Sneaker Pimps – “Spin Spin Sugar” (Armand’s Dark Garage Mix)

This is a perfect example of when a remix becomes far more popular than the original track.

UK’s Sneaker Pimps had quite a bit of success with their 1996 debut album Becoming X (Virgin Records), featuring tracks like “6 Underground” and “Spin Spin Sugar”, but it wasn’t until superstar DJ/Producer Armand Van Helden got involved that this single took off; so much so that many thought that this was the original. I guess there’s a reason why Van Helden is as famous as he is.

-Michelle Farres

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Kurt Vile – “Jesus Fever”

Kurt Vile, for those who celebrate Easter.

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Shotgun & Jaybird – “Head Security Guard Surveys The Ground Around Him”

It’d be a safe world indeed, if Paul Henderson (the musician, not the hockey player) was always around to catch us. He should consider a back-up career as a slip-and-fall preventer at nursing homes.

Speaking of homes, what sort of place do they have Shotgun Jimmie locked up in? Their all-day bathrobe policy is an alluring prospect.

Speaking of alluring prospects, SappyFest just announced a Shotgun & Jaybird reunion show, as part of their SappyForever book tour—Toronto, May 15, Great Hall.

-Scott Bryson

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BANKS – “Brain”

If The Weeknd were a girl, he would undoubtedly sound like L.A.’s Jillian Banks, who, coincidentally, has toured quite a bit with the formerly-mentioned R&B artist. Talk about a sexy sounding show.

You may need to up the brightness on your computer monitor to catch all of the images in this particularly dark black and white (and sometimes red) video for BANKSShlohmo-produced single “Brain”. You won’t be missing out on a ton of action if you can’t quite get your settings right; besides, it’s more of a close-your-eyes-and-listen kind of track anyway.

BANKS is scheduled to release her debut album later this year via Harvest.

-Michelle Farres

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Wake Owl – “Candy”

What a sensitive dude. His friends are absorbed in video games, making replica guns and generally aspiring to ne’er-do-well status, but he only has eyes for his sister’s friend.

He’d be wise to focus on those Fast Times fantasies; a life of crime only leads to one place!

“Candy” comes from Wake Owl’s just-released The Private World Of Paradise (sounds like a mash-up of Fitzgerald novels)—a worthy follow-up to 2011’s Wild Country EP.

-Scott Bryson

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Rizzle Kicks – “Down with the Trumpets”

Illegal “transactions” can be a tricky; you need to find the perfect spot to meet, and never, ever rip off a dealer, especially one who specializes in trumpets.

In keeping with our informal UK hip-hop theme (Rizzle Kicks have actually opened for The Streets), Jordan “Rizzle” Stephens and Harley “Sylvester” Alexander-Sule prove just how dangerous an illegal instrument habit can really be.

“Down with the Trumpets” is from their 2011 debut album Stereo Typical (Island).There’s a powerful message here: when someone passes you a trumpet, just say “no”.

-Michelle Farres

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The Streets – “Fit But You Know It”

Mike Skinner’s facing a catch-22: He wants to pick up, but he keeps getting hungry. He’s trying to get food, but he keeps getting distracted by the ladies. If he’s not careful he’ll die both starving and alone.

We have to ask: why is he in almost all of his own photographs? Does he hand his camera off to his posse so they can take photos of him all night? Perhaps you’re the one who’s a little too full of themselves, Skinner.

“Fit But You Know It” comes from 2004’s A Grand Don’t Come For Free. The Streets is no more, sadly; Skinner now performs as half of The D.O.T.

-Scott Bryson

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