It’s been just over a month since everyone’s favorite nostalgia-inducing duo Futurecop! released their amazing debut album Hopes, Dreams & Alienation, which easily made an appearance on our Top 30 Albums of 2013 list. Today they’re building upon that momentum, back with a brand new single, Schizoid Man, featuring vocals courtesy of London’s New Arcades. The track is a shining example of exactly what makes their sound so enthralling and style so unique — with shimmering dreamwave synths and weighty electro beats lighting up a chorus of flawless pop vocals, coming together as a pristine slice of big 80s influenced vibes akin to a timeless daydream. The UK retro champions have shown us, yet again, just how infectious living with the wonders of the past, while looking toward the possibilities of the future, can be. Kick the volume up to full and hit play on the premiere below!
The year was 2009 and a band by the name of Yes Giantess was rocking our world with infectious tracks Tuff ‘n Stuff and You Were Young. We knew little about them except we craved that sound, and all too soon they seemed to disappear. Fast forward to present day, last week to be exact, an email shows up in our inbox containing a track from the occasionally heard from, DC-based artist Lightwaves, which just so happens to be Jan Rosenfeld, vocalist of the formerly mentioned Yes Giantess. Imagine our excitement.
The taste of the weekend is in the air, but it still can’t come soon enough. To help you cruise there a little faster we’ve got some tasty flavored jams today. Pat Lok is kicking things off with a killer take on Disclosure’s Me & You, Portland and Oxford have teamed up for a tune that we’ve had on repeat for weeks, a brilliant remix of Le Youth’s C O O L is delivered by Futurewife, Manila Killa gives us a reworked Bear Mountain track with some serious island flavor, plus so much more. Enough talk, jump in and get down!
We’ve been selfishly holding onto this gem of a tune since first coming across it a couple of months back, and have decided it’s about time we share it. MHYH, which is short for My Heart Your Heart, is a producer from Leipzig, Germany who’s been making dreamy, deep, and synth-soaked electronic music for a little while now, and though we’ve only just discovered him are sure glad we did. His most recent track But I Must Feel Like You is a captivating, cruising jam with great male/female vocal pairing and an amazing build all wrapped around interstellar vibes. He’s generously letting us give this one out for free download, so don’t miss picking it up!
LA’s VIBES, comprised of G Templeton, Death House of Love, and Alex Slavin, initially caught our attention with their great track New Light a few months back. In a genre that’s quickly taken off, they’ve managed to set themselves apart through a successful combination of soulful disco hooks, sunshine filled pop vibes, and Alex’s unique vocals. And with their first EP Stone Floors and Calm Tigers just finished, they’re in a position to make waves. The EP features 3 tracks including their latest, Sweet Talk, which we’re happy to be premiering for you today. It’s an awesome display of their blissful pool party-ready, tropical flavored sound, and in our opinion their best work to date. The elements work seamlessly to create a crisp summertime tune that’ll be difficult not to come back to time and time again (and honestly, why wouldn’t you?). Until Monday you can pick it up for free below, after which you can download the EP in full via VIBES Bandcamp.
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Our fifteenth installment of The Jam Jar has arrived ladies and gents, and in this week’s list we’ve got heat coming from all directions, with equal parts heavy-hitting dance tunes and more relaxed daytime jams. Japan’s Boys Get Hurt gives us a grand remix of Reflex’s Together via Continental Records, French duo Rise & Fool serve up their killer take on Bastille, and our favorite fun-in-the-sun producers Poolside are back with a brand new single off their upcoming album — plus a whole lot more. These ones will surely have you jamming straight through to the weekend, so without further adieu, dig in!
There’s been some serious action going on in the world of Futurecop! over the past month, and now we’ve got even more to add. This past week they released another set of remixes for Superheroes and Misanthropist Wolf – both singles off their upcoming album Hopes, Dreams & Alienation set to be out later this year. A longtime favorite of ours Pony Pony Run Run, who have been quiet for far too long now, have done a bouncy indie-electro take on Superheroes. They’ve mixed in their French house vibes to perfection and, as we always expect them to, put together an absolute choice tune. Swedish duo F.O.O.L, on the other hand, got ahold of the heavy-hitting Misanthropist Wolf, and took things up a notch creating a grinding, raucous, bass-infused version of the track. Both remixes are available now for free download, so be sure to grab them below!
