A couple months ago, we shared an Egyptrixx remix of "Just Can't Sleep," by disco-loving Parisian outfit The Aikiu (which includes Pilooski as a member), and now we've got another tasty, housey rework for you, courtesy of Toronto's Azari & III (pictured above). This soulful and deep revision of the tune precedes The Aikiu's US debut at Abracadabra's (record label) and Social Club's (Paris party spot) joint CMJ showcase on Thursday, October 21, in New York. The Aikiu are joined by The Krays (a new project from Yuksek and Brodinski), Mustang, Mikix the Cat, and a solo set from Pilooski. You can check out all the details on the flier for the showcase, here.
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NY-via-LA-via-Bay Area chanteuse Glasser (a.k.a. Cameron Mesirow) finally unveiled her debut album, Ring, last week and now, as she gets set for a quick October jaunt around the UK and a November US tour, another free offering from the record has fallen from the heavens. "Mirrorage" finds Mesirow employing her vocal acrobatics over a warm electronic pulse and sparkling, chime-based melody. People will undoubtedly compare this to Björk, which isn't off base, but this is much more inviting and less weird, even with the scary robot vocal effects that come in about 2/3 of the way through the song (probably thanks to producers Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid, who employed similar trickery in their work with Fever Ray). Over the course of three-plus minutes, Glasser spins quite the intoxicating web, and we're thinking that plenty of folks will gladly crawl inside.
Berlin's Apparat is the latest producer/DJ to contribute a mix to the renowned DJ-Kicks series and "Sayulita" one of only three new tracks to make it on said mix. It's perfectly fitting for "Sayulita" to have been named after the Mexican town where he's recently been creating new material, as the track's lush pads and deep bass evoke images of a warm Caribbean afternoon, a beaming sun engulfing the sands of a coastal beach. Underneath the layers of bliss, Apparat delicately places small clicky percussion and driving guitar chops to take the song through its simultaneously danceable and ambient course. We can't wait to hear how Apparat lines up the song alongside selections from Joy Orbison, Oval, Pantha du Prince, Cosmin TRG, Thom Yorke, and others when his installment of DJ-Kicks is released on October 26. For more info on the release and to pre-order, click here.
Tell us if we've lost control, but this remix of Holy Fuck's Latin cut "Stay Lit"—from fellow Canadian's Bishop Morocco (pictured above)—speaks to our heart and soul. It's obvious the duo loved Holy Fuck's original version of the song, but sometimes love will make you tear things apart, which is exactly what they did to "Stay Lit." Stripping down the bulk the live electronics and distorted crunch (in some sort of studio ceremony, no doubt), Bishop Morocco effectively brings the song closer to a Factory Records-esque post-punk sound. It kind of reminds us of that one band from Manchester. You know, the one with the depressed guy that killed himself decades ago? There were a couple of movies about it. They had that one song about love doing something or other. Hmm... Well, this song is cool, too.
Motor City Drum Ensemble's remix of Caribou's "Leave House" hit the internet today to get us all ready for the upcoming digital release of Swim Remixes. Employing only a few obvious elements from the original, the German producer turns "Leave House" into a dark, eight-and-a-half minute house track. A constant percussive element pulses underneath the slow, arching progression of the song, occasionally graced by sparse appearances of Caribou's original vocal. Swim Remixes also features re-works from Gold Panda, DJ Koze, and Nite Jewel, to name a few, and will be available October 26 in the UK and November 2 in the US. (via Pitchfork)
Last week, the impressive Palms Out label shared its latest release with the world, the Taking It All EP from globally-minded Los Angeles producer/DJ Samo Sound Boy. Samo's tunes rely heavily on stuttering, tropical drums which ride high in the mix, although he does fill them out with squealing synths and/or cut-up vocal snippets. The EP also features a quality slate of up-and-coming remixers, including efforts from Brenmar, Melé, and this take from LOL Boys. The original version of "Wacka Flocka" is a stormer, but the Montreal/Los Angeles duo has elected to tone down the percussive assault, giving the song some bounce and letting things breathe rather than simply pounding the dancefloor. The pair also has a some fun with the song's repeated vocal sample and colors in the proceedings some mellow synths that float along in the background. It's an effective approach, and one that puts an excellent spin on an already-quality track.
Felix Neumann is Germany-based DJ/producer Fex Fellini, at least when he's crafting vintage-inspired, globally minded house music. The artist has been making tunes with other projects for seven years now, but this new moniker just scored its inaugural release via Top Billin in September. The bouncing "Ganesha" isn't featured on Fellini's Kudos to Jack EP, which you can stream here, but is still as equally percussive and club-appropraite as the four energetic tunes on that release. It may have taken Neumann a long time to finally share his Fex Fellini project, but for next-level dance jams of this caliber, it was worth the wait.
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