Dani AGAIN – that’s two posts in one week! Along with the present of tunes, I also bring you a contest to win a pair of AWESOME Sol Republic headphones (valued at $100)!! All you have to do is go to the contest page on my Facebook to enter. Not only are Sols slick, the earphones are interchangable, which I love. Take the two seconds and enter – you might walk away with a pair! And on to the nitty gritty…
I had an SMH moment when I saw this artist’s name. Phat Deuce? All potential bad puns aside, the tunes are quite good. “Slide,” an original, has a tiny melodic hook that also fills in for some percussion and couples it with a reverberating low end frequency. It’s VERY distinct and catchy…kind makes you feel like wearing a sombrero to a rave. He’s also sent over a remix of Apster’s “Goldcoast,” which I’ve hopelessly fallen in love with. His version takes everything about the original over the edge. Looped synths mechanically crunch away while drums punch through. Thank god there’s a breakdown, otherwise you might have to pop some blood pressure meds after a listen or two.
I just got a whole mess of Aylen remixes in my record pool and I think I kept nearly all of them. So, imagine my joy when I see an Aylen remix just waiting in the submission mailbox for the taking. All I have to say is, thank god for Distantt that Aylen gave “Infinity” a re-work. It’s just not my style – generic, imitative and cheese-ridden…the type of track you’d shill to all your friends while rolling and then once you’re sober, email them all to apologize. Aylen’s version brings it down to moombah tempo and throws in some screaming synths to bully the original and leave it crying in a corner.
Stereothieves nabbed a portion of the acapella from Vandalism & Angger Dimas’ “She Got It” and turned it into a thrilling transition track that slides from uptempo four to the floor into sexy moombahcore. The vocal works great and is under-utilized, only making slight appearances. You could argue it doesn’t need it though – minor notes, breath-holding build ups and their ability to work minimal elements into a frenzy makes this a ‘gimme’ all on its own. But…maybe a more vocal version and a dub could be sent our way in the future? #justsayin
Is Childish Gambino’s “Heartbeat” gonna be the new “Somebody I Used To Know”? Meaning, am I going to see a kajillion remixes in the next month? I’ve already heard my share of them but I like Dino Roc & Chris Jones‘ enough to post up here. With a minor gripe of the vocal not standing out enough over the synths (needs to be EQed better, a touch louder, yada yada nerd talk), it’s got a good peak-hour groove. I especially love the moment when the breakdown happens and the chorus washes over everything fading away in the background.
We have an original and remix from Knowlton Walsh. Both have their strong points and weaknesses – the original, “Making The DJ,” has nice complextro work, but the vocals are a complete throwaway and the drums could use a little more finesse (I’m such a dork – ugh, that snare just bothers me!) His remix of The Whip’s “Movement”, while better on the vocal tip, a thicker soundscape and nice touches like bits of piano, is over-compressed and doesn’t have the overall crispness of “Making The DJ.” But hey, I wouldn’t post them if I didn’t think they had enough merit, so, glass half-full, people.
Oh hey, it’s a DJ Kue remix…blah blah blah…sounds awesome…blah blah blah…kills it again…blah blah blah…you’re gonna love it. Look, we all know the drill. It’s Kue, his remixes are on point. Download it.