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.
Dance music x hip hop collisions have been on an uptick as of late. Whether it’s Daft Punk producing Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead,” Pretty Lights teaming up and performing with Talib Kweli, or Chuckie’s “Makin Papers” featuring Lupe Fiasco and Too $hort, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of options.
This week’s Sunday Morning Medicine takes us further down this collaborative rabbit hole for our second edition focusing on hip-hop and R&B.
The final eighteen Burn Studios Residency contestants have spent the last two weeks in an intensive bootcamp stationed on Ibiza. The bootcamp, comprised of master classes from the mentors, technical lectures, and several other challenges including opportunities to perform, offers three winners residencies at white isle hotspots. The first three mentors — Fatboy Slim, Solomun, and Joe Goddard — each taught the contestants something different ranging from how to create a killer mix and offering production guidance, to the importance of image and sneak peeks at new music. The second trio of mentors, which includes Avicii, Maceo Plex, and Steve Lawler brought with them their own set of tricks.
Upon his arrival to Ibiza Avicii unwrapped a surprise for two contestants who were invited to perform alongside the star at an exclusive Burn Yard event — part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Budapest. Fire Flowerz and Yamato were chosen as the winners of this prize and both expressed excitement. “We’re totally overwhelmed to have been chosen to perform with Avicii in such an exciting environment and in front of such a huge crowd, it’s incredible.” said Fire Flowerz.
In addition to mentoring contestants in the studio, Avicii also gave contestants an exclusive sneak peak of his debut artist album, due out later this year.
Start your week with singer/songwriter Delilah‘s Camden Palace Mixtape, a tightly knit compilation of some of the best of garage, two-step, and bass music out of UK scene this past year. The mix is chock full of big tunes from Zed Bias, Joe Goddard, Julio Bashmore, Wookie, Sneaker Pimps, and MJ Cole. Be sure to also listen for several of Delilah’s own productions like “Love You So,” “Inside My Love,” and “Shades of Grey” to pick up exactly why she’s one of the most coveted vocalists in the game right now.
Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard is the latest artist to try his hand at remixing Disclosure. He adds his touches to “Control” and gives it a really chill /deep house feel. We’ve been hearing so much big room progressive house lately that Goddard’s remix makes for a lovely change of pace. Have a listen to the track on the soundcloud embed below and if you’re feeling it, head over to Beatport to grab yourselves a copy.