My favorite remixes are those of which the characters of its creators shine through. There may be no greater character on the experimental electronic landscape than Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who recently teamed with fellow Atoms for Peace producer Nigel Godrich to remix Four Tet‘s standout song, “Pyramid,” under his supergroup’s moniker.
The nearly eight-minute reinterpretation progresses from glitched out vocal snippets over a patient throbbing bass to an off-kilter doom jam with the addition of frenetic shuffling percussion in the “Idioteque” vein. Godrich’s haunting atmospherics lend the track the harmonic grounding it needs to allow Thom’s trademark eccentricities to take flight in the schizophrenic second half. This complementary creative interplay between two key members of the Radiohead braintrust is the fundamental reason why this remix is, as Four Tet took to Twitter to call it, “so f*cking good.”
Seemingly overnight, versatile music producer Butch Clancy has reached nearly 100,000 Facebook fans. It’s not a testament to his social media skills, but rather evidence of his ability to appease fans of multiple genres. While he originally gained notoriety for his “downtempo dubstep” remixes to beautiful tracks like “The Funeral” and Sia’s “Breathe Me,” Clancy went on to release the full-length trap album A Beautiful Mind. Now he’s returned to his roots, providing a sentimental dubstep take on Rihanna’s “Stay.” Abounding with warm piano progression, soft kicks, and slow-rolling bass, Butch Clancy’s classy remix reasserts his prominence as a noteworthy dubstep producer.
Dillon Francis, Taco Bell-enthusiast and alleged Tiësto doppelgänger, has released his delightful moombahton remix to “Carried Away” as a free download, just as he did with his recent trap remix to Justin Timberlake’s ”Suit & Tie.“ Reworking Passion Pit’s summer anthem, Francis splices and transposes the vocals, accentuating the carefree vibe of the original with charismatic chords. The ensuing drop employs a feisty torrent of barking acid synths, and might just be one of the first (and best) well-known cases of acid moombahton. In regards to the tune, Francis remarked: “this and my suit and tie remix might be my favorites to date!”
While Tim Bergling has been heavily associated with his more melody-friendly productions as Avicii, some of his best work has come under the guise of Tim Berg. “Alcoholic” is one such track, dating all the way to 2009. Despite its antiquated nature, its dark and hedonistic sample still pervades dance music to this day. Working off the notorious sample and sinister melody, Cazzette have transformed “Alcoholic” into a delightful, thumping trap remix — undoubtedly a laudable effort for their first stab at the genre (their remix of “Harlem Shake” being dubstep, not trap).
Jon Gooch has returned, and he’s done so in excellent fashion. His latest production may be under the guise of Feed Me, but it’s brimming with conspicuous Spor influence. While Dirty South unveiled his big room remix of ”Messiah“ last week, Feed Me’s dubstep and breaks rendition has just been aired, and it’s phenomenal. Alvin Risk may have gotten the first stab at a dubstep remix, but Feed Me’s production is arguably stronger, making wonderful use of the vocals and layering diverse drum patterns. Dubstep at times, breakbeat at others, Feed Me’s brilliant take on the empowering single will be released May 7th on OWSLA.
Tritonians and other inhabitants of Earth rejoice, because the “Bullet That Saved Me” remixes are upon thee. To be released via Beatport on April 29th, the remix package will contain four fresh takes on Tritonal’s lead single from their Metamorphic I EP. In addition to their own “Festival Mix,” Tritonal sought out Sebjak, Ken Loi, and Ilan Bluestone to deliver their interpretations of the track. The result? A formidable remix package of immense proportions.
Sub Focus unveiled his latest creation, “Endorphins,” a few weeks back, and now BBC Radio 1 has aired the first preview to the forthcoming Tommy Trash remix. Aside from his ”Monkey See Monkey Do Re-Edit,“ Trash has been a bit quite on the release front. Thankfully, his remix to “Endorphins” does not disappoint. Bustling with familiar, steam engine-like synths, Trash tastefully enhances Alex Clare’s uplifting vocals and delivers what is sure to be a well-received remix. Though no release date was announced on the show, the original “Endorphins” will be released on May 26th, and the Tommy Trash remix can’t be far behind.
When most people hear the name Yolanda Be Cool, they immediately think of the international dance hit “We No Speak Americano.” Thus, at first glance, a remix by chilled-out bass music producer Flume appears a little off-kilter. When you consider the fact that both Yolanda Be Cool and Flume are Australian, the scenario makes a little more sense. Flume’s take on Yolanda Be Cool’s ethnic house track “A Baru in New York” is worlds apart from the original. With a three minute build up consisting of wailing voices and orchestric synths, the sudden trap-influenced drop is a gratifying surprise. Flume’s mix will be released alongside the original on April 12th.
Though Dada Life, the jubilant Swedish duo of Olle and Stefan, did not bring their champagne and bananas to Ultra this year, their music certainly found its way into many a main stage set. Their remix to the Bingo Players’ ”Out of My Mind” was one such tune that received its fair share of playtime during the festival. Emphasizing the Bingo Players’ easily recognizable melody, Dada Life provide a slamming electro house take on the popular single. With its powerful bassline and stuttered kicks, the remix has a bit of a darker edge in the way of R3hab or Dyro. It may not be their most original work yet, but it certainly inspired havoc on the colossal Ultra speakers last weekend.
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.
Now that the insanity of Miami Music Week and Ultra has finally come to close, it’s time for some serious resting and recuperation. This week’s edition of Sunday Morning Medicine is light enough to soothe your overexposed ear drums, but groovy enough to have you harkening for a return to the lovely South Beach. With a garage track from Kastle, an assemblage of deep house tunes from Tiga and Cillo, and some indie dance remixes from Anoraak and C2C, this week’s SMM is just what you need to get you back on your feet.
If you missed any of last week’s more chilled out selections, make sure out DCUP and Lenno’s nu-disco collab, “Supafine,” Andrew Bayer’s latest album preview, “Lose Sight,” and Jonas Rathsman and Nibc’s collaborative Levitate EP. For five tracks to nourish your battered ear drums, click past the break.