Matthew Dear’s remix to The xx’s “VCR” made its way to music libraries back in 2010, and since has acted as the perfect weekend wind-down song to revisit. Borrowing from the delicate vocals The xx have championed over the years, Dear uses playful chord sequences to give the original’s yearning offshoot an added level of girth. In staying true to the track’s minimal essence, Dear converts this indie release into a down-tempo progressive gem.
In the midst of prepping for the release of her first full length LP Comfort, Maya Jane Coles has been relatively quiet with remixes. A MJC remix is almost always a guaranteed grand slam, and her work on The XX’s “Fiction” is really no different. The edit is restrained and refined — enfolding Oliver Sim’s vocals into her libidinous production techniques. No release information has been provided for the official remix, but enjoy a full stream below.
The xx released their second album Coexist in September of last year to critical acclaim, but despite its success the group’s restrained ambient style isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, Jamie Jones lends his remix talents to “Sunset” and perhaps sprinkles enough extra oomph on the Coexist track to please the skeptics. The Hot Creations labelhead reworks the bassline and introduces added drums to create an increasingly eery vibe. If you’re keen on “Sunset,” head over to Jones’ SoundCloud for a free download of his booty mix of “Crystalised” — also orginally by The xx.
For years we’ve come to associate Funkagenda with superior production talent. He has been behind classic collaborations with Mark Knight on tracks like “Man With The Red Face” and “Antitode,” and has outed a slew of unforgettable original productions such as “Splinter” and “Budgie.” Since it’s the Holiday season and everyone is in the giving spirit, Funkagenda plunges into his bag of custom edits and picks out Indie band The XX’s “Fiction” to give away as a free download. The track is staple progressive house rework featuring emotive melodic play, full of galvanizing properties. Enjoy the stream below and head to his Soundcloud page for the free download.
Last night on her Sunday show “Musical Hot Water Bottle,” Annie Mac delivered two Christmas mixes from The xx and Jessie Ware. The mixes diverge a bit outside of our usually upbeat and dominantly electronic realm, but we think they’re pretty perfect to sneakily put on the stereo while the family sits around drinking too much Bailey’s and eating too many Christmas cookies. Merry Christmas!
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 features recently released tracks from LA-native Sound Remedy and OSWLA’s Dillon Francis and Kill Paris , as well as slightly older releases from drum-and-bass group Dexcell, Pryda Friends-endorsed Fehrplay, and Australian producers ’96 Bulls. If you missed any of DA’s more mellow posts from the week, make sure to check out the full stream of Calvin Harris’s new album 18 Months, Dennis Ferrer’s remix of Nick Curly’s deep house tune “Underground,” and Zimmer’s dreamy, imaginative Desert Drive Mixtape. Click past the break for 5 tracks to get you over your hangover.