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Rhye – Open (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

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I don’t know if the club kids are flocking to a group like Rhye, but when I first came across their stuff I thought, “This sounds like comedown music for today’s rave generation, at least for the ones that are crushing really, really hard.”

If John Hughes was a contemporary filmmaker and he got somebody like Grimes or Diplo to assemble the soundtrack to one of his movies, Open (Ryan Hemsworth Remix) would be the song they play during the scene at the high school prom, when our two romantically entangled leads are standing close with arms, legs, and bodies intertwined. Soft focus with the lights down low, and pull in for the close up. They make eye contact, and sway.

This starts out like some James Blake ish, a quiet storm of electronic tremble. Before long though, the textures start to throb and click into sync and the whole thing swings into motion. This is all kept in place with a very R&B framework, much like the source material. Fortunately Hemsworth keeps a lot of the things that make the original track so compelling firmly in place, choosing to expand upon the foundation it provides instead of tearing it down and building it back up again. Gentle coos flutter underneath the mix, the vocals of Mike Milosh never reach above a strained whisper, and the melodies build and crest up against the exaltations in the lyrics.

I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs
I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs
I’m a fool for your belly
I’m a fool for your…

You can bump this track in the afterglow of the early morning dawn, by the embers of the low-hanging flickering candle light, or in the darkened bedroom, with only the neon glow of the city peering in through the creases in your curtains. So versatile. It isn’t just “f$&k me” music or “make love to me” music. This is “embrace me” music, “take me for who I am” music. What’s sexier than that?

Rhye – Open (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)

BONUS: We’ve also included the original below. Compare, contrast, and enjoy.

Rhye – Open (Original)

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Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)

Do you not think so far ahead?

‘Cause I’ve been thinkin bout forever.

No, I don’t like you, I just thought you were cool enough to kick it.

Got a beach house I could sell you in Idaho since you think I don’t think I love you

I just thought you were cute, that’s why I kissed you.”

Welcome to Thursday. For some it’s the beginning of the weekend and for others it’s that tease of a day before 5 PM on Friday. Either way, we’re all pretty much thinking about the weekend. What am I going to do? Are there any good parties? Maybe I should just stay in and keep it chill. Whatever. You do you! No matter what you feel like doing, keep Frank Ocean at your disposal. Today we’re bringing back a summer track that’s just as fresh as it was back in July when we brought you the spellbinding original.

Ryan Hemsworth, the Canadian producer/writer/blogger has put his touch on Ocean’s opus and it’s simply bliss on this Thursday.  Listening to both the original and Hemsworth’s versions, I’ve found little difference between the two. That, however, was just a surface observation. Listening to the track a second, third, and then fourth time I heard all the nuances that makes Hemsworth a producer to keep your eyes on (aside from his pretty looks). He takes the original R&B inflections and transforms them into an atmospheric bump that goes down smooth in the ears as it levitates the sonic senses. Listen closely and you’ll hear muted keyboard chords bouncing in the background while an 808 bumps through a white-noise filter and space-age synths. Ocean’s voice melts into the production. Hemsworth compliments him by tracing his vocal steps with a production that follows the melody.

This track’s got me thinking about the nature of remixes. I, for one, am an avid hunter for the next best remix. I often hear a song and think, “Imagine the remixes that’ll come from this track!” Yet, with Frank Ocean I never thought that and when I saw that some existed I grew a little cynical. Is nothing sacred anymore? Hemsworth, however, has proved that a track can be remixed and still maintain the original’s integrity. There isn’t a competition of whose version is better. Each are the Frank Ocean we brought you in July, but today we bring you Frank Ocean in space.

Get up, get down, chill, grind, escape, whatever to this track. It’s hypnotic beat is enough to induce a mid-day trance that’ll tie you over for the next 48 hours.

Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Ryan Hemsworth Bootleg)