We’ve got some rather awesome tunes to share with you on this glorious Friday afternoon. Our long-time favorite retro dudes Futurecop! are out with a dreamier-than-dreamy new single Atlantis 1997, to be released March 23rd, that’s also accompanied by a few killer remixes. Naturally, the track encompasses their nostalgic 80′s sound to absolute perfection, inducing instant dance parties and epic daydreams full of magical rides through the clouds with Falkor and Atreyu (if you’re with me, I award you ten points). The remixes are both forces in their own right, and though fairly different in sound, each work incredibly well with the great vocals provided by Cavaliers of Fun.
You can hear P.A.F.F.’s big room remix here first, which transforms the original’s smooth vibe into a slamming electro track ready for anything and everything. And next, though he keeps it fairly tame in comparison, you’ll definitely be able to hear Uppermost’s unique brand of French electro coming through on his own mix. Both are available now for free download, so snatch them up, and keep your eyes peeled for the single release next week, as well as Futurecop!’s new album HOPES, DREAMS & ALIENATION out later this year!
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If you’ve been following us for awhile now, you’ll know what big fans we are of RAC. Never have we doubted that we’d like a new production put out by RAC’s André Allen Anjos. And that won’t change after hearing his newest remix of The Killers Runaways. In usual RAC fashion, André has managed to make the track all his own while fully doing the original justice. He’s stripped it down and lightly dusted it’s bones with bouncing beats, spinning a magical jam worthy of all the attention it will surely get. Get your hands on it below, and keep your ears perked for more soon!
And if you haven’t picked up a copy of RAC’s awesome remix for MNDR yet, do it now!
Pacific Air – Float (RAC Mix) | Chromeo – Bonafied’ Lovin (RAC Mix) | Youngblood Hawke – We Come Running (RAC Mix) | RAC – Hollywood featuring Penguin Prison (Cassian Remix) | Mayer Hawthorne – No Strings (RAC Remix) | Fixers – Iron Deer Dream (RAC Mix) | Washed Out – New Theory (RAC Mix)
Jerome LOL, one half of the LOL Boys who actually went their separate ways recently, has done some ridiculous work on Rihanna’s recent single Diamonds. He’s managed to take a track that does very little for itself to begin with, and turned it into something we’re sure to have on repeat for awhile. His use of looping Rihanna’s ‘shine bright like a diamond’ vocal while distorting the pitch and layering it over a delicate but incredibly danceable beat, works unbelievably well. Simple and crisp drum kicks, piano keys, and bass lines form a chorus in themselves, that together with the vocal piece make a perfectly balanced tune. Get after it!
Here comes some extra fresh dirty-pop goodness courtesy of Clinton VanSciver. The 20-year-old Los Angeles based producer, whom we previously featured for his electrifying remix of Special Features’ track You and Me, has just released some brand new material via his soundcloud page. Staying true to his unique finely-tuned sound, Clinton’s rework of Y Luv’s Driftin is an addictive electro-disco infused number loaded with plenty of sun-filled bounce and attitude to appeal to fans of various musical inclinations. Definitely make sure to grab yourself the free download below and hold on tight until his next release – we have a feeling there’s a lot more quality material to come!
Little Daylight have been on an absolute roll lately with a handful of delightful electro-pop remixes. These guys have really caught our attention reworking some of our favorite indie acts such as Niki & The Dove, Freelance Whales, and St. Lucia to name a few. Their most recent stroke of genius has come in the form of a drum heavy, tropical tinged remix of Passion Pit’s Constant Conversations, off their summer smash album Gossamer. They’ve updated it with a speedier tempo than the original which carries you through nicely, along with some great synth work that ties that whole thing together just right. Pick it up below!
Double-trouble bonus! Two more killer edits from Little Daylight for your listening pleasure.
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In a match we can’t believe didn’t happen sooner, RAC and Mayer Hawthorne have teamed up on a remix of Mayer’s track No Strings. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect combination than RAC’s lighthearted beats paired with Mayer Hawthorne’s smoother than smooth vocals. Needless to say, the result is undeniably fresh, which isn’t surprising considering RAC will literally never steer you wrong. The joint effort has produced something buoyant and soulful, making it a perfect tune to put a smile on your face on a sunny afternoon. Add this to the never-ending collection of gems from the Portland based André Allen Anjos.
Bonus funk! Grab RAC’s remix of Brooklyn’s disco collective Escort while you’re here. You won’t regret it.
