There’s definitely something going on at camp Fear Of Tigers. First we get a new track last month, Golden Age, now an official reMix for hotly tipped songstress A*M*E’s new single Heartless. All this new activity gives us hopes for the long awaited release of Fear Of Tigers’ Hypnerotomachia Poliphiliout, the follow up to 2009’s Cossus Snufsigalonica.
This reMix is pure classic Fear Of Tigers too. Epic, emotional, nostalgic ElectroPop full of those big chords and intricate electronic flourishes that we love FoT for. Taking A*M*E’s R&B flavoured tune and turning it into a huge 80s Power Pop synth epic is no mean feat, but Fear Of Tigers pulls it off with style. This tune is big.
♫ A*M*E – Heartless (Fear Of Tigers Futurepop Mix)
Sometimes reMixes are all the same. A Nu-Disco producer reMixing a Nu-Disco producer, you can guess what the results are. But sometimes a cross genre reMix comes along when the reMixing producer completely makes the song their own and take it in directions that are miles away from where it started, yet sound like it was always meant to be. Catch a listen to Canadian Chillwaver Wolf Saga’s reMix of Iggy Azalea current single, Work, and see what we mean.
How this works we’re not sure, but it does, perfectly. Work now sounds like it was always supposed to be an epic 80s synth Power Ballad and Iggy’s flow doesn’t, in the slightest, feel lout of place there. Lyrically Work is quite a story, and Wolf Saga teases a real emotional resonance out of it with layers of cinematic synths and pulsating bass notes. We can’t understate how much this reMix surprisingly works, so well, you can;t help but be drawn into it.
This is pretty epic. reMixes of M.I.A. tend to miss the mark a lot, but when they are done right they really work. This one works better than most. It’s the new one from French synth Disco producer Bestrack, who’s turned his attention to M.I.A.’s Bad Girls single of last year for this majestic unofficial reMix.
Bestrack goes big, and cinematic, with this take on the tune. Build on a core of shuffling beats and growling synth bass, the track heaps on layer after layer of resounding science fiction chords and pads. rising and rising throughout the song, flowing with M.I.A.’s vocals, the keys elevate the reMix to almost euphonic highs as frantic strings support the swelling. Never distracting from the compelling beat, this ceremonious take on a grimy song is certainly different. Give it a chance, you’ll love it.
Alison Valentine – Ice Skate Disco Party Mix = In the mood for some classic 80s Disco? Alison Valentine has put together this cool little party mix for the launch party of her Warm Winter’s Day EP, complete with cake. Enjoy some classic cuts with one or two surprises.
♫ Alison Valentine – Ice Skate Disco Party Mix
01. Alison Valentine – Peanut Butter (Moon Boots reMix)
02. Marvin Gaye – Got to Give it Up
03. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
04. Vaughan Mason & Crew – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
05. Prince – Sexy Dancer
06. MAM – One of Them Nights
07. Giorgio Moroder – I Wanna Rock Your
08. Rose Royce – Car Wash
09. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
10. Black Box – Everybody Everybody
11. Breakbot – Shades of Black
12. Sound Stream – Love Town
13. Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
14. Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood
15. Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
16. Skee Lo – I Wish
17. Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
18. Mariah Carey – Fantasy
19. Janet Jackson – All For You
We gotta’ be honest, we know too much about Southampton producer Featurecast, save for he’s just about to release the second volume of reMixes from he recent Run For Cover album. However, this reMix of his track, Soul Children featuring Greg Blackman, by All Good Funk Alliance landed in our inbox and has got us addicted. We checked out Featurecast’s album prior to writing this post and were dead impressed with his gritty, ecclectic, synth Funk.
All Good Funk Alliance drop a fresh new take on the original, loaded with broken Funk beats and a rock solid subby bassline. It’s just got one of those grooves that gets under your skin, and stays there. Greg Blackman’s vocals flow over the top of the jittery-smooth beats with ease, tempering the rugged slap bass, warping synth, Funk monster. This’ll be the pleasant surprise of the day.
Just out is the new single from Belgian Disco-House master A.N.D.Y., and it kinda’ drops the Disco side of his musical equation. Featuring the vocals of New York singer/MC Nyemiah Supreme, the track is, we would go so far as to say, Hip-House. A genre not seen for over a decade, but well due for a funky comeback.
The appropriately named Pump It Up, is a slice of pure late 80s brilliance. The trick with Hip-House was to keep it upbeat and keep the raps catchy and both those boxes are ticked here. Kicking off with a woody House bassline it all goes a little Technotronic (no bad thing!) but with a decidedly 21s Century intelligence. Nyemiah’s party rap and big Pop-House chorus work amazingly well with A.N.D.Y.’s invigorating Chicago influenced groove. A classic sounding track with all the experience of Dance music in 2012.
♫ A.N.D.Y. (Feat. Nyemiah Supreme) – Pump It Up (Original)