Shuffle | New Sounds from Our Inbox
by Joshua P. Ferguson
Phoenix "Trying to Be Cool" (Breakbot remix) — Atlantic
Although Phoenix's latest LP, Bankrupt, has arrived with considerably less fanfare than its predecessor, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the record really as you'd expect it to be coming from these Parisian talents. They may have stuck too close to the formula that's made them festival headliners, but hey, if you look to the line-ups of this summer's festivals, they're still headlining AND sharing the stage with Windy City crooner king R.Kelly while they're at it, so that counts for a lot. Here, album cut "Trying to Be Cool"—which is available as stems for open remixing on the band's soundcloud page—gets a straight-forward and user-friendly remix from fellow Frenchman Breakbot. Bouncy, silky smooth, and soaked with the boogie feel that has become Breakbot's trademark, this one's for sunny DJ sets that involve patios, cool beers, and as little clothing as possible—at least that's what the song's title would lead us to believe.
DOWNLOAD: Phoenix "Trying to Be Cool" (Breakbot remix) | 320 mp3
Haim "Falling" (Leonard Friend remix) — Polydor
This folksy-pop trio of sisters from sunny CA has had no trouble raising its profile in the past 6 months. It's really not that difficult to fathom, seeing how they've landed opening slots for everyone from Ke$ha to Mumford & Sons. It's nice to hear Haim get treated to something a little different though, namely a shimmering synth-driven '90s R&B style remix from Leonard Friend, a Los Angeleno transplant who fancies himself exactly that, a musician who's influences are as much D'Angelo as they are Phil Collins.
DOWNLOAD: Haim "Falling" (Leonard Friend remix) | 320 mp3
Slugabed "This is a Warning" — Activia Benz
Moving away from the pop realm, but no less fit for summer, London bass producer Slugabed has dropped a freebie for the eclectic British party label Activia Benz. Rocking the tropical vibe in all the right ways: steel drum, sparkling chords, and a loose reggae-style appeal, "This is a Warning" is ripe for sweaty dancefloor application. And it's not alone, the five-track "This is a Warning" EP was recently given up for free download via Activia Benz's bandcamp site.
DOWNLOAD: Slugabed "This is a Warning" | 320 mp3s (via Bandcamp)