urmymuse: falling feels like this

I don’t know much about urmymuse (yet), but I like what s/he has done with this vocal ‘pella Touch by jacindae. The lyrics shine through as the song moves from light piano/synth into deeper, minor tones…then back into sparkling,  tumbling notes that sound like rain drops. And then happy, galloping drums, then back to the rain drops!

texasradiofish: American Dream

Summer is here and ccMixter is full of great summer tunes. Texasradiofish has produced a jangly, bouncy California rock number called American Dream from a vocal track by TD Tunes fav Scomber. Equal parts TRF and Scomber, this song really puts me in the mood for a stroll along the North Sea.

Radiotimes: Basically Pumping Panu

And here’s another song from Radiotimes on ccMixter. This downbeat song features poignant vocals from panu and a simple, bouncy beat that had me tapping my toes as I listened along. It reminds me of something that David Byrne and Brian Eno might have put together, yet it has a unique sound of its own, too.

Manolo Camp: i should’ve kissed you

Manolo Camp is new to the TD Tunes list. With this entry, a mix including vocal pellas from Color Theory, he has created a bouncy, quirky dance ballad is both upbeat and sad. The screeching synth adds to the mood by creating a jarring, off-kilter feel to this song, preventing it from veering into too-smooth, too-trite territory.

Radiotimes: The Happiness of Larry

So here’s a terrific, upbeat song from Radiotimes on ccMixter. It includes vocals from Fronz Arp and some very happy percussion…and I think those are real instruments, too!

Scott Altham: If You Wait For Me

Scott Altham has done it again: another fantastic remix! After an interesting 10-month hiatus from his music (“started a company, had a little boy”) he returns with If You Wait For Me, based on If You Wait (Anahitas Promise) by Loveshadow. (Both versions are available on the ccMixter site.)

Altham’s latest is an a-Ha-esque pop ballad that includes a driving drum track, soaring electronica, and smooth crooning that will take you back to the 1980s. This is a great summer driving song, perhaps the first of many to come now that Scott Altham is back!

Scott Altham on ccMixter

Scott Altham on MySPace

Snowflake: We are Free (at the root)

Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!

Snowflake and friends have created a fierce song that includes text/audio from Larry Lessig and Henry David Thoreau. While the message is serious, the beat and vocals are pure fun!

“We’ve been hacking at the branches
You’ve been stealing all the loot
Now we are marching for the changes
That are striking at the root”

Carosone: Give it up

Italian musician Francesco Carosone is a talented composer and remixer. He has been active on the ccMixter website since 2008 and says he was brought there by fellow ccMixter musician Calendar Girl.

This groovy tune is a re-visioning of Give It Up by Snowflake. The percussion and strings add a bit of urgency to the sleepy lyrics and make it a fun but soothing song to listen to on a cloudy day. (And how often to you get to hear the gamelan in a ccMixter song?)

Vidian: Wait (V’s Liquid Danger Mix)

Here’s Vidian, a young Toronto mix-master who

Scomber: Obi Wan Kenobi Rides the Spagetti Express

Just can’t seem to get enough from Scomber. This oddly-titled track is his latest offering on the ccMixter website. It features contributions by Forensic and Zapac and is indescribably fun to listen to. The kitchen sink sound includes a bouncy beat, funky guitars, a horn section, and a wailing harmonica. I am not sure what the lyrics (and title) are all about, but it doesn’t really matter. Scomber & Co are simply awesome!