With March well underway, it’s time we introduce another Resident artist to our ranks. We’re always excited to highlight some of the best and brightest acts in the world, but we’re especially excited about this month’s.
You may have heard of 99 Souls at this point, or, at least, caught a fleeting note or two from any one of their international smash hits. From Destiny’s Child and Brandy, to Blonde, to Martin Solveig, this duo has been making waves with their work both remixing and creating original tunes. With only a handful of releases to date, they’ve quickly managed to grab the collective intrigue of the industry, racking up millions upon millions of streams across YouTube, SoundCloud, and Spotify.
We both love acoustic music – and we want to connect with people. I grew up on hip hop and got into house music at Uni. From my mid-teens, I went to d ‘n’ b nights and later on electro house and dubstep events before finally deep house. Who’s our ultimate dance music act? I don’t know if we have one: we’re trying to do something that hasn’t been done before. We’re making an epic soul meets gospel meets 2016 house album, where every song means something. We just want to make a classic, timeless album!
With a heavy focus on live instrumentation, jazz, hip hop, soul, and house, 99 Souls are quietly working on a debut, full-length album. And, speaking of quiet, there hasn’t been much said about who these guys are and how that their smash hits came to be. That is, until now.
’99 Souls – The Girl Is Mine ft Destiny’s Child & Brandy’
’Snakehips ft Tinashe & Chance The Rapper – All My Friends (99 Souls Remix)’
’Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated (99 Souls Remix Radio Edit)’
Loved By You (Coucheron Remix)
Just because we’re in South Beach for Miami Music Week doesn’t mean we can’t take a quick break to premiere some tasty tunes. In fact, if you happen to be down here as well, we think you’ll find this tune to be the perfect addition to your poolside playlist.
You’re probably hip to LA/NY-based Mike Del Rio & Crista Ru at this point, or POWERS, as they’re more commonly referred to. With only a few releases, they’ve casually racked up over a million plays. Songs like “Legendary,” “Beat Of My Drum,” and “Loved By You” have crossed over the blogosphere time and time again, entrancing listeners on a daily basis for the past couple of years.
Today, we’re bringing you a fresh take on one of the aforementioned smash hits, showcasing a different side of “Loved By You.” Coming off their Legendary Remixed EP, this tune has been flipped by Norweigan-based Coucheron, who joins Lenno and Lincoln Jesser on a short list of talented remixers. Fans of the original will be drawn into the tune by way of memorable lyrics, which are artfully sampled and treated. Coupled with those irresistible words are some playful guitars and a luscious bassline worthy of a pair of sunglasses, your favorite tank top, and a fruity cocktail.
You can find this tune for sale this Friday, and you can find POWERS on tour with X Ambassadors starting next week. We strongly recommend marking your calendars for both.
2 Heads (Vanic Remix)
Vanic essentially has reached the status of a household name because of his vibrant renditions of great artists like Tove Styrke, Zella Day, and plenty others. His continued mastery of reshaping pop and alternative into a palatable and relentlessly upbeat formula is one to be enjoyed on the best of days and at the best of times.
The sound he’s created translates well to a festival atmosphere, as each new creation calls equally on energy and emotion while being wrapped up cleanly into an attractive package. There’s no shortage of melodic elements here, and Vanic has prided himself on keeping things bright and enjoyable ever since he started. This take on Coleman Hell upholds his precedent with ease, and we are lucky enough to get to ring in Daylight Savings and longer days with a hefty dose of melodic power courtesy of Vanic.
Summer In The Winter (Champagne Drip Remix)[feat. Fantastic Modern]
Mad Decent always knows how to put together a stellar remix EP, and their latest collection of talent stems from Grandtheft and his Quit This City project. The last time we heard from Champagne Drip, we had the chance to discuss cereal and other ridiculous things, so needless to say, we’re excited for the chance to premiere his newest release and massive contribution to this EP.
The remix starts off in typical Champagne Drip fashion, bobbing and weaving with a woozy groove that feels like you’re exploring a neon coral reef until it ratchets up the intensity as Mad Decent releases are ought to do. Pulling together elements of indie electronic, future, and even a slight bit of synthwave, this remix chalks up another win for the always interesting Champagne Drip, who’s signature mix of the aforementioned influences is washed with a sense of wonder throughout. Don’t miss out the free download!
Badaboum (Alle Farben Remix)
Alle Farben meets Hooverphonics in this new remix of “Badaboum.” The Berlin beatmaker swapped out the poppy sensibilities for some club-friendly vibes with his flip. What Alle does keep is the sensational vocal, as well as all the groove that was in the original; however, he goes a step further and adds some more of his own. This official take of “Badaboum” is rock solid, giving homage to the classic deep house sound while still bringing something a bit different. His airy synth work is the main melodic force behind the record, but I’d have to say the percussion and subtle vocal atmospheres are what make this record. Alle Farben is no stranger to remixes, as he adds another strong one to his already sizzling resume. Expect much more from this cat as 2016 moves along. “Badaboum” is currently available on iTunes if you would like to add it to your digital library.
Follow You Home (MELT & NYG Remix)
Back in 2014, we fell in love with the powerful, emotive, and enchanting vocals of Canadian folk artist Matt Millz. His debut song, “Follow You Home” was premiered here on TMN, and we had it in our regular rotation for quite some time. Today, we’re seeing it reimagined into a lush soundscape that pairs perfectly with the original’s surreal and captivating vibe. And, we’re lucky enough to premiere it, as well.
This hauntingly beautiful composition comes by way of two remixers. The first, MELT, is a 19-year-old producer from Molde, Norway. The second, NYG, actually played a part in the original work, as a co-writer and co-producer. Together, these two crafted an artful homage to “Follow You Home,” complete with rich, textural atmosphere, delicate piano melody, and well-treated vocals. It works on every level, providing the perfect soundtrack to get you through the middle of your week.
IOU (AObeats Remix)
When it comes to AObeats remixes, you really never know what you’re going to get. The one thing you can always count on, however, is that it will be great. His latest transformation spruces up the insanely catchy “IOU” by Annabel Jones into a futuristic creation that capitalizes on a booming bassline, vocal chops reminiscent of some of Diplo’s more recent work, and a spaced out atmosphere that expands the feel of the original into something much larger.
As a member of the always interesting Moving Castle collective, AObeats is never short on trying out something new and making it work extremely well. This is quite the pleasant update to the recent smash that is “IOU” and, along with many of his close collaborators, when it comes to shaking up pop music, he’s done a fantastic job. Give it spin today to get a little pep back in you step, and be sure to show AObeats and Moving Castle support in any way you can. Luckily, there’s a free download, but you only have 24 hours to snag it, so grab it here while you still can!