First up is Ben Coda, fast becoming one of the biggest hitters in the progressive and tech-house scenes and is a big favourite with Lowbit fans…and no wonder! Giving ‘Glitter’ a thrilling techy makeover, his remix strikes a beautiful balance between dramatically driving drums and growling bassline and light, airy layers of synth melodies that echo the uplifting nature of the original.
Steve Haines brings out the best elements of the original in his remix while simultaneously creating a really fresh take on the track. Banging out a seriously deep and dark bassline accompanied by squelchy stabs, Steve contrasts these with airy pads and sweepingly uplifting strings to make his remix a driving dancefloor bomb.
Outlook is a young UK progressive house producer who is fast putting himself on the map and was a well-deserved runner up in the ‘Glitter’ remix competition. His take on ‘Glitter’ is trademark uplifting Outlook, with absolutely lush chord progressions and spine-tinglingly warm pad work making this an outstanding part of the package.
Aussie producer inSilico meanwhile came third in the remix competition and is another talent well worth watching out for. Taking ‘Glitter’ down a more techy road, he injects it with a throbbing bassline and rippling, rhythmic layers of squelchy synths to give it a whole new hypnotic twist that again will work fantastically well on the dancefloor.
Well done Lowbit for saving the best for last with both ‘Glitter’ remix packages – Part 1 is climbing up the Beatport charts as we speak and had a big featured banner on Beatport last week too, further proof as if it were needed that this is essential listening!
Bastards of Funk & Sonic Union‘s ‘Glitter‘ has become an iconic track in the pantheon of progressive house since its release in 2009. And with its instantly recognisable drums, deep driving bassline, soaringly sweeping strings and THAT twinkling topline melody which combine to thrill your blood and send a shiver of anticipation down your spine, it’s no wonder. Now, two and half years after its original release, ‘Glitter’ is given new life with not one but TWO new remix packages on Lowbit Records, including the winners of the label’s remix competition for the track earlier this year.
Bastards of Funk & Sonic Union’s own 2011 take on their all-time classic kicks off with the instantly driving drums and that standout lead chord of the original – but don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a simple clone of its predecessor, because this version of ‘Glitter’ has morphed into an edgier, fiercer echo of its earlier self. With a new electro edge, a subtly interwoven, more melancholic take on the original melody and a bittersweet bite, this beast is an enticingly bad-boy relative of its more wholesome, innocent cousin, and invites you to the dark side because they have more fun there.
Next up is the mighty Soundprank, aka Canadian prodigy Colin Fisher, making his eagerly anticipated debut on Lowbit with a remix that can only be described as a masterclass in melody, atmosphere and emotion. The original elements of ‘Glitter’ take a back seat here as Soundprank makes the track totally his own, though intimately inspired by the original’s energy. Starting off in very deep, melodic territory, you’re lured in by hypnotic chords and intense layers of suspense and atmosphere, before a truly madly deeply INTENSE breakdown full of power synths coupled with the skilfully woven in drums of the original ensures that once heard, this remix will never be forgotten.
Polish powerhouse Kobana meanwhile has created a stunningly powerful remix that hooks you in with majestic, shimmering, summery waves of melody underlaid with the deep, deep bassline of the original and contrasted with the twist of a vocal stab. Thus does Kobana create an epically dramatic build-up that segues smoothly into a beatifully warm, uplifting, emotive rework that instils a nostalgia for summer sunshine and leaves you longing to hear more.
Last but not least it’s the turn of the winner of the remix competition, D Eye. He gets straight down to business with his remix, which grabs your attention right away with its energetic drums and bassline, punctuated by percussive flourishes and squelchy rhythmic chords. Gradually he filters in the original bassline and topline melody just before the breakdown, but successfully manages to make them his own by building the track back up to a peak-time dancefloor demon with enough energy to power the National Grid – while at the same time retaining subtle flashes of the original’s summery disposition.
With these ‘Glitter’ remix packages (Part 2 is out next Monday) undoubtedly two of the biggest packages of the entire year, Lowbit have most definitely saved the best for last!!!
On Monday Lowbit Records celebrated its 50th release, ‘Angel Signs‘, so to mark the occasion I sat down with the label’s co-owner and manager Sonic Union to find out more about Lowbit’s past, present and future, their newly-founded series of global Lowbit events, dream signings, his thoughts on the current tough times faced by the music industry, the recent ‘Glitter’ remix competition and more! Good times
‘Angel Signs’ is out now on Beatport – get a copy here.
Decision time – the winners of the Bastards of Funk & Sonic Union ‘Glitter’ remix competition run by Lowbit Records have been announced! A lot of new talent was discovered, and having sat with Sonic Union throughout the decision-making process I know what a tough call it was, but in the end the winners were:
All worthy winners indeed, and exciting times for all 3 lie ahead no doubt. But my favourite out of the 3 was definitely the remix created by Outlook, aka up and coming British producer Tom Newman. A superbly uplifting, emotive track, its intense and intricate layers of melody and summery vibes wash over you to tug at your heartstrings and make them soar!
Another great example of Outlook’s work is his recent ‘Stay Here’/Among The Stars’ EP on Macarize. With its piano-laden hooks, warm pads and uplifting synths, it again demonstrates Tom’s great ear for a moving melody. This was one of the most beautiful releases I’ve heard in a very long time, and I can’t wait to hear what Outlook comes up with next.
The other entry I really loved was by Melodic Source aka Paul Soaring. It kept the uplifting energy of the original and imbued it with a really infectious and driving dancefloor groove. Good work Mr Source – I want to hear more…
Dynamic prog duo Bastards of Funk & Sonic Union have put out no less than 17 remixes to date this year, and what with that plus running their label Lowbit Records, it’s no surprise that new originals from them have been far and far between. But the time has finally come – they’re back with ‘Solar Flare’! It’s out on 26th September on Afterglow, who have made two spectacular teaser videos.
‘Solar Flare’ is something a bit special, and different from the usual BoF & SU style; I’d describe the original as spaced-out tribal-tinged futuristic percussive progressive!
And there’s also a great remix from Martin Roth. Adding a deeper and more driving bassline to the original, it retains the ethereal elements and beautifully blissed-out melodies to stunning effect:
Can’t wait for this one – ‘Solar Flare’ will be available exclusively on Beatport from 26th September!