H.O.S.H. has perfected the art of remixing. It seems that whenever the German Diynamic Music member gets his hands on stems, he works a miracle. If you don’t believe me, listen to what he did with Kaiserdisco’s “Jetstream.” This time, H.O.S.H. (a.k.a. Holger Behn) lights up RÜFÜS’ gorgeous “Innerbloom” with an uplifting, club-friendly masterpiece. Listen and let H.O.S.H.’s new remix take you away:
Fucking pop music. Some of it is great, some of it not so much. Fortunately for our ears, Kids Want Techno understand the difference between ‘pop for pop’s sake’ and ‘pop that’s executed well.’
Their recent remix, while it skews more mainstream than what’s typically covered on Blisspop, isn’t one to overlook. An uplifting, progressive house take on Jessi Malay’s “Summer Love,” it looks like the DMV based tastemakers decided to look at what makes Top 40 work and used that as a backbone for their remix which feels like the best parts of Calvin Harris and the beachy guitar notes from Robin Schulz mixed with the fabulous parts of Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2015 LP Emotion. The vocals are sugary sweet and bubbly, the synth melodies are colossal, and the builds are effective giving the remix a level of sheen that elevates it above traditional Top 40 fodder. It’s cute. It’s happy. But let’s be clear – it’s not stupid.
Listen to Kids Want Techno’s remix of “Summer Love” below.
DJ/Producer Sonny Fodera, an artist whose resume of releases are mind-boggling with tracks on the likes of Defected, Cajual, Suara, and Dirtybird, is getting all set for his upcoming international In the House tour starting with an exclusive sampler pack on Defected.
Among the crazy selection of edits in his In the House sampler EP, the UK based tastemaker included a VIP edit of “Go Get It”: a track previously given to fans as a free download through the Beatdown label back in September. Its driving bassline, combined with snappy percussive lifts, makes for one hell of a dancefloor stomper. This is the kind of house music which is becoming increasingly popular as of late; substituting subtlety for the sake of eccentricity, “Go Get It” plays out like a trip through a funhouse of thugged out vocal hooks and silly embellishments. It’s like a sinister, acid fueled adventure through a joyous wonderland of tech and deep house staples.
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.
Starting off this installment of The Blinkhorn Batch is Norwegian artist Todd Terje’s remix of Dolly Parton’s classic song, “Jolene.” Terje’s remix is a slow burner in every sense – he sets a house-centric atmosphere, waiting until 2:28 to bring in Dolly’s iconic vocals. After Dolly belts the hook, Terje accompanies her voice with his funk-infused variation of a classic country walking bass line. At roughly ten months old, Terje’s remix is not new, but it’s still fresh. Listen to and download “Jolene (Todd Terje Remix).”
Now down the rabbit hole we go, into the dark abyss also known as techno.
Techno hoss Alan Fitzpatrick is back with a dark, driving track on Drumcode. Fitzpatrick makes good use of effects, sound design, and a heavy kick to make “Eternia” memorable. Listen here:
This week’s classic is Pleasurekraft’s “Tarantula.” With a perfect kick drum, compelling percussion, and of course, the eerie tarantula-esque sample, “Tarantula” is a necessary track in every DJ’s library. Listen to a snippet of “Tarantula” here:
Not long after debuting his first original track, “Richard Simmons,” D.C. artist to watch Julius Jetson has for us a menagerie of remixes from a trio of heavy hitters working in the the independent underground dance music community.
The original, which was a G-house novelty that managed to combine layered, massive bass with slick tongue-in-cheek attitude, has been updated by the likes of Kids Want Techno, Templeton, and previous Jetson collaborator Ronzel. Templeton turns it into an atmospheric foray into dark techno and grime, like Maceo Plex if Maceo spent a whole weekend raving at a Top 40 EDM festival, and busts the windows wide open for a level of airiness not present in the other mixes. Kids Want Techno, on the other hand, seems to be aiming for straightforward for the big room sound trading subtlety for epic builds and skull-crushing drops that hit about as hard as Thor’s hammer.
Ronzel’s edit stands out amongst the pack as a Chris Lorenzo meets Dirtybird kitsch flip of the source. It’s fun, it moves, and it has an insane level of depth that taps on multiple genres including grime, tech house, techno, and deep house.
Check out the remixes below and remember to give it a heart on Hype Machine.