January 20 marked Sony Music/RCA Records’ release of Peking Duk and Elliphant’s “Stranger” Remixes Part One. The first installment highlighted Destructo, Y2K and Blanke’s reworkings of the original version that reached Platinum status in December last year. Today, Peking Duk discloses Part Two, introducing an even nastier roster: Wax Motif, Jackal, Benson, and Faux Tales.
Wax Motif’s Danny Chien is an Australian G-House movement revolutionary; think house and gangster rap. Sounds rad, doesn’t it? Chien speeds up the vocal hook to chipmunk status, leading into the drum machine driven breakdown echoing early 1990’s Chicago house except with a chopped and screwed feel. Faux Tales’ Timo Loosli created Kensai Records which boosted his YouTube success through the roof. His 2014 Dystopia EP grabbed the attention of YouTube influencers MrSuicideSheep and The EDM Network. Swiss Loosli’s “Stranger” rendition retains a leisurely pace that’s romantic and future house inspired. Your favorite pastel pink haired DJ Jackal or Mikey Pennington killed the game with 2013’s “Shakedown,” motivating LOUDPVCK to give his official stamp of approval. LOUDPVCK’s “Shakedown” edit reached over a million plays on SoundCloud and landed prime real estate in the 2014 documentary “Under The Electric Sky.” Pennington’s “Stranger” interpretation possesses Tropical properties and 80’s Synthwave pizzazz.
Believe it or not, Peking Duk’s Adam Hyde used to Hip Hop MC, and Reuben Styles played bass for the alternative rock band Rubycon. Peking Duk formed in Canberra, Australia during 2010. They first stirred the pot when their 2012 Passion Pit bootleg remix hit. Styles and Hyde’s most recent accomplishment “Say My Name,” made a well-deserved appearance on the Top 30 ARIA single chart. Peking Duk isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty and advocate for the EDM community; Last month, the partners in crime blasted Australia’s government for dropping the ball on legalizing drug-testing kits at festivals. Talented and tenacious? Hell yeah!
Check out Part Two below: