November 17, 2010

Q-Burns Abstract Message ft. Lisa Shaw – Innocent (Cole Medina Remixes)

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Innocent Remixes

Since its original release on the Astralwerks album Invisible Airline in 2001, the Q-Burns Abstract Message song “Innocent,” featuring the vocals of Lisa Shaw, has seen many reappearances and remixes. The first mixes by King Britt and Lovesky released as part of the Re-Routed collection on Eighth Dimension were soon followed by stunning reworks from Joey Negro and Magik Johnson for Britain’s NRK label.

Years later, Eighth Dimension was contacted by House Arrest label impresario Cole Medina requesting to revisit this track, one of his favorites, for an even newer remix. Being a big fan of Medina’s excellent work, which includes his top notch remix of Sleazy McQueen’s “Anna Due” and his many sought after re-edits, the label promptly handed over the “Innocent” parts anxious to hear the result. Cole Medina did not disappoint at all: he promptly delivered three completely different, fantastic remixes of “Innocent.”

The first of Medina’s mixes is the Nue Boogie Mix with its soulful, low-slung disco funk. Dramatic percussion and an unrelenting keyboard riff play against Lisa Shaw’s expressive vocal providing a dose of ear-pleasing musical tension. Cole’s Bottom Heavy Tunnel Mix increases the tempo with a late night club-ready house mix. Over the insistent four-on-the-floor rhythm a healthy wash of reverb is applied to Lisa’s vocals giving this one a decidedly big room feel. The delicately sparse arrangement is tailor made for booming in an after-hours warehouse. Finally, Cole turns a total 180 with his Why Love Sucks Mix, a downtempo treatment comfortably placing the song in Portishead territory. Lisa Shaw suddenly takes the role of chanteuse as cabaret piano and emotive strings hover over the plodding, trip hop beats.

Cole Medina‘s return to “Innocent” precedes future singles and projects from Q-Burns Abstract Message including the upcoming “Dark Roots” and the mysterious “Balearic Chainsaw.” Keeps ears locked on Eighth Dimension for more exciting sounds to come.

Innocent (Cole Medina Remixes) :: Eighth Dimension Records – 8TH30D by Q-Burns Abstract Message

Available now from Beatport / Stompy / Juno Download / Traxsource / iTunes / Wasabeat Japan

September 28, 2010

Hawke – Monday Comes And Goes Remixes

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Monday Comes And Goes Remixes

Hawke, the song-crafting nome-de-plume of producer/DJ Gavin Hardkiss, presents this steadfastly exuberant single filled with re-works of “Monday Comes And Goes,” the signature track from his fourth artist album +++. The upbeat “Monday Comes And Goes” is a defiant stand against the Monday morning condition and a theme for those facing the workday when they’ve just been deliriously dancing all weekend. The remix team, handpicked by Gavin and consisting of Anthony Mansfield, Jota Wagner, Craig Williams, and The Sexicanz, all confidently fly the flag of the song’s playfulness and message.

Anthony Mansfield is having a banner year with sought after releases on his own Hector Works label, DJ-acclaimed collaborations with crime partner Nick Chacona, and recent top notch remixes for The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Sleazy McQueen, and Hot Toddy. Here Mansfield musically stays close to the original “Monday Comes And Goes” and adds a bit of effective dancefloor pump and magic. The feeling of the track shines through in spades, sure to plant a grin on anyone within range of its broadcast.

Brazil’s Jota Wagner, founder of Lunatic Jazz and rising house music producer on the world stage, was an early supporter of the +++ album and “Monday Comes And Goes.” Inspired, Wagner set out to create his own club remixes of the track surprising Gavin with them only after the fact. Gavin was so enamored with this dubby, percussive house music treatment that he in turn added his own elements and bits. The result is a beautiful, collaborative remix with serious late night appeal.

