I’m back, and this week is full of music that will blow your mind. Enjoy below.
1. PETIT BISCUIT – Sunset Lover (Slow Hours Remix)
Slow Hours turns PETIT BISCUIT’s chill, atmospheric track “Sunset Lover” into an absolute banger with a retro vibe in their latest release. The French collective does their countryman justice with this hard-hitting wall of sound bookended by orchestral suites. If for some ungodly reason you’re not satisfied by the first drop just give Slow Hours a chance to convince you with the second.
2. blackbear – do re mi (Y2K Remix)
blackbear is a very talented vocalist and musician – and for that reason electronic producers have found creative and beautiful ways to fit his voice into genre-bending tracks that, above all, sound great. This song goes like “do re mi” and I’m digging it hard. Y2K keeps blackbear in the spotlight and as soon as his voice gives out he fills the space with powerful synth fills and guitar riffs dripping in reverb. An absolute jam.
3. Mura Masa – WAVE
First off, I’m so hyped for Mura Masa’s upcoming album in July. Even though he lost me a bit with “1 Night” his unexpected decision to release two free tracks on Soundcloud showed me an evolved version of the producer whose sound I fell in love with on his last two EPs. This track is spacey, minimalist, and captivating. I want to be on a boat in Paris on a wave…
4. louis the child – love is alive (girardot flip)
We’re all about the up-and-comers on the 5elect and girardot won his spot on my watch list with this remix of LtC’s heartwarming hit “Love Is Alive”. He does just enough. Vocal chops flit across your headphones echoing the original melody while the underlying electronic instruments get scrambled. One of my favorite things about this flip is that it’s hard for me to describe it. I can’t generically label it a “future bass” track, or a “tropical flip”. It’s just girardot’s sound and I’m digging it.
5. DROELOE – Diplo & Friends Mix
DROELOE are on that bitbird train and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch and hear their ascent. This mix is beautiful, bumping, and honestly one of the best sets I’ve heard on Diplo and Friends. An artist that knows how to showcase their own sound while bringing others into the spotlight – all the while never breaking the overall “vibe” – is a true DJ.
In the depths of winter, people look toward the warmer times ahead. Tickets are going on sale for Coachella, Firefly, Gov Ball, Paradiso, (insert every other festival here) as we speak and as the Festival Bubble continues to inflate the lineups continue to get more ridiculously packed with great artists. It’s not the worst thing, you can see many of your favorite artists for a (usually) reasonable price and devote a whole day to nothing but enjoying music and friends. However, as I’ve begun to enjoy intimate, $10 concerts in underground venues or club-based events the sheen with which festivals used to shine in my eyes has faded to a dull luster. There’s another up-side to the phenomenon, though, at least for consumers of music: artists time up some of their best releases with the sale of the tickets to grab people’s attention and thus the depths of winter are full of songs that may well become summer jams. I’ve collected some of those for you below.
We start off with the energetic, happy electronica that I (and hopefully you) have come to love. Louis the Child has graciously presented us with another hit, Griz and Gramatik teamed up for a funky banger, and Pluto continues his journey to the stars with a hard-hitting remix of Yeezy and Future. We briefly flirt with some high-BPM bass of the “future” and “drum and” varieties before settling into some poppy, yet crisp house music and light trap. Trap music’s low BPM provides a smooth transition into some chill electronica and alt-rock – the focus here is on the calming bass and the emotional vocals that make this my favorite part of the playlist. The calm vibes eventually give way to house, and then rap, and then, inevitably, bass house, techno house, and full-on disgusting trap music. You know this part of the playlist, insanely aggressive but fantastic in the right context. The last part of the playlist is less eclectic than usual – you can think of it as a toned-down version of the start of the playlist. These songs aren’t any worse, they’re just a bit less energetic and more scattered across the vibe spectrum. To go out with a flourish, I have some funky house and alt-rock for you in the last couple of songs. Be sure to like and repost on Soundcloud if you’re feeling the set. Enjoy!
- 1-15: Energetic electronica
- 16-19: Pop house
- 20-24: Chill trap
- 25-40: Chill electronica and alternative
- 41-44: Electronica with rap
- 45-47: Bass house
- 48-51: Techno house
- 52-58: Trap
- 59-74: Electronica
- 75-86: Funky house
- 87-95: Ambient electronica and alt-rock