Afrojack is no stranger to the stars of pop culture; as long-time friend and previous DJ mentor of megastar Paris Hilton and with several pop icon collaborations under his belt, it’s no surprise that Nick van de Wall has added his own high-energy spin to one of the most popular songs of the season. After hinting at his remix of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” and building anticipation over the last week, he’s now sharing the premiere. Right off the bat, it’s evident that Nick is refocusing the track towards a more mature and deeper sound, but the Dutch producer doesn’t spare his signature thumping bassline throughout the three minute preview.Posted by
Skrillex’s passion project record label OWSLA is notorious for its role as a hotbed of up-and-coming stars of dance music with a unique take on the genre. To celebrate the addition of one such rising star to the label, OWSLA brings Yogi’s remix of Zedd’s “Stay the Night” hit with Hayley Williams. Serving more as a mash-up than a remix, the rework takes a different perspective on trap by toning it down while still bringing a deeper, darker intensity. Yogi flows from Hayley’s crystal vocals to a haunting bass rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s “Poetic Justice.” The London-based act intertwines the sample with a subtle synth hint of Hayley crooning “Are you going to stay the night?” and returns to his powerful bass line. Though no release date has been announced, look out for future news from Yogi and OWSLA.
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.
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UK’s Maya Jane Coles isn’t hesitating to make noise with her recent remixing activity. After releasing a brilliant rendition of the hit Rudimental track, “Free,” Coles once again brings her genius deep house take to Tiga and Audion’s “Let’s Go Dancing.” She spins the thumping bass beat and high-hat track with a heavy mesmerizing deep house sound. Maya Jane Coles has hit a bit of mystical magic with this six minute remix of soulful lifts and breathtaking releases. The original Tiga single will be released November 10th in a bundle offer with remixes from Maya Jane Coles, Breach, Solomun and joeFarr.
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Though Australian producer Dirty South recently announced plans to embark on an intimate club mini-tour this month, fans have been waiting anxiously for new music releases. Dragan is finally breaking his period of song release silence with his latest remix of Nordean’s “Wolves.” Under Dirty South’s very own Phazing Records, the “Wolves” remix immediately presents itself as a festival-ready progressive tune as it escalates into a thundering electro house explosion. Listeners are guaranteed to hear Dragan’s classic big room influence in the remix and note the producer’s A&R role in full effect as Nordean prepares for his break out moment in 2014. “Wolves” (Original Mix) will be available on November 18th.Posted by
Although best known for their more melodious and dreamy trance style, German duo Cosmic Gate’s remix of Armin’s “Pulsar” takes a different direction. The intro contains full-bodied, progressive trance synths along the lines of what fans would expect from W&W. Its high-powered buildup creates expectations for an even heavier drop, until listeners are pleasantly surprised with a more subtle, bass-filled drop. This is very unlike what we’ve heard from Cosmic Gate in the past. About halfway through the track, the melody dies down into absolute silence, and once again builds back up. The second time around, Nic and Bossi provide listeners with the heavy kicks and stabbing percussive synths which they had patiently awaited.
While the electronic music scene continuously grows and expands into new directions, true talent stems from the artists who are able to bring older styles back into the mix. Enter British producer Ejeca, a 90′s garage/house enthusiast who has recently proven to be a nu-house force to be reckoned with. The Belfast native has remixed his favorite UK band Bloc Party’s hit, “Montreal,” showcasing the versatility of house music when a clever DJ is willing to break the mold. Through upbeat hi-hats, deep melodies and a smooth and subtle reworking of Kele’s vocals, Ejeca’s remix proves to be a track that everyone from the UK underground to the global main stage won’t be able to resist.
Best of all, fellow Irish DJ Annie Mac has re-released Ejeca’s take on “Montreal” for free download. Go ahead and grab the track from Mac’s SoundCloud and sit back for some feel-good deep house happiness.
Remember Volta Bureau‘s “Alley Cat,” the nu disco anthem that stormed to the top of the Beatport Indie chart a couple years back? Its architects have returned from a bit of a hiatus with a brand new remix of a classic house tune in advance of further pending projects. To herald their return, the trio have given Blunted Dummies’ 1993 vintage club track “House 4 All” a modern rework, infusing it with funky arpeggiated synths and patient percussion over a modulated Moog bass. The new take is available on a recently released compilation on Tittsworth and DJ Ayres’ T&A imprint.
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Earlier this year, Krewella’s success for their monster hit, “Alive,” was elevated to its highest potential with the steady release of remixes that satisfied every and all music palates. Their most recent success, “Live for the Night,” will follow in the footsteps of “Alive” and release a remix package that will expand the range of the already upbeat and catchy original. With the likes of W&W and Dash Berlin (who both released theirs on Soundcloud last month), Xilent, Danny Avila & Deniz Koyu, and Pegboard Nerds, their most recent hit will undergo the remix treatment and broaden the reach of this Chicago trio.
As a little preview to the full compilation, the trio debuted the Pegboard Nerds remix of their track. Most fans will already be familiar with the Nerds – they have been a consistent force in the trio’s remixes and, most recently, their “This is Not The End” off of Get Wet. This Scandinavian duo reworks the track into hardstyle, which has been a personal favorite style of Krewella as of late. It is jam-packed with speed and high energy, with glimpses of glitch-hop (in true Nerds’ style) and a few dips into trap. It’s a dub-filled treat that will satisfy both Nerd’s fans and the Krew until the full remix package is released on November fifth.Posted by
America’s favorite performer, Steve Aoki, cooked up a killer remix of Bonnie McKee’s radio hit, “American Girl,” that’ll bring you right back to the beach parties and bikinis of Summer 2013. Aoki teased us with a two second snippet of the track on his Vine back in August, but now we can hear the whole rendition on his SoundCloud. The Dim Mak founder turns this simple, bubbly pop-song upside down right from the beginning. Starting us off with some key electro-house baselines, fading McKee’s vocals into the beat then adding in some more abrasive synths, he takes the catchy melody and flips it into a club-worthy remix. If you’re not convinced right away, just wait for the drop. It’ll be sure to get you dancing- no, jumping- the first time you hear it.Posted by