So wheel that reeling human bubble machine you call you on your way to the parking lot on Friday afternoon right back into the office… and give them a gesture of your utmost respect. It’s Friday Favorites 126.
Techno | Bjarki – I Wanna Go Bang (Original Mix) [Trip]
My sister first showed me this song a couple of months ago, and was reminded of it again when I watched Maceo Plex rock the Tomorrowland Cocoon vinyl-only stage. This is the kind of techno I like–dark, ferocious, relentless. Pick up I Wanna Go Bang here.
Drum & Bass | Blu Mar Ten vs Erykah Badu – You Got Me Remix
So check this out: I’ve been blaming all my personal f*ckups lately on a raging D&B habit–not kidding–and it… it doesn’t work, unfortunately. But the confusion on people’s faces when they ask, “why are you so late? You look like shit.”–“Ah, sorry, life of a junglist.”–priceless. And while they’re thinking about what that even means, change the subject, put in headphones, or just leave. Blu Mar Ten‘s Erykah Badu cut from their 2011 return-to-D&B era can help anyone forget the impending threat of reality for at least eight minutes or so. Just remember: what you choose to do with the eight or so hours this rat race allots for sleep is between you and your god… and your employers.
Indie/Beats | Josef Salvat – Open Season (Gryffin Remix)
Remixer extraordinaire Gryffin continues his unstoppable reign with an airy remix of one of my favorite vocalists, Australia’s Josef Salvat. While his ability to blend meaningful vocal chops with warm synth plucks remains virtually unmatched, Gryffin switches gears this time around, trading in his trademark house bassline for a tropical breakbeat-style breakdown. Simply put: it’s a mellow masterpiece, and well worthy of its #1 spot on the HypeM charts.
House | Mauro Picotto – The Whistle (Or Mix) [Alchemy]
Mauro Picotto is a name that takes me back to my youth, but the Italian tech house king is still kicking out the tunes, and I was surprised to learn he’s even got a new album, From Heart To Techno, coming out in October. The Whistle is the lead single, and it’s a funky piece of house music with a pumping tech house rhythm topped with a jazzy piano line–quite the recipe. It’s out now on Alchemy, so grab your copy here.
Nu Disco | Miami Horror feat. Queen Magic – Sober (Childish Gambino Cover)
Just when I thought Childish Gambino’s Sober couldn’t get any better, Miami Horror had to come in and give me a serious run for my money. Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) surprised fans with this early 2015 release, taking on a much groovier and lighthearted tone than his typical hip hop-centric sound. Little did we know, he set the perfect stage for Miami Horror to reinvent the song nine months later. Serving as the perfect kick-off to Miami Horror’s current tour, the band’s Sober cover is available as a free download here.
Techno/Electronica | INIT – Shake Off Dust (Original Mix) [Hivern Discs]
German newcomers Benedikt Frey and Nadia D’Alo of the duo INIT ready their debut LP Two Pole Resonance for release on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs, and share gauzy number Shake Off Dust. The track is the follow-up to their previously-released Take A Long Walk and , and it has a comforting, yet unpredictable, rhythm pattern. Nadia D’Alo’s soft voice breaks the tension of the ebbing soundscape for an eerie result that seems as if her vocals have been stolen and tossed by the wind. For more from INIT head to their SoundCloud here.
Indie/Beats, House | Enyce – Call Me Crazy (Original Mix)
In the past 12 months, New York City transplants Isla Chanel and Purple Crush have broken out of the Los Angeles vogue house scene in a major way. Now, getting behind the boards as producers for original tracks by other artists, the first of their tracks–vogue ball announcer/commentator/dancer, and self-proclaimed “Voice of California” Enyce Chanel’s Call Me Crazy–has been released. This sassy bit of Bmore and classic house-inspired rap-funk features breaks being chopped and falling everywhere, and when Enyce says people “call [him] crazy,” it’s as if club and house have gone ratchet in the best way. There is no sale information as yet regarding this single, so unless you’re able to get out to a House of Chanel ball or see Enyce dancing onstage on tour with pop stars like Mya soon, stream this banger above.
Indie/Beats | LeMarquis – Holding Me, Touching Me (Original Mix)
French producer LeMarquis is a bonafide hit maker, as evidenced by his remixes of Whitney Houston and Ashanti, his cover of Drake, and most recently, with his new original track Holding Me, Touching Me. Adding robust synths and funky sound bites to a facade of throwback R&B vocals, LeMarquis creates an addicting melody that’s sure to get your weekend started right. Grab a free download of the track here.