In anticipation for tomorrow’s long-awaited Random Access Memories album release, The Golden Pony straps on their space suits for their latest remix of Daft Punk’s ‘Doin It Right’. Panda Bear’s gorgeous vocals are supported by layers of deep bass and interstellar synths. It is a given that the the robots’ original version will become an immediate classic, but this slightly more computerized adaptation is still satisfying in the meantime (and it’s available to download for free).
A few weeks back The 1975 stopped by BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge in London to perform a customary cover that blew Chris Malinchak fans, myself included, completely away. Their sorrowful adaptation of ‘So Good To Me’ strips the song down to an acoustic exposé, shining light on the beautiful lyrics that have always been the heart and soul of the track. I haven’t been able to get this unexpected gem out of my head since – take a listen below.
You know it’s been an exciting week for music when Parker already has his tunes selected and delivered to my inbox a full day early. That’s just how much fresh material is out there right now, and Par knows where to find them all. First on his list of goodies is a newly-premiered remix of Disclosure’s‘You & Me’by trap-master Baauer. The talented young producer, whose claim to fame is ‘Harlem Shake’, handles the Garage hit with absolute perfection – the amount of times I looped this track on repeat so far is nearing the point of obsessive compulsion. Next up is a deep house rework of Silverstar’s catchy tune ‘Music is Magic’, bringing the nu-disco original to an underground state of mind. Following this Parker throws in a blissful throwback to the earlier work of crooner Sam Smith. Long before he was supplying the vocals on Disclosure’s ‘Latch’, Sam had this lesser known hit on his hands, as remixed by Kid Massive circa 2009. Finally, Parker rounds off the mix with a heart-warming Boyce Avenue cover whose beauty can only be illustrated by watching the accompanying video below. Their acoustic interpretation of JT’s ‘Mirrors’, in collaboration with Fifth Harmony, manages to be both melancholic and hopeful at the same time. Thanks P, you have outdone yourself once again.
Disclosure ft. Eliza Doolittle - You & Me (Baauer Remix):Pre-order
Silverstar – Music Is Magic (Dcup Deep Bitch Remix):Purchase
Sam Smith – When It’s Alright (Kid Massive Remix): Purchase
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (Boyce Avenue ft. Fifth Harmony Cover):Purchase
When it comes to great mashups, this one is way up there – I’m disappointed in myself for not having thought of merging these two songs together myself. I mean, Robin S. was a classic example of an artist whose music was influenced by 80s disco, and Duke Dumont is the man who will be responsible for keeping this style alive. UK producer Cutmore looks back to one of the most iconic dance tracks of the 90s and brings it into modern times with Mr. Dumont’s viral single ‘Need U (100%)‘, for what is an unimaginably perfect combination and that sounds like it was always meant to be one tune.
In the spirit of Electric Daisy Carnival taking place right outside New York City this weekend, I’ll pay homage to some of my favorite dance tracks of the moment (it’s an ever-evolving list). Just added to the mix is Laidback Luke’s remix of Martin Solveig’s infectious electro-pop single ‘Hey Now‘. If you haven’t heard anything about this rework yet, it’s because Luke literally just released it online an hour ago, following a radio premiere by the one and only Pete Tong. His version has much more of a stadium crowd vibe than Solveig’s original, and it’s aggressive grinding beats will be sure to get the EDC crowd riled up this weekend. No release date on this one yet, but the full track is available for streaming below.
This fresh tech/disco track by Toyboy and Robin has the perfect energy level to slowly ease you out of the workweek and into your weekend plans. From start to finish you will feel the UK bass flavor in this tune, a genre that in recent months has been creeping across the pond and sneaking it’s way into American dance culture. I’m all for this new London invasion – happy Friday everyone.
The Weeknd has gifted us with not one but two tracks from his forthcoming album Kiss Land, which will surely satisfy the withdrawal his die-hard fans have been facing. The title track of the album is a haunting tune, complete with hair-raising horror movie screams echoing in the background. The second offering, entitled ‘John Carpenter’, is heavy on the bass and filled with exploitative lyrics – something Abel does not shy away from. Still no release date set for the album, but these two goodies will do for now.
Malla, who was a dubstep legend long before Skrillex first brought the movement to North America, premiered a James Blake rework of his tune ‘Changes’ during his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix earlier this year. Calling it a harmonimix rather than a remix, the adapted-tune is sure to lull you into a complete state of hypnosis. Fans have been waiting eagerly for a full length version of the spine-chilling mix to become available, and now their wish has been granted - ‘Changes’ has every bit of eeriness you’d want from a Blake production and more.
Earlier this week, the Dirty Projectors release a new 12″ single, featuring remixes from their 2012 single ‘The Socialites’. Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard is responsible for one of the stellar contributions, but it’s London’s rising duo AlunaGeorge’s rework that stands out as the most original of the bunch. This time taking on the role of producers rather than singers, they have applied their electro-soul style to the tune by adding trippy keyboard modulations and Chicago percussion beats to Amber Coffman’s ambient vocal line. It may take a few listens to grasp their version, but once you do it’s oh so amazing.
Producers 12th Planet & Mayhem combine their two respective fortes, dubstep and trap, to create a hybrid dance track entitled ‘Whoops‘. Featuring the childlike filtered vocals of Penny Birdrabbit, this twinkly track is a bass-heavy banger but with an indie twist.