As owner and founder of Interdependent Media, Evan Phillips (a.k.a. TRUTHLiVE) knows how to spot a solid hip-hop beat, and here he takes an epic instrumental from Tha Bizness—a track full of strings, synths, gunshots, pianos, and plenty of slap—to serve as the backdrop for his storytelling flow. Phillips takes every opportunity in "Shoot Me Down" to paint a picture of his coming-up and elaborate on the struggles of remaining an independent artist, themes which are sure to be explored further upon in his forthcoming debut full-length, Patience.
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Artists on the LuckyMe roster most definitely have a thing for R&B divas. First there's Hudson Mohawke's remix of Tweet's "Ooops (Oh My)" single, and now we have Dema hijacking the vocal track from Aaliyah's "One in a Million" for his own rendition of the song. The producer's instrumental is a pleasantly crunk track, complete with a crunchy head-nodding beat and simple synth melodies, that updates Aaliyah's archived acapella for today's dancefloors.
Whenever M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade collaborate, the result is sure to be some floor-filling, ass-shakingly elegant tech-house. Here, the quartet's single, which originally appeared on the 2007 5 Years Get Physical 5 compilation, has been remixed by Gui Boratto, who uses a dub techno stem from the original to form his version's heart, propelling the track towards an early peak that practically oozes arpeggiation. Though most of the stems remain unchanged sonically, Boratto's rearrangement is decidedly more punchy and effective than the original. The single also includes remixes from Boy 8 Bit, James Talk, Ben Hoo, and Logistics, and Booka Shade will also be doing their own version of "Donut" on their new album, slated for release later this year.
New York is no stranger to disco-influenced electro-pop, what with The Golden Filter and the stable of DFA artists, but there's always room for another addition to the party. Elizabeth Harper and Mark Richardson are Class Actress, a Brooklyn outfit born from a mutual love for vintage synths and classic pop. The title-track from their Journal of Ardency EP is just that; cool and collected vocal hooks from Harper's sultry croon floating atop a straightforward dance beat rife with shimmering synths and bouncing basslines.
If being called Little Girls wasn't creepy enough for you, how about turning "10 Mile Stereo" by Beach House (a favorite of many little girls to be sure) into something that sounds like Ian Curtis reuniting Joy Division from beyond the grave. Producer Josh McIntyre removed Victoria Legrand's original vocal from his version, and inserted a particularly large amount of lo-fi doom and gloom in its stead—leaving the rest of the music more or less intact.
With a new album out and a major tour starting soon, Owen Pallett (a.k.a. the Canadian pop composer formerly known as Final Fantasy) continues to gather fans, and this remix from the UK's Simon Bookish is certain to please even the most cynical ears. "Keep the Dog Quiet" is sped up and given a more bouncy flair, complete with multi-layered orchestral stabs, deep bass, and cut-up samples of Pallett's vocals. In the end, the piece recalls Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch singing over a particularly lush Wham City track, a unique combination if there ever was one.
The debut single from Brooklyn's Kingdom, out now on Fool's Gold, features all the elements we've come to expect from his productions; R&B vocal work (provided here by Shyvonne), spacey electronics, warbling low-end, and big, bouncing dance beats. For his remix, L-Vis 1990 ups the track's future-house vibes with a mass of tweaked vocals, extra percussion bits, and all sorts of interjecting synth lines. The full Mind Reader EP also features remixes from Todd Edwards and Bok Bok, along with Kingdom's b-side, "You."
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