Temples – Shelter Song (Jagwar Ma Jono’s Wrong Mix)

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THEY HAD A BABY!

No lie, this is the first thing that came to mind when I saw that Jono from Jagwar Ma had remixed “Shelter Song” by Temples. But then my baby joy became skepticism, since I have a theory that the children of hot parents often tend to be disappointingly unattractive. Luckily, when there’s enough psychedelia in the mix, it seems that the song baby will be not just fine, but fine. Temples bring their British psych-rock, Jagwar Ma bring their Aussie psych-dance, and everyone wins, because this is the coolest Queen-loving trip of a kid ever. Stream it below and prepare to get groovy.

STREAM: Temples – Shelter Song (Jagwar Ma Jono’s Wrong Mix)

Big Boi – Objectum Shalamar (Ft. Phantogram)

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On Big Boi‘s most recent solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumorshe collaborated with electronic duo Phantogram for 3 songs. One of those, “Objectum Sexuality,” has been remixed and made a little bit more fun with the addition of Shalamar’s “A Night To Remember” for a Monday Mashup. Big Boi’s technically proficient, quick-witted rapping fits surprisingly well over the disco beat and guitar riff of the legendary 80s group. Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel manages to find a place for her falsetto chorus as well, though Jody Watley’s vocals at the end of the song are in danger of blowing everyone away. Big Boi has always enjoyed a certain level of funk in his beats, but this remix is evidence that maybe he should get even funkier. Check out “Objectum Shalamar” below.

STREAM: Big Boi – “Objectum Shalamar (Ft. Phantogram)”

Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Detail Remix)

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Remixing Beyoncé is a hard road. There’s the fact that she’s a cultural icon with millions of rabid fans, and there’s the fact that she makes exceptionally good music. If you want to remix Queen Bey, you better come correct. The official “Drunk In Love” remix by the track’s original producer Detail is a sprawling, but understated, 7 minute track. Using reverb, Beyoncé’s vocals are taken into operatic levels, and that’s really what’s going on here: it takes the original and ups the drama, just so. There’s the addition of an orchestral background, and a choir to provide backing vocals. The beat is stripped down until it’s just a handclap and a bass drum. There’s something to be said for Detail utilizing the tools that the original left for him, and as much as listeners might hope for a flashier remix, this one knows its limits, and provides a different vibe than the song it’s based on. Check it out below.

STREAM: Beyoncé – “Drunk In Love (Detail Remix)”

Beyonce – Partition (Remix Ft. Busta Rhymes & Azealia Banks)

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Lemme give you the 2014 talk. My girl like Beyoncé. Me too.”

The thing about a Beyoncé remix is that it’s still all Beyoncé, all the time. Beyoncé, inspired by Beyoncé. Yes, this is a GREAT “Partition” remix. It’s one of the first Beyoncé remixes out of the gate (and about time), and may stay one of the best. But let no one think for a second that this is an Azealia Banks/Busta Rhymes track. The power rankings, even on the remix, go: 1. Beyoncé, 2. Azealia, 3. Busta. There’s hardly any room for Busta at all, other than his opening proclamation. Busta and Azealia add only what they need to the original, even (wisely) leaving in the French “men think feminists don’t like sex,” which is, after all, the whole point of “Partition.” To disprove that notion. Now driver, roll up the partition, please.

STREAM: Beyoncé – Partition (Remix Ft. Busta Rhymes & Azealia Banks)

Vampire Weekend – Step (Remix Ft. Danny Brown, Heems & Despot)

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In a moment of backpack rap singularity, Danny Brown, Heems (formerly of Das Racist) and Despot have gone nuts over Vampire Weekend’s “Step,” a standout track on Modern Vampires of the City (a.k.a. our 8th best album of 2013).

The three rappers pine after past loves for the most part, with Brown and Despot both scoring points here and there, but Heems’ verse is the standout. Not because of his ability or anything — Heems is great, but he’s not Brown or Despot — but his verse on meeting a girl at a wine and cheese party at Wesleyan (she catches his eye at the fireplace, then makes fun of Vassar) is just a perfect distillation of the Vampire Weekend aesthetic. Plus, “I represent Queens — she would move out to Brooklyn” tells the whole damn story in one line. Give the remix a listen below.

