Empire Of The Sun: “DNA” (Alex Metric remix) [Astralwerks]
British producer Alex Metric joins Calvin Harris this week posting his own remix of “DNA,” Empire of the Sun’s second single from their album “Ice on the Dune.” Luke Steele’s vocals on “DNA” are ripe for remixing, and Alex Metric has turned the already amazing original track into an indie dance masterpiece. Metric kept the melodic elements of “DNA” intact while adding a harmonic baseline, heavier beat, and futuristic ‘80s-esque synth. I still have Alex Metric’s last release, his collaboration with Jacques LuCont, “Safe With You,” in heavy rotation, but this beautiful track is perfect for a late-night drive with the windows down, enjoying the last days of summer. With both Mat Zo’s and Zedd’s remixes of Empire of Sun’s first single “Alive” dominating DJ sets in festivals this season, expect to hear fans singing “We were DNA” at shows in the very near future.
-Eric Coomes @ericcoomes
Mark Knight and Funkagenda: “Man With The Red Face” (Hardwell remix) [Toolroom]
Hey world, this exists! EDM man-of-the-year Hardwell has remixed Knight & Funkagenda’s 2008 prE-DM remake of Laurent Garnier’s 2000 techno classic. And while it would definitely work on a volcanic main stage, it’s not over-the-top. Hardwell uses the original’s familiar sax riff as a build-up to the (relatively reserved) breakdown, with syncopated handclaps and keys that sound like vibraphones. If Carnage had his way, he might call this festival techno.
-Kerri Mason @KerriLMason
Javeon: “Lovesong” (Summers Day edit) [PMR Records]
I can always go for a slice of UK garage. “Lovesong” blends smooth, wistful R&B vocals with frenetic beats that harkens back to a time when we thought Craig David might be a staple in our lives. Alas, he’s not. But UK house crooner Javeon McCarthy (no relation) waves the two-step flag well on his own. There are two versions here: a Summer’s Day and Summer’s Night edit each from Sunship. I give the edge to the Day mix if only for the vocal echo effects, but you can’t go wrong with either if you want that eyes-closed, headphones-on, dancing-in-your-own moment to yourself.
-Zel McCarthy @ZelMcCarthy