Bringing back the quack, A-Trak is gearing up for the fall release of his collaborative Duck Sauce album. Even after dropping its lead single, however, he’s still found time to focus on solo projects. Back in the studio A-Trak takes on the latest from French band Phoenix, giving their indie yet popular sound an appropriate dose of dance attitude. Offering a new approach on “Trying To Be Cool,” the latest remix boasts a minimal yet effective sound that rallies a record of its own. Download A-Trak’s remix for Phoenix free of charge exclusively at Rolling Stone.
This week’s edition of Sunday Morning Medicine features everything from deep dubstep in the way of ENiGMA Dubz, to deep house from the likes of Touch Sensitive and Gorgon City, to some indie dance in the form of Phoenix and Kartell.
If you missed any of last week’s mellower outputs, check out Fehrplay’s deep remix to “Give It to the People,” the official remixes to Crystal Fighters’ “You & I,” and G. Vump’s celestial take on Birdy Nam Nam’s “Written in the Sand.” For five tracks to pull you out of your morning slump, click past the break.
So we’ve heard a lot of Phoenix remixes in the recent past, but Soul Clap’s funky take on “Trying To Be Cool” is definitely still worth sharing. Phoenix uploaded the deep and bassy edit from the Boston duo yesterday for free download onto their SoundCloud and it balances the best parts of house music well with the talent French band’s signature sounds. Remixes for “Entertainment” and “Trying To Be Cool” are really anyone’s game right now — you can download the stems for the two singles off Bankrupt! directly from the band’s SoundCloud page. Music democracy at its finest.
Ed Banger mainstay Breakbot takes on the indie rock vibes of Thom Mars and Phoenix with his remix of the band’s single “Trying To Be Cool.” In line with many of Breakbot’s past productions, the mix is encased in a heavily filtered synthetic fog and disco atmosphere. Driven forward by Thom’s unique vocal style and characterized by a nostalgic warmth, the Frenchmen’s interpretation utilizes throwback Seventies sensibilities and distorted guitars riffs to transform the indie rockers’ original into an easily digestible disco house outing.
After Phoenix released the stems to “Trying to Be Cool,” The Chainsmokers knew they had to get to work right away. Speeding up the mellow track into something dance room worthy is not an easy feat but Drew Taggart and Alex Pall take “Trying to Be Cool” to the next level injecting feel good vibes while still maintaining the sound of the original. This track is the perfect taste of the summer and luckily for you, they’re giving it away as a free download.
RAC, or André Allen Anjos, is a master of the remix and his two latest — one for Phoenix and one for Steel Train — translate upbeat indie tunes into crossover pop-electronica tracks. RAC knows how to make anything appeal to everyone, and his work here is no different.
Hot Natured‘s remix of Phoenix’s “Entertainment” — off their highly anticipated album Bankrupt that’ll be released on Monday — is a dream for dance fans wishing indie rock tracks would play to synthetic sensibilities a little bit more. “Entertainment” is classic Phoenix, but given the opportunity to remix, Jamie Jones, Lee Foss and the rest of their supergroup put their heads together for a well-crafted astral indie dance tune. They loop and stutter Thomas Mars’s vocals, replace guitars with playful and off-kilter synths, and of course add in their own four-on-the-floor bass line.
Los Angeles-based production duo Tyler Blake and Michael Davis (or Classixx for those of you who tend towards those sticky sweet nu-disco sounds already) have long been known for spot on remixes for Phoenix, Mayer Hawthorne, Passion Pit, YACHT — the list goes on. They’ve put out some original work, but only now have announced the impending release of their first full length artist album Hanging Gardens on May 14th. The first tune off the LP, “Holding On,” is about as shiny as they come. Classixx recruits all the best elements of a blissful dance track — a snarling bass, twinkly top line, strings, piano riffs, and heartbreaking vocal. It’s an Endless Summer, y’all.
Jerry Rekonius is back in action with his latest release of “Powahbunga,” for those of you that are not familiar with his name – this is the guy that created “Higher.” Powahbunga is a blend of Deniz Koyu’s “Hertz” and John Dahlback’s “Phoenix.” The build up allows you to n-joy that spiritual sounding bassline, while giving you the extra energy with the extended drop. This is one of those tunes that can be played by a progressive or electro artist, because it rides that fine line perfectly. Look for this to take over a dancefloor near you!
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John Dahlback has been popping up everywhere it seems, just yesterday the young man released “Overdose“. While you may have liked the harder hitting tune from Dahlback, “Phoenix” is the epitome of a smooth progressive track. Fast forward to about 3:30, when the bassline takes a backseat to the scattering of synths – pure bliss. The folks at Dancing Astronaut cannot wait to see him perform on October 12th at Vessel in San Francisco (purchase tickets here). We better see you guys there!
NOTE: If you do decide to come – Nima G and Jared F will be opening!
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