Though he hung up his fedora long ago, A-Trak is a man of many hats. Earlier this year, he surprised the whole DJ community by dropping 2 EPs entirely produced on the mythical SP1200 drum machine. It even earned him a glowing review in the New Yorker. Some of his DJ friends volunteered to make remixes and club-friendly edits of the jams, that were intentionally rough around the edges. Amine Edge & DANCE, the globe-trotting Frenchmen, fine-tuned an edit of “Spit” that has been a mainstay in Skream and Jackmaster’s sets; and the legend Laidback Luke took “Cortez” into a Mongoloidz-meets-Roulé sound on his “1997” remix. Listen now.
Last August, Irish-born, London-based singer and producer Palmistry released wyrdo as his debut Fool’s Gold LP, receiving praise from outlets like Stereogum, DIY Magazine, Dazed, and more. “It’s all terribly lovely and reassuring, and it sounds like nothing else,” said Stereogum’s Tom Breihan. Nearly a year later, Palmistry enlists a robust cast of producers to create a remix EP of some wyrdo’s standout tracks. The first remix and single, “fk a deal (Nikki Nair Remix),” is produced by DJ Mag’s 2022 Breakthrough Producer winner, Nikki Nair, who transforms the track into a bass heavy, breakbeat anthem that is already electrifying crowds. Also on the EP is West Philadelphia producer Matthew Law; Fool’s Gold family High Klassified and Chris Crack; and Palmistry’s close friend, UK-based producer, Kamixlo. From hip-hop to bass, there’s a remix for everyone. Listen now.
This is the stuff DJ dreams are made of. When A-Trak released his 10 Seconds Vol. 1 EP, a project made entirely on the SP1200 drum machine, French legends Alan Braxe and DJ Falcon were immediately drawn to it. Of course those two are no strangers to that sampler. The Daft Punk and Stardust affiliates made many of their early-2000s classics on the SP. Braxe + Falcon were in the middle of releasing their own (fantastic) collaborative project, too. A conversation started, stems were exchanged, and within a few days this incredibly funky remix landed in Trizzy’s inbox. The French Touch is alive and well!
Saturday Love’s timeless disco anthem “2 B Free” is remix catnip, and all three contenders knocked this one out of the park. The piano-soaked collaboration between Boston beatsmith Kon and New York vocalist Fiorious gets masterfully reinvented by heavyweight Oliver Dollar, recent favorite Baltra and up-and-comer AJ Christou. The only question now is how can you only pick one of these for your set? Listen here!
Soul Clap’sWTF (World Transformation Force)album displayed the Boston duo’s deeper understanding of the themes of house and disco: music that is meant to uplift, soothe, raise consciousness and unite. It was the rare electronic album that you can bump at home, a heartfelt offering with an eco-conscious twist. Now, withWTF: Transformed and Remixed,the group has called upon their impressive extended family to breathe new life into soulful project. From Todd Edwards to A-Trak, Seth Troxler to Jubilee, Toribio to Jeremy Sylvester, everyone shows up to the planetary party. Listen here!