“Marination by @Meatportmusic” begins with a rework of @Linneyofficial’s “AloneTonight”

LINNEY, “Alone Tonight” (Marinated by Meatport)

In its original version, “Alone Tonight” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Linney – known for her work with Robbie Rivera, covers like last year’s “Never Be Like You”, and her own originals – is a dreamy mid-tempo ballad about being with your special someone on a night at home when perhaps they should have company.  In the hands of producer/remixer Meatport however, that evening becomes vibrant and teleported to a rave where that person will have a great time.  Meatport’s trap “marination” draws heavily on late 90s/early 00’s techno to give “Alone Tonight” a really giddy bounce while retaining the wonder of Linney’s vocal.  It’s always fun to enhance a blog post about Meatport with some tenderizing seasoning 😉 given his own fun and sometimes wacky songs to date (“The Troll”, “Noobs”, and new Hallowe’en fave “Spook”).  However I’ll forego additional puns by encouraging you to check out Meatport’s seriously good remix of Linney’s “Alone Tonight” at the link above.

Published in: on November 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Motion” by @SamSmyers featuring @MMaggieMiller gets a retro-house makeover by @Revelriesmusic

SAM SMYERS featuring M. MAGGIE, “Motion” (Revelries remix)

Dutch-Emerati production duo Revelries return with a retro-house makeover of L.A. producer Sam Smyers’ “Motion” featuring American singer/songwriter M. Maggie.  The remix sets a steady dancefloor pace for “Motion” which makes for a fast three and a half minutes full of early house flavour amid today’s deep house style, and sparkling synths which flow under M. Maggie’s genuine emotion.  “Motion” in the Revelries remix is an easy choice for club DJ’s to help pick up a set leading to its high point.  Add it to your dance or house playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on November 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Desensitize” is smooth R&B-house featuring @Ayellemusic from NYC duo @Opvsmusic who also remix @AllieX’s “Paper Love”

OPVS featuring AYELLE, “Desensitize” (free DL)

ALLIE X, “Paper Love” (Opvs remix) (free DL)

Opvs is a NYC duo of Sean Squires and Dan Valente most noted for some successful flips and partnerships (particularly with producer/remixer ye.) during the last year which got them noticed to the likes of Martin Garrix and DJ Snake for playlist adds.  The duo returns with an original silky-smooth slice of R&B-influenced house called “Desensitize” featuring Swedish/Iranian singer Ayelle.  “Desensitize” has a slick flow to help present its message along with a loopy set of keyboard riffs to help make it stand out.  Opvs also recently remixed Allie X’s “Paper Love” which manages to still go big on melody without going over-the-top with unnecessary drops, which is very complimentary to the song.  Check out “Desensitize” above and “Paper Love” below, and get ’em for free while you can.

Published in: on November 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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.@Madnapmusic’s new original “Disappear” with @Duumu, and remix of @Astresound’s “Shades” with @metsamusic featuring @KevinBlumusic

MADNAP & DUUMU featuring BIEN, “Disappear” (free DL)

ASTRE featuring KEVIN BLU, “Shades” (Madnap & Metsä remix)

Following up the quiet and romantic “Honey”, L.A.’s Madnap has a two-for all ready for you!

First up is his collaboration with Charlie Duumu, who divides his time between the UK and France, with “Disappear” featuring Chicago-based K-Pop vocalist Bien.  Madnap and Duumu have concocted an unconventional EDM ballad/breakup song “Disappear”.  The emotional vocal meshes well with the ever-changing surroundings created by Madnap and Duumu, which will go places that you wouldn’t expect for this kind of record.  At the end, more shaken than stirred, “Disappear” gives you pause for thought and resonates because of the beautiful underlying melody.  Download it for free at the link above.

Madnap in partnership with Washington’s Metsä remixes an equally pretty song by France’s Astre called “Shades” from Astre’s recent EP For So Long.  They take some liberties with US singer Kevin Blu’s fresh-sounding voice and add a dancehall-influenced rhythm to give “Shades” a much more different vibe from the original.  It works like a charm and club DJ’s wanting to segue into a full-blown dancehall-flavoured set might want to set it up with Madnap & Metsä’s remix of “Shades”.  Have a listen at the link below.

Published in: on November 2, 2017 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Find the beauty under the “Bones” by @SteLouse featuring @TilianPearson in a @Flapomusic remix

STéLOUSE featuring TILIAN, “Bones” (Flapo remix)

It will definitely take a few listens, but “Bones” by Colorado’s StéLouse (aka Ross Ryan) featuring L.A. singer/songwriter Tilian (of the project Dance Gavin Dance) is a real grower, thanks to a low-key but delightful remix by Colombian producer Flapo.  It’s a song about staying in a magic moment for as long as possible, definitely a positive change of pace for rising dance producer StéLouse who is already signed to the renown Casablanca label.  Tilian’s vocal is suitably caught up in the moment, while Flapo adds all kinds of delicate instrumentation.  Maybe the song could have gone a little bigger with its beats but somehow it might detract from the rest of the production.  Anyway, you can get this remix of “Bones” as a free download at the link above.

