Another jam packed post! And on top of that, several may-jah events to mark on your calendar for this month. This Friday I’m playing a FREE Pitchfork after party the MCA Warehouse at 1747 W. Hubbard with Bird Peterson, Kill The Noise, Zebo and Orville Klein. RSVP HERE. On the 22nd I’ll be in Minneapolis for Bassgasm and then on the 30th, we have our FREE finals at Double Door in Chicago for the Lolla Remix Throwdown! Not only will our four finalists be playing, but Walter Meego will be doing a live set along with Moneypenny, last year’s winner Craig Williams…and to top it off Hollywood Holt is emceeing. All the deets can be found on the Facebook invite HERE.
Let’s go back a little bit and revisit some classic tunes to remind you of those good ol’ glowstick and fuzzy backpack days. JLR, who has made some of my favorite mashups of all time, is back with this fresh trio of Madison Avenue’s “Don’t Call Me Baby” lyrics combined with a touch of Bahamadia’s “Uknowhowwedo” over the instrumental of Crazibiza’s “My Lips”. His remixes remind me of an old series of boot records with names like 17th Street, 3rd Avenue…and they were ALLLL awesome. Look em up. From Madison Avenue to The 2000‘s take on Basement Jaxx’s “Where’s Your Head At” – a stompy rendition with squealing synths and a satisfying transition into the original break, with a twist. Lastly, DJ Red and Josh Dupont remixed one of my favorite tunes, “Flawless” by The Ones, and although done in 2010, just made it available for everyone. Aside from a weirdly awkward transition at 2:30, I’m loving this take that melds the watery disco deliciousness of the original with simple stabs of electro.
Shaan Saigol & Aeriform have remixed Above & Beyond’s “Sun & Moon” and delivered it with this little note…”we all know trance is terrible, so I thought a club-ready house version was in order”. No comment. The remix is certainly as promised, with glitchy, tiny breakdowns and vocal stabs, and a buzzy mainline. It feels like it’s lacking something as the final mix is a bit flat, but overall is still a great alternative to have in the (virtual) crate.
The Deficient made this remix of Afrojack & Quintino’s “Selecta” for a competition and to be honest…it’s not a complete overhaul. It’s more like a tune-up, but then again, when you’re working with a track that’s so much fun to begin with, sometimes you don’t need to completely break it apart. Really the most noticeable differences are a constant sub-bass, some restructuring and punchier drums – but it’s enough to make it fit more into my sets vs. the original.
Didn’t think I wanted any more remixes of Calvin Harris’ “You Used To Hold Me”, and then Saber submitted this remix. The snare and hi hats are a little noisy and loud in the mix for my taste and drum lines a bit simplistic, but I love the wobbly stabs and tiny vocal interjections that lend interest to the progression of the song.
I love moombahton. Like, I really love moombahton. Which means you’re probably going to see a little bit of it start popping up here…like these next two songs. Clockwork, who has made some dirty, nasty electro remixes in the past, is back with a moombah mix of The Beatards’ “Tramp”. Clap heavy, rolling, staccato synths and panned cowbell all make an appearance in this booty-shaking mix. Count Effectz also switched genres for a minute and delivers this tempo-changing mix of Chuckie, Silvioa and Afrojack. Heavy handed compression makes the overall mix slightly muddy, but it’s a banger nonetheless. Plus, I am all for moombah breakdowns a la the Mahesa Utara remix of Angger Dimas’ “Are You Ready”. Yes, more of that please.
Algeronics, I could give you a kiss right now for this remix of Empire Of The Sun’s “Walking On A Dream”. My go-to mix up until now has been Joey Negro’s dreamy, house-laden version, but this trumps em all. Keeping the light, trickling overtones and pairing them with a wobble that follows the melody? Having that same wobble dip into a dubstep tinged break? Having that dissipate into the vocals taking the lead? Heaven.