When we asked Nite Jewel (pictured above) and fellow LA synth-maestro Dâm-Funk to get together and collaborate on a song, their pairing made perfect sense. However, Nite Jewel joining the twinkling synth tones and poignant melodies of her own style with HEALTH's barren noise-rock soundscapes seems less likely to flourish, and yet here we are. A surprisingly upbeat, though perfectly somber, instrumental was written by Ramona Gonzalez as the backdrop for HEALTH's translucent vocal track. The two elements work together ideally, both in the quietly bubbling intro and the song's more buoyant second half. Which leads us to ask, Nite Health, anyone? (via FADER)
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Following the last remix we posted of Hanuman's "Bola," hyperactive tunesmith Norrit (pictured above) shared the crack he took at the bass-loaded number. The club-minded producer drops all kinds of reverberated percussion, chopped vocal samples, and light-footed synth melodies on top of the wobbling bass rhythms before pairing it all with a straightforward house beat. We won't try to pick favorites between Norrit's version and the previous remix from Star Eyes; each version we've heard of Hanuman's track is a beast equally choice in its own ways.
Recently featured Bubblin' artist Balam Acab (pictured above) is a little less than two months from dropping his debut EP, See Birds, on the brand-new, 20 Jazz Funk Greats-affiliated Tri Angle label. Before we start going ga-ga over the shadowy tunes to be heard on that release, we're going to get lost in the hypnotic textures of producer Alec Koone's remix of this Pink Priest track, "Tell Me Something Awesome Before I Go to Sleep." Slowly, Acab's remix grows in intensity—if you can call it that—with synth and vocal loops climbing up to the forefront, but quickly dissipating soon after. It's reminiscent of the trademark interludes scattered throughout Boards of Canada's albums, but presented instead as a fully realized song and not the middle-place between tracks. The See Birds EP is out on 12" and digital formats August 16.
Rustie's remix of "G41," the new single by UK producer 8Bitch, starts off with very little fanfare. A booming kick and loud-cracking snare work out a beat over some slowly oscillating sound effects and subtle synth tones for almost a minute before the initial bass synth chimes in. It all paves the way for the flourish of crystalline melodies and rhythmic space-noise elements to take the spotlight moments later. You couldn't really call this club-ready, even if the beat does knock, and there's really no hook to hum along to. Still, Rustie (pictured above) keeps his remix interesting by subverting tendencies to make the track overtly accessible, and instead relying on his penchant for making uniquely danceable, wonky tunes.
Oakland-based vocalist Alexis Blair Penney (or just Alexis) teamed up with Nick Weiss of Bubblin' production duo Teengirl Fantasy for this classically minded house ballad. "Lonely Sea" focuses on a few strong points: a catchy synth loop, a bulbous bass rhythm, a simple disco-house beat, and an intimate vocal performance—all filtered through '90s-dance sensibilities. It's a welcoming and immediately lovable tune, so much so that once its three minutes are up, you're likely to find yourself scrolling the web in hopes of finding the extended mix. (via FADER via Big Stereo)
We've posted a small handful of tunes from Canadian producer Teen Daze as of late, but this easily the most straightforward we've heard of his hazy, electronic pop tunes. Hell, you can even make out most of what dude is singing on "Saviour," as his soft voice reaches higher above the thick fog of melody floating over the top of this track. Even the production is a bit more pristine this time around; you can actually make out the shape of the bouncing bassline, the drum sounds have a high-enough frequency to stand apart from the rest of the production, and the layers of synths just sound a bit more crisp than before. If he follows the same trajectory, Teen Daze may eventually move himself from psuedo-chillwave territory into the realms harboring fellow '80s-philes like M83. (via Pitchfork)
Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" is arguably the biggest dancehall tune of 2010, so the recent rash of reworks isn't exactly surprising. A few weeks back we posted a bumping tropical bass version courtesy of Los Rakas and Uproot Andy, and now we've got our mitts on this Major Lazer remix. It appears that Diplo and Switch have taken the song's infectious piano melodies and run them through the Robin S. "Show Me Love" machine. The result definitely skews toward the heyday of girls in bicycle shorts shaking it on MTV's The Grind, not that we're mad at that. Speaking of mad, Diplo was a little perturbed by our recent commentary on his collaboration with Tiësto. Can we just hug it out dude? Don't you see? We like you, we really like you! (via Pitchfork)
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