We Move Like The Ocean (Sebastian Carter Remix)
It’s so wonderful when two of our favorite acts from opposite ends of the musical spectrum come crashing together. So when 20 year old TMN favorite Sebastian Carter was tabbed to remix Bad Suns‘ latest single “We Move Like The Ocean”, it seemed like it was crafted specifically for us. Carter, who last graced our hallowed pages with a remix of The 1975′s “You“, tools with a simple but gorgeous piano chord progression that paints a buoyant feel on top of Bad Suns’ original track, and work even more gracefully with lead vocalist Christo Bowman’s authoritative incantations. Sebastian Carter has quickly become one of our favorite young dance producers, and we haven’t once been let down by his sultry brand of chilled-out house. Once again, this one is being gifted to us as a free download, so grab it here, slink back in your office chair or your couch at home and have a listen above.
All I Want (Manila Killa Remix)
There are numerous ways you can cure those mid-workweek blues. You could find ways to systematically annoy your boss. You could orchestrate a creative way to quit your job, forever living in YouTube lore (which is like for two weeks, in YouTube time). You could also have the ever-so-effective lunch beer. However, before you start spending too much time on any of those previously mentioned methods, we invite you to press play and relax. See? Isn’t all of your stress slowly melting away?
Celebrating his birthday in the complete opposite way than most do, which none of us can really seem to recall for some reason, Manila Killa has dialed up a sultry trop-house remix of Chicago sad boy Dawn Golden’s smash hit, “All I Want.” Creating an alternate universe where this intensely beautiful “cry into a glass of bourbon at home” song is now a whimsical escape, this transcontinental producer will inevitably make you smile, shake your hips and tap your foot. As an added bonus, we’re pretty sure tapping your foot will annoy your boss, which only adds to your overall enjoyment.
Snag this bad boy for free on Manila Killa’s soundcloud page and get over the hump. Just think, two more days till the weekend.
Tease (Kodak to Graph Remix)
Digging through SoundCloud has become the norm for us ninjas, and when we find a gem like this we feel an inclination to share it. It’s approaching happy hour, and you probably just want to relax with a cold one. Well, we have the perfect tune to get you settled down! Hailing from Gainesville, Kodak to Graph is an artist that you won’t exactly grow to love. There is no growing to love with him; it’s something like love at first listen. This up-and-coming artist opened up for Odesza in Orlando back in May, and it was an incredibly artistic set, getting the crowd prepped for the act to follow. If you have a chance to make it out to one of the shows on his current tour, we highly recommend doing so!
Getting you ready for that coveted happy hour, this remix of “Tease” is soothing, and will pair greatly with your choice beverage. Salt Cathedral‘s original version was already an all around beautiful song, but Kodak to Graph intensified the beauty with funk stabs, colorful chords, distorted bass, and more. One thing we especially enjoyed was the vocal chops on the second half of this “Tease” remix.
Equally as artistic as his live performance, Kodak to Graph‘s “Tease” remix will have you swaying your entire body to the groovy melodies. In fact, it may even sway your body down to the beach for a piña colada. Whatever you’re drinking on tonight, this tune will help cool you down!
21 Questions (SNBRN Remix)
It’s safe to say that we’ve fallen absolutely head over heels for S0-Cal sunny house maestro SNBRN over the last few months. After two TMN premieres: a remix of Morgan Page’s anthem “In The Air” and a collaborative take with KLATCH on Ace of Base’s “All That She Wants”; both of which caught on like viral wildfire, we thought it was the perfect time to sit down with the blossoming producer and ask him a few questions on behalf of Ninja Land while simultaneously dropping SNBRN’s latest remix of 50 Cent’s “21 Questions”. About the new tune, SNBRN said: “I came across 21 questions a few weeks ago and I thought to myself, I have to remix this track. I wanted to create a fusion of nu disco meets hip hop while still keeping the flow of the vocals. The result was a bouncy, funky remix. Hope you guys enjoy this summer revival and remember to stay burnt.” It’s another refreshing take on a tune we didn’t think would work in the underground, but once again SNBRN revealed his knack for flipping tunes beautifully into dance territory. Check out the SNBRN remix of “21 Questions” above, grab the free download here, and read the full transcript of our interview below.
There always seems to be a wave of eclectic dance music emanating from the L.A. area. Does the surrounding music scene provide a bit of inspiration for you or do you try to shut in and work on your own sound without too much outside influence?
