Close on the heels of our Day of the Dead preview, two of the featured artists are showcased on the same track. AMTRAC, the up-and-coming Kentucky native opening for Kaskade, releases a new remix of the massive Duke Dumont track “Need U (100%).” Looping the same catchy sample over a more uptempo beat, AMTRAC preserves the bouncy mood Dumont is a master of, but perfects the last third of the song with chopped vocals layered over the main melody. In the end, this song is a perfect synthesis of the Brit’s trademark poppy house with his counterpart’s keen ear for subtle melodies.Posted by
A telltale sign of a developed, well-rounded artist is the ability to diversify: to take on different styles without skipping a beat. Israeli, trance-heavy standout, Maor Levi, has been refining his sound while working with several of the most respectable labels in electronic music for some time. Though Anjunabeats is typically favored, Big Beat Records is given their fair share of Maor’s vision as he’s lent his harmonic prowess to Walden’s September release, “First Day.” The remix is considerably heavier than the original, saturated with smooth melodic structure, and accompanied by some nice crunchy synths. But this is also where the Israeli catches us off guard. At first listen, one may think that Maor has borrowed a little French house influence from Madeon, but the Israeli takes on the sound quite masterfully.
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Earlier this month, a friendless Diplo took to the duties of his Diplo & Friends BBC Radio 1Xtra slot and delivered a mix solo that, truth be told, didn’t need a supporting cast. Mad Decent‘s mad scientist compiled a twerk saturated, bouncy mix that features plenty of big room/festival sounds, incorporates dance hall and moombahton elements, is packed to the brim with hip-hop inspired remixes, and offers a heavy dose of bass and trap music. This mix screams Diplo, demonstrating exactly why he has become one of the most relevant and sought after music producers around right now.
Linkin Park‘s ‘RECHARGED’ will be out soon on October 29th with a Steve Aoki collaboration and remix duties from a multitude of producers including Paul van Dyk and Datsik. To further build hype for the album release, they’ve followed industry standards and outed the Dirtyphonics remix of “Lies Greed Misery” on SoundCloud. Bennington’s shouts are interspersed between the heavily distorted melody of the original at a drum n’ bass pace while a hip-hop tempo is introduced during Shinoda’s spoken word.
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Krewella have quickly become the mainstage dance act to remix. After the rampant success of “Alive,” the trio’s followup single “Live For The Night” is already looking to make a similarly pandemic impact. While Pete Tong originally premiered W&W’s forthcoming remix of the single, the Dutch duo have uploaded a longer and unobstructed version to their own SoundCloud. With their typical booming kick drum, W&W craft a powerful big room remix equipped with a festive melody and a vocoder.
Dash Berlin has joined in on the fun as well, uploading a a softer, more emotive take on the pop-dance single. If “Alive” was anything to go by, you can expect plenty of more remixes to “Live For The Night” in the coming months.
I never thought I’d be able to write something about Slayer for Dancing Astronaut. But with one unconventional (and surprisingly effective) remix, New Jersey producer Aylen has proven me wrong and taken me right back to my high school metal head days. “Raining Blood” is a hallowed track off a seminal album by the same name in those head-banging circles, and Aylen has somehow succeeded in doing the original justice while still producing a remix that could be dropped and enjoyed at any modern dubstep show. That takes skill, something that it is becoming abundantly clear Aylen has no shortage of. Kudos for doing something different.
There are some songs that elicit such strong emotion that they force us as writers to abandon our formulas and flowery adjectives — Jellosea’s remix of “Cups” is one of these tracks. Anna Kendrick’s surprisingly strong vocals in Pitch Perfect were so well-liked that she eventually released a full version of “Cups.” Toronto’s Jellosea has now turned the catchy single into a track worth multiple replays. The soulful remix pulls out one’s entire spectrum of feeling. Check it out below and bliss out to its downtempo vibes.Posted by
If you believe Rolling Stone, disco died on July 12th, 1979, at Chicago’s infamous Disco Demolition Night. Apparently Oliver and Chromeo did not get the message. For their latest endeavor, the two production outfits hooked up to nu-disco-fy a 1982 track by the late Queen of Disco herself, Donna Summer. Though Summer’s “Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)” was labeled R&B when it first hit shelves, the reworked version seeks to put it back in its rightful genre with vamped up vocoder vocals, an emphasized synth, and a much, much flashier music video. More of a blast from the past edit than a thorough remix, the tune honors its predecessor and reminds electronic music where it has come from: Disco is dead, long live disco.
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Jeremy Olander’s collaboration with Kent on “Petroleum” will be officially released on Monday, August 26th, but Dancing Astronaut has the exclusive full stream of the track. With his first Pryda Friends release since the majestic and uplifting “Let Me Feel,” Olander returns with a similarly enthralling progressive house gem. Bolstered by the emotive vocals of Swedish rock band Kent, Olander crafts a truly engaging experience from start to finish. There is a simple elegance to the melody and song structure: the kind of subtle refinement that distinguishes a subpar track from a superior one. We can’t get enough of it, and “Petroleum” will undoubtedly make a perfect edition to the growing Pryda Friends catalog.Posted by
Kill Paris has a knack for reviving timeless records, specifically late 70s classics. While previous efforts saw Kill Paris remix Anita Baker’s “Ring My Bell” and Player’s “Baby Come Back,” Corey Baker now turns to Wild Cherry’s 1976 funk rock single, “Play That Funky Music White Boy.” Working in familiar midtempo territory, Kill Paris toys with the original’s world-famous bassline before dropping some serious 110 bpm heat. Disco, R&B, funk: Kill Paris has proven a master of all three.