San Antonio's Ernest Gonzales (pictured above) transforms the indie-pop sound of A Sunny Day in Glasgow's "Shy" into a track that floats in an ambient ether, then suddenly becomes a lo-fi take on drum & bass. With a catchy synth loop and Annie Frederickson's vocals hovering above it all, though, no amount of genre nostalgia can bring down the track's luminosity. For more on A Sunny Day in Glasgow, check out our feature on the group in our Philly City Special.
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Taken from the debut album, Enchanted, by A Bridge Far Away, "Drift feat. Indi Kaur" gets a makeover from fellow UK-based producer Grievous Angel. What was once meandering and atmospheric trip-hop is now a bass-heavy and crunchy dubstep track with Kaur's chopped, sliced, and pitched vocals crawling all over it. Grievous Angel's remix pays tribute to the original song when the elements expand into spacier regions, but its core always remains punchy and solid.
Syntaks, the Danish duo comprised of producer Jakob Skott and vocalist Anna Cecilia, has shared the opening track from their debut album Ylajali, an ethereal intro entitled "Twentytwohundred." The song's long-stretching angelic vocals wouldn't be out of place on an M83 record and sound even more powerful when flanked by dark rhythms and swirling synth melodies. Ylajali is out now on Ghostly.
London's Gold Panda is no stranger to the remix, having already taken shots at songs by artists like HEALTH and Telepathe, so it's no wonder his own rendition of The Field's "I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet" sounds so well-conceived and fully fleshed-out. Built on samples gathered from the original track on vinyl, Gold Panda's remix features the kinds of cuts and crackles one might find in a Flying Lotus or Dilla remix, yet remains true to the chilly techno source material. It's a strong fit and should remain a standout next to other reworkings from Walls and Rainbow Arabia when Yesterday and Today Remixe sees release on December 7.
Blockhead makes instrumental hip-hop that merges the crate-digging sensibilities of early DJ Shadow with the more electronic proclivities of Prefuse 73. With a warped jazz loop, a booming breakbeat, and various melodic passages peppered in, the NYC-based producer/DJ takes the listener on a slow-grooving journey with "Which One of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer," a track taken from his forthcoming third album, The Music Scene. The composition plays a lot mellower than its title would suggest, and makes for a perfect head-nodding soundtrack for that early-morning ride to work or late-night walk home after the bars let out.
NYC techno don Abe Duque collaborated in 2004 with fellow producer Blake Baxter on the single "What Happened?," a veritable call-out of clubs and musical icons who dropped the ball somewhere down the line. Now, following the recent release of Duque's Don't Be So Mean album, the contemporary techno hit has been reissued and newly remixed by the UK's Max Cooper. Cooper's version trades the original claps and percussion elements for a stripped-down electronic bounce and glitches out Baxter's vocal through just about the song's entire six-and-a-half minutes.
The closest thing to rock music you're likely to hear from this glitchy, Vienna-based live electronics trio, Radian, can be found on the opening track from their upcoming new album. Coming four years after the group's last effort, Juxtaposition, Radian's Chimeric is built around live recordings of drums, bass, and guitar, although they've been cut up, rearranged, and tweaked into near oblivion. Despite efforts made to keep "Git Cut Noise" away from anything easily called "straightforward," passages of stripped down and crunchy rock flirtations do bubble to the surface.
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