The Sexicanz is led by the enigmatic Dmitri from San Francisco and have a history of singles on Robsoul, Deepfunk, and their own C.O.A. label. With their Analog In The Fog Remix, The Sexicanz twist and turn “Monday Comes And Goes” into an extended battle of music machinery, blending house, dub, and techno in a Basic Channel inspired fashion. As an elongated mixing tool or a strobe-lit centerpiece of a DJ set this moody version will find its home.

In an effort to reach into different pockets and extend the collaborative spirit of +++ Gavin worked with remixin.com to hold a remix contest for “Monday Comes And Goes.” Out of an impressive number of quality entries Los Angeles via Australia DJ/Producer and Bombeatz artist Craig Williams hit the mark on what Gavin was looking for. Williams’ Last Minute Jump Around Remix ruthlessly drags the tune into the clubs with its syncopated synth stabs and rhythmic sampling of the vocal hook. Gavin’s tune goes big room in a big way with this winning interpretation doing the trick.

Continuing the collaborative spirit the fantastic artwork for this single was also delivered by contest, this time with the assistance of Creative Allies (creativeallies.com). Chicago graphic artist and house music producer Bai-ee created the winning entry beautifully illustrating the whimsical nature of this project and Gavin’s artistic point of view.

Hawke – Monday Comes And Goes Remixes (Eighth Dimension Records) by Eighth Dimension

Available now from Juno Download / Beatport / Traxsource / Stompy / iTunes

March 12, 2010

Gavin Hardkiss / Hawke : A Remix + Artwork Contest

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We’re running a remix and an artwork contest for Gavin Hardkiss revolving around his track “Monday Comes And Goes,” recorded under the artist name Hawke for his acclaimed Eighth Dimension Records album +++.

The remix contest is in collaboration with Remixin.com and ends April 7. In addition to the winning remix being used in an upcoming Eighth Dimension single, the winner also receives prizes such as a Novation Launch Pad and a bit of musical goodies. Eclectic mixes are the key here … Gavin himself will be selecting the winner and as you might guess he has quite an eccentric taste.

We’re also running a parallel contest to determine the artwork for the single in collaboration with Creative Allies. Prizes include Sony Creative’s Vegas Pro software suite and some cold hard cash. Again, Gavin Hardkiss is judging the contest and is open to surprises.

For information on the remix contest go here: www.remixin.com/contest/hawke
For information on the artwork contest go here: www.creativeallies.com/jobs/show/25/

We hope you can take part! Some bits about “Monday Comes And Goes” and Gavin Hardkiss/Hawke below:

The new album by San Francisco’s Hawke, enigmatically titled +++, strives to defy categorization on many levels. Conceived by legendary psychedelic dance producer Gavin Hardkiss +++ blurs musical boundaries as well as the lines separating audio and visual work.

In the spirit of collaboration and genre-bending, Gavin Hardkiss invites you to be a part of the first remix single from +++. The album’s lead track, “Monday Comes And Goes,” will be openly remixed by the Remixin.com community while the cover art will be created by users of CreativeAllies.com. Gavin will be involved in the process personally selecting the remix and artwork that will accompany the single to be released in May 2010 by Eighth Dimension Records. The participants will be promoted worldwide with the single, which will also contain remixes by established electronic artists Q-Burns Abstract Message and Tal M. Klein of Aniligital Music.

“The Hawke material that I have produced for two decades has always been a collaborative effort between myself and the super talented people that surround me. The most recent Hawke album +++ was always intended as a creative effort to try make music that was naive and open eyed in its subject matter and sound pallette. I did not intend to make trendy sounding tracks for DJs. I actually tried to skew away from current sounds and techniques. In the spirit of this competition and the spirit of collaboration, I am looking for collaborators/remixers to take the song ‘Monday Comes and Goes’ into uncharted territory. I want you to make the song sound like the Summer of 2010. Give ’em what they want and make ’em dance dance dance!!”
– Gavin Hardkiss (Hawke)

Monday Comes And Goes by Eighth Dimension