Sneaky Sound System Big Remix (Nicolas Jaar’s Always By Your Side version)

I was very recently introduced to the music of Nicolaas Jaar while on a beach/ surfy trip to San Juan Del Sur in Nicaragua and I’ve been scrounging for any tracks, DJ sets or remixes by the man ever since. His remix of Avalance by Just Friends, which is a cover version of a Leonard Cohen cover version, also made it as a selection for Cover Version Friday.

Today’s Tune Of The Week is another Nicolas Jaar remix, this time of a track by Sneaky Sound System entitled BIG. And what a BIG remix it is

The hypnotic drum pattern opening the track instantly took me back to Michael Jackson’s criminally underrated “They Don’t Care About Us’ but it was the shy, seductive guitar loops wafting through the track that really had my head bobbing. This is drinking music, or driving music, or loving music. This is music.

The Sneaky Sound System Big remix is even more appreciable if you know the original. BIG is a slice of throwback 90s-inspired techno pop that saw a memorable remix by John Dahlback, and the contrast of this version makes it this Nicolas Jaar remix all the more enjoyable.

RJD2 + Nat King Cole. Cover version with a twist (Tune Of The Week)

I go nuts for cover versions and reinterpretations of classics, and today’s find is possibly the best I’ve found yet.

This week’s tune of is an interpretation of RJD2’s “A Beautiful Mine” (the Mad Men Theme song) and Nat King Cole’s rendition of “Nature Boy.”

Live strings, a decent vocalist and excellent percussion make this gem my Tune Of The Week. Even though it’s only Tuesday, I doubt I’ll find anything better than this.

Nat King Cole – Nature Boy

Miles Davis – Nature Boy

Root Note

This is a deep track I was working on for the last day or so. This version has Julie McKnight’s killer vocal from Kings of tomorrow’s “Finally” dropped on, though I’m not sure I’ll be keeping it there. The track was produced using Reason and Logic. It’s the result of about 3-4 hours of tweaking.  I have no clue why I named it Root Note, but it just kinda seemed right.