RMX ROUNDUP: alt-J + The Golden Pony / London Grammar + Claude VonStroke / CAZZETTE + Oliver Nelson


Time for another Remix Roundup! First up in this week’s installment, Brooklyn-based house duo The Golden Pony put their spin on Alt-J’s “Hunger Of The Pine.” Keeping the general temperature of the original, they turn up the tempo while infusing some kaleidoscopic synths into this deep disco edit. In other words, everything you loved about the original but now with a dance beat! Pick up a free download on SoundCloud.

And then we have the lovely new Claude VonStroke reinterpretation of London Grammar‘s single “Strong.” As opposed to the High Contrast Remix we also love, celebrated producer/DJ and pioneer of Dirtybird Records Claude calls out the softer elements of the original. Interweaving Hannah Reid’s lustrous vocals with a guitar riff and house shuffle, the result is a gorgeous effort — the chord change around the 1:48 mark will melt your heart. You can find this track on London Grammar’s compilation of If You Wait mixes, available on iTunes.

Finally, Swedish producer Oliver Nelson renders CAZZETTE‘s track “Sleepless” into a nu-disco gem. The original has inspired a myriad of remixes, but Nelson hits just the right note with his effortless retouch. Stream below.

alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine // Left Hand Free


Cult indie trio alt-J will release their second full-length album, This Is All Yours, September 22 via Canvasback. The English band’s first single, “Hunger Of The Pine,” retains their trademark atmospheric sound, but adds the unexpected with a sample from Miley Cyrus’ song “4×4” that works surprisingly well. Discussing the song’s creation in an interview with NPR, keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton said: “It was written very quickly using some guitar chords and sounds being layered on Ableton, and seemed to signal a bit of a new sound for us. The lyrics mainly suggest the idea that missing someone — pining — can be a physical pain much like hunger.”

Also hot off the press is their second release, “Left Hand Free,” which is a markedly different sound from the former. Safe to say that true to their sobriquet, their sophomore effort will be a fresh new triumph for the group. Stream both songs below as you hunger for the new album.

alt-J will tour the UK and US this fall, making a final stop in the district November 19.

Sleeplessly embracing
Yawn yearns into me
Plenty more tears in the sea


So long 2012 – Sydney NYE

Now that I’m back from abroad, I’m amped to finally be sharing my list of stand-out indie tracks from the last year!

In no particular order, below are my top 50 artists and/or tracks of 2012. Since I started blogging midway through the year, some of these artists have been honored with a post prior and some have not. Thus for the sake of diversifying, in some cases the featured track below is not necessarily my favorite but a varying version of the original or new track entirely (but equally adored, obv).

1. Alpine – Hands


2. Little Dragon – Ritual Union


3. Trails & Ways – Border Crosser (Seshen Remix)


4. Air Traffic Controller – You Know Me


5. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (their cover of Little Dragon’s Ritual Union is a must-listen as well)


6. Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing


7. Beat Culture – Useless


8. Tennis – Origins


9. Tanlines – S.A.W.


10. Beach House – Myth


11. Blackbird Blackbird – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)


12. Dems – Down on You (Hannes Fischer Remix)


13. Charli XCX – I’ll Never Know


14. Lord Huron – The Stranger


15. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8 (Alias Mix)


16. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) – Tapes & Money


17. Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune (ft. Christine Hoberg)


18. Wild Belle – It’s Too Late


19. Dirty South & Alesso – City of Dreams


20. Alt-J – Something Good


21. Bumblebeez – Next to You


22. St. Lucia – Closer Than This


23. Crystal Castles – Wrath of God


24. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing


25. Ben Howard – The Fear (Moonlight Matters Rework)


26. No Ceremony/// – Feelsolow


27. The 1975 – You


28. Ultraista – Smalltalk


29. The Zolas – Knot In My Heart


30. Southern Shores – New Love


31. Django Django – Default


32. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)


33. Dan Croll – From Nowhere


34. Germany Germany – With You (ft. Kotomi)


35. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (The Knocks Remix)


36. Sun Airway – Close


37. Grimes – Genesis


38. Youth Lagoon – Daydream


39. Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)

(Track begins at 3:05)


40. Wild Child – The Tale of You & Me


41. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood


42. Dwntwn – See My Eyes


43. Passion Pit – Take A Walk


44. Beat Connection – Think/Feel (ft. Chelsey Scheffe)


45. Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute


46. Years & Years – I Wish I Knew


47. MS MR – Hurricane


48. Kindness – House


49. Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje remix)


50. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter



These tracks also received a considerable amount of air time on my playlist this year.

1. The Xx – Sunset


2. Bloc Party – Truth


3. Cat Power – Ruin


4. Adventure Club – Retro City (Bronze Whale Remix)


5. Panama – It’s Not Over


6. Santigold – Disparate Youth


7. Phebe Starr – Alone With You


8. Viceroy – Chase Us Around – (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver Remix)


9. U-Tern – You Don’t Know Me


10. The Establishment – Love Like This

Alt-J (∆) – Something Good

Although on the surface a band represented by a symbol might seem pretentious, at least Alt-J (∆) is a symbol that can be pronounced (unlike the artist formerly known as Prince). Nonetheless, I’m willing to give the UK group a pass as the symbol signifying change has intrinsic meaning to them.

Plus, their blend of indie pop with syncopated rhythms and folk influences is pretty awesome. “Something Good” is my favorite track off the band’s debut LP, appropriately titled An Awesome Wave. The recently released video showcasing the demise of a Spanish matador is a visual feat also worth viewing.