Midnitemen

After the ‘death’ of Akira The Don, his next project is the Midnitemen, and moving to L.A. Usually the move to the West Coast signals the winter years of an artist’s career, a bit like being big in Japan – but this move really suits him if this mixtape is anything to go by. With fellow Midnitemen Wade Crescent it’s mashup and shiny songs ahoy. Most recently they’ve done a Kate Bush remix of Wuthering Heights which is good (and a must for Kate Bush remix collectors like myself, yes that show will happen…) but as I missed it earlier this year I’m all about the Coachella mixtape.

Really love the Bombs Over Baghdad vs The Knife one (really hard, since I’m supercritical after doing my ‘London Booted’ Spanish Bombs Over Baghdad Clash mashup – not perfect but nearly all other mashups get the timing even more wonky!) and the Chvrches and Empire of the Sun remixes. Sex Drive might get a certain 1980’s synth pop duo reaching for their lawyerphone though. 1984! Boo! Boo!

Presets new album – Ghosts

Must say I missed this, being away and all – Presets just released the album Pacifica last week in the UK/Europe. If this excellent single and video (it’s like being back at the Olympics! Where’s Tom Daly?) ‘Ghosts’ is anything to go by, it’ll be a good un – sounds more mature without being all boring, tales of Cocaine and excess on the road and redemption…and also Presets reclaiming their crown as Everything Everything, Empire of the Sun and Yeasayer amongst a few have been making inroads into their territory in recent years.

Reborn Identity’s Slick Empire

Every once in a while a mashup comes along and you don’t know all the sources and it makes you want to check out the band – here’s one by Reborn Identity, mixing Ozzie facepaint botherers Empire of the Sun with Chew Lips, a band I’ve heard of but not really heard. I like so much that I want to hear more of the band – which is a good result from a mashup – lovely video too.