Welcome to the final Mixtape Sessions of 2014 and what a treat this set is! We got a lot to cover here so let’s get right to it.
Kicking things off is “Give Me Sunshine” by Santa Maradona F.C. featuring Lucy Spraggan. Think of the first time you heard that “feel-good” song on the radio and your body’s endorphins just suddenly flooded your brain with all sorts of goodwill and happy feelings. Maybe you recently got that feeling when you heard Pharell’s “Happy” or perhaps back in the day with Sheryl Crow’s “All I Wanna Do.” “Give Me Sunshine” is simply one of those songs. A simple narrative that tells a story set to a bouncy beat goes a long way in my book.
“Sunshine” bleeds into EelkeKleijn’s “Mistakes I’ve Made,” which is set to a backdrop of an old western theme with a deep house beat. The song recounts all the past mistakes made in his life but does reconcile that he “gets stronger” and leaves the question if there is a future. Keeping up with the indie-house inspiration, I paired this song with “Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)” by Klangkarussell (another soothing deep house tune with a surprising Afro-choir dropped in during the chorus).
From here, we begin a transition from indie-deep-house (Soul For You) to more soulful deep house “Mood For You” by Knox and Moss.
The big surprise here is the Justin Faust rework of Janet Jackson’s early millennial hit “Someone To Call My Lover.” While I’ve been a bit skeptical of the gender-bending vocal remixes that are currently the trend, it works surprisingly well here.
Sam Smith doesn’t need any more praise, so I’ll move on to Zhu whose anonymity and solid productions have quickly raised his or her’s recognition since being introduced earlier this year. “Faded” is a deep and moody deep house that is intriguing while at the same time comes across as a bit disturbing. I love this song but can’t help picturing it in some dark seedy movie about a serial killer LOL. It gives me chills.
BIG HEADS UP to How To Dress Well and the Cyril Hahn remix of his “Precious Love.” This is a sweet slice of R&B electronica-pop and shows a budding untapped talent that deserves to be plucked for greater things. At the very least we need to get him some Pro Tools to master his music, but don’t let that distract from the true talent invoked in his music.
Perhaps the one song that not only struck a chord with me but I’ve had on repeat for over a month is Birdy’s “Skinny Love.” Sebastian Carter does the remix honor here by turning in an addictive and hypnotic beat that sucks you in with Birdy’s alluring vocals. He also buries the lyrics in the beats with the exception of
“And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be kind”
allowing listeners not familiar with the original to turn the song into whatever they want it to mean to them. Crying and driving around the ATL late at night listening to this song has done just that, so let’s move on shall we.
I change course with the excellent Diplo remix of Zola Jesus’ “Go Blank Sea.” When you get to the break with this kind of gangsta-electronic swag, you’ll have your hands swaying in the air.
This all leads to another go-to song of the moment, “Beggin for Thread” by BANKS. If you bank this against (no pun intended) Keiza’s latest “Giant in My Heart” also included in this set, you’ll get the sense I’m a sucker love-lost songs. Okay, I am but these songs are so cleverly written and crafted it’s hard not to be sucked in.
If anyone that Chainsmokers are just one-offs with hits like “Selfie” and “Kanye” better think again. These guys are proving their in tune pop sensibilities and are quickly rising to the level of Calvin Harris with Anna of the North’s “Sway.” I fully expect to be hearing a lot more from these guys in 2015.
Additional indie (Crystaleyes) and deep house tunes (Slip Away, Falling in Love, We Were Young) round out the best of the rest until we get to the Avener’s “Fade Out Lines,” which also utilizes the goth western deep house beat I mentioned earlier by Eelke Kleijn. I don’t know necessarily that this is a trend but even David Guetta recently employed this style in some of his recent offerings. For whatever reason, I can’t get enough and “Fade Out Lines” is by and far a winner.
Finally, I close the set out with UK artist/producer Feint’s “Forget Me Not.” The hard dance or whatever you want to call it (not dubstep) works really well and Coma’s vocals are superb. His latest album employs a lot of the same style and the songs are overwhelmingly catchy as hell but I would recommend shaking things up a bit since this and all of the songs he’s producing lend themselves to a multitude of styles. Regardless, we leave the latest Mixtape exactly the way we started; with a happy feeling in your gut.
Album : The Mixtape Sessions | November 2014
Genre : Deep House, House, Indie, Electronica
Year : 2014
Total Time : 1:46:51.00
1. Santa Maradona F.C. feat. Lucy Spraggan – Give Me Sunshine (Spada Edit Extended)
2. Eelke Kleijn – Mistakes I’ve Made (Original Mix)
3. Klangkarussell – Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain) (Zwette Remix)
4. Moxie Kicks – Soul For You (Full Intention Remix)
5. KNOX and MOSS – Mood For You (Original Mix)
6. Shadow Child & Dooryly – Piano Weapon (Instrumental)
7. Janet – Someone To Call My Lover (Justin Faust Remix)
8. Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One (Armand Van Helden Remix)
9. Zhu – Faded
10. How To Dress Well – Precious Love (Cyril Hahn Remix)
11. Birdy – Skinny Love (Sebastian Carter Remix)
12. Blood Diamonds – Go Emotional Piano
13. Zola Jesus – Go Blank Sea (Diplo Remix)
14. BANKS – Beggin For Thread (Gryffin & Hotel Garuda Remix)
15. Anna Of The North – Sway (The Chainsmokers Remix)
16. Avivaa – Crystaleyes (Kanyon Remix)
17. Alanis Morissette – Forgive Me Love (Lucian Remix)
18. Bambook & Mennie feat. Cari Golden – Slip Away (Original Mix)
19. Vario Volinski – Falling In Love (Tube & Berger Remix)
20. SRTW – We Were Young (Sascha Kloeber Remix)
21. Kiesza – Giant In My Heart (Arches Remix)
22. Secondcity – I Wanna Feel (Frames Late Night Dub)
23. The Avener – Fade Out Lines (Original Mix)
24. Feint feat. Coma – Forget Me Not (Original Mix)