Art Thieves consist are two producers from Burlington, VT who produce electro-house and progressive house. I discovered Art Thieves a few weeks ago when I stumbled across their remix of ‘Time to Pretend’ by MGMT. I immediately fell in love with the remix, and I’ve been listening to their remix of ‘Time To Pretend’ constantly in the past few weeks. Since then I’ve been a fan of the duo, and I was ecstatic to see that they released a remix of ‘Rolling Stones T-Shirt’ by Dada Life. A month ago they created and released their remix of ‘Kick Out the Epic Motherf*cker’ by Dada Life which I really liked. Before listening to their remix of ‘Rolling Stones T-Shirt’ for the first time, I was hoping this Dada Life remix would be just as good as their last one. It turns out I loved this Dada Life remix much more than their previous one! They absolutely killed their remix of ‘Rolling Stones T-Shirt,’ and I’ve been listening to it non-stop. Art Thieves always manage to produce and create beautiful melodies, and I think their melodies is what makes me love them so much. Their melody in this remix is superb, and everything in the track fits perfectly. They seriously know how to create fantastic melodies, and when you can do that your remixes will turn out fantastic as well. There’s no doubt in my mind that I already prefer the Art Thieve’s remix of ‘Rolling Stones T-Shirt’ to the original by Dada Life. I’ve always liked the original by Dada Life, but the Art Thieves just make the track more exciting and give it a better beat and overall sound. I don’t know how the Art Thieves aren’t more popular, but if they keep producing amazing remixes then they will surely gain attention and popularity quick. The duo is one of my favorite up and coming electro-house artists, and they have a ton boatload of potential and talent. I’m excited to see where they will go in the near future, and I can’t wait to hear what they have in store for us next! For now though make sure to listen to their epic remix of ‘Rolling Stones T-Shirt’ because chances are you will love it as much as I do. Plus, the Art Thieves are awesome enough to give it away as a free download, and I highly encourage everyone to download it and play it everywhere. Enjoy!
During the previous weekend Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood was lucky enough to witness the return of 19th annual Westword Music Showcase. With over a 150 plus local artists set to play throughout the city all day long and the sun shining brightly we took to the streets for what would prove to be one hell of a day of music! After a coffee and some eggs we made our way to Vinyl Nightclub to enjoy the gorgeous rooftop views combined with a 2pm set by Denver’s own Vinnie Maniscalco. Vinnie has been making some serious waves in the Colorado bass music scene, be sure to check out his Soundcloud and his newest track TaKillya. After Vinnie and much to our surprise, as it wasn’t on the bill, it was time for Elm and Oak’s own Raw Russ to take over the decks. Russ worked through his set moving flawlessly from one classic hip hop and rap track to the next, while inter-weaving a plethora of his own fresh bass lines and beats.
After a much needed meal and about a gallon of water, we headed down to City Hall Auditorium to catch a great set from Denver locals and great friends of MMIBTY, FLASH/LIGHTS. After a stellar performance full of new music from FLASH/LIGHTS, it was finally time to board our flight to Dada Land. As the Swedish duo took the stage Denver absolutely erupted and we all knew we were in for one hell of a time. Giving us samples of everything new and the old, from Boing Clash Boom to Happy Violence, the Swedes left it all on stage giving us exactly the performance we were looking for.
As the outdoor section of the showcase came to a close for the day, we made our way back to Capitol Hill to catch Crookers at City Hall, and maybe I am just getting to old for this scene, but I quickly found myself relocating to Beauty Bar for The Hundreds weekly event. Greeted at the door by the funky sounds of Option 4 we knew we had found our final destination to close out the day. After Option 4 got the crowd moving with one of his classic super upbeat and fun house sets, it was time for LA’s newest romantic, Le Youth. Le Youth, aka Wes James has definitely created a niche sound in this world of DJs. With an arsenal of 90’s R&B and Hip Hop at his disposal Le Youth began to serenade the crowd. Be sure to grab the Dada Life Boing Clash Boom remix pack below, also check out the Solé Fixtape below from Le Youth to get an even better sense of what went down at Beauty Bar on saturday. Big ups and many thanks to all the artists, The Westword, the City of Denver and all of the venues that participated for making this weekend so amazing!
Solé Fixtape Vol. 9: Le Youth
It’s rare that a remix package comes out these days where I genuinely enjoy all the tracks being featured. Well today is one of those rare days, as the Swedes that are Dada Life released their remix package for the single “Boing Clash Boom”. Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom may not actually have anything to do with the productions behind the remixes, but they did write the original mix that I found to be sub-par in comparison to most of Dada Life’s other songs.
