The Good Life (option4 Remix)
One of our absolute favorite, surging house producers in the entire game, option4, just followed up his insanely successful remix for Brooklyn band Great Good Fine OK with another jovial slice of dance music; this time authoring up a pristine rework of Elizabeth Rose‘s buzzy synth-pop single “The Good Life”. Whereas option4 first began gaining traction with a deep brand of original R&B and pop tinged house tunes, his remix output has more or less revealed a bit of the producer’s softer, more accessible production side. option4′s revision of “The Good Life” is clearly punctuated by an arpeggiated chord progression but is built behind airy pads and what has now become somewhat of a signature, with some very layered percussive stabs driving the while thing home. While option4′s original tracks aimed at the dancefloor are what piqued our original interest in the budding artist, this latest string of pensive remixes feels like we are catching the Denver based artist in a musical stride so to speak, and we absolutely had to share it with our ninjas. As with the rest of option4′s catalog thus far, his remix of “The Good Life” by Elizabeth Rose is being given away digitally in exchange for a Facebook “like” here. Pick it up, and get your Tuesday bouncing in the right direction.
Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)
It’s a real thing of beauty when someone can put a new spin on a track, and for some reason, it sounds like it just belongs. It’s almost as if you’re listening to the original, which is when you realize you’re jamming out to sheer gold.
Denmark based producers Borneland have served up a perfect example of the above statement, recrafting a funky remix of this Destiny’s Child track. While we could write up our own descriptions of what we think of the tune’s inspirations, this duo has sent out a statement with their tune that does it best. Check it out below:
Neither of us have tattoos nor hair on the chest, though we have been told that these are essentials to survive in our business. Luckily we have great friends with both tattoos and hair on the chest to give us advise when things are tough. One of these advisers once told us, that the first release often ends up completely different from the original idea, due to the fact that one has so many expectations… All these imaginations.
Combined with perfectionism, one ends up spending too much time on details and the original idea disappears – this is a shame! To avoid this (unnecessary) “first-time-nervousness”, we chose to start out with something as silly (to us at least), but classic, as a different version of “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child.
Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix) [Out Now]
We’ve been tracking Oliver Heldens as of late. After writing up the deliciously tech-centric tune “Gecko,” we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of his “Animals” remix.
The tune is a far departure from the intense hard house track that captivated the EDM world just last year. While we normally tend to like remixes that pay more homage to the original, we’re actually pleased that this is maintains less elements of Martin’s monster track.
With a funky bassline, this house remix has a dialed down nature by comparison, yet still has a gorgeous, driving intensity that makes you want to get up and dance. In fact, we’ve been dancing the entire time we’ve been writing this up. It’s taken us much longer to complete the post than it normally does. We’re not mad about it though. Not one bit.
This 128 BPM official remix is out now via Beatport. Get after it, ninjas.
Team (Mickey Valen Remix)
With razor sharp lyrics, a soulful, unique tone, and confident swagger, Lorde has gone from blogosphere darling to international sensation. We’ve heard countless interpretations of her tunes, from covers to remixes, and the best ones always maintain enough of tune’s initial character to tie it back to the enjoyment we experienced when we heard the the original. Mickey Valen, the New York based producer behind Noosa and AYER, has offered up just that for today’s premiere.
In this Brooklyn based producer’s take on “Team,” we’re definitely left with some warm ‘n fuzzies after listening through a few times. The song’s original intensity is dialed back a few notches, laced up with a beautiful, uplifting melody instead. The tune takes on a positive and energetic personality, flirting in between influences of indie dance and tropical house.
What is up, ninjas? This weekend is shaping up to be one for the record books, and you best believe we have a soundtrack said weekend. Below are some of the freshest party tracks from this past week. We even have one premiere for you, bringing you Elektrosex’s remix of “SWIZZY”. As usual, all of these bad boys are free downloads. So, crack open a cold one and get ready for two days of freedom.
Young Folks (Robbie Rivera Vs. Landis Remix)
Cocaine (Gazzo Remix)
Terravita & Casey Desmond
Settle The Score (Case & Point Remix)
MAD MAX (Original Mix)
Gent & Jawns (Elektrosex Remix)
LET HER GO (CAKED UP REMIX)
Toybox Freestyle(RAT Bootleg) FREE DOWNLOAD
Fatboy Slim & Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike & Ummet Ozcan
Eat Sleep Rave Repeat (Young Live Trap Fix)
Mystica ( Sikdope Trap Remix )
Best I Ever Had (K Theory Remix)
Avalanches (feat. Sound Remedy & Kill Paris)
MeLo-X was probably one of the most criminally underrated artists of 2013. After releasing three mixtapes, an EP, and an album last year, MeLo isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In honor of Blue Ivy‘s (Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter for those of you who don’t know) 2nd birthday yesterday, the Brooklyn native decided to release a free 5-track remix EP dedicated to the momma diva’s latest album. MeLo-X is a multi-talented man, so instead of simply hopping on some beats and contributing a few verses, he decided to put his production hand to work, crafting a deeply rich, ambient sound that’s both therapeutic, yet spine tingling in nature. Of course, he couldn’t completely resist the microphone, as you can hear the emcee chop it up on the fourth track, “9-5 Killa,” a rework of “Ghost.”
Stream the full project below, and head over to Noisey for an interview that covers MeLo’s creative process and motivation behind the project. Also if you haven’t already, make sure to pick up a copy of MeLo-X s GOD: Pièce de Résistance album, which dropped last November.
DOWNLOAD: MeLo-X - Yoncé X (Beyoncé Remix EP)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Drunk In Lust (I Been Draking)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Ghost In The Sheet (Handle This)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
9 to 5 Killa (Feat. MeLo X)
The Hood Internet
It's Still About Falling (Haim x Robotaki)
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen The Hood Internet on these pages, but the mashup maestros are looking to kick off 2014 the proper way with their brand new mashup of Haim and Robotaki. The Chicago based production duo are well known for their crazy combinations, but who in a million years could’ve ever seen this pairing working? “Falling”–one of our favorite tracks of 2013–was already pretty rhythmic on its own, but after mixing in the funkadelic electronic synths of Robotaki’s “It’s Still About You,” it becomes a whole different animal. Check out the spectacular mashup above, and don’t forget to treat yourself with a free download.