As we inch closer to the last quarter of the year, many artists are bringing their A-game for a strong finish. Some have been working tirelessly on albums all year, while others have been staying consistent with singles and remixes, but there are those who have been doing it all. For this week, I wanted to do a roundup of some of the stand out remixes that surfaced over the past handful of days. The Dirtybird don Claude VonStroke, funked up duo Soul Clap, electro-pop producers ROOM8, Anjunadeep affiliates Jody Wisternoff & James Grant, and France’s beat-smith, Nebbra, have all come forth with some remixes that are cutting through the noise, and keeping the dance music community happy and healthy. Check out Claude’s summery, jazz-infused rendition of Catz ‘n Dogz’ “Get It Right” featuring Tanika above, and check out the four other highlights after the jump.
Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ has been on a musical warpath this year and has surprised fans by dropping a nine track mixtape, Chasing The Golden Hour PT. 1. The first of the multi-part series is being released on the artist’s own imprint, All Good Records. By drawing inspiration from the golden era of hip hop, the mixtape sees him retracing his roots – from early, J. Dilla and Hi-Tek influenced beats to progressive jazz fusion – vibes are high all the way through!
“I wanted to recreate the carefree good vibes you feel when it’s just about sunset on the perfect summer evening and everything is the most beautiful shimmering tint of gold. Chasing The Golden Hour is that magical moment, it is the cool breeze against your back, it is sweet summer swagger in music form. Enjoy the chilled out vibes :)” – Griz
Our favorite track “It’s Over (but it’s just begun) is featured below, and you can stream/download the entire album HERE.
Chasing The Golden Hour
1. Love Will Follow You ft. Russ Liquid
2. Summer ’97 ft. Muzzy Bearr
3. It’s Over (but it’s just begun)
4. Cabin Sessions ft. Exmag & Eric Bloom
5. Blue Vervain
6. Feelin’ High ft. Eric Bloom
7. Sexier Than Austin Powers
8. Sometimes The Truth Don’t Rhyme
9. The Moment Seizes Us
Upcoming Tour Dates
SEP 4 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO [SOLD OUT]
SEP 4 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO [SOLD OUT]
SEP 6 – Electric Zoo Festival – New York, NY
SEP 17 – Symbiosis Gathering – Oakdale, CA
SEP 18 – Kaaboo Festival – Del Mar, CA
SEP 24 – SKY SLC – Salt Lake City, UT
SEP 25 – Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
SEP 25 – Life is Beautiful Festival – Las Vegas, NV
SEP 30 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
OCT 1 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
OCT 2 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 3 – Joy Theatre – New Orleans, LA
OCT 4 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 7 – Duling Hall – Jackson, MS
OCT 8 – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
OCT 9 – The International – Knoxville, TN
OCT 9 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 10 – Georgia Theatre – ￼￼Athens, GA
OCT 14 – The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
OCT 15 – Venue 578 – Orlando, FL
OCT 16 – Music Farm – Columbia, SC
OCT 17 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
OCT 20 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
OCT 22 – Calvin Theatre – Northampton, MA
OCT 23 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
OCT 24 – State Theatre – Portland, ME
OCT 25 – Royale – Boston, MA
OCT 28 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
OCT 29 – Egyptian Ballroom – Indianapolis, IN
OCT 30 – Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Hulaween
OCT 30 – NOV 1 – Freaky Deaky – Bridgeview, IL
JAN 3 – Holy Ship 2016 – Miami, FL
Ney York-based Gibbz is at it again with a groovy little number. “Love Again” is a soothing nu-disco draped piece featuring some really nice vocals. A bit of incendiary guitar pokes through near the end of the tune, offering a nice balance of sound. This one is off of the “Chardonnay” EP, which you can grab on iTunes here.
HW&W has been at the tip-top of the electronic/hip-hop crossover space for a minute now, and they just keep on going. For their latest release, they have Maryland-based producer Chris McClenney sprinking some magic on “Sober Thoughts.” Goldlink’s track stands strong on it’s own, but the jazz-influenced dance vibes this remix brings shakes things up a bit. Grab it on iTunes, and check out the official video for the original track while you’re at it.
Feel good ambassador, Falcon Punch, is one guy you can always count on to serve up some proper Disco. Whether it’s cocktail hour, a late night dance session or relaxin’ & tannin’, Falcon Punch always sets the right mood with the perfect type of Disco. His new track, “Square One”, samples the Brothers Johnson’s “You Make Me Wanna Wiggle”, and as expected…it has all the makings of a seasonal classic. It’s the type of breezy, Springtime funk that’ll make you wiggle up & out of your chair right onto the dance floor.
Roche Musique continue their year long hot streak with a brand new EP by Polish producer Chloe Martini. Following in the fancy footsteps of label mates Darius, FKJ & Cherokee, Chloe Martini delivers an absolute gem of an EP. Like many of her esteemed label mates, her production & sound are both modern & vintage. The “Private Joy” EP tackles 80s Soul & Funk & 90s R&B while still maintaining a feel that is exciting, fresh & new. The smooth, sexy, soulful sounds of the “Private Joy” EP have all the makings to be a breakout 2015 for Chloe Martini. Get to know this talented young lady’s music. She’ll make it worth your while.
The Long Beach City Kids, aka LBCK, have been taking their brand of funk and soul-infused electronic music far and wide, gaining the trust of thousands for their consistent flow of jams like their contest-winning remix of Galantis’ “Runaway (U & I).” Today, they’ve given us the premiere of their latest effort, a re-imagination of Montell Jordan’s classic, “This Is How We Do It, that showcases their groove-driven, nostalgic sound that works perfectly in a modern context.
In celebration of the release, LBCK gives us some of their own words about their remix, “This tune is a certified classic — one of those jams you just have to vibe to. We’ve been playing this one since we were kids and have always thought it would be cool to throw some more contemporary funk stuff underneath the vocal. Kept it minimal and selective with the bass following the original progression. This is one to roll slow to.”
I’ve been sorting through the onslaught of Odesza remixes for the past 48, and I can say with confidence that this one has seriously struck a chord. Haywyre nails his take on the popular track “All We Need,” and reverts to the groovier side of his production spectrum. After two hard hitting tracks — Insight and Everchanging — it’s refreshing to see a little step back to a more funk/disco and dance-centric sound. Let these bounce inducing synths pave the way to the weekend, y’all. Oh, free download too!
Toronto music maker Cyclist has become a master in the art of Disco. From classic Disco to Disco House, from Boogie to Funk, from sleazy Disco to sensual Disco, Cyclist knows how to craft a proper modern Disco track. On his latest remix of the song “Light Breaker” by Neighbour (featuring Piper Davis), Cyclist unleashes a barrage of big sounds ranging from a squelchy synth bass to heavy guitars to pounding funk drums. The result is a funky, dirty dose of cosmic chaos and another standout tune from our man Cyclist.
Little by little, EP by EP, song by song, Roche Musique are turning 2015 into the year of French Funk. With artists FKJ, Darius & Cherokee leading the way, their brand of French Disco/G-Funk/Pop has been the sexy soundtrack thus far to 2015. Cherokee’s “Teenage Fantasy” EP is the label’s latest release & delivers more of Roche Musique’s signature sound including this heart melting remix by Glen Check.