Newly created Chicago based label, Them Flavors, recently uploaded their first release consisting of a fantastic three track EP. Equator Club brings a fresh blend of classic and future house sounds on the original track, while our friends Jayko & Ballast both deliver proper remixes on the more bass side of things. Stream the EP below and make sure to download a copy if you’re feeling the vibes!
Todd Edwards is a G. Besides his obvious accolades like working with the robots on multiple albums and releasing scores of singles and remixes in his 20+ year career, his vocal reconstruction technique in productions (along with another G, Marc Kinchen) has truly set him apart over the rollercoaster ride of dance music in America since the 90s. To call Todd Edwards an innovator would be absolutely spot on, which is why the reputable XLR8R asked him to put together an hour long selection for their new mix series, Innovators.
This is honestly one of the better mixes that I’ve heard in a while, and the high number of quality unreleased tracks that Edwards has included in here is just splendid. Get it on ya. √+
Zander & Blair AKA Traveler continue to impress with this laid back, funk’d up remix of Mark Morrison‘s legendary tune, “Return Of The Mack.” The guys add a bit of Nu Disco vibe matched with their signature downtempo-style bass, but the kicker for me in this fantastic new rendition is the guitar. Twangy funk riffs are laid into it, making you actually forget that you’re inside of a Mark Morrison remix until the aptly placed vocal cuts bring you back to the Mack. Biggup fellas. √+
Got a good one for you this afternoon– The Knocks have gotten us this exclusive mix for USC Derby Days 2013, where they’ll be playing LIVE this Saturday at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. If you’re yet to see The Knocks live, we’ve been fans of their completely live performance and work for a bit now on our end, as this mix is just a sample of what you can expect. Catch them, along with Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Dr. Fresch, for the fantastic charitable cause of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, by purchasing your tickets here:
Billboard’s “Next Big Sound” artist, FMLYBND, has been making noise in the indie-electronic world with their debut EP, Gold, and their hit single, “Electricity,” that reached #1 on the Hype Machine twice. Already compared to acts like M83, MGMT, and Passion Pit, the six-piece Santa Barbara-based band is certainly well on their way to shape scene with their evocative fusion of organic and electronic elements paired with exceptional songwriting. Check out their Gold EP below and catch them at New Noise Festival in Santa Barbara on October 19th. They will also be on tour with the KROQ supported bands Kieve and Bad Suns in November.
Forever Kid are making moves. Tapped for an official remix of Capital Cities’ Kangaroo Court, these wild dudes waste no time throwing the infectious electro-pop original into high gear. As with the rest of their music, I find this tune to be addictive and endlessly re-listenable. The solos and the signature synth leads that Forever Kid are carving out make this remix a marked improvement upon the original. Kind of makes me want to kick down the door of a club and break into a synchronized dance with everyone on the dance floor in full animal costume. brb.
Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the third installment of my Haute & Bothered mixtape series has arrived after a year’s hiatus. The aesthetic draws heavily from certain tracks that disavow basic genre umbrellas, and after crawling out of the deep house black hole that I found myself in the last year, it seemed right to enter the autumnal equinox with a grip of new tracks that subscribe to this mantra from the likes of Curses, Canblaster, SCNTST, as well as an original track from myself mixed into the fray.
I posted the eerie music video to this track from WeDidIt collective member, PURPLE, last week. “The Club” is weird, but in a way that has made me listen to it about 35 times already. Not sure if it’s the creepy vocals or the minimal, downtempo nature of the production, but either way, I’m excited to hear PURPLE’s debut EP, Salvation, in November. √+
Miami’s Jordan Postrel first came to my attention about a month ago with his unique, Tech House remix of Richboy’s “Throw Some Ds,” and this week he’s continued on with his interesting choices on remix projects as he brings us a House’d rendition of the 1996 Hip Hop single “Tried By 12” from Brooklyn’s East Flatbush Project. It shows some real creativity to create a remix fully outside of the realm of dance music, and Jordan Postrel seems to be nailing it. Check out more goodies from him on Soundcloud.
After a short hiatus over the summer, The Magician is back in action with the 35th installment of his very popular Magic Tape series. As usual, he’s kept his track list undisclosed, but thanks to some well-versed Soundcloud fans, we know that The Magician has included new ones from Medlar, Skream, Anna Lunoe, Luxury, and more. Glad to have Magic Tapes back in my life. √+