Foreign favorites Graeme Sinden, DJ Mehdi, and Cansi de Ser Sexy
It’s never been a secret that the best dance and club music comes from outside the States. Here are a couple Euros (and a gaggle of Brazilians) who’re rubbing our noses in it.
Graeme Sinden, “DJ mix” (mp3)
Custom-made for UK house gurus Basement Jaxx — whose Atlantic Jaxx label will drop his “Red Hot” single next month — this mix from highly touted London producer Graeme Sinden strays from the well-worn 4x4 formula to incorporate such mutated strains as Baltimore club and Brazilian funk carioca. Opening with a guns-blazing blend of Mr. Vegas’s “Under Mi Sensi” and Pharrell’s “Can I Have It like That,” Sinden never falters in his 30-minute session, with sharp track selection and high energy throughout.
Cansei de Ser Sexy, “Let’s Make Love” (mp3)
This Brazilian band’s Portuguese name means “Tired of Being Sexy.” So why the mixed signals in the title (“Let’s Make Love”) and lyrics (“Kiss me, I’m drunk!”) of the first single from their forthcoming Sub Pop debut? These six somewhat elusive girls and one boy aren’t kissing or telling, but as long as they keep the catchy electro-pop coming, they probably won’t hear any complaints.
DJ Mehdi, “Le Cirque” (compressed mp3)
While his Chromeo-featuring single “I Am Somebody” blows up electro-dance parties from Paris to Montreal, French producer DJ Mehdi gleefully infringes copyrights from East Coast to West with his street-level mixtapes. In “Le Cirque,” he flips the vocal from Biggie’s “Nasty Boy” into a synthed-up, fuzzed-out dance-floor destroyer. You may have to scroll and poke around his graphically intense Web site to find the link, but it’ll be well worth it.
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