Beat Culture – Remixes, Vol. 1

We first introduced you to Beat Culture a few weeks ago with his Ginza Waterway EP.  Since then, he has continued to add to his already large discography and has been building a steady, most definitely deserved, buzz.  Now he has released a compilation of some truly incredible remixes.  Remixes, Vol. 1 sets an extremely high standard right off the bat with a natural-sounding, extremely well-polished remix of Crystal Castles’ song with Robert Smith, “Not In Love”.  Over the course of the compilation, he puts his own spin on songs from the likes of James Blake, Kanye West, The xx, Cut Copy, Phoenix, Girls, and Radiohead seamlessly maneuvering between zoned-out synth-heavy remixes and more upbeat sample-chopping remixes without stumbling, and once again is showing definite signs of growth in ability.  He started recording music about 3 or 4 months ago, so I can’t even imagine where he will be a year from now.  Stream below and then link to bandcamp to download for a name your own price option.



Enjoy It While It’s Fresh: Galapagos

For the past few days I have been really digging on the music coming from Jacob McNaughton with his project Galapagos.  With Galapagos, McNaughton makes blissed-out, sample based electronic music similar to Giraffage and Gold Panda.  Each track is sun-saturated and instantly catchy, and many of these are some of the strongest tracks I’ve heard all year.  Galapagos ventures past the samples with some tracks and takes on the 50s doo-wop classic ‘Earth Angel’.

With his latest release, Big Cat EP, Galapagos has crafted 5 perfect tracks that I really can’t get enough of.  McNaughton took some risks on the release, reimagining both ‘Single Ladies’ and ‘God Only Knows’.  Taking a universally loved Beach Boys classic is risky and it paid off immensely as the track works incredibly well.  Stream the two EPs and download them here and here.