The surrounding scene does have a big roll in the music I produce. LA has become a hub for underground dance music, so I’m constantly being introduced to new tunes. I tend to not jump on the trend bag wagon and make music that I personally want to listen to. I wanted to create a hybrid sound of multiple genres and decades construed into a feeling that a lot of people can relate to.
So far you’ve remixed a couple tunes which premiered on The Music Ninja which were both on fairly opposite ends of the spectrum. First you reworked Morgan Page’s big-room anthem “In The Air” into an incredibly groovy indie-deep cut and then put a deeper, almost gargey lean on Ace of Base’s 90’s pop smash “All She Wants”. Now you’re taking another classic, this time of the hip-hop persuasion with 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” into “burnt” territory. How do you decide which tracks to remix for the most part?
The most important thing to me is originality, remixing tracks that haven’t been touched or that would take people by surprise. I usually start by listening to a bunch of tracks and artists I have written down over a few weeks and see if the track already has 1000 remixes. I then look for an acapella online and typically start by writing an entirely new chord progression to the vocals. I don’t like to use lots of pieces from the original, but more creating a whole new song from the vocal.
How Low (Action 52 Remix)
Get ready to load up your summertime playlist with a new addition. Mile High City beatsmith duo Action 52 has just released a real pool party gem with their remix of the 2009 Top-40 club smash “How Low.”
This often mysterious outfit have knocked the cobwebs off their laptops and keyboards, returning with their first release since Galantis‘ “Smile.” Faring quite well in the blogosphere, the previously mentioned track garnering support from notable blogs (ahem) and charting on Hype Machine’s Top 50 charts. This time around, they’re taking on a blast from the past, giving Hotlanta’s Ludacris a whole new vibe.
Taking a multi-decade style approach to this genre-fusing remix, Action 52 infuses some 80′s arcade style production with Luda’s classic lyrics toned down for both effect and in an effort to pay respects to the tracks title. Set to the steady tempo of groovy house, it’s sure to please the older club crowd, myself included, who fondly remember dropping down and singing along, often making a fool out of themselves. Don’t judge the moves though, we’re pretty sure you have a few of your own that you’ve since retired.
If you’re into this remix, look to follow these fine gents on Soundcloud. If you happen to be in D-Town, you can catch them at any number of shows. These two often populate the decks at Denver’s newly revived Vinyl Nightclub, which has increasingly seen sold out shows more frequently than ever before.
Break My Fall (M O N A R C H Remix)
Nineteen days and over a hundred thousand plays. It’s truly remarkable what can come of an artist’s debut song these days. The internet is a beautiful thing for sharing music, and we’re happy to be along for the ride.
As we mentioned above, the original version of “Break My Fall” was the debut track from the newly formed indie pop act, Golden Coast, who have a cheerful pop presence adored by the blogosphere. This tune carries a formidable swagger perfect for your summertime playlists, rife with upbeat synthesized melodies and playful guitar riffs.
After already having seen tremendous success by way of remix, this tune saw Hype Machine glory courtesy of Rainer and Grimm. Today we’re hoping to share a similar success story with M O N A R C H, comprised of Brennan Strawn, Brent Kutzle, Brian Willett, and Joel Plotnik.
With slow-paced percussion and a melody worthy of the best 80′s movie climax scene, “Break My Fall” gets a face lift, sporting some industrial, post-punk undertones. Cinematic in nature, this remix is a nice change of pace when looked at side-by-side with the earlier mentioned interpretation. While it still maintains elements from the memorable original, new light is shined through with this creative remix.
Ay Ay (Nanpa NOIR Remix)
There’s something to be said about a remix that doesn’t try to do too much. All too often it seems like remixes strive to drastically differentiate themselves from the source material, and while that strategy can help a track stand out on its own two feet, it can also distract from the elements that made the original so great in the first place. 20 year old producer Nanpa NOIR understands these subtleties, and that’s exactly what makes their remix of GoldLink‘s “Ay Ay” so perfect.
A remix’s purpose is to improve upon the sound of the prototype, while also making sure it doesn’t get in its own way. Keeping much of the original intact, Nanpa’s rendition may not sound too different at first, but a closer listen reveals certain intricacies layered in warped production elements, providing the tune with a distinctive and more pronounced sonic identity. Managing to achieve the aforementioned balance of highlighting what we already love about the song, while also improving upon those same aspects, we’d like to hold this up as a shining example of exactly how to execute a remix.
Once you’re finished listening for yourself, make sure to download the track above, and check out Nanpa NOIR’s SoundCloud page for even more incredible remixes.