German musician Christian Löffler has made quite a name for himself in Europe’s underground circuit over the past decade, releasing two albums in the process. His latest album Mare — released in 2016— typifies the reason behind his longevity and success, as it beautifully fuses the crispness and refinement of electronic music with the serenity and fragility of analog sampled sounds, delivering a memorable and unique auditory experience in the process.
Fast forward to 2017 and the producer has shown no sign of letting up, as he just dropped an equally tranquil reworked version of the original album, which features a plethora of talented underground artists’ take on each song of the gorgeous original LP. The compilation boasts names like Superpoze, Max Cooper, and even contains an emotive remix from Löffler himself.
In August, Avicii surprised the electronic community after dropping his new EPAVĪCI, ending his year long hiatus. The producer recently announced a massive remix contest in collaboration with DJ City for hit single “Without You” from the album, and this weekend, the winners were announced.
Remixers battled it out for $5,000 cash prize and a spot on DJ City’s music platform and social media channels. Avicii ended up choosing not one but two winners for the contest. Notre Dame’s take on the track adds a jazzy house flair to the track, while Tokima Tokio ups the tempo and adds in an entirely new synth progression.
It’s been only a few days since The Killers released their fifth studio album, Wonderful Wonderful. Already, though, there’s a surprising standout track at the end of the 13-song deluxe collection.
Duke Dumont has done a remix for the album: a funky, retro take on “The Man.” Playing up the single’s grungy guitar riffs and Brandon Flowers’ recognizable vocals, Dumont molds his rework into a vintage, disco-influenced masterpiece. With a hollowed-out dance beat, Dumont flips “The Man” into a remix that’s both innovative and nostalgia-inducing.
It’s been five years since The Killers released an album, but with Duke Dumont on the lead-out, it’s a surefire hit.
Fur Coat are proven masters in manipulating sound to fit their brooding, melodic aesthetic. After a successful run thus far in which the Venezuelan outfit landed on the likes of Last Night On Earth, Crosstown Rebels, and more, they found themselves tapped by Suara player Bastian Bux to fashion a re-work of his new A-side, “Lights.”
Bux laid an excellent foudation of sinister mysticism on his original, which is enhanced by the vocals of Kyla Millette, but Fur Coat took things to the next level. Their rendition immediately anchors those listening with eerie, drawn out notes and punchy kicks. Millette’s vocals fit equally well when dressed in darkness, one finds, as her voice wraps around the piece’s instrumental layers to create a hair-raising effect.
Chilling to its core, “Lights (Fur Coat Remix)” exemplifies why the duo have such a strong hold over the dance community despite their brief time in the spotlight.
Twenty-year-old DJ/producer Saint WKND provides listeners with a splendid remix of Point Point‘s viral track “Hands” featuring Denai Moore. Hailing from Germany, Saint WKND is proving he’s a force to be reckoned with, fusing elements of underground deep/tech house with tropical-infused beats. He kicked off his production career on his remix of Chet Faker‘s “Lover” a few years back, which hit 6 million plays on SoundCloud and sat at No. 1 on Hype Machine. Recently, he’s collaborated with renowned producer MAX and has released a very well-received EP called Golden Youth.
Being featured on Point Point’s official “Hands” remixes EP, Saint WKND gives us a little treat here, putting an explosive spin on the French group’s biggest track to date. He maintains the catchy vocals of the original and kicks it off with some groovy chords on the keyboard, building up to an incredible drop with polyrhythm synths under the original pitch vocals we know and love.
Earlier this Summer, UK-based producer Tourist released “We Stayed Up All Night,” a summery follow-up to his 2016 debut album U. With the recordreceiving across-the-board praise, the single arrived on a bed of high expectations — and it absolutely delivered.
Now, with summer drawing to a close, Tourist has offered new takes on the lively single with a dynamic set of remixes by the UK’s Tom Demac and the avant-garde Matthew Dear. The remix pack also includes an instrumental version of the original track.
Moving forward, William Phillips (aka Tourist) has shared his hope of using his music as a means of reflection.
“With this new music I wanted to make something that was more reflective of who I am now and how my life has changed over the past year. I moved out of my windowless studio and started writing from home again. I think subconsciously I’ve started writing more joyous, colourful music and I’ve loved being more collaborative once again. These tracks are my favourite music I’ve produced so far, Tourist will always change with each release and I’ve loved pushing the sound into a new place.”
Hol’ up, hol’ up, sit down. Skrillex just dropped “Humble.”
First unveiled at this year’s FORM Arcosanti festival, Skrillex teased a menacing bootleg remix of Kendrick Lamar‘s summer-dominating hit, “Humble” and fans have been, in a word, shook since. Following the track’s first public rinsing, the hype surrounding the OWSLA head honcho’s K-Dot remix has reached a fervent high. Now, with an official endorsement from the Top Dawg Entertainment camp, Skrillex’s remix of “Humble” is available to stream in it’s full, tenacious glory.
Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. is a serious contender for rap album of the year, and the LP’s lead single has undoubtedly lead the campaign as arguably the most ubiquitous track of 2017. Now Sonny has stepped up with his stomping rendition of “Humble,” pairing the original’s sinister keys with pitched down vocal chops and swooping, thunderous bass jabs on this supreme elbow-throwing hip-hop/trap hybrid. Injecting Kendrick’s chart-topper with his unmatchable bass treatment, Skrillex drops off a quick reminder that even if he quit this season, he’d still be the greatest, funk.
Rising Los Angeles-based producer FLY delivers an electrifying remix of josh pan & X&G‘s “nowhere,” taking the originally ambient track from hazy melancholia to bass heaven.
FLY adds stabbing synths and looming bass to “nowhere,” ramping up the track’s mysterious tone with trap elements. Elusive producers josh pan & X&G released the original via OWSLA back in January, and FLY reimagines the tune in his own high-voltage style. FLY has previously released music on Cracked Recordings, Gravitas Recordings, Sleeveless Recordings and more.
A talented trio have teamed up and created a cover of Clean Bandit‘s “Symphony.”
The original was a smash hit, capturing musical elements attractive to fans of all genres. On Sept. 14, Alyson Stoner, Sweater Beats, and BKAYE teamed up to add an epic future bass feel to the successful track. Metallic percussion elements and clean sidechains are what give this single its juice, resulting in a beautiful rendition of the song. Stoner even created her own video to the track, found here. In an interview with Hollywood Life, the singer shared her thoughts on the song and wanting to cover it.
Symphony” is the song I played on repeat to get through a dark place, and with the chaos in the world, I believe it’s the exact message that can bring a smile, hope and some relief to us.
Denney & Mekon’s UK house anthem “What’s Going On?” has seen the likes countless dance floors this summer. Kept in heavy rotation, the track’s garnered an avid ring of support from some of the world’s top tastemakers, including the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and Annie Mac.
Following last month’s Denney & Detlef’s Re-Edit, now, the UK producer and chart-topping artist Secondcity has stepped up the plate to offer his take on the number. Serving up, in turn, an end of summer, feel-good remix—convincing its listener that no matter what’s going on, there’s still plenty of dancing to be done.