“Pretty Girl” by @Clairo gets a future bass makeover from red hot @Whethanmusic

CLAIRO, “Pretty Girl” (Whethan bootleg)

Red hot Chicago 19 year old producer Whethan – currently very active with his recent single “Be Like You” featuring Broods – puts an interesting spin on Clairo’s “Pretty Girl” in a bootleg remix.  He essentially takes the chorus of the Boston singer’s chill cousin of a Lana Del Rey song and flips it sideways, giving it a snappy beat which then evolves into a futuristic synth mini-jam session just more than halfway through.  Clairo’s vocal picks it up again with the chorus and it’s over in a snap.  It’s a cute, breezy remix which definitely shows a different side of Whethan.  

Published in: on June 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Remixers @Revelriesmusic offer a deep house transformation of “Comfortable” by @SteveVoidmusic and @TELYkast

STEVE VOID & TELYKAST and NATALIE MAJOR, “Comfortable” (Revelries remix) (free DL)

Sometimes remixes can definitely improve on the original song if the mix just doesn’t somehow sit right.  Although “Comfortable” in its original mix is doing just fine for Steve Void’s rising Strange Fruits label, I definitely prefer the deep house slant that Dutch/Emirati production duo Revelries have offered to compliment Steve and TELYKast’s original featuring a solid vocal by Natalie Major.  Revelries have come up with a remix for “Comfortable” that’s a more of a natural fit to flow into a club mix, accentuating the best features of the song and its vocal.  This remix is part of a 25 remix project packaged into Volumes I and II (it appears on Volume II).  For now, you can download them all, including an acoustic version, at the link above.

 

UK singer @HRVY is back with “Personal” in an uplifting remix by @Shaanmusic

HRVY, “Personal” (Shaan remix)

It’s been a while since UK singer Harvey Cantwell graced these blog pages with “Thank You”, whose blog post racked up hundreds of views at the time.  At 15, he was kind of poised to blossom into a Justin Bieber-esque talent which never really materialized, but Universal kept him on 🙂  Now, he’s back as HRVY with “Personal”, an anthemic pop bop that could go over well in clubs thanks to a sparkling remix by NYC-based producer Shaan, about whose other songs (such as the rollicking “End of the World”) you’ve read about recently here as well.  The remix is rich and uplifting, and draws from the song’s energetic chorus to make the song really bounce.  HRVY has a much fresher sound now that doesn’t really compare to what others his age are releasing, and thus may have found a gap for radio stations to tap into.  

Published in: on April 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Multi-talents unite: “I Wish I Could” by @TOKIMONSTA and @SelahSue as remixed by @SofiTukker

TOKIMONSTA and SELAH SUE, “I Wish I Could” (Sofi Tukker remix)

“I Wish I Could” is a fiery, edgy deep house track that should easily slay dance club goers through the Spring and into the Summer.  It could the song that takes things to an even greater level for producer TOKIMONSTA, who is back on track and fiercer than ever after she suffered significant health issues.  Belgian singer Selah Sue’s voice has sweet and raspy sides which work fully in tandem with the production.  And Sofi Tukker’s remix gives the song some guitar and synth flourishes that are in keeping with their best records.  So “I Wish I Could” is a win for everyone, especially the listener!  Watch out for this one.

Published in: on March 31, 2018 at 2:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Austin’s @Cloudchord helps @unofficialTHEY transform a 90’s pop classic into “Dante’s Creek”

THEY., “Dante’s Creek” (Cloudchord remix) (free DL)

Fresh off of an insanely catchy redux of Charli XCX’s “Boys”, R&B/electronic duo THEY. bring us “Dante’s Creek” in a remix by Austin’s Cloudchord.  So given that THEY. are the duo of Dante and Drew, you have to circle back to the song title and then spin the song which is of course immediately identifiable in its first verse:  Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want To Wait”, the theme song to 90’s hit TV show “Dawson’s Creek”!  But THEY. have woven it into a progressive soul setting, which is amplified and expanded upon by Cloudchord in his creative and rhythmic remix.  Sax sounds come and go amid the synths while the song retains the immediacy of living life to its fullest as in the original.  Fans of other soulful duos like RKCB and Opia will particularly enjoy this.  Note that it’s Cloudchord’s last remix for a while.  Given the wild promise of last year’s (as it should be) jazzy guitar-drenched Imprint album, it’s definitely time for more originals.  You can get “Dante’s Creek” in its Cloudchord remix for free at the link above.

