loreen + Prins Thomas = Greatness

Kleerup and Loreen made "Requiem Solution" together and now Prins Thomas has remixed it. Love how he made a great track even greater!

Disclosure with a new single

Disclosure's new single "You & Me" featuring Eliza Doolittle will be available tomorrow. But you can already now pre-order their upcoming debut album "Settle" that will be out June 3.

Monday, April 22, 2013

The video for Club 8's new single

A couple of days ago we got the mail from Labrador Records that the video for Club 8's latest awesome single "Stop Taking My Time" was here. Check it out here below:

The single has been out for a month and it will be on Club 8's upcoming album "Above the City" set to be released May 21 on Labrador. Pre-order the album digitally on iTunes or pre-order your CD or vinyl here.

The Knocks + St. Lucia + Goldroom

The latest Goldroom remix is here and this time it's of The Knocks and St. Lucia's "Modern Hearts". Love how he works with the congas in this tune, another epic Goldrom tune! Keep it up Josh! Did I mention it comes as a free DL too!

The original isn't bad either, even if it's a more bit straight forward nu disco banger a la The Knocks.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Propulse with a deep Depeche Mode version

Berlin based OFF Recordings is one of my favourite labels giving us high quality deep house music on a regular basis. A while ago they started giving away tracks for free, now it's time for the third track in this serie (OFF_FT003).

Propulse have made this great deep alternate version of Depeche Mode's 1987 classic tune "Never Let Me Down Again". So different from the original that you actually can say it's a deep house track with the vocals of Dave Gahan. Regardless, it's a huge track!

Here you also have "Never Let Me Down Again" with the official video from 1987.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

This is the real Daft Punk version for sure!

Hahaha! Nuff said!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Introducing Ted Lyons & His Cubs

Piggy-back posting hyped-up and moderately legal* not-yet released stuff like in the last post brings us back to the exhilarating times when we started the blog. So do posting remixes of Empire of the Sun's "We Are The People". We just loved that song, and we loved probably half of the millions of remixes that turned up of it. And since we doubt that Daft Punk needs the 'enormous' pulling power of the Renault 4L (or is it a Volvo Amazon?) that is the Tracasseur music blog, it's always more exciting to write about producers that actually need your attention.

That's why I'm proud to present Tuscon producer Ted Lyons & His Cubs. I don't know much about him other than his name isn't Ted Lyons, and I'm not even sure those cubs are actually his. But somehow his cover of London Beat's 90's hit "Thinking About You" ended up in my rotation, and since sometime around January we at Tracasseur and our friends have been spinning his tunes quite a lot. The reason why I'm saying that is that virtually no one has heard his music. That London Beat has just over a hundred plays in nine months, which by Soundcloud standards makes his music virtually virgin sounds. So, if you don't want to jump on the Daft Punk hype, you've got the chance to be Ted Lyons & His Cubs 10th (yes, *tenth*) listener on Last.fm.

If you don't have room on you harddrive for Wave files, or you just want to gaze at our beautiful logo on your iPod/phone/CDJ, here are some 320s (just right-click, save as...):

Empire of the Sun - We Are the People (Ted Lyons & His Cubs 5 Years Late Remix)

Ted Lyons & His Cubs - Thinking About You

Ted Lyons & His Cubs - Don't Take It Personal

Ted Lyons & His Cubs - Work Your Body

Modern Talking - Diamonds Never Made A Lady (Ted Lyons & His Cubs Edit)

Rihanna - Diamonds (Ted Lyons & His Cubs Remix)

Ted Lyons & His Cubs - Gangster Lean

Ted Lyons & His Cubs - Moonlight Feels Right

*For any Columbia lawyer reading this: This is not to be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

Free mp3: Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Radio Edit) ?

So, I don't know if you've heard or not, but there is this French Kanye cover band called Daft Punk that are apparently coming out with an album pretty soon, and a new single, called "Get Lucky" even sooner. So soon, in fact, that Amazon today published the listing for it. Obviously there are a million unofficial versions and remixes out already, but can this be a crappy 128 kbps version of the actual Radio Edit? Even if the length matches Amazon's listing, and it sounds a lot like the sound-bites we've already heard (to death), there's no way to be sure. Is it really Pharrell's voice and Nile Rodgers' guitar playing? You be the judge.

We also trust you not to download this thing as you risk ending up as cell mates with Gottfrid Svartholm (he seems nice though) if you do. On the other hand, if you're really a DP fan, you'd want to buy the real deal when it gets out anyway.

(via Soundisstyle

So, what do we make of it? Is it really the best human achievement since toasting sliced bread on a rotating wheel over open fire? Well, no.

