Kaytranada first appeared on my radar in March when I stumbled across his deliciously trippy rework of Missy Elliot’s ‘Sock It 2 Me’ (I’m still obsessed). I then made a mental note of the talented Montreal producer as we both share the same hometown – Je me souviens! Well last month this guy released another gem for free, a fast-paced adaptation of Azealia Banksand Pharrell’s swerving collaboration ‘ATM Jam’. Kaytranada’s mixing magic results in a tropically inspired beat that’s driven by booming drums and cascading synths. Make sure to keep an eye out for this budding artist, because he’s about to become big-time.
As a follow-up to yesterday’s declaration that I was holding out for dBerrie’s ‘Roar’ remix, the super chill DJ must’ve heard my plea because he soon after released the final version of the track as a free gift on SoundCloud. His self-professed ‘Plurred Out’ version uses the already catchy vocals and brings the melody up ten levels, delivering a high-energy dance track that will have Kandi ravers rejoicing everywhere. I actually would’ve paid for this one – thank you as always, Dave.
Silver Swans’ chilled-out cover of the Miley Cyrus single ‘Wrecking Ball’ is surprisingly much better than Miley haters may want to believe. Personally I’m in love with the original ballad, so this one was already an easy sell. Silver Swans, an electronic duo consisting of producer and musician Jon Waters and vocalist Ann Yu, add an ominous tone to the track with their dark synths and soft vocals. The result is an alternative sound that Indie Shuffle has declared a cross between The Knife and Beach House. That works for me.
It’s not usually my style to write about an album in its entirety. My vision for Dr. Eardrum has always been to provide a selection that has been edited down to what I consider the “best of”. Curating is (I believe) what sets this site apart from the Hype Machines and Indie Shuffles of the blogosphere, which have the manpower to funnel out new music out at an dizzying rate. That being said, I can honestly say there is no other collection of songs more perfectly curated to my own personal taste than Annie Mac’s latest compilation album, entitled Annie Mac Presents 2013. It’s no secret that this BBC Radio 1 VJ is my long-time idol, as well as the source of 90% of the music on Dr. Eardrum. Annie’s ability to appreciate such an eclectic variety of sounds is unlike any other I’ve ever encountered, and it is what has helped her build such a broad global fan base. She has been credited for the rise of stars such as Disclosure, Duke Dumont and Cyril Hahn (my top 3 favorite artists), and has a knack for predicting a newcomer’s star power before the rest of us see them coming. Her tracklist for this 2 Disc album is arranged in perfect form as a look back on the major hits of the summer, and there really is something for everyone in there. Many of these songs have already been featured here on Dr. Eardrum in the past few months, but I highly encourage you to go purchase Annie’s album as a whole – it is truly the best £10 you’ll ever spend. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, then take a moment to listen to the Teaser Mix Miss Mac created for the album, as well as scroll through the tracklist in it’s entirety after the jump. You won’t regret it.
New Zealand duo Georgia and Caleb Nott, aka BROODS, have only just arrived on the scene, but they’re already turning heads. It will only takes about 45 seconds (i.e. when the chorus drops) for you to fall in love with their debut track ‘Bridges’: the vocal cut ups quickly flow in like an ocean of sound, engulfing you with waves of euphoric synths. This is a serious gem to be releasing as a free download, so make sure to get your hands on it before these guys become megastars and change their minds.
My favorite Canadian producer, Cyril Hahn has just done an incredible remix for one of his own favorite talents: Sigur Rós. Named in part after a sister of one of the bandmembers, Iceland’s Sigur Rós was formed in early 1994 while the members were teenagers. Since then the trio has come a long way, releasing 7 albums to date as well as scoring acting roles in the 4th season of Game of Thrones. Cyril’s rework is of their recent track ‘Rafstraumur’, featuring some complex added beat-layering that the producer does so well. There is no other DJ I know who allows me to become this deeply immersed in their music every time, as if I’m under a hypnotic trance. Hahn’s remix of ‘Rafstraumur’ will be released on October 22nd.
Although personally I’m still holding out for dBerrie’s forthcoming rework, Swedish duo Cazzette released a preview last month of their own decent adaptation of Katie Perry’s radio hit ‘Roar’. Featuring a whirlwind of cut-up beats and their signature buzzing drops, the pop anthem receives an energetic dance makeover in their quirky dub-house style. I assume both this and Berrie’s reworks will be released as part of an official ‘Roar’ Remixes EP – stay tuned for release date info.
Active Child’s Rapor EP is set for release in only 6 days on October 22nd, but he has been kind enough to gift fans with a sneak peak stream of the of project in the meantime. Included on the tracklist is this beautiful collaboration with none other than Ellie Goulding, who belts out a verse on the tear-jerking ballad. Listen for yourself below – it’s every bit as emotional as you would imagine a duet coming from these two.
Charlie Fieber (aka Fracture) has always been known for his offbeat productions, and he delivers just that in pure form with his Astrophonica rework of Naibu’s ‘Just Like You‘. Bringing a down-tempo vibe to the original version, he will hook you in with that first deep drop as the vocals enter. Then prepare yourself for the rest of the song, as you will feel like you’re being led down a dark rabbit hole with no end. His adaptation is absolutely mesmerizing and so soothing on the ears – love this one.
London Grammar released their debut album If You Wait on September 9th, and buried amongst the gold mine of original material was an interesting cover of Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’. LG’s adaptation is quite beautiful, thanks to Hanna Reid’s emotional vocals and the late-entering percussion line. Well the group has just uploaded the track onto SoundCloud and declared it their new single, with a fresh ‘Nightcall’ EP dropping December 8th. Here is their re-edit of the tune from the forthcoming EP, but you can also snatch a copy of the original cover at the link below.