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Viceroy – Caught Me A Rhythm (Feat. Marc E. Bassy)

I’ve caught myself a rhythm lately. I’ve had arguably the most successful two weeks of work to date, I’m staying in constant contact with the universe around me and have shifted focus from myself to the greater picture, and I recognize the gift of exponential room to grow in my future. That’s a cause to celebrate and fortunately Viceroy’s newest is providing the perfect vibes for the occasion. It’s soulful, it’s sexy, it’s smooth, it’s everything you’d hope for from an artist delivering a summertime smash with an assist from a quickly bubbling vocal talent like Marc E. Bassy. It’s so different from the past Viceroy singles I’ve heard yet it’s easily his best song to date.

All that being said, I still manage to let self doubt creep in. I don’t give myself all the positives in my life recognition – I just assume I should be doing as well as I am, and in turn, can end up feeling moments of stress about the things that aren’t going as smoothly. It’s an annoying little cycle, for sure, but it’s also human nature and I don’t hold it against myself…it just is. Everything in this moment is beyond our control and is thus exactly how it should be. Gratitude isn’t a natural state for most humans, but I practice it daily so that it’ll eventually come to me without a second thought…from there, I can keep catching this rhythm.

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Music Remixes

DCUP – I’m Corrupt (Viceroy Remix)

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A heartfelt anticipation is spreading. You find yourself mindlessly gnawing at a fingernail or aimlessly staring at your screen while your heart thumps. Its the kind of nervousness that overwhelms only when an important event approaches – an interview. But not just any interview. I mean the kind you really want to crush, for the job you really want to get. You’ve poured mountains of energy into applications and preparations and completed all but the final test. The last step is to put your money where your mouth (and experience) is, and hope that you don’t choke on the wrong question.

I’m Corrupt is a perfect anxiety reducer. DCUP‘s original version is already enjoyable with a retro flair that will make you want to disco all over the place. The Australian DJ/producer has a knack for creating dance-worthy grooves. He made a name for himself with Yolanda Be Cool on a personal favorite of mine, We No Speak Americano. But per usual, Viceroy lets all kinds of summertime loose on this remix. The bass kicks harder and the synths shine a little brighter. Plus the piano solo in the break down jazz it up and keep you carefree. If you’ve never heard of Viceroy, you’re just not enjoying yourself the way you should.

DCUP – I’m Corrupt (Viceroy Remix)

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Brett – Confidence (Viceroy Remix)

Here in Colombia it was a long weekend and I still have this song burning on my skin — literally. It had been so long since I soaked up the sun that I kinda overdid it, and it hurts so good. It was my overconfident self the one to blame for the careless sunbathing sans protection and the pain I am in right now. We must’ve played this song at least a dozen times from Friday until Monday and it always sounded as fresh. In fact, I think at least 1/4 of this weekend’s playlist was made up of Viceroy remixes. And while some think that most of his remixes sound the same it is also true that very few do “Summertime, all the time” the way he does. In my book, he’s delivering. Finding a sonic niche and exploiting it every way that he can. You gotta give it to him.

This time he remixes DC-based band Brett which have their debut album coming out in 15 days or so. It is with this classic happy piano work, marimba-infused sounds with tropical percussions and nu disco vibe that he transforms the funky original into the perfect soundtrack to this past sunny weekend. In only 7 days it has garnered almost 50,000 plays on Soundcloud and went Top 20 on Hype Machine. All this doesn’t mean much if music can’t connect on different levels with the people who listen to it. A couple of weeks ago I got to witness first hand what Austen Afridi aka Viceroy accomplished when he took over a virgin beach in the real island of summertime, all the time, the Dominican Republic and had everyone asking each other: “Is this for real!?”. It wasn’t because of the fact that everyone went crazy when he put his most acclaimed remixes out of the Jet Life Series of classics redone. It was his carefully crafted diverse set that really made that sunset-party-turned-night-debauchery real special. I could really tell what this guy is made of after speaking for hours with him from what’s good with music right now, his story and how culture and the crowd make huge differences here and there. He doesn’t take any of what’s been happening to him for granted and I think somehow it reflects in his music. Because it doesn’t sound complex at all yet it just feels right.

He’s got a bag full of surprises for the last part of 2012 and beginning of 2013 and I can’t wait to hear it. Until then, enjoy this.

Brett – Confidence (Viceroy Remix)

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Music Remixes

Visitor – Coming Home (Lifelike Remix)

On September 10th, Visitor will finally unleash their “Coming Home” EP, equipped with a Pu Pu Platter of remixes courtesy of Lifelike, Viceroy, FM Attack, Vanguard and a slew of other sexy music making superheroes. The EP was teased what feels like over a year ago in a Fear of Tigers podcast in which he unleashed Lifelike’s remix, and is a two pronged work of surreal, new wave electro-pop anthems.

Like anything Visitor births, “Coming Home” is an essential, roller coaster piece of electro-pop driven by synths, melting 80s-ish vocals, and sugary lust. It’s the type of song that transports you inside of a Sega Genesis, when you ran around in circles with Sonic the Hedgehog racking up gold circles with that silly haircut and shoe combo, and bringing a world of pain unto Doctor Eggman. (Note: if they make that game for the Wii, these songs definitely belong on the soundtrack.)

All I have to listen to in iTunes now is this rip of Lifelike‘s remix, which once again demonstrates his utter mastery of that dreamy French touch sound. While I doubt the incessant stuttering “Cuh” intro from the rip will be a part of the official release, it’s kind of grown on me. Keep an eye out for the other remixes and the next time you’re heading home from a rough day at the office or for a family reunion, toss this one on. It’ll set the mood.

Visitor – Coming Home (Lifelike Remix)

Bonus:

Their remix to Lifelike and Yota’s party anthem is a late night babymaking machine/workout playlist gem.

Lifelike – Love Emulator (Visitor Remix)

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Ghost Beach – Miracle (Viceroy Remix)

I’m currently surviving what the weather is calling a “dangerous heat index,” and the city is encouraged to limit outdoor exposure. Seems like the older we get, the hotter every summer feels. This little miracle is a refreshing distraction from the onset of heat stroke.

Viceroy sprinkles a little tropical rhythm on Ghost Beach’s already groove-worthy Miracle. Bongos dance throughout while Ghost Beach’s Josh Ocean takes you to some paradise evoked from his last name. Meanwhile Viceroy lives up to his motto: Summertime, All The Time.

It’s a miracle
Even if its in my head
Like a miracle
Im in love again

Everybody get out
We can’t stand underwater
Can’t seem to touch the ground.”

Currently at 101, temperatures having been sneering back at the 90 degree marks all week. Time to crank this tune and get lifted while anticipating that achingly far off vacation.

Ghost Beach – Miracle (Viceroy Remix)