Gracing the tightrope that extends between bumping G-house and pop electronica, Ape Drums’ remix of Steven A. Clark’s “Can’t Have,” out now on Secretly Canadian, is a supernova of glittering sound that flows beautifully like champagne in Paris. Tiptoeing around a series of bubbly drops punctuated with a floating array of chopped vocals, the remix finds the perfect balance of niche satisfaction and radio play sentimentality through its ability to follow an emotive pop structure without sacrificing the identity of the remix artist. In this case, the dancehall approach followed by Houston producer Ape Drums is what elevates the track from standard remix fare to exceptional banger – a commendable feat considering the original edit by Clark is remarkably catchy and an unorthodox alternative R&B track in its own right. Overall, the remix is a symphonic daydream that somersaults and sways with confident swagger.
And it deserves to be pumped in your car when you roll around town.
Listen to the Ape Drums remix of Steven A. Clark’s “Can’t Have” below.
Earlier this evening, Oswego, NY based composer and SUNY Oswego music professor Paul Leary uploaded “Machina,” a piece he performed on a Max7 drum machine he built (see picture above). The ten-minute long sonic journey begins with a pure square wave synth. After automating the degrade effect of the square wave synth, Paul introduces various percussive, melodic, and harmonic elements to the piece. Each musical element in “Machina” occupies its own frequency niche, something many producers strive for. As “Machina” progresses, Paul builds the intensity with each element he adds. The intensity continues to build until the breakdown (5:15) – at this point, only the square wave and another synth remain. After these two remaining elements harmonize for some time, Paul samples a famous Oppenheimer quote. The quote, which ends with “I suppose we all thought that, one way or another,” segues into a section with the drum machine accompanied by an atmospheric synth.
But the piece is never quite the same after the Oppenheimer sample. Perhaps alluding to the destruction caused by the atomic bombs, Paul disrupts the continuity perceived by the listener before the breakdown. From the Oppenheimer sample, the piece staggers to its end with beautifully crafted breakbeat and glitch patterns. Paul concludes “Machina” by fading the atmospheric synth into oblivion.
Listen to “Machina” here:
The English label Toolroom Records put out a compilation of dance floor heaters on Friday that will drive techno heads into a frenzy. The release features pounding kick drums, rolling bass lines, and dizzying atmospheres galore. Every track off of this release is worth listening to, but here are my three favorites:
And here is the whole compilation:
DC native Nick Garcia put his spin on “Sugar,” Will Eastman’s new acid house track (read about “Sugar” here). Garcia’s remix takes the listener through many different stages, starting off with a four-on-the-floor beat pattern that changes into break beat before eventually going back to four-on-the-floor. The soundscape Garcia creates is nothing short of production perfection. Here’s what Garcia had to say about the track:
“Almost seven minutes of layered breaks and 15 step sequences that continuously offset themselves, creating endless permutations of resonance cranked madness. Easily my most wild remix to date.”
Listen to and download Garcia’s remix of “Sugar” for free here:
The Blinkhorn Batch is a deliberate and meticulous selection of new dark, deep, and occasionally sinister sounds followed by a classic production of the same style. This ongoing series of posts is curated by Blisspop author Patrick Blinkhorn.
Our man from Marseille – N’to – is responsible for the next groove. “Purple (Original Mix)” has it all: a cool down home blues riff, a chill breakdown with a lovely electric keyboard, and harmonies for days – what more could one ask for? But this quality is what we’ve come from the members of the Hungry Music label (check out the other Hungry Music artists Joachim Pastor and Worakls for more great tunes):
This week’s classic is a classic remix of a classic – pretty classic, eh? Spanish DJ/Producer Dr. Kucho! did a number on Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” I’m going to leave this here and let it rock you back to 1977 …