Dallas-based producer Medasin has proven time and time again that he is a force to be reckoned with....
Since Beat Culture has grown into a prominent movement in North America, there have been a handful of producers that have really separated themselves from the pack. One in particular, is Seattle born Sango. Having made a name for himself with an array of eclectic instrumental mixtapes, Sango has worked his way to an undisclosed OVO contract. With Drake backing him, Sango has capitalized on their exclusive catalogue to create incredible remixes and edits. Most recent, is a remix of an unreleased Drake track called "Right Hand". Sango takes the already heavy sinister song and brings it to another level. Slowing down the pitch, emphasizing the synthesizer, adding sub bass, and bright high hats, Sango uses his signature sounds and techniques to give the month old track a fresh look. Giving overplayed music a second life could be the reason why beat culture has risen from the underground. Accomplishing a good remix is rare skill that means a lot to avid music listeners and adds another invaluable attribute to the people behind the scenes that don't get the recognition they deserve.
London, England artist Dornik receives an angelic remix for his newest single "Drive" by Toronto's Jazz/hip hop band BadBadNotGood. The British musician, singer songwriter, and producer is fairly new on the scene and is making quite the impact. Creating a fusion of Deep House, Pop, 80's Dance, and R&B. Dornik's sound and approach to songwriting is completely original. From his arrangements to selection of sounds his apparent alternative style is a good fit for the Toronto band. Known for there Hip Hop influenced Jazz instrumental mixtapes and producing Ghostface Killah's album Sour Soul, BadBadNotGood picks up on Dornik's incredible talent and transforms "Drive" into a dark, rich and ethereal track. Adding glossy deep electric keys, groovy bass, and sustaining strings, the track seems to sound as if its the original mix. With already 20,000 plus views in a mere 3 days, hopefully the two can continue to collaborate and perhaps this electronic based sound is foreshadowing of what may come for BadBadNotGood future projects.
Remember Akon's 2009 hit "Right Now (Na Na Na)"? It's hard to believe it's been 6 years since this track was released, but here we are in 2015 bringing it up again, why you ask? Well because New York City based producer Figgy just released a remix of it, and it's not one you want to miss. Figgy works to combine his favorite elements from house, R&B, and disco while bringing the soul to the dance floor. With countless original productions and remixes for him to call his own, as well as having released three EP's, Figgy is no stranger to the industry. Boasting support from Earmilk, Gotta Dance Dirty, & The Fader among others, Figgy has also had his tracks make it into top lists such as Beatport's Top 10 House Charts. Right off the bat, you'll notice that Figgy's version is much slower than Akon's original. Seeing how the original is a quicker club themed song, Figgy took an interesting direction with this remix, and it paid off. Utilizing a few prominent parts from the original production allows Figgy to make strong changes to the vocals, and the rest of the production without losing the connection to the original. The slower vocals do a great job at making the lyrics more meaningful and heartfelt, which are actually quite emotionally charged when you sit back and really take them in. Figgy emphasized this in his remix, and it transforms the track into an ex anthem, one that could make even the best of us crack open a beer. The track fades out with Akon stating "I miss you much" a couple times in a row, a perfect fitting for this memory inducing remix. Figgy has been tackling a fair amount of popular hip-hop songs lately, dropping a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter" featuring Drake just this past month. Figgy doesn't currently have any tour dates for Toronto, but I say we get him here as soon as possible. What do you think of his remix? Think it's better than the original? Let us know in the comments.
Say hello to the Boston based artist/producer Jeremiah who creates under the alias "RhodyMajor". Rhody's "DNF" remix was also released by Adrian Swish of Tha Alumni Music Group, which boasts artists such as Kid Ink, and Vee Tha Rula. The remix starts off with an emotionally driven tranquil production that slowly gets the juices flowing. A hook from Toronto legend Drake, and Future is welcomed as RhodyMajor throws in a little hint of bass that works to create a new dimension to the song, without negatively affecting the relaxing vibes. The verses from P. Reign, as well as Drake fit the new production perfectly while the sound from each person involved works to compliment each other. The track closes out with a lengthy look at the production, and it is there that you really take in just how many aspects have gone into this beat. RhodyMajor makes it apparent that he took his time on this remix and did not rush it. Compared to the original, this remix offers much more in terms of the dimensions of the production, and makes a stronger effort at pleasing the listeners ears. No disrespect to the original is intended however, as it is a great song, and the remix would not have existed without it. Are you feeling the original, the remix, or both? Let us know below in the comments section. If you're interested in hearing the original, check it out here.