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Why Bixel Boys are Still Killing the Remix Game with "Tribe"

Monday, November 17, 2014

If there's an electronic artist that can make a damn good remix, it is the Bixel Boys. If there's an electronic artist that can take a hip-hop song and turn it into a whole new epic beast, it's definitely the Bixel Boys. Living by their #FREELIFE mantra, Ian McPherson and Robert May have made it very clear that they don't give a fuck about what you think is popular music - they're going to make what sounds good and boy, do they ever. I've been a big fan of their remixes, as well as original tracks and their self-proclaimed "underground tunes for big rooms" really are just that. Brooklyn rapper Theophilius London's "Tribe" stays true to his indie influenced hip-hop with some serious drum action, but Bixel Boys have effectively flipped that tribal vibe with a beat very reminiscent of Azealia Banks' popular "212", pulling in a deeper house kick followed by what my limited musical vocabulary can only describe as a "pop rocker" drop. London's catchy vocals with this rework make it a track that¬†causes you to immediately bob your head. Another one of my favorite Bixel remixes? Their take on "Hideaway" by Kiesza (which, trust me, is saying something because I never want to hear that song again after all of its radio play this summer).