Flume- “Insane” ft. Moon Holiday (Sebastian Carter Edition)

“Insane” is one of my favorite tracks by Flume, and Seabstian Carter has put out some great remixes this year, so I was excited to see him release this one. It’s a subtle, but very skillfully produced remix; the general vibe is more along the lines of chill/downtempo house, and the tempo is slightly faster than the original. The gently pulsating beats manage to be both hypnotically enticing and a little relaxing at the same time.

Stream it below, and if you like what you hear, it’s available as a free download via a link on the Soundcloud page.

Mitch Marzuola- “Kanye Horseman”

I haven’t heard many hip hop-related remixes or mashups that have left an impression lately, but this one caught my ear recently with its playful, effective use of TV theme music. It uses the opening theme to the new Netflix Original cartoon “BoJack Horseman” as the backdrop to the vocals from Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” Kanye’s vocals pair well with the chill, slightly offbeat theme music, and the production sounds well-arranged and pretty flawless. If you’re a Kanye fan, this is a fun, intriguing new way to experience one of his best (but not especially popular) songs.

Saint Pepsi “Unhappy” (American Football Remix)

This is one of the more intriguing and unique remixes I’ve heard in a while. It takes American Football’s “The Summer Ends,” puts it on speed, distorts the vocals, and ties it all together with a bright, wistful, trappy beat that lends an oddly blissful, otherworldly feeling to the forlorn tale of departure and endings that colors the original song.

It’s interesting that Saint Pepsi chose to call his remix “Unhappy” because, while American Football’s lyrics and delivery were definitely meant to convey a certain sadness, this remix puts me on the complete opposite end of the emotional spectrum. And that’s not a bad thing at all. It’s a bold move to completely flip a song in this way, but Saint Pepsi pulls it off pretty powerfully, and I think the members of American Football would agree.

Sam Smith vs. Lana Del Rey- “Pretty When You Latch” (Carlos Serrano Mix)

Just when I think I’m “over” the whole mashup thing, someone like Carlos Serrano creates one that’s so well thought out and perfectly blended that I just have to share it. He layers Sam Smith’s signature vocals over the instrumental tracking to Lana Del Rey’s “Pretty When You Cry” with dazzling effects. The powerful, emotive qualities of the original Disclosure/Sam Smith track are not lost at all in this mashup; rather, they’re transformed into something more haunting and stark, but equally stunning.