NAÏKA, “Ride” (Koni remix)
It’s been out for a little while now, but not to be missed is Miami singer Naïka’s “Ride”, perfect for those sunny day drives or dance parties on the beaches, aided immensely by a sparkling, synth-soaked remix from Koni of the German duo Saxity. I enjoy Naïka’s solid, direct vocal, which adds to the fun appeal of the song and its “ra-pa-pa-pa-pa-pum” hook. There’s nothing better to do here but get into your car and crank up “Ride” as the song instructs you to do and let the music take you away. Add the Koni remix of “Ride” to your Summer Getaway playlist using the Spotify link above.
TIM ATLAS, “Compromised” (Christofi remix)
In its original form, “Compromised” by L.A. indie soul artist Tim Atlas is a gentle, free-flowing song about not knowing what to do about a particular crush on someone. Also from L.A., producer Michael Christofi is pretty selective about what he releases and remixes, and his spin on “Complicated” is upbeat and sparkling. It brings out the genuine wonder and joy of curiosity that will have no problem getting you to shuffle out onto the dance floor. Tim’s vocal to me also tends to shine a bit more in this remix, whereas the original is focused more on melody and lyrics. “Compromised” as remixed is quite an unexpected pleasure that will help the song find a wider audience.
ProjectXS featuring JAMES LEON, “FOMO” (DJ Breeezr remix)
UK singer/songwriter James Leon returns with a promising kickstart in the form of ProjectXS with “FOMO”. In its original version, it’s a hard-hitting electronic pop single that brings to mind early FrankMusik circa a similar song from earlier in this decade, “The Fear Inside”. Thus far it’s been reshaped into three remixes, the best of which is the DJ Breeezr remix. This one tones down the original and gives it a more approachable house backdrop, which brings out the desperation of the lyrics suitably for the dance floor venue. There are a lot of underlying classic 80’s influences from the likes of Erasure and Pet Shop Boys in the foundation of “FOMO” which help get its chorus stuck in your head. Watch for more solid dance pop to come our way from James and ProjectXS.
PINK LEMONADE, “Wasted A Moment” (Jay Bird remix)
Sometimes it does take a remix to show another side to a song, or to bring a little more flavour to it that works in harmony with the intent of the original. Such is the case with UK duo Pink Lemonade’s “Wasted A Moment”, which in its original version is an atmospheric mid-tempo ballad. You’ve read a few posts this year about Southern California producer Jay Bird’s songs, and he brings his distinct melodic flair to the dreamy landscape already created by Pink Lemonade in the song. It’s a rich-sounding production that accentuates high end drum beats, and really soars in key places in the song, so it doesn’t come off as busy or over-produced. “Wasted A Moment” becomes more of an anthem for savouring those special times in your life. Check out the remix at the link above and download it for free!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.