BlackBook Tracks #39: The New Style

Who’s ready to go dancing this weekend? It’s been another week packed with high-profile remixes, and here are just some of the best ones. (Bonus tracks: French producer Kulkid’s take on Foals’ “Out Of The Woods” and Dave Harrington’s remake of “Why Didn’t You Save Me” by Nicolas Jaar.)


Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool” (Sleigh Bells remix)
Though they’re getting ready to release their third album, indie rockers Sleigh Bells have found time for remixing duties. The duo takes on "Trying To Be Cool," a highlight from Phoenix’s Bankrupt! from earlier this year.  It’s an interesting choice when singer Alexis Krauss has been one of the coolest people in music for years now, but her bubblegum voice fits well as she sings along with Thomas Mars. Sleigh Bells’ new record Bitter Rivals is out next month on Mom + Pop.

Fryars – “Cool Like Me” (Mike Skinner remix)
London’s Fryars already knows he’s cool. The singer/producer teamed up with Mike Skinner of the Streets fame to remake his acclaimed single “Cool Like Me.” Unfortunately, Skinner doesn’t rap on this remix, but he injects some dancefloor aggression into the original’s chilled-out taunt. The two artists reunited for this slyly humorous video, filmed at London Fashion Week.

Empire Of The Sun – “DNA” (Yuksek remix)
Synth-pop duo Empire Of The Sun is still living the dream, following their latest album Ice On The Dune. For new single “DNA,” the Australians handed the track over to remixers including Brodinski, Calvin Harris, and Alex Metric. On his take on the track, French electro genius Yuksek indulges his nu-disco side, pumping up a funky bassline that will make you want to don wizard robes and a fancy headdress of your own.

Angel Haze – “Echelon” (Jagwar Ma remix)
Jagwar Ma did plenty of genre blending on their accomplished debut album Howlin, mixing psych rock and dance music with ease. Now, the Australian duo’s taken on hip-hop with this remix of Angel Haze’s "Echelon," lowering the young rapper’s voice to a threatening pitch. Fans in New York and California will get to see Jagwar Ma come up from Down Under when the band makes its American live debut next week.

Escort – “Cabaret” (Little Boots remix)
Brooklyn disco collective Escort packs a lot into its songs, and latest single “Cabaret” is no exception. On this remix, British synth princess Little Boots stretches the track out to over eight minutes, scrapping the vocals and turning the song into an extended dancefloor trance. Little Boots’ second album Nocturnes is out now.
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