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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L.A.’s @Justin_Caruso offers a unique remix take on “Fortnite”

JUSTIN CARUSO, “Fortnite” (Justin Caruso remix) (free DL)

One definitely doesn’t associate producer/remixer Justin Caruso with the video game world or instrumental tracks.  But his recent remix take on “Fortnite” is impressive for a number of reasons.  There are a lot of classical-sounding elements here that provide a rich backdrop for the grittiness and the bangs and booms that Justin adds to make the song larger than life.  Like many ‘themes’, “Fortnite” has a lot of softer moments that are worth waiting through to get to the drama and action.  If video game makers heard this then I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Justin writing and producing music directly for a game very soon.  “Fortnite” is highly creative and helps stretch the boundaries in which dance music producers sometimes get confined.  Best of all, you can download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on February 12, 2018 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Producers @Nazariff_ and @RoseThrone_ provide atmospheric ‘witch house’ remix to @SoBelowsound’s “Close”

SO BELOW, “Close” (Nazariff x Rosé Throne remix)

When a relationship gets past the point of no return, it’s time to move on, even if the other party wants it to get deeper.  So is the message of “Close” by Kiwi alt.pop singer So Below.  I wrote not long ago about Nazariff and Rosé Throne’s rather splendid update on “Cities In Dust”, the 80’s new wave hit by Siouxsie & The Banshees.  The guys are back with their atmospheric ‘witch house’ remix for So Below which adds ongoing mystery to her heartfelt story.  There’s an almost classically repetitive backdrop in the song’s middle verses which sticks in your head like an unobtrusive ticking clock, as well as an unexpected but gentle drop later on with some dazzling keyboards that follow.  Overall this remix of “Close” is easy on the ears but soul food for your head.  Check it out at the link above.

Published in: on January 31, 2018 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Austin’s @Renat_music offers a classy and uplifting remix of @iamAlanWalker’s “All Falls Down”

ALAN WALKER featuring NOAH CYRUS & DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS, “All Falls Down” (Renat remix) (free DL)

In a wise choice of a cover to offer us as a “Happy 2018” free download, Austin producer Renat returns with his take on Alan Walker’s recent “All Falls Down” (featuring Miley Cyrus’ sister Noah and British producer Digital Farm Animals).  Out of all of Alan’s subsequent dance hits to the monstrous “Faded” – and bear in mind that he just turned 20 last August – “All Falls Down” should have been the pop hit to follow it up.  Renat puts a classy and uplifting spin on the song featuring a lot of staccato high notes and synth washes to create a bigger, shinier sound for the song.  In addition to opening for acts in concert like The Chainsmokers in recent past, Renat also had the opportunity to open for Alan Walker last year, and so what better tribute could there be than an upscale and highly complimentary remix.  Get “All Falls Down” for free at the link above.

Dizzying confusion of “Caving” radiates in a @SpekeroftheHouse remix by @Justin_Caruso featuring @JamesDroll

JUSTIN CARUSO featuring JAMES DROLL, “Caving” (Speaker of the House remix)

While he’s subject to receiving nasty erroneous tweets and messages meant for Paul Ryan, L.A.-based producer/remixer Speaker of the House has a great ear for melody and providing a balanced remix.  Justin Caruso’s latest, “Caving”, is a perfect case, carried by an amiable and expressive vocal by Nashville-based singer James Droll.  Lots of high end sounds make “Caving” sparkle, and the focus on a bright and uptempo rhythm contributes to the confusion that the lyrics in the song are facing.  It’s a well-rounded remix that you should check out and add to your summery Spotify dance playlists at the link above.

Published in: on January 10, 2018 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s a @Spirixmusic remix for “I Want You” by @Robotaki & @ManilaKilla featuring @MatthewJohnKurz

ROBOTAKI & MANILA KILLA featuring MATTHEW JOHN KURZ, “I Want You” (Spirix remix) (free DL)

Young L.A.-based producer/remixer Spirix has scored with a handful of both originals and remixes while he continues in college, with every one of them offering a somewhat signature sound that will serve him well going forward.  To me, Spirix actually improves on the original of “I Want You” by the awesome duo of Robotaki and Manila Killa (of Hotel Garuda), featuring a killer vocal by Matthew John Kurz, who himself has appeared in these blog pages a number of times.  It’s all about ear-dropping future bass beats and high end synths, so very complimentary to Matthew’s heartfelt vocal.  “I Want You” was a pre-holiday remix gift from Spirix, so get it while you can at the link above.