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!
It’s not Christmas quite yet, but do we have a special present for you today. Your ears get the pleasure of having the first listen to a brand new remix from our friends Two Can, who took on the official task of flipping “By Your Side” from Jonas Blue. Nothing like one of our favorite premieres to help close out the year!
Two Can are known around the world for their expressive, exciting music. Ever since they came to the fold, they’ve put forth nothing but great tunes and this remix is certainly one of their best. They take a bit of a different approach than they usually do with the result being nothing short of spectacular. Their vibrant chords and vocal chops play together to perfection and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much good stuff in this one, you’ll be listening through on repeat just to appreciate every little detail. Stream today, and enjoy!
Breakbeat is making waves and one of the talented leaders of the charge is Dusty Bits. The duo is extremely gifted and aren’t afraid to actually push boundaries. Lots of acts love to talk the talk, but these guys walk the walk. Today we have the huge honor of premiering one of their best tracks yet, a remix of “Make It Clap” by Wuki.
We’re absolutely in love with this one. It’s fun, full of bass, and its groovy as hell. When you think electro/breakbeat, you don’t generally associate it with booty shaking, but Dusty Bits manage to put together a song that will have butts from both genders twerking like there’s no tomorrow. There are plenty of acts to keep your eye on in 2017, but you’ll have to keep Dusty Bits near the top of your list. Enjoy the first listen of their new remix here and if you’d like, subsequent listens can be through your own digital library, as this one has been released as a free download!
Smith & Thell is the creative folk-pop act hailed as the most exciting artist to emerge from Sweden’s developed pop music scene. The duo’s most recent single “ROW” resounds with a combination of the epic cadence natural to Scandanavian music and a pure pop melody that almost smacks of country pop from the United States. These familiar motifs make “ROW” perfect material for a fun dance remix by Castell, a DJ and adept remix artist from Stockholm.
Castell maintains the song’s original pace while beefing up the percussion to a level appropriate for the dance floor. The instrumental hook explodes into the mix as a twisting, high-pitched lead reminiscent of the tropical vibe from early Kygo material. All told, one Stockholm producer puts a delicious dance twist on an excellent pop hit from another Stockholm group, Smith & Thell. As pop music continues to borrow more material from the EDM realm, it’s great to hear a distinct dance remix on a fresh pop tune. When it call comes from the same city, that’s something to keep your eye (or ear) on.
It’s not February yet, but VALENTINE is what we have on our minds. Apparently, the same thing could be said for OWLSA, who backed the mysterious producer for an official remix of “In Stone” by BASECAMP.
One of the things we love about this one is it doesn’t exactly fit nicely into a specific genre. It’s sort of a few different things, but doesn’t really fit snug anywhere. Everything from the sound design to the song’s composition is done at an expert level. VALENTINE’s remix stylistically isn’t straightforward, but also the songwriting isn’t either, as the track develops from beginning to end without any moment of stale sound. It’s fresh, clean, and totally awesome. If you’re not familiar with VALENTINE, better get started now.
If you were to ask us if we were ready for a remix EP from um.. our response would likely be, “Um.. yes!” That’s just what we got several days ago from them that consists of eight total remixes. Below we share with you four of our favorites, but make sure to head over to iTunes to check them all out and get a copy of the remix EP, do it for the kids.
We’re going to dive right in with one of the heaviest remixes on the project which comes from the recent Disciple signee, Oolacile. This track is not only dope, but it is just another example of the producer’s unique style and talent when it comes to designing sounds. Noer The Boy kicks up a gangster flip that is one of the biggest standout tracks on the project, no matter if you’re a fan of bass music or not. Holly’s been on a collab terror right now, but focuses in himself on this remix to deliver something big that’s outside his usual arena. Lastly, we close things out with Dack Janiels, who brings another heavy set of low frequencies whose grimy textures are irresistible.
Like we said before, what we have presented is only half of the remix EP! Hit up Soundcloud, or iTunes to check out the full project, which is complete with tunes from ESQ, Elephunk, X&G and MNX.