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Martin Solveig

Martin Laurent Picandet, also known as “Martin Solveig“, is a 36 year old French electronic music producer and DJ from Paris. Martin is extremely talented as he works in many different musical genres as well as many different artists.  He currently hosts a weekly radio show “C’est La Vie”, which is broadcasted worldwide along with FG DJ Radio in France.  Martin also has his own music label Mixture Stereophonic and has been voted 29th in the 2011 Top 100 DJ poll, hosted by DJ Mag.  Martin began his musical career as a child when he joined the choir of the “Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly” or “The Paris Boys Choir”, which was created in 1956.  This choir has quite the reputation as it makes frequent appearances in world-class festivals and regularly performs great pieces with orchestra.  At age 18, Martin became a DJ and was working in famous Parisian nightclubs such as Le Queen, Les Bains Douches, and L’Enfer.  Martin chose “Solveig” as his stage name in honor of the French actress Solveig Dommartin.  In 2011 Martin became one of the producers for Madonna‘s new album, MDNA.  In 2012 Martin was chosen to be the in house DJ for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.  So with such high regard for Martin Solveig, you may wonder why I included a picture of him with Duck Sauce?? Well the DJ duo who came up with the ever so popular “Barbara Streisand” includes awesome turntabilist, A-Trak who is coming to Denver tonight with Flosstradamus for their house party tour.  They are playing at an undisclosed venue, which will be announced later today and is rumored to be at a north Denver intimate venue.  This is something you are not going to want to miss!  Along with playing a show tonight A-Trak also has my favorite remix of Martin Solveig‘s “The Night Out“, where he keeps the same intro and vocals, then drops it into a ferocious minimal beat!

Martin Solveig and Dragonette‘s “Hello” is a great song that goes along with an awesome music video.  Well to be honest, I have a huge bias on the video as I am a huge tennis advocate. The video is Martin playing a round at the French Open, which depicts an epic comeback after he notices the girl of his dreams is watching.  Not to mention the video includes appearances from tennis stars Gael Monfils and Novak Djokovic.

I posted these next two songs for the sole purpose of showing off Martin Solveig‘s versatility.  “Get Away From You” is a pop rock song which includes vocals by the man himself along with some kick ass guitar.  “Lets Not Play Games” featuring Sunday Girl is a down tempo electronic song which lays down a great beat to compliment the vocals.

Martin Solveig‘s “The Night Out” is an amazing song and is most likely his most popular song.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this song or versions of it at all the shows I have been to this year.  Even though I posted a remix previous, I wanted to promote the original as well.  The video is pretty cool and gives us the extended version of the song that his sound cloud does not, also A-Trak makes a couple of appearances in there!

Arno Cost & Martin Solveig‘s 2010 remix of “Touch Me” is straight filthy!  This track has a bit of an intro, but drops into some epic minimal bliss making it a sure favorite!

Hope to see everyone at the show tonight!


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Laidback Luke

Lucas Cornelis Van Scheppingen was born in the year of 1976 at the location of Manila, Philippines. Growing up in the Netherlands this Dutch DJ goes by the alias Laidback Luke!  He first made his claim to fame as a graffiti artist and tried his hand at operating his own brand of protein and weight gain products “iBeefer” before taking his skills to the turn tables.  Voted #46 for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s for the year 2008, #27 in the year 2009, #17 in 2010, and #20 in 2011.  He has worked with many big artists including the Swedish House Mafia and has been playing at all the large festivals around the world!  He is definitely one of my favorite artists, mostly because he’s dutch and he kicks ass!  I can’t even count how many times I have listened to his 2011 EDC Vegas set, so filthy!  I unfortunately missed him this year at EDC Vegas, as he was up there on my list.  He had a conflict with Camo & Krooked‘s set which I had to get to early for front row, absolutely no regrets there.  I will absolutely see him next chance I get!  Alright, so I have quite the predicament here with way too many songs that I love from this man and I’m just going to say F*** it and throw them all up.  Main reason being because my suit is tight, very tight!

First up is LaidBack Luke‘s  remix of Dragonette‘s “Let It Go” an awesome remix bringing in a banging beat to go along with Dragonette’s great vocals!

Cambodia” is a free track Laidback Luke dropped for a 300,000 twitter follower mark.  This song has a nasty, glitchy beat that I find quite unique, making this free track a must listen!  Even though he doesn’t list it, this is a remix of Kim Wilde‘s “Cambodia” as he throws in a sample of her original in here.

His remix of Savoy featuring Heather Bright We Are The Sun” is a quality remix, re-hashing the base beat with a little nasty piano and later dropping some subtle dutch sirens.  Don’t worry not those crazy sirens.

Laidback Luke‘s remix of Benny Benassi‘s “Cinema”  has a little bit of a rough intro for the first 40 secs, but stay patient this one gets dirty!  Funny thing here is my dumbass didn’t realize Cinema was Benny’s song. I always thought it was Skrillex‘s, as he has a ferocious remix of it.  Don’t know how I missed that as Benny is an all-time favorite of mine.

His remix of Anjulie‘s “Brand New” is an amazing remix and hails as one of my favorite’s.  The beat goes so very well with those vocals and he makes a straight banger out of this one!

Laidback Luke‘s Edit on Avesta & B Valley’s Dutchano” is filthy, starting off really slow, this song builds and drops into a ferocious beat!

Oh wait there’s more, some of his best work still awaits in these hilarious music videos!  Laidback Luke featuring John MendelsohnTimebomb” is a great song in a ghetto music video depicting a roller derby pin ball game?? maybe? So random…

Another music video of Laidback Luke‘s featuring John MendelsohnTill Tonight” is straight dirty and is another favorite, I know I have a lot of favorites … Another low production video, this track doesn’t need any fancy visuals or screenplay to justify its worth!

The next video is a collaboration of Laidback Luke and epic trashbag / piggy backing bitch, AKA Steve Angello.  This is a remix of Robin S‘ “Show Me Love” an old hit she produced back in ’93! Another crappy music video, this song has been played all over and I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard it before. Gotta give Robin S a lot of credit on this one with her amazing pipes and her original song!

Last Video, congrats if you made it this far, lol.  I know you’ve heard this one! Laidback Luke‘s collaboration with the Swedish House Mafia (Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello) featuring Deborah Cox Leave the World Behind” is a grade A production and is truly an amazing song!  This video is the best music video of the bunch, showing some great clips of SHM‘s travels and shows.

Longest post ever >.<


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Bloc Party

The boys from the Bloc have done it again. The indie quartet from across the pond has brought countless hits stateside, and the remixes are impressive to say the least. Their newest album “Four” releases August 20th, and I’ll be hitting my DL, day of, around 12:01. The highlight is a track entitled Octopus, and it’s an upbeat electro-punk inspired indie JAM. Once you can tear yourself away from the original, go NastyTrack style and listen to RAC electrofy this track. Once again, he absolutely SHINES this track up with a waxy disco synth, undeniably groovy. RAC has become a highlight amongst remix collections lately, and this one CRANKS; not to mention it released within a day of the original (yesterday)! Speaking of remixing power, check out this electro banger by LA duo Villians. They take the post-punk track Ares, and spit electro fire all over it. I first heard the Villians when coming up with tracks for my first Fun Mixtape, I stumbled across their remix of Dragonette’s Fixin’ to Thrill and i’ve looked to them for electro indie ever since. Actually, I mixed a Bloc Party remix into the Dragonette track in the very same Fun Mix 1! Alex Metric absolutly destroys tracks, and his remix of One More Chance is a shining example of the London producers ability to amp up indie tracks with electro energy. Lots of tracks today… but hell its a Bloc Party!



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