Creators Remix Roundup: Passion Pit, Emily Kai Bock, Diplo, And Yeasayer
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. For past Creators Remix Roundups, click here.
It’s hard to make Passion Pit any more cheerful than they already are, but DJ Viceroy has taken the dance-poppers second single “Carried Away” and strapped it to a heightened, consistent dance track, ditching the quieter end of the original. It’s less like a total remix than a totally feasible alternate recording of the song, this sounds just as much like Passion Pit as the original (with slightly more handclaps).
Fresh off her beautiful video for Grizzly Bear’s “Yet Again,” director Emily Kai Bock has returned with this video for Owlle’s new single “Ticky Ticky” (which premiered over on Noisey). Looking like Florence Welch and sounding like La Roux’s cooler, dark-wave cousin, Owlle struts through the video passing various groups of dancers. It turns out that Russian folk dancers, ballerinas, and square dancers all like to get down to hypnotic, cold-synth new wave. Who knew?
This new R&B effort from Diplo-backed starlet Marsha Ambrosius has just released her new break-up single “Cold War.” Like a younger, less manly-sounding Toni Braxton, this chick is good at sounding heartbroken. It’s got a bit of a throwback sound to 90s rhythm and blues, although it has a spacious sound to the intro and verses that reminds me a bit of The xx—actually, that might be a remix I would like to hear. (Are you listening, Jamie xx?!) One note of caution for future singles: Ambrosius might not want to name her songs the same thing as an amazing Janelle Monae single, because Ms. Monae has definitely staked her claim.
On the heels of the incredibly awesome news of Fleetwood Mac Reuniting, Yeasayer have produced this jovial cover of “Second Hand News,” off the “Mac-attack’s” Rumuors album (side note: am I the only one who calls them the Mac Attack?). The Yeasayer cover is part of Mojo Magazine’s Rumours Revisited which also includes a ghoulish cover of “The Chain” by Liars that you can check out here.
CREATOR BONUS MIX
I operate under the assumption that each artistically layered and crafted slow-burning track from goth romantics The Horrors can’t be improved upon. But with the release of this album of remixes from the band’s album Skying people like Peaking Lights, Andrew Weatherall, and Daniel Avery have endeavored to prove my assumption wrong. Each song is completely reworked, especially Connan Mockasin’s whimsical, psychedelic version of “Still Life.” Mockasin manages to turn the song into a warped, almost sexy D’Angelo-style soul sound.