The Toronto duo of Bonjay certainly know how to make dancehall, but they also know how to make it extremely weird—"Gimmee Gimmee" sometimes features more than three different vocal phrases happening simultaneously, not to mention gauzy distorted elements and an orgasmic, delayed scream at the end that reverberates long after the track is over. The group's just-released EP also features remixes from Grahmzilla of Thunderheist, Poirier, and Smalltown Romeo, so there are plenty of reasons to jump on this new group.
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Swiss dancefloor stylist Headman teams up with Yello's Deiter Meier for a grooving, sample-filled post-disco number. Then, Brooklyn's In Flagranti bring up the melodic Italo synths, give the kicks some extra padding, and cut out much of Meier's vocal, creating a disco-house monster that could easily fit into a set with The Juan Maclean. A burner if there ever was one, this one will be playing loud at a lot of New Year's Eve celebrations.
Sometimes, a remix sounds so little like the original that it's a bad thing, and sometimes, the opposite is true. Zombie Disco Squad's remix of Swedish pop wunderkind Erik Hassle falls firmly into the latter category, as it takes an embarrassingly derivative piece of emotional schlock and transforms it into a house track that includes bits recalling Derrick Carter's vocal cut-ups on his remix work. We're sure that Hassle fans won't be into the remix as much as we are, but then again, they're probably too busy crying in their rooms to notice that the remix exists.
The boys of Lazer Sword bring their bass-driven blap sound to CLP's collaboration with RQM, glitching it into a sharp, angular piece of hip-hop. RQM's vocals and intelligent rhymes smooth the edges a bit, but generally, this slice is perfect for floors where futuristic hip-hop and bass music reign. Pictured Above: CLP
There is an elegance to James Pants' compositions that rides beneath their funkiness. On "Thin Moon," the first single from his upcoming album, a spacey '80s synth loop is coupled with plucked strings, electric guitar strums, and ephemeral snippets of conversation. Coupled with Pants' high, melancholy croon, the piece maintains a graceful simplicity that is part Kelley Polar and part Dam-Funk. Lovely sounds for a lonely night.
Parisian label head and Italo patron Cosmo Vitelli and Tekel's Julien Briffaz are the automobile-obsessed Bot'Ox, whose leftfield new-wave disco offers some of the coldest productions in recent memory. On their remix of the French duo's latest track, "Blue Steel," Toronto's Azari & III take the track's chilly sounds and puts them into an even deeper freeze—making for a haunting number with singer Anna Jean crooning sublime melodies from what sounds like a barren ice tunnel.
The Bay Area's Roche was being as straightforward as possible when naming his new song "Space Blue Pt. 1." Released on Solos, the label he co-founded, Roche's cosmically soulful offering is equal parts Kraftwerk and Dilla with a sampled R&B bassline thrown in the mix for good measure. As the four-and-a-half minute journey begins to touch down, one can't help but speculate where the second part of "Space Blue" might take you—thankfully, it's the next track on the release.
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