Jamie Woon's Burial-graced "Night Air" tune is certainly threatening to climb to the top of a lot of folk's year-end charts, but we might even be more enamored with the crop of remixes it has given way to. The version by percussion-loving bass-case Ramadanman first caught our ears, and now comes this stellar treatment from newcomer Becoming Real (pictured above). While the young tunesmith can be found working in the realms of post-dubstep, grime, and deconstructed juke, to name a few, his remix of "Night Air" is a production more inspired by bubbling future-house and reliant on delicate melodic elements—an atypical audio palette for Becoming Real. Certainly, the expertly crafted source material is responsible for some of the song's lighter elements, but still, the remixer makes the wise choice to work within that vibe instead of forcing it to fit his past repertoire.
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Canadian producer Mike Silver (a.k.a. CFCF) joins the likes of John Talabot, Anoraak, and In Flagranti on the The Golden League remix album for Spanish combo We Are Standard, offering a remix of "Other Lips, Other Kisses" as his contribution. At first, the slow-grooving beat and subtle bass tones that start off Silver's track might have you thinking he has a new-found penchant for the UK and its continuum of bass-related genres, but soon, catchy vocals drop in with some instrumentation more in line with what we've come to expect from the producer. Once the housey piano loops and the wash of string melodies swell into the mix, it's apparent that even on his remixes, CFCF waves the Balearic flag high. You can see how the other eight remixes match up when The Golden League drops on December 6 via Mushroom Pillow.
This coming Thursday at San Francisco's Public Works club, two lovers of hyperactive dance tunes, DJ Sega and DJ Rashad (pictured above), will overtake the venue's brand-new soundsystem with a smash of bass, beats, and re-appropriated vocal samples. Preceding that hotly tipped performance comes this collaborative track from DJ Rashad & DJ Earl, "2 Bottles of Goose." The Chicago-based footworkers hook up a typically solid production, matching syncopated hi-hats and claps with stuttering kick patterns, mind-numbing low-end, and a fresh wash of sinister synth melodies every so often. Rashad and Earl aren't necessarily treading uncharted territory on "2 Bottles," at least not within their own realms of Chicago-born dance music (represented well on XLR8R by an excellent podcast and in-depth feature), but suffice it to say, the track is another reminder why the juke/footwork scene remains interesting and innovative in the general scheme of club-ready sonics.
A good while after Brooklyn-based producer Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) released his Want to 1 2? album, a cut from that record, "Let It," was treated to its own small release—complete with an instrumental, acapella, and remixes from the likes of Lazer Sword and The Glitch Mob's edIT. Though not on the Let It EP (out now on Innovative Leisure), this exclusive version of Machinedrum's track—remixed by the artist himself—is a perfect example of the sub-busting beat work and glimmering synth sounds found on that record. Stewart reformats his glitched-out original into another kind of bouncing club tune: a sleeker, deeper, and darker track better fit for a late-night comedown than peak-hour revelry. It's that kind of versatility that "Let It" offers which makes the song so ripe for multiple versions, even from the original producer.
The music of Brooklyn-based trio Selebrities has as much future-funk growl as someone like Space Dimension Controller and yet plainly lurking in the background is are the hollow guitars of Joy Division and New Order. Out later this month is the follow-up to Selebrities' debut EP, Ladies Man Effect (a conceit as much as it is a title), a 7" titled "We've Been Foolish" that features the b-side we have here, "When I Look At You." Singer Maria Usbeck sounds like she's whispering from an '80s-era downtown New York alley while the Grandmaster Flash classic "The Message" is blowing in from the Bronx up north.
"Deuces" is originally a Chris Brown track, but when Ciara recently remixed it, she may have bested Brown in both swagger and content. Produced by Kevin McCall, a mostly unheard-of producer, "Deuces" is one of the more memorable R&B productions of 2010, carefully layered with patient and tender synths, riding snaps and a delightfully broken female vocal sample. These elements aren't only ripe for rap and R&B's finest to hop on (the official Chris Brown remix features six grade-A rappers), but L.A. duo Nguzunguzu chucked up their own deuces with a remix that chops Baltimore club's best percussion into something that is wholly their own. The result is a late-night, bar-closing goodbye that hits with enough bass and stutter that it may actually confuse your desire to leave. Check out the mysterious Ciara-loving Tumblr blog from which this track was culled for another remix by Dubbel Dutch.
Back in July, Brazilian singer Luísa Maita released her debut album, Lero-Lero, a record that took samba's and bossanova's most distinctive rhythms and paired them with electronic music's frequent ability to create soundscapes that bridge then, and now. Pushing those sonic boundaries further on Maita Remixed, XLR8R favorites like Maga Bo, DJ /rupture, and Seiji offer melted-border interpretations of Maita's already adventuresome music. Posted to the happy mess that is his mudd up! blog, Jace Clayton (a.k.a. DJ /rupture) offered up his remix of the album's title track in all its free glory. The song takes the sunny brightness of the original's guitar melodies and muddies it in a rain-bursting cloud of delay and reverb. Rupture then sends Maita's voice through a dancehall singjay's Auto-Tuner, putting her in outer space as she bounces, gravity-defying, over warm jetstreams of kicks and snares. (via The Fader).
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