Montreal experimental electronic pop duo Blue Hawaii have been quiet of late, and haven’t released a new song since 2014’s utterly beautiful “Get Happy/Get Happier” single. Of course, there was the killer Agor Edits mixtape last year, meant to tide us over to what seems like it could be an exciting 2016 from them. They’ve hinted at new material coming lately, and seeing as how 2013’s Untogether is one of our favourite albums this decade, we’re eagerly awaiting their next sure-to-be masterpiece.
Agor (that’s Alex Cowan, half of the band) is also known for his meticulously detail-oriented productions, and today he put out a remix of Brooklyn duo Glassio’s “If I Was Your Boy”. It’s a dark and moody experimental house track that transforms the original by submerging the vocals, so that they become mere whispers, full of delay and mystery. Exquisite, as always.
Antoine93 has thoroughly entertained us over the years with his alternate-universe pop sound, and his latest single “Me and the Sound” probably would be his first #1 hit in that universe. His first release since the amazing “Extra Strong” video, it’s a slickly produced dance track with a monstrous vocal hook and a deep deep groover. But despite it’s crossover potential, the song still has enough weirdness to keep things fascinating, especially with that wobbly bass and those sequenced pinging synths.
But wait, there’s more! None other than Montreal underground pop superstars Blue Hawaii have remixed the song, taking it to darker, more submerged ocean depths. Both tracks were produced under Berlin Community Radio’s Welcome to Berlin program, of which our bloggy brethren No Fear of Pop are a part.
Both the original and the remix available for free download from Bandcamp, so go grab them! And be sure to check out Antoine93’s Maybe Unlock My Heart, released last year, but still amazing.
Blue Hawaii‘s Untogether was undeniably one of the best albums of 2013. But if you’ve ever seen the duo live, you know that they can twist their sweet and atmospheric songs into a beat-heavy dance party. Now you can finally capture some of that energy in your everyday life!
In this mixtape of edits, the bass is turned up, the tempos are faster, and Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s unique and powerful voice is mixed into haunting new harmonies. It’s kind of like seeing some dear old friends who have gotten cooler and more confident in the years since you’ve seen each other. There’s some new acquaintances too, like the sexually yearning “All of My Heart” and a fairly faithful cover of Kyle Hall’s “Ghosten” with vocals added on top.
Get over to Soundcloud and download a copy for yourself!