kehlani, jealous (carmack remix)
Mr. Carmack has always maintained a peculiar aura, even amidst his recent surge in fame. In many ways, he has intimated the qualities of a pseudo- ghost writer for progressive and future music as a whole (TMN has chronicled many of his releases here and here and here). Moreover, his guiding influence has been felt far and wide without direct connections to many artists, in large part, due to his staying power over the years. He may have been better suited to call himself Mr. Consistency.
To that point, Carmack is held in unanimous high esteem by his peers, despite lacking a level of popularity or notoriety (among general music fans) which would typically accompany the talent and reputation of works as great as his. By setting the bar within the Soulection crew and the music producing community at large, Carmack has been releasing tracks this summer at a break-neck pace.
Following up his #SongsFromScratch collaborative release under Adidas+YoursTrulySF with Kehlani last month, Carmack has revealed a remix to the songstress’ latest hit, “Jealous”. Kehlani’s massively popular hip-hop/soul track receives a complete revamp in this latest rendition; Carmack introduces a deep bass line and smooth vocal oscillation techniques, giving the remix a dreamy and ambient quality.
Fluctuations in the dynamic scheme and timely interjections of future elements throughout the tune keep the listener engaged with the instrumental aspects of the song and steal some of the attention away from Kehlani’s moving vocals – which is no small feat. “Jealous” really comes together at the 3:12 mark after Lexii Alijai‘s fast rapping third verse, when Carmack is able to merge the style of the original with his own distinct impression of the song.
Keep tabs on Carmack this summer: music festival enthusiasts can catch his sets at Camp Bisco in Pennsylvania, Hard Summer in L.A., and at the Canadian music festival Shambhala.
Photo credit: GL Askew II
Always (Gorilla Bass Remix)
Gorilla Bass is back in the mix with another remix. DVBBS’ single “Always” is what the Chicago beatmaker took aim at, and he hit his mark with a quality laid-back future flip. He gives it an old-school vibe by keeping things simple, including his sound choice and design. With that booming bassline spearheading the drop, things get catchy real quick, especially given its hypnotic nature. This remix of “Always” is one of those tracks you pop on when you want to just mellow the whole world out, and it works. What else works, is releasing free music, which Gorilla Bass does here. Every so often, this dude comes out with something, and its always a good day when it does. Press play here, and stay tuned for more on Soundcloud from GB in the future.
Lose Control (Action 52 Remix)
House music is alive and well in the Mile High City, and one of our favorite contributors to this ever-growing, expansive movement in the 5280 is none other than Action 52.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard from this Denver duo. In fact, it’s been a hot 11 months. None the less, we’re excited to see them back at it, especially after falling head over heels for their last tune. In case you’ve forgotten, these two dialed up a scorching hot remix of Ludacris‘ “How Low,” which garnered them a spot in the Hype Machine’s popular chart, as well as nearly 175,000 plays on Soundcloud.
Today’s tune comes via the original work of Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control.” Once again, we find ourselves lost in a perfect pairing of groovy house beats, pitched-down vocal samples, and warm crystalline synths. When combined with some thumping kicks, it’s hard for us to not get up and dance, or as some would say, lose control. Wait, is that a planned dancefloor innuendo? If it is, we certainly appreciate the subtlety, and will most assuredly follow its subliminal instructions.
Pick this tune up on SoundCloud for the low, low price of free ninety-nine.
Trails and Ways ft. Harriet Brown
Downright (Falcon Punch Remix)
Since we first caught wind of Trails and Ways all the way back in 2012, we’ve kept a close eye on the Oakland band. They’ve steadily built their following since then, but this year has truly been a breakout one for them. After signing to Barsuk Records early this year, they released their debut album, Pathology, which both showcases what we love about their radiant, organic sound all the while expanding their sonic scope. The track “Downright” falls into the latter category with a groove that manages to combine their signature, South American-tinted style with an ’80s groove and aesthetic. A verse from Harriet Brown, another Ninja favorite, ties that vibe together with his silky vocals that recall Prince.
A week ago, Denver-based producer Falcon Punch put out a remix of “Downright” that maintains the 80s-revivalist nature of the tune all the while transforming it into a nu-disco jam. Electing to place Brown’s voice first, Falcon Punch utilizes many of the original’s elements–the breezy guitar and the catchy backing piano–but with the help of perfectly placed pads and a BPM boost, breathes new life into the song without losing its charm. Take a trip back to the Neon 80s and grab a free download above.
Allies For Everyone
Bunker (Allies For Everyone Alternate Mix)
It’s always a treat to start a day with a little bit of sexy deep-house. So when NYC stationed electronic producer Brian Suarez, better known as Allies For Everyone, dropped his latest revision on us -itself an alternate take on his own track “Bunker”– we knew it would be a perfect door-opener this morning. We’d already heard AFE’s original mix, and while by no means was it anywhere near a letdown, today he’s arrived with an even more introspective and gripping glimpse of the shape-shifting single. On the Alternate Mix, Allies For Everyone dials back a clubbier approach, instead focusing on a more subdued yet utterly captivating low end, rumbling hook, and a gorgeous ad-lib cut of the original vocal stems to create a dark and deep tune that just plain oozes sexiness. Our day is already screaming for a taste of proper deep-house and Allies For Everyone delivered our presription with a bullet.
“Bunker” will also be touched up by their labelmates Nightriders and Jay Hill, but we’ll be busily consuming AFE’s edit until then.
GFE (SNBRN Remix)
It’s been far too long since we checked in with one of dance music’s fastest rising commodities (well… May really but who’s keeping track?), SNBRN. During the time we’ve been covering the burgeoning producer, we’ve seen him spread nearly every facet of the underground house game to a rapidly expanding fanbase, whom may have never had the pleasure of experiencing such an intoxicating sound without him. From SNBRN’s deeper iterations, to those housiest of indie-dance originals, and some funkified G-House in between, we’ve only seen a steady rise in both consistency and quality while tackling the Southern Californian’s addictive catalog.
Today we got our hands err… ears, on SNBRN’s latest offering, a dark and groovy remix of Class Actress’ “GFE” and were yet again hooked on another earworm. While the original, which was produced by one of electronic indie music’s most respected artists Alan Palomo (of Neon Indian and VEGA acclaim), plays a little more buoyantly, the tune here takes a murkier turn under the guise of a dark, commanding bassline, weighted drums and flitting chords; which, set against Class Actress’ soaring lush falsetto and Palomo’s malleable stems plays like a melting pad of butter on a thick stack of hotcakes. We’re hoping to hear this one in the midst of a late-night club bender very soon, but for now, stream SNBRN’s “GFE” remix above.
Loud Places (John Talabot Dub)
Last week, on WNYU’s Beats In Space radio, a new remix of Jamie xx‘s “Loud Places”–undoubtedly been one of the songs of the year thus far–was sneakily premiered. Created by fellow Young Turks artist, the Spanish John Talabot, the 4×4 re-interpretation takes just a bit from Romy’s soaring vocals building a steady, heavenly house groove with syncopated synths. Adding to the already ethereal feelings evoked, are gorgeous ambient pads that actually resemble a softer version of those that build on Jamie xx’s “Gosh.” Talabot’s re-imagination of the tune never loses the uplifting nature of the “Loud Places,” even without the original’s impassioned Idris Muhammad sample, all the while displaying his equally impressive signature aesthetic. It’s an impressive feat for a song this good, but it comes as no surprise that Talabot, a pioneer in his own right, was able to pull it off. Just bask in, and absorb, the warmth of this phenomenal composition.