1. Travi$ Scott ft. Young Thug – “Skyfall (RL Grime & Salva Remix)
Obviously any time RL Grime and Salva get together it’s going to be great. Their take on Travi$ Scott’s track is catchy and climactic, with major bass drops. It’s a completely different take on Scott’s original.
2. Kitty – “Miss You (Jai Wolf Remix)
Jai Wolf‘s remixes always do a fantastic job highlighting the vocals and he’s a master of showcasing one-liners. His future bass remix incorporates vibrant synth and colorful beats
3. Snakehips x Tory Lanez – “Dímelo”
As part of adidas and Yours Truly’s “Songs From Scratch” series, UK producer duo Snakehips and Toronto based rapper Tory Lanez came together to create this melodic hip-hop track. Snakehips combines their smooth funky style with Tory Lanez’s elaborate vocal structure over this beautiful violin sample.
4. Drake ft. Travi$ Scott – “Company (Sángo Remix)”
Sango‘s heavy future bass remix of Drake was one of few songs the Michigan based producer released this week. The remix, released only as a dropbox link tweeted out by Sángo himself, adds so much depth to the track.
5. XYLØ – “America”
XYLØ‘s blissed out dark wave single is just breathtaking. Their moody pop track teeters somewhere between Lana Del Rey and Broods with an explosion of synth magic.
6. Vance Joy – “Riptide (Kasbo Remix)”
Kasbo takes this track and just flips it on it’s head. This downtempo remix leaves no traces of the original ukulele beat and instead filled with dynamic, energetic synth.
7. Jai Paul – “BTSTU (Kource Remix)”
Kource gives Jai Paul’s slow and alluring “BTSTU” an uptempo twist. It’s echoey and very modern, following the latest future bass trend. This remix is equally intriguing as the beautifully produced original.
8. Justin Bieber – “All That Matters (LUCA LUSH Remix)
LUCA LUSH has been cranking out remixes. For this Bieber remix, he combines future garage with deep piano hits, creating a very whimsical remix that sounds like two distinguishable but cohesive songs. It’s so good you actually forget it’s a Justin Bieber mix.
9. Jhene Aiko – “Vapors (Madbliss Rework)”
Madbliss really lets Jhene Aiko’s float on top of the bright rhythm. He left vocals alone because they’re already flawless, and simply manipulated the surrounding sound, to accentuate rather than mask that beauty.
10. Tiara Thomas – “How It Is (XXYYXX Remix)”
XXYYXX touched it so obviously it’s going to be good. His clean r&b remix of Tiara Thomas’s acoustic track is sexy and not too over the top, truly highlighting the intricacies of Thomas’s vocals.
11. Cashmere Cat - “Mirror Marru (Kitsune Remix)”
The mysterious producer Kitsune take’s Cashy’s “Mirror Marru” and tweaks it just enough to add some sparkle and dazzle to places you didn’t even know needed it.
12. George Maple – “Talk Talk (Tails x Ta-ku Flip)
Of all the “Talk Talk” remixes, Tails’ flip of Ta-ku’s remix is probably the most variant from the original. There’s a lovely light beat over the deep bass and it’s just a good listen.
13. MAR CO – “Bridges”
Boston future pop duo MAR CO released their first single, sweet, twinkly dreampop with echoed vocals. The lyrics are catchy and soothing, while the synth is just mystical and draws you into a utopian euphoria.
Main Course released another track this week via their “SNACKS” series, which consists of quality free tracks. This one comes from Buffalo duo Eyes Everywhere, who have been dropping quite a few songs lately on Anabatic and Perfect Driver . Much like their recent bootleg of Blaqstarr, “No Wifey” is a spin of a Baltimore club track, except this time they keep it housey. There are some big bass hits at the drop that also coincide with a four-to-the-floor beat and some spacey high-pitched synths that bring it all together. This is one of their best tracks yet and it’s free for one month only, so grab it now!
All anyone seems to be talking about these days is the new Drake album/mixtape/release — myself included. It’s been out for almost two weeks, and this is one of the first remixes I’ve heard of any of the tracks. Proper Vibes’ Lean Quatifah dropped this subtle, yet bass-heavy flip of Drake’s “Preach” and his take on the track is great. It starts off simply enough — with a more understated opening than the original, sounding almost like you’re underwater. Then the bass kicks in. I’m a sucker for any song that’s big on the bass, and this track is no exception. It’s heavy, and carries the song the rest of the way through, guided by the bouncy beat and pitched vocals. I’d recommend listening to this through headphones on blast for the optimal experience.
American big electro and bass music stands at a crossroad. Its bubblegum freshness, after much gnashing of teeth, has been reduced to a Molly jaw ache. If the concept of big electro and bass is to maintain, it needs to be rethought. With that in mind, one wouldn’t expect the Glitch Mob, a big electronica act out of LA that has found a way to make a dollar from big cash grabs like the Tron Soundtrack remix album, to proffer much to stir the pretensions of music bloggers.
Through the architecture of the remix, Emalkay has redesigned the Glitch Mob’s ‘Skullclub’ into something that speaks to the integrity and rich tradition of hard UK bass and at the same time gives American audiences something to consider for the future of their bass scene.
There is a mature and sophisticated overall impression to the track that owes its essence to the unaccustomed restraint executed in the remix; the aggressive aesthetics of electro-bass loses its Dada shock to the Bauhaus-esque smoothing of edges and new-found functionality.
The remix still features the expected elements of American-style bass; complex fidgeted vocals and noise, hard and stacked drums, and searing midrange voices. However, never does a monstrous drop come. I can imagine hearing younger Detroit royalty drop the production as a functional plateau to bridge a set from a sexier warm-up to a manic finish. Here we have the defining characteristic of this bass track – sublimity in the plateau. We are exploring a new territory, Progressive Bass.
The duo from Sydney just came out with a new track a couple of days ago with singer Eliza Sol. This genre-bender features elements from across the electronic music spectrum. Human Movement manages to incorporate a deep house groove with big electro-house synths, while at the same time having a dark techno feel. Oh and it’s a total banger. If you want to hear more stuff like this, they recently did a guest mix on Nest HQ that’s worth checking out. Also make sure you grab the track here.