Take heed, my friends. This is the end of days–weekdays, of course. The end of weekends? That would be Armageddon. It’s Friday Favorites 110.
Satan Bass | Boombox Cartel & Jackal – Jamba (Billion Dollars Remix)
Mexican newcomer Billion Dollars may have singlehandedly razed a rainforest with this one. Premiered on NestHQ, his remix of Jamba is self-labeled as “Satan bass,” but I’d like to offer up a few more genre name suggestions. Jungle apocalypse? Full tilt jungle madness? Defqon jungle? Either way, the amount of times he switches up the rhythm is enough to make you slap the person sitting next to you. Press play and tell everyone to duck.
Bass House | Defunct! – Blowin’ The Haze (Original Mix) [Audiophile XXL]
Audiophile XXL has been laying it on thick in just the few months since it sprung forth from its namesake parent label, keeping in supply a steady flow of UK funky and bass house, while offering many for free. Pick up the latest three-item from London/Switzerland outfit Defunct! including Blowin’ The Haze along with the label’s free launch compilation here.
Progressive House | Fehrplay – Slab (Original Mix) [Exalted Tunes]
After a week of non-stop, pounding techno beats, I needed a bit of a breather, and Fehrplay’s 2012 track Slab is just what the doctor ordered. Featuring a poignant and serene sample from Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Bibo No Aozora, which you hip hop heads might recognize from Jay Electronica’s Better In Tune With The Infinite, Slab is a soothing progressive number that works great as a solemn closing number. Grab the free download here.
Deep House | Bicep – Celeste (Original Mix) [Aus]
This is weird and wonderful deep house with haunting piano lines and smooth rhythms. It’s that time of year when other people are in Ibiza and I’m not, so Bicep’s sublime track Celeste is perfect for lifting the mood. It will probably sound good on Playa D’En Bossa beach too, I’m hoping to find out before too long. The whole Just EP is worth checking out, so grab your copy here.
House | Flight Facilities – Down To Earth (Sean Glass Remix)
At first glance, it may seem like this is just another song to add to the endless list Flight Facilities remixes… not so fast. Besides being a superb edit production-wise, there are several unique aspects at play with Sean Glass’ remix of the Aussies’ well-known 2014 Down To Earth. First, Flight Facilities is the first act signed to LA DJ, producer, and industry wiz Sean Glass’ record label, Win Music. If that wasn’t enough to make it special for all three artists involved, there is also a philanthropic side to all of this: the remix was released to drive awareness for the Dan Fredinburg Foundation, a charity created to commemorate the boys’ beloved friend and dedicated to raising money for the Nepal Earthquake. How’s that for a Friday?
Jazz/Nu disco | Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable (FKJ Remix)
Multi-instrumentalist FKJ remixes Lianne La Havas’ ethereal Unstoppable and completely transforms it into a funky, piano jazz remix. The Parisian made a name for himself after the release of his wildly successful Time For A Change EP and he has since released another equally popular EP as well as multiple catchy remixes. Following his Los Angeles debut just this week, FKJ is truly “unstoppable,” and you can hear more of his tunes at his SoundCloud here.
Indie/Beats | Bordertown – All This Before (Jack Ritchie Remix) [Love & Other]
The British producer known as Bearcubs has released his first single under his real name, and it’s pure indie dance magic. Along with Jack Ritchie’s new alias comes a slightly more funky and upbeat style, as he transforms Bordertown’s deep house number into a cascade of melodic percussion and offbeat synths. Tropical drums blend with vocal samples from the one and only Whitney Houston for a distinct and dance-inducing sound. Pick up the remix on Beatport here.
Indie/Beats | Misun – Far Away From Me [Aquawave]
DC-to-LA band Misun calls their sound “aquawave,” but this track from their just released Feel Better EP is straight up “shoegaze trip hop.” The break from Al Green’s I’m So Glad You’re Mine gives this one it’s hard edge, and ace producer/lead guitarist Nacey being on mixing dutues allows for the ambient. swirling and twinkling melody to feel haunting as hell. Throw in vocalist Misun Wojcik’s one-in-a-million lead that always feels light as a feather but hits stiff as a board, and this one leaves a mark. Misun’s Feel Better EP is available on iTunes here.
Garage | Maal feat. Sep – No More (Original Mix) [HMWL]
Swedish producer Maal dazzled late last month with two mixes of his captivating tune No More featuring singer Sep. The club edit of the track received considerable attention from the blogosphere and thankfully provided the trail of breadcrumbs necessary to find the artist’s original mix. While the club mix is superbly produced in its own right, the original’s morose vibe speaks to the ability to convey emotional affectations through song and lyric. No More is an emotional ride, seamlessly integrating a 2-step groove with melancholic melody and Sep’s disheartened vocal. Out on Swedish label HMWL, No More is available via Beatport.