1. Calvin Harris – ‘Feel So Close’ (Nero Remix)
Serial NME Chart toppers Nero have remixed Calvin’s brand new single (which features the return of his vocal chops). Click here to pre-order all of the remixes of the track (also including the likes of Benny Benassi and Dillon Francis), due out on August 21st.
2. Patrick Wolf – ‘Time Of My Life’ (Hurts Remix)
In Patrick Wolf’s latest album ‘Lupercalia’, we find his recently revived romantic side, but let’s not forget how his deep vocals can sound when they turn all broody. He handed over those vocals to the dark and dapper duo Hurts, who have remixed Mr. Wolf’s recent single ‘Time Of My Life’.
3. Noah And The Whale – ‘Life Is Life’ (Yuksek Remix)
Self-described “French electro maverick” Yuksek has given ‘Life Is Life’ a pleasant little rework, making it a track suitable for almost any emotion.
4. St. Vincent – ‘Big Black Mariah’
St. Vincent recently played a show (along with Arthur H, The Tiger Lillies, Camille O’ Sullivan, Stef Kamil Carlens and Erika Stucky) at the Barbican Theatre in London. All of the performers covered tracks from Tom Waits’ classic 1985 album ‘Rain Dogs’, and St. Vincent tackled ‘Big Black Mariah’ in a big way. Watch the live clip below, and download the track via Stereogum.
5. Gogol Bordello – ‘Immigraniada’ (Bassnectar Remix)
Didn’t think it was possible to make the gypsy punk madness of Gogol Bordello any more insane? Well, Bassnectar have proven you wrong. Check out this brand new track from their latest album, ‘Divergent Spectrum’, which also features a remix of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Lights’. You can also nab a free download of opening track ‘Upside Down’ from the band’s Facebook page.
6. Big Troubles – ‘Misery’
These guys make me proud of my New Jersey roots. See? The Garden State isn’t all about drunk gals named Snooki. Check out the latest and greatest hazy pop act to hail from Jersey, and download a free MP3 of ‘Misery’ (which you can find on the foursome’s forthcoming album, ‘Romantic Comedy’).
7. Yelle – Que Ve Tu (Kap10Kurt Dreamix)
How can you not like something made by a guy clever enough to name himself Kap10Kurt? Plus, its got Yelle. Here’s a little pumped up French electro-pop fpr your Monday evening. You can purchase some more remixes of this track (from the likes of Alan Wilkis, Myrryrs and Madeon) over at beatport.com.
8. LDFD – ‘Outtacontrol
His alias might remind you of LMFAO on first glance. But don’t worry, these aren’t embarrassingly awful (yet annoyingly catchy) songs of filth. Find out what this 19-year-old electro producer from Dallas has to offer from his track ‘Outtacontrol’ below. You can also download a free MP3 of his remix of Crystal Waters’ ‘Gypsy Woman’ over here.
9. Mathieu Santos (Ra Ra Riot) – ‘I Can Hear The Trains Coming’
You might not recognise the name, so allow us to reacquaint you with Ra Ra Riot’s bassist Mathieu Santos. Don’t worry Ra Ra fans – he’s not leaving the band. But he began working on some solo material while the hang were working on their latest album, ‘The Orchard’. Here’s another fun fact for RRR fans – vocalist Wesley Miles plays sax on a few of the album’s tracks. Intrigued? So are we. Grab the lead track from his forthcoming debut album, ‘Massachusetts 2010’, over at SPIN.com.
10. Wye Oak – ‘Holy Holy’
This August, Baltimore’s boy-girl duo Wye Oak will be returning to Europe for a slew of headline shows (with the tour kicking off with two support slots for The National over in Scotland). To celebrate their return, Wye Oak are giving away a free track from their recently released album ‘Civilian’, (an album of which member Jenn Wasner says: “this collection of songs is called ‘Civilian’ because I believe everyone wants to be normal, but no one truly is.”)