Up-and-coming production duo Graze dropped its debut LP, Edges, via New Kanada just this week, but Christian Andersen and Adam Marshall are already back at it, releasing this "Glass House VIP" version of percussive album opener "Skip/Crush" as a free download. The pair's reworking of its new track does away with a fair amount of the astral atmosphere, and instead focuses on the sterilized drum patterns and looming bass weight in addition to a few spritely keyboard chords. It all makes for an interestingly meditative counterpart that thankfully maintains Graze's trademarked dancefloor skip. Anyone interested in grabbing "Skip/Crush (Glass House VIP Mix)" as a WAV file can do so after the jump. Read more »
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"Monsoon Kiss," the debut track from anonymous producer No-Face, succeeds by seamlessly marrying together both futuristic- and retro-leaning sounds. It kicks off with a speaker drone that slowly morphs into a dusty, side-chained groove which captures a restlessness reminiscent of the likes of Flying Lotus. No-Face weaves together a slippery Rhodes melody and a sticky wordless vocal, and though the track seems to float by in a psychedelic haze, we're left with that feeling that there's plenty left to explore in "Monsoon Kiss"'s three dimensional layers.
Piano virtuoso Nils Frahm finished his year with a solid album of live "field recordings," Spaces, and today, Vancouver producer Teen Daze shows appreciation for Frahm favorite "You" with this minimal rework. Setting a plaintive piano refrain against organic, lilting percussion and ambience, Teen Daze doesn't overwhelm the source material with unnecessary bombast. Instead, the artist honors the original composition with humble drums, bass, and synth atmosphere, making for a love-letter collaboration of sorts.
NYC DJ/producer Free Magic, a man who co-heads the local Discovery party and label, has been enlisted to produce a dub version of "Got Somebody," a vocal-heavy cut by stateside producer Moon Boots that was originally released last year as a free download via French Express. On his rework, Free Magic puts the tune under a brighter light, adding bursts of melodic arpeggios and bouncing organs to the R&B-led cut. He also makes certain to beef up the low end, ensuring that his dub version is just as well-suited for dancefloor play as Moon Boots' original production.
Russian producer Hmot's musical landscapes are largely made up of found sounds and lo-fi filters. His Oneirology mini-album (available here) is a collection of seven tracks that processes psychedelic ambience through deep-house mechanisms, binding the field recordings of animal calls and running water to rhythmic structures. Record cut "Tartu"'s six minutes carry an aquatic quality with sampled wind chimes embellishing a steady four-on-the-floor kick. A house-inspired beat floats to the surface of Hmot's production as melodies are haphazardly pitched around and the track oscillates between astral bliss and swelteringly sour tones.
Shapeshifting Nashville duo Jensen Sportag (pictured above) dropped its debut LP, Stealth of Days, via Cascine late last month, and with the record's release still freshly in the rearview, Brooklyn producer and LuckyMe affiliate Obey City has been enlisted to take on the slippery, R&B-infused "After Gardens" track. For the most part, Obey City relies on the existing music to dictate the flow of his remix, allowing floaty grooves and island-bell melodies to run their course as he reinforces them with new layers of sturdy percussion and an enhanced low-end slink. When all is said and done, Obey City has effectively reformatted the sweet, syrupy pop of Jensen Sportag to make it all the more street-wise.
It's times like these that one wonders when Jimmy Edgar finds time to actually, you know, sleep. Following the release of his Mercurio EP last week, the ceaseleslly prolific producer/DJ has deliverd yet another new remix—this time taking on "Power," a cut from Moscow-based indie/funk outfit Pompeya. While it's hard to find exactly where Edgar has buried Pompeya's original tune, it's also hard to argue with his work here, as he bounces back and forth between a series of locked-in grooves and cleverly precise builds which continually push the rework's cyclical rhythms forward. Featured here as a free download, Jimmy Edgar's remix of "Power" is also set to appear on Pompeya's Tropical Remix record when it drops in January of next year via Brooklyn label No Shame.
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