STREAM: Vampire Weekend – “Step (Remix Ft. Danny Brown, Heems & Despot)”

Premiere: From Kid – Sun (Ride The Universe Remix)

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Variations Of Sun is the result of From Kid’s meeting On The Fruit label head honcho Freak You. The Swiss band’s single “Sun” became an instant obsession for Freak You, who provided the release’s first remix. Afterwards, Mr. Freak enlisted help from friends and fellow lovers of disco Ride the Universe. We’re premiering their take on “Sun” here today. Ride the Universe’s remix is bursting at the seams with the group’s signature funky, electro, 80s influenced sweetness that includes plenty of guitars, backing vocals and undeniable synth wizardry. Give it a listen below.

STREAM: From Kid – “Sun (Ride The Universe Remix)”

Spotifriday Mix – 12.6.13

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Spotifriday is a tailored selection of 10 songs to groove to as you count down the hours until the freedom of the weekend.

After a one-week hiatus caused by Thanksgiving-itis, Spotifriday is back with a fresh set of tunes. This week, we’ve got new songs from Dan Croll, Bel Heir, Francis & The Lights, Conner Youngblood, and others, including a mesmerizing cover by everyone’s favorite Glaswegians CHVRCHES. Really looking forward to the weekend, you guys.

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The Hood Internet – Infinite Starts (Drake x Baauer x RL Grime)

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Mashup luminaries The Hood Internet have built a career on surprising combinations of music. Often, their songs are enjoyable because they leave you wondering just how they made two disparate artists sound so natural together. Of course, more straightforward remixes like this show that the quality of the combinations can speak for itself. Baauer and RL Grime’s “Infinite Daps” is transformed into the backbeat for Drake’s “Started From The Bottom.” Hip Hop and EDM overlap so much at this point that it seems like less of a challenge for the Chicago duo to make this work. That said, hearing Drake rap over a trap banger is a big change of pace from the minimalist productions of Noah “40″ Shebib. The thumping bass and popping synths mesh perfectly with Drake’s bravado filled lyrics about his rise in the rap game. It’s a glimpse at what a different producer might have done with Drake’s recent work, and everyone involved comes out looking better than before.

Check out “Infinite Starts” below and peruse The Hood Internet’s previous work (for free!) on their website.

STREAM: The Hood Internet – “Infinite Starts (Drake x Baauer x RL Grime)”

Spotifriday Mix – 11.8.2013

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Spotifriday is a tailored selection of 10 songs to groove to as you count down the hours until the freedom of the weekend.

If you think November is all about pumpkin spice everything and dudes with beautiful mustaches, you’re horribly mistaken. November is about two things: dogs in sweaters and mid-fall jams. With that in mind, have a listen to this week’s Spotifriday, featuring songs from Delorean, Blood Orange, Niva, Magic Man, and more.

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Haerts – Wings (Shlohmo Remix)

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The remixes of Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Shlohmo are lovely, dark, and deep. So when the WEDIDIT collective member and newly established resident of Boiler Room LA served up his take on Brooklyn-based Haerts’ lead single “Wings,” it’s no surprise that the result is a melancholic gem.

The original, a marriage of dreamy synths and the country-and-western lilt of singer Nini Fabi’s vocals, presents a lovely slice of new wave inspired pop. Shlohmo puts the track under anesthesia, re-working it with his signature sounds of pitch-shifted vocals and woozy hip hop beats, giving “Wings” more of a narcotic essence. Shlohmo obscures the song’s hooks nearly beyond the point of recognition, and what we’re left with is a hazy slow jam that’s less anthemic than original, and more of something that sounds like a half-remembered dream, triggering all the sensitive little feelings stirring in your heart.

STREAM: Haerts – “Wings (Shlohmo Remix)”