Saturday, July 31, 2010


What's up everyone, I'm PK, although I'm sure most of you already know me as Peter. Now, I may not have the music production experience my blogmates do, but what I lack in technical savvy I make up for with a pure, unadulterated love for all things house and electronic. I hope that with this blog, I can share my passion with you all. Now for some musikz.

This first track has all the makings of a house classic. Bostonian dance duo Nightriders perfect that french house sound with a delicious bassline and some masterful sampling.

Nightriders - Through the Night

Next, I have Australia's own DCUP and his beautiful, synth-tastic remix of Priors' "What You Need"

Priors - What You Need (DCUP Remix)

And finally, I give you one of my favorite tracks of the summer. Riva Starr brings in some funky jungle beats and electric breakdowns to accompany Beth Ditto's haunting vocals in this remix of Gossip's "Love Long Distance"

Gossip - Love Long Distance (Riva Starr Vocal Mix)

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend...I certainly will.


Tittsworth - WTF (Nadastrom on Drugs Remix)


Friday, July 30, 2010


Note: free music is available below the following breathless rant.

We all saw deadmau5 perform at the 9:30 Club this past Wednesday. Not only was our collective evening marred by problems both in and outside of the club, but the mau5 simply did not live up to our hopes and expectations. The openers were Will Eastman and Pleasurekraft, and I was only able to catch the latter. He wasn't very good, a bit too deep and underwhelming for my tastes probably because he wasn't playing very loudly, but he did serve to warm up the crowd toward the end of his set. Then Joel took the stage beckoning the crowd to a deafening roar with his signature unhealthily floppy hands. What followed his entrance was basically an exercise in idol worship. The mau5 mounted his large, expensive cube, put on his hat, pressed "play" and then proceeded to get his rocks off by watching the crowd and dancing to his own music while drinking beer. Now this is not to say I didn't rave my ass off, because I most certainly did. However, when I pay 40 dollars in US currency to go to a concert, I expect a little more than the exact studio versions of the songs I've come to know and love.

Ever since I got into electronic music I had to defend the act of going to artists' concerts just because no one could ever understand what it was they were even doing up there, other than playing the music, that would justify spending one's hard-earned money to see an artist live. When I saw Justice's "A Cross The Universe" tour so many years ago they played through most of their debut album "Cross," in addition to some of their remix selection. But the glaring difference between that performance and deadmau5' was that Justice re-edited every single track and even remixed some in order to make them more dancefloor friendly, in the process creating a notable and fucking phenomenal live experience with their MUSIC and studio/live expertise, not by simply introducing an insane light show into the equation.

And so I charge deadmau5, a technical sorcerer whose productions are absolutely peerless, with the task of creating a live show that isn't downright shameful. In the studio before the tour or on the fly, you must do something because at this point I am unimpressed and frankly cannot believe that you can look at yourself in the mirror; you're not even trying up there, dude. I understand that you're not a DJ and don't appreciate or respect the art of DJing, you've made that clear before, but I do insist that you use your apparent technical skill to go into the studio and produce a live show that you can be proud of and that your (musically educated) fans will love.

But this is only upsetting because I love deadmau5' music and have such respect for his work, as much as I despise the arrogant prick known as Joel Zimmerman. Or maybe it's the fact that today when I commented on a Facebook status update of his about the Thursday 9:30 show saying as much as I have above Joel read the comment and deleted it after it had received multiple likes, confirming that this asshole of a mouse cannot take criticism, constructive or scathing. Whatta bitch.

Anyway, in honor of this dead mau5 (R.I.P.) I'll start things off with one of his songs. I had never heard this before Wednesday and when the melody came climbing out of the distorted chaos erupting from the speakers it sounded ominous and alien; I simply lost my marbles. One of the mau5' more danceable tracks.

Deadmau5 - Arguru

I don't know anything about Bassjackers except that they're Dutch and that I like it when they make music. They tend to keep their dirty Dutch sounds in a lower register than most, or at least Afrojack, and their drums KNOCK. See "Stronger ft. Bizzey (Original Mix)" for a less hardcore, french-house inspired track.

Bassjackers & Ralvero - Bang Like A (Original Mix)

This one's from GRUM, a producer I've been watching ever since his remix of Armand Van Helden's "You Don't Know Me" was the only version of the song I could get my hands on after scouring the internet for hours. "Can't Shake This Feeling" is a groovy, electro house song complete with obscure, pitched-up vocals and a fatass bassline.

You'll find that I occasionally pepper my posts with hip-hop, and that starts now. This joint from Fat Joe is just right, but this isn't Joe's doing, not by a long shot. He raps well enough, but the real genius here is in the production by duo Cool & Dre. When these boys do "soulful" they do it right.

Bit Funk turns the verses of Bussa Buss' "Hustler's Anthem" into a veritable House Anthem with his funky synth treatment. Plus the only Rappa Turnt Sanga makes an appearance on the hook.

Hustler's Anthem 09 - Busta Rhymes ft. T-Pain (Bit Funk Remix)

Finally, the funkiest banger of an electro house song I've heard out of prog-house duo Spencer & Hill yet.

Spencer & Hill - Housebeat

Sir Real

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Allow me to introduce myself

Hey people who don't read this blog yet. I'm Patrick, one of the four people you will be seeing posts from here on Bright & Shiny. I can say with confidence that you should just blindly download the four songs I've posted today, but I don't have to do that because I found a nifty little player. Play the songs, THEN download them. In conclusion, please refer left <<.

I'm usually not a fan of remixed classics, but I think this little number deserves an exception.

The Beatles - And I Love Her (Allure Remix) [Right click, save as]

They opened for Chromeo and I got there too late... This song will creep inside you and take residence in your brain.

Need to relax? Long drive ahead? Prepare with a little Bit Funk.

Things I Can't Remember - Bit Funk [Right click, save as]

Craziest sampling right here. Two a's in Caasino? Ok I guess...

Love, Patrick

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Beginning

We decided to create a blog chock-full of good music. We call it Bright & Shiny. Here it is. The first song I'm posting is a joint by Afrojack & Bobby Burns, complete with the screeching car alarms and lush, yet clinical production our favorite Dutchman is known for. Plus, it's got the coolest sample of some kid yelling "GHETTO BLASTAA."

Afrojack & Bobby Burns - Ghettoblaster (Original Mix)

Next is another of Afrojack's recent productions. I'm risking putting two songs from the same artist in my first post 1)because I don't care and 2)this song is fucking nuts. The final drop is so exquisite, with the inclusion of the high-pitched dutch melody over the lower, more expansive synths, that this song lands a spot in my heart and on my rotation for at least the remainder of summer.

Afrojack ft. Eva Simmons - Take Me Over (Original Mix)

This remix from the ATL RMX compilation assembled by Adult Swim doesn't do much other than expound upon the virtues of the original. Whoever DJA is, he's no genius, but he certainly gets the job done. I can't get that higher distorted riff out of my head as it weaves in and out of the beat amidst the uplifting steel drum sample and booming 808's. I hate the dupstep "wobble" that permeates the track, but it's too good to forsake altogether.

Rich Kids - Patna Dem (Mad Decent Patna's Remix by DJA)

And finally, I present the jam of the summer courtesy of grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson. This man makes excellent music across all genres, including pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. An absolute wizard in the studio, this man has created a masterpiece which has undeniable pop appeal and features the stylings of legendary rapper Q-Tip. I like it when the girl sings, too.

Mark Ronson & the Business Int'l - Bang Bang Bang ft. Q-Tip & MNDR

Sir Real