Shlohmo‘s remixes have a tendency to conjure feelings of transcendence each time. The bass stalwart has clocked many re-works under his belt, bathing each of his targets in moody, deep soundscapes that are aurally pleasing.
The latest to receive this treatment is WeDidIt freshman Juice Jackal, whose track “Looney Toon” has been transformed into a piece whose emotive atmosphere is packed with hearty guitar riffs and subdued vocals whose dynamics summon chills. Naturally, Shlohmo injects a smoothed-out, mellow low-end into the mix, tying together his interpretation and making the piece completely into his own.
This production also happens to be the first we’ve heard of Shlohmo in 2018; the LA-based producer is currently hard at work on his new album, which he’s stated is due before the year ends.
Robotaki recently released his debut EP Science, impressing fans with a six-track work that dazzled from beautifully jazzy acoustic soundscapes to his vibrant electronic sound and own distinguished style. Now he teases us with his upcoming Science Re-Examined pack, slated to land on June 22 via Majestic Casual, with a leaked single from Manu Dia, once known as Lotus.
Belgian musician Manuel Buendia is no stranger and has been smashing the scene in the last months from his remix of “I Still See Your Face” for San Holo, to his lush remix for Astre’s “Shades.”
Adding to the repertoire, he releases his exclusive remix for Robotaki’s “Limbo,” that strips down the original and adds his playful and majestic touch. By intertwining vibrant plucks, delicate atmospherics and a bumpin’ bassline, he takes the club oriented “Limbo” and turns it into a whimsical wonderland, good for any occasion.
With such talent and an EP coming in the fall, all eyes will be on Dia.
While the producer/vocalist duo of CHIMES may still be a relatively unfamiliar name in dance music, the group’s members are far from newcomers. Comprised of Monstercat‘s Draper and seasoned EDM vocalist Paul Aiden, CHIMES first turned heads with their breakout track, “Pieces,” while their most recent single, “Trust,” has garnered heavy support from varying corners of the blogosphere.
Their newest tune, “Find Suki,” on BonFire Records, is a vibrant emblem of the two’s ability to join low, emotive vocals with light and airy production. CHIMES has also provided the stems for the song through BonFire’s adjunct brand WildFire’s open remix program here.
Armada has a long-winded history of being one of Europe’s premiere dance labels with an all-star-stacked catalog of cuts from Armin Van Buuren, Lost Frequencies, Afrojack, Fedde le Grand, and more. With an impressive list of top-tier talent under the labels umbrella, Armada is also known for developing up-and-coming talent. Newest to release on the label is Mastrovita & Barkley with their single “Still Alive.” Smooth yet energetic, the young pair of producers balance silky synths, pumping percussions, and wonky horns to create an easy-going, lively piece of house.
Since his debut in 2013, Colorado producer Illenium has pushed the envelope with his feels-inducing musical creations. He’s thrilled the electronic music scene with his innovative originals and remixes, selling out venues wherever he goes.
Now, he follows up his sophomore album, Awake, with a stunning 15-track remix package for that same collection of music. He tapped the talents of some of the scene’s most inventive names for the set of reworks, and the result is a diverse compilation that truly has something for everyone.
From the heavier remix from The Glitch Mob of “Crawl Outta Love” to the euphoric Crystal Skies rework of “Let You Go” to Au5 and Fractal‘s drum & bass-injected version of “Sound of Walking Away,” Illenium has pulled together an exceptional body of work that displays varied interpretations of some of his best music to date.
The Awake remix package is out now on Seeking Blue.
KSHMR shared his beloved Jake Reese collaboration, “Carry Me Home,” that originally debuted at his Ultra 2018 set.
“KSHMR is such a legend,” Reese told Billboard in a statement. “To be working with him was truly an honor. I immediately got excited when hearing this track for the first time; it has so much energy, I wanted to creating a timeless vocal line for it. I feel we nailed it, let’s hope it turns into an evergreen just like many other KSHMR records have become.”
“’Carry Me Home’ started with the drop melody,” KSHMR added. “I was scared I wouldn’t find a vocal I loved just as much, but Jake Reese and (co-writer Joren van der Voort ) blew me away with what they wrote.”
Rich in both KSHMR’s pop sensibilities and big room tendencies, “Carry Me Home” is a promising fusion of KSHMR’s past and what’s in store for the future. With a monstrous drop and delightful vocals, KSHMR highlights his longtime production prowess and the potential for even more that listeners will surely see along the way.
Oftentimes, we build up our most revered icons into deities — in tune with their fans, but maintaining a considerable a degree of celebrity disconnection. Its hard to imagine Daft Punk or Carl Cox surfing the comments sections or sifting through Reddit, but alas, we are sometimes reminded in humbling ways that our favorite creators are just people too. Recently, redditor and Justice fan effennekappa took to the forum to express a memorial post celebrating the lengthy life, and now tragic death of his resilient 160GB iPod. The mp3 brick, adorned with a decal of Justice’s iconic †, belonged to its owner for a decade before it succumbed to natural causes.
“I’ve spent 10 years with this 160gb monster in my pocket, it’s been with me in every single trip, journey and commute I’ve made since I was 20. Today it played its last song. Farewell, you magnificent bastard,”
lamented effennekappa in the thread’s headline.
But as the post began picking up traction online, something remarkable happened. Lo and behold, the Parisian DJs eventually hopped into the thread to pay their respects, offering to personally replace the man’s iPod. The post became one of Reddit’s top posts of the day, with the duo even mentioning they’d replace the iPod with some added new music. Could this mention of new music be Justice’s upcoming studio/live album concept? That would make for a legendary album teaser, but for now, we’re reminded that Xavier and Gaspard are a regular couple of mensches, and even when we’re not awarte of it, sometimes our favorite artists are watching us closely too.
Celebrate the life of effennekappa’s iPod by enjoying Womantoday.
Throughout his career, Lido has proven himself to be among the most forward-thinking producers around. From his heartfelt debut album, Everything, to his high-energy, career-boosting Soundcloud singles, his unique blend of soul, electronic production, and songwriting prowess has kept everyone intently waiting for his next release. For his latest project, the Norwegian producer has unveiled a seven-minute reimagining of Kanye West and Kid Cudi‘s critically acclaimed album, Kids See Ghosts.
Titled kidsloveghosts, the project is not Lido’s first attempt at creating something from a Kanye West album. In 2016, the artist released The Life of Peder, a similarly eclectic interpretation on West’s The Life of Pablo. Lido once again proves his masterful ear for production and remixing, seamlessly weaving the seven-track project into a comprehensive electronic composition. The piece jumps between stunningly vibrant low-end punches and acoustic, soulful ballads, assisted by Lido’s multi-instrumental talents. Available for free on his website, this is a must hear for Lido, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West fans around the world.
“Heroes Pt. 5” follows FlyLo’s seven new SoundCloud tracks, a Blade Runner short film score, and his grotesque directorial debut Kuso; a vile horror film Rolling Stone called “the grossest midnight movie of the last decade.” Maintaining the producer’s characteristically mind-melting modus operandi, “Heroes Pt. 5” uses a heady house filler with angelic synths sprinkled underneath. True to the off-kilter vibe FlyLo has tightly embraced over the years, “Heroes” features dialogue and sound effects from Dragonball Z, as Pitchforkoriginally pointed out.