Creators Remix Roundup: Gang Gang Dance, Robyn, CSS, Mark Ronson And A-Trak
Our Creators are a talented and prolific bunch, and our inbox is always overflowing with alerts of new remixes and mashups from the incredible DJs and producers in our line-up. We just couldn’t keep these fresh new tunes to ourselves because, after all, filesharing is caring. Here are our top picks from the past week.
Gang Gang Dance: “Chinese High” (DJ Gg Netter remix)
The highly elusive DJ Gg, rumored to be an up-and-coming New York-based DJ/producer (without any obvious website), puts his spin on Gang Gang Dance‘s “Chinese High.” He opens with a beachy Puerto Rican drumline overlaid with glitchy synths. He also diminishes the track’s oriental vibe, taking Lizzy’s high-pitched undulating voice, turning her erratic vocals into an additional beat. He revs up the end with groovy-sounding synths, which we didn’t think was possible. We’re usually a pretty big fan of whatever Gang Gang Dance conjures up on their own, but in this case, we prefer the remix.
Erato is a 10-person all girl group hailing from Sweden. Three of their members Ebba Lovisa Andersson, Amanda Wikström and Petra Brohäll, casually sit around a kitchen table and sing a gorgeous, crystal clear a cappella version of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend.” Their lovely harmony is accentuated by a hand clap cup routine, which brings back fond memories of mess hall antics at summer camp—though the songs were much different.
If Mark Ronson has proved anything with his rotating cast of all star musicians in the Business Intl., it’s that he has a keen eye for picking out exemplary collaborators. For the RE:GENERATION music project, which is an experiment in re-imagining five traditional styles of music, Ronson is paired up with the “Queen of Neo-Soul” Erykah Badu, New Orleans-based Trombone Shorty and MC Mos Def to churn out the jazzy tune “A La Modeliste.” Ronson also brings on a few members of (frequent collaborators) the Dap Kings and Zigaboo Modeliste to round out the flavorful and highly-listenable track.
Philly-based rockers The Teeth take Brazilian pop group CSS‘s dubstep-y trumpet tooting jam “City Grrrl” and give it a hard rock makeover (black lipstick and all). It’s less hyperactive and more drone-y, which is definitely a new way to listen to CSS. The remix video features the Longboard Girls Crew. Get into the groooooove city girls.
So technically this A-Trak remix is from last year, but the video remix by Weirdcore was just recently uploaded to Vimeo, and proves to be a visual treat and calculated complement to the musical talent at hand. We haven’t heard too much from the Yeah Yeah Yeah‘s (as a collective unit) lately, but if you’ve not seen the trailer for Karen O’s psycho-opera Stop the Virgens watch it now—heads will roll in that too.
CREATOR BONUS TRACK
Tinchy Stryder’s new track “Generation,” available for free download above!