Back with vengeance and more reckless with his genre-boundaries than ever before, seasoned British turntablist and festival favorite Jaguar Skills is back with volume 2 of the ‘& His Amazing Friends’ compilation series for Ministry of Sound. A high-octane ride of unifying musical maneuvers, Jags’ fluid leaps in sound scale the likes of untamed hip-hop, drum & bass and electro house with unprecedented ease. Uniting 39-tracks into just 18-tracks from the likes of Aeroplane, Subfocus & Jacques Lu Cont, our masked man makes the prospect of pigeonholing near impossible for all the right reasons. Accompanied by a Blackberry trivia game, which will drop two weeks ahead of the official release, volume two of the compilation series looks as quirky and convergent as we have come to expect from this Radio One institution and his original take on the compilation format. Catch the preview mix below and keep your eyes peeled for the full compilation, which drops July 1.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
To help get you through this Sunday we have a soft-flowing Maribou State remix of George Maple’s “Fixed,” a deep rendition of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” by Four Tet, groovy nu disco track “Heartstrings” by Mickey featuring Jeremy Glenn, a Bixel Boys remix of Michael Jackson’s classic tune “P.Y.T,” and finally an Aeroplane take on Robbie William’s “Bodies.”
If you’re looking for more slowed-down pieces from this past week check out Maceo Plex’ “Galactic Cinema,” the MK remix of Chris Malinchak’s “So Good To Me,” Treasure Finger’s “Cloud Life,” Muramasa’s “Midas Touch,” Ali Love’s “Emperor,” Danny Daze’s “The Calm” EP and The Knocks remix of Goldroom’s “Only You Can Show Me.”
The nu-disco gods have called upon Aeroplane once again for his remix abilities, this time offering Kimbra’s “Two Way Street.” Having just recently been commissioned to do an official take for Justin Timberlake’s “Suite & Tie,” it seems there’s nothing that’s out of this guy’s reach. Imploring the same groove and mellow chord play that we’ve come to love, his this latest recreation adds the extra boost the track needed.
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Nu-disco master Aeroplane offers his remix duties to Justin Timberlake’s new pop single “Suit & Tie.” The track oozes in feel-good grooves, using Timberlake’s delicate vocal over a rhythmic bassline that gives off a modern-day jazzy vibe. The track follows Dillion Francis‘ trap remake, and hints that a massive remix package is set to come. If you need an instant pick-me-up, turn up the volume knob on your speakers and give this a proper listen — it’s Aeroplane doing what he does best.
Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peak into what we’re loving behind closed doors.
With the release of his Ammunition Pt. 2 EP on Skrillex‘s OWSLA records, Alex Metric has positioned himself at the head of the pack of the UK new wave. Not yet a household name in the states (although he should be after his remix of the Beastie Boy’s “Sabotage”), Alex continues to impress us with an unbelievable creativity. He effortlessly creates intricate electro prog landscapes out of robotic clicks, pops and pings, developing some of the most interesting productions in dance music today. Like some sonic Doctor Frankenstein, Mr. Metric melds the sounds and styles of countless genres into a sound all his own, stapling and sewing them together into a precise and purposeful groove-driven monster. Ammunition Pt. 2 is a showcase of Alex’s finesse in the studio, a neat package of 3 funk-fueled originals as well as remixes from Aeroplane, Mark Starr and UZ.
This Monday’s Good Morning Mix is brought to you by thick-framed Belgian producer Aeroplane. At the beginning of 2012, Aeroplane released a bit of a commemorative collection including favorite tracks from each of his twelve monthly “In Flight Entertainment” mixes from 2011. The result? A disco dance dream. If you’re already a fan of nu-disco and indie dance many of these tracks may sound quite familiar, but is there really ever such a thing as too much of a good thing?