The members of Brooklyn dance-pop outfit Restless People might have their hearts in the right place, but their band isn't what we'd call, you know, good. The original version of "Days of Our Lives" is a bit of a trainwreck that leans heavily on uncomfortably emotive vocals and misguided rave nostalgia (think Tiesto synths), but this remix by Kingdom (pictured above) wisely whittles out the awful and transforms the song into a quality piece of taut house music. Pitch-shifting the vocals into a lower register is a vast improvement, as is the subtraction of the original's chipmunky vocal snippets and dabblings in Eurodance. Kingdom's version puts the snapping drums out front, and relies on bass stabs and lazer-like synth swooshes to fill out the melody. To hear more of his fine craftsmanship, check out That Mystic, his new EP on Night Slugs—a streaming preview is available here—which drops this week. (via Pitchfork)
Ok, so maybe M.I.A.'s summer hasn't gone exactly as planned. Turns out that people aren't exactly loving her new album, but maybe she can find some salvation on the remix front. We're not sure if this reworking from DJ Mujava (pictured above) was officially commissioned or not, but it's certainly a good start. With the help of DJ Qness, the South African kwaito wizard places M.I.A.'s pop vocal turn over some galloping drum beats and accentuates the piece with some beeping and bubbling synths. In the right hands, maybe /\/\/\Y/\ Remixed could turn out pretty solid. (via Mad Decent)
From the oft-reliable Astralwerks stable of artists, Parisian chamber-pop trio Revolver (pictured above) recently gave fellow Frenchman Joakim a go at its vocal-heavy, sullen number, "Birds in Dm." While still focused around lead vocalist Ambroise Willaume and his backup singers, the producer transforms the band's even-keeled, acoustic song into an epic electronic dance tune that builds slowly and confidently into an overwhelming sonic experience. And even though Joakim's remix—which will be released on a limited 7" next month—is heavy with rhythm, it's his composition of thickly layered melodies and gradual introduction of chaotic noise elements that take the song over, turning it into some kind of i-Dose before it becomes a moody dance track again.
Diplo and his Mad Decent crew are expanding their annual free block party outward from Philly to include stops in LA, NYC, and Chicago this year. Read more »
NY-native-turned-LA-resident P.U.D.G.E. will release his debut full-length next week on Ramp, but before that, we've got an exclusive preview of one of Idiot Box's slow-grooving jams. "Insensitivity" is a synth-addled MPC jam with a swagger not unlike that of beatmaking greats Madlib and J.Dilla. Like Madlib, P.U.D.G.E. fills in the gaps of his rhythms with wonky noise and random textures, and like the late Dilla, he uses thick, soulful basslines, head-knocking kicks, and massive claps to make up the meat of his track. P.U.D.G.E. still has a ways to go before gaining the same notoriety of his sample-rocking forefathers, but if "Insensitivity" is any indication, he's off to a great start.
This brand-new slow-burner comes courtesy of NY DJ/producer/label-head extraordinaire, Abe Duque. The techno/house/acid fiend has a double-disc mix album coming in September, Live and On Acid, which includes three fresh tracks from the veteran music maker. One such tune, "Bumble Bee" is a massive dancefloor heater that boasts a bulbous, hypnotic groove, some acid-y synth squelches, and an indecipherably haunting vocal presence from vocalist Virginia. The entrancing number can be heard mixed into the Live portion of Duque's forthcoming release, but will also be released as the first 12" on his Abuse Industries imprint in a couple of months.
New York-based music download hub RCRD LBL got its hands all over one of the three remix EPs Tiga has been releasing after last year's Ciao! album. From the Overtime Remixes EP, a treatment of "Overtime" by Germany's Motor City Drum Ensemble was just offered as a free download on the website. Read more »
Before his sophomore album, Outside the Box, is released August 9, dubstep mainstay Skream is giving away handfuls of free tracks, announcing the downloads via his Twitter page. He's already hooked up two batches of tunes, and just announced the lastest installment, Freeizm Vol. 3. Read more »
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