[Soul/Hip-Hop] Hiatus Kaiyote – Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix) Feat. Anderson .Paak

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Hiatus Kaiyote
Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson .Paak)

The current era of music has seen a shift in which risk-taking is rewarded. Those who have pushed genres into the forefront, or combined technical aspects across previously uncrossed planes have been showered with praises of ‘breakthrough’ and ‘genius’.

Comparable to the way in which Tame Impala championed psychedelia and had universal success, Melburnian band Hiatus Kaiyote is still waiting to reap the same scale of appreciation for operating in their own niche of the musical landscape.

“Under appreciated” is usually not a phrase used to describe multiple Grammy-nominated bands, but HK is by no means as recognized as their talent would dictate. Leading the way in the future soul and nu-jazz realms, they have been immeasurably successful in outpacing their contemporaries since their formation and debut album release in 2012.

Following up with Choose Your Weapon in May of last year, HK has since slowly gained recognition for their structural aspects and skillful composition. Further demonstrating the versatility of their sound, the quartet released their newest EP, Recalibrations, Vol. 1, a collection of remixes which came out this past Friday.

With the collaborative efforts of solo artist Taylor McFerrin and up and coming producer / vocalist Anderson .Paak, listeners were graced with a remix to “Laputa,” which debuted on their 2015 album Choose Your Weapon. The original, a song praising the Hayao Miyazaki film by the same name, is a minimalistic track that relies heavily on the talented vocals of lead singer Nai Palm. The remix, put together by frequent collaborator Taylor McFerrin (see their previous work together here), is a perfect extension of what existed previously.

Injected with a dreamy, beatboxing style seen in his own solo works, McFerrin’s “Laputa” takes a turn towards a redeeming love song following a psychedelic-synth bridge at the 2:00 mark. Anderson .Paak, capitalizing on the success of his January release, Malibu, provides the finishing touches by smoothly and soulfully rapping to the conclusion of the song.

With Recalibrations, Vol. 1 available now on iTunes, Hiatus Kaiyote will be touring the world and making believers of their brand one city at a time; they will be playing Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Outside Lands to name a few. Fans new and old can keep up with the latest releases on their Soundcloud page.

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[Electronic] K.Flay – FML (Vanic Remix)

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FML (Vanic Remix)

When you know you work well with someone’s material, you don’t mess that up. Vanic recently dropped his fourth (!) remix of the always entertaining K.Flay, and, per usual, it knocks HARD. He continues to capitalize on his jubilant production style, twisting together big bass and melodic tendencies into an equally accessible and intriguing result.

Vanic has proven time and time again that he knows his way around a great pop vocal, and we’re all certainly the lucky ones to be beneficiaries of his hard work and talent. Everything this guy does is big, and that certainly won’t be changing anytime soon. Enjoy the fun above and grab your own free download of the tune here!

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[Progressive House] Manila Killa ft. Joni Fatora – All That’s Left (Myles Travitz Remix)

Manila Killa - All That's Left (Myles Travitz Remix)
Manila Killa
All That's Left Ft. Joni Fatora (Myles Travitz Remix)

If you’re familiar with the popular artist collective Moving Castle, then you’ve probably a fan of Manila Killa‘s massive hit “All That’s Left”. Featuring lovely vocals from Joni Fatora, the original track is wonderful in every way. To add onto the epicness, a remix pack was just released featuring killer remixes from producers like The M Machine and Yung Wall Street. Myles Travitz‘ version particularly caught our ears, as he goes back to his roots and turned the original track into a progressive house gem. This rework provides us with tasteful synth melodies and a casual dance beat. The piano progression adds to the mix and gives it a delightful vibe, which will make you fall in love with the tune even more.

Myles Travitz once again shows us his versatility and his ability to turn any track into a massive hit. Be sure to check out the rest of remixes if you dig this one, as they each perfectly exemplifies the producer’s sound.

