Years and Years – King (Gryffin Remix)

This is the best remix I’ve heard in a long time. I have yet to dislike a single remix that Gryffin has put out, and his take on “King” by Years and Years represents the best in indie-dance. Powerful, ambient, energetic, and melodic are all words that fit this fantastic track. Enjoy below.

Emigration

I appear to have made another super long playlist. Clocking in at over three hours, I go deeper into different genres than usual. I start out with my favorite alternative/electronica as usual, but I quickly make the shift to hip-hop with one of my favorite tracks in recent memory called “Here” by Alessia Cara. After that we briefly dip into the acoustic life but come back with some alt-rock provided by Fickle Friends and Alejandro Meola. For some reason a nu-disco trend has been rising from the ashes of the 70s and a couple of the songs are actually good so you get a taste of that with Years and Years before we move into some heavier electronic. The last few songs are ultra-chill tropical house that will hopefully clear your head after listening to so many genres. Enjoy the setlist below.

Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – See You Again (Absence Remix)

Absence has a kind of unique, funky sound. The beat has good swing, Charlie Puth’s vocals are obviously on point, but what catches your ear and what differentiates this remix from the rest is the pseudo-guitar that comes in at the drop. It’s a chill drop by almost all standards, but energetic enough to get your head bobbing. All in all, it’s a unique take on a very remixable song, and one that I do enjoy. Check out this remix below and if you’re really feeling like partying enjoy the Ale Mora remix as well.

Jaymes Young and Phoebe Ryan – We Won’t

Two of my favorite new artists are back with a super-chill collaboration. With a male-female vocal overlay reminiscent of Oh Wonder, Jaymes and Phoebe start the song off smoothly before Jaymes takes his verse. Don’t worry, Phoebe will get her turn later in the song. The chorus is definitely my favorite part. It’s slow but catchy. The song has a lot of focus on ambient noise slowly building up the energy. Halfway through the chorus the volume of sound kind of sneaks up on you and becomes almost overwhelming, but it had been a slow crescendo the whole time. Check out Phoebe Ryan’s tour dates here (Jaymes isn’t on tour right now), and the track below. As a special treat, I’ve also included my favorite songs from each of them individually.

Lorde – Glory and Gore (Unlike Pluto Remix)

You can always turn to Unlike Pluto for an energetic track to hype you up. Taking on Lorde’s Glory and Gore, he introduces a strong, slow bassline and driving synths to an already solid track. The drop is unique but not so far off the mark that you get lost. Enjoy the low-key pump up track below.

blackbear – 90210 acoustic

I have a soft spot for good studio songs remixed acoustically by their original producer. I always find that it teaches you about elements of the song that you couldn’t have possibly noticed in the original. Introduced to blackbear by a good friend of mine, I was hooked immediately. The acoustic version features an energetic, poppy rhythm that is absent in the original. The song becomes complete when the bass line comes in during the second verse. Enjoy below, I’m currently exploring the rest of blackbear’s discography. Expect him to pop up on the next couple of playlists.

Molly Moore – Natural Disaster (Win & Woo Remix)

Win & Woo are back at it with a downtempo remix of Natural Disaster by Molly Moore. The electronic duo goes in a slightly different direction with their sound this time. This song has a minimal, super-chill feel. Not many bells and whistles to be distracted by, which is refreshing. It’s always frustrating to hear good songs that just try to do too much at once. Although usually more uptempo and energetic, Win & Woo keep what I see as their “signature” sound in this song: a single, pulsing, slow but powerful bass that resonates throughout the whole song. Clear, individual piano chords occasionally cut the bass and add a lot of depth to the song. Enjoy the track below, and if you like it, check out my full profile of the duo’s career here.