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.
The duo BLACK GIRL / WHITE GIRL are at it again, this time with an EP out now on Habitual Recordings. The four track EP consists of two originals and two remixes from Mark Mackenzie and Fake Forward. “Love Games” features the soothing vocals of Tulliae and some tight drum work, while “Addiction” brings some classy deep house vibes. The remixes are quite nice, too, both with some UK bassline and jackin’ styles worked into them. The release is available through a few different platforms so go grab it now!
Whitney Houston’s voice, like Loleatta Holloway or Robin S, is going to become a house music standard over the course of the next few years or so. It’s inevitable. And nobody knows the standards and respects them more in D.C.’s underground scene than our own Phillip Hafner – otherwise known to mere mortals as Philco.
His latest remix, which recently debuted on London’s Lipstick Disco as an exclusive, is transfixed on Houston’s legacy as a soulful crooner by layering her vocals over classic four-on-the-floor rhythms and a rolling bassline with a dynamic spring like a young rabbit in an English garden. Overall, the piece feels like a contemporary classic that belongs in the same field as Masters at Work or Derrick Carter as it carries a tech groove to its most rhapsodic extreme; it’s a blend of tech and deep house that is expertly balanced and presented with a sweet, mellow touch not unlike the tenderness and vulnerability which made Whitney Houston’s voice so wonderful. This is a mood setter and head bopper from start to finish.
Listen to Philco’s remix of Whitney Houston’s “Fine” below.
Sacha Robotti, who you might be familiar with through his duo Robosonic, has an amazing remix forthcoming on Sisyphon on the 21st of this month. Sacha took Fidelity Kastrow‘s dark techno track “Full Moon Falcon” and picked up the tempo a bit. He plays around with the arpeggio melody from the original and created a pumping bass house/techno banger. Super excited for this one to come out on Monday, but in the meantime give the whole release a listen https://soundcloud.com/sisyphon/sets/sisy004
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 …