10 August, 2008

Love Foxxx Remixxx & more.

Calvin Harris may have dented his cred with his Glastonbury frolicking with Dizzee (has anyone looked more out of place?) but his stock has definitely risen again thanks to some stonking remixes he's obviously been working flat out on. Adding his trademark choppy snyth and simple keyboard chords, he's gone and reworked Sophie Ellis-Bextor's "Off and On" and made it his own.

[mp3] Sophie Ellis-Bexter - Off and On (Calvin Harris Remix)

Bloc Party have moved so far away from the sounds of 2005 - all angular, arctic monkeys guitar groomed for the dance floor rock- and continue to plug their own ever-farther reaching niche of a sound. New single Mercury is fantastically non-linear, and its only after a few listens that the harking synth effects, twisted vocals and subterranean bass-line begin to unfold. The official remix sees CSS add their sparkly hand-clapping charm, coupled with some tightly molded disco drums and a hash up of Kele's vocals. The result leaves the dance floor beckoning.

[mp3] Bloc Party - Mercury (CSS Remix)

Since touring France, where their quirky synthesizers and unusual instruments (a keyboard you blow into?) have been lapped up, Metronomy have picked up a few French friends it would seem. And a perfect team, The Teenagers and Metronomy make too. The french trio are well known for their deadpan spoken vocals whereas Metronomy tend let their warped melodies and bouncy beats do their own talking. Put the two outfits together, AND add a reworked version of Goldfrapp's latest single "Happiness", and you have yourself a rather unusual, but wonderful sounding pop song.

[mp3] Goldfrapp - Happiness (Remixed by Metronomy Feat. The Teenagers)