Roughly every other weekend, we share a RMX Roundup of the freshest mixes and electronic beats on the blogosphere. To begin this installment we have a new edit of CRi‘s “Why I Love You” from a fellow Canadian producer who goes by the name Rosewater Ctz. CRi is currently one of our favorite electronic producers, and he just released a remix package for the prototype via TOKiMONSTA‘s Young Art Records. While we don’t know much about Rosewater Ctz, we love the cinematic and almost monastic quality that he brings to the original cut with the atmospheric opening and dramatic drop that reminds us a little of Delerium‘s “Silence.” Listen to this stunner below.
Another production duo killing the game is Gilligan Moss, who just dropped their rendition of Promises Ltd.‘s hit song “American Eyes.” If you haven’t heard, Promises Ltd. is a new electropop duo consisting of artist Chrome Sparks and vocalist Charlie Brand. Moss apply their signature synth wizardry to the track, taking the pop song to new euphoric heights.
Finally, we have Tourist‘s new interpretation of Christine and The Queens‘ “Saint Claude.” Tourist, the London-based and Grammy award-winning producer (William Phillips) gives the single by the French singer Héloïse Letissier a rousing reimagining and solid dance tick. Stream 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.
Really, really excited to share the new Jessie Ware collab in this week’s edition of Remix Roundup. TOKiMONSTA, the LA producer caught up with Ware in Copenhagen as part of the Red Bull Studios Remix Project to rework the song “Keep On Lying,” off her new album Tough Love. The original is one of many gorgeous gems on the UK singer’s new record, but TOKi manages to elevate the track — infusing effervescent synths, cymbals and future bass into its melancholic core while leaving Jessie’s divine vocals at the forefront, pitch-shifting them at points for a richer, darker sound. Bottom line — if this remix isn’t love, then we don’t want to know.
Speaking of another artist who collaborated with Ware on her new album (on the song “Pieces”), electronic artist Tourist aka William Phillips has dropped a dazzling new track entitled “Illuminate.” Featuring our favorite British frontman, Olly Alexander of Years & Years on vocals, the London producer employs his poppier sensibilities on the song, using vibrant stuttering synths to illuminate the uptempo production and Olly’s achingly good pipes. The track was released November 16 on Polydor Records.
Lastly, Little Dragon brings up the rear with the Poolside rendition of the Swedish group’s track, “Cat Rider.” The LA-based duo and daytime disco-makers drip some of their dreamy poolside vibes onto the original, taking up the tempo on the track from Little Dragon’s latest effort, Nabuma Rubberband. The result is an exotic and inspired study in euphoric electronic lounge music. Listen below.
With this weekend marking the official start to summer, this edition of RMX Roundup begins with something tropical by way of crowd favorite and dance/synthpop act La Roux. “Tropical Chanceur” is the third single shared off their forthcoming album, Trouble In Paradise, whose breezy synths and steel drums will have you beach bound in no time. Listen below and look out for the album to drop July 8 via Cherrytree Records. Next we have another track from Tourist, the British producer whose electronic beats we just can’t seem to get enough of lately. See if you agree by streaming below, and be sure to pick up his new EP Patterns on iTunes. Last but not least is the thrilling new remix of Route 94‘s house track “My Love,” by the Shanghai-based maestro of sexy electronic grooves Henry Krinkle. He describes his sound as originating “somewhere between the swamps and polo fields of South Florida.” Is there anything more to be said? Ready, set, SUMMER.
British producer Tourist‘s new EP Patterns dropped this past April, showcasing once more his talented production chops. The title track, “Patterns” is particularly beautiful as it features the soulful vocals of Lianne La Havas and a backing choir. I’m also partial to his seamless remix of London Grammar‘s new single, “Sights,” but that should be no surprise to anyone who follows this blog as my love for LG is well documented. Stunning through and through, it’s safe to say this re-creation is out of sight. Stream both songs below.
Until now the buzz around HAIM, the sister trio from LA had all but escaped my attention. This remix by the London producer Tourist, however, changed that with his tropical twist on their single “The Wire.”
The mix will be part of the Amazon’s UK deluxe edition of the bands forthcoming LP Days Are Gone, out September 30th. Stream below along with the virtually unrecognizable original, which, while not my fave, has an undeniably catchy chorus.
Tourist 2013 North American Tour Dates:
10/18 New York, NY @ CMJ
10/19 New York, NY @ CMJ
10/23 Boston, MA @ TT The Bears
10/24 Washington, DC @ U St Music Hall
10/25 Montreal, QC @ Belmont*
10/26 Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar*
10/27 Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis
10/29 Miami, FL @ Bardot*
10/30 Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
10/31 San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom
11/1 San Diego, CA @ Bang Bang
11/2 Seattle, WA @ Lo-Fi
11/3 Los Angeles, CA @ Hard – Day of the Dead
11/7 Chicago, Il @ Concord
11/8 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
11/9 Denver, CO @ Norad
*Supporting Duke Dumont