The Dirty Dutch Messiah, Afrojack, has had its fair of controversy his latest original “Air Guitar”, set to be the official anthem of Ultra Music Festival 2013. While it does feature the same uplifting attitude on an Afrojack production, many fans disagree of its dubstep overtones. Which I think it is just misleading because these are not exactly “wobbles”, just motherfucking hard basslines (pardon my Dutch). While they are certainly much more permanent throughout the track, leaving little room the melodic parts to stand out, it is still a massive release and we are just happy to move on past his Gangnam Style remix.
Dallas producers AFK and Spenca team up for a trap forward remodel of last years infectious ‘Atom’ by Italian duo Nari & Milani. We featured Shape of Lights bootleg remix later that year with its daunting and low bassline, still holding up as a top favorite. Yet Spenca & AFK have come up with an intriguing transformation that hints of dubstep and trap over the original house synths. The result is a clean production of well decorated gritty elements, modernized for consumption.
When I first got wind of this rework, my brain exploded a little. You see, I’ve covered both Rhye and Ryan Hemsworth extensively here on TMN: the former’s sultry R&B/Sade-like textures make me melt while the latter’s woozy, kinetic productions never seem to let me down. And now you’re telling me that they’ve joined forces and made a glowing, soulful remix of “Open”? The original version was enough to blow my mind. My two-word response: Hell Yes. Listen in via the video above or mp3 stream below.
Over the past few months we’ve showered you with a number of new Shout Out Louds tracks: “Illusions”, “Walking In Your Footsteps”, and “Blue Ice”. Now we’re here to let ya know that the Swedish indie pop group’s entire album, Optica, is available for your streaming pleasure. It officially drops on February 27th via Merge Records.
After spending some time behind the scenes, Scottish singer/songwriter Emeli Sande has been making her name in the mainstream industry with her critically debut Our Version of Events. Now crossing over into international success, she pairs with Compton rap-star Kendrick Lamar for the US release/remix to “Next to Me”. Although a powerful ballad before, the addition of the aggressive and gritty two verses from the West coast emcee make for an interesting R&B/Hip-Hop collaboration. Hopefully this mix will warrant a lot of new buzz for the overseas star. Take a listen below.
He’s at it again, ladies and gents. The UK’s producer-genius Star Slinger has got his paws all over “Treat Me Like Fire”, the feisty electro-soul track by New York’s own rising duo Lion Babe. If you’ll remember, we were pretty head over heels for it not too long ago and it’s good to see we weren’t the only ones who instantly fell in love. As expected, Slinger puts the energy into overdrive and showers the original with a number of flashy, jumpy effects, turning it into a sultry, club-ready banger. Check out the ‘Bootleg Mix’ below and be sure to keep your eyes on Lion Babe.
Lion Babe Treat Me Like Fire (Star Slinger Bootleg Mix)
Oscar-award winning veteran emcee, Juicy J, is gearing up to put the underscore on his return to the top of the mainstream hip-hop charts with his upcoming album . On his latest single, Juicy enlists The Weeknd cultivating a more laid back, but still hard-hitting, feel. The rising R&B star handles the first couple minutes before the Memphis rapper hops in with his trademarked staggered flow.
“One Of Those Nights” has a cloudy, waviness to it creating a perfect synergy between the sound of both artists. Stream this cut below and look out for Stay Trippy, due out next month.