Creators Remix Roundup: Sulumi, Mark Ronson and Major Lazer
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.
We don’t really know anything about the Russian music scene (if you have any recommendations leave us a comment!), but according to Polymorphic (aka Oleg Kazakov), one of Russia’s burgeoning talents, the scene is on the rise. Describing his sound as “nuclear warfare for your ears,” we weren’t surprised to find that he chose to remix Sulumi, one of Beijing’s most prolific chiptune artists. The track falls somewhere in-between progressive electronic and something you’d find on a soundtrack to a very avant-garde video game. Either way, we’re excited about this collaboration uniting the up-and-coming Russian music scene and synthesized electro.
After watching the kids break it down with an assortment of medieval fighting gear in Dutch duo The Partysquad and Major Lazer (Diplo and Switch)‘s new music video, we’re kind of getting a (less intense) Die Antwoord vibe. The seemingly impromptu sword/knife dance is only made better by the addition of a slow-moving grandma and Diplo… reading a book. Did we mention it’s a new track from Major Lazer, because we were totally just distracted by the music video. Also, could that machete-wielding chick be channeling Tasha Reid?
“The rapper who isn’t,” Phobea, started writing songs when he was thirteen, which makes sense because the lyrics to “My Life” seem pretty autobiographical and coming-of-age. We’re also digging the beat thanks to the killer yet subtle production work of Mark Ronson who seems to have segued from his work with the Business Intl. back to remixing other artists. Sounding like a combination of The Streets and Tinchy Stryder, Phobea makes having debt kinda sound stylish… or at least trendy.
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