Published in: on October 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Only Us” by NYC duo @Paperwhite is given a next-level remix from Canada’s @YoungBombs

PAPERWHITE, “Only Us” (Young Bombs remix)

Paperwhite is the brother-and-sister collaboration of Katie and Ben Marshall, with Katie on vocals, Ben producing, and both as co-writers.  Their pop song “Only Us” is a perfectly likeable slice of life that is even more uplifting in a remix by Martin and Tristan of Canadian production/remix duo Young Bombs.  One thing that sets Young Bombs apart from others in the dance genre is that they know how to pounce on a dynamic vocal and make it even more the centre of attraction.  Katie’s voice can suit any genre, and Young Bombs play with and reshape how her voice comes across, particularly in what is pretty much a big new chorus that will resonate well through huge club speakers.  This is all done without taking anything away from the original inspiring song.  Make sure you add it to your collection by purchasing the Young Bombs remix of Paperwhite’s “Only Us” at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on October 20, 2017 at 10:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Remixing the remixers: @TwoFriendsmusic remix @TheChainsmokers and get remixed by Poland’s @Clarxpl

THE CHAINSMOKERS, “Break Up Every Night” (Two Friends remix)

TWO FRIENDS featuring JAMES DELANEY, “Emily” (Clarx remix)

While the ever-good-natured L.A. producers/remixers Two Friends (Matt and Eli) keep busy touring, producing their own songs, and remixing those by others, one of the guys’ recent songs in turn has been remixed.

I wasn’t quite sure why “Honest” by The Chainsmokers became the follow-up single to “Something Just Like This”, but the much better “Break Up Every Night” appears to be next, pumped by a number of remixes.  Two Friends give it a fun and zingy remix that helps capture the exaggerated nature of the song, which is actually a co-write with more L.A. denizens, Captain Cuts.  Like with Two Friends’ previous takes on songs by The ‘Smokers, such as their bouncy remix of “Roses”, “Break Up Every Night” should help enliven your Friday or Saturday evening. 

Poland’s Clarx has done great justice to “Emily”, Two Friends’ release which I wrote about last Spring and featuring a playful vocal by James Delaney.  Clarx steered the pop-oriented “Emily” into more of a traditional house rhythm in their remix, which is magnified by some pretty big futuristic synths.   This helps make what is a very good song even better, which is exactly what a top notch remix should do.

Check out both remixes at the above links 🙂

“Survive” by @SaintWKND and @MAXgschneider gets an explosive remix by @PLSandTYbased

SAINT WKND & MAX, “Survive” (PLS&TY remix)

MAX (Schneider) has been so visible in 2017 with his own songs and countless collaborations that it’s been easy to miss one or two.  So I’m glad official remixes of “Survive” have surfaced because it was a song I didn’t pick up on upon release.  Mystery guy Saint WKND and MAX make an excellent collaborative force on “Survive”, which has been given an explosive future bass overhaul by remixer PLS&TY (who has already worked with Cosmos & Creature and others).  In its original version, “Survive” is milder dub-steppy electronica with a taut, soulful vocal by MAX.  In this remix, that old school R&B that is deep in MAX’s soul is unleashed as one of his most commanding performances that I’ve heard (it will be a bonus if I get to hear it in his upcoming concert 😉 ), aside his recent appearance on “No Hands” by It’s Different and Forever MC along with blackbear.  This remix of “Survive” doesn’t let up and leaves you breathless by the end, which you’ll discover after a listen at the link above.

Published in: on October 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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When lovin’ can’t get better: “We Love” by @Tokimonsta featuring @MNDR in a @FelixCartal remix

TOKiMONSTA featuring MNDR, “We Love” (Felix Cartal remix)

I always get to enjoy knowing more about performers in dance music, and one that I had yet to write about was L.A.-based Tokimonsta.  She pairs up just fine with fellow L.A. denizen MNDR – we last heard her vocalizing with Scissor Sisters in the summer with the charity single “SWERLK”.  Master remixer and my fellow Canadian Felix Cartal throws a huge, happy sheen over “We Love” to make it into a timely anthem for clubs.  Who’s love is better?  Well yours of course!  MNDR’s vocal is bubbly and carefree while Tokimonsta gives those deep grooves some edge that resonates right till the end.  “We Love” will filter down to your feet but will first grab you around the heart, which sounds about right.  Give it a hard listen at the link above.

Published in: on October 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Italy’s @Flyboy_official rides the big wave that is @Krewella with his remix of “Team”

KREWELLA, “Team” (Flyboy remix) (free DL)

Italian producer Flyboy – not even yet 20 – definitely has a great ear for leaving his imprint on a song, even if it happens to be the ever-reliable Illinois duo Krewella with his remix of “Team”.  This one will leave you spinning with all kinds of whirling synths and effects to perfectly match the fresh attitude of the lyrics and vocals calling out the haters.  But Flyboy knows his limits and how to place catchy synth riffs without them driving you crazy.  Flyboy is getting a lot of notice of late, through Spotify and Sirius XM, particularly in France, where some of his music has been picked up by none other than the prestigious Parlophone label through Warners.  This remix of “Team” is only near the beginning so there’s still lots of time to watch Flyboy soar 🙂  Download “Team” for free at the link above.

Published in: on September 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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