Transforming a dancehall track produced by Diplo and Switch into a near-cosmic Italo number is no short order, but the duo of Classixx have managed to do just that with their new remix of Major Lazer. Setting Jahdan Blakkamoore's vocals over a slow-motion early house beat and fantastic, bright arpeggiating synths, the track overflows with summer soulfulness. (Via Mad Decent)
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Imagine a cello-less Arthur Russell remixing a slower DJ Slugo or DJ Godfather instrumental. Yeah, it is a bit hard to fathom, isn't it? Listen to this Osborne remix of Brooklyn's Michna—which can be found on Michna's new Eggstra EP alongside some other new tracks and remixes—and you'll have a better idea of what we're talking about. Maybe.
Denver warehouse weirdo Pictureplane is getting ready to unleash Dark Rift, a down-and-dirty collection of DIY dance music that celebrates everything from old-school rave to grime to '80s dance pop. "Goth Star" slices up Fleetwood Mac's "Seven Wonders" and swaddles it in a thick blanket of fuzz and electronic grit.
The fine folks over at the Bang Gang stable put a few of their closest confidantes on remix assignment for this single from the boys in Damn Arms. This funked-up electro and French-house mishmash from DJ/producer Jaunt instantly caught our attention.
Kudos to the Anticon camp for slinging out yet another winner from the boys of Why?. Glistening like the hood of a Thunderbird on a scorching summer afternoon, this song of pop-drenched melancholia provides a taste of the group's upcoming fourth long-player, Eskimo Snow. Eskimo Snow will be released on September 22.
Brooklyn-via-San Francisco transplants Lemonade have put together an exclusive track for XLR8R TV's "Tune in an Afternoon" series. The song, appropriately titled "Fish Clap," features the trio sampling themselves making a tasty meal, and transforming those sounds into a bouncing, steel drum-driven number that could serve as the theme song to some sort of tropical kids' show.
The U.K.'s latest exports, a sample-loving production duo called Keaver & Brause, mesh elements of hip-hop and hazy electronics for their debut album, The Middle Way. "Airborn," a loop-based piece showcasing a herky-jerky guitar sample as it floats over a slow and steady hip-hop beat, brings to mind Flying Lotus' more relaxed moments or a stripped-down Boards of Canada production.
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