This moody, jazz inflected track comes from a long time favourite producer of mine Pedestrian, known best for his sublime collaborations with Maribou State and his own track Hoyle Road. Rather fittingly, this was first heard in Maribou State’s Honey Collection mix series, a place it sits in rather comfortably with its mix of rich synths, glitch samples and swung percussion. You can download Wood Eye free from xlr8r.
This gorgeous slow burning remix comes from TÂCHES and is the perfect tune for the current heatwave. Featuring tastefully edited vocals from one of the finest guilty pleasure songs, this deep, emotive track grooves along at 104bpm with a strong bassline and sax solo. TÂCHES will make this a free download once he gets some more facebook likes, do the right thing.
French Kiwi Juice brings some killer summer vibes with his latest EP “Time For A Change”. This is the first track from it which was first heard as an untitled snippet on Bondax’s sublime XLR8R mix. It’s irresistibly upbeat keys and funky swinging beat make it the perfect summer track.
Check out this beautifully crafted cut of R&B sampling house from 18 year old producer TJPN - following his excellent Kelis remix from earlier this year, this young producer has cultivated his own upbeat, elegant sound. Taking cuts from the Keke Wyatt and Avant classic, TJPN has warped and blended the vocals of the duo into a classy, effortless track that he is giving away for free download on his facebook.
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