Sounding something like we imagine Pictureplane's new party, Real Is a Feeling, to sound, his treatment to rapper Lil B's "Real Life" marries the original track's gritty vocal performance with producer Travis Edegy's patented style of electro-influenced darkwave music. It's not exactly a song we'd expect the Denver native to take a crack at, but Pictureplane's distorted bass synths and crunchy beat work make Lil B's flow sound right at home. (via Pitchfork)
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Berlin's Motor City Drum Ensemble does his usual routine on this remix of London-based indie-rockers Archie Bronson Outfit's new single, taking the pleasant, rocking stems from the original of "Hoola" and filtering them through a German's perspective of what Detroit house sounds like. In fact, this remix sounds almost exactly like a Moodymann or Mike Huckaby outtake, and considering the genius of those two producers, this is high praise.
Bangana's Alf Tumble and Combo originally intended this remix of the Godfather of Soul to appear on a tribute compilation, but decided that releasing a bootleg version of it was an infinitely better idea. Good news for us, since the Swedish duo craft a disco-funk mix of "Get Up Offa That Thing" that not only does justice to JB's original, but also grooves hard enough to recall a totally sweet Major Swellings or Idjut Boys track. In fact, the vocal samples are so carefully chosen and bass is so bouncy and clean that one can easily imagine DJ Harvey rocking this joint towards the apex of the night, a compliment bestowed upon only the best edits.
Somewhere along the way of touring the world in support of his debut full-length, Causers of This, young music maker Chaz Bundick dropped the highly synthesized sounds that initially defined his Toro Y Moi project for something a bit more live and organic. On his new single, Bundick belts out some lyrics about heading home from what sounds like the middle of a barren tunnel, as simple guitar strums and drum beats fill the space around him. "Leave Everywhere" is a completely new sound for Toro Y Moi, and may simultaneously win and lose Bundick a handful of fans amidst the transformation. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Dim Mak resident DJ/producer Them Jeans pilfered the first few seconds from fellow LA residents Nguzunguzu's "El Bebe Ambiente"—taken from the duo's free self-titled EP—to use as the basis for this booming bootleg remix. It sounds like he only managed to grab the high-pitched vocal rhythm and maybe a few percussion sounds from the original track, but the rest of the sounds in Jason Stewart's remix—filtered synths, bouncing kicks and snares, and a '90s rave-inspired melody—could've just as easily come from Nguzunguzu's repertoire. You can go ahead and add this to the other list of awesome Nguzunguzu-related things going down, like their upcoming M.I.A. mixtape—comissioned by Ms. Arulpragasam herself—and their show this Saturday at San Francisco bass party Icee Hot.
German techno diva and Bpitch Control boss Ellen Allien has never been someone afraid to take chances, but we'd be lying if we said that we expected something like "Rain the Sun." Taken from her freshly released album, Dust, the song finds Allien's processed vocals hazily floating over what sounds like dance-friendly indie pop. It's not bad—it's just that the Interpol-esque guitar riffs and general Metric-y vibe sound a lot more like Bowery Ballroom than Berghain. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that's a good thing.
Environ label head, Metro Area member, and NY dance music icon Morgan Geist put his hand to this track from the auto- and Italo-obsessed production duo (Cosmo Vitelli and buddy Julien Briffaz, check out our recent profile on the duo here). Geist's remix of "Overdrive" sounds as if it emanates from a bunker on the Moon; a motorik bass line holds together icy synth tones and a propulsive drum beat while we receive indecipherable noises transmitted from the depths of outer space.
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