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Raja is another example of the enormous talent coming out of  the SUNY Purchase-based Makoshine collective.  ‘Nightshift in Waltz’ is Raja’s official remix of Jonti’s gorgeous ‘Nightshift in Blue’ which acts as more of a rearrangement than a traditional remix.  Instead of just adding some faster drums of synths, Raja went ahead and rerecorded the melody with different instrumentalists and a whole new feel.  The song has plenty of emotional swells and will probably give anyone listening chills around the 0:59 mark that won’t go away until the song ends.

-PK

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Arguably the most sampled artist ever, Aaliyah and her music have been a major source of inspiration for the current music scene.  Taking on her track ‘Are You That Somebody’ which has been sampled in plenty of songs recently, Nvthlss just dropped one of the only proper Aaliyah remixes I’ve seen.  Replacing the Timbaland produced beat of the original with a much some laid back guitar work, Nvthlss manages to make the song all his own with plenty of new textures and sounds.

-PK

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Although it is raining outside today I have to realize that not everyone reading the blog will be somewhere rainy so I can’t spend all day listening to ambient, introspective, rainy music.  That realization is probably for the best when there is sunshine-soaked indie-rock to listen to like this White Arrows track freshly remixed by Tribe of Zebras.  ‘Get Gone’ is already an infectious and upbeat track on its own, but Tribe of Zebras were able to saturate the song even further with good vibes and summertime happiness.  I could anyone deny a track tagged as ‘RAVEDANCERAVE’?

-PK

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Rihanna is an artist I never imagined I’d be blogging about but leave it to mysterious producer Earnest Blount (who also gave the same treatment to a Drake track) to take a song like this and make it undeniably amazing.  Earnest Blount extracts all the club-ready synths from the original and replaces it with a great sensual atmosphere that is more fitting for Rihanna’s manipulated vocals.  The track reaches an audio break down around the 2-minute mark that left me stunned the first time I listened to it and still gives me chills to listen through.  Despite the remix being simply gorgeous, Earnest Blount describes it as a simple “little nugget before the EP comes out”.  Whenever this EP drops I’ll definitely be listening.

-PK

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Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘Drop’ freestyle is one of the earliest examples of why Earl deserves the massive amount of hype he has and why Odd Future earned their current fame in the first place.  Tako Tomago decided to take that track and warp it into a mellowed out remix with some soft synths and slowed-pace.  At first I anticipated a typical chopped and screwed treatment to the song but Tako Tomago really worked at reworking the track’s feel and vibe.  It’s an entirely different listen than the original and gives plenty of incentive to relisten to some of Earl’s best lyrics let alone one of the strongest O.F. verses.

-PK

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Although I admittedly am not familiar with the original Battles track (Gloss Drop is on my should-listen-to list), it is hard to ignore this remix from my favorite experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces.  Recorded as part of a 4-part remix series for Battles, this Shabazz Palaces take has Butler laying out his usual dark and complex flow over the Battles instrumentation.  Honestly, this track wouldn’t have been too out of place on Shabazz Palaces 2011 release Black Up.  Order the series here.

-PK

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Boards of Canada’s ‘Roygbiv’ is pretty much sacred when it comes to the world of experimental electronic music, so I was psyched to see Tortilla Pass take on the song.  Although he keeps most of what makes the original so great intact, Tortilla Pass still manages to turn the song into something all his own.  The remix really takes off when the haunting vocal sample croons “with roses everywhere” over the shuffling beat.  Remixes often come down to whether or not people enjoy it more than the original, however, Tortilla Pass’ take on the classic is a whole new listen with no need for comparison.

-PK

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