Tag Archives: Dance

Humans – Avec Mes Mecs

Rather Electro-Clash sounding is “Avec Mes Mecs”, by Humans.  I’m a sucker for a folk singer married with an electronic backing track.  For me, it’s the emotion that most folk singers infuse into their tracks that plays so well with an electronic track.

Humans – Avec Mes Mecs

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Short History:

So it’s not entirely true that opposites attract, but it is true that when two opposites get together, things become a lot less mundane. This is certainly what’s happened between Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq, the musicians behind Vancouver indie dance duo Humans. Their first single, “Avec Mes Mecs” brings together the big beats of Ricq’s past as a warehouse party promoter/performer and the melodic sensibility of Slade’s days as a firefighter-turned-folk musician.

The track, written after what Slade calls “many days of absolutely brilliant partying” following New Year’s Eve, is a celebration of being together. With the refrain, “who knew that all we had to do was party” serving as the clarion call for all those looking to come together in a mess of bodies and smiles, Humans capture the blind, full, captivating joy of letting everything go for awhile, and giving into the fun. After these debauched days, which Slade says were “about as tame as you can be spending three days drinking without clothes,” Ricq taught him how to use a 505 Arpeggiator and side by side the two wrote out their experience to the beat.

Both are most comfortable in a state of flux, leaving when the party reaches it’s peak, always trying to break into something new. “Avec Mes Mecs,” which translates into English as “with my friends,” or “with my bros,” is just one facet of Humans’ sound, which the two say is never going to be the same twice. “Just when you say ‘I think we found our sound,’ we find something else,” says Ricq. This state of flux is essential to Humans’ sound, as much as it changes it.

Always listening for new songs and styles and sounds, Slade and Ricq hope to one day expand from a duo to a full band, so they can expand Humans already expansive melodies and beats even further. The future is wide open, to say the least, for two guys who always know when it’s just the right time to leave the party, and when you should just keep it going for days.

 

Air Frog – Bon Voyage

Since I’ve digging the crates here, I found this number from Air Frog that was released back in 2000.   This track is a MONSTER with a wicked bassline.

Air Frog – Bon Voyage

Blue Boy – Remember Me (Original 12″)

 

From Scottish DJ Lex Blackmore (aka BlueBoy), we have his 1997 dance hit, “Remember Me”.  The track is built around two samples from “Woman of the Ghetto“, a 1969 soul song by Marlena Shaw. From wiki:

“The original song ["Woman of the Ghetto] is polemic to legislators delivered by a woman from a black American ghetto. Near the end is the line: “Remember me? I’m the one who had your babies”, in reference to black maids raising white children for little pay in America. This sample is repeated throughout “Remember Me”, as is a sample of a scat portion of the refrain.”

Blue Boy – Remember Me (Original 12″)

Clare Maguire – The Last Dance (Chase & Status Remix)

A beautifully  dark track that gets a little help from Chase & Status.  Chase & Status give it a little dub step action mixed with UK 2-step.   Clare was inspired to write The Last Dance after the death of her hero.  Michael Jackson.   Clare reminds me at time of one my favorite vocalist, Annie Lennox.  Clare will be  releasing her album this  February  28th.

Clare Maguire – The Last Dance (Chase & Status Remix)

Bag Raiders – Sunlight (ft. Dan Black)

Bag Raiders has just released their full length self-titled album today, which you can preview here.  Off this release is track two, Sunlight featuring an AudioDrums favorite on vocals, Dan Black.  It’s an upbeat affair with a poppier vocal delivery for Dan Black.

And back in 2009, Bag Raiders track “Shooting Stars (ft. Ted Rhys from Ted & Francis) made my best of list at the number 2 spot.

Bag Raiders – Sunlight (ft. Dan Black)

buy the album here.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Household Goods

Beautiful blip and blop intro, touching vocals, and scathing drum beat break is the makeup of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur’s track, Household Goods.  This is seriously good, so don’t sleep on this one.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Household Goods

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Household Goods

Household Goods