East London vocalist NAO’s debut album For All We Know has been given the remix treatment. The new EP features remixes from Mura Masa, LOXE, Sam Gellaitry, SBTRKT, and Kaytranada, which you can stream below. We’ll be playing Kaytranada’s bouncy new tropical reimagining of “Get to Know Ya” on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio tomorrow, so tune in!
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.