1) Drake x Santigold – Forever Disparate (Silverhammer Blend + Drums)
Brand new blend, remix, mash-up, edit, whateva you wanna call it from my bedroom studio. I had been searching for a proper track to add Drake’s verse to for a while now, but his chorus just kept getting in the way, so I just took it out, looped up Santigold’s Disparate Youth and added some drums for a nice lil’ twist on 2 very different hits.
2) Bei Major – Pillz
Bei Major hit the scene with his ratchet anthem Trouble. While this was a catchy lil’ club track, I’ll admit that I completely undermined Bei Major as an artist that had any sort of originality. His latest mixtape Upscale proved me wrong incorporating samples from dubstep duo Zeds Dead, Little Dragon, even indie heartthrob Neon Indian. Major hits a level of honesty that isn’t found on his commercial tracks. Watch the video for Pillz, my favorite track off the mixtape.
3) Marvin Gaye – Sunny (Mercury Edit)
I love edits. I love making them. I love listening to them. Mostly, I love using them when I’m spinning. Edits are about accentuating those parts of a song that make your skin tingle. Edits pay homage to the original artist and are most always are made by DJs for DJ use. Sometimes the original track just won’t have the same effect on a the dance floor that they have when it’s just you and the record. Mercury is an amazing Swiss DJ duo that has truly perfected their production skills. This simple edit of Marvin Gaye’s Sunny is truly a gem!
4) GRiZ – You Got to Change
Griz, a producer out of Detroit, known mostly for his dubsteppin’ bangers yet he’s delivered us something a little different, and I am down with the cause. You Got To Change departs from the womps and wobbles that I’m used to and instead relies on funky and familiar samples of more than 6 vinyls and 8 different songs. You can even hear the pops and crackles of the vinyl, which I love. This track should be served up alongside your next pool party / BBQ for the optimal effect.
5) Cee Lo Green ft. Melanie Fiona - Fool For You
Alright, this song came out a while ago as an album track off of Cee-Lo’s solo album, however the original featured Phillip Bailey. This re-make boasts vocals for the gorgeous Melanie Fiona. This track really captures the classic soul sound that’s rarely brought back to life these days. I love the strings and the bridge at 2:31 gives me shivers. Anyone who’s ever been a ‘fool’ in love can relate with this one…