The Unused Word - Heaven (Testa Rmx)
I am completely and utterly in love with The Unused Word. Please do yourself a favour and listen to the original as well if you prefer your indie R&B with a little more warmth.
5/8erl in Ehr’n - Siasse Tschik (Mr. Urbs’ Dolby THC Mix feat. Keno)
And just when you thought 5/8erl in Ehr’n’s Siasse Tschik couldn’t get any more… let’s call it relaxed, Urbs comes along and proves you wrong.
LaBrassBanda - Brass Banda (Erwin & Edwin Remix)
Erwin & Edwin not only do brassy remixes, they will also have their debut EP out shortly via the hipstery-sounding label Dreieck ∆ Records. More trivia: Erwin & Edwin are not only not called Erwin & Edwin in real life, they are also more than two people. Free download on Soundcloud!
The Police - Roxanne (Lee Stevens & Curley Sue’s Late Night Dub)
Long before Walzerkönig was even born, two thirds of its editorial team went to a Justice / Busy P / other Ed Banger people DJ set in London. While we were not on drugs (like the rest of the warehouse, as a glimpse into the smokers’ yard suggested), we did enjoy it tremendously when Justice played Roxanne inbetween all of their own tracks.
Squalloscope - Bloodbaths for Birds (UMA remix)
Anna Kohlweis herself described this as “fantastic and creepy and wonderful and fucking amazing” and we have nothing to add to that.
Julian & der Fux - Altes Ego (Burnin Tears Remix), from Mischwald - Kapitel Eins, out now on j.hruza Records
After just four released tracks, Julian & der Fux’s next step was to release a remix EP, and a top-class one for that matter, judging just from the list of remixers which includes, among others, Valesta, Jakobin & Domino, Ken Hayakawa, Denis Yashin and Bernhard Fleischmann.
CHVRCHES - Recover (Cid Rim Remix)
A band that allegedly replaces a U with a V for improved googleability is a band to my liking. Way too few bands think of us poor fans and bloggers. I mean, try and find out anything about bands that are called Bro or Duo B&T. I am amazed that Google knows me well enough to place results of the band first when I’m looking up “Sex Jams”. So, go Chvrches! And go Cid Rim! This is a nice remix.
S O H N - The Wheel (Nvie Motho Remix)
Both S O H N and Nvie Motho happen to live in Vienna, but until recently they had nothing to do with each other: S O H N used to be Trouble Over Tokyo and was rooted in the Austrian indie community, while Nvie Motho is best known for producing Gerard’s Lissabon, a cutting edge hip hop track. These are people from very different scenes who yet somehow belong to the same fashionable movement of combining electronic with r&b elements.
[This is what FM4 should be playing on heavy rotation. Internationally (or should I say internetionally? </badpun>), S O H N and Gerard are the ”homegrown” off-mainstream acts that get the most attention at the moment, yet they are being ignored (zero plays of either) by the one institution that should care about them: Austria’s “alternative and avantgarde” radio station. Oblivion to new developments is not going to help against the fading relevance of radio. Just saying.]
[ETA: I am sorry for the perceived FM4 bashing. At least in the case of S O H N, it is not the radio station’s fault but rather due to circumstances or a viral marketing strategy or whatever.]