Welcome to the first Friday Favorites of 2014. We’ll save the bullsh*t for next week. Let’s get started. It’s Friday Favorites 37.
Deep House | Pattern Drama feat. Candida – Girar O Mundo (Original Mix) [Touch Of Class]
This track took my breath away when I first heard it. Pattern Drama is a Brooklyn-based duo who recently released their debut EP on Touch Of Class–the same EP where you can find Girar O Mundo. The cello samples and otherworldly vocals give this masterpiece a unique edge unlike anything I’ve heard in the past. Talk about a dramatic opener for a set. Pick up the full EP here.
Electro Funk | Child In Disguise – Promiscuous (Original Mix)
LA’s Child In Disguise is exemplary of the force with which funk is tightening its grip on the modern music world with reassuring debonair. CID released the follow-up Vol. 2 to 2013’s OWSLA NEST-released Funk Files Vol. 1 today, and the lead track, along with the rest of the EP, has been on repeat since. Download your copy here.
Big Room | Zedd, Maison & Dragen, Danny Saucedo, Tim Mason – Amazing Stars (Billy Palk Mashup)
Big room progressive fans, you have got to listen to this! Unheralded Torontonian Billy Palk is responsible for my favourite mashup of last year, and it’s been a mainstay in my house party sets for a long time. Pristine, awe-inspiring vocals and a ghostly build work perfectly toward an extremely satisfying drop, and it’s one of the few times that a mashup outdoes the original songs. The best part? You can download it for free right here.
Techno | Tiga vs. Audion – Let’s Go Dancing (Adam Beyer Remix) [Drumcode]
Maya, Breach, and Solomun all gave it a whirl, but holy techno, check out Adam Beyer’s remix of Tiga vs. Audion in Let’s Go Dancing. Enjoy a preview, and patiently await the release of this drum-heavy tech gem out on Drumcode Jan. 27.
Deep House | Avicii – Wake Me Up (PANG! Slow Things Down Remix) [PRMD]
Avicii is now pretty much the de facto figurehead of mainstream EDM, but his music can still have a strong flavour of the underground, especially in the right hands. Fellow Swedes PANG! have little/no web presence (try a Google search) but have just released a sublime remix of Wake Me Up. It’s deep, groovy, and gives the track a whole new feel. In my opinion, it blows the original out of the water, but you should probably judge that for yourself.
R&B | Teedra Moses – Be Your Girl (Kaytranada Edition)
This isn’t the first time that I’ve chosen a Kaytranada joint as my favorite track of the week, and you better believe it won’t be the last. Kay’s flip of Be Your Girl by Teedra Moses is immediately recognizable for the Canadian producer’s signature sub-bass bounce, but here it achieves near-sublime properties when paired with Moses’s infectious, unpredictable melodic hooks. Download the Kaytranada Edition of Be Your Girl for free on SoundCloud.
House | Avicii – You Make Me (Throttle Remix) [PRMD]
Is that two remixes of Avicii tracks in one Friday Favorties?! Why yes, yes it is. I came across Throttle’s remix of Avicii’s You Make Me earlier this week and was immediately drawn in by the poppy house synths and breakdowns. It gives the track a totally new life and gives it a much more danceable feeling. The remix is available for download on Beatport here
Indie & Beats | Eliot Lipp & Michna – Cookin’ (Original Mix)
Sometimes it takes restraints to let creativity flourish. That’s definitely the case with this collaborative track from Eliot Lipp and Michna. Confined to an 808, SP-1200, and a modular synth, the two cooked up some future flavors with a dash of retro sounds–no computer necessary. Scoop it up for free here.