Looking for alternatives to the Indio desert this weekend? There's "Beauchella," the weekend in with bae, or "Doughchella," where you eat all the cookie dough. Of course there's "Goghchella," a few days spent studying post-impressionist paintings, or perhaps you'd prefer a weekend on the open ocean with "Rowchella." The cheapest? "Nochella." That still includes Friday Favorites
Booty House |
Azari & III - Reckless (Will Clarke Remix)
dirtybird booty-houser Will Clarke's remix of Azari & III's Reckless (With Your Love)
has me excited for a follow-up EP to the massive 12-item package
from Permanent Vacation. Tiga, who produced one of the original remixes, will release Clarke's moody booty-tech mix and more on Turbo April 20.
Jamie xx feat. Romy - Loud Places (Eekkoo Edit)
, Montreal's magic maestro of mau5trap
, returns with a new edit of Jamie xx'
recent single Loud Places
, from his upcoming album In Colours
. In stark contrast to his usual dark and driving productions, this time around Eekkoo takes the listener on a summer-sweet journey through pulsing synths, deep basslines, an enticing grooves. The vocals, courtesy of Romy, have never sounded better.
Tech House |
Sydney Blu & DRamirez - You Were The One (Original Mix) [Hotfingers]|
With Miami over and Ibiza just around the corner, the sounds of rough and ready tech house will be the soundtrack to plenty of people's lives right now. This collaboration between Sydney Blu and D.Ramirez
certainly fits the bill, with plenty of hot and heavy groove sitting underneath some nicely understated little hooks and motifs. You Were The One
is part of the Need We Say More EP
, available now
on the ever reliable Hotfingers imprint.
YATES - VIRTUE
You know that feeling when you listen to a brand new artist and you just know
that he or she is destined for success? I had that feeling, and quite overwhelmingly, the first time I heard Australian singer/songwriter YATES' debut single, MAKO
. In the short time since then, we've been graced with the bass-driven DIVE
and the more acoustic VIRTUE
. All three singles exhibit YATES' undeniable talent with a perfect mixture of smooth, powerful vocals and crisp, subtle production that simply leave you wanting more. I'd definitely keep an eye on YATES this year.
Nu Disco |
Keljet feat Holychild - What's Your Sign (Original Mix)
Keljet is one of those underrated nu-disco acts that it seems impossible that more people don't know. Their remixes and originals keep nostalgic disco synths relevant, but in a contemporary light that is always irresistibly catchy. What Is Your Sign
is taken from their forthcoming EP Transatlantic
and features the talent of Holychild to round out another fun slice of bouncy nostalgia. Be sure to grab a copy of Transatlantic
on May 11, and head to Keljet's SoundCloud for more tunes here
Coasts - Modern Love (RAC Remix)
Nothing says Friday like a new remix from RAC
, and his latest has arrived just in time for the weekend. Andre Allen Anjos turns this track from British rockers Coasts into a glistening dance anthem complete with energetic percussion, a sunny bassline, and synth-laden vocals. Look out for both RAC and Coasts at Coachella
this weekend, and head over to RAC's SoundCloud
page to hear more.
Ying Yang Twins - The Whisper Song (Julius Jetson Remix) [Free Download]
Though seemingly a well-worn style for remixes, Washington, DC's Julius Jetson carves a unique and bassline-driven G-house groove from snap-rap combo the Ying Yang Twins' decade-old pop hit The Whisper Song
. In not taking the fat breaks of the original in the expected festival trap direction, Jetson actually opens a door to a number of potentially simple-to-execute throwback concepts. The throbbing, techno-friendly production adds a haunting note to the original's sensual invitation that makes it ideal for taking a party deep into a mysterious night ahead. "Hey girl, wait'll I show you this," indeed. This one is free to download here
Slander & NGHTMRE (Original Mix)
Surprise! My pick this week isn't a vocal-heavy track. It's a booty-shaking new release from my friends Slander
, the fourth track from their upcoming collaborative EP Nuclear Bonds
. You can pick it up for free here
Submotion Orchestra - Thinking (Maths Time Joy Remix) [Exceptional]
Hailing from just outside of London, Maths Time Joy is an expert at crafting soulful, R&B-esque electronica. Sometimes 2-step and sometimes 4x4, his music is refreshingly eclectic, but is uniformly beautiful. This particular remix of Submotion Orchestra's Thinking
is landscape of ambient bliss, with muted pads and polyphonic synthesizers awash in reverb. The track turns incredibly rhythmic half-way through, introducing a 2-step beat replete with snaps, claps, and hats. Pick up Maths Time Joy's remix of Thinking right here