Jun 12, 2015
Friday Favorites 112
Orlando Voorn - In Da Jungle (Chocolate Puma Miami Cut) [Big & Dirty]
Le Castle Vania & Addison - I Want You (Original Mix) [Free Download]
OG Maco - U Guessed It (ALESIA X EPROM Remix)
Martin Solveig - +1 (Club Mix) [Spinnin' Deep]
Claptone feat. Jaw - Dear Life [Exploited]
Usha Uthup vs Alex Israel - Usha (Daphni Edit)
Wave Age - Whispers (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Clean Bandit - Stronger (Original Mix) [Warner]

A “p*ssy-ass b*tch?” That’s harsh. Someone should maybe have a chat with his mom, tell her to hold off on her game critique until he’s off the court.

It’s Friday Favorites 112.

Josh Bennett
Tribal House | Orlando Voorn – In Da Jungle (Chocolate Puma Miami Cut) [Big & Dirty]
Chocolate Puma first remixed Orlando Voorn’s 2008 release In Da Jungle in 2013, but the boys decided to give it an even heavier thump with the release of their Miami Cut version on Big & Dirty a few months ago. The newest version isn’t that different from their original remix, it mainly just turns the percussion levels up to 9000, as is becoming the norm in tribal house these days. I’m not complaining. Pick it up here.

Nathan Codd
Electro House | Le Castle Vania & Addison – I Want You (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Amid today’s tropical hug fest and scramble to adopt “deep house” in any way possible, it’s nice to see artists still produce like they’re trying to hurt somebody. LCV links up with fellow lost angel and electro stalwart Addison for a refreshing bit of ripping E-house–as long as your idea of refreshing is a sock full of quarters to the mouth. Savage synth stabs and a wonderfully self-satisfied intro make I Want You one of my favorite weapons of the year so far. Get it for free along with the B-side What We Do here.

Jesse Champagne
Trap/Bass | OG Maco – U Guessed It (ALESIA X EPROM Remix)
Oh. Em. Gee. The latest track from Parisian duo ALESIA is so deadly it makes The Manson Family look like The Partridge Family. By the time you manage to recover from the first drop and pick your face up off the floor, the second part of the song–a glitched-out explosion of brain-bashing bass–will already be giving you nightmares. Grab the free download and turn this one up LOUD.

Mike Davies
House | Martin Solveig – +1 (Club Mix) [Spinnin’ Deep]
Dance music isn’t always about serious underground cuts; sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of fun as well, and that’s exactly what French house master Martin Solveig seems to stand for nowadays. His latest effort +1 is a little more grown up than his recent GTA collab Intoxicated, but it’s still designed to put a smile on your face, and comes with another tongue-in-cheek–and somewhat surreal–video. Get your copy of +1 here, and if you’re in the UK, Intoxicated goes on general release in July, so prepare for the seemingly endless radio play–I’ve got money on it hitting the top of the UK charts.

Yasmin Damoui
Deep House | Claptone feat. Jaw – Dear Life [Exploited]
With an elusive head mask and a distinct signature style, Berlin producer Claptone has become a permanent authority in the house scene. Dear Life not only exhibits Claptone’s subtly powerful production skills, but it’s a standout single for me, personally, because of the incredibly meaningful and spellbinding lyrics. This single was the second peak into Claptone’s first full-length album, set for a fall 2015 release. Catch the single here and brace yourself for the upcoming album with Claptone’s recent 68-track, 5-minute BBC Radio 1 Mix here.

Shea Kopp
Indie/Beats | Usha Uthup vs Alex Israel – Usha (Daphni Edit)
Delivered originally on Jon Hopkins’ BBC Radio 1 show, Daphni’s (more famously known as Caribou) track Usha was nameless and still unfinished. Less than a month later and Daphni has released the final edit of Usha, a funky cut that mixes together an old Bollywood track called Main Gulbadan with a four-on-the-floor number by Alex Israel entitled Colugo. Yet another unique output from a producer who’s always thinking outside of the box. Grab your free copy of the mix here.

Marcus Dowling
House | Wave Age – Whispers (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Wave Age is the side project of Washington DC-based producer Caleb L’Etoile. For his latest track under this alias, he intriguingly snatches a page from the Northern Soul playbook in sampling early ’60s American pop hero Jackie Wilson’s underrated 1969 single Whispers. Either the original or Wave Age’s edit (that’s part of the free District Summer compilation from a series of DC producers) could’ve easily been a ’70s era stomper at the soul-driven Wigan Casino. Thick drums are pushed to the forefront on the Nation’s Capital area newcomer’s take, Wilson’s vocal and the hook being filtered into the mix alongside the deftly chopped orchestral melody. You’ll be glad to have this one loaded in the digital crates if you’re looking to add some heft to your deep or disco house sets this weekend. Download this track for free here.

Michelle Gardner
Pop/Dance | Clean Bandit – Stronger (Original Mix) [Warner]
In anticipation of seeing Clean Bandit‘s live show again next week, I put on their album New Eyes, reminding me how much I love it. While Grammy-winning Rather Be is their most popular track, I always find myself pressing repeat on Stronger. The classic instruments coupled with electronic elements and a bassline that insists you dance, it’s the perfect soundtrack to my workday. Vocals are provided by Sean Bass accompanied by Alex Newell (Unique from Glee) who joined them onstage for their Coachella set. You can read more about Clean Bandit in our interview here. I highly recommend catching their live show while they are on tour. If you can’t fit one into your schedule, pick up their album here.