New is starting to come in about SynthWave pioneer Kavinsky’s new single, the first following Protovision and the excellent OutRun album. The subject of the single will be the album track Odd Look, which was the highlight of OutRun’s new material. Amongst the single reMixes will be this cut-up job from A-Trak.
Bringing a bit of an Electro Dancehall flavour to the track and turns the tune chord progression into a grinding chainsaw riff. The track is equal parts dancefloor igniting and sinister as hell. With brutal bass and cinematic leads, it’s the drums that really compel in this track. It’s a fine mix that leaves us with a taste to hear the rest. The EP is out soon, along with Kavinsky’s Dead Cruiser mobile game.
♫ Kavinsky – Odd Look (A-Trak reMix)
Kavinsky’s Odd Look single is released soon, the OutRun album is out now.
Can this really live up to expectations? Lifelike and A-Trak together on one track? That’s a lot of anticipation that’s been built ever since we heard this track was on it’s way. French Touch pioneer Lifelike has really bringing his A-game to his collaborations recently, so the thought of him teaming up with A-Track, someone who tends to push the boundaries of Disco, had us eager to hear the result.
And the track, released today exclusively on Beatport, really does sound like a Lifelike and A-Track collaboration. By that we mean you can pick out the Lifelike bits and the A-Track bits in it, it actually sounds like the sum of it’s parts. There’s the arpeggios and continental stabs you’ve expect from Lifelike and a bit of scratching and some funky use of vocal samples, A-Trak’s forte. The result ends up big a huge Disco-House tune that you instinctively put on repeat. Look out for the single which boasts reMixes from Gigamesh, Mauvais Cliché, and The Bloody Sisters.
♫ Lifelike (Feat. A-Trak) – Don’t Stop (Club Mix)
The Don’t StopEP is out now on Beatport and drops everywhere else 26th November on Kitsuné Music.
Kimbra, Mark Foster from Foster The People & A-Trak have all done a track together. It’s something to do with shoes. Converse are doing this ‘3 artists, 1 song’ series, I’m not really sure what it’s all about and all the information about it seems to assume I already do. Apologies for not being up to date on the goings on in the world of music based shoe PR campaigns.
The track is very very very good though. Surprisingly for this kind of collaboration you can really hear each artists influence and the result is an Electro-edgy Pop track that rises above it’s ‘shoe promo’ origins.
You can download the track, and presumably buy shoes, here.
If you have at all being paying attention you’ll know by now that dance-punk guys The Rapture are back, despite being on DFA I was never really on-board with them the first time round. Sure, they had some good tunes, but noting really inspired me.
What does inspire me, however, is A-Trak’s knack of writing killer basslines and catchy hooks, as he does in this dub of The Rapture’s current hype inducing single ‘How Deep Is Your Love?’, which he’s dedicated to the memory of DJ Mehdi. In his own words: “I did this remix over the summer, and when I was close to finishing it I played it to my friend, the irreplaceable DJ Mehdi. We often played each other our productions for feedback. As it turns out he and Riton were visiting New York so they stopped by my apartment. I was working on the main version of the remix, the vocal version. I knew I would make a few alternate edits during the mixdown. The funny thing was, Mehdi’s favorite part was the ending! He and Riton suggested that I have that part come in earlier. My reaction was: that would work well for the dub version. And sure enough, when I finished mixing it down I made a dub with their suggestion. When I sent it to Mehdi shortly after, he responded (as a joke) that I should call it “Dub For Mehdi”. He included it in his “Tunisian Summer” mix. And then, as we all know, the unimaginable happened and we lost our dear friend. The least I can do now is name the edit after him. This one’s for you, Memed.”