Today’s release, on Dada Life’s So Much Dada label, shines light on three fresh takes of “Boing Clash Boom”. The only good part of the original mix, in my opinion, was the vocals and as expected all three remixes feature them in some way. The Bingo Players really surprised me with their version, as the drop contains an awesome sound I didn’t think they were capable of making. It’s also comforting to know the Bingo Players haven’t completely sold out with a Big Room, festival anthem sound on all their productions. I was really excited to learn Pierce Fulton would also be present on remixing duties. A fellow member of the UVM community, Pierce has really been making a name for himself over the past year and he was even invited to play with Dada Life during their Dada Land Compound parties. Fulton’s remix has a grimy and club-ready sound that reminds me of something new-comers Jewelz & Scott Sparks would produce (check out their banger “Toxic Rush” to hear what I mean). Pierce continues to impress me with his constantly-evolving sound and I can’t wait to hear what’s next from him. Lastly, Major Lazer (Diplo) put their signature touch on “Boing Clash Boom”, turning it into an absolute smash that takes different pieces of Moombahton, Trap, and Drum & Bass and throws it into a blender that comes out at 85bpm. The Major Lazer remix has some real exotic flavor and will surely motivate those ladies to twerk it.
All in all, this remix package is truly fantastic and I highly encourage fans of the tracks to go out and PURCHASE THE RELEASE ON BEATPORT.
So I guess I slept on this one. Last night I was listening to the highly underrated podcast Club Sessions with Cato K and he wrapped up episode 56 with the Cazzette Trap remix of Avicii’s “Alcoholic” (the original was a 2009 release, Cazzette’s remix was released on April 19). Not only that, but Cato K gave a shout out to the city of Boston after everything that has happened here with the Marathon bombings, so you know it was a special moment. I had a little “wait, what?!” moment when I heard that it was Cazzette who had Trapped out “Alcoholic”, which is one of my favorite Avicii songs (produced under the moniker Tim Berg). Originally the Dada Life remix had taken the cake for me, but this Trapleg Mix is causing me to reconsider. I had also been starting to lose faith in Cazzette, wondering if they were taking a turn for the mainstream worst, but I don’t think you can ever produce Trap music and become a dance music sellout (ok, maybe “The Harlem Shake” is the exception to the rule but Baauer will likely never chart on the Top 40 lists again, and you can thank viral YouTube videos for that). I don’t really need to say much more here… if you’re at all familiar with any version of “Alcoholic” and you want a fresh take on it, look no further.
The other song I have for you as part of my Sunday morning haze is the newest remix by New Jersey native Spaveech. I’ve been bringing you his always-on-point remixes for many months now, his previous one being his take on Sander Van Doorn’s “Joyenergizer”. Spaveech always manages to do something special with his remixes: not only does he take House anthems and turn them into thugged-out Trap tunes, but he also adds in elements of other songs. His remix of “Joyenergizer” featured samples of multiple Sander songs beyond “Joyenergizer”, and his remix of todays’ feature “Sunrise” by Tommy Trash & Aston Shuffle contains portions of “Oyster” by Moguai and “Cannonball” by Showtek. There’s even a vocal sample from A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s banger “Tuna Melt”. I really, really like everything about Spaveech’s remix of “Sunrise” and I hope you do too. Make sure to show him some love!
Compared to the original track, Major Lazer definitely kills it with this trap heavy remix of Dada Life‘s ‘Boing Clash Boom’. This track, redone by ML, plays with some tribal sounds integrated into this electric anthem and is truly a proper remix. It completely changes the electro-house feel of the tune with a heavy build up and a crazy drop. Some snares, ‘pull ups’, and wind up noises give it a reggae vibe and make’s one simply bounce to the beat. The second drop is my personal favorite because after the first one you don’t know what to expect and it comes out of nowhere. I love it when a song catches you off guard and remixes are what usually do it for me. Major Lazer came out with Free The Universe last month and are slowly taking over the world with their dancehall/moombahton/trap and I fucking love it. It’s nice to see the EDM industry evolve into something other than, “A bunch of Dutch DJs with the same haircut” as Major Lazer’s head honcho, Diplo said himself to Huffington Post a few weeks back. Regardless – enjoy this remix of the Dada dudes and get amped for the full version, which will hopefully drop very soon.
The original for those who haven’t heard it, here:
Last week the remix package for the Bingo Players‘ track “Out of My Mind” dropped and it features three new takes on the original (see below), featuring Dada Life, Case & Point, and Caveat. I always find it interesting to hear fresh takes on big anthems – I’m thinking of tracks like Zedd’s “Spectrum” and R3hab & Swanky Tunes’ “Sending My Love”. Since the Bingo Players hold their work to such high standards, it’s no surprise that all three remixes are extremely well-done. What may be a surprise, however, is that I like Dada Life’s version the least. It certainly goes hard but I don’t think it steps outside the creative box. The Caveat remix is another Electro-House take on the original and I found myself loving that one from a four-on-the-floor perspective. Want to hear the biggest surprise of them all? I liked Case & Point’s remix the best. The Boston duo took “Out of My Mind” and turned it into an epic Dubstep banger that reminded me of Nero in their prime. Make sure to support the artists and show them some love for their productions!