An unexpected edit today from one of our favourite young producers, uk duo ‘Dorsia’. Skittering melodies and unconventional dynamics make you feel as though you have pressed play on the wrong track, but you soon realise that this is less of a conventional edit and more of a rebuild. Dorisa build a new atmosphere for Donna Allen’s signature vocals to play with, while we are huge fans of the original we prefer to see an edit go this route, rather than just putting a lazy kick on it, like so many are guilty of. This one’s big and beautiful, a bit like Donna herself.
A beautifully crafted winding and twisting take on a Nina Simone track from LA based group C.Love. The original track of Nina’s isn’t actually called ‘To The Promise Land’, it is in fact called ‘My Mans Gone Now’ but that’s neither here nor there. This all too short and encapsulating version is full of the barely noticeable details that really lift it into something memorable beyond the original. Close your eyes and you are sat on a jetty on the edge of a lake in Nina’s hometown in North Carolina, maybe thats the promise land.
We’ve not had a freebie from LNTG in a long time and to celebrate hitting 40,000 followers he’s got a ripper for us, it’s actually an edit of ‘I never thought I’d see the day’. We’re big fans of Sade and have a serious musical crush on her, so does LNTG and this rework from him is a beautiful tribute to this queen of sultriness. Leaning heavily on the vocals of course is the key to this rework. Perfect for a breezy winter’s morning or that first day after having your heart broken.
Looks like we’re last to the party on this one. Thanks to our buddy Dave McDonagh for playing this the other night and getting it properly on our radar. William Onyeabor is something of an mystery. He released all this amazing music in Africa in the 70’s that went largely un-noticed by the rest of the world. Then in 2014 David Byrne’s (From Talking Heads) label Luaka Bop re-issued some of his best tracks and sent out the parts for all kinds of remixes. One of which is the Joacim remix we have for you today.
Williams got a crazy history and despite their best attempts no-one has really been able to fully put together a bio on him. Anyway, dig a little deeper on him, you won’t be sorry, for example check out the Noisey documentary about him HERE. Anyway this take on Williams original is just built for fun, not straying far from the original it gives it a bit more of a dance floor lean and plays to the originals strengths, the main inclusion is a new smoother vocal, perhaps the original was a bit too poorly recorded. Anyway if this is your first introduction to William Onyeabor I hope it leads you down the rabbit hole.
Put together back in 2010 this fantastic remix is what you would expect from Midland…..classy. I don’t know how we missed it then but I’m certainly happy to have found it now. Endless echo is offset with warm synths and upbeat melodies. It’s got that heavy feel, like walking off a plane into high humidity that comes from a producer thats not afraid to use all the space in a mix down with confidence. This remix fits perfectly with Boards of Canada’s aesthetic, it’s patient and built for those more cerebral musical needs. A fantastic collaboration between two stand out acts.