NYC’s @ModernMachines shines with brisk remix of “Be Somebody” by @SteveAoki and @NickyRomero with @Kiiara

STEVE AOKI and NICKY ROMERO featuring KIIARA, “Be Somebody” (Modern Machines remix) (free DL)

I like it when a remix adds some pizzazz that was missing or different in the original, which then helps the song move along at a brisk pace for clubland.  Dimitry Mak, aka Modern Machines, has done exactly that with his free download of “Be Somebody” by the fiery collaboration of Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero and vocalist Kiiara.  All you need to hear are the thirty seconds that start just before the first minute and add a wild mix of buzzing synths and other effects combined with huge beats.  The smooth mixing allows it to all happily intersect with the rest of the song and make it shine for the dance floor.  “Be Somebody” doesn’t lose any pacing as it slows down and rebuilds to what ends up as a more anthemic flavour that closes out the fun.  Definitely catch Modern Machines’ remix of “Be Somebody” and have a blast with it while it’s available for free at the link above.  

Published in: on November 5, 2018 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A few words with huge props to @BTS_twt “DNA” and “Mic Drop” (@SteveAoki remix)

BTS, “DNA”

BTS, “Mic Drop” (Steve Aoki remix)

First off, I’m no expert on K-Pop and really have only had a fleeting interest as millions of fans embrace it around the world.  If PSY didn’t generate the interest 5 years ago with “Gangnam Style” because of that song’s novelty, he certainly paved the road for the right acts to come along to widen its appeal.  And so, with their appearance on the American Music Awards last week, introduced by their friends The Chainsmokers (who produced a song on their recent album Love Yourself: Her), the young septet BTS broke through with their riveting performance of “DNA”. 

Like many other pop music fans, I immediately bought the song.  The choreography and energy were all on-point in that performance (it didn’t even need live vocals), and it became the highlight of that show, which you can watch above.  Then this past week, a Steve Aoki remix of “Mic Drop” appeared, in two versions, one featuring Desiigner which stays more true to the original hip hop flavour.  But just to show that the walls of music genres can be torn apart right in front of you, the Aoki remix (without Desiigner, below) slams hard while keeping most of the original Korean lyrics intact along with some added English verses, if a trifle long at four and a half minutes.  And with dancing that good in the video, Aoki’s remix should have no trouble taking dance clubs by storm, allowing club goers to create their own fun choreography again too. 

I’m not sure how long seven talented guys can survive in one band with such an intense following, but BTS are here and now and will be one of 2018’s biggest draws.

Published in: on November 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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