From the oft-reliable Astralwerks stable of artists, Parisian chamber-pop trio Revolver (pictured above) recently gave fellow Frenchman Joakim a go at its vocal-heavy, sullen number, "Birds in Dm." While still focused around lead vocalist Ambroise Willaume and his backup singers, the producer transforms the band's even-keeled, acoustic song into an epic electronic dance tune that builds slowly and confidently into an overwhelming sonic experience. And even though Joakim's remix—which will be released on a limited 7" next month—is heavy with rhythm, it's his composition of thickly layered melodies and gradual introduction of chaotic noise elements that take the song over, turning it into some kind of i-Dose before it becomes a moody dance track again.
Downloads - Page 471
Ok, so maybe M.I.A.'s summer hasn't gone exactly as planned. Turns out that people aren't exactly loving her new album, but maybe she can find some salvation on the remix front. We're not sure if this reworking from DJ Mujava (pictured above) was officially commissioned or not, but it's certainly a good start. With the help of DJ Qness, the South African kwaito wizard places M.I.A.'s pop vocal turn over some galloping drum beats and accentuates the piece with some beeping and bubbling synths. In the right hands, maybe /\/\/\Y/\ Remixed could turn out pretty solid. (via Mad Decent)
NY-native-turned-LA-resident P.U.D.G.E. will release his debut full-length next week on Ramp, but before that, we've got an exclusive preview of one of Idiot Box's slow-grooving jams. "Insensitivity" is a synth-addled MPC jam with a swagger not unlike that of beatmaking greats Madlib and J.Dilla. Like Madlib, P.U.D.G.E. fills in the gaps of his rhythms with wonky noise and random textures, and like the late Dilla, he uses thick, soulful basslines, head-knocking kicks, and massive claps to make up the meat of his track. P.U.D.G.E. still has a ways to go before gaining the same notoriety of his sample-rocking forefathers, but if "Insensitivity" is any indication, he's off to a great start.
This brand-new slow-burner comes courtesy of NY DJ/producer/label-head extraordinaire, Abe Duque. The techno/house/acid fiend has a double-disc mix album coming in September, Live and On Acid, which includes three fresh tracks from the veteran music maker. One such tune, "Bumble Bee" is a massive dancefloor heater that boasts a bulbous, hypnotic groove, some acid-y synth squelches, and an indecipherably haunting vocal presence from vocalist Virginia. The entrancing number can be heard mixed into the Live portion of Duque's forthcoming release, but will also be released as the first 12" on his Abuse Industries imprint in a couple of months.
From his freshly released second EP, Shigeto's "What We Held On To" is another intricately produced piece of melodic beat music. The track is full of micro-samples, wafting atmosphere, and crunchy textures—all wrapped around the Michigan-based tunesmith's slap-heavy beats and plinking synth melodies. It's another reminder of how preciously constructed Shigeto's music is, and how, no matter how many moods he flips within one track, each one is treated with delicate care and painstaking attention to detail. You can snag this track, along with the entire new EP, for absolutely free from Ghostly, here. Full Circle, Shigeto's first full-length album, will see the light of day later this year.
You wouldn't think there's a price to be paid for releasing a widely loved, breakout album, but it's true. Anyone and everyone wants to (and will) remix its songs for far too long after its release, to the point of nausea-inducing repetition that's enough to almost make you dislike the original music. It's certainly happened to the UK's The xx, who've suffered through their fair share of remix clunkers, but we're happy to let this new take on the band's "Crystalized" tune slide by without too much chagrin. The funky disco-house producer behind the remix, fellow Brit Jamie Jones, hooked up The xx's trademark boy/girl vocal duet with a thick dance groove and bouncing bassline that nicely suit the pair's mellow cooing. Jones' minimal production mirrors the aesthetic of the original "Crystalized," and ends up overshadowing all of the other interpretations of the song we've heard over the past year.
If this track wasn't labeled as a remix, we would've immediately assumed that we were being treated to a brand-new original from our favorite spun-out drag trio, Salem (pictured above). But even though we do know this is a supposed 'reworking' of "Hologram" by These New Puritans, we can't seem to find anything connecting that original track to this new one. It's sort of like the band said, "Hey Salem, we love your work! Would you guys be into remixing one of our songs?" and Salem agreed but forgot to do it by the deadline, so instead just gave them an unreleased song they'd been sitting on and called it a remix. Don't get us wrong, though; we're not complaining. Salem's 'remix' of "Hologram" finds all of the outfit's hallmarks intact: synthetic vocal melodies, ominous synth tones, crunk beats, and that irreplaceable, pitched-down slur. Keep it coming, guys.
- 20 Questions - Garnier Talks Teenage Radio Shows, Living in the South of France, and Paying Way Too Much for The KLF
- Hi-Five - P. Morris Revisits His Roots and Lists His Five Favorite Go-Go Tracks
- A Generous Environment: Thoughts, Ideas, and Questions from patten
- Hi-Five - Kerri Chandler Lists the Five Tracks That Influenced Him the Most
XLR8R Downloads Player