I have something extra dope (when do I not?) from the NYC underground scene today. You know me, if it's a scene and it's club-related I'm all for it.
The WhateverWhatever duo comprised of NYC Remixer & Club DJ vet Justin Strauss and the man behind the Carlton Bank$ records, Bryan Mette, are perhaps the most precise and original remixers out there right now. The quality of their reworking and production is timeless and would work on the dancefloors of The Garage or Studio B. No joke! To put it into words as best as I can, it's a sort of electro groove: full of funk but quiet enough to hold the average club conversation over. The WhateverWhatever sound is much like their name-an open ended tribute to quality dance music.
After collaborating for the first time on a 2005 remix of Goldfrapp’s 'Ooh La La', the pair have turned out remixes for both commercial artists, such as Beyoncé and Alanis Morissette, and more underground acts like Rong/DFA’s Wolfy and TommyBoy’s Plushgun. To give you a taste of their work, I've provided two of those remixes today.
Wolfy - Oh Missy (WhateverWhatever Remix) [right click to download]
This remix is the more chilled-out of the two, but still manages to lock into a nice groove with funky, Hot Chip-style vocals and an evidently synthesized bass.
Beyoncé - Diva (WhateverWhatever Remix) [right click to download]
This remix is still "chill", but with an evidently more powerful backing to match the vocals. My favorite of the pair.
Strauss is a veteran DJ/Producer in NYC cut his teeth DJing at clubs known for an anything goes approach to music programming like Mudd Club, Area and The Ritz. These gigs opened doors to a long career as a remix artist, turning out countless remixes for a gamut of artists that range from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Depeche Mode to Blondie and Tina Turner. Strauss was also the lead singer for legendary Power Pop act Milk N' Cookies.
Mette, a long time DJ on the west coast relocated to NYC in 2004 and since has turned out solo releases under his Carlton Bank$ guise for Coco Machete and Hussle/Ministry Of Sound. He’s also made a name for himself DJing clubs such as Love, APT, and Sullivan Room.
If you've noticed a change in my tone of voice today, it's because a Carmine P. Filthy, who I can only assume is WhateverWhatever's promoter, took the time to prepare much of this article for me. Thanks, Carmine! I owe you one.
Be sure to hit up WhateverWhatever's blog. You're bound to find another good remix.
Slightly upset that I have, yet again, posted immediately after a new Justice remix,