New DJ set: Strong Women That Roll (drum & bass pop remixes)

A set of drum&bass remixes of pop songs by some of today’s smartest artists, like Taylor Swift, Lorde, Charli XCX, Lady Gaga, and more. This set is designed to introduce children, especially “mighty girls” and future strong women, to drum & bass, in a safe, supervised setting. To seal the deal, I’ve even included a remix of “Let it go” from Frozen. Drum&basshead parents: you’re welcome.

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3 responses to “New DJ set: Strong Women That Roll (drum & bass pop remixes)

  1. Great music overall. But if we’re talking strong women, I think it is worth pointing out that someone like Lorde would separate herself from gals like Taylor Swift, CharliXCX, and Selena as women who are too sexualized. And not that Lorde is not sexually-positive, but there is a difference between sexualizing oneself for money and being a sexy woman. Lady Gaga…well, she doesn’t really fit into this category since she doesn’t sexualize herself so much as she weaponizes her sexuality, and this is a political statement that is common in much of her music. Lorde is quite a feminist and she has spoken out often about what she sees as anti-feminist or “failures” or “flaws” in music from women like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus. This whole “come and get it” attitude especially. This attitude is inviting men to see women as objects to “take from,” rather as people from whom they might “receive.” It’s a subtle but insidious message that is anti-feminist and violent in its underpinnings. And Lorde has been highly criticized for, as she puts it, “speaking the truth” according to her own feminist principles. They’ve called her a “hater” and accused her of being “crazy.” Wow. Lorde spoke out against anti-feminism in popular music today? Burn the witch!! Geez!

    • If either the mix or this post can contribute productively to a critical discussion of different feminisms, then they’d exceed what I’d have hoped to achieve. While I take your point about Lorde’s feminism, an interview with Lorde from earlier this year has me wondering about your source for her purported critique of Swift. (Could be a question of currency?) More to the point, I think it would be unwise to short-change Swift’s own embrace of feminism (as I think it’s deeply unfair to liken her work to that of Cyrus and the peculiar tradition of Mouseketeers-turned-pop stars – Spears, Aguilera – who seem to go overboard with hypersexualization to prove they’re grownups). Swift very publicly turned to feminism last year, and the importance of international stars like her – and Beyoncé before her – simply owning the term can’t be overstated, when the term itself remains so stigmatized, vilified, and attacked in our patriarchal pop culture. There is of course a lot of critical disagreement over the kind of feminism Swift espouses (in terms of intersectional issues like white privilege and racialization especially), but to me, this article sums up the symbolic – and strategic – importance of what Swift’s done for feminism in the contexts of public discourse and her global reach as an icon and role model for young girls today:

      In 2015, no other celebrity has the same reach as Ms. Swift. Her demographic transcends generations. Whatever the message is that she tries to convey, it is received by millions of people on a global scale.
      Swift’s declaration of feminism last year was an important event in pop-culture. Swift, who credits Lena Dunham with introducing her to the topic, said her definition of a feminist was “someone who believe in the equality of the sexes.”
      While many of Swift’s fans are young people who are somewhat familiar with feminism, many of her fans are children under the age of 16. Chances are, the idea of feminism wasn’t on their radar. Seeing their idol state her beliefs and surround herself with strong, successful women may change their perspective.

      • Absolutely. I agree. Feminism isn’t a puzzle where each woman at last fits herself neatly together. So Lorde’s feminism might be entirely different from young Ms. Swift–as it so clearly is. My source was in one of a hundred articles on young women in pop culture. Here is one: http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/10/08/lorde-backtrack-apology-justin-bieber-taylor-swift-selena-gomez-diss/ It was an interview with Lorde where she was commenting about her own feminism and offering a critique on what she saw as wrong with feminism in the music culture. I thought her remarks were quite interesting from one so young, although I don’t think she was personally attacking anyone or saying “I don’t like her because…” Hollywood gossip being as it is, and this interview is a couple of years old. However, her opinion does in no way devalue someone like Taylor Swift’s feminism. I actually like Taylor’s new music of the last few weeks. It seems mature, and losing the bubblegum edge. And besides, apparently Lorde and Taylor are quite good friends now, but that might be a bit of celebrity hoopla. Lorde’s outspoken attitude has ruffled some feathers in the music industry. Reading it is like watching “General Hospital.” That being said…I actually agree with Lorde. I also believe that feminism is taking a hit these days because the 20 something generation’s women were not born into an era where overt sexist discrimination was actually a big thing like it was in my generation. I’ve seen them holding up hand-written signs on Facebook saying “I don’t need feminism because…” Yeah…don’t get me started. Anyway, I found Lorde’s remarks interesting and thought I’d share. 🙂

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