Bon Iver’s newest challenge, the Stems project, has thrown down the gauntlet to all acts out there. Remix “Beth/Rest,” get the most votes, win $1,000 and a place on the Spotify remix album. Work Drugs have risen to the challenge, creating an 80s-tastic reworking, complete with the cheesiest saxophone solo since The Mystery Jets’ “Two Doors Down”. This remix is certainly a different take on folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon’s work, and it makes for joyful listening. Stream below, and you can vote for Work Drugs’ remix here.
Beth / Rest (Work Drugs Remix)
Idaho native Trevor Powers, AKA Youth Lagoon, has been remixed by fellow Boise boy Noah Hyde. Taking the superb “Daydream,” producer Hyde has given the track a full dance reworking, fleshing out the original with euphoric synths and beats. Powers’ hazy vocals are still as perfect as ever, but they have a more wistful quality in this refix. Definitely one for the club kids out there, stream “Daydream” below.
Daydream (Noah Hyde Remix)
Well, Delta Heavy just destroyed this remix. I saw Excision at Identity Festival in Mountain View, Ca. (San Francisco stop) and I have footage of this track being dropped, but there is so much bass you can’t hear anything but distorted noises. Hands down one of the best remixes of any Excision or Downlink song to date, Delta enhances it in all the right ways.
Excision & Downlink
Crowd Control (Delta Heavy Remix)
For the ones out there struggling with a long distance relationship, this song and accompanying video will truly speak directly to you. New to us here at the Music Ninja, Australian/Brooklyn indie-pop duo Nolita Knights speak with a refreshing bluntness from the perspective of a mind twisted up in the complications of a relationship that spans hundreds, even thousands, of miles. The lyrics being delivered start as a question posed by the singer: Why did he put himself in this situation? Why did he have to fall for a girl who is so far away? Fortunately, by the end of the song he remembers everything that made him fall head over heels for her in the first place. In addition to the lyricism, the stage that is set by the music alone is chilling. The sitting-in-a-dark-room alone feeling that really transcends right through the speakers quickly envelopes the listener’s surroundings. With the lyrics, music, and now video all working in unison, director Brooks Reynolds helps the band convey their message that in the end, fight hard enough and any relationship can survive the distance.
Nolita Kills’ “Distance Kills” is off the EP of the same name. Feel free to also stream the song below.
A few weeks back we featured the first installment of SKisM’s The Division Series EP released on Never Say Die Records. The premise behind the project is that over the next six months four individual EPs will be released alongside a twenty-minute mix from SKisM himself which ultimately will all coalesce to create one monstrous EP with four original tracks and a host of remixes from some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene.
Today, SKisM released The Division Series Part 2, which features his new track “Red Heat”. “Red Heat” is a truly unique track with respect to his tune “Killer”, the single from The Division Series Part 1, emphasizing that each EP will represent the different ideas, tempos, and styles of music SKisM produces. The EP also boasts a refreshing drum and bass remix from none other than, TC. The best part of all, SKisM is giving away “Red Heat” as a free download via his Facebook page, so make sure to show this dubstep legend some love and snag your free copy of the release.
Last but not least, make sure to download and listen to the 20-minute mix featured alongside the EP. The mix will seamlessly blend with the mix from the first installment (which can be found here if you missed it the first time) displaying SKisM’s outstanding mixing ability and prowess behind the decks.
Red Heat (TC Remix)
Division Series Mix Part 2)
Over the past few years, Tantrum Desire have without a doubt solidified their role as a prolific drum and bass production team churning out a seemingly endless amount of top quality releases. Finally after months of anticipation, the Wideboys graced us with a massive new track titled “Addicted 2 the Bass”. The track was released alongside a slew of remixes which all provide a fresh spin and interpretation to the original. Tantrum Desire’s rendition of the track is a standout release on the EP, raising the tempo and transforming the track into a true drum and bass banger. This is definitely a must have for any drum and bass fan! Give the song a listen and make sure to support Tantrum Desire on Facebook and Beatport.
Addicted 2 The Bass (Tantrum Desire D&B Remix)
Months ago two worlds were abruptly smashed together, out of that collision we today can present the newest offering of Dutch debauchery – Kangaroo. Long lost but loved are the days of Sander Van Doorn’s euro trance tracks that scuttled among dance clubs through out the world . Now having amped up his sound he brings his fellow rising Netherlands star, Julian Jordan, to have the next 6 minutes of your existence be filled with uncontrollable dancing. Immediately starting in the two different influences from totally different styles begin intertwining themselves.
The beginning is really filled with signature Van Doorn sound that gets sprinkled with a taste of what is to come from the influence of Jordan. The synths in the build up will leave you completely unaware of what is about to drop when this track opens up to reveal it’s true nature. What does drop in on your ears is a cataclysm of glitching mid high synths going absolutely wild atop an untypical four on the floor steady beat bass. Taking an 8 bar trance structure to the electro house glitch synths thrown on top simply smears the whole track with energy that never fades away. The 16 year old , Julian Jordan, did an incredible job making his presence felt through while having to share the space with the legendary Van Doorn. This just released track is available here on Beatport.
Sander van Doorn & Julian Jordan