April has been one crazy month, but it hasn’t fallen short on music releases by any means. We’ve had two great future bass compilations drop, Hebinomichi Vol. 2 and Filet Mignon III. Not to mention that Curren$y, Shlohmo, Brodinski, Scuba and Tyler the Creator have all also dropped flame albums. So this week I decided to share my favorite picks from the release avalanche and some other tunes for you to enjoy. First up is the Hebinomichi comp. As usual, collective founder SteLouse kills it with “Sunday Chords”, but my standout tracks have to be from the mysterious NRMN and then Chicago’s KR$CHN. “Secret Slide” is a funky mid-tempo collage of Michael Jackson samples and slappy bass, with plenty of bleeps and bloops thrown in. “Trunk Volume” is an out of this world banger, so get ready for the trunk rattling to commence. My favorite cuts off of Filet Mignon III have to be from L’homme aux 4 lettres, and the DMV’s very own Flybear. The comp starts off with the young DMV producer’s ambient piano tinkering, but quickly kicks things up with a great 50 Cent sample. Then you have the always-quirky frenchman with his techy take on breaks and club. It may sound unsettling at first, but believe me, it bangs.
The new Tyler album is a step forward for the Odd Future artist, as he pulled back his extravagant melodrama to make a rowdy, but musically and intellectually rich album. Its entitled Cherry Bomb and worth a cover-to-cover listen, but I wanted to highlight a standout artist featured on the track. “Perfect” is the second half of the nearly 7 minute “Fucking Young.” It slows things down with a R&B drenched future groove, but what makes the song is Kali Uchis. The Colombian singer from Virginia has a warm, retro tone to her crooning voice that adds a whole other layer to Tyler’s lyrics. Check out what her vocals can do to a track in Esta’s Remix of “Know What I Want.” Last up we have Manila Killa’s take on the newest M Machine EP. His remix of “Don’t Speak” goes from tropical house into what I would imagine one of Oliver’s nightmares would sound like. The remix pack is out today, it’s filled with great artists like Kazimer & CRNKN.
Ready or not, here come DC-based DJ/Producers Flying Fortress and Micah Vellian with a new remix of the Fugees’ classic hit, “Ready or Not.” These two artists are no strangers to the spotlight – Flying Fortress (a.k.a. Canine Teeth, real name: Erik Anderson) and Micah Vellian (Miguel Lacsamana) have been crushing the DC music scene for a while now. Micah Vellian also is known for his role in the DJ/Producer troupe Volta Bureau. Volta Bureau, composed of Blisspop founder Will Eastman, Outputmessage, and Micah Vellian, topped the Beatport Indie Dance chart with this gem.
The arrangement and composition for the “Ready or Not” remix came to Flying Fortress in a dream. This is a remix most producers could only dream of making, but Flying Fortress and Micah Vellian made the dream into a reality. Listen to their take on “Ready or Not” below:
Keep an eye on Flying Fortress, Micah Vellian, and DRKarts – their sound and shows around town are not to be missed!
mar|co’s production is not only gorgeous future pop but they’re a duo of stunning lyrical genius. They’re darker, more synth heavy dream pop. It’s almost darkwave in a way, but it has a soulfulness about it. Their harmonization is so lovely and it adds the most delicate touch. This track is simply addictive and beautiful in every way. Being only the third track from the duo, the anticipation for the duo’s next track is almost unbearable. Check out their latest single, “Closer”:
A stellar find via Dr. Fresch‘s Prep School Recordings label based out of L.A., Bebe Rexha’s “Drinking About You” gets a knockout remix treatment by the relatively new collab project Loud Luxury. What Andrew Fedyk and Joe DePace have managed to do with the Top 40 hit is not just phenomenally upbeat, but sensationally precise as they’ve managed to completely strip away the original’s identity – save for Rexha’s vocals – in order to remodel the track into a bright, sub-bass laden romp through waves of synths, pads, and uplifting drops. Over the course of the remix’s runtime, don’t be surprised to find yourself mentally going somewhere sunny and tropical; the kind of place that makes your spirit soar and your smile effortless.
This is not only a surprising little edit, but a fantastic launchpad for Loud Luxury that makes us curious to see what else they may have up their sleeve.
Listen to the Loud Luxury remix of Bebe Rexha’s “Drinking About You” below and visit their SoundCloud for a download link.
Australian producer Mike Metro just released his original track “In The Dark” along with a few remixes on Medium Rare Recordings. One of the remixes comes from Kyle Watson, a producer out of Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s been featured on labels such as Dirtybird, Get Physical, Gruuv, and Ultra and it seems like he is still expanding his repertoire. He gave this nu-disco track a proper makeover, giving it a jackin’ beat that it is characteristic of his other tracks. Be sure to check out the other remixes from Wordlife and London, too!