Premiere: Vaults Remix “Consolation” from London’s FLAWES

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Moody London trio FLAWES continued grabbing a larger audience this past year with the release of their sophomore EP, CTRL, through Red Bull Records. Another London trio, Vaults, recently offered their spin of EP’s opening track and probably most accessible, the building, highly emotional “Consolation.” Their interpretation maintains the depth of the original while switching up the instrumentation with dizzying electronic movements that delicately wash over like a refreshingly cool wave. The up and coming outfit recently just finished up a string of headline dates and are readying for the release of their debut long-play with details to come very soon.

New York Producer Kaazi Remixes Maria Usbeck’s “Ciudad Desnuda”

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Other than Solange’s A Seat at the Table, possibly no other album released this year contains the cultural depth heard in Maria Usbeck’s debut solo album Amparo. At the end of this week, Cascine, in conjunction with Labrador Records, will be releasing a remix EP to compliment the album featuring reworkings by several producers. New York City’s Kaazi, who just dropped a pretty great album himself thorugh 100% Silk, is one of those producers. His offering is a reinterpretation of “Ciudad Desnuda” (“Naked City”) that he has dubbed the “Inner City Garden Mix.” His version is more smooth subtracting the somewhat frenetic percussion of the original creating audible serenity. It is quite beautiful and worthy alternative to the album cut.

Listen to The Darcys’ “Coming Up For Air”

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Toronto duo, The Darcys will release their new album ‘Centerfold‘ on November 11th through Arts & Crafts records. You can check out their latest single from it here. In addition, these guys have a love for covering and remixing their fellow Canadians (we’re still looking for their cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”). Recently, they offered up a remix of Tegan and Sara’s Love You To Death cut “Boyfriend.”

Listen to A. K. Paul’s remix of James Vincent Mcmorrow’s “Rising Water”

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James Vincent McMorrow worked with some heavy-hitters, in the production department, on his new LP ‘We Move,’ but I was excited to read that he also reached out to A.K. Paul (of the Paul Institute) for some help as well. McMarrow was a huge fan of “Landcruisin’, so he requested that A.K. take a stab at remixing “Rising Water,” the lead single from McMorrow’s new LP.

McMarrow was thrilled with the result, “He nailed it, it’s gone from being this propulsive new wave energy to a much more laid back rhythm, the vocal lands totally different, it’s beautifully done.”

Heavy Disco Soundsystem Offer Up Their Twist of “Kids” from Stranger Things in New Remix

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The people behind Heavy Disco Records have offered up a dancefloor-friendly reworking of “Kids,” their favorite cut from Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s score/soundtrack of everyone’s favorite new Netflix series Stranger Things. The song hosts contributions from label head Ali Jamieson, Phonat, and Grammy nominated producer Hal Ritson of The Young Punx. Spin it below.

Premiere: Keep Shelly in Athens Bring Light to Ocean Hope’s “By Your Side”

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Late last year, Ocean Hope, the Greek sibling project of Angeliki and Serafim Tsotsoni, captivated us with their debut EP, Chamber Dreams, a four-song set of modern berceuse-like compositions wandering between gloomy and romantic. The ambiguous nature of the tracks led to a number of producers and bedroom artists wanting to add their interpretations or edits of the songs resulting 20 varying reworks. Due to the fantastic quality of each, the duo’s label, Seattle-based Hush Hush Records, is set to offer them in two separate volumes, respectively named Chamber Dreams: Remixes, Vol. 1 & 2, with the first installment coming on August 19th and latter in early fall. As a part of Volume 1, fellow Greek outfit Keep Shelly in Athens reimagines “By Your Side” as a nostalgic, sun-blinding fantasy incorporating aerated synths laced with brilliant flashes of light, a somewhat antitheses to the forlorn emotions of original.

Stream the Shura Remix of Pixx’s “Baboo”

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Hannah Rodgers, aka Pixx, released the track “Baboo” back in May. Shura has taken the song to create a “Space Tape Edit” of the song converting the woozy tones into something of an extraterrestrial night jam. According to Shura, she wanted to “travel to a different universe” with the stems and make the song “sound as if it had been made on the moon.” For those in the UK, you can catch Pixx live supporting Glass Animals in October.

Tour Dates:
Aug. 1st – LONDON, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (Wonder Women curated by Lauren Laverne)
Oct. 21st – OXFORD, O2 Academy (w/ Glass Animals)
Oct. 22nd – BRIGHTON, Dome (w/ Glass Animals)
Oct. 25th – LONDON, Roundhouse (w/ Glass Animals)
Oct. 26th – MANCHESTER, Academy 2 (w/ Glass Animals)
Oct. 27th – GLASGOW, Art School (w/ Glass Animals)
Oct. 28th – LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy (w/ Glass Animals)
Oct. 29th – DUBLIN, The Olympia (w/ Glass Animals)