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Philadelphia's music scene has always been known as a "barrel of crabs," a swarm of aggressive talents ripping each other to shreds trying to climb towards the light. It doesn't have to be that way.
In the spirit of "Brotherly Love," Philly's finest emerging dance band, Nicos Gun has linked arms with one of the city's most forward-thinking dance labels, Young Robots, to create "We Could Die," a retrofuturistic remix single that puts the 215's best foot forward.
The original version of "We Could Die" chugs with Miami Vice-worthy synth-tensity, with a dose of vocals that brim with youthful nihilism and sex appeal.
Young Robots' label co-chief DJ Apt One (of Philadelphyinz and RCMP fame) double dips with two remixes. First, a re-imagination that drenches the vocals in a sprinkle of Purple Rain, then a deconstructive, funky "Disco Dub" that teases the listener with seductively funky disco bass until it bursts with dancefloor intensity.
Vancouver's Kutcorners brings a smooth shuffle to his mix, with warm synths that make you want to put the top down and spin down South Street.
Lastly, Peter Dragontail, adds not only a remix, but also contributes the cover art in his 215-famous signature style. Like his breakout single "Crazy Bout You" (f/ Maggie Horn), Peter's remix has a slow burn, and he uses vocals to cast an eerie ambiance over his driving 3AM electro burner.
Young Robots and Nicos Gun will curate a release event at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly on April 20th, 2012 at DJ Apt One's monthly disco night "The Ball." The night features Nicos Gun, Dragon King, Tunde Olaniran & Miz Korona (Exchange Bureau, Detroit), Peter Dragontail, DJ Apt One and DJ Bruce.
Please direct all inquiries to djaptone at gmail dot com
Artwork by Peter Dragontail
Mastered by Paul Zyla
Release/catalogue number: YR014
Release date: Apr 17, 2012