Tears for Fears
Shout (Avenue Remix)
Anybody over the age of 25 should be able to sing at least a chorus from a Tears for Fears’ song. Some time ago, you couldn’t turn a corner without hearing “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels,” and probably the most commonly sung to, “Shout.”
With music taking a strong stride towards 80’s synth heavy sounds, it’s no wonder this New Wave Pop duo has a major comeback planned, which happens to include a remix competition. Coincidentally, Avenue is already ahead of the game, having put this track together before Tears for Fears even announced these grand scale plans at making a splash in the current music scene.
We posted one of this Toronto based producer’s tracks a while back, but most of you probably aren’t familiar with his sound yet. With a orchestral, electronic approach, Sam Willows (Avenue) has a laid back, yet highly winsome sound, mixing classical instrumentation with spiraling synths and a progressive beats.
In his take on the 1985 chart-smashing classic, “Shout,” we’re offered up a dancy version of the political protest tune. Gone are the power chords, heavy percussion and uncharacteristic guitar solo. In their place we find energetic, pulsing synthesizers that drive the tune into a full-on dance floor pleaser.
Make sure to keep an eye out on Avenue to see if his remix makes the cut! All of us at TMN are definitely rooting him on.
Losing Sleep (TÂCHES Remix)
Oh boy, did TÂCHES‘ new remix of Brit-Popper John Newman‘s “Losing Sleep” (which is most likely what we will be doing while letting it soundtrack our weekend) inject some serious jack into our step this morning. While we may have missed the proverbial boat as TÂCHES’ rework actually surfaced a few weeks back, it was to safe to say that this one absolutely deserved to live amongst the pages of TMN. John Newman’s towering vocals get nicely wrapped in a vintage garage paradise that exercises shuffling hi-hats, prominent claps and a vaulting synth which pulls its listener right along until the final bars. It’s become increasingly rare for remix artists to hit the nail on the head and find that perfect vocal sample to reflect not only a producer’s musicality, but sense of style as well; which is probably why this one resonated so strongly with us. For our dance fans who at peak hour prefer to eschew the 20,000 person big-room EDM stages in favor of a sweaty 2 a.m. club floor packed with heads dancing along to an artist who’s catalog they are entirely aware of, and not violently fist-pumping the night away, there is absolutely no way TÂCHES’ remix of “Losing Sleep” should escape your grasp. Stream and download the remix above.
MeLo-X was probably one of the most criminally underrated artists of 2013. After releasing three mixtapes, an EP, and an album last year, MeLo isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In honor of Blue Ivy‘s (Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter for those of you who don’t know) 2nd birthday yesterday, the Brooklyn native decided to release a free 5-track remix EP dedicated to the momma diva’s latest album. MeLo-X is a multi-talented man, so instead of simply hopping on some beats and contributing a few verses, he decided to put his production hand to work, crafting a deeply rich, ambient sound that’s both therapeutic, yet spine tingling in nature. Of course, he couldn’t completely resist the microphone, as you can hear the emcee chop it up on the fourth track, “9-5 Killa,” a rework of “Ghost.”
Stream the full project below, and head over to Noisey for an interview that covers MeLo’s creative process and motivation behind the project. Also if you haven’t already, make sure to pick up a copy of MeLo-X s GOD: Pièce de Résistance album, which dropped last November.
DOWNLOAD: MeLo-X – Yoncé X (Beyoncé Remix EP)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Drunk In Lust (I Been Draking)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Ghost In The Sheet (Handle This)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
9 to 5 Killa (Feat. MeLo X)
The Hood Internet
It's Still About Falling (Haim x Robotaki)
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen The Hood Internet on these pages, but the mashup maestros are looking to kick off 2014 the proper way with their brand new mashup of Haim and Robotaki. The Chicago based production duo are well known for their crazy combinations, but who in a million years could’ve ever seen this pairing working? “Falling”–one of our favorite tracks of 2013–was already pretty rhythmic on its own, but after mixing in the funkadelic electronic synths of Robotaki’s “It’s Still About You,” it becomes a whole different animal. Check out the spectacular mashup above, and don’t forget to treat yourself with a free download.
After the Disco
We have less than a month left until we get to experience Broken Bells‘ sophomore effort, After The Disco, making its the perfect time to get our first listen of the album’s title track. “After The Disco” ironically borrows certain elements from that genre itself, which ultimately leads to a far more upbeat number than its predecessor, “Holding On For Life,” while keeping the same level of desperation through its lyrics. While we certainly love everything Brian Burton has done with the groovy production, it’s The Shins frontman who really shines on this track through his glimmering falsetto. It’s remarkable to think it’s been nearly four years since Danger Mouse and James Mercer’s first team-up, making the anticipation for their follow up that much more agonizing. The wait is finally over on February 4th, so get you pre-orders in as soon as possible.
Circle Down (Wize Remix) [Free Download]
AYER has been stirring up quite a bit of buzz for themselves as we transition into 2014, behind TMN featured singles “Young” and “Circle Down”, so it was only fitting that other talented producers got their hands on some of those AYER stems, and started reimagining their highly flexible dream-pop tunes to their own accord. The latest to join the AYER rework ranks is Parisian synth-pop purveyor Wize taking on “Circle Down”, who slows things down to a brisk stride from the original, rather relying on a four-to-the-floor percussive element and a minimal rework of the synthesizer to set his version into motion. Like all of AYER’s music, they’re giving away the Wize remix for free, and we believe it to be in your best interest to pick up a digital copy below.