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Wildcat! Wildcat! happen to be one of our favorite up-and-coming indie acts, so seeing that Vindata did an official remix for them instantly perked our ears. LA’s Vindata has been in the mix over here in a big way since we first came across them a few months back. They immediately captured our attention with their inventive style, and they’ve done it once again with this new remix. Fusing in a bouncy backbone they’ve successfully doused the track in a delicious indie-pop broth, letting you flow through through it with more direction than the drifting nature of the original, but still keeping the dreaminess intact. These guys are making moves, don’t miss out!
As a bonus, here’s an older remix from them of another one of our of favorites, Toro Y Moi.
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Denmark dream-makers PRIVATE haven’t put anything out in quite some time. Since the red hot release of the My Secret Lover LP back in 2007 we haven’t heard a whisper from the Copenhagen based dance-pop trio. But the appearance of the new track Everywhere ft. Genasis (of G-Unit Records) marks the glorious and triumphant return in true PRIVATE fashion. This is anything but quiet, absolutely blasting with bliss and showering you in confetti made of happiness. Released Sept. 3rd, it not only features the amazing original but a diverse range of awesome remixes from Aylen, Sun Airway, JFK of MSTRKRFT, Shoe Scene Symphony, and more. Check them out below!
A chill day calls for some music of the same kind, and Paris’s Jolie Cherie have just the thing. We’ve been avid fans of the trio since their lively releases on Kistuné Maison compilations the past couple of years. This latest remix of their fellow Parisians La//KVLKD’s track Zephyr is dreamy beyond belief with just a touch of their signature electro pop sound. It’s a drifting, magical ride perfect for mellow Sundaze and supreme relaxation. Pick up the download below!
Bonus! Bonus! Bonus! Jolie Cherie’s phenomenal remix (cover) of Kavinsky’s Nightcall. Amazing.
These things surely don’t come around often enough, but it’s always a good day when we get a new GLOVES tune. The Australian disco house champ has just released a remix he did for the lovely Swede duo Rebecca & Fiona. Aptly named the ‘beach slapped’ remix this one is oozing summertime vibes. Considering everybody’s favorite electro ladies usual sound is big room ready, it’s pleasantly refreshing to hear this type of synth-bathed, nu disco take on the track. This is one of those tunes that instantly puts you in a great mood. Friday has arrived!
We’re slipping this one in here too. Oldie but damn goodie, GLOVES’s remix of Kimbra’s Cameo Lover from last year.
Canberra, Australia duo Peking Duk strike it hot again with an awesomely splendid remix of Ben Howard’s Old Pine. These new kids on the block are coming up with sweet new flavors like the future innovators of gastronomics. They’ve successfully fused the pleasant vocals and guitar with bouncing bass and heavy chilled out filter sounds. The happy-go-lucky whistle in the background caps the whole thing off just right. Who’s ready for an adventure? Because this one makes us want to go be wild and free during these long Summer days.
And if for some reason beyond understanding their remix of Passion Pit’s Take A Walk flew under your radar, grab it below. They pretty much killed it on this one.
Australian one man dance party Muscles has just released his brand spanking new album MANHOOD, which is effectively an eclectic festival of jams all rolled into one shiny package. Now come the remixes. First up, fellow Aussie mate Airwolf’s amazing remix of the track, out on the Ready For A Fight EP. True to his sound, Airwolf fills the tune with jabbing synths and dialed in beats. Dancefloors, house parties, and poolsides alike are about to catch fire from the scorching heat coming off this jam. Perfect for boozy sun-filled days and bathing suits, this one’s definitely going on the rotating Summer playlist.
Hungry for more Airwolf already? Check out his sweet remix for Parachute Youth!
Warning: here comes a serious summertime guilty pleasure of a track. Coyote Kisses, an exciting electronic duo consisting of two life long friends from Florida, have absolutely crushed it with their official remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s international hit Call Me Maybe. They were able to properly infuse one of the most ridiculously catchy original tunes of the recent past with some feel-good electro synths for a final results that you can’t help but play over and over again (and can even openly admit to your friends that you like it). Pool party anyone?
Bonus: Since we are already on the subject, and you obviously have this damn song stuck in your head for a while, make sure to check out Kap Slap’s bootleg of Call Me Maybe with the massive Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound. It just works too well.
Pace is another young Los Angeles based producer coming out with consistently quality productions. He has added some of his own funky synth flavor to the 2006 UK pop/disco original Relax (Take It Easy), and the final result is extremely satisfactory. Love the epic vocals on this one coupled together with Pace’s awesome drop. Super fresh tunage indeed. Relax, take it easy, and enjoy!