Prolific French artist Fulgeance dropped the solid Cubes LP via his own Musique Large label back in October, but now the beatmaker has decided to revisit Step Thru—a full-length released via RX:TX in October 2012—and collect four remixes from the record for an upcoming 7", simply titled Step Thru Remixes. Slovenian producer Oknai offers a chilly, skittish take on "Square," grounding the cut's meandering percussion with a downright filthy bass synth. Reserved, yet never lacking in sonic diversity, the rework brims with fluttering chimes, ambient pads, and other odd flourishes, while leaving itself plenty of space to establish a mood. The rest of Fulgeance's Step Thru Remixes is set to drop on January 20, 2014.
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Celebrating the holiday spirit with a free collection of remixes titled Club Cosmos: Volume Two, incognito producer Druid Cloak offers a soaring, drum-focused take on Four Tet's Beautiful Rewind highlight "Parallel Jalebi" (which, incidentally, is one of our favorite tracks of the year). Contrasting the original version's sensual vocal lines with a mellow hip-hop swagger, Druid Cloak's shuffling rhythms eventually morph into an onslaught of warm jungle percussion. The rest of Club Cosmos: Volume Two—which also features bootleg remixes of tracks from Special Request, Kelela, and others—will be available to download on Christmas Eve via Druid Cloak's Facebook page.
French DJ/producer iZem has spent the last seven or so years touring in places like Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, and has since been using those experiences to inform his own brand of tropical-inspired dance music. An edit of legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz, "Celia" sees iZem juxtaposing elements of hip-hop and forward-thinking bass music with a decidedly Latin-influenced palette. Cruz's vocals phase through the mix, filling the space with natural ambiance as the laid-back groove struts underneath samples of chants and crowds. Balmy percussion and melodies take the track to a boiling point where stinging brass sounds help give "Celia" its shining moment.
From the looks of his SoundCloud page, London resident Deceptive is in the beginning stages of his production career, but one could certainly do worse coming out of the gate than with "Only U." The sleek, garage-tinged tune blends an energetic house roll with a restless bassline and matching tuned percussion, resulting in a track that is unapologetically aimed at carefree dancefloors.
New York producer Milo McBride premiered his "Losaand" track with XLR8R back in September, and is returning again to share a collaborative cut with Berlin-based beatsmith Afriqua. Essentially a remix of Mr. C's "The Cha Cha Slide," "Platinum Band" sees the two producers honing their own unwieldy methods to make a pleasantly dancefloor-ready production rife with dubby synths and contorting percussion. McBride and Afriqua craft a metronomic combination of pitched percussion sounds into their swinging grooves, breaking it all down into a bass-heavy assortment of undulating and reverb-soaked synths before "Platinum Band" climaxes as a full-on house jam.
Budding Irish producer Montel has raised his profile over 2013, appearing on a Let's Play House compilation early in the year, dropping his Eastside Kings EP with the label in October, and delivering 12"s through a few other outposts. With his one-off freebie "Jack Swing," Montel blends lighthearted dancefloor instructions (via the "Move it to the left/ Move it to the right" vocal sample) atop a jacking rhythmic base, laced with a playfully active bassline and a similarly jumping procession of full piano chords. The combination makes "Jack Swing" an appropriately soul-drenched house number with some rather useful instructions for those who may momentarily forget what it is exactly they're supposed to be doing on the dancefloor.
Portugal producer Trikk's original "Jointly" tune served as the a-side cut to the man's 2012 "Jointly" b/w "Fall Down" single for George FitzGerald's ManMakeMusic label. More recently, though, Trikk has decided to revisit the track, morphing it from a stripped-back piece of future-leaning house into a more jacking effort for the "Brooklyn Mix." Like its original form, this new mix comes heavily drenched in soul, but there is an extra rush that now lies underneath—not to mention the presence of a few new reverb-washed saxophone runs that find their way into the mix too.
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