Music Remixes

Beat Connection – Silver Screen (Dreamtrak Diamond Sound)


If I’m being honest, Seattle quartet Beat Connection‘s original “Silver Screen” strikes me as a pretty lame track. It shuffles around with its hands in its pockets, tentatively moving from one dopey section to another. It’s too slow and timid to be a good dance tune, too busy to be relaxing or blissed-out. The synths never come together into a coherent sound, and the drum track can’t decide what it wants to be when it grows up. Even at a relatively brief 4:30, by the time it ends, it feels like you’ve been listening to it forever, and yet when it’s over, you find that it’s made almost no impact whatsoever. There are some saving graces – the charming vocals, a wistful pan-pipe melody – but all in all, they’re overshadowed by the song’s indecisiveness.

What we have here, then, is a master class in remixing, courtesy of London’s dreamtrak.

Remixing a track can be a lot like editing someone else’s writing. You approach it with a critical, objective eye, take note of what works, identify what doesn’t, and start cutting. In the end, if you did it right, you’re left with the core of what made the work good in the first place, stripped of all the stuff that was holding it back. You build a new scaffolding around that foundation, and voila, you’ve given something new life.

Gone, in this case, are the busy drum track and schizophrenic synths, replaced by a punchy kick, colorful auxiliary percussion, funky horns, and a fantastic bassline that reminds me of Baltimora for some reason. The wandering, emotionally flat structure is out too, in favor of a more traditional-sounding verse/bridge/chorus setup with higher highs and lower lows. But the original vocals and that great pan-pipe melody are given new prominence, and elevate this track above your average neo-disco/electropop dance tune. Turns out that Beat Connection were on to something with “Silver Screen” – they just needed a little outside help from dreamtrak to get there.

Beat Connection – Silver Screen (Dreamtrak Diamond Sound)


EMPT Presents – S U M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 3d by Ryan Radler

I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z
Now I feel I could run laps around Jay-Z
Nas ain’t seen nothing this nasty
B.I.G. & Pac got it coming when I pass too
You got the mic, I ain’t the one you wanna pass to

My ni$*@s say my new shit past due
I paid dues, even got that shit tattooed
HiiiPoWeR on another plateau
I know you know we need a few plaques too…” – Ab Soul

I love those lyrics. That’s the confidence, belief and attitude one needs to make progress. You can never sit around looking at the throne as something that can’t be achieved. You work hard, create your own lane, challenge it and get what you demand from it – in order to be the best, you must challenge the best.

That 41st law mentality is what makes Ab Soul is one of my favorite rappers right now. Aside from being highly intelligent, he sounds driven, like he cares about being great, like he practices everyday and wants no one to question his ability as a rapper. That use to be the norm in Hip Hop, you couldn’t try to be rapper without being incredibly good at it. I’m not talking Mr. Brainwash good here, I’m talking Picasso great. You had to be amazing, you had to innovate, you had to have your own style, you had to be the real deal. In the age of “swag” rappers the playing field is different but it’s nice to know there are still people that still value mastery and perfection of their craft. So many people want recognition or success, few actually know what it really takes, even less are truly willing to do it.

So why all the talk about rap in during a Ryan Radler release? Well it’s simple, these tapes come with that same fire and artistic integrity to not just exist but stand out as something special and worth while. I love that energy more than anything in an artist, it’s seductive, irresistible and necessary. When are artist is in the zone and that energy translates to their work the observers mind opens up and respects it. That’s usually when people say – I don’t really like this type of music but this is cool. I haven’t heard a Ryan Radler tape that hasn’t done that to me and I love it. That said, press play on this one and feel the energy of someone working hard to be great. Immerse yourselves in the Ryan Radler zone, it will treat you right.

S U M M E R :  a n t i – w i n t e r   3 D

  1. GRAND RESORT – Night Is Dark
  2. MILES BONNY x B.LEWIS – Bottom To Top
  3. XXYYXX – Tied2U
  4. JOHNNY HAMMOND – Can’t We Smile
  5. WARPAINT – Undertow (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)
  6. SANDRO BRUGNOLINI – Alipid vs. Franciose Hardy
  7. GORDON REES – In a Bossa Mood
  8. FRANKIE ROSE – Know Me
  9. PHÉDRA – Aphrodite
  10. FINAL DJs – Salt On Our Skin (Sebastian Scotch remix / Normandy Edit)
  11. LABYRINTH EAR – Snow White (DREAMTRAK Remix)
  12. SMASHING PUMPKINS – 1979 (StardonE Remix)
  13. BRAIDS – Glass Deers (Teen Daze Remix)
  14. YOUNG MAN – Fate