Tronik Youth is back again, following his shit hot remixes of MGMT and Portishead. This time, he's tackled 'Unstoppable' from Santogolds new self titled album. The right clever bastard had this to say:

"...Well happy with this one, its a nice groove. It took me three hours (including writing new keyboards and mixing it) and I did most of it on Eurostar to Paris."

Better than reading a book I suppose.

MP3 Santogold - Unstoppable (Tronik Youth Shr Remix) / ZShare


I got sent a batch of remixes of 'Live Fast Die Old' by Munk a couple of weeks ago, but in fairness I've not listened to them until now. The mixes have been provided by the likes of the Juan Maclean, Headman, and best of the bunch Maral Salmassi and Zero Cash. Channeling a sound not really heard since Justice got trendy, it's got some nice piano and bass stabs turning the track into a nice summer number for a grey day. Worth a punt.

MP3 Munk - Live Fast Die Old (Maral Salmassi and Zero Cash Remix)

BONUS MP3!! Munk - Kick out the chairs (Feat. James Murphy and Nancy Whang)

Wild card inside

What a night: Here's NYC Disco types Escort getting their hands on Feist's 'I feel it all'. Not quite as snappy as they might usually do, but adds a little boogie to the occasion all the same.

MP3 Feist - I feel it all (Escort Remix)

Live Fast Die Party

While the whole world seems to be going chicken-oriental for MGMT, DJ's have bemoaned the lack of remixes kicking around that can be slotted into a set for the more discerning of indie-electro dancefloors. Which is where Tronik Youth has come to our aid, with a canny unofficial rework of 'Time to Pretend', which, as be puts: "Because there are no remixes, I wanted a version I could play out, so I just chopped up the original and added a few beats".

Check out his new single 'Laugh/Cry/Live/Die' on promo this week or when it's officially released on June 2nd on Backyard.

MP3 MGMT - Time to Pretend (Tronik Youth SHR edit) / ZShare

Happy Birthday

First up, shout to my man James over at Yer Mam. It was his Birthday at the weekend which involved a fancy dress party. The big man himself was dressed as Prince, while I pulled out some stops to come dressed as a Rubiks Cube. All good. Also present were 3 x Magnums, 1 x Wuthering Heights era Kate Bush (gotta love the bush), 2 x Smurfs, 1 x Slash and a Danger Mouse. He's upped a special mix to celebrate, so head over to his blog now to grab it.

In the meantime, I've realised that my last few posts could be forming part of an all out mixtape assault on the sunshine. I want some sunshine dammit. Must. Have. Sunshine. So here's another track that could well likely feature in said mix - a surprisingly durr-durr-free rework of Cut Copy by Boyz Noise, which has some nice filter work that could light up most parties.

MP3 Cut Copy - Lights and Music (Boyz Noise Happy Birthday Mix)

Word to my boy - Gav.

This. Is. Gonna. Be. Fucking. MASSIVE!

MP3 Busta Rhymes - Don't touch me (Throw da water on 'em)

"... and Slash."

"You melted all the clouds in the sky"

Oh wow. I'm having trouble forming a sentence which can accurately describe how damn much I love this tune. It's my favourite track of the year so far and will take some shifting. It's the new Juan Maclean single, featuring Nancy Whang from LCD Soundsystem, and it's the best Goddammed house joint I've heard in years. It's out now on DFA Records, so if you want at least one track to get the girls shaking while you're playing a sun-kissed terrace somewhere warm and nice, this has got to be it.

BTW: I'm giving you a remix because I want you all to buy the original.

MP3 The Juan Maclean - Happy House (Lee Douglas Remix)

PS - Some reckon it sounds like this. It does, but I don't care. In fact, they're both ace, so we're twice better off IMO.

MP3 Dubtribe Sound System - Do it now

"103mb of pure fun."

I've had the day off today to catch up on some homework/life admin that I couldn't put off any longer. It's give me a great opportunity to sit on the couch, and listen to some stuff I just haven't had the chance to hear for a while. To my absolute shock, I found a Holy Ghost mix I grabbed off Big Stereo in September 2007 that had gone unlistened, and it was only when I clicked play that I realised it was 1 hour and 14 minutes worth of straight up disco fun. Titled "the End of Summer Boogie Mix", I reckon it's about to become the soundtrack of my spring. Bring on the nice weather!

MP3 Holy Ghost! - End of Summer Boogie Mix

And it features these tracks, amongst others.

