To be completely honest, I would probably post any song with this album art, maybe without even listening to it, but this song is actually really good as well. OSØ, who was nominated for our Beatie Master of the Year award, has been known to come through with some awesome remixes every once in a while, and this is one of them. Lately the Oakland producer has been experimenting with 808 drums instead of his usual boom-bap samples, and in this remix it works really well. The track starts with a melodic and dramatic chord progression for the chorus, and then progresses into an awesomely woozy synth line for the verses. If you are getting tired of Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything”, but want to keep shouting “POPPED A MOLLY, I’M SWEATIN” hopefully this remix will breathe new life into the phrase for you.
Along with Katmai, nknwn is one of the most elusive and mysterious producers gaining blogosphere attention for his/her works. I’ve been following nkwn for a while now but outside of a few serious beaties contenders I’ve never been incredibly motivated to cover the producer who is clearly trying (maybe a bit too hard) to build up an edgy and mysterious persona. While I still think nknwn should just drop the shroud on the project already I can’t deny giving some attention to this new Rihanna remix. Outside of Aaliyah and Beyonce, Rihanna is easily one of the most sampled and remixed r&b artist on soundcloud and nknwn manages to give Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” a whole new sound and vibe. Taking Rihanna’s pitch shifted and looped vocals, nknwn creates a killer groove that he/she builds upon with hip-hop percussion and a well restrained sense for synth work.
On January 22nd Toro y Moi will be releasing his third full-length album Anything in Return and he decided to give the first single from that album, “So Many Details”, a self-remix. The remix to “So Many Details” ups the dance and electronic aspects of the song with a faster tempo and a larger emphasis on synths. Hodgy Beats even makes an appearance during the later half of the track for a quick and solid verse and the OF rapper sounds right at home over the odd synths from the track. The So Many Details 7″ drops November 23rd.
Angel Haze burst onto the blogosphere earlier this year with one of the most hyped and buzzed rap singles of 2012 with ‘New York’. While we never hopped on the Angel Haze bandwagon, it’s pretty hard to ignore the immense amount of raw and gimmick-less talent coming from the female rapper. While a lot of the praise for the single revolved around the stripped down beat that forced Angel Haze to rely solely on her lyrics to keep the track interesting, King Krule’s rework takes the hand claps and layers them through gorgeous synth chord changes, a boom bap beat and plenty of extra atmospheric brilliance. The result may be less unfiltered than the original but the extra melody and dynamics only adds to the vibe of the track and manages to stay true to the original’s intentions.
French producer Myth Syzer first caught our attention with his fantastically dark beat for french rapper Loveni which won us over despite not understanding a single word on the track. Myth Syzer’s newest release is a remix of Freddie Gibb’s ‘Shame’ and considering the original beat is by Madlib it’s a pretty bold undertaking. The remix has Myth Syzer putting Gibbs over a beat that sounds like it’s coming out of a twisted and out of tune elevator. Somehow the trippy beat is a perfect accompaniment for Gibb’s vocals and creates a vibe uniquely its own.
MMOTHS is not only an incredibly talented producer but also one of the smartest young artists putting out music right now. Despite having built up quite amount of well earned hype for his music and having much of the blogosphere ready to praise whatever new material he puts out, MMOTHS is taking his sweet time building up and putting out his music. Instead of releasing a steady stream of new material, MMOTHS spends the months between new originals reminding us of his incredible talent with consistently gorgeous remixes. MMOTHS’ newest remix is a restrained take on Villagers’ jittery track ‘The Waves’. Breaking the original down and reconstructing it in an almost unrecognizable way, MMOTHS takes the entire 5 and a half minutes of his remix to slowly reveal the song in all its reverb-filled glory. His remix also serves as a reassurance that all the waiting MMOTHS is making us go through will be worth whatever he has cooking up.
Over the past year I’ve been getting a little bit into house music through artists like Pantha Du Prince and artists influenced by the genre like C.Z. and Arnold, but after seeing Mister Lies absolutely kill it with a set beginning with full-on house music last friday at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, I am intrigued. To my pleasant surprise, when I checked my incoming tracks on Soundcloud this afternoon, I had a new track from New Jersey producer JAW JAM waiting for me. This house remix of Jade’s 1992 track “Don’t Walk Away” had me hooked right away. JAW JAM’s drums are incredibly clean and his synths are bouncy and unique. Although house became marginalized as a fairly underground genre in the 2000′s, I’m pretty certain that it is poised to make a big comeback in the coming year, and I’m excited about it.