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“About a year ago i remixed the band Nocturnal Habits, from Washington. Its my friend Justin Trosper’s band. You may not know Nocturnal Habits, but you probably know his other band, Unwound. I released a few Unwound records back in the early 90s on my old label Troubleman. As a matter of fact the Unwound 7″ was Troubleman’s first ever release back in 1993 – not a bad way to start a label, if you ask me. Anyway, about 2 years ago we got together when he was in NYC, went to see Brooks at Superiority Burger , ate a ton of food, and caught up on almost 15 years worth of life. We spoke about his new band, and i offered to remix it before even hearing it. (Justin was always ahead of the game. His other band from the 1990s, Replikants, sounds current almost 20 years later.) We both had no idea what to do with the song when it was finished. Maybe release it on a tape? I didnt care – I just wanted to do it. I wouldnt be where i am if it werent for Unwound. They were a huge inspiration, and a springboard for my “career” in “music”… I chose this song because it reminded me of where Unwound left off, right around Leaves Turn Inside You. I made this remix almost a year ago to the day. Ive been told this is the darkest/most melancholy song ive ever written (and that is saying a lot)… If anything, it is “My 9-11 song”, even though it was written 17 years later. At the end of the remix, I faded out all of my parts, and just let Justin’s strings go alone. You can hear echoes of “Leaves” in there… Even today, hearing this remix takes me back to Sept 2001.

On Sept 13, 2001 Unwound played Maxwells in Hoboken, NJ. Two days earlier, the World Trade Center was attacked right across the river from Maxwells. I watched the second tower fall from the same waterfront just two days earlier. I remember Justin calling me from Boston the next day and saying “we decided to continue the tour”. After soundcheck, me, Vern and i think David (?) walked to the water to watch the recovery efforts from across the Hudson River. We drank beers that we smuggled out of Maxwells, and sat there, and didnt talk much. The band wasnt getting along. Vern wanted to go home to his new baby daughter, and the fact that it was 2 days after 9/11 did not help. It was a fucked up time.

The Maxwells gig 17 years ago was one of the most memorable musical experiences of my life. The sold out show was half full. People were crying and hugging each other… Everything changed forever. We went to Maxwells out of denial and defiance- to try to hold on to something that was ours, because it seemed like everything was ripped from us. Its hard to put those emotions into words. The city was quiet, the air still smelled weird, people were shuffling around in a haze. But Unwound did what they do- they played a show. It would be the last time I would see Unwound live, or the three of them together.”Mike Simonetti

Swedish multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer/photographer Menke released her enchanting debut EP “Till Havet” (on which she composes music to Karin Boyes poetry) earlier this year to much critical acclaim.

One of the standout tracks from the EP, “Nattskärran” receives an atmospheric and deep house remix from German producer Christian Löffler which lures you in to a soundscape of addictive melancholia.

The remix is released today via Size Records/Cosmos Music.

Rising Amsterdam based artist Zanillya unveils her sophomore single “For You” and it’s a vibesfilled jam (think Sevdaliza meets Kelela) that she co-produced together with Humphrey Dennis (together they form production duo MariaDennis).

“The song is about knowing your worth, especially when others take you for granted. It speaks about finding the strength within yourself to walk away from toxic environments, and ultimately, sacrificing a harmful relationship to begin a journey of self-love.”

London producer Redinho returns with new single track “Square 1” which features the hypnotising vocal offerings of Grammy winning New Zealand artist Kimbra over a Timbaland-esque r&b beat. The track is taken from his new single “Mmm mmm/Square 1” which drops via Roya tomorrow Friday September 7th.

“I wrote this track with Kimbra a few years ago when we were jamming in London. Those sessions produced Sweet Relief, a track I also wrote and produced with her, and also Square One. The initial loop was the result of jamming with my Talkbox, Kimbra messing with her Voice Live skills, and me sampling the whole thing as we went a long. My brother John Calvert was also in the room and fleshed out some chords. Kimbra put down a brilliant guide vocal, then we did some back and forths online as she wrote the lyrics.” – Redinho

“We wanted to encompass that hypnotizing, relentless but sensual magnetic dance between two people who can’t break a cycle of attachment. There’s a real toughness to this song and although the subject matter is a bit heartbreaking, I love how this song captures the nuance of all those different emotions within. We wanted it to feel claustrophobic and almost uncomfortably intimate, to echo that kind of relationship where there is no space to breathe. I love how Tom captures a really metallic, sterile feeling to his sounds while exploring such lush spectrums of organic instrumentation too. To me he’s one of the most creative producers and writers because he is not scared to be very minimal but he is meticulous about the sounds we chose, to make sure each one of them tells an individual story and serves the physical feeling we want our audience to feel.” – Kimbra

Vienna based outfit At Pavillon just announced a remix package for their latest single entitled “Lions”, the track is taken from the upcoming EP, “Lions Remixes” that contains interpretations by artists/producers such as IS TROPICAL, MYNTH, CIO and EHYT which is set for release on September 7th via Austrian label LasVegas Records.

Discobelle are excited to premiere the remix from London based electronic/rock quartet Is Tropical, after their hit single “The Greeks” back in 2011 they were quickly signed to French music/fashion label Kitsuné, with whom they have released most of their music.

Their remix is filled to the brink with buzzing and intoxicating synth work, a crunchy sounding bass and a steady beat which is guaranteed to make you move.

Last friday British artist Little Boots dropped the remix package for her “Burn” EP (via London label On Repeat Records), the package includes remixes of all the tracks from her “Burn” EP done by 5 amazing female producers; Anna Prior, Alinka, C. Love, Ela Minus and Flor Capistran.

The collection also includes this spectacular extended and housed up edit of the track “Shadows” from Brazilian/Austrian producer/dj Joyce Muniz.