It’s often strange to hear the original version of a song after you are so used to the remix. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been playing the Lazy Rich mix of “New Scene” in my club and mixshow sets, and it grows bigger with every play. The contrast of the harsh electro and the pretty chorus make it dance floor dynamite – basically something for the boy to jump to and the girls to sing to. Listening to the original version, it feels more like (and this is meant as a compliment) an indie version of a Zedd record – a pretty vocal over a track with widely dynamic moodswings throughout. This could easily work as well on radio as it does in the club. Additional banging mixes by Lucky Date and Deorro keep the big room appeal, while the leftfield mix by TOKiMONSTA makes the perfect high school prom love ballad for a disney TV show. The video is meant to show contrasts of things that don’t go together (playing Twister in a dance club) but the thing that is most glaringly out of place is the obnoxious product placement of the Beats Pill speaker. Everyone knows that Dim Mak label owner Steve Aoki is a Sol Republic guy.
Let’s take a journey to the left field. Those in the know have been following Jennifer Lee, aka Tokimonsta, for years with her atmospheric soundscapes melding avant-garde hip-hop and grooved-out electronic beats. Expressing her unique point of view with experimental instrumentation, she’s been touring and releasing gorgeously quirky tracks that would make Bjork moist. For the new single “Go With It,” she teams with MNDR for an otherworldy track that has a subtle pop feel. The downtempo beats incorporate elements of moombahton, broken beat, and dubstep with Indian and Asian instrumentation for a lush, multi-layered track that will lull you into a trance. MNDR’s vocals are just as intriguing, with repeated hooks and multiple vocal textures that mimic the track. The video clip, revolving around a foreshadowing dream, is exquisitely cinematic drawing you in with the same embrace as the track. “Go With It” sounds like nothing else out there, the only parallel would be the Gotye track from last year and like that, this could become the leftfield smash that explodes out of nowhere.