I think New Zeland songstress Kimbra’s appearances on electronic rumors come along like busses. Just before she broke we featured her tracks and reMixes quite a lot, then there was a period of quite here, but now with some good mixes coming along all at once, the last being Aeroplane’s mix of Two Way Street, she’s becoming a staple feature again. Next up is this mix of Posse from London’s SynthPop finest, Strangers.
Pulsating electronics abound in Strangers’ mix of Posse. Underpinned by a deep throbbing bass, Strangers drop Cabaret Voltaire style Dubby stabs and Industrial noise on the track, providing an enigmatic electronic backing for Kimbra’s husky vocal. If your out and about in London on the 15th November, you can catch Strangers live headlining an amazing night of deep SynthPop, details here.
We’ve been supporting out second favourite voice from New Zeland, Kimbra, since day one, well, since her dodgy MySpace page anyway. So it was pretty satisfying this year when she blew up and scored a worldwide number one record in the form of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, even if we never want to hear that song ever again. We would have preferred Settle Down or Cameo Lover to have blown up, but he can have our fingers crossed her album Vows, will see a new level of awareness with a forthcoming reMix campaign, including this reMix of Two Way Street by non other than Aeroplane.
Well, what can you expect is going to happen here?, Two Way Street is a cool track, so give it to someone like Vito and magic is going to happen. This track is tight as hell, Aeroplane suitably teases the signatures of the track into a Housey Disco tune. Not too in-your-face, the reMix feels completely at ease with the vocal, folding a relaxed Disco beat and familiar, warm, synths into a huge chunk of chilled vocal gorgeousness.
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.
Gotye and Kimbra’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, remixed to death? Yes. My first instinct is to ignore new reMixes of this track that land in out inbox. It’s done now, get over it, it;s too late to jump on the ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ train. However, I find it very hard to ignore emails from Walter Sobcek, and I’m glad I didn’t.
Their reMix of the track is just really nice, there’s no other way to say it. Sure, we’ve all heard the song enough to last a lifetime, but Walter Sobcek’s laid back beach Disco is a smooth and toting such an addictive groove that you end up just kinda’ sinking into the track. Once again Walter Sobcek proving why they are at top of the Dreamwave pile.
Prolific Australian producer BeNi has worked some Deep House magic on Kimbra’s forthcoming new single ‘Two Way Street’.
Stripping things down to the minimal, BeNi lets Kimbra’s vocals flow over a hypnotic bass groove. The soulful qualities of her voice really get shine when paired with a simple beat and a gruff, pulsating synth line. BeNi serves up a nice late night jam with this one.
One of our favourite SynthWave geniuses Miami Nights 1984, has dropped an awesome smooth mix of Gotye and Kimbra’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’.
Mike Glover A.K.A. MN84 makes the track sounds like proper ‘80’s ElectroPop hit. After a pretty special radio tuning intro. MN84 turns the song into a slow building drive of bouncy FM basslines and lush synth chords. Giving the track that slightly distant retro feel and working the big cinematic synths to great effect, Miami Nights 1984 brings together a top ElectroPop tune here.
The duo go down an analog Pop route with some smooth 80’s sounds and hint of Disco yet for the chorus keeps the 60’s Pop flavour. We are rapidly approaching over saturation of ‘Cameo Lover’ reMixes so Sam got in at a good time. It’s an awesome track, but I think If I hear another reMix I’d like it to go down a road other than Disco. G.L.O.V.E.S. and Shook have done that better than most could already.
Kimbra is really pushing the release of her infection new single ‘Cameo Lover’ with another storming reMix.
This time Australian uber-producer G.L.O.V.E.S. takes the reins. I love seeing what people do with this track, the original has got a quirky 60’s vibe to it and when that vocal rhythm slides of some slick Nu-Disco, as it does here, it make for quite a unique sound. Like Shook’s reMix this track has it’s own take on the tune, it’s a sparkly Disco track that makes the right decision in keeping Kimbra’s vocal intact and it perfect for good times with friends.
Kimbra’s ‘Cameo Lover’ tend to burrow itself into your brain whenever you hear it. Unfortunately we have now found a reason to start listening to it all over again, but fortunately that reason is a brand new reMix from Shook.
Shook brings the Funk big time, with deep bass and flourishing Moog lines running throughout. Stripping it original of it’s 60’s leanings Shook takes that ‘Puppet On A String’-esque, infections, chorus and re-moulds it into a summertime Disco anthem. Shook has a new EP in the pipeline, keep an eye out for that one.