Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week starts off with some sensual deep house from Close, Scuba, and Maya Jane Coles, before diving into indie dance with remixes from Passion Pit, Sterling Silver, and Funk Leblanc.
Here’s a taste — if you like what you hear, click past the break for the rest of this week’s SMM.
1. Whether it’s 10pm or 10am, you can never go wrong with Close’s “Beam Me Up.” With help from vocalist Charlene Soraia and Hotflush label boss Scuba, Saul and friends crafted one of the sexiest dance tracks of 2013.
While artists such as GTA and Hook n Sling have taken their stab at remixing Kaskade‘s massive single, “Atmosphere,” the official remixes have been released today on Ultra Music. The first remix comes from Amsterdam duo Chocolate Puma, whose winding house remix will have your head spinning. The second remix comes from versatile deep house producer Amtrac, who mixes a heavy bassline with spacey pads and precise vocal chopping.
AlunaGeorge’s debut album Body Music is due for release on July 29th, yet 2013 has already been a monumental year for the duo, courtesy of ‘White Noise,” their charting collaboration alongside Disclosure, as well as tantalizing tracks like “Attracting Flies.” “You Know You Like It” is actually an older AlunaGeorge song from 2011 which has been added to the album. French innovator DJ Snake has snagged an official remix of the track, layering deft vocal manipulation and a catchy soft synth line over his characteristically flawless percussion.
Example’s sixth studio album is due for release in early 2014. Earlier this week, the album’s lead single, “All the Wrong Places,” was revealed, showcasing a darker appeal than traditional Example tracks. The singer/rapper’s characteristically catchy vocals are backed by a ravey, 90′s-like beat. In tandem to the radio edit, the forthcoming Jack Beats remix has also been previewed. Offering a much lighter take on the powerful original, Jack Beats have opted for the deep house route, slowing the tempo down and building an irresistible bassline. Example’s new single will be released in early September with accompanying remixes from Jack Beats, Calyx and TeeBee, Starkillers and Quintino. (more…)
Regardless of your glitch hop and jamtronica affiliations, you should still have Pretty Lights’ new album A Color Map of the Sun on repeat. After all, it was his greatest artistic milestone to date. Though the album has been released, this is just the beginning for A Color Map of the Sun. In tandem to his recently announced Fall Tour, Pretty Lights has unveiled the first glimpse of the album’s official remixes. The first track comes courtesy of Canadian bass music heavyweight Datsik, who has transformed the album’s lead single into an amplified dubstep remix.
It’s worth mentioning that Derek has been playing the remix out during his live shows to an enormous response. The track is available as a free download on prettylightsmusic.com and for purchase in WAV format on Beatport.
While Dada Life took their stab at the track back in April, San Francisco’s Ken Loi has reworked Bingo Players‘ late 2012 anthem “Out of My Mind” into a rumbling, chirping acid house production. With a build up that is best described as moist, Loi utilizes an array of acid synths to craft a unique spin on Bingo Players’ festive track. Head over to Ken Loi’s Facebook for a free download of his remix to “Out of My Mind.”
Sander Van Doorn‘s chart-topping single “Joyenergizer” became a big room DJ set staple after its release earlier this year. Now electro producer Lazy Rich has released his own high energy reinterpretation that appears well-positioned to elevate the release back into the festival rotation. The Canadian artist has infused his version with squealing synths and escalating bloops that propel the bombastic build into the remix’s hard-hitting synth-driven drop, putting on a bit of a sound design clinic in the process by virtue of the varied sounds that comprise the progression.
The almighty Lorin Ashton has been called upon for remix duties for Verve Records’ upcoming album Verve Remixed: The First Ladies, paying tribute to jazz music’s most celebrated matriarchs. Taking on the lovely Nina Simone, Bassnectar has crafted a masterful trap rendition of “Feeling Good.” Amplifying the original’s horn section to a spine-tingling bravado, Bassnectar deftly emphasizes the big band brass, eventually transforming the horns into a flurry of dicing, distorted synths. The remix’s booming 808 kick drum recalls Bassnectar’s much overlooked 2009 remix to Fever Ray’s “When I Grow Up.”
Zeds Dead’s love of jazz, blues, and soul music is no secret. Thus it comes as no surprise that the duo have officially remixed Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” First heard on their 2013 Essential Mix, Zeds Dead rework the famous 1964 record into a deft drum ‘n’ bass track. With its smooth percussive pattern and brilliant integration of Nina Simone’s vocals, Zeds Dead have further showcased their ability to produce enticing bass music of all tempos.
Skrillex‘s eclectic Essential Mix spurred all manner of reactions from various dance music factions, and his included bootleg of a track by UK techno producer Blawan has continued to generate conversation days after Mr. Moore left the BBC studios. As his underrated Burial-inspired Leaving EP indicated, Skrillex is exploring new sonic territory. Just as his time spent with deadmau5 contributed the plucky chords on “All I Ask of You,” Skrillex is clearly channeling a bit of current Dog Blood collaborator Boys Noize on this bootleg. From the robotic gulping bass to the stuttering electro sample stabs, this rework has Mr. Ridha’s influence written all over it. And you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Creative cross-pollination is one of the prime driving forces in today’s dance music, and as an extremely talented producer with six Grammys to his name, Skrillex has more than earned the right to spread his artistic wings and explore.