It’s December 1st, so you know what that means! End of the year lists and best-ofs from every music blog, including yours truly. Each year we’re lucky to have guest authors contribute lists and for our first list we have Mat Wisner of local remix masters Viper Creek Club.
In 2010 Viper Creek Club remixed everyone from Metric to Mad Rad (just listen to our song of the week). Despite being prolific remixers and releasing their own locally acclaimed album Letters, there are still plenty of songs and artists from 2010 that Viper Creek Club can’t wait to get their hands on. So we asked the band to share their Top 10 list of songs and artists from 2010 they hopes to remix in 2011 and we were pleasantly surprised by his answers. (A Viper Creek Club remix of Lemolo? Yes please.)
You can see Viper Creek Club this Friday (December 3rd) when they open for Mad Rad’s CD Release show at Neumos.
Viper Creek Club’s Top 10 Remix Candidates for 2011 by Mat Wisner
1. Mark Ronson & MNDR & Q-TIP – “Bang, Bang, Bang”
…Is this not the hottest song you’ve heard this year? Forreal! I’ve heard this joint called “spank rock” and I like that! Q always got those fire smooth verses, but I’m not sure I’ve heard him more on point in a while. MNDR is of course hot. Her and Ronson should cut a whole album, yeah? Anyways, fanboy aside, this is one of my favorite tracks of the year and I would be honored to be able to remix. I think I’d keep the synth line, cause it’s so necessary for this song. Then dial up some nutty marching band type drums.
2. Body Language
We share a booking agency with this Brooklyn based band. I showed up late to their bandwagon after seeing them at CMJs. But, their title EP cut, “Social Studies”, blows my mind. This would be an intimidating remix. Every remix I think should be completely (or a lot) different, but still good to the fans at same time. I’d be apprehensive about changing the tune, because it is already so good, but I’d love to give it a shot. Let’s have our people call their people (which happens to be the same person)
3. Champagne Champagne
You know VCC is up to speed on the local 206 shit. This is right up our remix alley. In fact, I am not sure why it hasn’t happened yet. I can give “Soda and Pop Rocks” like 10 spins back to back without blinking. I mean shit people, you heard a fatter synth line in a minute? No, you haven’t
4. Of Montreal
I have the stems for “Famine Affair” and will absolutely remix this song in the coming year. I am not sure I’ve heard a more lyrically telling song the entire year. I have a strong internal mind dialogue going at all times, and I completely relate to this song because it sounds like those little voices/demons getting the chance to sing a song. It’s beautiful.
We’ve played shows with them. I’ve been a fan watching their shows. You heard Meagan Grandall’s voice? No? Go hear it now. Lemolo, I hope you record to a click track, because I want to make a remix that breaks hearts on the dance floor.
6. Friendly Fires
Brandon and I were sprung on this album right around the time we started making our own album. I didn’t mind playing taxi transporting gear to and from the studio if this was in my CD player. “Skeleton Boy” is still one of my top 10 songs of all time. I’m sure the acapella track is out there, but it’s a delicate thing to remix your favorite song. Like if you start dating your best friend (take it slow…)
7. Vampire Weekend
I hated VW before I even heard them. I mean, fuck a bunch of rich college kids singing about sweater vests, right? Thing is, they’re pretty good. Also, sweater vests can be sharp in the right context. Contra isn’t a jaw dropping album, but it’s solid and I’d love to remix “Giving Up The Gun”
8. Freddie Gibbs
This dude has released a TON of music in a short amount of time, and all of it runs circles around just about everyone else. This guy can rap his ass off, and he just keeps punching everyone in the face with more and more stellar hip hop. I respect game. I want to remix “What It Be Like” which is an oldie, but one of the best hip hop songs I’ve heard in last couple years (with no R&B hook bullshit). Gibbs has got next.
9. La Roux
This chick ruled my world for a small portion of this year. This is some perfect Euro Pop music in my opinion. “Not Your Toy” is my jam of choice. Have you seen the video for that song? It’s the future people! I could see flipping the beat making it something quite different
10. The Young Evils
“Get Over It” is no joke. This is pop music just how I like it. I’d love to take it to some off beat French House territory. It’s got such a wholesome low grade indie folk feel that I’d like to trash a bit in the remix. One of those remixes that makes you go WTF at first cause you loved the first version. But, then you get the “Ahh ha” moment after a few spins (hopefully…)