Welcome back to Volume 33 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) Mo Cities Mo Problems (M83 vs Ma$e, Puff Daddy, & Notorious B.I.G.) - Carlos Searrano: I know I said I would retire from the Midnight City remix game...but this is Mo' Money Mo' Problems is my Achilles heel. Make a mash up that features Ma$e, Puff and, Biggie and I am god damn powerless to not ignore it. I've heard countless mash ups that have featured this seminal rap and Fuck if this isn't the best one yet.
2) Five Seconds Don't Care (Waka Flocka Flame vs Twin Shadow) - The Hood Internet: Speaking of mash ups the kings of blending tracks are back with Five Seconds Don't Care. These Chicagoans break out high energy clever marriages every week. Unreal output. LA, catch them live Friday August 3rd @ The Central!!!
3) I Love My Daft Punk - Eluusif: I was sold on this by the title alone..but then I read Eluusif's press release which stated: "It is a story about aliens, robots and a princess. A fight between good and evil." Sold so hard.
4) Sail Away (Digitalism remix) - The Rapture: The opening conjured up memories of Signs of Life by Pink Floyd so I initially slotted this down at 15. Then the track kicked in hard so I decided I should probably toss it up in the upper part of the mix where the heavier BPM tracks reside. I mean you shouldn't have to reset your brain when the mix is taking you somewhere else. The world needs order.
5) I Wanna Be Your Lover - Kill Paris: I've having a bit of a reignited love affair with Prince lately...to the point of watching a 90 minute documentary on YouTube & buying some used Vinyl. Turns out the YouTube kind of sucked & the vinyl in the sleeve was fucking Hank Williams Jr. Assholes. Kill Paris keeps the Prince vibe realer...but also rebrands I Wanna Be Your Love as a dubby banger.
6) Strange Attractor (Dzeko & Torres Remix) - Animal Kingdom: I have a NY friend who can't comprehend time zones and insists on texting me questions about bands the minute he gets to work at 8:30 his time. I need to either murder him, turn my ringer off, or teach him about PST. I'm guessing murder is the easy route. Animal Kingdom was his last text (ever?)
7) Octopus (RAC Remix) - Bloc Party: RAC 4 Life. The long awaited reunited Bloc Party album is right around the corner. I can't want. I hope every song gets its own RAC remix. Brilliant idea: Can you tweet him and ask him to do that? Hit him up asap: @Rac
8) Dance Hall Days (TL Cover) - Theophilis London: The highlight of Theophilus London's free mixtape, Rose Island, is this Wang Chung inspired song. For some reason it is listed as "TL Cover". I really can't figure out why it isn't tagged with Wang Chung...but who gives a Fuck. It's a great jam. Go get the free mixtape here.
9) Middle Finger Machine Gun - Vulgarrity: This song is great..but to truly harness the power of this rockin' brother and sister duo you need to go peep the video. Go ahead and check it out here. Badass right? I fell hard and fast for them. So epic. The funkelogy is strong with these two (or is it four?)
10) Cotton Flower - Future Islands: This band was a FYF highlight last year. I left their set wondering how they aren't bigger. How does everyone not love them? Maybe Cotton Flower will help win them more fans. This song is so smooth.
11) With You ft. Kotomi - Germany Germany: Pat my back time: I played matchmatcker on this track. I knew these two would make solid music together but what they ended up churning out blew away my expectations. I either have a limited imagination or these two are really really talented. Let's choose to ignore all the brain cells I've killed in the past and go with the latter. Go stream move Germany Germany here. So. damn. good.
12) Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix) - Van She: This is one example of a re-mix not being better than the original. That said it is still great. It is just not a punch you in the face instant kind of remix. It takes its time to build up a nice tropical lather while it dances. It's Poolside music not from Poolside.
13) Move In The Right Direction (CSS remix) - Gossip: Every time I hear Gossip I think I need to turn my TV onto the CW so I do just that. Then I press mute and put this song on repeat. It works really well. Sometimes you can find some winning combinations that can make network TV watchable.
14) Hanging On (Active Child cover) - Ellie Goulding: You will notice I did not include the " featuring Tinie Tempah" tag in the song title. That's because I choose to pretend like that forced rap interlude never happened. This could have been a perfect cover. It's not. Damn you Tinie Tempah. The grass is greener on the other SIDE as long as you aren't there taking dumps on it!
15) Coming Home (New Division remix) 2 Hearts and Chemicals: As I patiently await the release of the new 2 Hearts and Chemicals I am forced to mine their past output to hold me over. K rations for the ears yo. This New Division remix, while very different from the new 2H&C sound, will have to do for now. Not that I am complaining. It is fun.
16) Pacific - Goldroom: Goldroom's original music is as awesome as his remixes so my guess is that Goldroom has been doing originals for quite some time and I was just super oblivous to it until he floored me with his Nicki and the Dove remix. What came first is moot. All that matters is how chill and awesome Pacific is. If they ever make a Risky Business sequel and send Joel to Venice Beach Goldroom needs to soundtrack it.
17) Only In My Dreams - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: This song is just about as perfect as a song can get. I can't really explain what it does to me but it makes me want to track down every girl I've ever loved (read: lusted) and play it for her. I'm not sure what the intended effect would be but it's just such a great song.
18) She Owns the Streets - The Raveonettes: I think the Raveonettes never get enough credit because people seem to think their brand of pop music is easy. The Raveonettes are that toolsy outfielder who gets crapped on by the media for looking lazy because everything comes so effortlessly for them. Yeah, The Raveonettes are the music world's Matt Kemp
19) Angels - The XX: I really wasn't pumped about the promise of a new album by The XX till I heard this track. My attitude went all 180 degrees and now I'm going to see them at Hollywood Forever and I've preordered the album. So in love love love. Sparse, simple, and simply stunning.
20) Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover) - Anthony: Closing out Trackmarks with a slow cover. That's the SYFFAL way. On top of that rumors of a Fleetwood Mac reunion make this a topical track. Great timing for a Fleetwood Mac reunion album wouldn't' you say?