The top 5 remixes by Toronto DJs from fall 2014
If you haven't caught on yet, we've started a quarterly series where we round up the top remixes released by Toronto-based producers during that past season. For those who would like to play catch up, be sure to look back at our spring and summer editions. Some new names popped up this season, which just goes to show how deep our pool of talent is.
Here are my selections for the top five remixes released in autumn 2014.
Odesza - Its Only ft. Zyra (Free n Losh Remix)
This talented duo flexed their ability to put their signature spin on a more modern tune. In this remix of Odesza's "It's Only" they've developed some beautiful soundscapes that ooze of serenity, accompanied perfectly by Zyra's vocals, effectively creating theme music that would be fitting to any fairy tale. The sparse production leaves enough room to breath during the verses but becomes heavy when it needs to be (insert swooning Kenny G esque saxophone in chorus).
T.I. - No Mediocre ft. Iggy Azalea (Grandtheft Remix)
He's baaaaack - that's three for three so far for Grandtheft in our quarterly remix round ups. He's been quite the globetrotter this fall, having played shows across the USA, Australia, China, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan, to name a few countries. This flip bangs in a club setting, thanks to production riddled with 808s, sirens and other heavy synths. Excited to hear more from him in the New Year. 4/4?
Jack U - Take U There ft. Kiesza (Pusher Remix)
This might be the most moving remix on our list, crossing modern sub-genres from beginning to end. He's chopped up Calgary's own Kiesza's vocals and surrounded them with intricate trappy drums and blaring neon synths the reek of the future bass scene. If you aren't familiar with Pusher yet, you can check him play alongside Thugli and Grandtheft on January 30th at The Hoxton.
Marian Hill - Got It (Kill Them With Colour Remix)
This production duo spans across the country, with one member living in Toronto and another in Victoria. They have an impressive catalog of remixes and originals with various styles. The popularity of trip hop may have come and gone a while ago, but KTWC have grabbed onto some of the elements and sprinkled them over Marian Hill's Got It. The result is an R&B remix that might leave you dazed.
KDrew - Tonight (Hunter Siegel Remix)
US based label Good Game Records called on producer Hunter Siegel to transform KDrew's single Tonight, the first song off his Signals EP. He manipulated the vocals into something deep and eerie, then turned it into a soulful house track that has undoubtedly captivated dance floors whenever played.
What did I miss? Leave your favourite remixes by Toronto DJs and producers from fall 2014 in the comments.
Photo of Iggy Azalea by Jesse Milns
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