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Asian Dan Presents Classic House Tracks According to the Word of Todd: Todd Terry “Slam Jam”

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This post is the first of many weekly guest posts from the one and only Todd Edwards. He agreed to grace us with some of his House music wisdom with quintessential tracks of the canon of House music as well as tracks that heavily influenced and mean a lot to Todd himself. First off is a track by Todd Terry, “Slam Jam” that samples my fav Ramjam song “Black Betty”. Also Todd Edwards offers up his remix of the legendary Dusseldorf quartet, Kraftwerk’s “Numbers”.

“Todd Terry’s productions were the first that I studied in depth. He lead the way in sample-based house track productions from the late 80’s, and from then on was known as “Todd The God”. (That’s catchy) “Slam Jam” had Todd’s signature drums running under a simple bassline which sounded more like a sample of a sound than an actual keyboard synth, rawww!!! The track is filled with catchy samples running through it. It was always a great feeling when I stumbled across a record where Mr. Terry got his samples from. Todd’s beats and use of samples gave him his signature sound. When you put on a Todd Terry record, you know it’s Todd Terry. So, that’s what I set out to do. He inspired me to create a sound that would be reconginzable to anyone who played my tracks. I owe him a big thanks for being the first of my house music inspirations. Of course, he should know this by now because I told him every chance I saw him at the clubs in the 90’s.”

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Todd Terry – Slam Jam

Bonus:
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Kraftwerk – Numbers (Todd Edwards Remix)

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Talking Heads x Todd Edwards

Todd just sent me over his remix of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House”, a track he debuted on his FACT mix he made back in January. For all of you in the UK who were waiting to see Todd last night sorry that didn’t happen, apparently Volcanos hate good music. Word on the street is that there are no flights from London to America until May 1. Twenty Twelve is now upon us so instead of freaking out just download this great remix and dance. Also be on the look out for a new 90 minute Todd Edwards Scion A/V mix coming soon!

Some words via Todd’s interview and mix for FACT Mix from back in January.

“Growing up I loved ‘Burning Down The House‘. When I hear it, it reminds me of my childhood. Over the last year or so, I’ve been envisioning songs that I could “Todd-i-fy. ” I could hear ‘Burning Down The House’ as a club track. I feel good about the results.”

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Talking Heads – Burning Down The House (Todd-i-fied mix)

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Todd Edwards Scion A/V Remix “I Might Be”

It is finally upon us, Todd Edwards collaboration with Scion A/V. A massive collaboration with fantastic remixes, it is hard to pick my favorite – but of course I am quite partial to the Joy Orbison. All I have to say is download, listen, dance, enjoy, repeat. God bless Todd. Tweet your love to @ToddEdwards3000

Download Zip of all the tunes: Todd Edwards Scion A/V Remix “I Might Be”

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Todd Edwards – I Might Be
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Todd Edwards – I Might Be (Joy Orbsion Remix)
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Todd Edwards – I Might Be (MJ Cole Remix)
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Todd Edwards – I Might Be (Feadz Remix)
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Todd Edwards – I Might Be (My Dear Disco Remix)

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Scion A/V Remix: Todd Edwards “I Might Be”

A highly anticipated release by the legendary Todd Edwards. I had the privilege to meet Todd and he is one of the most humble and down to earth producers/DJs around. He let me hear these tracks and wow – I cannot wait for you all to hear them. 2010 is the year of Todd. May the king of House return to his throne. With remixes by Joy Orbison, MJ Cole, Feadz, and My Dear Disco – how can you go wrong? Out 5.25.2010 – More info at scionav.com

And as Busy P once said about Todd’s music – “I keep telling my friends I can hear angels singing, do you?” Oh, I do. I do.

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KINGDOM

Kingdom is leading Fool’s Gold’s foray into the weirder, less banger, experimental side of electronic/dance. I have been listening and loving Kingdom’s remixes of Kid Sister and Marcus Price & Carli for the past month. I am a big fan of his nod to classic house, 2-Step, garage and just straight up bass. And what better way of paying homage than by getting Todd Edwards to remix your track. Check out the original version of “Mindreader” below and give the Fabric mix a listen to checkout the various genres of the darker side of electronic that Kingdom straddles between.

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Kingdom – Mindreader (feat. Shyvonne)

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Download: L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (Kingdom Remix)

Kingdom FABRICLIVE / Fool’s Gold Promo Mix by fabric

Tracklist after the jump.

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Todd Edwards: The Treehouse Mix

The legendary Todd Edwards crafted this mix of his own productions and remixes. Amazing stuff. Follow Todd on twitter @toddedwards3000 He is gonna be spinning at Flashing Lights @ 88 Palace on 12.4.2009 – be there to witness the godfather.

Download: Todd Edwards: The Treehouse Mix

Also check out this exclusive Asian Dan interview with Todd Edwards.

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Jose James x Joy Orbison

Once again I will state that I love Joy Orbison and what he is doing for electronic music. It is a refreshing sound that is cleansing our burnt out/bloghaus banger palette. There is a a hint of the crazy dubstep everyone is raving about but in a very tasteful way. My favorite element of Joy Orbison’s productions is his nod to classic UK Garage and the greats such as Todd Edwards, especially what he does with vocals. Joy is the master of subtly – pulling from all the best parts of dubstep, Garage, 2-Step while creating his own version of warm and soulful electronic loveliness.

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Download: Jose James – BLACKMAGIC (Joy Orbison’s Recreation) @ URB.com
500 Download limit so be quick!

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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.

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Daft Punk – Face To Face (Todd Edwards Remix)

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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.

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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 😉 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 “Push 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 “Dope” 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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Boris x Todd Edwards


Photo by Nathan Wind as Cochese

This is the most interesting remix pairing I have seen and heard in quite a while thanks to Scion A/V. Japan’s notorious noise rock band, Boris and the prolific Todd Edwards. I dunno how this collaboration came about but I am definitely intrigued. I wonder how Todd Edwards felt when he got the stems for the song. Give the original a listen here. The remix is your usual Todd Edwards production style.

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Boris – Buzz In (Todd Edwards Remix)

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Appaloosa x Todd Edwards

Not Todd Edwards best remix but still great production. I love everything he touches.
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Appaloosa – The Day (We Fell In Love) (Todd Edwards Liturgical Mix)

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