Here are the songs we've been listening to lately and what we love about each of them.
I first heard this incredible tune when Evil Concussion posted Solomun's live set from The BPM Festival 2014, Blue Parrot Beach Club - Mexico. It was so addictive that I tried to copy the lyrics, googled for hours, then days and nothing. And then someone ripped the set and cut out that song. Suffice to say it features the incredible Roisin Murphy but the lyrics... Oh the lyrics.
In a moment of sheer abandon
I took a bad gamble on you
We've always loved Tourist here on Yaqui.co but when we heard the collaboration with Will Heard it's been playing nonstop in our speakers. A slow starter that turns into a banger without ever ever loosing it's feeling and emotion.
The already wonderful Hey Now by London Grammar takes a cruise to warm tropical waters and deep sounds with the Kilter treatment. We don't know when or if this will get released but we're loving every second of it. Trust us when we say you'll be surprised when you hear the flip.
XYconstant takes on LOLO's Gangsters and he delivers an amazingly catchy remix utilizing the same instruments (for the most part) than he did with his previous work—thus putting his seal on the track, yet does so with freshness to it. If you heard it on the radio you could find the relationship to his previous remix if you heard them back to back but you would fall in love just as you did last time. His ability to do this over and over again will guarantee him a good place on the list of Best Remixers of 2014.
I must confess I kno' nothin' (like John Snow) about MIAMIGO but their single Opinions is Indie Pop at its best with its throwback to the 80s influence and it's catchy hook. Heck, even the harmonies are catchy.
Not every Bon Iver remixer is able to harness the power and emotion of his songs and turn a rendition without loosing its energy. We can safely say that JacM accomplished this and that's why he's been on high rotation and why we're including it in this selection.
To say Lane 8 is on a roll is an understatement. The output and the quality only gets better. On Nothing You Can Say ft. Lucy Stone they craft a record that's radio friendly yet still had the Lane 8 imprint. You can hear this in the arpeggiated chords throughout the song.
So, we're just suckers for all things Miguel. That's why there's no other explanation on why we're including this new track here. We just love it and the fact that we believe Miguel is the future of R&B. Period.
I have a love-hate with Bastille I need to get sorted out. I love their original work but kind of hate what they've done to some covers (which they've marketed as originals by cutting the name) but, that said, I'm loving this remix by Ryan Riot of their catchy song Things We Lost In The Fire. It's kind of progressive, hands-in-the-air, upbeat techno meets pop. Awesome for a weekend starter.
Clean Bandit hit a home run so far that they're still looking for that ball with they single Rather Be ft. Jess Glynne and who else than the master of bootleg's Robin Schulz—who has crafter bootlegs that have become more famous and gotten more airplay than its original—to take a jab at this one. We never thought we'd like Rather Be without the vocals but Robin proves us wrong one more time.
I was probably one of the first people to blog about Cyril Hahn back when I was a writer for Et Musique Pour Tous, I even interviewed him on that song that took the world by storm and started "the movement". Point is he hasn't let us down because he keeps refreshing his sound and we're loving this new original featuring Javeon.
We never thought we'd cover Britney Spears until we heard this cover by Yaqui.co favorites Rise & Fool. We love how detoxifying this remix is.
Finally we'd like to close off this selection with Florian Paetzold' latest remix. The reason is quite simple. The norm is that computers, technology and synthesizers squeeze the emotion/life out of a song. If you listen to Gorgon City & MNEK's original Ready For Your Love you'd be amazed at how Florian —by pitching down the vocals and other magic— managed to make the song more passionate and moving. When a remixer is able to do something like this it showcases his talent and is worth the praise.
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