In celebration of his recently released EP for Night Slugs, That Mystic, which we previewed last week and is on sale now, NY's soulful bass music patron Kingdom (pictured above) hooked us up with this unreleased refix of the '05 grime tune "Unorthodox Daughter," by London MC No Lay and producer Silkie. The burgeoning DJ/producer tweaks the track a bit, tossing in some new sounds to Silkie's rhythm, adding a few extra dollops of bass frequency, and trading out No Lay's rapid-fire vocal delivery for snippets of soulful crooning from an entirely different song. It's not that it's better than the original, but Kingdom certainly transformed the song into something slightly more club-friendly and managed to make a five-year-old production sound like it was made last week.
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OK, maybe we're a little biased when it comes to Christopher Willits. The guy is from our town (SF pride, wooo!!!) and happens to be a studio wizard—check all those episodes of What You Talkin' Bout, Willits? on XLR8R TV for proof—but he also happens to make some downright sublime pop music. Maybe not pop in the Top 40 sense of the word, but certainly in the sense that "hey, I could definitely see myself humming this later." "Light Into Branches" comes from his just-released Tiger Flower Circle Sun album, and finds Willits blending his soft vocals and acoustic guitar notes with some warbling electronics and hazy melodies. It's a mellow track, the sort of thing that sounds perfect when the sun is going down and you're wrapping up a lazy summer afternoon.
Oh, Jimmy Edgar, how we can't get enough of you. Your chilly aesthetic, your oversexed persona, and your unflinching dedication to form and style shine through on every tune you craft, whether original or remix, and we can't seem to satiate our appetite for everything Edgar. And even though your barren, monotone vocal delivery is nowhere to be heard on this remix of Ghost Hunter's "Island Barbados," we can still hear you speak to our nether regions with your hypnotically pulsing rhythms, chopped synth melodies, subtle bass frequencies, and sparkling ambience. Basically, Jimmy, what we're trying to say is, we're glad you're back on the production grind, and we can't wait for you to drop that new record of reliably austere dance jams.
As the second release for both Berlin's Los Massieras and the Bananamania imprint, the recently released Better Than Italians EP—an obvious reference to Mike Simonetti's Italians Do it Better label—might wear quite a boastful title, not to mention an amusing Neu!-inspired record sleeve, but it seems the disc has the tunes to carry such a claim. On "Rumores," the DJ/production duo runs with its idea of revamping Italian pop music circa 1970, crafting an exuberant, disco-referencing dance tune full of funky guitar licks, pulsing bass lines, and dusty samples of horn sections and choral vocals. Los Massieras' track rides a fine line between being an edit, a remix, and an original, but will undoubtedly render such labels inconsequential when dropped in the middle of your next vintage disco DJ set.
Thanks to the blogosphere's usual bang-up music journalism, it's unclear whether Christopher Laufman (a.k.a. Wise Blood) hails from Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Mars. Regardless, his '+' EP, from which "STRT SRNS" is taken and which also happens to be available for free download, shows real promise. Well, as much promise as any other lo-fi bedroom project these days that perilously skates the line between musical genius and happy accident. With his off-kilter vocals and heavily echoed drum beats, all wrapped in the requisite layer of hazy fuzz, Wise Blood is definitely borrowing from the Animal Collective playbook, but the melody here has a bit of a tropical R&B bent. Jeez, how many more 2010 music buzz words can we cram into this blurb? Was Wise Blood created in some kind of a lab as the perfect marketing tool for targeting upwardly mobile urban tastemakers and thought leaders? Hmmm... we can't rule it out. Let's just say that yes, we like this, but we kind of hate ourselves for liking it. (via Pitchfork via Delicious Scopitone)
The members of Brooklyn dance-pop outfit Restless People might have their hearts in the right place, but their band isn't what we'd call, you know, good. The original version of "Days of Our Lives" is a bit of a trainwreck that leans heavily on uncomfortably emotive vocals and misguided rave nostalgia (think Tiesto synths), but this remix by Kingdom (pictured above) wisely whittles out the awful and transforms the song into a quality piece of taut house music. Pitch-shifting the vocals into a lower register is a vast improvement, as is the subtraction of the original's chipmunky vocal snippets and dabblings in Eurodance. Kingdom's version puts the snapping drums out front, and relies on bass stabs and lazer-like synth swooshes to fill out the melody. To hear more of his fine craftsmanship, check out That Mystic, his new EP on Night Slugs—a streaming preview is available here—which drops this week. (via Pitchfork)
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)
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