Trails and Ways ft. Harriet Brown
Downright (Falcon Punch Remix)
Since we first caught wind of Trails and Ways all the way back in 2012, we’ve kept a close eye on the Oakland band. They’ve steadily built their following since then, but this year has truly been a breakout one for them. After signing to Barsuk Records early this year, they released their debut album, Pathology, which both showcases what we love about their radiant, organic sound all the while expanding their sonic scope. The track “Downright” falls into the latter category with a groove that manages to combine their signature, South American-tinted style with an ’80s groove and aesthetic. A verse from Harriet Brown, another Ninja favorite, ties that vibe together with his silky vocals that recall Prince.
A week ago, Denver-based producer Falcon Punch put out a remix of “Downright” that maintains the 80s-revivalist nature of the tune all the while transforming it into a nu-disco jam. Electing to place Brown’s voice first, Falcon Punch utilizes many of the original’s elements–the breezy guitar and the catchy backing piano–but with the help of perfectly placed pads and a BPM boost, breathes new life into the song without losing its charm. Take a trip back to the Neon 80s and grab a free download above.
Allies For Everyone
Bunker (Allies For Everyone Alternate Mix)
It’s always a treat to start a day with a little bit of sexy deep-house. So when NYC stationed electronic producer Brian Suarez, better known as Allies For Everyone, dropped his latest revision on us -itself an alternate take on his own track “Bunker”– we knew it would be a perfect door-opener this morning. We’d already heard AFE’s original mix, and while by no means was it anywhere near a letdown, today he’s arrived with an even more introspective and gripping glimpse of the shape-shifting single. On the Alternate Mix, Allies For Everyone dials back a clubbier approach, instead focusing on a more subdued yet utterly captivating low end, rumbling hook, and a gorgeous ad-lib cut of the original vocal stems to create a dark and deep tune that just plain oozes sexiness. Our day is already screaming for a taste of proper deep-house and Allies For Everyone delivered our presription with a bullet.
“Bunker” will also be touched up by their labelmates Nightriders and Jay Hill, but we’ll be busily consuming AFE’s edit until then.
GFE (SNBRN Remix)
It’s been far too long since we checked in with one of dance music’s fastest rising commodities (well… May really but who’s keeping track?), SNBRN. During the time we’ve been covering the burgeoning producer, we’ve seen him spread nearly every facet of the underground house game to a rapidly expanding fanbase, whom may have never had the pleasure of experiencing such an intoxicating sound without him. From SNBRN’s deeper iterations, to those housiest of indie-dance originals, and some funkified G-House in between, we’ve only seen a steady rise in both consistency and quality while tackling the Southern Californian’s addictive catalog.
Today we got our hands err… ears, on SNBRN’s latest offering, a dark and groovy remix of Class Actress’ “GFE” and were yet again hooked on another earworm. While the original, which was produced by one of electronic indie music’s most respected artists Alan Palomo (of Neon Indian and VEGA acclaim), plays a little more buoyantly, the tune here takes a murkier turn under the guise of a dark, commanding bassline, weighted drums and flitting chords; which, set against Class Actress’ soaring lush falsetto and Palomo’s malleable stems plays like a melting pad of butter on a thick stack of hotcakes. We’re hoping to hear this one in the midst of a late-night club bender very soon, but for now, stream SNBRN’s “GFE” remix above.
Known for putting out dope remixes, Luca Lush has been one of our favorites for quite some time. The producer surprised us once again with his first ever original titled “I Can Tell”. The tune starts off with a house beat and Luca’s very own altered vocals, which are featured in different variations throughout the song. A series of delicate keys follow and would eventually turn into a melodic chord progression. Following the trend of his “Tell Me” remix, the sax comes in and seals the deal towards the end of the track. These crafty maneuvers and fitting samples make for an incredible track, and it goes to showcase Luca’s colorful palette.
Luca Lush is really going all out with this one, as we’ll be expecting big moves from him. “I Can Tell” is available as a free download, so make sure to grab it and hop on the Lush train!
