“Bootleg Remixes Used to Be Frowned Upon — Now They’re Turning Songs Into Chart Hits.” This is not an ordinary title. This is the title of an article published on Billboard a few days ago (thanks Colin for sending it my way). What did I tell you? The music business is still a bootleg business. I spent some time on TikTok while scouting tracks for this second volume and let me tell you, among the enormous quantity of horrible slap house remixes, sped-up versions, and hyper-compressed drift phonk bangers, there’s tons of fun stuff. No other social media platform has ever been so prolific on this side. Now, we’re not here to break the next viral hit, but I can assure you this month we’re providing you with ten gems you really should add to your collection and USBs. And who better than camoufly could join me in this mission? Not only is he a pro SoundCloud digger, but he himself has delivered some memorable remixes and edits over the years. Fresh from his brand new EP In Plain Sight and the seventh edition of his Glittertape mix series, with no surprise camoufly’s selection was filled with baile vibes. I answered back with some funk too, plus some dancefloor fillers and a very special mash-up to close this second volume of Bootleg Business in style.
zack fox – only thing on my mind (two step verified)
This is one of the best discoveries of 2023 for me, freshly released just a couple of weeks ago. Shout out to swami sound and gum.mp3, I just love it when ideas like these come to life and make so much sense. Truly a gem.
ENVOLVENCIA FUTURISTA NA SELVA [[ DJ RAMEMES ]] RUMBLE REMIX
My SoundCloud feed has been splattered with DJ RaMeMes’s tracks lately. I keep seeing him literally everywhere, among everyone’s liked tracks. I took that as I sign that I had to include him in this volume. On top of that, it’s finally safe again to share Skrillex remixes, and this version of ‘Rumble’ is pure, beautiful chaos.
CHARGÉ (ISOxo EDIT) [A-OLO Baile Flip]
Honestly, I didn’t even know I could pick something like this, but here we are. Love this tune to death. It’s just insane. I didn’t even know the ISOxo flip could be turned to another level. But it actually happened. I can’t wait to play this one live.
Mr Oizo – Flat Beat (Jamie Hai Remix)
Sometimes I still wonder how Mr Oizo’s ‘Flat Beat’ has become such a mainstream sensation. It slaps, that’s for sure. But from being a great dancefloor tune to being used as the soundtrack for a Levi’s ad, the gap is huge. Anyway, this remix by Jamie Hai raises the bpm and splashes over the iconic wobbling bass with a good dose of frenetic groove, turning ‘Flat Beat’ into an even more lethal dancefloor weapon.
MTG – KALEIDOSCÓPICO
This one is from my close friend 6amsunset. He does random things like this one every once in a while. and they turn out to be little underground masterpieces. Yea, you can say he’s a genius.
Daft Punk – Indo SIlver Club (Infiltrator Regroove)
I was very surprised to not see a Daft Punk bootleg among camoufly’s picks, so I’m personally making up for it. I honestly didn’t know the term “regroove” existed and I have no idea what it actually means, but this one is a gem for sample nerds. Infiltrator has created his own version of ‘Indo Silver Club’ by blending together samples from the Daft Punk’s original cut and DJ Falcon and Thomas Bangalter’s ‘Together’.
Skrillex & Bobby Raps – Leave Me Like This (Darby Remix)
My good friend Darby decided to pop off his 2023 with this Skrillex remix and honestly, even if I’ve been there sending feedback and whatnot through the process, I love how it turned out to be. Another 2023 gem.
Flo Rida x T-Pain – Low [EOTI FLIP]
I had the chance to test this flip live the past weekend and I can assure you that it goes off! You might see some perplexed faces in the first seconds due to the (very) arrogant in-the-face kick but they won’t last long. They’ll either start dancing like animals or they will leave the dancefloor. Don’t worry, it’s natural selection. Meanwhile, be sure you have this flip in your collections.
SWIM – Say It Right
This last one is special for me. I love it when I find out about these super high-energy songs that carry so much emotion with them. And this is a prime example of it. It’s like SWIM really gave Nelly Furtado’s vocals a new life. Hard to not shed a tear.
Beyoncé X Stardust – Break My Soul (Sango Mix)
I know this is “just” a mash-up, but come on, it’s genius. The title says it all. Beyoncé’s voice singing over ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ may sound bizarre, but somehow everything works almost perfectly. It’s not really an unknown edit (almost 80k plays on SoundCloud) but I found it just a few days ago. It clearly has that “closing track” feeling and in fact it closes my b2b with camoufly.