Besade – Sleep Factory

I’d never heard of Besade until ten minutes ago but you can bet that I’ll be looking out for this Toronto-based producer in the future. “Sleep Factory” caught my ear with its catchy voice-editing, glitchy synth riff, and slow build up to a smooth, energetic body. I can picture this being a great walkout song for any occasion as it projects confidence and has a kind of rock-and-roll vibe even though you won’t hear a single guitar. Make sure you stick around until 3:14 – the second drop is great. This would make a great debut original for any producer. Give it a listen below along with Besade’s newest song, “The Lights.” Enjoy.

P.S. – Album artwork game strong.

Avicii – Waiting For Love (Autograf Remix)

A few months ago I had the pleasure of seeing Autograf live in concert and it was an amazing experience. His music is distinctly down-tempo but he knows how to infuse energy into a live set. In addition, his remixes aren’t the typical generic take on a popular song. No doubt you’ve heard Avicii’s “Waiting For Love” by now, but Autograf takes it in a new direction, decidedly downtempo and kind of weird but true to the original song’s vibe. An interesting track that I highly recommend.

Dej Loaf – Back Up (Ft. Big Sean)

Detroit-based Dej Loaf teams up with Big Sean (another Detroit native) for a track that celebrates the independence that comes with casual relationships (If I fuck and make you cum you gotta promise not to stress me). The beat may be slow and simple but it’s the perfect template for this duo to lay down some nice bars. We need more female rappers like this. They both go off on this track, I very much recommend giving it a listen.

Alison Wonderland – Run (Wildfire Remix)

Wildfire claims that his genre is “Future Dank” and I have to agree. “Run” has been remixed out the wahzoo but this take is fresh enough to capture my ear. It reminds me of Flume’s remix of Tennis Court. I remember my entire friend group freaking out to that song when it came out, and this Wildfire remix is a bit of a flashback to those times. Enjoy.

Major Lazer – Be Together (Vanic Remix)

Vanic is one of my favorite artists this year and he’s mastered the art of taking an amazing track and adding his own distinct style. He tends to focus the song around one, sustained and bending synth note with a rolling and energetic beat underneath. This song is no exception. Instant favorite right here.

Atlas Genius – Molecules

Atlas Genius is back with a single off their upcoming album Inanimate Objects. You might remember them from their massive hit a couple of years back called “Trojans,” a song that still occasionally gets stuck in my head (embedded below). Hailing from Adelaide, Australia (hey, reminds me of another band I know), this band captures that indie-alternative sound that has a perfect mix of upbeat energy and melancholy emotion. I love the bass breakdown that comes in at 2:48, please do not stop the song before then. Good song to get you going on a slow Tuesday. Enjoy below.

Equilibrium

I kind of feel like I’ve gotten into a rhythm here in D.C. I know the city, know my friends, and am pretty content with what has been an awesome summer so far. This playlist is another “general” playlist, but has a kind of stability to it. I tried to not branch out into crazy genres that I question if I even like myself, keeping it close to a core sound that I know I enjoy. The playlist starts out with a lot of indie-pop, demonstrating that you don’t have to have a staff of writers to create a catchy pop anthem. Then we move into the world of “future-pop,” with glitchy vocals and rolling snares. This is my “home” with modern music. Anyone who follows this blog knows its my favorite genre right now. We briefly dip into some alternative rock before popping the tempo back up with some more trap and hip-hop influenced electronica to fill the second half of the setlist. As always, I’ve included a few acoustic songs to close the set and clear your head. Favorite artists on this list include: The Chainsmokers, RATATAT, Hudson Mohawke, and Snøwmass. If you only listen to one song on this playlist, let it be “Roses.” Over and over and over. Enjoy below.