Chill Dojo #140 is going straight for the feels with a charming original from Sable that’s all about celebrating that special someone in your life. Released through a series of short story panels across his Facebook page, the vibrant creativity in this song is clearly not limited to the musical production alone. That said, the glorious vibes emanated through ‘One and Only’ will be the feature that has you putting this on steady repeat. We’re definitely looking for positive vibes this week, and Dojo newcomer Akimoto delivers just what we needed with a lyrical gem whose beauty lies in its purity. Playful piano and a catchy beat belies the makings of a simple jazzy tune, but flashes of electronic flair elevate this into a polished jam that’s all about heart.
It’s this same quality that has rocketed Mura Masa’s ‘Firefly’ into one of the standout features of 2015. It’s no easy task to attempt a remix of this chill anthem, but young Ramzoid has proven he’s up to the challenge with a stunning effort that will no doubt leave its mark. While the overall structure remains similar, the talented Canadian has infused a serious dosage of funked out bass into the original that adds the perfect touch of summer feelings. While we’re chasing those warmer vibes, it’s the perfect time to shed some light on a new up-and-comer in the future game by the name of Jupe. At only 15 years of age, this is one kid that’s set to make some serious waves if ‘Caprisun’ is anything to go by. Jazzy flavors and melodic bliss combine for a sun-drenched experience that’s on point from start to finish. We’ll end on more of a sultry vibe now as another debutant in Skye Chai dishes up a smooth take on the soulful ‘Electric Blue’. Light-hearted sampling will ensure a smile all throughout the journey, but it’s the vocal edit that will shut out everything around you as you’re captured in its tender grip for the full four minutes.
The rest of the playlist will keep that smile from fading for a good while longer than that as well. Peace out.
Keep Your Heart On Top
Firefly (Ramzoid Remix)
Caprisun (Original Mix)
Electric Blue (Skye Chai Remix)
BEDROCK (GOOD INTENT + BUJI RMX)
links sorrow (cherishh remix)
once a week (cherishh remix)
Giraffage & Viceroy
Impression Of You (feat. Patrick Baker)
Worlds Collide feat. Josh Roa
Im in love (Finis Mundi Remix)
Dance On Me (su na Remix)
Dance On Me (Fwdslxsh Remix)
Work In Progess (Clayjay Remix)
My Cherie Amour (Lobo Bootleg Remix)
Summer 97 ft. Muzzy Bearr
Im Into You (Bass Physics Remix)
Never Will (feat. Brizzy & Willdabeast)
So Far (Werk Space)
Kehlani feat. Chance The Rapper
The Way (Kentaro Remix)
Little Things (Jengi Beats Remix)
Know You Well (feat. Mothica and Mayo)
3AM (JackLNDN Remix)
Tranquility (Audile Remix)
Loud Places (John Talabot Dub)
Last week, on WNYU’s Beats In Space radio, a new remix of Jamie xx‘s “Loud Places”–undoubtedly been one of the songs of the year thus far–was sneakily premiered. Created by fellow Young Turks artist, the Spanish John Talabot, the 4×4 re-interpretation takes just a bit from Romy’s soaring vocals building a steady, heavenly house groove with syncopated synths. Adding to the already ethereal feelings evoked, are gorgeous ambient pads that actually resemble a softer version of those that build on Jamie xx’s “Gosh.” Talabot’s re-imagination of the tune never loses the uplifting nature of the “Loud Places,” even without the original’s impassioned Idris Muhammad sample, all the while displaying his equally impressive signature aesthetic. It’s an impressive feat for a song this good, but it comes as no surprise that Talabot, a pioneer in his own right, was able to pull it off. Just bask in, and absorb, the warmth of this phenomenal composition.
Emily (Win & Woo Remix)
A month since releasing their remix of Aer’s “I Can’t Help It,” the Win and Woo duo are back with yet another beautiful remix. For their newest release, they take on San Fermin’s deep, bass-rich vocals in his original “Emily.” Though extraordinarily soothing originally, Win and Woo contribute even more to its level of chill, replacing the chorus’s instrumentals with their signature guitar strumming and slow, pulsating beats. In combination with the vibrations exuded by San Fermin’s voice, Win and Woo’s summery makeover only sends good vibes your way.