Friday, February 12, 2010

Beats From The Brooklyn Boy - 2010 02

The infamous Joe fully realizes that no one in his entire social circle shares his taste in music, particularly when it comes to trance. That said, he also refuses to abandon his attempts to rescue said acquaintances from the crude, sorority-talent-show-flunky Lady Gaga and other "musical performers." His hope is to shine a light on forms of electronic music that show a bit more mastery of music theory, and certainly a great deal more emotion.

Here's a selection of recent finds, in no particular order, in the event that a few, relatively adventurous friends care to enlighten themselves -- or even just find some new sonic material to accompany their cardio...

Marco V - Coming Back feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn (Nic Chagall Remix)

Marco V - Coming Back feat. Jonathan Mendelsohn (Nic Chagall Remix) - JM3 Edit
A song so powerful that, upon a first listen, I declared it "worthy of going deaf to". This progressive anthem centers on a deeply moving piano melody and Jonathan Mendelsohn's soaring, other-worldly vocals -- and lyrics so uplifting they border on spiritual (anyone remember Michael W. Smith?).

Released on January 12, this may quite likely prove my favorite musical composition of 2010. It will certainly be a tough act to follow. (My own cut from the song, playing in the background on this page)

Medina - You and I (Deadmau5 Remix)

It's no secret that I often consider Paul Keeley and Deadmau5 (aka Paul Zimmerman) the two brightest glimmers of hope that North America can still produce talented musicians. Interesting that both artists are, in fact, Canadian. Here, the Niagara Falls native remixes a song to which I might otherwise have paid no attention. The result is a seriously catchy, synthy piece, with great compositional structure and an energizing rhythm. Treadmill music, anyone?

Mat Zo - 24 Hours (Oliver Smith Remix)

A musical genius remixes the work of a musical genius, yielding an epically scaled whirlwind that is at once energizing, hair raising, and suitable for extended examination by students of classic composition theory. Ollie want a Matzo. Make more, guys!

Angelic - It's My Turn 2009 (Darren Tate Remix)

Virtually anything released on Darren Tate's Mondo Records is worth a listen. The 2009 freshening of this apparent classic (I missed the original release) is certainly no exception. A pedestal of self empowerment, if ever there was one, with simple lyrics blasted into the stratosphere by vocalist Amanda O'Riordan:

"Why start to worry / About the hands of fate / When right before your eyes / It becomes to late... It's my turn."

Amster Dyen presents Airplay 47 - Be Free (Mat Zo Remix)

One day I'll discover the reasons that Eastern Europe has become such a hotbed of sophisticated musical talent. Here, Mat Zo remixed the Hungarian duo's latest track. Check out how gracefully his trademark, bouncy rhythm underlays the ethereal wave of the strings section and female vocalist.

Mike Shiver & Matias Lehtola - Snooze (Samuel Jason Remix)

Anything but sleepy, and one of many strong, recent releases by Mike Shiver, the happy bounce of this song should appeal to anyone with an appreciation of 1980's pop. Proof that happy, lighter electronic music needn't lack structure.

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