Yellow Claw really found itself on Los Amsterdam. The 13-track album, released earlier this year on Mad Decent, found the duo comfortable in its own shoes, ready to make the music it wanted to make rather than the sounds it thought it should.
The album peaked at No. 3 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, with title track landed in the Billboard 200 and four singles breaking the top 50 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Momentum like that has to keep going, and now Yellow Claw has dropped five exciting remixes in what appears to be the first in a wave of reworks called Lost Amsterdam (Remixes, Pt. 1).
The package opens with a totally rad “G-Funk” remix of album single “Love and War,” courtesy of Yellow Claw itself. About the only thing that rings the same is Yade Lauren’s voice, though it flows way freakier on top of these ’90s west coast hip-hop vibes. It wouldn’t be all that weird if Nate Dogg were to rise frm the grave and sing a new hook on this sticky-icky beat or if Dre and Snoop rolled around the corner in a sideways, green Caddy.
The EP follows that monster rework with a high-energy take on “Open” by Afrojack. It’s a tempered house-pop intro that bubbles in a Dutch electro build and drops into a screeching, bass-boosted boom. Leave it to Afrojack to inject some hair-raising synths into an R&B-laced hit.
Rounding out the offering are a trap-hardstyle hybrid of “City on Lockdown” from Crisis Era, a moody house turndown by Chace on the DJ Snake and Elliphant assisted tune “Good Day” and a wonky, dancehall riddim version of “Last Paradise” from Menasa.