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LADYHAWKE – REMIXES (Electro/Indie – New Zealand)

Ladyhawke

This is not the first time we talk about Ladyhawke in these pages. The woman behind this enigmatic name, Phillipa ‘Pip’ Brown, has been a fixture of all music blogs ever since the release of her self-titled debut album in three years ago on Modular (home to  Bag Raiders, The Presets and Chromeo amongst others).

After taking a long break to record new material, Ladyhawke returned to the stage at the beginning of the month in London and subsequently played a few gigs in New Zealand and Australia. During these intimate concerts, she played songs off her eagerly-awaited new album. In her own words, these new tracks are “more guitary” and less the ‘80s synth trip that defined her acclaimed debut. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…

In the meantime, why not enjoy a nice selection of remixes of Ladyhawke’s past singles, starting with a remix by London DJ Alex Metric, who turned the poppy “Paris Is Burning” into a ferocious dancefloor stomper!

Ladyhawke - Paris is Burning (Alex Metric Remix)     

Next up is a high-energy reinterpretation of “Magic” by up-and-coming DJ/producer Burns, followed by Doc Ron’s synth-heavy take on “Dusk Till Dawn”.

Ladyhawke - Magic (Burns Remix)     

Ladyhawke - Dusk Till Dawn (Doc Ron Remix)     

Finally, last but not least, listen to London based duo JBAG’s take on Ladyhawke’s massive 2008 hit “Delirium”!

Ladyhawke - My Delirium (JBAG Hot Pop Remix)     

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MAXIMUM BALLOON – TIGER (Alternative/Electro/Nuwave – US)

Maximum Balloon is the solo project of TV On The Radio’s David Andrew Sitek. Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and sometimes beat-boxer, Sitek formed TOTR with Tunde Adebimpe in New York in 2001 and the pair were later joined by Kyp Malone, Jaleel Bunton and Gerard Smith. The five-piece got their triumphant breakthrough with their album Dear Science released in 2008 and named Album of the Year by the likes of Rolling Stone and Pitchwork.

Maximum Balloon - Tiger     

Sitek is now introducing his solo debut: Maximum Balloon. But this debut is not strictly a solo album since it features songs coauthored with different singers that Sitek calls “his favourite voices in the world”. Those singers include Karen O (front-woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), stylish rap wordsmith Theophilus London, Katrina Ford (from the Baltimore-based band Celebration), New York-based Holly Miranda, legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Swedish electonic act Little Dragon and, of course, TV On The Radio bandmates Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone. The ten songs featured on this album were created while working with TOTR and producing other artists’ albums (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Scarlett Johansson, Liars, The Oh Sees…). They are tunes that are more dancey than what one would expect from an indie rock figure like Sitek. Filtered through a prism of electronic and dance beats, this album is inflenced by the sound of 80s pop music and new wave.

Maximum Balloon - Groove Me (Alex Metric Remix)     

If you like this sound, check out Maximum Ballon on MySpace for more tunes and buy the album on Maximum

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ALEX METRIC – DEADLY ON A MISSION (Electro/Pop/Club – UK)

British electro wunderkind Alex Metric is a resident DJ on BBC Radio 1 and has released numerous EPs over the past two years. It all started at a party one night when Metric decided to approach electronic pioneer Adam Freeland. The latter soon signed him to his label Marine Parade, where Metric released his debut EP, What She Wants.

Although roundly embraced by ravers and deejays alike, it was not until Alex turned his attentions to his own vocal offerings that things really started to get interesting. Alex started to push his grinding electronic output in an increasingly pop-centric direction while still mixing together 80s synth pop, filter disco, big beat and indie.

Alex Metric - Deadly On A Mission (Alex Metric Remix)     

The subsequent In Your Machine EP was a jewel of genre-breaking electronic that brought Alex both critical and commercial success. Keeping up the momentum, Deadly On A Mission did yet more damage, and gave the greatest indication yet of what to expect from Alex’s forthcoming album – quirky, offbeat vocals backed with fuzzy, cracked-at-the-edges synths and huge singalong choruses.

After his triumphant releases, Alex promptly received an avalanche of remix requests from big name acts such as Hard Fi, Alphabeat, Ladyhawke, Phoenix, Fenech Soler, La Roux and Gorillaz.

La Roux - Quicksand (Alex Metric Remix)     

Gorillaz - Stylo (Alex Metric Remix)     

October 2009 saw Alex launch his live show by supporting Phoenix at Brixton Academy. Since then he has played packed shows throughout the UK and is gearing up for an eventful summer, with appearances at Glastonbury, Global Gathering, SW4, Bestival and Iceland Airwaves later in the year.

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