 

Unconventional “Moan” by @yourVALNTN in a @therealShiShi remix will keep you listening

VALNTN featuring TREVOR DERING, “Moan” (ShiShi remix)

In a progressive remix where some sexy flute sounds marry with the classical repetition of subtle synths, “Moan” by German producer VALNTN (now based out of Boston) will keep your ears transfixed.  We got to know the global sounds of New York-based producer/remixer ShiShi last Fall with his Bollywood/disco fusion of “Aarti”.  There are definitely some south east Asian tones placed nicely within “Moan”, which complement American singer Trevor Dering’s gritty and very committed vocal.  “Moan” could have ended up sounding silly in the wrong hands, but instead it ends up being memorable and quite the perfect song to have been released on February 14, given after all that it is by VALNTN 🙂  Be surprised and check out “Moan” at the link above.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Halifax’s @Fambamusic wields his remix magic for fellow Canadian @TylerShawmusic’s “Cautious”

TYLER SHAW, “Cautious” (Famba remix)

It’s hard not to like when two rather disparate talents come together to add to the versatile appeal of the original song.  Such is the case as Halifax’s Famba (you’ll remember last year’s “Right Here Right Now”, “Space”, or his Norwegian gold single “Vibe”) puts his remix talents up against the always fine songs of Coquitlam, BC’s talented Tyler Shaw, whose new single “Cautious” is breaking at Canadian radio.  The harder edges of Famba’s electronics amp up “Cautious” for play at more pop-oriented dance clubs.  Tyler’s voice and the song’s intense lyrics work well in the mix.  So both singer and remixer, and their fans, benefit big time in the end.  Give it a good solid listen at the link above.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A fierce @PLSandTYbased remix of “Run The World” by @Cazzette will keep you on edge

CAZZETTE, “Run The World” (PLS&TY remix)

If his killer recent remix of SAINT WKND & MAX’s “Survive” didn’t tip you off, L.A. producer/remixer PLS&TY continues to take his craft to the next level.  Being a big fan of Sweden’s Cazzette I’m sure helped make his transformed remix of “Run The World” an easy sell.  Carried by a to-die-for vocal by Danish singer Nadia Gattas, PLS&TY keeps his layers of strings and synths rich and thick but still allowing the song and vocal to take shape underneath it all.  One of the worst things a remixer can do is smother a song into overkill but PLS&TY knows where to rein it in, allowing “Run The World” to elevate itself into battle cry from its subtler original deep house mix.  Club DJ’s will enjoy this remix to play at the most heightened part of a set before it drops back down to give club goers a breather.  You can check out the PLS&TY remix of Cazzette’s “Run The World” at the link above.

Published in: on February 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC’s @ModernMachines remixes “New World” by EDM powerhouses @Krewella and @Yellowclaw featuring #TaylorBennett

KREWELLA & YELLOWCLAW featuring TAYLOR BENNETT, “New World” (Modern Machines remix) (free DL)

When a remix gets amped up to be even more ferocious than the original, then I’m usually all ears.  That Chicago duo Krewella have paired up with Dutch producers Yellowclaw for a song is entirely one great thing unto itself.  Adding Chance The Rapper’s brother, Taylor Bennett, for a slick rap to counter Krewella’s spot-on vocals is a huge plus, and NYC’s Modern Machines remix adds to the fire.  It’s slick and powerful and reminiscent of what Eminem and Dr. Dre were doing about ten years ago with songs like “Crack A Bottle”, but with an EDM twist or two.  “New World” is heavily hip hop driven but married quite happily with heavy synths and production that will have no trouble commanding your attention.  You can get Modern Machines’ remix for free at the link above.

 

Published in: on February 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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#VDay in #Toronto means @Lauvsongs with an @iamInverness remix of “Paris In The Rain”

LAUV, “Paris In The Rain” (Inverness remix) (free DL)

It’s true! Singer/songwriter and our resident man in blue, Lauv,  brings “I Like Me Better” and other fine songs to a sold out show on Valentine’s Day in Toronto at The Mod Club.  And that’s perfect timing to revive interest in his follow up single “Paris In The Rain”, which may have been released prematurely in the wake of the phenomenal success of “I Like Me Better”.  NYC-based producer Inverness – who brought us a jaunty original last Spring with “Working On You” – casts a melodic spell of synthesizers around what is originally more of an indie singer/songwriter tune than was “I Like Me Better”.  Inverness’ remix is equally as charming and perhaps a tad more playful, and will sound positively refreshing in dance clubs.  Download it for free at the link above and check out Lauv’s video for the original of “Paris In The Rain” below.

 

Published in: on February 13, 2018 at 10:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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