Brining some old school Bronx beats to your ears right now is French producer and On The Fruit Records godfather Freak You with his officially sanctioned reMix of French Electro-Indie superstar M83’s single Steve McQueen.
Kicking off like an early 80s right on the New York subway, Freak You drops guitar stabs amidst B-boy beats and swirling vocals, easing you into the groove with Sci-Fi synths and rapid clap rolls. Bringing to mind the best experimental period of Electro’s history, Freak Yuo works the Breakin; vibe until he;s ready to get all Juan Aitinks on out asses with a solid House beat and Chicago bassline. This hybrid of Chicago House and New York Electro is exactly the same kind of thing Aitkins was doing with Cybotron, and creating Techno. Freak You brings a similar vibe whilst keeping it soulful.
We wouldn’t normally feature mashups and whatnot. It opens the floodgates to a whole tidal wave of shite that we don;t really want on the site. However, we are just going to leave this one here for you, because it;s so infectious you’ll probably be needing it for the coming holiday weekend.
Heavy Disco bass man Ali Jamieson has thrown together M83’s Oblivion with Tina Cross’ Koo Dé Tah’s Body Talk to funky effect. Having the spark of inspiration in-between assisting in the recording of an acoustic cover of Oblivion and making a mental link to FM Attacks’ Yesterday, which, as you know, is practically an edit of Body Talk, Jaimeson excised the track from his mind to your speakers with this free download. There’s a lot to enjoy here, if you know both the track you know what you’re getting with a little Ali Jaimeson Heavy Disco flair. Welcome to your weekend.
The long-awaited video for the awesome M83’sSteve McQueen has finally premièred. What can do this Chillwave/SynthPop epic justice?
The video is the end result of a video making competition whose only rule was “it;s not about the actor!”. The winning entry was this amazing clip from French directors Balthazar Auxietre and Sylvain Derosne. just watch the video, it’s magical.
I have to admit, I haven’t listened to M83’s stunning Midnight City for a while now, I think I just burn myself out on it. You know when you rinse a track so much it starts to become a bit dead, it looses something as you become desensitised to it? I think that’s what happened with me and Midnight City and it’s bjillion associated reMixes of wildly varying quality.
I feel slightly sorry for Belgian producer Meridian in this case. He’s massively late to the “let’s all reMix M83’s Midnight City” party. Everyone had an awesome time, got very drunk, puked on the carpet and went home leaving the place in a state. Meridian has just got here, which is a shame as his reMix is one of the better ones we have heard. A pumping club powerhouse that plays off the now famous riff and drags it straight to the middle of the dancefloor. Big synths and surprisingly slick production rocket this track to the top tier of the Midnight City pile. It’s just a pity the pile is a bit played out.
In a couple of months time M83 will be dropping his new single, That single will be ‘Reunion’ from his acclaimed album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ and the package will feature reMixes from the likes of The Naked & Famous, Polly Scattergood, Sei A, We Have Band, White Sea and this absolutely storming version from the legend that is Mylo.
Premiered by our girl Annie Mac on her show this past Friday, Mylo’s mix is both smooth & soulful and energetic & exciting. In fact, Mylo’s done exactly what I’d want a reMixer to do with the track, keep the arrangement pretty much intact but swap out some of the rockier elements of the original and replace them with a solid dance groove. The result lift the song to new heights.
A brief glance at SoundCloud will reveal that the world is flooded with shitty reMixes of M83’s ‘Midnight City’ that’s don’t really do anything and are just uninspired ‘producers’ trying to latch onto the latest buzz track. …Who Killed JR?, however, totally nail it!
The South African producer adds just the right amount of dancefloor energy into the tune, keeping enough of the original to make it recognisable but cutting and pasting it in interesting ways and adding his own layer of melody, finding the prefect balance between the original and making it his own. This mix would go down a storm at peak time, with the instantly identifiable riff of the original and a whole new level of groove.
I feel like there’s going to be a flood of reMixes of M83’s awesome ‘Midnight City’, which can only be a good thing as the cream will rise to the top…hopefully.
Here’s one of the first, an official reMix by Big Black Delta. Abrasive and almost Industrial at times, BBD manage to keep some of the catchy elements of the original in the for a unique and raw reMix.