The nights grow ever longer as the holiday season approaches us. It’s a time for reflection and introspection amidst the consumeristic fervor of the shopping season and the all-consuming final exams. So its good to take a breather between cramming for calculus and elbowing that seven year-old for the last PS4. This week we have some calming, emotional tunes from DJDS, Jon Hopkins, and Anstam to help you reflect in these trying times and perhaps get in touch with your more tender thoughts.
Hands-down the most tear-jerking heart-wrenching single of the year comes from Adele’s triumphant return “Hello”. LA Duo DJDS (formerly known as DJ Dodger Stadium) knew exactly how to treat her insanely powerful vocals, just add a little acid and you easily can transform the ballad into a club-ready tune. DJDS’s edit builds off of the isolated piano and vocals by filling in the empty space with a light house beat that gradually gathers momentum and a muted acid baseline that slowly floats under the surface punching things up a bit. The result is just as emotional as the original, but now you can dance while you cry at the same time. [Due to copyright claims DJDS’s edit has been pulled from both Soundcloud and Youtube within 24 hours of its posting. As a result you can go listen to and download the track on Body High’s site here]
Jon Hopkins’ organic/industrial techno take on Disclosure’s “Magnets ft. Lorde” seems like an unlikely collision of two worlds with Hopkins tendency towards the ambient and Disclosure’s pop sensibilities. The marriage of the two turns out to be a gorgeous remix with airy vocals and massive sweeping arpeggios that renders the original almost unrecognizable. Dreamy to the point of ecstatic euphoria the remix balances expansive bass with delicate melodies and angelic vocal chops. Lorde fans may be disappointed that none of her verses made the cut but the truth is that they would cut straight through the gently layered synths like tissue paper.(Sorry, maybe next time Lorde.)
Last time we bid a tearful farewell to Berlin-based label 50 Weapons as they make their final run of releases before closing up shop. But they’re definitely going out on a high note, releasing some of the strongest and innovative techno they’ve ever released. Their latest output from Anstam is a sprawling ten-minute elegiac tribute full of dark spacious sounds that echo through a barren landscape. “Dolores” is ominous and mysterious yet pensive and meditative with its consistent pulse resonating with the natural frequencies of the body.