Music Remixes

Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival – Kastle

Unable to attend the full weekend of music, I made sure to catch the final night of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. After last year’s performances, which included the likes of Nicolas Jaar and Baths, I knew this event was not to be missed. Let it be known that to this day, Nicolas Jaar was one of the best live DJ performances I’ve ever seen.

That said, I was expecting a lot from the festival this year.

BEMF is structured in what I like to call a “new school” festival sort of way — you’ve got a concentrated area of Brooklyn with multiple venues and multiple nights of shows. At any given point, five different artists can be performing all over Williamsburg, at the same time. It’s exciting and hectic, jumping from place to place. But it’s mostly exciting. I was thrilled to know that both Kastle and Star Slinger would be performing on the same night, but I was disappointed to learn that Star Slinger wouldn’t be performing until 2am. Unfortunately, on a Sunday, I was unable to swing it. But I stayed for the entirety of Kastle’s performance, and was thoroughly impressed by his energy and excitement. I observed the crowd, which was more of a club scene for a Sunday night than a show, and immediately noticed how humbled Kastle was to be playing at such a venue (Output, in Williamsburg for those who haven’t heard/said it already, has a phenomenal soundsystem.)

He played an eclectic collection of his housier tracks, which was fitting for the time of night and the sort of crowd, but he closed out his performance with this track — a chopped up remix of Drake’s, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” which got everyone feeling sexy and amped up for the acts to follow. I’ve kind of loved this song for a while now, having heard it a couple of months ago when it was still summery in my head and outside. It’s sexy like the original but with that added element of trap mystery. It’s a little dirtier, a little sexier, a little less safe. Add it to your Friday playlists immediately, because you’ll be playing it all weekend. You might even accidentally find yourself mouthing the words, to the beat of the remix itself, on the street.

Not like that’s ever happened to me while accidentally making eye contact with strangers. Nope. Not me.


Drake – Hold On, We’re Going Home (Kastle Remix)


Kevin Casey’s Sample Saturday – Aaliyah et Drake

Drake has made his admiration and respect for Aaliyah very clear through various interviews, so it seemed appropriate for a record on his debut album to use a sample from Aaliyah’s debut album.  After being signed to Jive Records at the age of 15, the beautiful and talented Aaliyah was introduced to singer/producer R.Kelly who would end up being her mentor and also the lead songwriter and producer on her debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. He and his protege singer spent countless hours in the studio, molding her raw vocal talent into the sound of a young superstar. Fueled by two hit singles, the album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 3 million copies (wow – a number 18 album these days would be lucky to break 50 thousand).  The first single was “Back and Forth” and the second was Drake’s choice “At Your Best (You Are Love)”.  Like many other special artists we have lost, it’s hard not to imagine the heights her career would have reached by the present day.

Constructed by Drake’s lethal studio weapons, Noah “40” Shebib and Boi-1da, “Unforgettable” starts and ends with the Aaliyah sample. They probably chose “At Your Best” because it contained a soothing acapella section, giving them a lot of flexibility in production. Aaliyah’s vocals are layered with some smooth pads and a nice chord progression that is used as the musical base for the song.  Since her part is a repetitive “Let Me Know…”, it may also have been the basis for the concept of the record. Basically, let Drizzy know if he’ll really be unforgettable.  Can’t forget my girl Rachel for her help with this one.

Aaliyah – At Your Best (You Are Love)

Drake ft. Young Jeezy – Unforgettable

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Kisses – People Can Do The Most Amazing Things

With so much drama in the L-B-C
It’s kinda hard bein Snoop D-O-double-G
But I, somehow, some way
Keep comin up with funky ass shit like every single day…” – Snoop Doggy Dogg (1993, Doggystyle)

I turned on my computer this morning and the first song I saw with Kisses’ People Do The Most Amazing Things. I pressed play and man this song couldn’t be more appropriate for my current events in NYC.

I’ve got to get it out, I never wanted to fight…”

I tell you man, knowing what you want is a gift and a curse. It’s a gift because having direction and purpose helps you wake up in the morning without feeling like theres nothing to do. It’s a curse because you’re so focused on those goals that you lose your ability to entertain anything that takes you off course.

And it’s hard to know what you want, cause it’s hard to say what you can…”

I’ve gotten so caught up in my ambition over these last few years that I’ve literally lost ability to be distracted. I believe in the laws of attraction so much that I try to stay away from anything negative to the point where it might seem like I don’t care to people, but it’s not the case. I apologize to all the people around me who have things going on, or who’ve wanted a little more from me on the personal side, I’m not trying to diss you guys…

Things have been so crazy and hectic, I should’a gotten back by now.
But you know how much I wanted to make it,  It’s probably better anyhow.
So if you gotta go, If there’s anything I should know.
If the spotlight makes you nervous, if your looking for a purpose.
I remember when you thought I was joking, now I’m all singing karaoke further than I’ve ever been…
– Drake (Karaoke)

I’ve been in show business since the 3rd grade, I’m addicted to the game, I need to put on a show like I need to breath. My apologies to those who try to argue with me and get the blank wall, I’m not fighting anyone. Life is to short and I’m determined to spend every single moment of it on the upside so sorry to disappoint. Time should be spent doing things…

I was only trying to get ahead, I was only tying to get ahead,
But the spotlight makes you nervous…

Anyways, I had to post the Drake song after using half of the lyrics for this post, enjoy

Kisses – People Can Do The Most Amazing Things

Drake - Karaoke

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Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off (Drake Cover)

Peter Bjorn & John’s fifth studio album Living Thing is due for release in about a week. I’ve had the album for a while now but every time I sit down to check it out I end up listening to Writer’s Block, the third studio album released by the Stockholm trio in 2006 and by far my personal favorite. Hence the Young Folks post on Friday. Anyways, I finally got around to checking it out and to be honest, I’m not a big fan. Perhaps the most notable change in this album is the heavy drum programming and minimalistic production, which at first listen sounds appealing but ends up just lacking the decorative nature and lo-fi ambience we’ve come to expect from PB & J.

The obvious standouts in the album are the first single Nothing to Worry About & Lay It Down. Maybe the whole 80’s sound is losing its edge but overall the album just lacks the eclecticism, feeling and grit we to love from PB & J. So, for the sake of preserving the good ol’ PB & J name I’m going to make the musical feature of this post Let’s Call It Off, one of my favorite songs from Writer’s Block. I’ve included the original song and a great cover by Canadian actor, rapper, singer Drake. And just for kicks here’s Lay It Down from the new album as well.

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off

Peter Bjorn & John – Lay It Down

Peter Bjorn & John – Let’s Call It Off (Drake Cover)

Music Remixes

Drake & Lykke Li – Little Bit

Drake is a fantastic talent, his nack for wordplay and rhymes holds up with the best. I’m not sure about all the 808’s & Heartbreak influenced singing though. This kinda feels like that part in Ray when Stevie is still trying to find his style but has yet to come to his own. Nevertheless, we all expect great things from this guy. I’d love to hear more rapping at some point. Either way, I’m a sucker for anything Lykee Li so here’s the mashup.

Drake & Lykee Li – Little Bit