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When we need a break from deep disco and the kick kick snare-isms of dancefloor music, one of the first places we turn is Danger Village. LA publicist Beth Martinez handpicks her artists and only promotes bands she loves. To celebrate Discobelle’s redesign, Beth put together a mix that reflects the depth and diversity of the Danger Village aesthetic, ranging from breezy tropicalia to dreampop to dance to pure indie rock. When you stop by the village you can count on finding genuine independent music built on thoughtful songwriting and a strong DIY ethic. Beth took the time to write a few words about why she loves each song on this mix; you can find her musings below. Her associate Mark also made a nice purple Discobelle frog for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

1) Empire of the Sun – “Alive”

Loving every minute of this song cause it makes me feel so alive. This should be everyone’s song of the summer. I find the lyrics particularly inspirational. Freedom is within you.

2) WALLA – “Nature”

This song hit over Memorial Day weekend and it was the perfect time to set the feeling for pool parties and backyard barbeques.

3) Stay Bless – “Always”

We’re over the top crazy about the summery Peter Gabriel vibes from Stay Bless. Who knew Celine Dion referencing could be so freaking cool?

4) Sivu – “Better Man Than He”

I love songs that remind me of the Into the Woods, and this is one of them.

5) Belle Ville – “Mixed Voices”

I like the “raerrrr -rearrr – rearrrr” slide sound effect in this song. That’s probably not the technical term for that noise.

6) Majical Cloudz – “Bugs Don’t Buzz”

I had heard this name around a lot and when I finally got around to listening was surprised that it sounded nothing like what I thought it would. I love the sad solo spotlight performer aspect of this song, like John C. Reilly’s big song in Chicago.

7) Karl x Johan – “Never Leave Me”

This might be my first repeat band on a mix since I put “I Love It” on two mixes last summer. I just love Karl x Johan that much. Thanks to Jeff Cascine for the tip on this band many months ago.

8) London Grammar – “Metal & Dust”

Been digging these guys for a while now, I love the chorus here.

9) Lovelife – “Your New Beloved”

Speaking of loving life…I love the auto-tuned harmonies at the end when the beat drops out.

10) Vampire Weekend – “Yah Hey”

I usually lose interest in bands once they get popular but Vampire Weekend holds my interest with this turn of

11) Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”

I first heard this on KCRW and immediately knew it would be one of my songs of the summer before evening know who it was. Still wish they had a different vocal than Pharrell, though.

*Bonus Track*
12) Deafheaven – “Dreamhouse”

I fell in love with it the first time I heard this song. It’s really impressive how Deafheaven combines the elements of screamo with shoegaze so blendingly. I know it’s not good to put a 9 minute song in a mix but it’s SO GOOD, I’m adding it on as the bonus track.

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The Very Best just finished storming across the US with a few much acclaimed live shows. They even managed to throw a Secousse party in New York, pitting NYC versus London.

Here are two new remixes by UK electronic trio Metronomy and Australian indie outfit Architecture In Helsinki of the title track (which leaked a few weeks ago and featured the vocal duties of Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig) from their upcoming album “Warm Heart Of Africa”. Metronomy gives us a whole different take on the track replacing some vocals but incorporating a synthline and what sounds like a tweaked up sample of their single “Heartbreaker” with its strutty bass, meanwhile the Architecture In Helsinki crew focuses on the horns from the original to keep that warm and joyful feeling.

The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (Metronomy remix) (direct link)

The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (Architecture In Helsinki remix) (direct link)

The Very Best

Jun 18 2009

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The Very Best, consisting of the Swedish/French world music connoisseurs in London based production duo Radioclit along with Malawi born crooner Esau Mwamwaya, caused quite a stir amidst music fans all over the world with release of their “The Very Best mixtape” which featured Esau’s soothing and soulful vocals sung over a blend of well-known pop, dance, afro and indie tracks. The trio are now on the verge of releasing their debut album “Warm Heart Of Africa”, it’ll be out on Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music (Green Owl in the US) September 2nd. To tide you over until then – yes, we know it’s going to be a long, hot summer – we just received an exclusive a track from the album. This groovy track; “Warm Heart Of Africa” (with guest vocals from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig), is insanely good and will be perfect for your summer parties, in fact it’ll probably keep you bouncing all the way until September.

The Very Best – Warm Heart Of Africa (direct link)

BONUS: Check out Radioclits “Fu (Na-Na-Na)” mix (Funana is apparently a high BPM, accordion filled style of dance music from Cap Verde) over at Corporate Bloggin.