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For his latest stunt, friend of the blog and sometimes contributor Will Mitchell aka Riley Lake (formerly Viette) flips Bill Withers’ ubiquitous rainy day anthem into a smooth-as hell-groover. Percussive organic sounds and Julio Sharp’s brilliant jazz guitar allow Mitchell’s beautiful Withers approximation to ride effortlessly over the top, building and relieving tension simultaneously. Refreshing a classic like “Ain’t No Sunshine” is far from an easy task, but Mitchell has shown a penchant for covering classic voices, previously editing Gil Scott-Heron. Oh and Rihanna. Stream below and be on the look out for a very nice collaborative project from Mr. Riley Lake and Wisconsin MC Milo.

What can we say about Viette that we haven’t already said? Our favorite White Zinfandel-loving Wisconsinite has been on a tear lately. He literally lit Soundcloud on fire. It happened. I was there. He’s also got a brand spanking new Facebook page so give him a holla. He works hard. Not only has he released two exquisite new bangers in the last days alone, but yesterday, he was featured in 110BPM’s guest mix series. Doin’ big thangs. Check the mix below and hit his Soundcloud for the full scoop.

This guy Viette has been on fire lately. For his latest feat, he’s let loose the Ratchet Blendtape. It’s like Girl Talk if Girl Talk was… you get the point. A more apt comparison is Ryan Hemsworth’s Truancy Mix and this is every bit as good (not a light statement). Whether effortlessly mixing Juicy J into Dark Sky, or laying Mike Jones over Rustie, Viette comes out on top. Check the full track list after the jump and stream and download below.

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Oh yes. Today, we are lucky enough to premier the brand new Viette banger, “DÅMELO” and initiate some ratchet techno frenzy. Taking a generous sample from Ri Ri’s ode to Jamaican badmen, Viette gets real grimy with the water droplets and whatever those sucking noises are. This is the shit Bangladesh would churn out if he got locked in a Berlin dungeon and was forced to make techno. 2 Ratchet. Stream and download “DÅMELO” below.

Astral Plane contributer, Producer, and DJ Viette put together this mix full of tunes to thoughtfully get you turn’t up in the Summer of 2012/Summer of Trap. Check the tracklist below, there are some bangers nestled in there.

  1. Runnin’ – Jessie Ware (Disclosure Remix)
  2. Bubble Di Sistem – Phat Deuce
  3. Van Vogue – Machinedrum
  4. Watch Her – C L I E N T E L L E
  5. What To Do – French Fries
  6. Original Don – Major Lazer (Flosstradamus Remix)
  7. Flaunt It – LOL Boys
  8. The Lick – Dark Sky
  9. Sketch On Glass – Mount Kimbie
  10. Beserk – Jonwayne
  11. Coffee & Swishers – Dro Carey
  12. Wildfire – SBTRKT ft. (Little Dragon)
  13. One Kiss – MORRI$ & Sinjin Hawke
  14. Test Me – Flosstradamus & DJ Sliink
  15. Goin In Hard – Branko Ft. Dominique Young the Unique (Beatacue Remix)
  16. Yo Vogue – French Fries (Leroy Peppers Remix)
  17. Harlem Shake – Baauer
  18. All 4 Tha Hustlers – Tyler Tastemaker & Quarry
  19. DumDum – Baauer
  20. Drop – BoeBoe
  21. Komodo – Salva
  22. Rained The Whole Time – Shlohmo (Nico Jaar Edit)
  23. Crew Love – The Weeknd (Shlohmo Remix)

Every once in a while, a song comes along that puts you on your ass, not because of its wobble bass or snare rolls, but because of its immense beauty and utilization of silence. Los Angeles by way of Wisconsin producer Viette, also known as our very own Will Mitchell, has done just that and more with his cover of The Wallflowers “One Headlight”. Before I self-combust, I’ll get this out of the way; James Blake blah blah blah; Mount Kimbie blah blah blah. Yeah, Mitchell utilizes emotive vocals. Yeah, he does it at an unconventional tempo. Yeah, this cover is fucking beautiful. The vocals strain to be at the forefront as percussion entirely built via Mitchell banging assorted shit on his desk percolates below the surface and Jakob Dylan’s guitar wallows in the foreground. For someone who’s been “bangin Mannie Fresh since age 13” though, “One Headlight” is just one side of Viette’s production dichotomy. “The Funk” represents the  stark other side. Once you get passed the fact that it samples Old Gregg (I’m not sure I have), “The Funk” is a stripped down trap cut that quivers and belches as much as it bangs. That’s a good thing. Comparing “One Headlight” with “The Funk” is like comparing apples and orange. Fuck that, it’s like comparing a Wallflowers cover to an Old Gregg sampling trap track. Whichever one tickles your fancy more, we love both, watch out for this kid and stream/download “One Headlight” and “The Funk” below.