Remix City: Battles Drop Gloss 12″ Series + Making Friendz + Blood Orange

Welcome to Remix City! A recurring, no-bullshit series of posts that will highlight remixes that are actually worth a damn (as we all know, there are plenty that truly aren’t).


To kick it off are two from the almost infallible Battles, as a part of their upcoming Drop Gloss 12″ series. These two tracks, remixed by Gui Boratto and The Field, are on opposite ends of the dance spectrum yet form a satisfying whole: one keeps your dance spirit jumping; the other drones you into blissful, breathy submission. And given enough time, both turn into the other, become either of the above.



And, of course, being the visually-minded minds that they are, Battles have been sure to include the Drop Gloss album art packaging as extension of their similarly-minded gushy, pile-centric existing branding.

This particular 12″ drops February 7th in North America, and you can subscribe to the entire series at BLEEP.


Making Friendz

Making Friendz is the project of Tami Hart, a New York-based musician who created this collaborative project as a way to stretch beyond her punk roots and into dance territory. This first remix, for “Something To Believe In,” was done by Brother Bruno, aka Bruno Caviello of Light Asylum. This remix is some fun stuff.

Listen to Making Friendz’ “Something To Believe In” (Brother Bruno Remix)DOWNLOAD MP3

Blood Orange

Taking time out of his production schedule (where he works with such notable figures as Theophilus London and Solange Knowles), Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange is going on tour with Florence On The Machine. This remix by Mike Simonetti is a R&B-funk party that feels schizophrenic sometimes, but that’s part of why it’s so interesting, really. Tour dates below.

Making Friendz is a sweet, sweaty mixture of lo-fi punk and glossy pop, R&B and disco, rooted in the spirit of Hart’s collaboration with fellow artists and friends. Formerly signed to Mr. Lady Records, Hart recorded two full-length albums by the time she was 21, and was awarded an impressive 8.0 on Pitchfork for her album What Passed Between Us. By 22, Hart consciously moved away from the “folkie” image her critics had constructed and began her foray into noisepunk. She played guitar and sang in Gangway (bandmates included members of Band Wives who would later become No Age) and played with Coach whips, Abe Vigoda, K.I.T., eventually touring with Mika Miko. In 2005, Hart moved to New York City and started a two-piece garage band, Winning Looks, which Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill) recorded and pressed a limited 7” of. Most recently, Hart has been playing bass for JD Samson’s latest band, MEN.

Apr 14 – Santa Babara Bowl, Santa Babara, CA
Apr 15 – Coachella Festival, Indio, CA
Apr 17 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
Apr 18 – Mondavi Center – UC Davis, Davis, CA
Apr 20 – Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Apr 21 – The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Apr 22 – Coachella Festival, Indio, CA
Apr 27 – Hennepin Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Apr 28 – Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
Apr 29 – Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO
May 1 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
May 2 – Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
May 3 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
May 8 – Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
May 11 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
May 12 – Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ

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Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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