I begin this week’s Remix Radar with a somber heart. As most of you know, Cassius’ Philippe Zdar died last Wednesday from an accidental fall. He was an incredible artist and producer, working with the likes of Kanye West, Cat Power, Phoenix, and The Rapture. He was truly an inspiration to many artists around the globe and pushed the boundaries of electronic music alongside his Cassius partner, Hubert Blanc-Francard. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him and the music industry.
Redfield – Don’t Worry (Axwell Cut)
Fresh from Axtone Records, the label boss provides a new take on Redfield’s “Don’t Worry”. What better way to launch the career of a newcomer than having Axwell bring eyes to the project before the original “Don’t Worry” drops. This Cut is saturated with UK house beats and vibe. It has a similar, hypnotic bounce and feel to early Gorgon City.
Alison Wonderland – Peace (QUIX Remix)
Another “Peace” remix for your listening pleasure. This time QUIX serves up a future bass and trap-laden remix. The overall style works really well with Alison’s vocals and creates a pleasant energy in the first half, while the second portion is dirty with a trap at its core. Overall, QUIX provides a fresh experience to “Peace”.
PNAU – Solid Gold Ft. Kira Divine & Marques Toliver (Go Freek Remix)
PNAU has been lighting up the dance world with their infectious styling that explores house, funk, jungle, and pop. “Solid Gold” is fraught with these elements, which Go Freek expertly harnesses to craft a funktastic remix.
Georgia – About Work The Dancefloor (The Black Madonna Remix)
The Black Madonna makes her first appearance on Remix Radar for her remix of “About Work The Dancefloor” by Georgia. The legend provides a darker take, while retaining the cool 80’s synthwave vibe found at the core of the original. Another gorgeous track from The Black Madonna.
Kraak & Smaak – 24HR Fling (OPOLOPO Remix)
My favorite remix of the week. OPOLOPO unleashes the funk and elevates Kraak & Smaak’s “24HR Fling” into a dizzying boogie. The remix conjures memories of old school funk artists like James Brown and Curtis Mayfield. If you’re in need of a groove, this is the track for you.
Cubicolor – No Dancers (Adam Port Remix)
Another week, another appearance by an Anjunadeep record. Adam Port provides the remix for Cubicolor’s “No Dancers” and it is every bit a sonic journey as the original. The remix feels a bit darker and also has a more minimalist sound design, while creating an energy that consumes the inner-ear and synapses of the brain.
Duke Dumont Ft. Shaun Ross – Red Light Green Light (Riva Starr Remix)
Perfect for voguing, Riva Starr brings the attitude on his remix of Duke Dumont’s “Red Light Green Light”. Riva’s take is a bit grimier and darker, perfect for 4 am club or warehouse sets.
The vocal from this track comes from Tronco Traxx’s “Walk 4 Me”, which is a lovely 90’s house track that was a mainstay of Ballroom culture. For Duke’s version, the vocals come from actor, dancer, musician and high-fashion model Shaun Ross, a veteran of New York’s ballroom scene.
Habstrakt Ft. josh pan – Movie (SQWAD Remix)
Habstrakt and Josh Pan’s “Movie” receives a re-imaging from SQWAD. The duo construct a G-House/ Bass House styled remix that is sweat-inducing. The heavy bass and dark overtones mean this remix is destined for dank clubs.
ONE FROM THE VAULT
Zdar – Don’t U Want (Cassius Remix)
To close this week and to honor Philippe Zdar, I bring forth a rather obscure remix by Cassius, which is the duo’s take on Zdar’s “Don’t U Want”. It is a 10 minute exploration of dark and twisted house stylings that is heavy on distortion and weirdness. The remix provided an early glimpse of the future sounds of Cassius.
Be sure to listen to this and Cassius’ new album, Dreems. The most appropriate way to honor the life of Philippe Zdar.