San Fransiscan NastyNasty has been brewing up a storm with his latest discovery The Weeknd. As with the surge of The XX remixes that followed their meteoric ascent to notoriety, so do the remixes, edits and bootlegs of The Weeknd’s back catalog.
Of course, the quality of these remixes varies from negligible to astounding. One remix in particular falls into the latter camp, that of NastyNasty himself. It’s a classy juke reworking of what is essentially a dubbed out soulful number and I can really see these guys taking off.
Check out his reworking of ‘High For This’ and then check out their ‘House Of Ballons’ mixtape which has been downloaded over two hundred thousand times since it was released. Oh, and the best part is they’re both free. What nice chaps.
Download: The Weeknd – High For This (NastyNasty Remix)
The artist formerly known as B.Rich has set himself up for a promising year with this instant classic. Barrett “Kastle” Richards has taken on a dubbier sound with an almost housey edge to it.
It used to be that the UK had the monopoly on bass, but recently America, mainly the east coast, has started to take over. Artists such as Drop The Lime, AC Slater, Udachi and of course B.Rich stormed the scene with massive bass-heavy “choons” and “club-bangers”.
Naturally, it seems appropriate to post a track featuring two of the biggest names in US bass: Kastle and Udachi. The original is a very mellow bassy piece reminiscent of Burial with a house twist. Now I have to warn you it does feature auto-tune. Luckily, it manages to pull it off by exercising some restraint and it does make it sound like it’s underwater, which kinda fits.
Starkey adds a nice ravey horn-through-a-buzzsaw line to bang it up but it’s Udachi’s Funky mix that does it for me with the most awesome drum samples I’ve ever heard. Honestly, if you’re not sure about Funky listen to this tune. A lot. Then listen to Willy Joy’s Funky/soca mix or I’ll slap your knees.
Under his B.Rich moniker it was more fast heavy bass drops and ghetto/hip-hop samples but with Kastle his productions have taken on a much dubbier, techy sound – lots of arpeggiated synths and handclaps. Definitely the beginning of big things for this chap.
Stand out tracks: Udachi Mix, Willy Joy Mix
Title: Better Off Alone (seclus026)
Out now soon on Seclusiasis.
Download: Kastle – Better Off Alone (Udachi Remix)
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Tagged B.Rich, Dubstep, Funky, House, Kastle, NastyNasty, Seclusiasis, Soca, Starkey, Udachi, Willy Joy