The last couple of weeks have seen the release of some enterprising remixes, which means it’s time for a new Remix Roundup — a semi biweekly segment in which we bring you the latest and greatest mixes circulating the interwebs. First up comes courtesy of Oliver Nelson, who’s reworked Childish Gambino‘s hit track “Sober.” Nelson’s rendition is an infectious, funk-infused feel-good track that will leave you as high as Gambino avows. Nelson is giving this one away for free on Soundcloud, so make sure to add it to your summer playlist.
Next, RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s transcendent track “Innerbloom” gets a bright future sound rework by Sydney producer What So Not. Keeping the melancholic vibe of the original, What So Not ups the bass and tempo, rendering it dance-floor ready. Listen below.
And finally, LA producer Gryffin has done outdone himself with this official new mix of CHVRCHES‘ “Clearest Blue.” Already a standout track on CHVRCHES’ latest LP Every Open Eye, Gryffin transforms the pop number into a euphoric, electronic house anthem, making this a contender for best remix we’ve heard all year.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, CHVRCHES are getting ready to release their sophomore album, Every Open Eye — out next week (September 25) via Universal. They’ve shared a couple of tracks leading up to the drop, and this week they’ve unleashed what might be their best yet — a song called “Clearest Blue.” Propelled by an electronic beat with their classic synth-drenched sound, the anthemic track embodies everything that makes the Scottish trio so beloved. Watch the lyric video for “Clearest Blue” below.
On the heels of their album release, CHVRCHES will be headlining Washington DC’s inaugural Landmark Festival September 27. Meet us halfway?
And if that’s not enough for you — here’s a brill CHVRCHES cover of Arctic Monkeys‘ “Do I Wanna Know.”
A lot of end-of-summer remixes have surfaced as of late, which means it’s time for another Remix Roundup. To start, we wanted to share the Star Slinger rendition of swim good‘s “Since U Asked.” The original was a nostalgic gem of a track, and the UK producer takes it to the next level with his stellar upbeat spin. While leaving Merival‘s vocals at the forefront, Star Slinger shakes up the tempo and brings out the beat, ensuring the danceability factor. Stream below.
Next is the new mix of filous‘ first original track, “How Hard I Try” by prolific Portland producer RAC. The original track, by rising Austrian artist and music prodigy filous (the french word for “Rascal”) features vocals from James Hershey and has an inherently tropical tone. RAC takes it in a different direction with a more muted approach to the synths and haunting echoey instrumentation, which is apt given the subject matter.
In related news, RAC is actually going on tour with filous, Big Data and Pink Feathers this fall so be sure to check out their tour dates. For those in the District, they’ll be at DC’s 9:30 Club November 10 so get your tickets now!
Last but not least, we’re loving the fresh Four Tet take on the new CHVRCHES single “Leave A Trace.” CHVRCHES — everyone’s favorite Scottish synthpop outfit — caused a stir on the internet with the announcement of their sophomore album, Every Open Eye, due out September 25 on Glassnote Records. The English electronic artist strips down the poppiness of the original and instead supplies an underlying tension, building the track around the hook: “I know I need to feel relief.” It’s a masterful case of the production mimicking the message of the song, as only Four Tet is capable. Listen below.
Time for another Remix Roundup, a semi-biweekly segment in which we bring you the best new mixes and electronic tracks currently in our rotation. First up is the new single from RÜFÜS, the Australian act who are getting ready to release their sophomore album and follow-up to Atlas. The Sydney trio make dark, hypnotic electronic jams that we — and the large amount of fans they’ve amassed — can’t get enough of. Stream “You Were Right” below.
Speaking of artists people can’t get enough of, it’s been a banner year for Will Phillips, the gifted UK producer professionally known as Tourist. He won a Grammy for co-writing Sam Smith‘s smash hit “Stay With Me,” and has collaborated with a number of big name artists. While his take on CHVRCHES synthpop anthem “Lies” isn’t new, it feels like a good time to revisit one of his first major mixes. Stripping back the original into a slow-burning, piano-backed ballad, Tourist keeps the focus on Lauren Mayberry‘s vocals, which are masterfully layered and pitch-shifted at points to potent effect.
At last, we have a new one from Daniele di Martino, the German DJ/producer who has thoroughly impressed us with his intense, sun-drenched rendition of Tora‘s hit track “Jaigantic.” The more subdued original comes from Australian quintet Tora’s 2014 EP, Eat The Sun. With the fervid beats and bass Martino infuses — along with the yearning vocals — this entrancing revision is truly outstanding. It merits a spot on your summer playlist so snag a free download by liking Martino’s Facebook page here.
One listen to CHVRCHES shimmery new single and you’ll understand why the electropop number is currently seated at the apex of the indie stratosphere. Although I prefer their previous release, the Scottish trio is an undeniable pop force. Officially out July 25th in the UK, “Gun” is sure to be featured on their highly anticipated debut LP – set to release sometime in September.
Also check out their punchy pop remix of MS MR‘s “Hurricane.” See a list of the group’s upcoming tour dates below — including a sold out show at DC’s Black Cat! June is going to be a good month : )
CHVRCHES – Upcoming Tour Dates
6/1 — Los Angeles, CA — Troubadour
6/2 — Solana Beach, CA — Belly Up Tavern
6/5 — Austin, TX — The Mohawk
6/6 — Dallas, TX — Granada Theater
6/7 — Lawrence, KS — The Granada Theatre
6/8 — Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line Music Cafe
6/10 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
6/12 — Toronto, ON — The Hoxton
6/15 — Montreal, QC — Le National
6/16 — Boston, MA — Paradise
6/17 — New York, NY — Webster Hall
6/21 — Washington, DC — Black Cat
6/22 — Dover, DE — Firefly Music Festival
6/23 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
CHVRCHESor ‘churches’ (in case you didn’t do the trendy indie moniker math) is a new electropop outfit out of Glasgow. From their Recover EP released this month, Austrian producer Cid Rim (aka Clemens Bacher) takes the peppy single and transforms it into something a little more interesting, of the indie noir variety.
The trio toured with Passion Pit last year, are hitting up SXSW (natch) and are slotted to play at the Firefly festival in Dover this June (amazing lineup btw). They’re also playing a couple of sets at Mercury Lounge in NY next month so if you live there and have the ability to score tickets to the sold out shows, do so.
And if I recover, will you be my comfort? or it can be over, and we can just leave it here.