You know the seasons are starting to change when all of your social media is plastered with festival announcements and lineups. Everyone is back home from SXSW and the spring releases are really starting to flow. So first up, we have a fresh remix from Canblaster that goes outside the box to make an overly remixed song refreshing to hear. “No Type” by Rae Sremmurd, the poster boys of Mike Will Made-It’s label Ear Drummers, is undoubtedly a banger, but Canblaster and SIROJ take a simple orchestral cover and spice it up with his signature future vibes.
Continuing on, we’ve got even more Canblaster-y goodness, but with some Lido thrown in. “Rush Hour” is the first single off of Superspeed, their collab EP dropping April 6th on Pelican Fly. Ive only listened to the song a few times, but I’m already beyond hyped to hear the rest of the EP. Lido’s fingerprints are all over the track, from his signature stop time hits to the dramatic dynamic changes, the song is an instant like for any Lido fan. Canblaster does his part as well, balancing Lido’s quirky vibes with his effortlessly smooth production style.
This next tune is far into the future of future bass, so to speak. Antonio Mendez, Aka Lindsay Lowend, and Jonah Baseball, are two D.C natives who have transplanted themselves out to Ann Arbor, Michigan to continue their productions. I can’t dig up too much information on Fear of Sound, the label that appears to be their own creation, but this release is labeled 001, so I’d assume we can expect more from them sometime soon. “Slide In (Yah)” starts out as a tough Lindsay Lowend banger akin to “Ashtray,” but slides into an extended bridge that is reminiscent of his Exercises In Space project.
Lastly, I have a track from Maryland’s own Chris MacClenney of Soulection. The blossoming label just hit 200K followers and released a rich compilation, filled with free goodies. In addition to the free compilation, they also made their entire discography free for two days. After sifting through all of my downloads, I settled on this tune as my favorite off the compilation. It is the perfect mix of familiar house grooves with lush soulful sounds and swingin’ rhythms.
Grooverdose Records, a record label out of Brazil, has a new release coming up from Detroit producer Doug English titled “Gods Glory Hole”. If you’re familiar with the labels he already has releases on (Perfect Driver, Country Club Disco, and Anabatic), then you probably have an idea of the type of tunes he puts out. If not, well then it means that he puts out forward-thinking electronic music that spans across the house music spectrum. This forthcoming EP in particular has elements of techno, deep house, breaks, and G-house, to form a sort of booty-tech vibe. There are also remixes on here from fellow Detroit artists Gami and ADMN which are definitely worth checking out. No word on the release date yet, but it should be some time this year!
Despite dropping a new album, Wonder Where We Land, not too long ago, SBTRKT is back at it with a new song, “FLAREtWO.”
SBTRKT seems to be going back to his roots with this one, as it’s a purely instrumental cut. This song sounds like some futuristic space-jungle soundtrack and I am 100% here for it. “FLAREtWO” is incredibly fast-paced, thanks to the complex drum rhythm in the background and the stabbing synths.
Check it out below:
IDFWU. The hip hop hit from Big Sean and E-40 has recently been given the remix treatment from Philadelphia’s Michael Berry. He tuned down the vocals and added in a bass line that gives the track some future house and G-house vibes. Berry also put in some neat and tight drum work that helps shape the track into a banger ready for club use. Grab the track for free here and check out his other freebies on his SoundCloud!
With a steady stream of bangers under his belt during the past few months, it appears as if Florida native and recent Cali transplant Chris Bushnell has plenty of secrets up his sleeve for 2015. Following his impulses that take him somewhere between UK grime, G-house, and future house, the young DJ/producer has branded himself in a very unique light that sets him apart from other young, former #EDM DJs in the game; something that is made very clear in his most recent single effort, his remix of Travi$ Scott’s “Upper Echelon.”
Travi$ Scott is an eclectic choice for sure, but Bushnell’s knack for seamlessly transitioning hip-hop into a more electro-infused mold is a talent that isn’t easily refuted based on his recent works “Only That Real” and “She All About.” But with Travi$ Scott as his base, what results is a grease fire of an edit that arguably goes harder – and smoother – than everything that has come before this showing both a sense of matured restraint and evolution as a producer. Combined with sharp, excise claps, kicks, and snares complementing a mammoth bassline running at a brisk 4 mins. 46 sec., this remix is a perfect dose of adrenaline for the dancefloor. Or, for some of us, our morning commute. Either way, this track truly marks Bushnell’s ascent into the upper echelon.
Listen to the remix below and visit Chris Bushnell’s SoundCloud for details on the free download.