Now that the “Late Night Drive” EP has been out for some time and all the remixes have been sent out into the blogsphere, I thought I would give my thoughts on each. I love all these remixes and they are all unique and great in their own way. So, in no particular order, I will share with you what I feel makes each one great.
How We Speak – Fabian Remix
What can I say about Fabian that hasn’t already been said? His new album is amazing and every ounce of hype and credit he gets is completely deserved. This guy is one of the best producers out there and in time his status will come to match his talents. I must say, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Fabian’s music. I love him because he is an awesome guy and makes great music, but I hate him because whenever I think I’m starting to catch up to him and think that I wrote a track that could rival one of his, he comes up with something so amazing I have to go right back to the drawing board! Since I joined Binary, I have looked up to Fabian as a producer and have studied every one of his tracks to try and learn as much as I can. So, when Binary asked me who I wanted to remix the first single, “How We Speak” the first name out of my mouth was Fabian.
I remember going to Fabian and Alex’s place for some pre-gaming before a night out and Fabian was just finishing up working on this track. He played me the beginning intro, build up and chorus. I immediately knew this was going to be a great track and couldn’t help but nod my head to the bouncy beat and rubbery bass line. I love how this remix sounds laid back but yet energetic at the same time, thanks to the thumping drums accompanied by smooth key stabs and a bass that won’t quit. The lo-fi drum fills are one of those little touches that I love about Fabian’s productions. This remix did not disappoint, and wasn’t anything less than what I would expect from such a talented artist.
How We Speak – Sam Padrul Remix
When Binary sent over this remix, I had not heard of Sam Padrul or had listened to any of his previous work. I was a bit skeptical since I knew nothing about him but upon first listen of his remix, I was in love. This track oozes funk with its funky retro keys layered on top of a bass line that jumps around the beat to form a perfect groove. This track has gotten a lot of love from bloggers and it’s no wonder why. I can’t get enough of the smoothness of this remix and how well his edits of the vocals work with the rest of the track. I particularly love the change up that comes in under the “I know, I know” lyrics. I’m definitely a fan of this guy now, and will be following up to hear what he comes up with next.
Late Night Drive – Fiero Remix
Ahh, Fiero. Not only are these some of the coolest, nicest guys I’ve ever met, they are also some super talented producers. Listening to their DJ sets, there’s no way these guys couldn’t make great tracks just by their taste in music alone. I remember the first time I met them at a show in the OC where I played a set before them. I was blown away by how unique and amazing their DJ set was. It was a perfect blend of retro funk and new disco. So, when I sent Binary a short list of producers I’d like to have do a remix for me, these guys were definitely at the top.
I don’t remember whose decision it was to have them remix “Late Night Drive” (my favorite track off the album) but I’m eternally thankful they did. Just like their DJ sets, this remix is a perfect blend of old and new. The whirling arpeggiated synths and filtered keys set a great mood that is lifted up by the pumping drums and 80’s tom rolls. Like, the Sam Padrul remix, Fiero does a great job in editing the vocals to make them fit with their vision. The vocoded line “This car…” echoes out over the verses, giving just enough of a taste of the original while allowing their expertly crafted instrumental to shine through. I was also thrilled that they used the high pitched Theremin synth from the original in their own way that is immensely different from the role I gave it, but still sounds just as good. All in all, this is a great remix by some even greater guys. I can’t wait to see how they progress and work with them in the future!
Keep it Together – Small Pyramids Remix
Small Pyramids is my ultra talented hetero life partner and roommate Zach. I’ve been making music with this guy for ages and have watched his talents as an artist and songwriter grow exponentially. When our last band split and we went our separate ways, I wasn’t worried about this guy at all. I knew whatever musical endeavors he would pursue would end up successful. That’s why when he finally penned a record deal with the infamous “Glasgow Underground” I was excited for him, but not surprised in the least. I knew it was only a matter of time till someone discovered his talents and gave him the platform to express them that he deserved.
Zach’s musical style and production’s have greatly evolved since he did a remix for my track “Let Go”. While his “Let Go” remix was a slow sparse melancholy track (Which I loved), this new remix shows us why he has been gaining so much attention as of late. Sharp arpegiators and thumping bass set the tone for this six minute Disco House jam. I knew that he would do something interesting with the vocals and was not disappointed. The new version gives the vocals an almost European or “Kraftwork” vibe that I love. Although the synths are sparse, the entire sonic landscape is represented over a beat that makes you nod your head thanks to its use of 808 cowbells and hand claps. As Zach gets more and more remix requests from bigger and bigger artists, I’m thankful that I got to him in time to do this track and hopefully it’s not the last time I can get him to lend his talents to one of my productions.
With that said, I hope you enjoyed these remixes as much as I do. Stay tuned for one last chapter in the “Late Night Drive” EP saga, which I will post about soon.