Anytime you have a track with massive, eye-opening stats like being #1 in the Spotify Viral Charts in 20 countries, hitting #1 on Hype Machine three separate times, and being Top 5 most Shazamed globally, you know some remixes, both official, and bootleg, are bound to follow. That’s exactly what we have here today, as up-and-coming UK producer Alex Adair offers up a first look at Matt Simons‘ 2014 international smash hit “Catch & Release.”
Maintaining all of the delightful pop sensibility from the original, Adair pays at artful homage by infusing the signature sound fans have come to appreciate through tracks like “Make Me Feel Better” and “Heaven.” The vibes are chill, the synths are tropical, and the vocal sampling is impeccable, creating a perfect addition to your warm weather playlists.
This remix follows a wildly successful interpretation from Deepend, and we’re sure it will follow right along in its footsteps, winning over the ears and hearts of the music lovers around the globe.
It must have been a minute since we’ve heard anything new from Bronze Whale, but we can assure you that when they pop up in our feed, we’re listening. The guys’ latest work comes in the form of a remix of Imad Royal’s sensual track “Down For Whatever,” and it marks an interesting and pleasant deviation from the Austin duo’s normal routine.
If you’re familiar with Bronze Whale, this remix is probably going to catch you a bit off guard. As they distance themselves from their signature coalescing of future and trap-esque influence, they electrify the original with a new zest. Their production proves flawless as their unique sound surrounds and bolsters Royal’s smooth vocals, prompting listeners to zone in on both the original’s detail as well as the crisp new details of the remix.
This tune is a match made in heaven. “You Were Right” by RÜFÜS DU SOL, the electronic act from Australia, is getting reworked by Louis Futon. The producer from Philly has been killing it following the success of “Wasted On You”, and keeps the ball rolling with this amazing remix.
The original is spiced up with a deep house change-up towards the beginning, and the drop comes in as a huge surprise. Synth bursts and a slower tempo highlights the epic switch, and continues to provide a series of eargasms throughout the track. This is yet another classic display of Louis Futon’s wide selection of sounds, as he shows just about every future sound in this delicious tune. Be sure to support the Foreign Family if you like what you hear – they’re definitely bringing in unbelievable talents together, as exemplified in this cool remix.
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.
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!
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.
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!