Ever feel like you’ve waited your whole life for Grum to reMix Chromeo? Well wait no more, the man had taken Chromeo’s new single, the Toro Y Moi featuring Come Alive and gone massive! We’re still getting down to Le Youth’s take on the track, but this one has just gone straight to the top of our favourite tracks of the year so far list.
A swirling symphony of uplifting synths, this reMix comes loaded with so much energy that it’s hard not to get carried away with it. Blistering apreggios and rich pads cascade out of the speakers, perfectly complimenting the original’s vocals. This is a peak time, big room, floorfiller that is destined to give thousands goosebumps.
♫ Chromeo (Feat. Toro Y Moi) – Come Alive (Grum reMix)
Chromeo and Toro Y Moi’s awesome new single Come Alive is barely out and the reMixes are starting to flood in. Luckily, at the forefront of the wave is LA Disco masterLe Youth, himself gearing up for his new single release,Dance With Me. Expect big things when these two funky powerhouses meet.
Le Youth takes the track in a frantic old school House direction, with a hint of his Disco roots. This ones a peak time crate filler to whip the crown into a frenzy. Cut-up vocals form the original are liberally unleashed on rough synths and an infectious piano hook, which the whole combination riding over a classic 90s House beat, shuffling hi-hats and all. The reMix builds and builds, creating a hyper energy until the squelchy solo finale.
♫ Chromeo (Feat. Toro Y Moi) – Come Alive (Le Youth reMix)
So, we were probably not going to post about this track, it’s over a week old and has been done to death on the internet. But, frankly, after such a long holiday we needed to ease ourselves back into things. Also, it’s fucking Chromeo and Chillwave superstar Toro Y Moi, how could we leave that alone? It’s the next teaser single from Chromeo’s forthcoming fourth studio album White Women, following Over Your Shoulder and Sexy Socialite; and frankly the most exciting thing we’ve heard from the new record so far.
Where the first two singles piqued our interest us, it’s Come Alive that really sets up White Women as one of our most anticipated released of 2014. A crystal clear slice of Disco Soul that sounds as classic Chromeo as anything they’ve ever done. Pure retro Funk Pop, Come Alive rides a wave of feel-good vintage groove, buoyant on a raft of shimmering synths and inquisitive slap bass. Chaz Bundick’s vocals nicely compliment Dave 1’s own voice as they take-turns with verses which give the track that back-and-forth feel that some of the best Chrome tracks always crafted between Dave & P. A slick-as-hell primer for White Women.
♫ Chromeo (Feat. Toro Y Moi) – Come Alive
Chromeo’s forthcoming new album, White Women, is due out early 2014 and also feature collaborations with Oliver, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Solange Knowles.
So, we weren’t going to write about this song. Obviously as soon as a track with a line up like Sam Smith X Nile Rodgers X Disclosure X Jimmy Napes hit the internet every blog and their dog featured it (sometimes whether they liked it or not, it’s all about the traffic y’all!), so there was no point and honestly, could any track, let alone one written in a day, deliver in the promises that line up makes? But here’s the thing, it’s actually a really good tune. It’s definitely a grower, but having had the weekend to let it sink in we are digging it more and more with each listen.
From it’s infectious rubbery bass wobbles to the smooth vocals, there’s just something about this track that gets under your skin. Nile’s Tropical infused guitar playing against the decidedly British take on Funk is a lot more exciting on repeated listens, and the vocal harmonies are pitch perfect. It’s a short tune, and one that doesn’t feel like and of the contributors individually. That must have been one good day in the studio.
♫ Sam Smith X Nile Rodgers X Disclosure X Jimmy Napes – Together
Sam Smith X Nile Rodgers X Disclosure X Jimmy Napes’ Together is out soon.
The latest track from Seattle based Nu-Disco producer Futurewife comes in the form of this cheeky reMix of London Soulstress Yasmin’s Thinking About You. Proclaiming the track one of his “favorite tracks this year”, we imagine Futurewife couldn’t resist having a crack at the tune. What producer wouldn’t want to get their hands on those vocals?
Thinking About You is originally a cover of the 1985 Whitney Huston hit, which Yasmin more than does justice. With a slight Caron Wheeler inflection to her voice, Yasmin makes for the perfect subject for a sweet Nu-Disco reMix, and Futurewife really steps up to the plate. Bringing a smooth poolside vibe to the track, Futurewife works slick little Disco licks and haunting synth riffs for an atmospheric, but effortlessly funky, vibe. It;s a nice combination of being upbeat enough for the dancefloor and dreamy enough to chill too. Enjoy.
When there’s a new Lenno track in town, we have to take notice. The young Finnish producer is easily one of our favourite artists to emerge in recent year. Whenever we’re in the mood for some uplifting, big room, Disco sounds he’s our go-to guy. he’s presented something a little different with his new reMix, this take on Danish/African diva Nabiha’s recent Mind The Gap single is a little more laid back and soulful that we’re used to from Lenno, but it’s an excellent addition to his repertoire.
Mixing his Disco and House roots with an almost 90s Nu-Soul, or Acid Jazz flavour, Lenno delivers a tune that is as dancefloor friendly as it is fit for enjoying a drink in the summer sun. A sweet mixture of piano hooks and a upbeat brass section give the track quite a live feel whilst keeping it’s Dance Music roots and following the structure of the song, allowing Nabiha’s big vocals to really shine. Lenno really is at the top of his game, few of his contemporaries come close.
♫ Nabiha – Mind The Gap (Lenno reMix)
Lenno’s reMix of Mind The Gap is released on disco:wax Records’ reMixes Part 8.
Let us begin by saying that, for various reasons, Soul II Soul have a big place in our hearts, so we approach reMixes with trepidation. When this version of Back to Life (However Do You Want Me?) landed in out inbox we were hesitant, but the fact that it comes from awesome Brooklyn duo Follow Me piqued our interest.
So, once you’ve got over Back to Life (However Do You Want Me?) without that modified Grand Central Station break (and that’s quite a hurdle to get over) Follow Me do an awesome job bringing the track to modern dancefloors. With a deep, deep bass groove Follow Me walk the line between House and SynthWave bringing a Warehouse vibe but a little of SynthWave’s retro flare. Adding some playful melodies, this duo somehow manage to retain some of the mood of the originals whist aiming it squarely at House parties. Follow Me have treated the original with respect and turned-in a fantastic update, you should check this out.