Spotify Spotlight: **The Shit I Like** by Alfredo Tirado

New Spotify Spotlight!

Alfredo Tirado is an A&R assistant at SONGS Publishing and a manager/A&R consultant at Take & Thrown, which he co-founded with Noah Yoo. Since following him on Twitter, I have come to realize that Tirado is a music biz whiz and a quintessential resource for cutting edge pop music. This playlist, aptly titled “The Shit I Like,” features the stars of tomorrow realized today. Personal favorites discovered on this playlist include “Tell Me” by Mobley, “Episode” by GallantCar Seat Headrest, and Radio Eliza — just to name a few.

Clear some time out of your day, scroll through these selections, and you will likely come away with new songs and artists that will stick with you for a long time.

And follow the playlist because it is regularly updated.

RELATED: Check out the previous Spotify Spotlight playlist SAD SUMMER SIXTEEN, curated by me.

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Best New Songs of August 2015

31 days up, and 31 days down. Per usual, the team over at Sunset has gotten together to bring you the best new songs to be put out in August. Phenomenal list, as always!

Highlights this month:

Kygo released not one, but two random piano tracks. Chance The Rapper made an appearance this month. Skizzy Mars keeps on releasing dope remixes. Oh, he also hopped on his buddy, Allday’s “Grammy.” Oh, Be Clever flexed their muscles with their latest release, “River.” The recent out pour of Gallant’s “Weight in Gold” remixes is intimidating, but we decided to give you a standout from Sweater Beats. Sol dropped some wise knowledge on us.

Hit the jump for the Soundcloud stream and download!

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Gallant – Weight In Gold (Sweater Beats Remix)

Okay producers, we get it. You love remixing Gallant’s “Weight In Gold.” It’s played out, overdone, and for all intents and purposes, cliche. At least those were my exact thoughts upon seeing yet another Gallant flip show up in my inbox. That was, until I hit play. Somehow, someway, Sweater Beats just separated himself from the pack with his unique spin on “Weight In Gold” that is equal parts seductive and infectious.

The New York native starts things off with a slow simmer, letting the original Gallant vocals wash over you like waves. Then things heat up as the drum work pushes the production forward, and even finds SB riffing on a live (gasp!) guitar for the jump-out-of-your-seat hook drop.

Stream the head-bobbing remix below and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Gallant – Weight in Gold (Louis Vivet Remix)

As soon as Gallant’s “Weight In Gold” was premiered on Beats 1 by Zane Lowe, it was clear that the rousing, LA-based R&B revivalist was going to be the subject of numerous remixes – and three months later, it’s safe to say that “Weight In Gold” has been re-imagined, re-invented, and remixed to our hearts desire. With so many different takes on the track ranging from a stand-out cover by Olivia Knox, to an impressive future rendition by Louis Futon, I was all but over listening to any more remixes of the track – that is, until I heard Louis Vivet’s stellar remix and just had to write about it.

Louis Vivet is carving out a strong niche for themselves in the booming LA dance music scene, as their sonic style is a delicate balance between electronic and pop. Their music lacks the groove of house, but more than makes up for it with its heavy, emotional melodies and introspective aura. In the past, Louis Vivet has delivered superb re-makes of Eagle Eye Cherry’s “Save Tonight” and Miike Snow’s “Silvia,” but there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ve taken their music to another level with their remix of “Weight in Gold.”

Gallant’s soaring croons are met head-on with a beautiful, orchestral arrangement that makes the track feel as big as Madison Square Garden. Heavy-hitting, electro-tinged synth melodies sit alongside a booming bass line, elevating the R&B-meets-electronic vibe of the original. It’s a remix made for the late nights kicking it with the homies, or the days where you just need a pick me up. Peep it below.

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Gallant – Weight in Gold (Olivia Knox Cover)

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It’s not very often that I can be blown away by a cover, but Olivia Knox is a superstar in the making. I had absolutely no idea who she was until I came across her cover of Gallant’s “Weight In Gold” yesterday, and as soon as I hit play, I couldn’t stop listening to her – it was that amazing.

The original was premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 at the end of June, and it cemented Gallant’s reputation as one of the music industry’s fastest rising stars, as he effortlessly combined awe-inspiring production with his smooth, sultry vocals to re-invent R&B into a more electronic-tinged genre.

Olivia Knox’s rendition of Gallant’s original has an undeniable beauty. The production is toned down a bit, allowing Olivia Knox to take center stage and deliver a stunning vocal performance that will make a grown man weep. It’s the type of song that will have you looking at yourself in the mirror and digging deep to re-evaluate your decisions.

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[MP3] Gallant – Weight in Gold (Justice Skolnik Remix)

Gallant’s “Weight in Gold” is one of the biggest, most striking R&B singles of the year, and because of its relatively sparse instrumental it particularly lends itself to remixes. Ta-ku already tried his hand at one, and here we’ve got another from newcomer Justice Skonik.

Skolnik beefs up the drums, punctuating the track with 808 rolls and echoing claps. He also beautifully chops up Gallant’s falsetto on the outro, and finds the right aspects of the original track to accentuate.

Adding some trademark arpeggiated strings and oscillating synths makes the remix uniquely Skolnik’s, and it’s certainly another worthwhile addition a canon that includes flips of The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” and 3LAU’s “How You Love Me.”

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[MP3] Gallant – Talking In Your Sleep

After the successful release of “Open Up,” Gallant lets loose “Talking In Your Sleep,” which is just as good as his previous release. Crooning his way to your ears, Gallant brings something new to the table with each track.

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[MP3] Gallant – Open Up

Gallant is what RnB needs. He’s a RnB crooner signed to the same record label as Grammy nominated ZHU. Gallant brings genre defying music that will bait you in, and when the vocals drop, you’re hooked. This is the first single off of his upcoming EP in the summer, and “Open Up” is fan-freakin’-tastic.

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