From The Stimulus Package, Freeway's forthcoming follow up to his '07 sophomore release, Free At Last, comes "Know What I Mean," the Philadelphia MC's tribute to hood euphemisms. Assembled by Seattle's Jake One, the veteran producer behind the boards on the entire album, the track's beat centers around a constant organ melody, plucked guitar riff, and soulful vocal sample. It may not be the freshest idea, but the music works perfectly, as it allows Freeway's non-stop verbiage to take center stage amongst the song's varied instrumental elements.
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Here, Brooklyn's Runaway tries their hand at "Life is Boring," the posthumous single from indie-dance outfit Cazals. The now-defunct UK band's song is re-envisioned by the NY duo as a tropical-influenced disco number fitting for beach parties and intergalactic journeys alike. More remixes from Jali, Viking, and Josh Pillbox can be found on the Life is Boring single when it sees release December 8. Order it now from
Setting aside all comparisons to a certain haze-hidden Scottish duo, the latest single from San Francisco's Tycho is probably one of the most melodic and subtly upbeat Balearic tracks in recent memory. Acoustic guitars, delayed synths, and atmospheric ocean sounds all meet atop a subdued house beat on producer Scott Hansen's ballad to the beach, "Coastal Brake." If the warm, inviting tones of Tycho's third single, taken from an as-yet-untitled debut album coming in 2010 on Ghostly, aren't reason enough to get your hands on the 12" release, maybe the detailed and beautiful packaging (done by Hansen himself, who also does design work under the name ISO50) will get you digging in those pockets. Coastal Brake is out on digital and vinyl formats December 8.
Hyper-sexual Barcelona electro imprint Tracy just dropped For Trash, the latest EP from Bitcode. This remix of the title track comes courtesy of Warp alumnus Jimmy Edgar, who smooths the original's obtuse edges with his patented sheen and brings the dark undertones of "For Trash" to the forefront—making for a tune that drunken dancefloor revelers could easily mistake for something from Mr. Oizo's catalog.
After hearing Aeroplane's take on the epic disco-funk of "Baby Can't Stop" by Norwegian-Belgian duo Lindstrøm & Christabelle (the latter of whom is also Aeroplane's singer), we didn't think the vintage synth-heavy dance jam could be further expanded upon. After this gem of a remix from Idjut Boys landed in our hands, our opinion quickly changed. The veteran London-based duo kept relatively true to the original, making their version more of an edit which highlights the bulbous basslines and warm brass section of Lindstrøm's production work with a few of their own sounds tossed in for extra flair.
Taken from The Shape of Things That Hum, the freshly-released second EP in a series of three by the shape-shifting DJ Food project (currently manned by Strictly Kev), Mr. P's remix of "All Covered in Darkness" sets out sounding like it's entering the Twilight Zone. However, as the chilly piano loop and booming, baritone voice fade away, an ominous organ melody (or maybe that's cello?) and cowbell-led breakbeat (though that could be a piano) overtake the song with the help of a somewhat indiscernible vocal loop—all before slowly bringing you back to the track's enigmatic opening sounds.
The injection of soulful R&B diva vocals into a track is rarely, if ever, a bad idea, and this re-fix of Oakland's Keyshia Cole (pictured above) is no exception. In fact, it lends some humanity to the often cold dubstep-bass hybrid that Rustie has mastered. The prolific Glaswegian dropped this song as a free download on his Myspace page, and with a catchy four-note descending melodic bassline forming the track's instrumental backbone and Cole's gorgeous harmonies swelling above it, one can definitely understand why this re-fix has been so highly anticipated: it is a sickly good slice of dancefloor gold. (via Sonic Router)