In a way it's against our principles to jump on the Daft Punk hype bandwagon, but then again it's hard to dodge one of the most hyped up releases coming up - it just becomes a hotly discussed piece of current affairs. Obviously Daft Punk are a hugely important band, but I'd say it's more because of their cultural influence rather than their musical influence. The huge feat of Daft Punk is that they managed to reach a whole new audience outside the mostly European electronic dance music fans, and that truly is a great achievement. On the other hand, it wouldn't have come about without Kanye. And although all three of their albums have been great, the first two were better than the third, so they have to reinvent themselves to stay on top. And doing funky disco the thing that will make them stay on top? I'm not too sure. For the nu disco fans of the blogging community, I think "Get Lucky" would have made more sense a couple of years ago. On the other hand, for the not yet raptured, making high-quality but mainstream cross-over R'n'B dance tracks for the American market, it's a whole lot better than the Swedish House Mafias and Guettas that we have to suffer through today.

Am I being too grumpy? Maybe, and I'd gladly be proven wrong.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Say hello to Ellingson

Ellingson is the the new project from Aaron Ellingson, one third of the Canadian band Young Empires. With this new project he tries out a new side of himself and it sounds really interesting. Really like his take on Bruno Mars' monster hit "Grenade" and how he turns it into something really good.

The other remix from Ellingson in this first batch will be his take on Serena Ryder's "Stompa". We also know that a lot of things are in the coming and we will let you know as soon we get some new stuff from Mr Ellingson.

Stream Young Galaxy's album already today!!!

The most awaited album this year from Young Galaxy "Ultramarine" will be out on Tuesday, but already today you can stream the whole album over at Pitchfork. Joy! Happiness! Preview!

Link to stream!

Stereocliché Records' debut EP Neon Workout

More talented friends: Hafid, our main Swiss chocolate pusher, unofficial Flashworx manager/adviser/friend and Sweden lover, have set up his own label, called Stereocliché. The musical profile will be pretty broad, but there are some familiar names among the first scheduled releases. The honour of debuting goes to music, analogue synth and video games expert/nerd and producer of cheesy, slightly NSFW videos extraordinaire, Neon Workout. There's also a Flashworx album in the pipelines so look out!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Auxiliary Tha Mastafader + bonus Freak You

At Tracasseur, we like to surround ourselves with talented friends in the hope of some of it rubs off on us. We wrote about Tobbe Azure Blue and his new single yesterday, and another great producer, and great guy in general, is Auke Auxiliary Tha Masterfader. He recently had an EP released on Franck Freak You's (another great guy) On The Fruit label. And even if (or because?) we're knee-deep in the deep house/nu garage trend it's refreshing to hear Aux' blend of retro disco, italo and funk, topped off with a little new wave and even some sprinkles of glam rock. Remix support comes in the form of new acquaintance Phunktastike from Argentina and old acquaintance Worship from Geneva.

As a bonus, here's an Auxiliary remix of Chilean Statickman.

As a second bonus we'll throw in Freak You's remix of Chrome Canyon's "Generations" taken from his remix album out now on Stones Throw (including remixes by Gavin Russom, Chateau Marmont and ATTAR!).

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Owl Vision remix of Ghost

Owl Vision just chatted me up about his new remix of one of his favourite metal bands right now Ghost. He has sampled the song "Monstrance Clock" and made it into something else. I like this newer sound from Owl Vision, still dark but also a bit more bouncier. It comes as a free download and it has a little secret twist in the end.

First new single from Azure Blue

He's not only our friend, he's also one of the most talented music composers in Sweden. Azure Blue is the solo project of Tobias Isaksson and with his first album "Rule of Thirds" released two years ago he rose up as a composer with that special touch composing brilliant and dreamy indie pop. The album also got the right attention when the Swedish independent grammy award, Manifest gave it the first prize for Best Pop in 2012.

Now Azure Blue is back with a new album in the coming. So it's time once again to dream ourselves away together with Azure Blue's lovely sound. The first single from the album "Beyond the Dreams There's Infinite Doubt" is the already epic "The Road I Know" that I got to listen as the first person in the world actually a couple of months ago. In this great first release Azure Blue has recruited our love Julia Vero to accompany him. And it's a smart choice because Julia's half-whispering voice really lift the track up even one more level. Once again the proof of a talented composer.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tracasseur Nordic Spring Mixtape

Up here in the northern parts of Europe the spring is about to break loose. The sun is shining but it's still kind of cool in the air. But soon spring will be here for real and what could be better than to wait for it with our latest mixtape by Jonny Puma. Enjoy!

1. WRD - Abyss
2. Rotkraft - Work With The Tempo
3. System Of Survival - Baby, Don't Stop
4. Kevin Over - Soul X
5. Skream - Creepin'
6. Scan Mode - This Is House (Tapesh Remix)
7. Andre Crom - Holdin' On
8. Doctor Dru - 2 Know U
9. Leftwing, Kody - You Were
10. Liberty City feat. Shauna Solomor - If You Really Love Someone (Murk Dubs Again)
11. Round Table Knights - So Good