Welcome back to Volume 22 of SYFFAL's Bi-Weekly mix of new music that is a must for your ears and rears. Every other week Del LeFevre will give you the best of what's new, interesting and just plain tasty. Take this music and inject it into your mp3 players and your cars. Embrace the high.
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1) Devil's Work (Alex Metric Remix) – Miike Snow: Miike Snow are releasing a new album on March 26, 2012 and the excitement is building. This lead single, remixed by the always deadly Alex Metric, is enough to get the masses all lathered up. All that excitement and somehow “Happy to You” didn’t make EW's “10 albums We Can’t Wait For list”…but Maroon 5 did. What a bunch of wangs. Masybe they didn't hear this remix.
2) How Deep Is Your Thong? (Sisqo vs The Rapture)- The Hood Internet: The Thong Song is 12 years old now. My how the years and panties fly by. Isn’t about time we celebrated Sisqo's genius? The Hood Internet sure thought so. They pieced it together with the A-Trak remix of The Rapture’s “How Deep Is Your Love” to create an updated sonic appreciation for whale tales and wedgies. Respect.
3) Let That Bitch Breathe (Jay Z Vs Eddie Vedder) – Kojo: SYFFAL Friend and expert Trapeze artist Kojo sat down and painstakingly mashed up Jay Z's "American Gangster" with Eddie Vedder's soundtrack to "Into the Wild". It's all sorts of badass. Check out more here: Kojo's American Wild
4) Call Your Girlfriend (Kaskade remix) – Robyn: Hey everybody, Kaskade was announced as an artist for Coachella! Are you excited? That announcement acted as a Trojan horse so I could force one more Robyn remix down your ear throat. Did anyone see her stage hump / somersault on SNL a few weeks ago? Brilliant stuff.
5) Burning Down (Meck Remix) – Youngblood Hawke: Speaking of Trojan Horses, Youngblood Hawke knows what’s up. Check out their video. It more or less says: Come for the fun spastically hot Angela Trimbur, stay for the awesome music. Smart dudes. The dance party really switches gears at the 2:09 mark.
6) Original Don - Major Lazer Ft. The Partysquad: Diplo is a mad genius. There I said it. This jam has so many pieces to it that I'm sure The White Panda and The Hood Internet creamed in their pants the first time they heard it. I love the freakiness of this song... which is somehow perfectly matched by the even freakier video. I'm all about the 1:55.
7) Born To Lose – Sleigh Bells: How long does it take to be won over by a song? Me? I suffered from premature ejaculation when I heard this new track from sleigh Bells. Those opening drum beats and guitar riff had my ears in ecstasy. I cannot wait for "Reign of Terror" to come out on 02/21. If this track didn't get you pumped enough try the album teaser video
8) Leave Me Alone (New Order cover) - Destroyer: Mojo Magazine put out a tribute to New Order's seminal "Power, Corruption, & Lies"… and Fuck if the whole god damn thing wasn't Track Mark worthy. Having said that of course I had to go with Destroyer. Dan Bejar doing New Order is just too fucking brilliant. Go hit your newsstands to get the rest you stupid gits
9) (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (Dntel cover) –Germany Germany and Kotomi: Germany Germany took a hiatus from the music creation scene for an undisclosed amount of time. Our hope at SYFFAL is that he pops his little groundhog head (not code!) out of its hole, doesn’t see his shadow, and gets back to the business of making killer tunes like this amazing cover of the DNTL.
10) Nuclear Seasons – Charlie XCX: Goth pop! I'm such a sucker for this kind of stuff. This 19 year old is still in school while she continues working on her debut LP (out this spring) with help from the same people who produced Robyn and Glasser… so expect it to kick some major ass.
11) Born to Die (Guxxi Remix) – Lana Del Rey: By the time this Track Marks posts you will all have fully digested the train wreck that was her SNL performance. Yes she was terrible, but that shouldn't change the fact that her singles last year were great… and that this remix delivers a new angle to the standard LDR sound. Now let us never speak of her again.
12) Everything Goes My Way (Ewan Pearson Remix) – Metronony: If I were the type of person to take a yacht out w/ some cocaine, champagne, and women with questionable morals I think I'd definitely start my boat cruise with this slow grooving jam. We'd hit the open waters and let the Metronony grooves be our only sea law.
13) NEEDSUMLUV (SXLND)- Machinedrum x Azealia Banks: Azealia released this track on January 16, 2012 - coinciding with the 33rd birthday of the late singer Aaliyah, who is sampled on the track. RIP. Although currently unsigned, Banks began working with Brit producer Paul Epworth on a studio debut. Let the hype machine begin hyping.
14) Dungeon Discipline - Gang Starr vs Gramatik vs DJ Topcat: For whoever is keeping score this is Wendy Rene sampled with a Gangstarr sample (featuring Total). DJ Topcat, you crazy for this one. Gramatik adds more drums and synths making it a seamless blend of badassery. This is fresh and old and old and fresh.
15) Know Me – Frankie Rose: Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, and Frankie and the Outs. Pretty impressive list of bands that have had been plucked by thorns of Frankie's rose. God I hate myself for that lame rose pun. Whatever, this song will make me feel better. Frankie Rose for Life... no matter how many bands she chooses to be in.
16) Glass-Field Mouse: I'm so over the moon for Field Mouse's dreamy sound. Can we all agree to make this band extremely big in 2012? I will hold you personally responsible if it doesn't occur. Make a a pact with me right now: Send this track to one person w/ the explicit directions for them to do the same. They'll all be thanking us later. Pretend like you're asking their opinion if you have to. People like to feel important.
17) Fake It Baby, Fake It (La Dame Nature) - Living Things: This is easily the worst transition on a mixtape that I have ever done. Seriously you couldn't have asked for a more jarring different tone from Field Mouse... and that's ok. This is an earful of hand claps, sexual take downs, and bar brawling energy. I friggin love it.
18) Coming Home – 2 Hearts and Chemicals: I've held off on sharing this track because I wanted to feature the band as a BandCamp Artist of the week... but that's just too selfish. I need to get their music out there now! I love this song and every other song on their EP of the same name, which you can stream and buy over at their Bandcamp now. Go do it. Open another browser tab and go spend some well deserved money on this band!
19) High Priestess (CFCF Remix) – Active Child: I'm glad this remix came out, 'cause I'm not ready to let go of Active Child's amazing album, You Are All I See. I feel bad for everyone who left it off of their top ten of 2011. They clearly never got a chance to check it out. Or they suffer from some sort of damage to the frontal lobe. Either way they're missing out. This remix brings some more shimmer to an already bedazzled R&B slow jam.
20) Goodbye Again (John Denver cover) - Youth Lagoon: This amazing John Denver cover pulled from a live Srius XMU session is proof positive that satellite radio DOES have something to offer outside of Howard Stern. So to all you mooks who rock Sirus strictly for Stern and Co's stale old antics try turning the dial to XMU where they are fostering up and coming artists with great cover tastes.