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Gorgon City – Ready For Your Love Feat. MNEK (Florian Paetzold Remix)

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It is not a typical situation and declaring the moment takes as much guts as the act of letting someone in when we’re most vulnerable. No one’s ready to jump on love. At least not me.

I first heard Gorgon City’s original when it came out upon seeing MNEK on the track’s title. I dug it, mostly for its melodies, by owning the starring role in the song they put the  lyrics on a background. These lyrics.

It wasn’t until I pressed play on an early listen of Florian Paetzold’s remix that my jaw dropped just as the 1 minute mark passed. I stopped typing on my keyboard while a mental—and spacious—WTF moment passed by. Naked, reverberated and heavily-pitched-down vocals single-handedly lead this movie. As the lyrics are sung you can feel the meaning of every word. Finger snaps like a metronome and a sonic wind gust prepares you for the drop. Then it’s chopped vocals and harmonies that lead to the bridge. If you think that was all wait for it around the 2:40 mark.

Summarizing what is unique about this remix is quite simple. You see, the norm is that computers, technology and synthesizers squeeze the emotion out of a song. By pitching down the vocals and the other magic stated above, Florian manages to make a song more passionate and moving. And when a remixer is able to accomplish something like this it deserves praise, recognition—and in the words of MNEK, most of all, most of all, sharing it with someone like you.

Gorgon City feat. MNEK – Ready For Your Love (Florian Paetzold Remix)

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EMPT Premiere: DJ CAM – Uncomfortable (REFLEX Remix)

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Situationally speaking, we’ve all been there. Finding ourselves in uncomfortable positions followed by a reassurance that —in the end— we’ll be OK. The not so good reality about that is that sometimes it’s more wishful thinking than an actual foreshadowing with any degree of certainty of a desired outcome.

We’ve been yearning the balearic sea disco avec that sexy touchez français that is REFLEX. That’s why EMPT is proud to bring you the exclusive premiere of their new remix for DJ CAM’s Uncomfortable. The clash between the funky electro-disco personality with the balearic looks is a fusion not found in many places and sonically, we can almost taste the sand, the sea and the blue sky on this one. André and Ludmilla (the duo behind REFLEX) watermark this remix with their signature vintage synth chord progressions and it makes me smile. There’s something very rewarding about a fresh new production with a hint of something you can tell apart and claim as “the REFLEX sound”.

This track will be officially released in exactly one week from today but you can enjoy it and get it starting today by clicking the link after the jump. As you read this they are halfway through their US tour and I couldn’t stress enough the fact that you should catch their show if it’s anywhere near your locale. I’ve been wanting to see them live since I first heard about them.

Here’s a list of the shows left on this leg of the tour:

03/13 : Gold Lounge, Las Vegas, NV
03/14 : The Garden,  El Paso, TX
03/15 : SXSW Geisha Room ( Nubase Showcase )

03/16 : SXSW Nook Amphitheatre – Live

03/22 : The Next Door, Honolulu Hawaii – Live

DJ CAM – Uncomfortable (REFLEX Remix)

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Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) (Goldroom Remix)

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When things are falling apart there’s nothing better than to find yourself with a catchy hook. And if you listen to the original, Charli XCX samples Gold Panda’s You — and that my friends, is as catchy as it gets.

Josh has done it again, a nu disco remix that stays true to the meaning behind the lyrics yet injects the original with a bassline with its own personality and the usual Goldroom tune flavour. The bridge and its synth chord progression with the kicks and snares is something that gives the remix some breath of fresh air, a balearic air of sorts — for moments at least. We await the official release of this remix that’s forthcoming on Asylum Records on February 10, until then find a promo copy after the jump. Enjoy your afternoon with this one.

Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) (Goldroom Remix)

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Duke Dumont – Need U (100%)

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This 90s House revival that’s been going on for the last two years or so is on point. I’m all into it and people like the brit Adam Dyment (Duke Dumont’s real name), Cyril Hahn and alike are spearheading it. 17-year-old A*M*E is on the vocals of this one and after he gave us The Giver last year he opens 2013 with this gem. I mean, those sensual adlibs that keep looping in this song are so dope —I can’t believe I just used that word. Duke Dumont is riding a wave right now and he shouldn’t lose this momentum. Solid releases,  Annie Mac labeling him one of the future stars of 2013 (to which I agree), you name it. Dude’s on a roll. Enjoy this one to the max. You’ll need it 100% after the first listen, trust me.

Duke Dumont – Need U (100%)

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Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven (Major Lazer Remix)

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It was thanks to my girlfriend that I first heard this song’s original version. I knew that it wasn’t worth it purchasing since I was about to listen to it nonstop on the radio and about every person’s iPod at home parties and alike. A week or two ago when I was writing about the Jr Blender Remix of Rihanna’s Where Have You Been –doing pre and post research on the dude– I discovered that only a month ago he mixed this remix with Major Lazer.

If you ask me this sound a lot more like Jr Blender than Major Lazer but I’m glad anyways that it came out. Actually, it didn’t, but it did. This is a tropical slurpee of sorts, with all the reggae elements we love and just the right amount of timbrels to evoque even the most paradisiacal location you can imagine. Percussions galore, this drink is only missing the little paper umbrella to watch while you sip. Sit back and enjoy the weather, it’s about to get warm once you hit play.

Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven (Major Lazer Remix)

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WZRD – Teleport 2 Me, Jamie (ft. Desire)

The movie Drive made Desire’s Under Your Spell an instant classic and on February of last year Kid Cudi revealed his project WZRD (an alias he uses for the rock project where he partners up with Dot Da Genius).