MP3 Martin Circus - Disco Circus

MP3 Home Video - Penguin (Loving Hand Remix)

PS - Thanks to ModernMod who gave me the inspiration for the title of this post.

PPS - Check out the Holy Ghost YouTube channel here.

10 Reasons why Glastonbury hasn't sold out yet.

Much has been made of the fact that Glastonbury still hasn't sold out, and that those of you who haven't yet pre-registered to buy a ticket could do so from 4pm today. While it's not the end of the world (there is like, 150,000 tickets to shift), here's 10 reasons why it's not sold out in the usual velocity:

1) Three years of mud has put people off.
2) The headliners aren't strong enough (no Radiohead).
3) The full line up hasn't been announced yet, whereas the lineups for other major festivals have.
4) Other festivals have got killer line ups, with Reading/Leeds getting the most attention. Smaller 'Boutique" festivals have been booking bigger too.
5) Festival goers are going abroad. Glasto quality acts with guaranteed sunshine - Yes please!
6) There's an economic downturn, therefore their entire target market has less cash at the moment than they did last year. Festival or water bill?
7) People couldn't be arsed to register. Well, not as much as last year.
8) People couldn't be arsed with getting up at 7am on a Sunday to try and get a ticket. Hangovers still exist.
9) Has it got too commercial? Has it remained true to it's corporate-free values? Let's ask the BBC, Orange and Carlsberg.
10) Is it too full of people who have no real interest in what it's all about?

There's no real danger that Glasto won't sell out - of course it will - but while the organisers carry on with their arrogant attitude that it's the only British festival worth going to, it's status as the nations favourite is under threat. They don't need to lower their prices, or ease up the ticketing process, but they do need to look at what the Jones' are up to. Because, if some of your audience are off to see Rage Against the Machine and Metallica, and are backing the horse that shows the best lineup and most chance of a mud-free weekend, then some changes need to be made. After all, while Glastonbury is probably the Apple of the festival world, they need to follow Steve Jobs, and make their festival so ultimately desirable again that no-one will pass up the chance to go.

Click here to get a ticket. And have a nice time too.

MP3 Wiley - Rolex (Extended Edit)

Where's my groove gone?

Today, I was planning something of a discoid post as I realise it's been a while since I last posted anything truly groove-worthy, but tonight's episode of Skins has left me feeling rather hollow, and disco is the last thing on my mind right now. Yeah, I know I'm too old to watch programmes about youngsters taking drugs and enjoying shit I used to, but the makers have nailed it this season, and despite a slow start to the series, recent episodes have been really good. Here's a track I've been meaning to post for a while anyway, and another that featured on tonight's show.

MP3 Those Dancing Days - Hitten

MP3 LCD Soundsystem - Great Release


Last Wednesday I found myself at Holy Fuck's show at Night and Day, with the express reason of seeing Free Blood, the !!! offshoot that's been firing up the interwebs for the last few months. They were absolutely brilliant too, to such a degree I decided to head home straight afterwards and miss what I've since heard was "one of the best gigs I've seen in ages" by many. Dammit. Both are still on tour so catch them if you can.

MP3 Free Blood - Never hear surf music again

This is what you could be missing.

Yep, you read right. As of now (10pm, Sunday 6th April), you are still able to purchase tickets for Glastonbury. Given that the last few have sold out within minutes of going onsale, this is pretty remarkable. If you honestly still give a shit, click here to buy one. You will have needed to pre register of course, but you devotees out there that claim the festival to be your one spiritual home won't have let that stop you. In fact, you've probably already got your ticket, so the point is moot. Check back here in June when I'll be liveblogging the entire festival from the dry and unmuddy confines of my living room.

MP3 Jay-Z - Roc Boys (and the winner is)

Have... itch. Must... scratch.

Last night, following a rather good episode of Skins, I tweeted:

"What was the tune at the end of Skins tonight (before Uptown Top Ranking). I'm sure it was Low... help?!"

No-one helped. Not a single one of you. So tonight, I had absolutely no choice. I had to sit and listen to 30 seconds of ever Low track in my possession. This isn't such a bad thing as I'm quite fond of the band, though it was still something of a labour intensive exercise. And as it goes, seeing as I wasn't scanning through all the albums in chronological order or anything, it cropped up towards the end of the session, as the first track on "Things we lost in the fire". I should have instantly recognised it, but hey, I'm having some memory issues at the moment.

MP3 Low - Sunflower

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