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The Cool Kids x Hey Champ

Chi-town in the house. Acoustic guitars in Hey Champ tune? I dig it. Don’t worry their signature synth sounds make their appearance. Looking forward to seeing Hey Champ in NYC this CMJ week. Flyer after the jump.

The Cool Kids x Hey Champ – (We Are) Champions

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Moneypenny x Hey Champ

As we all wait for Hey Champ’s album, we can all enjoy some new remixes from them, including a remix of Passion Pit’s “Little Secrets” which should be out soon and this remix of Chicago’s own lovely female electroduo, Moneypenny. It is a great hi-nrg, 132 bpm, italo-esque tune. I’m a sucker for seuqenced basslines.

Moneypenny – Say No (Hey Champ Remix)

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Asian Dan Exclusive Interview: TODD EDWARDS

“Todd is genius and I have never been disapointed by his music. I keep telling my friends I can hear angels singing, do you?” Busy P

Todd Edwards is the angelic voice behind “Face to Face” – that amazing tune by a little french duo known as Daft Punk. Todd is one of the godfathers of the UK Garage scene and has remixed everyone from Zoot Woman, Phoenix, Justice, Klaxons, Paul Johnson, and St. Germain. Now here is a little peak into this man from New Jersey’s musical mind and find out how the Daft Punk collaboration came about and how/why he remixed Japan’s own Boris.

Daft Punk – Face To Face (Todd Edwards Remix)

Zoot Woman – Taken It All (Todd Edwards Remix)

Also this time around I had some producers/DJs send in their own questions for Mr. Edwards -find out what Nate Donmoyer (Shuttle/Passion PIt), Pete Dougherty (Hey Champ), Emil & Friends, and GLOVES had to ask.


Asian Dan Exclusive Interview: TODD EDWARDS

Who is Todd Edwards? How would you describe your sound?

I’m a music producer from New Jersey. ..Lot of talent in Jersey πŸ˜‰ I’ve been making club music since 1991. The driving force that has inspired me to keep going all these years is God. My faith plays an important part in my music and the direction I take it. I have always described my sound as a musical collage. I take bits and pieces that I’ve sampled and fill in the spaces until I feel the track sounds complete.

What are some of your biggest influences, musical or otherwise? What is your first musical memory?

I will always give credit to the original influences that started me on the path of my sound. Marc Kinchen better known as MK introduced us all to a very unique sampling style in his remix of Nightcrawlers β€œPush The Feeling On.” He cut up the vocals into a two bar loop that sounded like it was saying something, but it wasn’t. The remix was huge with many to follow. I took on exploring that cut-up sample style. I also listened to a lot of Enya. Enya used a lot of her own vocals as part of her background music. I combined Enya’s vocal concept with MK’s vocal cut ups. Add some Kenny β€œDope” Gonzalez inspired drum patterns and you get the genesis of what I do now. Film scores have been a great source of inspiration to me. There are chord progressions in film scores that you don’t usually find in club music. The sampling process itself has exposed me to many genres of music from disco and r&b of the 70’s to the 60’s folk music movement. I look for interesting textures to sample. What I sample plays an even more important role in my tracks than how I arrange the samples.

My first musical memory was writing a simple song in a note pad a couple days after my mother received a piano from my father as a gift. I remember when that piano was delivered. It was a great morning, and I still love that piano.

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The Sounds x Hey Champ

The Hey Champ boys remixed their tour mates from this past spring, The Sounds – they really channel Fred Falke along with some old school hip hop vibes for this remix.

The Sounds – Beatbox (Hey Champ Remix)

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French Horn Rebellion vs. Database x Hey Champ

Pete from Hey Champ just sent me over this new remix they just finished for their buddies, French Horn Rebellion. Hey Champ channels their french disco/house side and produces a track that Fred Falke, Alan Braxe, Allure, and Breakbot would be proud of or either upset about because a bunch of American’s are stealing their sound. Either way cheers boys!

French Horn Rebellion vs. Database – Beaches and Friends (Hey Champ Remix)

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80kidz x Hey Champ

Super fun summer tune by 80kidz and Hey Champ, Saam from Hey Champ has quite a nice falsetto that ads this lofty, carefree summer vibe to the song.

80kidz – Getting You Off (feat. Hey Champ)

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Hey Champ x Zebo

Some Chicago on Chicago action, a Zebo remix of Hey Champ’s awesome “Cold Dust Girl”. Zebo does a great job of retaining all the major parts and themes of the tune but making it a little more dancefloor friendly. ill.

Peep the Asian Dan <3 love from the band when I met up with them a few weeks ago, great guys and amazing live show. I can’t wait for the album!

Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl (Zebo Remix)

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Asian Dan & Guests: Top 10 of 2008

2008 is coming to a close. It was quite an eventful and exciting musical year. So many great tracks, albums, and remixes by new and old artists and so much music to look forward to in 2009. It is now that time for the obligatory Top 10’s of 2008. I am featuring Asian Dan’s Top 10 Tracks, Albums, Remixes, and Shows of 2008. But I also asked a few artists, bands, DJs/Producers, blogger friends of mine to contribute their own Top 10 of 2008.


