So I was explaining the 4th of July to a British friend of mine, and she goes, “oh, it’s your independence day! I get it. That’s cool… independence from whom?”
… just enjoy the barbeque, sweetheart. It’s Friday Favorites 63.
House/Booty Bass/Tribal | Mikix The Cat – Deep Down (Original Mix) [Trouble & Bass]
Doing a throwback this week. This track from French producer Mikix The Cat never really got the recognition it deserved, so I’m pulling it out again. The whole EP is fantastic, so give it a listen and twerk to some 2010 tribal-tinged jams. Pick up the entire Girls Keep On Wondering EP here.
Electro House | Popeska – River Monster (Original Mix) [Free Download]
In a move that has us simultaneously applauding and scratching our heads in disbelief… and dancing… electro house ATLien Popeska decided he’s going to give away “#onetrackaday” in July, and day four’s free beast is a pummelling, predatorial River Monster. It slides through the murky liquid atmosphere slow and deliberately at first, probing the water for potential prey. Upon pinpointing its next meal, River Monster builds tension and inches closer to the kill before thrashing its body and subduing it just beneath the surface in a violent flurry. If Popeska has 27 more monsters, we’d better call the zoo… or the national guard. Pick it up for free here.
Nu Disco | Lane 8 feat. Lucy Stone – Nothing You Can Say (See Tai Remix)
Lane 8 is a recent favorite of mine introduced to me by my LessThan3 colleagues, which is why I was really excited when I heard that Louisville DJ/producer See Tai remixed Nothing You Can Say from The One EP. See Tai thoroughly reworked the track into an upbeat disco pop cut, inserting hypnotic lead guitars that flirt and harmonize with Lucy Stone’s reverb-soaked vocals above a syncopated funk bass. It’s easily among the best I’ve heard in this realm in recent memory, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for an official release.
Big Room | Oliver Heldens – Gecko (Elephante Remix)
My new main man Elephante is back with–what else–another booming big room remix. This time, the victim is Oliver Heldens and his breakout single, Gecko. Elephante takes the future house cut, injects some huge chords, big melodies, and weird glitches, and turns it into a mainstage monster. Don’t worry though, it’s still got that irresistible groove. Grab the free download here.
Tech House | Leftwing & Kody – Right Now (Original Mix) [Original Mix]|
British duo Leftwing & Kody have released their Altered Awareness EP on cat-obsessed Suara, and Right Now is the standout track of the four on offer. Dark and dirty crossed with groovy and energetic, this is tech house as it should be. Right Now is one of those tracks you need to hear at 4am, viciously drunk in an insanely hot and overcrowded nightclub, making it the perfect soundtrack for these hazy summer nights.
Techno/Tech House | Simian Mobile Disco – Tangents
British duo Simian Mobile Disco is getting ready to release their new album Whorl in just a few short months. What makes their fourth LP so unique is the fact that much of it was recorded live in front of a 900-person audience in the California desert. For the performance, the UK duo used only a few modular synths and sequencers to record it. They’ve offered up their first single from the album in Tangents, an explosion of swirling synth straight off the soundtrack to your favorite Super Nintendo game. Whorl is out Sept. 9 via Anti-.
Electro Hip Hop | 20syl feat. Rita J – Voices [On And On]
This is definitely one of the most unique, quality tracks I’ve heard as of late. The extremely talented French producer 20syl and boss lady Rita J have teamed up to create quite literally a musical interpretation of “voices in my head.” If you’re digging this, I highly recommend you raid 20syl’s entire catalog, filled with with more hip hop and electronic hybrids of the highest caliber. Voices is included on 20syl’s EP Motifs, which was released on June 9 via On And On Music.
Nu Disco | Route 94 feat. Jess Glynne – My Love (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Oliver Nelson is quickly becoming one of my new favorite artists of the year. With an impressive arsenal of remixes, the young Swedish producer is lighting up the nu disco scene at a fast and furious pace. His latest is a spin on Route 94′s house hit My Love, and Nelson pulled out all the stops to turn this one into a feel-good dance anthem using a funky beat full of dreamy synths. Check out more disco magic from Nelson on his SoundCloud page.
Indie & Beats The Presets – No Fun (Original Mix) [Modular]
I have a major soft spot for anything that The Presets put out. The combination of ’80s-inspired synths and Julian Hamilton’s angelic voice create a perfect storm of dance music. Their newest release No Fun is doesn’t stray away from this formula and the result is another superb production. For the debut of the track, The Presets worked with Google to release an interactive music video in which fans are able to spin “The Cube” for different visuals and slight changes to the track.
Indie/Beats | Chet Faker – Gold (Flume Re-work)
Flume and Chet Faker have been making some real treasures together for a while now. This week, they presented another: Flume’s catchy re-work of Gold. Together, they make the perfect team. I love the fusion of Chet Faker’s soul-piercing voice with Flume’s genre-crossing beats. Download the new release on Future Classic here on iTunes.
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