Posts Tagged ‘The Weeknd’

December 24, 2015
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Ariana Grande and The Weeknd are two of the biggest names in music show business these days. New York based producer Gryffin has also had a heckuva year, having sold out his debut show in LA and given us some game changing remixes of huge hits all year long, even landing himself a lead spot on the soundtrack for Zac Efron starring We Are Your Friends with a Years and Years remix. To thank his fans for all the support this year, the producer has remixed Ariana Grande & The Weeknd’s Love Me Harder, giving it an uplifting and sweeping house refix. Gryffin’s Love Me Harder is a tropical utopia, a melodic synth driven burst of summery dance joy. Snag the track for free, here.

December 17, 2015

Before you groan over the fact that, yes, this is in fact, another The Weeknd cover, wait till you learn who it’s by. Turns out, Swedish star Tove Lo (and long featured IHM pop favorite) is in the midst of a “12 Moments ‘Til Christmas” song series, and the fourth edition of this venture is a cover of The Weeknd’s Real Life, on which she teams up with collaborator Gustav Weber. There’s no going wrong with Tove Lo covering anything in my books. She gives Real Life a bold and fiery electropop approach full of grooving sass.

December 9, 2015
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There are times when I wonder whether I love Ember Island’s version of The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face even more than the original, largely due to how gorgeous it is, and partly due to Ember Island’s ripe remix potential. New production project Steve Void swoops out of the Netherlands to offer up the his own interpretation of the cover, dishing out atmospheric, contemplative deep house both entrancingly ethereal and meditatively profound. Download the remix for free, here.

December 1, 2015
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I can’t feel my hands after beating on my TV stand during that nail biter 19th Warriors win, but now I can’t feel my face either from how good this cover of The Weeknd’s ubiquitous hit The Hills by Portland duo ECHOS. They offer up an expansive and vastly atmospheric The Hills whose valleys and peaks burst with synthpop and future bass grandeur. The rest of ECHOS’ Soundcloud catalog is more than worth a night of obsession. Hit it up, here.

November 19, 2015
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I stumbled upon this R&B artist from France named Yo Trane earlier today, and after listening through his recent Late Night Drive EP, he had me wondering… is he the next The Weeknd? Sure, his music is more sensually smooth, like Miguel’s, but what an amazing, flawless falsetto and what sweet seduction! The title track from the EP, above, is a shiny slice of atmospheric electronica and sateen R&B, a seamless piece of music both searing and cool. Stream another track off the Late Night Drive EP below. Let Me In is a far more moodier and reflective piece, a dusky slow burner. Visit Yo Trane’s EP in full on Soundcloud, where you can find a link to download the release for free, too. Keep an eye on this one.

November 19, 2015

It’s been awhile now since we’ve been flooded with variations of The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face, including both remixes and covers. The world has instead, turned their attention to Drake’s Hotline Bling and Adele’s Hello. IYES, however, surprised me this morning with a stunning rendition of Can’t Feel My Face, creating a downtempo brooder that lurks in soft shadows peppered with piano twinkles and muted electronic beats. Josh and Melis trade sensual, smoky vocals on their version of Can’t Feel My Face, a clouded beauty awash in melancholy. Head over to Soundcloud to download IYES’ cover for free.

October 30, 2015
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There’s no doubt in my mind that producer and vocalist duo BONNIE X CLYDE are partners in crime to watch. They newcomers grabbed hold of my electronic and trap hungry attention this morning with a new edit of RL Grime’s The Hills remix, but I was even more drawn into their sound when I visited recent original Rise Above, a trap and future bass extravaganza with much endearing vocals. EDM festival heads will appreciate the sheer power of the track, while homebodies will love the enchanting properties of the wistful melody. If XYLØ went full on trap, this might be how they’d sound. Download Rise Above for free, here. Then jump into Bonnie X Clyde’s edit of RL Grime’s The Hills below for some bonus trap thrills.

October 26, 2015
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It’s not often that a mashup cover is spectacular, but Southern California Evalyn has me marveling at her combination of The Weeknd’s The Hills and Kavinsky’s Nightcall, two songs I never thought of placing together side by side. Produced by duo Louis Vivet, The Hills x Nightcall is a sweetly fiery and polished treat. I’m curious to hear more from newcomer Evalyn. The last time a female mashup cover debut blew many of us away was Phoebe Ryan, and we all know how fantastic her later tunes have been. Free download of Evalyn’s track here.

September 23, 2015
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There’s little that needs to be said when something as epic as this track surfaces. RL Grime, who I just witness murder it at Outside Lands Music Fest last month, has presented us with a remix of provocative R&B king The Weeknd’s The Hills. The Weeknd and RL Grime, it doesn’t get much better than that for trap fans. It’s a clamorous, intensive The Hills with steep slopes, sharp peaks, and bottomless voids. Yes, it’s pure magnificence.

August 19, 2015
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I’m still helplessly addicted to Monogem’s Wait And See, especially after the Los Angeles duo released a music video for the 80′s inflected electronic pop song last week. But they’ve whisked me away with a fresh new track today, a seductive cover of The Weeknd’s Earned It, which showcases a very different side of Monogem. This is a dark and droopy electro R&B Monogem that suddenly seems more BANKS like than HAIM or CHVRCHES like. The spectacular rendition is steamy, smoky, and lustful, with some jaw dropping vocals.