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Porter Robinson – Say My Name (Mielo Redux) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Porter Robinson
Say My Name (Mielo Redux)

We may not have heard anything new from Porter Robinson in a little while, but Mielo is here to provide some major nostalgia with his own exceptional rendition of Porter’s “Say My Name.”. This version dials back the blistering progressive house edge of the original and reinvents it into a sonic concoction filled with futuristic ingredients.

When it comes to tackling such a classic tune like this, it always helps that it’s one of your favorites, and Mielo made sure to create something that is a reflection of his ability and, at the same time, a homage to Porter’s creation. There’s an uplifting feeling scattered throughout this redux, and it certainly is a pleasant reminder of the past. Festival season is here, so don’t be surprised if this starts to make the rounds. Don’t miss out on Mielo!

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[Electronic] Chinah – Minds (Ark Patrol Remix)

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Minds (Ark Patrol Remix)

Having only heard one other remix before this one, we were excited and interested when new Ark Patrol showed up. Needless to say, it’s MASSIVE. Heroic Recordings has a tendency to find some intriguing talent in electronic music, and Ark Patrol is just one of many to provide them with a solid roster.

Even without being familiar with the original song by Chinah, you get a glimpse into a melodic world constructed with bright and boisterous synths that flicker around the thundering drums in a tightly knit pattern. There’s an uplifting impression made with this remix, and it’s simply nice to listen to and let it carry you away for a while. One of the coolest parts of Ark Patrol’s take on “Minds” is it’s tradeoff between being accessible with pop source material and busting down walls with a wide range of electronic influences. Grab yourself a free copy here and enjoy the ride!

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[Electronic] Tenniscoats – Baibaba Bimba (Marcioz Remix)

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Baibaba Bimba (Marcioz Remix)

One of Brazil’s hidden treasures is the producer Marcioz. At the ripe age of nineteen, this cat is killing it down South with his unique productions that take from future, classical, as well as the sounds of his home country. A few days ago, Marcioz came out with a brand new remix of Tenniscoats’ single “Baibaba Bimba” as a free download. For those of you who are being introduced to him, this flip will show you just how special Marcioz is.

With his remix of “Baibaba Bimba,” Marcioz was able to keep most everything sounding natural. His percussion, the strings, the piano chords and all the little details are crafted to perfection. Aside from creative prowess, Marcioz technical abilities and ear rival even the top producers in the electronic game right now. 2016 is looking like a bright year for this Brazilian as he has already started it off with two amazing records, with “Baibaba Bimba” being a remix for the ages. If you’re looking for something inspiring to throw on this week, then you’re covered with this.

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[Multi-Genre] Kicks N Licks – Young Mind Remix EP

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Our homies Kicks N Licks had quite a successful release with their Young Mind EP. Now, they’re back with the Young Mind Remix EP, with three remixers, as well as a 2.0 of their single “Mind” with Lauren Hunter. Lost Identity and Trap Nation put out this four track EP for free, so make sure to download the tracks before you head out.

Kicks N Licks enlisted FLØRALS, At Dawn We Rage and Ditta & Dumont for remixes of both singles off their original EP. Before the remixes, Kicks N Licks 2.0 of “Mind” introduces the project with its hybrid future sound. The first remix that we get is FLØRALS who bring some heavy Flume influences to the table with his flip of “Young.” At Dawn We Rage keep in line with the future sound, but bring a bit more spacey vibe with their take on “Mind.” Lastly, Ditta & Dumont bring the bass with their heavy dub interpretation of “Young.” Altogether, the Young Mind Remix EP is a strong project through and through with each artist bringing something a little different to the table, while keeping things within scope.

’Kicks N Licks – Mind 2.0 ft Lauren Hunter’
’Kicks N Licks – Young feat. Adara (FLØRALS Remix)’
’Kicks N Licks – Mind ft. Lauren Hunter (At Dawn We Rage Remix)’
’Kicks N Licks – Young feat. Adara (Ditta & Dumont Remix)’
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