Editors’ Selections: Week of June 3rd, 2013
Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peek into what we’re loving behind closed doors.
CHVRCHES – Recover (Cid Rim Remix)
For me summer spells indie, and Cid Rim’s remix of CHVRCHES “Recover” satisfies the need while serving as a low-sugar option. The intro throws some serious tone work before letting twinkling synths dance under the vocal. An unexpected percussive bridge flexes the Austrian’s production muscles while the track as a whole leaves a pleasant taste in my ear without overwhelming the rest of my senses. Shiny and original, the track was the first to launch Cid Rim into my consciousness.
Wiz Khalifa – No Sleep (Betatraxx Remix)
Betatraxx takes on the THC hip-hop of Wiz Khalifa on his remix of “No Sleep,” weaving orchestral stringwork and sawtooth growls to transform the smoke-covered original into a dopamine injection of syrupy electro. Since I’m a sucker for any track with a hip hop flow, Betatraxx’s take has been on repeat since he offered it up for a free download a few days ago.
James Curd & Diz – Back Off Move Away (Treasure Fingers Remix)
Treasure Fingers remixed James Curd’s “Back Off Move Away” back in 2009, but yesterday Curd decided to revive the throwback track by giving it away for free on SoundCloud. Even four years later, the disco-fied remix makes a perfect summer tune.
Majestique – Must Get There (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
Sweden’s Drop Out Orchestra have long provided the antidote to my live dance cravings. Away from the saturated regurgitation of heyday 80s disco and practically anything with Niles Rodgers name on it, their remix for “Must Get There” is the perfect example of their urbane instrumental house machine in full effect. The sheer composition plays testament to them as a duo whose vintage appeal is not over reliant on hackneyed samples, and is well worth a listen for soulful perspective away from the wrath of RAM.
As a long time devotee of Pink Floyd, I’m a sucker for remixes of their tracks (especially when they’re as kick-ass as this). If the original “Marooned” was supposed to encapsulate the atmosphere of an island, the ENiGMA Dubz remix conveys the emotion of an island floating through the sky. There aren’t many artists with a better sense of deep dubstep then ENiGMA Dubz, and I’m in love with his absorbing take on a Pink Floyd classic.
Dire Straits – Money for Nothing (Deep Dish Remix)
‘Money for Nothing’ has to be one of my favourite classic rock tunes since I grew up under the influence of Dire Straits at mercy of my Dad’s taste. There is nothing I love more than finding remixes to these classic tunes, combining my love for guitar riffs with a little bit of oonze oonze.
Saschienne – Grand Cru (Pachanga Boys Glam Drive)
Saschienne don’t have much material out there, but “Grand Cru” off Kompakt from a few months back is certainly worth its weight. Add in that hippie flair from the Pachanga Boys and their “Glam Drive” edit, and the thirteen-minute cut will send you into a tailspin.