Song : Mitski : “Francis Forever” (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

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It is frightening to say that we are two weeks away until the world collapses onto Austin, TX for this year’s edition of SXSW. Ryan Hemsworth and his boutique label Secret Songs will be throwing a day party on Friday, March 20th and it is sure to have one of the better lineups (full details here). Between Noon and 6pm that day, Hemsworth along with Skylar Spence (RIP Saint Pepsi), MAXO, Lindsay Lowend + Jonah Baseball, Et Aliae, Chandamo, Mitski, and promised secret guests will be performing. To lead up to the party, today, Hemsworth is has put up for streaming and downloading his take on Mitski’s “Francis Forever” from her fantastic bury me at makeout creek LP from last year (do yourself a favor and grab that here).

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Song : Janet Jackson : “Pleasure Principle” (Classixx Recovery Mix)

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Janet Jackson is one of the major artists that does not get enough credit for her influence on a lot of what is popular in music currently. Regardless, LA production maestros Classixx offer a little reminder unveiling a rework of her song “Pleasure Principle” using bootleg production from Shep Pettibone’s a capella version as sort of a Valentine’s Day gift to their fans. The duo are currently hard at work on their follow-up to 2013’s fantastic Hanging Gardens. Listen below.

MP3: Janet Jackson – Pleasure Principle (Classixx Recovery Mix)

Song : ASTR : “Operate” (et aliae Remix)

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Two of the names that bubbled up to the surface in 2014 were New York duo ASTR and London producer et aliae, so it seems appropriate that they would connect up on this remix of “Operate”. The production on this one twinkles as bright as the stars in the artwork slowly lulling you into a state of pillowy enchantment. Expect to hear more of both in 2015, especially et aliae show recently signed with one of our favorite labels, Cascine. Listen below.

Song : ZHU : “Paradise Awaits Part 2″ (ft. Goldlink)

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ZHU reworks his song “Paradise Awaits” with some extra bounce in the bass and brings DC rapper Goldlink for some versus. Goldlink’s flow pairs perfectly with the funky beat that has us taking a trip back to the ’90s, especially with that Sisqó “Thong Song” reference. We can only hope this leads to more collabs between both parties because this is straight gold. Listen below.

Song : Shura : “Indecision” (Jungle Remix)

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23-year-old Londoner Aleksandra Denton, aka Shura is easily one of our favorite newcomers of 2014. From “Touch” to “Just Once” to “Indecision”, we could not get enough and expect big things in 2015. Today, she gave a remix of the latter from act that used 2014 as a launching-pad, the collective Jungle. Stream below.

MOKB Premiere : VÉRITÉ : “Echo” (backstroke. Remix)

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2014 might go down as the year of female-driven pop music. And in this segment log-jammed with talent, New York’s VÉRITÉ managed to stand out above the pack. Earlier this year, she released debut EP, Echo, to wide acclaim and to put a bow on what was a breakout year her, she is dropping a collection of remixes of songs from her debut by the likes of Carousel, Penguin Prison, NICITA, Lightwaves, and this one of by DMV producer backstroke. This version takes away the stepping rhythm of the original completely reimagining the song as an ’80s pop anthem compelling the listener with breezy waves of synth and rolling basslines making it feel like a completely new song. Listen below.

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MOKB Premiere : Zella Day : “Compass” (Fractures Remix)

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Singer-songwriter, all-around star in the making, Zella Day really broke out in 2014 releasing her debut EP showcasing chameleon-like adaptability with her songs toeing the line between fragile folk gems and pop anthems. One of the songs that really stuck out from her was the ballad “Compass” that really had us thinking Lana Del Rey from the very first time we heard it. Today, we have a remix of the track courtesy of Melbourne’s Fractures. His version is less bedroom introspection and longing, more cold, dark twisted fantasy built out of ominous electronic elements. Compare and contrast both versions below.

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