Bon Iver Announces Spotify Remix Contest: Five Producers Who Should Enter

Mountain man crooner Bon Iver is responsible for some of the most heartfelt sensitive-bearded-guy ballads since Michael McDonald. His mix of transcendental folk and Hawaiian-shirt wearing yacht rock yielded some pretty sweet records, which we at County Grind may have cried to once or twice. Naw, just kidding. We didn't actually cry. Shut up, OK? Let's not talk about it...

Anyway, Justin Vernon, or Bon Iver, or JV (we prefer JV), in cahoots with Spotify and Indaba Music, is taking the somewhat popular trend of open-source remixing and calling it the Stems Project. Basically, you sign up at Indaba Music, you download all the individual parts of JV's Bon Iver, Bon Iver record, make a remix of whichever song you desire, and submit it. The winner gets a grand for the song and it'll be on Spotify as part of Bonny Bear's remix album. Simple.

Since this contest is marketed more toward bedroom producers (AKA dudes who still make witch house), we'll probably hear a lot of dark dandy-sounding shit. Which is cool, but we wanna hear some real outlandish weirdness. So, here's a list of producers who might actually make a Bon Iver remix sound kinda interesting.

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At this point, I think Araab can make anything sound fucking great. Dude

made us like a Kaskade song and not really feel that

weird about it. The former Dipset beat-god, MVP-of-the-MPC is a total

badboy on the buttons, and with Bonny's baby-soft guitar strums, we'll

most likely get a chopped-up ignorant club joint for da kids.

Tune to remix: "Beth/Rest"

His unofficial title of global cultural curator is one of the weirdest in music, but Diplo is

in the business of being silly as fuck, so guess it works. Starting off

as a producer and mixtape presenter for the sounds of Rio de Janiero and

Kingston, big bruh is a heavyweight now, producing jawns for the likes of Beyonce and

Chris Brown. We're thinking he can add a real marching band and drumline beat

with a sorta Baltimore club vibe.

Tune to remix: ;"Perth"

Mike Will Made It

You probably don't know this dude by face, but you've heard his

signature sample (listen to the first 3 seconds of "No Lie" by 2 Chainz).

MWMI has made the rounds as one of Atlanta's go-to rap producers, making

beats for top dogs like Gucci Mane, Future, and Weezy F Baby. It'd be

interesting to hear Bon Eye-ver get the trap treatment: Drowsy synths, a

Skinny Love sample, and some anvil-to-the-chest sub.

Tune to remix: "Holocene"

Black Dice

What the fuck, why not? Brooklyn noise dudes who deconstruct sounds and

stomp on 'em to make shit-sounds (in the best way). If you saw them a

couple of years back at Culture Room with Animal Collective and stood

through the hour of just loud (maybe a little too loud) racket, you know

what they're about. Fuck it, put some JVern in the mix.

Tune to remix: "Wash"

Clams Casino

This might actually work really well. New Jersey native Clams produces

beats for Soulja Boy and A$AP Rocky, using real Gothic sounding rap shit

to combat the swagu. A match between Clams and Bon Iver would probably

turn out fucking great. Damn, can we just curate this remix

album already?

Tune to remix: "Calgary"

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