Ground control to Coachella–this is Earth, do you read? If for some unlikely reason you’re cut off from music supplies out there, take this for emergency rations. And godspeed. It’s Friday Favorites 103.
Trance | Paul van Dyk & Roger Shah feat. Daphne Khoo – Louder (Ben Nicky Remix) [Ultra]
Heard this scorcher on A State Of Trance a couple of weeks back. I love it when vocals are paired with unbridled tech trance energy–a specialty of Ben Nicky’s, to be sure. Nice to see Paul van Dyk and Roger Shah back on the singles circuit as well. Get Louder here.
House | TKDJS feat. Ayer – Don’t Leave [Free Download]
Newly minted Brooklyn duo TKDJS is reaching for a place beyond simple beat and melody with music that aims at weaving a narrative, beginning with their latest free download, Don’t Leave. A “song, first and foremost,” it’s built around the vocals of fellow New Yorker Ayer and demonstrates that with some development, it’s not difficult to see this outfit and their indie-pop-house sound following the road to crossover success with a brain right behind acts like Galantis. Pick up your free copy here.
Future Bass | A. G. Cook – Beautiful (Rustie Edit) [LuckyMe]
Intriguing newcomer Mija opened with this track during her recent Diplo & Friends podcast, and I instantly fell in love. Glasgow’s Rustie delivers a delightfully smooth and playful rework of A.G. Cook’s feel-good pop/dance number that features a gorgeous build and drop. It’s a fun, floaty tune with just the right amount of high-pitched vocals. Pick it up for free here.
Deep House | Claptone – The Music Got Me (Original Mix) [Exploited]
Masked master Claptone returns with another sultry and groovy deep house anthem, this time in the shape of The Music Got Me. Pleasingly understated, yet ticking all the boxes to make it a sure-fire hit, you’re bound to find yourself slowly grooving along to this one a lot over the summer. It’s out now on Berlin’s own Exploited Records, so grab your copy now.
R&B/Future Bass | Tinashe – All Hands On Deck (Giraffage Remix)
Giraffage remixes Tinashe’s All Hands On Deckand it is yet another baby making anthem from the San Francisco producer. The remix is an ode to the ’90s R&B sound and Tinashe’s stunning vocals are the perfect compliment to bring the whole thing together. No word yet on the official release of the remix but you can hear more of Giraffage’s tunes at his SoundCloud here.
Nu Disco | Zedd feat. Selena Gomez – I Want You to Know (Justin Caruso Remix)
Justin Caruso might not be a household name yet, but if he continues to craft musical gems like his recent remix of Zedd’s I Want You to Know, he’ll be ascending the EDM ranks like a bullet shot from a gun. The 19 year-old LA native gives Zedd’s version a disco overhaul, transplanting the the rigid timbres of the original with rounded, softer textures. However, the highlight of the remix is the arresting progression, making it one of the best reworks of Zedd’s original yet. Make sure to head over to Justin’s SoundCloud page and pick this remix up for free.
Twerk | Big Makk – Skrang
Orlando, Florida-based producer Big Makk has excelled at making everything from moombahton to techno (and much more). However, his star-making turn may be on Skrang, the lead single to his just-released Makk Damon EP via Main Course Records. Twerk-styled trap is a thing of the present, but when blended with techno-favoring warped synths, this is a truly futuristic production. Funky and altogether different than anything heard in twerk or trap ever before, this one is an underground banger that’s yearning for mainstream recognition. The EP is both free-to-download and/or available for purchase here.
House | Kaskade – Never Sleep Alone
I am pretty much enamored with everything Kaskade does. Never Sleep Alone is a perfect example of why. When I first heard the Holy Ship rip of this song, I knew it would be a new favorite. It’s fun to dance to, and you get to sing along. I had quite a time trying to guess who the vocalist was. Finally, Ryan gave us a name–Tess Comrie. Her haunting vocals pair perfectly with the song’s theme. Her voice reminds me of Colleen D’Agostino (or is it just me?). I hope we hear more from her on Kaskade’s upcoming album. You can pick up your copy here.