Crazy (Patsy Cline Cover)
One thing we love about holidays is the influx of themed releases, covers and remixes that come out in perfect harmony with that day. Valentine’s Day has presented us with some soulful gems, including this gorgeous interpretation of the overwhelmingly classic tune “Crazy,” from country music legend Patsy Cline.
UK based indie vocalist Laurel has not only paid tribute to one of the most recognizable American classics out there, but she reinvented this 1961 gem with immaculate class and respect. The woeful sorrow is still very much present, as it is in the original, yet we’re brought into this century with a light spattering of synthesized drums, echoing piano keys, and classic movie samples.
We would be remiss to not talk about the flawlessness of Laurel’s vocals. In a cinematic swelling of haunting sentiment, Laurel has us wondering if this song had personal meaning to her, as her raw emotions are left in front of the listener, with unabashed honesty.
Beyoncé f/ Jay Z
Drunken Love (Official Remix) (Prod. by Detail)
Given the nature with which Beyoncé‘s last album was released, it’s no surprise that time constraints were tight. Despite the song’s resounding success on the charts, Noel “Detail” Fisher, who produced the track, recently lamented about not being able to take it into post-production and tweak it just a little bit more. Finally gaining an opportunity to share his vision with the world, he’s decided to release a remix of epic proportions just in time for Valentine’s Day. Cleverly titled “Drunken Love,” Detail’s version ups the ante a bit, wiping out many of the elements of the original and replacing them with added orchestration, extended vocals, and thundering drums. Check out the retooled interpretation above, and let us know which rendition is your favorite. You can also catch Noel’s personal feelings about the single in the accompanying video below.
Valentines Slowjams Chapter VII
It’s Valentine’s Day today, meaning love is in the air, and by now you’ve likely been bombarded with enough cards, candy and teddy bears to last you the rest of the year. One of the biggest challenges of the day undoubtably, is assembling the perfect playlist to get your partner in the mood. Rather than spending hours slaving over your computer trying to select the right tunes, why not let a professional handle that job for you?
In swoops Hudson Mohawke to save the day. Releasing the seventh edition of his annual Valentines Slowjams mix earlier today, the crafty producer has blended together the perfect mix of sultry classics, guaranteed to impress the significant someone in your life. Click the download link above, and whenever you make it home tonight, crank this up and let the baby makin’ ensue. Just make sure to show your appreciation to HudMo for making your job easy on you by thanking him tomorrow morning through Twitter.
Trillion Girls ft. Childish Gambino
Like many artists to emerge through the blogosphere these days, Jr. Hi is a man shrouded in mystery, but one thing we do know about him so far is that he knows how to pick his partners well. After previously collaborating with The Weeknd on his first single “Secrets,” the Neon Gold signee reemerges with a Valentine’s Day treat alongside Childish Gambino. “Trillion Girls” is an enigmatic, slow burning affair, that steadily builds through a sultry mixture of hazy vocals, trippy synths and pounding drums. Bino helps kick the song off with a deeply provocative verse, rapped in a hushed tone that’s reminiscent of what he heard on Because The Internet. Grab the free download above, and make sure this is a fixture in tonight’s playlist.
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say there are a fair number of you ninjas who will not be partaking in Valentine’s Day festivities. While you may be bummed that you don’t have that someone, know this. Tonight when you go out, you can safely assume every person out is single, eliminating the “Sorry, I have a boyfriend/girlfriend” response to your advances. So, pop open a cold one, throw on this playlist, and prep yourself for an evening of single appreciation!
Lorde vs. Steve James
Ribs (Steve James Remix)
Sail in Change
You Make Me (Kids At The Bar Bootleg Remix)
Summertime Bodies (Original Mix)
Viva La Vida (Kings Remix)
See Thru feat. Lisa Lobsinger (Thugli Remix)
Wonder (Pegboard Nerds Remix)
Team (Elephante Remix)
The Unlikely Candidates
Follow My Feet (Elephante Remix)
Where Is My Mind (Will Brennan & The Ethnikids Remix)
Gimme Shelter (Marvel Years Remix)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Nightwater Girlfriend Remix
Undoubtedly possessing one of our favorite band names of all time, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin also captivates us with their laid-back indie rock goodness on the regular. We posted their tune “Nightwater Girlfriend” back in June. The original boasts an easily lovable guitar riff; the kind that you could hear on the radio and say, “Oh, shit. I know this song.” Coupled with some distorted power chords and their signature understated vocals, it was a tune that we were quite fond of.
Fast forward into the next year, and this Springfield based band has dialed in an enticing indie-dance remix of “Nightwater Girlfriend.” Harnessing in on a repitious sample of the guitar strums, this tune is rife with merriment, straightaway asking for your attention on the dancefloor. Don’t hesitate. Let your feet do the talking. Get out there and show your moves.
Show Me (Remix) Feat. Juicy J, 2 Chainz & Trey Songz
I’m not ashamed to admit that this track has been one of my guilty pleasures over the last few months, and it’s for that exact reason I can’t resist sharing a remix that now features 2 Chainz, Juicy J, and Trey Songz. Kid Ink and Chris Brown of course return for the ride as well, with the former penning a new verse to keep things fresh. It’s not a profound transformation by any means, but it at least guarantees a few more spins in your rotation, meaning this tune will definitely be stuck with you for the foreseeable future. Take a listen to the single above, and make sure to catch this song live as Kid Ink embarks on his spring tour alongside King Los and Bizzy Crook.