Remixing a standout song is no easy task. Simply imprinting one’s sound and calling it a day will not suffice, as any remix need rise to the level of the original to warrant relevancy. Many have tried their hands at reworking Kavinsky‘s dark downtempo gem “Nightcall,” and while a few (most notably Breakbot) have succeeded, it’s hard to argue that any of its successors hold a candle to the gritty original.
The Drive soundtrack staple may yet reign supreme, but British trip hop trio London Grammar and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard have given the track a brilliant reinterpretation that spins its unique charms in an entirely new direction. Goddard takes Hannah Reid’s haunting vocals from the album cut and sets them against a minimal yet masterful deep house backdrop, employing a vintage analog bass line amid tense synth modulation and stuttered snare breakdowns to mesmerizing effect.
The single will be released on December 8th, so pre-order it here and feel free to keep the following on repeat until then.
Donna Summer is one of the undisputed queens of dance music. Responsible for some of the genre’s most legendary records during the disco era, she was eventually inducted into the dance music hall of fame in 2004. Now modern dance stars of the electronic era are paying homage to Summer with a remix album dubbed Love To Love You Donna. The 13-track offering comes with renditions from the likes of Laidback Luke and Hot Chip, includes and interesting take of “I Feel Love” from Afrojack, and has Giorgio Moroder revisiting “Love To Love You Baby.” Love To Love You Donna is due for an October 22nd release and can now be pre-ordered here.
Coachella’s Saturday lineup presented a new host of conflicts, while the Sahara and Yuma tents remained stacked with impressive talent, elsewhere in the festival some of most remixed indie bands in dance music were also performing. The Sahara Tent hosted Baauer, Kill The Noise, Bingo Players, Fedde Le Grand, Moby, while Yuma created refuge for fans of 2 Bears and Julio Bashmore. Rather than stay confined to the two dance music tents as promised, we explored the Polo grounds.
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.
This week’s SMM features an eclectic mix of downtempo, deep house and disco favorites. We start off with Sweden’s rising bliss-house stars Monitor 66 with their new release “Follow You.” Then move into a Thyladomid take on the Chris Isaak’s classic “Wicked Game.” We have yet another Flight Facilities masterpiece, this time a remix for Miike Snow’s “The Wave,” while Manik delivers deep comfort in a rework of Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter.” Lastly, we finish off with Todd Terje’s famed Hot Chip remix of “How Do You Do.” (more…)
Are you curious to journey down into the so-called “underground” but have no idea where to begin? We are noticing a shift towards these niche-genres as the American electronic market continues to mature, and it’s even more apparent from the recent Ultra & Coachella lineup announcements. We are here to help enlighten you on EDM’s sultry counterpart by providing a list of deep house songs that are gentle on the progressive ear. This is meant to be a guide for those who are new to the genre and wish to explore. Delve into a range of Ibiza anthems, new releases, and instant classics. Deep house does not have the fiery buildups and extreme drops flaunted by progressive producers. It has something else – a deep, soulful and entrancing groove.
We’ve gone over the biggest artists, albums, and tracks of 2012, but our end of the year roundup really wouldn’t be complete unless we talked about our own favorites from this year. These are the songs that made us feel, gave us chills, made us party, and made us cry. You’d probably find these tracks with high play counts in our music libraries and dripping with nostalgia if you make us talk about them further.
Indie rockers Hot Chip are no strangers to the remix circuit, having had many of their originals thrown through the wash countless times since their career began in 2000. Much like the hunted becomes the hunter, Hot Chip take on James Zabiela‘s newest ambient release “The Healing,” infusing it with an understated dose of energy that does well to maintain the haunting aesthetic of the original work. Unsettlingly murky, Hot Chip‘s rendition employs the use of ethereal percussion and orchestral synth work to create a tripped-out soundscape best listened to in the dark — on a pair of high quality headphones. Grab the remix, and the rest of the EP on Beatport today.
Want an easy way to make sure you are up to date on all the latest, best music? Dancing Astronaut takes a look at the top 10 tracks officially released in September and ranks them based on a combination of reader feedback, track quality, editorial preference & critical reception.
The amount of terrific productions released in September made curating this list extremely difficult, as we felt there were nearly twenty tracks that all warranted a spot in the top 10. That said, we have a list of ten very impressive tracks for you after the break, featuring entries from heavy hitters like Swedish House Mafia and Calvin Harris along with other artists that you will be less familiar with. Read on past the break for our full top 10.
With his latest remix Sasha shows yet again why he is considered one of the all time greats of electronic music. With a series of complex series builds and breaks, Sasha’s rework is nothing short of an eight minute musical journey. His relaxed deep house melodic groove provides the perfect backing to Hot Chip’s signature vocals. Hit play only if you have the next few hours free as you’ll be playing this on repeat for the duration.
One of the finest tracks off of Hot Chip’s new album gets the remix treatment from two remarkable producers. The indie disco jam, “How Do You Do,” gets a melodic makeover by Scandinavian Todd Terje. Terje’s remix is 9 minutes of pristine progression and euphoric builds; giving off a dreamy and timeless vibe. James Zabiela’s impression favors the deeper, techy side of things — centered around a dazzling bass line and distinct vocal spouts. Its appreciable works like these that restore our faith in dance music.
Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix)
Hot Chip – How Do You Do (James Zabiela Remix)