Top 10 Tracks of 2008
1. Mystery Jets – Young Love
2. Cazals – Somebody, Somewhere
3. David Byrne & Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
4. Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl
5. Tiga – Mind Dimension
6. MGMT – Electric Feel
7. Foamo – Moving It Over Here
9. Laidback Luke & A-Trak – Shake It Down
10. Late of the Pier – Focker

Top 10 Albums of 2008
1. Soulwax – Nite Versions Live at Fabric & 120 other places
2. Mystery Jets – 21
3. Cazals – What Of Our Future
4. Late of the Pier- Fantasy Black Channel
5. Justice – A Cross The Universe: Live Album
6. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
7. The Virgins – The Virgins
8. Sebastien Tellier – Sexuality
9. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
10. The Stills – Oceans Will Rise

Top 10 Remixes of 2008
1. Ladyhawke – Back of the Van (Fred Falke Ultimate Beverly Mix)
2. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Epic Last Song (Lifelike Remix)
3. PNAU – Embrace ft. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke & Miami Horror Remix)
4. Hot Chip – Touch Too Much (Fake Blood Remix)
5. The Chemical Brothers – Hey Boy, Hey Girl (Soulwax Remix)
6. Pin Me Down – Cryptic (Dubka Remix)
7. Danger – 11h30 (Kurtech Remix)
8. Mr. Oizo – Gay Dentist (JFK Edit)
9. Cut Copy – Lights & Music (Boys Noize Happy Birthday Remix)
10. Das Pop – Underground (Van She Club Remix)

Top 10 Shows of 2008
1. Soulwax – Irving Plaza – Pete Tong’s Insiders- NYC – 10.24.2008
2. SΓ©bastien Tellier – The Mod Club – Toronto – 8.4.2008
3. Fleet Foxes – Sommerville Theatre – Boston, MA – 10.6.2008
4. MSTRKRFT – The Estate – Boston – Fist of God Tour – 10.13.2008
5. Sigur RΓ³s – Bank of America Pavillion – Boston – 9.19.2008
6. Holy Fuck – Wrongbar – Toronto – 5.16.2008
7. Cazals – Hiro Ballroom – NYC – 11.6.2008
8. Late of the Pier – Irving Plaza – Pete Tong’s Insiders- NYC – 10.24.2008
9. A-Trak – Sunnyside Pavillion – Time Festival – Toronto – 8.10.2008
10. The Bloody Beetroots – Studio B – Brooklyn – 3.7.2008
11. Congorock – The Estate – Boston – Fist of God Tour – 10.13.2008

Checkout Hey Champ’s, NT89’s, Astrolabe’s, Luck on Strike’s, FRNKCOIS’ and Glenjamn’s Top 10 of 2008 after the jump.

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Hey Champ Exclusive Asian Dan Minimix + Interview

Those wonderful Chicago boys, Hey Champ hooked Asian Dan up with an exclusive Minimix. It is a wonderful journey into their musical minds. Supertramp! Check out a little Asian Dan Interview with Hey Champ.

Hey Champ – Hey Champ Exclusive Asian Dan Minimix

Hey Champ Exclusive Asian Dan Minimix Tracklist:

0. Intro
1. Newcleus – Jam on Revenge
2. Baby’s Gang – Challenger
3. Hey Champ – Face Control
4. Supertramp – The Logical Song
5. Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl (80 Kidz Remix)
6. Gusto – Disco’s Revenge
7. Cube – Concert Boy

Asian Dan Interviews: Hey Champ

1. Who is Hey Champ? How would you describe your music?
–Saam (vox, guitar), Jonathan (drums, vox), Pete (synths)
–We are a pop band with influences from rock, electro & disco.

2. What are your influences? Musical or otherwise? What are your first musical memories?
–We’ve all played instruments as long as we can remember. We also suffered from lisps as children and that probably contributed to the amount of time spent on music due to the related social marginalization.

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Cyndi Seui Exclusive Minimix for Asian Dan – Made in Bangkok

Cyndi Seui Exclusive Minimix for Asian Dan – Made in Bangkok

Asian Dan Presents Thailand’s own Cyndi Seui with a 9 Minimix exclusively for Asian Dan. Enjoy the minimix and interview.

1. Eternity…….Capsule
2. When We Were Young (Shazam RMX) ….Sneaky Sound System
3. FlashBack…….Cyndi Seui …Kitsch Cat Compilation 001
4. DJ SAV MY LIFE ( Cyndi Ready Riot Dmix )
5. Cold Dust Girl ( 80kidz RMX )…Hey Champ
6. Dead or Alive – You spin me round (Nari & Milani RMX)
7. Little Bit ( AutoErotique Bootleg RMX )….Lykke li
8. Pogo ( Shinichi Osawa DUB )…Digitalism

Cyndi Seui – Flash Back Master 202

Kitsch Cat Minimix Teaser

Cyndi Seui Myspace

Asian Dan Interview: Cyndi Seui

1. Who is Cyndi Seui?

Cesar B. de Guzman aka Cyndi Seui is an electronic music producer in Bangkok running a music blog/ mini label by the name of KITSCH CAT…..In general….i werk as a senior music producer in smallroom music label ( Bangkok pop music label ). One part of my life is doing a commercial music for TVC and radio mostly around asia and some in Europe. And the other part of my werk is producing artist in Smallroom music label. And Kitsch Cat is all for my own passion of making electronic music with my friend….”Kitsch Cat is the next Big thing for me to continue making electronic music possible”

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