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I had some Indian Summer-induced nostalgia, and I can’t stop listening to my dancy pop tunes, particularly, lately, the everloved, effervescent Kaskade.  (NOT CASCADA. NOT NOT NOT.)  This guy is forty (can you believe that? can i say that?) but has kept me nonstop bouncing for like a half-decade and goin.  So if you’re in the NYC ‘hood, you should check out tryin to get tix to one of his sold-out shows at Webster Hall this coming Sat & Sunday.  After casually bumping into him a couple times this summer, I can say with full certainty you will not be let down. (If you’re not in the big apple, he’s also playing elsewhere..)

Now I kinda dislike Skylar ‘EmoPrincess’ Grey, but regardless, this song has got me hooked.  And then some promotional genius incorporated it into an incredibly heartwarming recap of this year’s eZoo.  Included ’em both.  gah I love it.

Skylar Grey – Invisible (Kaskade Remix)

Arguably one of the most danceable pop tracks — I mean, popular dance tracks — of the century, here’s a remix of Fire In Your New Shoes featuring miss Dragonette that takes the same iconically-Kaskade series of power chords and slow-warps them to throw chills through to your backbone…..then dives into crazy danceland 🙂

Kaskade – Fire In Your New Shoes (Sultan & Ned Shepard Electric Daisy Remix)

While it’s not raining at this moment exactly, it has been all friggin week, here where I scuba.  But dear Minnesota also let rain this dubby remix of a Kaskade original a few months ago, and I gotta say thank you, again, the both of you, this time for making my latenight dark and rainy drives home sooooo much cooler.

Kaskade and Adam K – Raining (Minnesota RMX)

…And once the drive is over, and bed approaches, and exhaustion has hit but you can’t stop thinking…

Kaskade – 4 AM (Adam K & Soha Mix)

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I don’t even know what to say… after an amazing lineup of beautiful, technologic bliss, we’re beginning to leave a killer set by Armin van Buuren when we turn around and see this.

Armin van Buuren (ft. Christian Burns) – This Light Between Us (Great Strings Mix Edit)

This one as well has been on repeat in my head literally since we left the zoo…

The Killers – Human (Armin Van Buuren Club Remix)

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So there’s this annual festival in New York you may’ve heard of, where like a hundred of the world’s greatest DJs magically dip in for a three-day party on Randall’s Isle, Manhattan– it’s Electric Zoo, it begins in less than 24 hours, and–lucky for you–more tickets have been released!

Yea… you read those prices right.  But then take a look at those lineups!  You won’t find a hotter show on the eastern seaboard.  For me, it was the epic Sunday lineup that I ended up buying a ticket for, coincidentally the first day that started selling out tickets.  A few thousand of my best friends and I are about to get the aural pleasuring of a lifetime from the likes of Diplo, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Calvin Harris, and just a few other nonmortals who’ve agreed to come grace our ears.

The massive dance party’ll start later that afternoon, but first I wanna mention two acts that precede the crazy: Gramatik and MiM0SA, performing starting at 11:30am back-to-back at the “Hilltop Arena,” where you’re likely to find me planted the majority of the day.  These guys both bring back an older world through funky mixes produced so silkily smooth they’d slip right through your fingers. To help you start to feel the beat…

Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Hip-Hop Heaven (Gramatik Remix) 
(Someone dareth touch Led Zepp?!)

Nina Simone – I Put A Spell On You (MiM0SA mix)

Another personal fave during my scuba adventures is Jack Beats, booked right in between the sets of Fake Blood and Diplo (two other mighty fine DJs).  Be sure to check out his jungle-infused set to really make it feel like a zoo…

Jack Beats – Revolution <–whoa

Florence and the Machine – Drumming Song (Jack Beats Remix)

Hope to see you there !

I thought I’d continue the trend over here at JnJ, as we continue to dream of cali, with this sick remix by Minnesota, aka Christian Bauhofer. This “unassuming dude,” as he calls himself, has opened for a whole slew of crazy acts — from Flying Lotus to Ghostland Observatory, Rusko to Benny Benassi, RJD2 to Excision — and is featured in the sets of just as notable of DJs.  Perhaps you’ve heard of Lorin Ashton, aka Bassnectar?  Caught him sampling this remix at Gov’s Island just this past Saturday night.

Mamas and the Papas – California Dreamin’ (Minnesota Remix)

You immediately get my attention with any remix graced by the presence of The XX.  Nine times out of ten I’m treated with some glorious, oozing tune to wrap up in.  Nine and a half times out of ten.  Probably more.  Anyway Minnesota’s mixup of Sander van Doorn’s “Intro” remix is no exxception.

Sander van Doorn – XX Booty (Minnesota Remix)

Mr. Little Jeans is a wacky Norwegian chick who’s yet to produce a full album but has already gained some serious popularity thanks to being snapped up by a few notable remixers, like the RAC, who rehashed “Angels” and “Rescue Song”, the latter of which you’ll find below.  First though, her spooky, hypnotizing cover of the Arcade Fire’s Suburbs.  And enjoy the even spookier music vid she made for it :

Mr. Little Jeans – The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)

Thankfully we have the perky, upbeat wizards of the RAC to bring you out of the weird mood that video probably just put you in.

Mr. Little Jeans – Rescue Song (RAC Remix)