Sunday, July 15, 2007

A Joyful Rebellion - When Rock and Electronic Dance Music Collide

Let me take you once more to a different level in music. This time, let's see how the fusion of rock and electronic dance music would sound like.
It started back in the late 2002-2003 when it was still an underground club culture and was called different names; dance rock, disco punk, electro, electroclash, modern new wave, neo-new wave, synth punk, etc. They can call it anything they want, but for me, it's still good music and it's the most exciting development in the future of modern music.

It's like a revival of 80s New Wave given a twist and a modern sound. More and more new bands are once again discovering their roots and incorporating synthesized sounds to their tunes giving it a sort of retro feel. These electro stars and jock dirty rock bands are now into drum machines and disco beats. These hybrids offer many escape routes from the conformity of both rock and dance music.

Imagine this as sort of a mix between old and new, The Killers (one of my favorite bands at the moment) with The Sex Pistols (punk rules!!), The Bodyrockers with Midnight Oil, She Wants Revenge (are they the new Joy Division??) with David Bowie, and a lot more. Here, you'll hear stuff from these modern new wave bands alongside remixed and updated 80-90s rock and new wave tunes.

This compilation is like a rebellion from the usual norm of rock and dance music, as I try to bridge the gap between these 2 opposing genres and create a hybrid of new music. I also hope to bring out the angst in all of us with tunes like "Rebel, Rebel" from the legend, David Bowie, old school white rappers, The Beastie's "Fight For Your Right," and the lords of punk, Johnny Rotten and The Sex Pistols' "Anarchy In The UK."

Before we go to the mix, here's a weird & haunting video from She Wants Revenge, called "Tear You Apart." For me, they really sound like Joy Division. You judge....

And now, for today's tracklist:
1) Mr. Brightside - The Killers (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) (this is good!!)
2) Rebel, Rebel - David Bowie (SFB Mix)
3) Round and Round - The Bodyrockers (A-Side Mix)
4) Barracuda - Heart (D-Fuse vs. Hiratzka Remix)
5) Beds Are Burning - Midnight Oil (DJ Chaos Breakbeat Remix) (check this out!!)
6) This World - Autobots (Roxiller Remix) (a touch of tear-out breakbeat)
7) Hate To Say I Told You So - The Hives (Godzilla Remix)
8) Fight For Your Right - Beastie Boys (School Of Thought Breaks Mix)
9) Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (Fatboy Slim Remix)
10) Loser - Beck (Fatboy Slim Remix)
11) Stop The Rock - Apollo 440 (Mint Royale Mix)
12) Are You Gonna Go My Way - Lenny Kravitz (Remix)
13) 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Plummet (Johnny Budz Club Mix) (nice remake of a Paul Simon classic; thanks to skin for this track:))
14) Dreams - Deep Dish feat. Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac (Extended Club Mix) (love this tune!)
15) When You Were Young - The Killers (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) (another superb track!!)
16) Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (Diffusion Dance Mix) (from Grey's Anatomy)
17) Tear You Apart - She Wants Revenge (Vission Wants Revenge Vocal Mix)
18) Anarchy In The U.K. - Sex Pistols (Remix)
19) Let's Dance - David Bowie (RHV Remix)
20) Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand (2006 White Label Remix)
21) Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet (The Beatmeister Remix) (new rock at its best!!)

Hope to prove that hybrids can sound good too!!


skin2skin said...

Thanks for the mention! I really appreciate it!!

the beatmeister said...

Hi skin,

No prob bro! I've always been a fan of your blog. :)


Carl said...

Very cool playlist! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Nice playlist. Thanks!