Kicking off this installment of Remix Roundup is a new one from RAC‘s repertoire, a remix of The Drums “Kiss Me Again.” RAC takes the surfy original (from the Brooklyn duo’s latest album Encyclopedia) to new levels with layered synths and a drum machine, giving it an overall ’80s feel. Regarding the selection, RAC said, “The Drums have been somewhat of an obsession of mine. When the opportunity came up to do a remix, I had to do it.” Pick up a free download of this jubilant mix on Soundcloud.
Speaking of the ’80s, if you’re a product of the era with a predilection for ’90s pop, you’ll most likely recognize this next one. Veteran Swiss-based producer EDX has done a retake of Sam Feldt‘s cover of the 1993 classic, “Show Me Love” by Robin S. We loved the original summery reimagination from Dutch producer Sam Feldt, and EDX elevates the tropical house track to a dance-floor ready jam. Sam Feldt’s version will be out June 1 via Spinnin’ Records.
Last but not least, we lead you out with this hauntingly eloquent rework of José González‘ single, “Let It Carry You” from LA producer/DJ Dino Soccio. Soccio manages to retain the airy organic feel of the original (that won accolades from the man González himself), while simultaneously adding a chillwavey nu-disco backdrop. Let this resplendent edit carry you to transcendence just after the four-minute mark.
While their name may be synonymous with the Garden State soundtrack to some, electronic duo Zero 7 have actually been building a sizable body of work since their beginnings in 2001. In fact, the British act, Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker have released over four albums in the past decade or so. Their latest EP, EP3 features a collaboration with José González and is scheduled to release March 31 on vinyl and April 14 digitally on Make Records.
We’re obsessed with EP3‘s opening track, “400 Blows,” with vocals from UK artist Danny Pratt. Check out this stunner below — along with the lovely and serene “Last Light” single starring González on vox. Fans can look forward to a possible full-length release by the duo this fall.
José González has shared the second taste off his forthcoming album, Vestiges & Claws — scheduled for release February 17 via Mute Records. It will be the Argentinian-Swedish songwriter’s first solo effort since 2007, after spending time collaborating with his band Junip and contributing to various other projects. According to a press release, the new LP includes an array of influences, from ’70s Brazilian productions, to American folk rock and West African desert blues.
In anticipation of the album listen to new single “Leaf Off / The Cave.” Also check out José’s recent cover of Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” while you scope out his 2015 North American tour schedule below.
2015 North American Tour Dates:
4/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/07 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club
4/10 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
4/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
4/12 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
4/13 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/14 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
4/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
4/18 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
4/21 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
4/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
4/24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
4/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
4/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Long before José González made a name for himself as a critically-acclaimed solo artist, he was cutting his teeth with the folk rock group Junip, which consists of the Swedish–Argentine singer-songwriter on vocals/guitar, Elias Araya on drums, and Tobias Winterkorn on the organ/moog. The trio have reunited for another collaboration on their third and self-titled album, which released today. Listen to their single “Your Life, Your Call” below.
José and his hushed pop lay at the heart of Junip, however, with his seductive bossanova sound and haunting vocals ever-present. So hard to pick just a few, but check out a couple of choice solo efforts below — including one of my favorite covers of all time.
Junip will be performing at the Highline Ballroom in New York June 13th, followed by a show at the 930 Club in DC June 15th. For a full list of tour dates, visit their site here.