Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Genius: The Girls / Something Good '08

Genius’d Song: The Girls
Artist: Calvin Harris
Album: I Invented Disco

Selection: Something Good '08 (Ian Carey Remix)
Artist: Utah Saints
Album: Something Good ‘08

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
The Girls - Calvin Harris
NYC Beat - Armand Van Helden
Get Down - Groove Armada
Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) - Ida Corr Vs. Fedde Le Grand
Cry For You - September
When You Touch Me - Freemasons
Do Your Thing - Basement Jaxx
D.A.N.C.E - Justice
Around the World - Daft Punk
Teardrop - Massive Attack
My People - The Presets
What Else is There? (Thin White Duke Remix) - Royksopp
Drop The Pressure - Mylo
Hush Boy - Basement Jaxx
Better off Alone - Alice DeeJay
They - Jem
Stand Up Tall - Dizzee Rascal
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk
Sexy Boy - Air
Let Me Think About It (Micky Slim Remix) - Ida Corr
Something Good '08 (Ian Carey Remix) - Utah Saints
Destination Calabria (Original) - Alex Gaudino
Where's Your Head At - Basement Jaxx
Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control) - Groove Armada
Glory Box - Portishead

Calvin Harris

Music Career
Harris began making music as a 15 year old boy. His earliest success was when he was 18: the songs "Da Bongos" and "Brighter Days" were released as a 12" club single and CD-EP by the Prima Facie label in early 2002 under the name Stouffer.

Harris signed contracts with EMI (publishing) and Sony BMG (recording) in 2006, after his music had been discovered on the social networking website MySpace. Harris had recently moved back from London to his hometown of Dumfries because he was unable to find a job. He had only managed to release one song in 2004 with artist, Ayah. The song appears on The Unabombers' 'Electric Soul 2'.

His first album I Created Disco was released on 18 June 2007. The album contained uptempo electroclash songs that were influenced by music from the 1980s. To promote I Created Disco, Harris embarked on a tour of the UK, supporting Faithless and Groove Armada.

The first release from the album was "Vegas" on limited edition vinyl and the first charted single released from the album was "Acceptable in the 80s", a tribute to the style and culture of the decade. The song reached the top ten on the UK singles chart, remaining on the chart for fifteen weeks. "The Girls" was the album's second single, it reached the top 5 in the UK singles chart. The fourth release from the album was "Merrymaking at My Place" which reached #43 in the UK chart.

In 2007 Harris also recorded with Kylie Minogue. He had caught Minogue's attention after his recordings had been passed on to her by another record producer. Harris says that working with Kylie was "surreal, but fun" although revealed to mixmag in 2007 to "needing a few drinks before meeting her." Harris co-wrote and produced two songs on Kylies' X album; 'In My Arms' and 'Heart Beat Rock'.

He is recently credited as being the producer in a remixed version of The Mitchell Brothers song "Michael Jackson". Harris is also currently working with British pop-star Sophie Ellis-Bextor, co-writing some new songs for her upcoming fourth studio album.

On April 3, 2008, it was revealed that the only existing copy of his upcoming album work was lost when his laptop was misplaced during the baggage handling problems at the opening of London Heathrow Terminal 5.[6] He later stated on the BBC's Glastonbury Festival 2008 coverage that he got his baggage back including the album within a few days.

In 2008 he collaborated with UK rapper Dizzee Rascal on Dizzee's song "Dance Wiv Me". They performed an acoustic version for the BBC as part of the Glastonbury Festival 2008 coverage. The song was released digitally on June 30, 2008 and went straight to number 1 in the UK.
In October 18th 2008, he also featured on Radio 1's Essential Mix with a 2 hour set.

Calvin's second studio album will be ready to be released in mid-2009 in the United Kingdom. The album will follow-up the UK Top 10-album "I Created Disco".

Utah Saints

Utah Saints are a dance band from Leeds, England. The music is produced by Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt, who are joined on-stage by other musicians whenever the band plays live. The band had a string of hit singles in the British pop charts in the 1990s, and were notable for their extensive use of sampling technology. In particular, their practice of manipulating samples from mainstream pop and rock songs, and combining them with contrasting dance beats, pre-dated the mashup scene by several years. The name "Utah Saints" as told by Willis is a play on the fact that when the New Orleans Jazz moved to Utah they kept their name "the Jazz". But as Willis put it in an interview once, "what if the New Orleans Saints moved to Utah?" A common misconception is that the band based their name on the fact that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are located in Utah.


They were described as "the first true stadium house band" (by Bill Drummond), though their music is difficult to place into one particular genre and they have been compared to Underworld, Fluke, The KLF, and even Ministry or Nine Inch Nails.

They first had chart success with the singles "What Can You Do For Me" (UK #10), "Something Good" (their biggest UK success at #4) and "Believe In Me", a UK #8 chart hit, which they described as their vocal sample trilogy as those singles sampled Gwen Guthrie, Kate Bush and Human League respectively ("What Can You Do For Me" also features a sample from Eurythmics). Contrary to one rumour, the band were not sued by Kate Bush over the use of a sample from Bush's track "Cloudbusting" in the Utah Saints track "Something Good" - the sample was legally cleared before use. Additionally, Bush sold Utah Saints footage from the video of her original song [1]. This track is currently experiencing a revival in the clubs in 2008 with new remixes by Van She, High Contrast, Prok & Fitch, eSquire, Ian Carey and more.
Utah Saints then moved away from vocal samples with singles such as "I Want You" and "I Still Think Of You" (Jez Willis providing original vocals on each).

After their debut album, the self-titled Utah Saints, and one further single "Ohio", Utah Saints seemed to disappear for several years, though they were still busy doing remixes (for a diverse range of artists including Blondie, Human League, Hawkwind, Simple Minds, James, Annie Lennox and The Osmonds and the theme to the 1995 Movie, Mortal Kombat), and producing tracks for other artists such as Terrorvision. During this time, they recorded an album that was to be called "Wired World" but was never released, and produced a handful of Utah Saints tracks that to date have never had a proper release either, with titles such as "Star", "Train" and "Rock".

They eventually re-appeared in late 1999 with charting singles "Love Song", "Funky Music" (featuring Edwin Starr on guest vocals), "Power To The Beats" and "Lost Vagueness" (featuring Chrissie Hynde), by releasing the album Two. Also in 2000, Utah Saints did the soundtrack for the video game Carmageddon TDR2000. In 2002 they went back into hibernation only to surface again in 2008 with a single release. The band are notorious amongst their fans and the dance music community for taking a long time in between their releases - their first album Utah Saints and follow-up album Two were released seven years apart.
They have also been working on projects under other names, such as BeatVandals, as well as developing their regular Leeds and Edinburgh-based club night SugarBeatClub. They opened a new recording studio on the outskirts of Leeds with fellow Leeds DJs and producers Riley & Durrant in 2008.

Utah Saints – Something Good ‘08

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