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Exclusive: Capital Cities 'Safe & Sound' (Ktown Shekki vs. Cave Kings Remix)

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Pop duo Capital Cities is sure having the best week ever. The Los Angeles pop duo is hoovering steady on the top of the charts with their breakout smash "Safe & Sound," and on Sunday the video for the song won an MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects. It's a huge and very well deserved accomplishment for Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian that sets the stage for bigger things to come.

The chart success of "Safe & Sound" is supported by the release of a slew of remixes that have been stirring up a storm of plays on SoundCloud. Some of my favorites include remakes by Cash Cash and Story Of The Running World that I blogged about previously. A new favorite is the "Safe & Sound" remix by Ktown Shekki vs Cave Kings that I'm exclusively premiering on ArjanWrites.com today.

In their own words, Ktown Shekki is a new production crew hailing from Koreatown in Los Angeles. Using karaoke rooms as their studio, Casios swung over their shoulders, this loose collective of Los Angeles natives has emerged from a rising underground Ktown electronic scene, mashing up their favorite pop hits with grinding electronic beats and a no holds barred attitude that is reflected in the name: "shekki means "punk" in Korean.

Ktown Shekki worked with Swedish production outfit Cave Kings who burst onto the scene this year with their "Scream & Shout" rework featuring Luciana. Their follow-up was the official remix of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" that hit the charts in Australia and Europe. Cave Kings has now teamed up with KTown Shekki for new remix work.

What I love about this new remix of "Safe & Sound" is that Ktown Shekki vs Cave Kings don't stray too far from the original and kept most of the song's brilliant pop melody intact.Instead of completely pulling it apart, they spice up the track with a grinding electro groove and a few dirty drops that turn "Safe & Sound" into a massive party anthem that EDM fans will salivate over. (If you like this remake also check out this Ktown Shekki vs Cave Kings' remix of Avicii "Wake Me Up.")

"Safe & Sound" by Capital Cities (Lazy Hooks/Capitol Records)
Written by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian
Produced by Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian
Remixed by Ktown Shekki vs Cave Kings

August 27, 2013 | Permalink