The Temper Trap hit my radar while I was living in Quebec and I stumbled upon their track Sweet Disposition, which soon found itself on repeat for weeks. I decided to check out their album, Conditions, and I've been a big fan from then on. Remixes from the likes of Keljet, RAC, Axwell & Dirty South, and now Britain's HONNE, have only furthered my admiration for these guys. The Temper Trap's most recent single, an earnestly romantic ballad titled Lost, reminds me of their earlier days and would have fit right in on their debut album. With the remix, the boys from HONNE bring some major synth quavers and explosions that polish the original up quite nicely, while Dougy Mandagi's distinctive voice floats effortlessly across the entire production. There's no question this one from The Temper Trap and HONNE is going to find itself on repeat for awhile.
He's back. Feels like a minute since I've seen or heard anything from Afrojack. Teaming up with Ty Dolla $ign, they bring us 'Gone', the track strikes an interest balance between tropical house and rap track. Interesting to see Afrojack getting behind a different sound. As a bonus I also threw in his recent remix of Bieber's 'Cold Water'.
It's a crying shame Stockholm's Oliver Nelson didn't release this one a couple months earlier as it's fit for sipping cold ones in the sun. Ain't A Thing is a funky poolside disco track packing a ton of groove with Kaleem Taylor's fantastic vocals riding perfectly on top. Packed with smooth keys and a tasty baseline, this one is guaranteed to get your hips shakin'. Let's pray there are a couple more hot days left before fall sets in so we can bang it poolside.
I caught St. Lucia this summer at OSL. Have to say left a much bigger fan. This remix of Elevate by John Wizards only continues to build on my obsession. Balancing analog and digital the track has a unique hip-hop, jazz vibe that completely flips the original on it's head. There is just too much interesting going on!