RMX ROUNDUP: VÉRITÉ + backstroke. / Jack Garratt + Prides / Young Summer + Avec Sans


Welcome to another Remix Roundup, in which we bring you the latest and greatest mixes currently stirring up the blogosphere. Starting us out is the new backstroke. remix of VÉRITÉ‘s “Echo,” off the recent remix collection of her debut EP by the same name. 2014 was a breakout year for the NY-based alt-pop artist, who will be on tour in March — stopping at DC9 March 12. We love DC producer backstroke’s revision of the VÉRITÉ track with its driving synths and 80s-infused soundscape that perfectly compliments the soft and sonorous vocals of VÉRITÉ. Trust us that you’ll want this rendition ringing in your head long after you listen below.

Next we have the new Prides remix of the Jack Garratt original, “The Love You’re Given.” Taking the soulful electronic track from the British singer, Scottish synthpop group Prides gives it a beautifully polished makeover with luminous synth lines and smooth production style. Stream the effort below.

Finally, UK production duo Avec Sans have resurfaced with their impressive rework of the Young Summer single “Severing Ties.” Similar to VÉRITÉ, last year was a favorable one for the DC-based songstress Bobbie Allen (aka Young Summer), who received a good amount of acclaim in 2014 for her debut LP Siren. The shimmering pop ballad gets a dance reboot from the UK act, spinning it into a grittier electronic number. Locals can catch Young Summer performing at DC’s U Street Music Hall February 20.

RMX ROUNDUP: HAERTS + Avec Sans / Bonobo + SaneBeats / Sam Smith + Soul Clap


Happy Saturday everyone! This week’s edition of Remix Roundup begins with a new rework of HAERTS‘ “Hemiplegia” by the UK act Avec Sans. Having ties to the HAERTS’ bassist Derek McWilliams (Alice Fox of Avec Sans was formerly in a band with him), it made perfect sense that they should put their own spin on “Hemiplegia,” applying their signature synths to transform the original into an uplifting summery mix. Stream below and pick up a free download via their Facebook page. Next up is the more downtempo but still brilliant, percussion-focused remix of Bonobo‘s “Terrapin,” by the young London producer known as SaneBeats — also available for free DL on Soundcloud. Lastly, I leave you with another stunning remix of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” this time from Boston based duo Soul Clap. Dubbing their effort as ‘the Balearic remix,’ Soul Clap slows things down with mesmerizing synths and groovy calypso beats. Stream below.