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.
Yes, Halloween is here. Which means that the biggest event west of the Mississippi, HARD Event’s Day of the Dead, touches down in Los Angeles. This is no ordinary festival though with a lineup that many are hailing to be the best ever. Yes, the usual suspects of Prydz, Boys Noize, Pretty Lights, and more will all be participating, but we want to use this chance to get you costumed music lovers to go see something new and special. We tried our best picking five acts you shouldn’t miss, check them out after the break.
After playing host to some incredible artists on day two of Electric Zoo, the head honcho of Fool’s Gold finally stepped behind the tables of the packed Riverside Clubhouse. The tent featured 3D visuals on the massive LED screens across the entire stage, for those who had previously picked up special glasses earlier in the day. For those who hadn’t done so, the light show was still impressive and when paired with A-Trak’s deftness on the decks, the overall experience was something epic to behold.
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With the upcoming release of his video game on July 8th Vincent Belorgey is set to bring to life both his cartoon alter-ego Kavinsky and his Outrun album. Players acting as Kavinsky will be able to drive his emblematic car and use martial arts moves and deadly weapons to defeat villains in downtown Los Angeles — all while listening to a game soundtrack of Kavinsky records. The video game also offers an augmented reality feature for iPhone users who can snap a picture on their mobile devices and set it as the background location in bonus rounds.
The app will be available on all portable platforms and devices.
Adherents to the “quality over quantity” mantra need only cite A-Trak‘s remix repetoire to win any argument. The Canadian turntablist extraordinaire does not deign to remix the work of others very often, but he’s got the Midas touch every time he tries his hand.
The latest example is also his greatest, and that says a lot when the architect of this legendary Kanye West remix is being discussed. One listen is all it takes to tell that his forthcoming reinterpretation of Kavinsky‘s “Odd Look” is worthy of superlative praise. Commencing with a moombahton-inspired march beneath a pitched and nearly percussive electro lead, the track navigates through trap hi-hats to build into a breathtaking breakdown, featuring warm analog swells accentuated by choral ambience above a plodding backbeat. Aside from showcasing his signature versatility, the production is a testament to A-Trak’s uncanny ability to sync elements from divergent genres in seamless fashion. Hats off to the man who rarely removes his for a stellar rework that will abuse many a replay button upon its release.
If French electro enigma Kavinsky’s bombastic backstory is to be believed, then fans should probably keep their distance. After all, a reincarnated zombie in an Italian sports car may be more interested in eating brains than expanding them. But if the eccentric producer’s first artist album Outrun is any indication, his steady stream of exceptional output is going to make staying away a near impossibility.
Since bursting into the collective consciousness with “Nightcall,” the brooding single produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and featured in 2011 blockbuster Drive‘s opening scene, Kavinsky (AKA Vincent Belorgey) has built both his musical resume and alternate undead persona with gusto. The culmination of these efforts, Kavinsky’s inaugural album is a 13-track odyssey that showcases the versatility and virtuosity of his menacing brand of electro-disco. Featuring the production talents of fellow French luminary SebastiAn, this sprawling LP represents a singular bar-setting achievement in a genre that has been too-often diluted in the post-Daft Punk dance music paradigm.
If you haven’t heard Kavinsky’s dark downtempo masterpiece “Protovision” yet, you’re missing out on one of the more innovative sounds to hit the electro scene in recent memory. Producers simply can’t keep their hands off it. Boys Noize’s unrelenting remix made early waves, but he now has some stiff competition from the likes of Turzi Crack, Blood Orange and Mumbai Science.
Crack’s gritty rework somehow pushes the tempo down even further into the plodding depths, complete with rhythmic vocal allusions to the original mixer courtesy of D-Gage. Blood Orange plunges the track into unforeseen deep and funky territory, while Mumbai Science deliver their patented blend of dissonant electro and techno alongside oddly squealing guitar solos. Check out all three divergent reinterpretations after the break.
When I think Nero Essential Mix, I think “instant classic.” This Essential Mix from back in 2010 was undoubtedly the catalyst to Nero’s rising star in the UK dubstep scene and beyond. This was Nero pre-Welcome Reality. The mix starts off bass-heavy with the now hugely legendary Flux Pavilion remix of “Cracks” and their own remix of Plan B‘s “The Recluse” and moves into French electro like Alan Braxe, Kavinsky, and Thomas Bangalter. Nero sprinkle in many of their own originals and showcase basically every huge name in dubstep and DnB: Skrillex, Chase and Status, Netsky, Doctor P, Feed Me, Sub Focus, and Magnetic Man just to start. Kick start your Monday morning with this one and lap up one of the best Essential Mixes from any genre in recent years.
As if Kavinsky’s latest release “Protovision” wasn’t impressive enough, Alex Ridha warps the orchestral chord work of the original with scratchy synthesis and dark grinding techno, ripping huge chasms into the track’s grandiose composition. This is Boys Noize at his best, no gimmicks, no Snoop Dogg, just unfettered electro with pulsing percussion, shuffling bass lines, and filter heavy grit. Look for this remix to be released alongside more from STS, Sebastian Teller, and Blood Orange – Available on February 25th.