Aaand we’re off! Into the wild boom yonder with number 101 and the start of another century of Friday Favorites (which is only about two years in Earth time).
House/Breaks | Jakwob – Let Me Tell You (Original Mix) [Boom Ting]
After dropping a stellar three-track EP on Boom Ting Recordings in January, London producer Jakwob came back on the same label with a single track called Let Me Tell You, and I am just loving the combination of breaks, house, and dark techno on offer. Pick it up on Beatport.
Pop/Dance | Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do [Republic]
Shitty 50 Shades Of Grey music video notwithstanding, this song is absolutely stunning and a touching testament to the true power of love. I’ve scoured the internet trying to find a suitable remix, but the original stands head and shoulders above the rest. Ellie Goulding’s sweet and soaring vocals manage to feel both delicate and powerful, and producer extraordinaire Max Martin delivers a lush and booming beat to pull on your heartstrings.
Tech House | Jay Lumen – Sunbeam (Original Mix) [Noir]
Sunbeam is the down-and-dirty opener from Jay Lumen’s latest EP, The Line, and marks a return to Noir Music for the Hungarian producer. Nice and simple, this one is all about the tribal beats and those slightly surreal synths in the break. With support already from the likes of Marco Carola, Richie Hawtin, and Pete Tong, Sunbeam is bound to be an early hours club favorite in the coming months. Get your own copy now.
Indie/Beats | Jamie xx feat. Romy – Loud Places (Original Mix) [Young Turks]
Jamie xx called upon his friend and repeat collaborator Romy Croft of The xx to sing vocals on Loud Places, a track off his highly-anticipated album In Colours. The track is all at once heartbreaking and hopeful, which seems to be something of a calling card for the producer. This album marks the first full-length album for Jamie xx, though he has produced albums with The xx and also a remix album with Gil Scott-Heron. In Colours won’t see its release until June 2, but you can pre-order it now and get four tracks instantly here.
Future Bass | Alesso feat. Roy English – Cool (Sweater Beats Remix) [Def Jam]
As a producer, the funky and synth-loving Sweater Beats has little in common with big room titan Alesso, and that makes his stellar remix of Cool all the more impressive. The New York artist completely transforms Alesso’s track into a melodic future bass number featuring bouncy, looping basslines and bright percussion. Grab the remix when it releases April 13 on Def Jam.
Glitch Hop | Evol Intent – Middle of the Night (Jorts Remix) [Evol Intent]
US bass troupe Evol Intent just released a massive remix EP for their recent tune Middle Of The Night and it showcases some seriously talented up-and-comers. One of the featured remixers is a fledgling producer from Michigan called Jorts, who transforms Middle Of The Night into a glitchy, funk workout with a D&B twist. There are still remnants of D&B left in the remix, but Jorts’ take has a funky Kill Paris and Bobby Tank vibe that spreads like an infection. Among the other high-quality remixes on this EP, Jorts’ treatment of the original’s vocal is a standout. Head over to Beatport to pick up this remix and listen to the rest of the EP.
House | Sirens Of Lesbos – Long Days, Hot Nights (Claptone Remix) [Exploited]
When German mystery man Claptone brought his considerable skill to remixing Sirens of Lesbos’ 2014-released euphoric piano house track Long Days, Hot Nights, a four-on-the-floor winner was elevated to a higher level of dancefloor domination. A breezy Ibiza-style groove features a soulful, gospel-style vocal and a clipped snare that when aided by a minor piano chord chugging through the low end gives the production a more fanciful sway. Pick it up on Beatport.
Progressive House | 7 Skies – Are We On Air (Original Mix)
I fell in love with this song during 7 Skies’ ABGT guest mix and was elated when we received the premiere offer. There’s no doubt that I’m the person who’s listened to this track the most. A fun, feel-good vibe that I just can’t seem to get enough of. Cool tidbit: the cover art was created by David (aka 7 Skies) himself using a photo he took and balloons that he 3D rendered himself. Creativity should be his middle name. Grab your free download here.