Four months after Chris Lake‘s “I Want You” took OWSLA by force, a package of remixes is reigniting the hype around the track.
Among these remixes is a trippy trap track courtesy of QUIX. The New Zealand producer was thrilled at the chance to remix the house song.
“When OWSLA asked me to put my spin on this Chris Lake house anthem I was stoked,” he said.
In his rework, QUIX chops up the track’s vocals and staggers them over a grinding trap beat. The remix veers sharply from the original, taking it from a grooving, dance-ready house song to more of a festival-ready “banger.” Its nitty gritty, mechanical sounds give it a rough edge, breathing new life into what was already a strong production.
An official Mr. Oizo remix is a rare honor for any producer to receive. With his propensity for bizarrely innovative electro, the legendary French producer has a distinct way of transforming songs into engaging revisions that stand apart entirely from their original counterparts. Oizo’s formidable take on Dog Blood’s “Chella Ride” and computerization of Chromeo’s “Over Your Shoulder” come to mind as particularly compelling examples of this trend.
In his newest remix, the Ed Banger veteran inverts “Operator (Ring Ring),” from UK house mainstay Chris Lake. The original song, which seemingly builds upon the influence of Green Velvet’s Cajmere alter-ego, was a hit for months prior to its release on OWSLA’s Howsla compilation in May. Dances With White Girls‘ recognizable vocal sample and Lake’s frenetic tech house synthesis led the track to be unofficially dubbed as the “soundtrack to Holy Ship 2017.”
Mr. Oizo’s interpretation, which comes as part of the OWSLA-backed remix package for Chris Lake’s assisted singles “Operator” and “I Want You,” takes the form of invigorating, glitch-laden electro. By modulating the vocals into a cerebral synth arrangement that coexists alongside Lake’s own production, Oizo manages to shift the single into an entirely new piece, while retaining the essence of the original.
Stream the full I Want You vs. OperatorRemixes EP below, featuring further contributions from Quix, DJ Sliink, and 1991.
Hundred Waters have officially announced the release of their long-awaited third studio album, due to land on September 14 via their longtime home imprint, OWSLA. The Los Angeles transplants, by way of Gainesville, Florida, began the summer with a surprise EP, Currency, that camein conjunction with the commencement of their annual FORM Arcosanti festival alternative. The five-track precursor set the tone for the band’s inbound Communicating LP, expected to be a collection of new material that gives a highly personalized look into Hundred Waters’ complex evolution.
The LP is led by a new single, titled “Blanket Me,” an emotive piano-driven ballad fueled by lead singer Nicole Miglis’ pensive vocals and drummer Zach Tetrault’s uplifting percussion arrangements. In quintessential Hundred Waters fashion, the album’s altruistic rawness derives from the group’s homespun recording process, capturing sounds at their own kitchen table, in the solitude of bedroom closes, and even in an abandoned Detroit church.
Concerning the ethos of Communicating, Miglis elaborates:
“[The] album is a breakup. It starts with a need for independence and it ends with an ‘all better,’ like we did it: we learned, we loved, we separated, and now it’s time for the next.”
In the time since 2014’s critically acclaimed Moon Rang Like A Bell and this year’s incoming release, Hundred Waters have experienced a span of events that most bands barely cover in their entire lifespan. Communicating explores that entire space in between, from breakups, reunions, losing a band member, and sharing the living space that ultimately fosters the group’s creative cohesion. The album’s central concept explores Miglis’ relationship with fellow band member Trayer Tryon, and how the catalyzing changes in their romantic union translates into their art.
Listen to “Blanket Me” ahead of Hundred Waters’ official album release this fall.
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Drezo‘s formative rise through the west coast’s flourishing underground house and tech scene has been an impressive progression to watch unfold. The LA-based producer has brought his infectiously eerie, warehouse-primed brand of house music to labels like Mad Decent and OWSLA, but for his latest project, he’s taking the full control of the reins with a new independently released EP, Jaded, out in full July 14. To roll out the forthcoming three-track collection, Drezo has dropped off a blistering new original cut titled “Dead.”
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