Cloud Nine (FKJ Remix)
It takes a lot for me not to scoff at an attempt to remix one of the greats from the Motown era. I grew up on the Temptations, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips, etc. My mom played it endlessly, giving me an early appreciation of soul music.
With that being said, I have to offer a tip of the cap to French producer French Kiwi Juice for dialing up this new-school take on a legendary tune. The soulful vibe is very much so alive and well, freshened up with some sexy sampling and a groovy beat. It maintains everything that was great about the original, while coupling in some 2014 flavor.
As an added bonus, my mom even gave a nod of approval. Nice work, FKJ.
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Heartbeat - March 27th
I Am Your Shadow (Heatbeat Remix)
AC Slater - March 28th
Dope In My Sock (AC Slater Remix)
Gabriel and Dresden - March 29th
Bye Bye Macadam (Gabriel & Dresden Bootleg)
Under Pressure (Juno Ray Club Mix)
Some tunes, while immensely classic in nature and cultural significance, just somehow seem to benefit from a glossy injection of Nu-Disco into its system. Now obviously we’re not throwing the umbrella over every song or declaring that they should made into a disco/club edit, that would be silly, but the way South Korean electronic producer Juno Ray pumps new life into Queen & David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” got us out of bed on the right foot this morning. A powerful lead synth which modulates as if it were pulled right out of a 1980′s MOOG Prodigy kicks Juno Ray’s remix into full gear and unsurprisingly Freddie Mercury and Bowie’s iconic, but versatile vocals fold themselves seamlessly into the four-four fueled groove. With the weather stateside beginning to roll back into sunshine and chirpy sparrows making their welcome appearance once again, we’re reviving our thirst for all things Nu-Disco, and with Winter Music Conference in full swing, we can already envision the gorgeous rooftops Juno Ray’s remix may make it to. Grab the free download above.
Kings Of Leon X Ghost Wars-Use Somebody (Gazzo Cover Remix)
“I’ve been roaming around I was looking down and now I see…” - Sorry, I just got caught up in some old feels this morning thanks to Gazzo’s new Ghost Wars cover remix of the infamous “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon. Gazzo takes us down memory lane with easily one of the most adorable songs to have ever surfaced into the lives of the musically inclined. Not only does he punch us right in the heart with the force of 10,000 rhinoceroses stampeding across the Serengeti, but he also shows us his uncanny ability to make us want to cry and dance all at the same time.
This track emits an emotive upbeat, trance-like vibe that even Tiesto can’t seem to wrap his mind around – too soon? With the combined forces of Gazzo and Ghost Wars, “Use Somebody” is transformed from epic ballad to epic dance anthem that maintains the expressive integrity of the original. This progressive house banger resonates a certain type of cuteness that I just cannot seem to keep up with. Is there such a thing as dying from too many feels? If so, Gazzo has just injected us all with a lethal dose of happiness.
Make sure to grab your free download and relive the high school ‘you.’ In some way or another, you’ll be thinking of that special someone who makes you feel all fuzzy inside. Tequila counts.
Chance The Rapper
Save Yourself First (Social Experiment original vs.)
Chance The Rapper and James Blake surprised us all last year when they teamed up for a hip-hop infused remix of Blake’s “Life Round Here.” Now that the pair are rooming together, the Windy City native has decided to release the verse that didn’t make the final cut. This version is far more subdued than the one that first saw the light of day, and plays closer to the tone of the Overgrown original. While the uptempo nature of the previous remix almost made it sound like a celebration of life, this tune is far more heartfelt and reflective, allowing Chance to show off his vocal chops and really dig deeper into what life around the streets of Chicago really means to him.
Chances are this won’t be featured on any projects in the near future, but given the frenzy with which the young emcee has returned in the last few weeks, you’ve gotta think an announcement of some sort is on its way soon.
Far Alone (feat. E-40 & Jay Ant)
“Far Alone” was already one of our early favorites from G-Eazy‘s upcoming album, These Things Happen, but now it’s ready to undergo the remix treatment. The talented emcee no longer has to kick it solo, recruiting Bay Area legend, E-40, to chip in with a brand new verse. The song is all about making it on your own as an independent artist, and overcoming adversity in the face of doubt, something we’d say Eazy has accomplished pretty successfully. While we’d heard Eazy’s story on the original, E-40 provides some insight into the early days of his career with his contribution to the upbeat single as well.
While there’s no indication whether this’ll be on These Things Happen, we’re looking forward to hearing more from the upcoming record in the coming months. Stream the terrific tune above, and make sure to catch G-Eazy on the road with Rockie Fresh, Tory Lanez, and a few others during their nationwide tour.