With the holidays fast approaching many labels, collectives, and individual artists have been gifting their fans with lots of goodies and freebies. This week we’ll take a look at a handful of these festive treats coming from some old favorites and new stars in the making. So gather ’round the fire and warm yourself up with these heaters.
Rynecologist and Meech’s collaborative moniker RYME has been on the cusp of being the next big thing, with a celebrated EP on BNR and their own label BADLQQK. This time they’ve transformed Anna Lunoe’s pop bassline house track “Satisfaction” into a late-night warehouse stomper. A bassline that snaps back like a rubber band and nice house-y piano stabs fill out the body of this laid back remix.
2015 was a breakout year for techno prodigy Rezz. Her dark twisted beats caught the attention of Skrillex’s NEST HQ imprint which released her debut EP, she played Hard Day of the Dead, and went on tour with Anna Lunoe. But her latest track “Negative” may take the cake as her best track to date. Given away as a part of OWSLA’s Nestivus, the ominous plucked out intro does little to prepare the listener for the insanely heavy drop that sounds like the bastard child of a Gesaffelstein and Skrillex collaboration that got hijacked by Marilyn Manson’s production team. Easily the winner for this year’s “Heaviest Drop” award, “Negative” is expertly crafted to exact maximum damage and is a must have for any year-end round up list you might still be compiling.
LA duo DJDS are currently prepping to release their sophomore album, Stand Up and Speak, but that hasn’t slowed them down. With a slew of recent DJ edits of chart toppers like Adele’s “Hello” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”, the two revamped Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” which was famously covered by Sinead O’Conner in the 1990’s. Bringing their winning formula of emotional organic house into the mix, their edit brings a clubbier vibe to the heart-breaking ballad with warm bass and a positively buoyant melody. Nothing short of rapturous, DJDS have a firm grasp on their own sound and I eagerly await to hear what they have in store for us in the LP.
Tech Tuesday newcomer Capulet recently dazzled with his emotional and deep edit of Fatima Yamaha’s “What’s a girl to do.” Sentimental and tender, this rolling house tune tugs at the heart strings for no easily discernible reason. The best I could come up with was the melancholic combination of spoken vocals and a bright, yet isolated, electronic organ riff with a deep bass melody that preys on an imagined nostalgia. Its easy to get swept up in the ebb and flow of the track as it builds into a glorious swell.