It’s been several months since we’ve heard any new material from Electric Mantis, but thankfully the wait is over. Since the explosion of “Flips And Flops, Drips And Drops” three years ago, he’s concocted a slew of innovative remixes, along with the massive Braincase EP, and now this fresh take on Mansionair‘s “Easier” provides the same amount of gusto and hard-hitting bass that he’s made all his own.
There’s a refined sense of sleekness throughout the tune compared to some of his previous work as it juggles the delicacy of the vocals with his signature style, and it truly feels as though Electric Mantis has found the perfect medium between power and poise on this remix. If you dig this one, absolutely check out his original tune “Daybreak” that was released on Majestic Casual a few months back. It’s always great to see a familiar face back on our SoundCloud feeds, and Electric Mantis continues to bring quality material to the table every single time.
We’re already seeing as many “Bad and Boujee” remixes as we can handle and it won’t stop anytime soon. However, there is one particular remix that has stuck out to us from three acts. The esteemed R3HAB came together with the up and coming No Riddim & it’s different to take on Donald Glover’s favorite tune.
They keep the trap vibe, but bring in some heavier sensibilities for a true festival masterpiece. It has some characteristics of the more simplistic vibe of the likes of Flosstradamus, but incorporates the hybrid style of more intriguing producers. We have no doubt this one will be played out live by DJs all over the world for some time to come. When everyone is desperately releasing remixes for a hype track, sometimes the result is a bit lacking. That’s not the case here, as all three acts bring their A game.
Remixing A Tribe Called Quest is a tall order. You’ll need to bring your best, but as it turns out, Nick AM and T4PES did exactly that. These two managed to flip a hip-hop classic into a bounce-riddled house tune that would be difficult to distinguish from a KAYTRANADA edit. It feels like a completely natural progression, doesn’t overshadow the original, and maintains the funk that ATCQ has been priding themselves on for just about three decades now. Some may be hesitant about remixing staples such as this, but there’s no need to sweat because this duo simply smashed it. Enjoy a free download, get grooving immediately, and as always, RIP Phife.
Armada Music gets behind a lot of great projects and what we have for you today is one of them. Two Friends and Exit Friendzone put together an impressive remix pack for their single “Overdose.” The EP includes four remixes that utilize the original vocal from Natalola while doing justice to the full first release.
The project starts off with CRWNS, whose vibey future take on “Overdose” is a strong beginning step for the EP. Secondly, Sokko kicks things into a slightly different gear with a light-hearted breakbeat jam. And it is a jam. We knew we were getting into something good when we saw Jameston Thieves on the list. His remix is the most unique and energetic on the project; a standout as usual. Lastly, the talented Jinco closes it out with a trappy, future blend that has a lot of appeal to a wide audience. Want a copy of these remixes? Head over to the digital store of your choice.
There’s no doubt that “Light” was a major hit for those who enjoy the melodic and future bass sound of San Holo and the exciting part is the track has only gained momentum as the Bitbird label continues to release the remix package. Bringing us a heavier version to the euphoric vocals while adding instruments including guitar, piano and more Taska Black, a resident Bitbird artist, has given new light (pun intended) to this airy track.
San Holo did a great job on the melody. I wanted to do something with that and make the climax as wide as it could possibly get. The blend with the opera-like voice is what makes this remix stand-out in my opinion.
Taska’s rendition adds edge to the slightly softer original making this a sharp comparison and giving those who enjoy a heavier beat a taste of what they’re looking for. Taska has surely joined our radar for artists to keep an eye on in 2017. Check out the track and stream or purchase the remix here
FRND only has a few tracks out, but already is one of the hotter up and coming acts in dance music. After releasing two originals, the producer already has put out an official remix for Sweater Beats, which we share with you today.
“Did You Wrong” featuring MAX is what the mysterious songster got to remix. FRND has a unique style that, although not entirely new, is a step in the right direction for electronic music, especially for styles surrounding future. 2017 will surely be a big year for the producer, who has a whole lot more coming. In just a few months to wrap up 2016, FRND made incredible headway and won’t stop gaining fans with his amazing music anytime soon. It’s almost Christmas, so get yourself a little present by purchasing this single on the digital service of choice today.
This track boasts seven minutes of Neo-Soul legend Maxwell’s falsetto voice paired with The Aston Shuffle‘s groovy, deep house production and is simply stated, a perfect match. The Australian duo recently impressed us with their “Only 100s” mix and now they’ve given us a track worthy of placement in their own series. With basslines capable of inducing a trance like state of mind matched to a smooth body moving melody, The Aston shuffle have created a project to end 2016 in a bold way.
“Huge fan of The Aston Shuffle, they keep it so soulful and raw for the dance clubs.” – Maxwell
2017 is soon approaching and news is they’ll be gracing us with another original release on The Magician’s Potion label. After what we’ve seen in 2016 there’s no question these two should be on everyone’s watch list. I got the chance to ask the guys a bit about the new remix. You can stream the track on Spotify or Youtube.
TMN: 2016 has been quite the year for music – How have you guys grown throughout the year and what would you say was your greatest moment?
TAS: 2016 has been great for us! We had 3 releases (High With You, Only 1 and Make A Wrong Thing Right) come out on one of our favourite record labels, Potion (The Magician’s label). We did a few national tours here in Australia and Vance has been busy spreading The Aston Shuffle message across the US with his recent move to NY, and we’ve continued to get great listenership with our Friday Night Shuffle radio show.
TMN: MAXWELL is no rookie when it comes to music. The NYC soulful R&B singer has been around for quite some time. What did you like best about remixing this particular track?
TAS: It was all about the vocal, it’s so dope and catchy! The producers treated the vocal with some really cool effects which really grabbed our attention and ultimately drove the direction in which we took the remix.
TMN: How did it feel to have Maxwell reach out to you about this remix? Describe your reaction.
TAS: We’ve been long time fans of his since the 90’s. He reached out to us saying he really vibed on our song “Tear It Down” It was unbelievable to have an artist of this calibre resonate with our music. We’ve been in regular contact since. He’s an absolute legend so to have remixed a song off his album was one to tick off the bucket list!
TMN: Did you have a certain direction in mind for this or was it more go with the flow?
TAS: Not really, we just went with the flow like we normally do when doing remixes. It was totally unintentional but it ended up with a bit of a nod to some classic Armand Van Heldon vibes.
TMN: Not only have you released this remix but started the Only 100s mix – What do you look for when selecting music?
TAS: Between our radio show and DJ sets, we are seriously inundated with new music. It’s seriously crazy the amount of music we have to go through each and every week! So to help with our workflow we create a shortlist of club weapons. These tracks are what we consider to be the standout tracks of the moment whether it’s a Balearic house jam or a certified techno banger, if it’s dope, then we’re playing it on Only 100s.
TMN: What direction do you see yourselves going in 2017? Is there anything particularly exciting you can share?
TAS: We already have a few releases ready to go in 2017 which you’ll be hearing about very soon. We’ll be continuing our Friday Night Shuffle radio show and also building the Only 100s name. It’s going to be a busy year for us but we’re already looking forward to it!