Stunning new track and video from UK duo Maribou State - keep an eye out for their upcoming release on Southern Fried, due out 10th June.
This fresh upbeat twist on an Usher classic comes from producing duo Blonde; comprising previously featured Bristol producer Beluga and one-half of Thieves, these two have reworked a soulful Usher acapella into a sunny, house-leaning track. With its Balearic synth stabs and solid low-end, this polished track is already on track to become a summer favourite.
This haunting piano led track comes from 18 year old Londoner Jamie Isaac, an up and coming artist whose debut EP you can expect to hear on June 24th. With his use of stripped back percussive clicks and vast atmospheric sounds, Isaac has created a stunning wintry piece that will resonate with fans of Stumbleine, Oliver Tank et al.
Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat has been a strong favourite of mine since his Mirror Maru EP dropped last year. With a unique sound thats hard to categorise, his production work has gone from strength to strength; his impeccable remixing skills really show on this latest Miguel twist which was first heard on his excellent mix for LuckyMe on Rinse FM. This infectious track is available for free download from his Soundcloud, enjoy.
First heard on his stunning BBC 6 mix, this remix of Yolanda Be Cool takes a slightly different direction to his other tracks; centered around an emotive chord progression that only features briefly in the original song, Flume has created an epic movie soundtrack-worthy piece.
One to Watch
This completely infectious tune comes from new producer Trippy Turtle; twisting and tweaking a cheesy T-Pain track into a stunning piece of production, he is definitely someone to keep an eye out for. Its hard to describe this track without likening it to Cashmere Cat, who featured the track in his Rinse FM mix, particularly with the ‘bed-squeak’ sound bites and pretty chordwork that the two may now share. It will be interesting to see what shape Trippy Turtles sounds take, hopefully marking him out as a top producer in his own right.
Grab this fresh Mount Kimbie track for free here - a rather nice taster from their album due this May, Made to Stray is a brooding layered tune that builds slowly from pitched, echoing percussion and ominous warped sounds to a warm, more typical Mt Kimbie affair. ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ is due out on May 27th, almost three years since their pivotal full length release Crooks and Lovers.
Having gained significant interest from his vocal on Latch, Sam Smith has had the full remix treatment from house and garage legend Todd Edwards; stepping away from Edwards’ classic garage sounds, this deep house leaning track strips away the ballad-esque keys and strings of Smith’s original song, creating a club-ready banger with emotive vocals.
Aaron Lipsett is an Irish producer known for his club ready, garaged tinged tracks that earnt him his place on the scene last year. This latest remix from Lipsett sits at a decidedly slower tempo than his other tracks, grooving along below 100bpm with a tasteful chord progression and subtle bass guitar licks. I love this track for its honest feel and lack of superfluous electronic sounds - you can download it free from his soundcloud.
First previewed on Bondax’s sublime slow jams minimix, this smooth track from Giraffage is an inspired slow twist of R Kelly’s upbeat ‘Freaky in the Club’. With pitched and slowed down vocals, this track decidedly mellow, drifting along with unobtrusive percussion somewhere around 70bpm. You can download Giraffage’s giveaway album ‘Needs’, featuring Undress U and eight other tracks, from here
Slow jam vibes from Bondax
Take seven minutes out to enjoy some proper guilty pleasures from yesteryear; these boys have glutinously blended tracks from R&B and soul gods D’angelo, Ginuwine and Jeremih with some of their latest tracks, creating a sickly sweet mix that is much too short.
Full Crate x Mar have been making waves this week with their debut into the bass music world, the deep house leaning club edit of Nobody Else. With pitched and filtered vocal hooks from singer Mar and a solid bassline put together by producer Full Crate, the Amsterdam-based duo have crafted a classy, mellow track that has a very established feel. You can download Nobody Else (Club Edit) free over at Full Crate x Mar’s soundcloud.
Its no secret that I’m a sucker for moody remixes of R&B tunes of yesteryear; there’s something decidedly hypnotic about their brooding vibes and clever re-hashes of the emotive feel of originally rather lighthearted songs. This latest bootleg of an R Kelly classic is a prime example of this - Beluga has combined carefully cut vocal snippets from the original with smooth, warbling organ synths, creating an enticing and deep track.
Up and Coming - TJPN
This rather pleasant track from 17 year old TJPN is a clear sign that he will be one to look out for this year; taking buoyant vocal cuts from a Kelis classic, TJPN has crafted a steady paced, upbeat house track that lightly grooves along at 120bpm. You can download Your Games from TJPN’s facebook page for the mere cost of a like.
Drake - Doing it Wrong (Figgy Remix)
To twist and change the emotional key of a song is a particular skill that is most impressive and is fundamental to the creation of praiseworthy remixes. This latest track from Figgy exemplifies this skill - with a powerful, considered low end paired with emotive synths and soulfully re-pitched vocals, this remix has transformed a track from one of my least favourite artists into a stunning future R&B production. You can download this free over at XLR8R.