Posts Tagged ‘Bon Iver’

May 2, 2018
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It’s not often that a remix of Bon Iver crops up, though we have shared a small handful of them over the years. Justin Vernon’s music can’t be easy to re-imagine, but if anyone can do it flawlessly, it’s Barclay Crenshaw, whom most people would more easily recognize under the name Claude VonStroke, the esteemed founder of Dirtybird Records who was voted #1 DJ in the world not too long ago. The producer has given Bon Iver’s  “715 – CRΣΣKS”, one of my favorites from their last album “22, A Million”, a truly transcendental re-work. Soft high hat rolls graze the surface of the beautifully drifting electronic edit, creating an austerely mesmeric effect next to Justin Vernon’s vocoder treated vocals. Barclay Crenshaw’s remix is a mellow and ambient masterpiece, both soothingly hypnotic and pensively haunting. This brilliant “Barclay Crenshaw White Label Renegade Cut” is available via Bandcamp, here.

January 11, 2018
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I’m in love with this instrumental track from AllttA, a production duo that involves some fine musicians, including producer 20syl from French turntablists C2C and MR. J. MEDEIROS from Los Angeles based band Knives. The pair are in the midst of a single series named Facing Giants, from which a new track is revealed every Wednesday. Disarm (fg. VI) is their latest release, and I’m sure you recognized its inspiration from its opening chords straightaway. They’ve given a piano version of Bonnie Raitt’s infinitely romantic classic I Can’t Make You Love Me a gorgeously textured, brassy flaring hip hop and electronica cover re-work. You can listen to AllttA’s Facing Giants single series on Soundcloud, here. Snag the instrumentals from major outlets, here.

September 18, 2017
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This one’s been out and about blowing minds and dropping jaws for well over a week, too. Vancouver based electronic project On Planets, helmed by singer songwriter and producer Sean Wharton, has covered quintessential Bon Iver classic Flume, and the resulting total makeover is astonishing, to say the least. The dark moody re-imagination is tense gripping and taut riveting, a textural masterpiece with emotionally charged vocals and a raw yet sophisticated soundscape reminiscent of early future bass and chill trap releases. The post-EDM cover evokes early Flume, as well as Hudson Mohawke and some of the organic dynamism of Lido. Download the brilliant creation, so completely different from the original, here.

April 2, 2017

If you’re looking for something intergalactic to pump you up for the final bits of the weekend, Zephure’s going to rocket you right through the cosmos with his stunning remix of Pluto’s Nevve featuring Surface. The producer, who resides right here in the Bay in San Jose, first came to our attention with a magnificent edit of Bon Iver’s Holocene, which you can revisit below. This time around, he’s given Pluto’s Surface a synth swelling, beautifully evocative future bass makeover. Zephure’s remix is a free download, here.

March 30, 2017

[PREMIERE]

Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe (90Five Remix)

Earlier this year, a 21 year old producer and multi-instrumentalist from Birmingham, UK blew us away with a magnificent remix of Bon Iver’s 715 CR∑∑KS, a feat few would believe could be achieved in such a successful manner. 90Five crafted a beautifully dreamy, brightly sanguine remix out of the melancholic original. Today, 90Five returns with a stunning new flip to cement his status as an IHM favorite. With a propensity for the fresh and original, 90Five gives Sigrid’s Don’t Kill My Vibe, one of the best debut singles this year, a transcendental makeover. Don’t Kill My Vibe’s fiery flair is smoothed over with ethereal fluttering instrumentals and gauzy effulgent beats. It’s a very different sort of vibe we’re met with on 90Five’s remix, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, to say the least. Sigrid’s magnetic vocals ride smoothly on a radiant trickling, lush capering bed of soft sonic fluff. 90Five’s remix of Don’t Kill My Vibe is a free download, here. If you missed that 

715 CR∑∑KS remix previously, you can stream the track below, courtesy of Stereofox’s Youtube channel.

January 24, 2017
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This next transcendental one comes by way of our music loving tastemaker buddies over at Stereofox.com who’ve certainly found a treasured jewel in the form of this stunning Bon Iver remix. 90Five is a 21 year old producer from Birmingham, UK, and he’s done what many consider impossible. He’s remixed one of the tracks from Bon Iver’s latest album 22, A Million and he’s done a phenomenal job, too. 715 CR∑∑KS, which happens to be one of my favorites from the album alongside “33 God”, gets an uptempo burst of warm energy on 90Five’s edit. It bounces with a balmy buoyant step. The sanguine vibrancy that bubbles through to the surface is something we don’t often associate with Justin Vernon and his music, unless of course he happens to be dallying around a set with Francis And The Lights and Kanye West. In fact, 

715 CR∑∑KS is an inherently melancholic tune, and it’s been turned on its head by 90Five through his well crafted remix. Now, we can dance with a smile to vocoder treated Justin Vernon. Perhaps it balances out with all that solitary soul searching by candlelight to 22, A Million in its original meditative form. Download 90Five’s house edit, here.

