Jessie Ware - 110%
In the spirit of the garage revival, Jessie Ware’s new track plays with a bouncy bassline and fast percussion. The British songwriter is no stranger the UK electronic scene, having collaborated with SBTRKT and Joker.
Her other work has been compared with Adele in terms of her diva delivery, but I think I’d prefer hearing Jessie Ware continue to broaden her fanbase by exploring garage/dub/trip hop accompaniments, rather than following the all too familiar path of femme pop stardom. No disrespect intended.
Adele - Skyfall (Dorsh Remix)
I saw the new 007 movie recently on my Birthday, and despite losing/someone stealing my pair of sunnies in the cinema, I still enjoyed the movie immensely.
After the intense opening chase scene of Skyfall, Adele’s opening track soothes the viewer like a painkiller and the listener is immersed into a film-noir montage of grissly allusions to death amidst a sumptuous soulful number from the British songstress.
While I enjoyed the original, I’d have to say that Dorsh’s remix resonates with me much more. The Jamaican DJ has kept true to the original ballad, but he expands on the sentiment, with summery synths, transforming Skyfall into a much more positive sounding track.
Click below for an mp3 before the download limit is reached on Soundcloud.
Download - Skyfall (Dorsh Remix)
Youth Lagoon - Daydream (Noah Hyde Remix)
I’m about to release a compilation mix of remixes and it just occured to me that I haven’t shared this track I discovered a few months back. Noah Hyde takes control of the mellow Daydream and transforms it into a dancefloor ready banger that still maintains its dreamy soundscape.
Thankfully, the download link is still active so you can legally own a copy by clicking the link below. Enjoy!
Download - Daydream (Noah Hyde Remix)
Pacific Air - Float (TheFatRat Remix)
The opening of Pacific Air’s Float is disarming enough. Subdued keys and a very approachable melody. However, the introduction is very deceptive as German DJ TheFatRat capitalises on the song’s dance sensibilities to deliver a very large floorfiller house remix.
But don’t be fooled by the obvious club appeal. At the core of it all, Float still maintains a theme of escapism and search for some kind of euphoria, it just might get lost in the glossy, overproduction that will appeal some and dispel others. If you aren’t taken at first listen, download Float and give it another try later on. You may find that it grows on you, like the massive synths that sweep in. Alternatively, the original version will definitely appeal to fans of Keane.
Download - Float (TheFatRat Remix)
Jonathan Boulet - Mangle Trang (Tom Vek’s RAM Mix)
Jonathan Boulet is a youngster from Queensland, Australia. Yes, don’t let the beard confuse you, the Modular muso is still in his early twenties! He recently released his wordy sophmore LP We Keep the beat, Found the Sound, See the Need, Start the Heart in June this year.
I was a big fan of Jonathan Boulet’s tracks A Community Service Announcement and North to South East to You from his self-titled debut album, yet somehow I haven’t felt the need to check out his latest offering in more depth after feeling somewhat underwhelmed with the short iTunes preview listens.
Nevertheless, Jonathan Boulet has an undeniable knack for talented songwriting which shines through even on this remixed version of Mangle Trang. The harmonised backing vocals, synth and array of percussion ensure that there is never a dull moment on this fast-paced arrangement.
Atlas Genius - Trojans (Xaphoon Jones Remix)
Chiddy Bang’s Xaphoon Jones has added his magic touch to Atlas Genius’ debut single Trojans and it’s nothing short of bombastic.
The Australians’ single has been shaken up with a few herbs and spices from Xaphoon’s pantry of synth apparatus. His remix sensibilities will not disappoint dancefloor diehards nor will it be the buzzkill material for energy drinkers running on adrenaline. The remix further adds to Xaphoon’s growing repertoire of indie/hip hop/electro productions/mashups/remixes. On that absurd note, I’ll leave you with a free download.
Download - Trojans (Xaphoon Jones Remix)
Jack Steadman - Cheating
Jack Steadman aka the frontman from Bombay Bicycle Club has remixed Lucy Rose’s Cheating (both artists pictured). Jack has turned the tune it into an (almost) unrecognisable idm/downtempo track, brimming with chopped up vocal samples and flourishes of synth.
Cheating is a far cry from the indie rock music of Bombay Bicycle Club, but it shows that Jack also has a knack for DJing (which I never knew until now).
Unfortunately Cheating has surpassed its download limit, so you may have to find alternative means to tracking down an mp3.
I’ve sourced a download for your listening pleasure
Download - Cheating (right-click & save)
RAC feat. Penguin Prison - Hollywood
RAC have been featuring on plenty of music blogs, notably for their remixes. To be honest this is the first track from them I’ve come across that hasn’t been a remix. They has recently signed a deal with Green Label Sound and released their first single for free.
Hollywood is an indie pop track with dance sensibilities. I know this track is not for everybody and to be honest I think it does start to become predictable by the second chorus, but at the same time, Hollywood will also appeal to a lot of people. Have a listen and make your mind up for yourself.
Download - Hollywood