Saturday, October 21, 2017

OXY - The Feeling (Sunareht Edit)

I'm always in the mood for a little piano house, so when I came across Parisian producer Sunareht's edit of classic OXY track "The Feeling" I knew I'd found something. Of course the original is a delight, especially in that it includes a sample from the Eurythmics "Here Comes The Rain Again," but what Sunareht's done with this edit is boil it down to its best parts, bringing them front and center. He's let that Eurythmics line take the lead while the piano pops off alongside the airy vocals. The whole thing is smooth and as beautiful as it is breathtaking. Sunareht has truly revived a classic dance track with a keen ear and delicate touch. Tunes like this will always be good, they just need a nudge in the right direction to suit today's sonic standard, and Sunareht has succeeded in that. Unfortunately "The Feeling" is not available for download at the time of writing, so you'll have to survive off the stream.FOLLOW SUNAREHT: FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER

Friday, October 20, 2017

M.I.A. - Paper Planes (Y2K Remix)

Monday Y2K declared that he was going to make the "sickest paper planes remix of all time." The next day he qualified that by saying it was "pop punk" but also "the most ridiculous thing" he'd ever made. Now approximately 100 hours later, we've got just that, a "Paper Planes" remix like no other. Its certainly got Y2K written all over it (and I don't mean his producer tag), its got his usual loon call, amidst his strong drum work. But there's not just that, its got his a great emo guitar riff that sends the 2007 track nearly a decade back to the likes of Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy. It's hard not to be in awe of Y2K's musical ability and production prowess. The man can take just about any track and transform it into something else entirely, and what makes that even better is that the original essence somehow remains. Taking the downtempo rap ballad and turning it into pop punk is actually genius, as it brings The Clash "Straight To Hell" sample back to its 'roots'. Download Y2K's rework free via Stereoload.FOLLOW Y2K: FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER

Coucheron - UFO

Norway's Coucheron has become a favourite of mine after seeing him open for Chet Porter and Lemaitre, nearly a year ago. At that time he was gearing up to release "Loud" and "Puzzled," and since then has added his unique brand of bouncy future pop funk to Kehlani's "Undercover." Today he returns with a brand new original called "UFO." It took me approximately 15 seconds to be beamed up by the brilliance of the otherworldly awesomeness. Like his previous productions it oozes with a funk appeal, while finding itself firmly in the future. I'm reminded of Datarock's post punk propensity, which just a touch of Chromeo/Oliver-esque disco groove. It's the kind of killer electronic creativity that I crave, and I find so astonishingly absent in the ultra sterile future bass we're getting at the moment. "UFO" is a nonstop thrill-ride through the stars, and a delightful diversion from the doldrums of meh mainstream music. Climb aboard the spacecraft via Spotify or iTunes, and be sure to follow Coucheron below.FOLLOW COUCHERON: FACEBOOK SOUNDCLOUD TWITTER