Drive’s soundtrack has the ability to transport (or teleport me, for that matter) to another time (even though it’s a relatively new movie only a couple years old. But everything about the movie has influences from a decade that’s very special to me. Among its feats was making Desire’s Under Your Spell an instant classic. In Teleport 2 Me, Jamie, Cudi samples Desire’s original and sings about how much he wants this girl to be with him. The elusive Jamie is Jamie Baratta (Cudi’s best friend or girlfriend, depending who you ask). Cudi still can’t sing yet he’s managed for us all to accept and even like the way he ‘sings’ in his songs.

WZRD (which was first called Wizard then 2 Be Continuum and later WZRD where the four letters are pronounced one letter at a time *rolls eyes*) is the rock project that finds behind it the aforementioned Cudi and Dot Da Genius. Teleport 2 Me, Jamie was their debut single in February 2012 and since then I haven’t heard a bit. Hopefully this side-project gives birth to more stuff like this.

WZRD – Teleport 2 Me, Jamie (ft. Desire)

 

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Disclosure – Latch feat. Sam Smith

“What did you give me, to make my heart beat out my chest.”

Finding oneself in certain situations and not caring what our actions might do to jeopardize that moment… To feel that connection with someone and latching to her/him seems like the most natural thing to do. It’s instinct-driven I believe. Now Sam Smith’s vocals on this beautiful musical gift Disclosure gave us almost 5 months ago is just ear-candy. I mean, if this ain’t shagging music, I don’t know what is.

In this single the english duo produce a musical bed to these lyrics that goes beyond a single genre and has the ability to find empathy in multiple musical tastes. The insight of the song is very strong and when you pair that to a groovy and intimate tune, well, you get something that just might appeal to a lot of people. It’s no wonder why brother Guy and Howard Lawrence’s first single climbed to the #11th position of UK Charts and stayed there for a good time. I’ve included the video because, after all, what’s a song like this without a proper video where every single person in it is getting off with each other?

If you have ever asked someone the quote that starts this post, just nod and hit play. Amen brother. Amen sister.

Disclosure – Latch feat. Sam Smith

 

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Lana Del Rey – Blue Velvet (Penguin Prison Remix)

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The original Clovers version penned by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris was covered by greats of the like of Tony Bennett and Bobby Vinton, both being chart toppers in the 50s. And I think that’s what makes LDR quite the bold and daring one to pick a song like this to cover herself. That said, as good as her cover is so is the video that came out with it. A branded content piece of audiovisual short film in the post-war americana style of David Lynch’s film of the same name. I think it was a very good execution by H&M to promote their brand.

Every once in a long while I stumble upon a song that has ‘stopping power’. This is my latest find. From the moment that sick bass line comes in to the way Mr Chris Glover aka Penguin Prison cuts and loops LDR’s vocals this song takes on a life of its own. The star in this rendition is no longer the beautiful lyrics written by Mr Wayne and Mr Morris. It’s about a sick tune we all want to dance to. Almost a minute and fourty seconds into the song you’ll find yourself clapping and dancing in your seat. And that’s one of the interesting parts of this remix, it’s a journey with ups and downs. With parts where it releases itself from it’s dancing constraints and then back at it like it owns your speakers and the dancefloor. This song is best served in a loud volume, be it on your in-ears or in a rich sound system.

If you listen to the original and then you listen to this remix, the former feels almost like a lullaby in front of this. I feel.

Lana Del Rey – Blue Velvet (Penguin Prison Remix)

 

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Rihanna – Where Have You Been (Jr Blender Remix)

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As a popular song gets remixed over and over again it’s proportionately more difficult to find good remixes, remakes or edits of the original. And just when I thought I had heard quite possibly every single Where Have You Been remix, Mr ShaveUrLegz himself lets me know that his favorite WHYB remix is one by Jr Blender. I think it’s over a year old and I hadn’t managed to get a listen a it.

Now, what happened the first I hit play was something I was not expecting. From the solo striking of those steel pans and through that melodic distorted synth under Rihanna’s slowed down vocals this remix is a tropical paradise. And if it all doesn’t sound good enough up until now, wait until you listen to the chorus part. It just sounds so right, meant to be and full of teleportation energy. It’s impossible not to fly in our minds to a tropical paradise over this song’s bridge.

So, please let me invite you on this musical journey to a place where Mai Tais and Bloody Caesars are de rigueur hand accessories. And when someone asks you where have you been, you’ll be able to tell this wonderful story of how for just 3 minutes and 40 seconds you escaped to this magical place called The World of Jr Blender.

Rihanna – Where Have You Been (Jr Blender Remix)

 

 

 

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Fryars – In My Arms

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“The road I know is the road I go
And the life I live and the life you know
Give me all of your affection …

I just wanna hold you in my arms
I just wanna hold you in my arms
In my arms.”

Comfort zones seem to be a commonplace item for composers’ inspiration now more than ever. It’s such a big insight that some could claim it could be a psychological archetype. Psycho-babble aside, I know I have been in that situation where I’d rather choose the simplicity of a moment to the complexity of certain situations. When you’re tired of all the BS, when you just want to hold someone in your arms. When you don’t want to read between the lines, you just want to fall prey and stay in that comforting moment of holding each other.

The song starts like your average indie pop tune (catchy chorus included). Towards the second verse  halfway through the song it changes the pace temporarily proportional to the amount of pleading and emotional explanation. That’s until the vocal bridge comes and a stripped down crooning takes over that part of the song. In the end you can feel a twist of R&B influenced elements and patterns. It’s pretty obvious that it concludes the same way it started — begging to be held in one’s arms.

Fryars – In My Arms