December 21, 2016
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Just the other day, I was taking a break from my usual blasting of albums in the car and tuning into Live 105′s HD2 radio station Indie 105 (which I highly recommend to anyone who can receive HD radio frequencies and loves indie/alt music), and Bon Iver’s Holocene came on. I’m a massive Bon Iver fan, as many likely know. I first fell in love with Justin Vernon’s work back in 2007. He nearly broke my heart with the stark beauty of For Emma, Forever Ago, an album which he reportedly wrote in the solitude of the Wisconsin woods. As such, when Bon Iver dropped their second album (Bon Iver), it took me a moment to get used to how much more rich and florid its tunes were, and as much as I deeply adore that album, my loyalty to this day lies most true to For Emma, Forever Ago. Yet, when I re-visited Holocene this week on the radio, I came to realize how much I truly love the song, and how incredible this Bon Iver journey has been. 

Anyway, to get to the heart of the matter, I’m reminded yet again of the aforementioned by an incredible remix of Holocene that surfaced on my radar lately by a producer from here in the Bay who goes by the moniker Zephure. The San Jose native, who’s currently studying computer science at the University of Michigan, reports that he’d rather be making music than sitting in a lecture hall. No wonder he feels that way, considering the ravishing edit he’s given Holocene. Bon Iver is no easy task to remix, and Zephure has transformed wistful aching Holocene into a brisk vacillating, wavy flickering future bass extravaganza, one that evokes a bit of Porter and a touch of k?d. Zephure’s Holocene feels as vast and wondrous as the original, if not more. Download his remix for free, here.

November 18, 2016
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Gordi always has a tendency of reminding me of Bon Iver on her breathtaking music, a fact that left me wondering how much of an inspiration Justin Vernon truly is on this Australian singer songwriter. I think it’s fair to say a lot, particularly after this incredible cover just arose. Gordi, or Sophie Payten, gives us a sparsely riveting, starkly captivating rendition of 00000 Million from Bon Iver’s esoteric album 22, A Million. There’s no hiding in lush soundscapes or gilded instrumentals here, yet Gordi’s voice shines brilliantly in her cover’s cavernous space. Her haunting chamber pop meets ambient folktronica cover is stunning.

October 4, 2016

On Friday, Bon Iver released their third full length album, “22, A Million”. I couldn’t wait to listen, having been such a huge fan of the Wisconsin outfit lead by Justin Vernon since debut album For Emma, Forever Ago stole my heart away all the way back in 2007. I listened to “22, A Million” late Friday night (or perhaps it was already early Saturday morning), by candlelight, and it was a moving experience. While very much experimental, and boasting very odd song titles, “22, A Million” feels like it sits somewhere in between the intimacy of For Emma, Forever Ago and the vast expanse of Bon Iver’s eponymous sophomore album. As each day passes, Bon Iver has been releasing new lyric videos for songs off of “22, A Million” onto Youtube. Even before the arrival of the album, “

715 – CR∑∑KS” already had a hold of me. It’s a gut wrenching song, a stark yet powerful folktronica song with heavy vocoder use. Justin Vernon’s cryptic, poetic lyrics serve to entrance me further as I find my own way to understand them and feel them. A lyric video for “

666 ʇ” has also arrived over the weekend. This one most certainly recalls Bon Iver’s second album more, with those silken Vernon falsettos and a lush soundscape. Stream below, and purchase “22, A Million”, here.

September 8, 2016

Back in July, London duo Avec Sans released their debut album Heartbreak Hi, a record I’d been looking forward to immensely and even pre-ordered twice by accident, so great was my zeal. I’ve been obsessing over Heartbreak Hi’s vibrant pulsing, vivid enthralling electronic pop ever since. In the past, Avec Sans has graced us with a handful of brilliant covers, always managing to select songs and artists that I myself deeply adore. One such cover that’s also on Heartbreak Hi is their recent interpretation of Bon Iver hit, Perth. Today, we get to dive back into Avec Sans’ lusciously rippling, grandly eloquent electropop cover via an eye popping music video the duo has just unveiled. Throbbing lights and effulgent colors pull us in as we lurch to the beats of Avec Sans’ bittersweet pumping Perth, transfixed by the mesmeric effects and flashy patterns of their video. If you’ve yet to check out Avec Sans’ album Heartbreak Hi, you can purchase digitally or on CD/vinyl, here.