Chill Trap | Tensnake feat. Fiora – 58 BPM (Original Mix) [Virgin]
Not sure how I missed this gem from Tensnake and Fiora when it first came out, but I’m sure glad I’ve heard it now. The track sits at sultry–you guessed it–58 BPM, and is bedroom material of the sexiest kind. Pick 58 BPM up here, and watch the video here.
G House | Justin Jay – Bounce & Break (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Justin Jay’s prime cut of G house gets even more gangster with a mid-track tempo switch that allows the housey tune to coast into moombah speeds and cruise at maximum bounce before gassing it back up to 123-ish. Pick up your free copy here, and follow the him for more golden eggs from one of dirtybird’s prized hatchlings.
Indie/Beats | Ed Sheeran – I See Fire (Jonas Vincent Remix) [Free Download]
I’ve yet to come across anyone who doesn’t love Ed Sheeran’s Tolkien-themed original, but Norwegian Jonas Vincent’s tropical rework has firmly supplanted Kygo’s own rendition as my new go-to remix. Progressive and poignant, it features stunning piano play and a series of soft, subtle sounds that effortlessly float around Sheeran’s unmistakable vocals and guitar riffs. Grab the free download here.
Trance | Tangle – I Believe (Original Mix) [Vandit]|
Denver-based producer Tangle returns to Vandit for another dose of hard-hitting trance, this time in the shape of I Believe. In a scene that is largely dominated by European and British producers, it’s always good to see a talented trance artist from the other side of the Atlantic. Tangle certainly fits the bill, and if tracks like this are anything to go by, he should certainly help trance gain a stronger foothold in the US. Grab it now on Beatport.
Indie/Beats | Lemonade – OST
New York synth trio Lemonade has blessed us with one more cut from their new album, Minus Tide, before its release. Their latest track, OST, is a fast-paced blend of charismatic dance melodies and blazing rhythms. Transitioning to a more reflective style of songwriting, Lemonade adds a perfect amount of squeezed-out synth into frontman Callan Clendenin’s glass of ice-cold vocals. Be sure to pick up Lemonade’s Minus Tide, out Sept. 9 via Cascine.
Indie/Beats | SOHN – The Chase
Even though I don’t like surprises, I have to say I was happily surprised when British singer/songwriter extraordinaire SOHN dropped this demo on SoundCloud yesterday, proving yet again that he can do no wrong. With such soulful, relatable lyrics and his subtle, emotionally stirring production, the only question I’m left with is, “why is this a demo?” SOHN, if you’re out there, we’re ready for more.
Indie/Beats | Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me (Alex Adair Remix)
Jessie Ware released the second single off her upcoming sophomore album earlier this month, and British producer Alex Adair gave the track a silky smooth makeover this week. He transforms the original’s slow groove into a more uplifting tune with a rhythmic house beat full of bright chords while retaining Jessie’s emotive and breathtaking vocals. Pre-order her album Tough Love here, and check out more from Adair on SoundCloud.
House | Amtrac – Those Days (Original Mix) [Toolroom]
Amtrac’s Those Days was released as a free download on his Facebook page back in 2012 and is quite possibly my favorite track from the Kentucky-based producer. Next week, the track is getting its long-awaited official release on Toolroom Records and is currently streaming on the Toolroom Records SoundCloud page. Amtrac has reworked the arrangement but kept the funky house vocals and vibes alive.
Electro Swing | Mayra Veronica vs Yolanda Be Cool – Mama Yo (Original Mix) [Blanco Y Negro]
Cuban-American model/songwriter Mayra Veronica may not be on the radar of the average EDM fan, but her 2013 smash Mama Mia on Simon Cowell’s Syco Music imprint made an impressive run up the Billboard dance chart last year, eventually seizing the top spot among stiff competition. Veronica recently released a follow-up to Mama Mia titled Mama Yo, and Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool has given it a full electro makeover while keeping the jazzy swing of the original preserved. Already getting massive reception in parts of Europe, YBC’s edit of Mama Yo hasn’t been given an official stateside release date, but will likely be announced soon on the duo’s Facebook page.
Trap | Tropkillaz & Buku – Follow The Beat (Original Mix)
A funky, fresh collaboration from Tropkillaz and Buku, Follow The Beat has been stuck in my head since its release, and I’m not complaining one bit. A mean lead horn, reggae breakdown, and some insane synth work make this a truly fun and complex tune. You can grab Follow The Beat for free from Buku’s Facebook here.