Stop with the funny cats already. Here–have a time waster that doesn’t make you seem lonely. It’s Friday Favorites 42.
Pop/R&B/Dance | Mapei – Don’t Wait (Original Mix) [Downtown]
Stockholm native Mapei blew a fuse in the pop world with the release of her sultry, introspective Don’t Wait a couple of months ago, and the single has gotten renewed focus after DJ Snake included it in his Essential Mix. Check Mapei’s acoustic performance of the track for a more stripped-down version.
House | Worthy – Get It (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Made up of steely trashcan snares and a steady flow of claps and hi hats, Worthy’s latest freebie is a fine example of the signature dirtybird ghetto house sound the San Francisco label has become so famous for. Pick up a copy of Get It here.
Deep House | Imogen Heap – Hide & Seek (Joy Kitikonti Remix)
Tiesto’s newest, and deepest, Essential Mix is already the stuff of legend. I could have chosen a half-dozen incredible tracks from the set–looking at you, Seek Bromance–but it’s hard to argue against a groovy remake of an all-time classic. The exquisite and ethereal vocals of the incomparable Imogen Heap lend themselves perfectly to a deep house makeover, and Florence’s Joy Kitikonti is more than happy to deliver. Free download here.
Deep House | Fat Sushi – Problems (Original Mix) [Light My Fire])
You’ve probably never heard of Swiss duo Fat Sushi, with their debut release having dropped just over a month ago. They’re not exactly newcomers to the scene, however; both Ralph and Dan have been producing for over 20 years individually, and it shows with their smooth, groovy and very addictive style. Problems is the opening track on their Hypnotic EP and is deep house defined. Some sexy muted guitar plucks, some retro bass sounds and a vocal everyone can sing along to, even though you can’t make out the lyrics. Perfect.
Indie & Beats | Teebs – View Point (Original Mix) [Brainfeeder]
We haven’t heard much out of Brainfeeder associate Mtendere “Teebs” Mandowa since the release of his excellent 2010 debut, Ardour, which is why I was so excited when I came upon this new track View Point earlier this week. The tune conjures up a gorgeous, pastoral synthscape propelled forward by a murky, bubbling beat that eventually gives way to an overwhelming ambient coda. View Point comes from Teebs’s forthcoming sophomore effort E s t a r a, due April 8 via Brainfeeder.
Nu Disco / House | Chromeo feat. Toro y Moi – Come Alive (Le Youth Remix) [Atlantic]
When you mix Chromeo, Toro y Moi, and Le Youth, you’re bound to get something extremely sexy. Such is the case with Le Youth’s remix of Come Alive, a collaboration between Chromeo and Toro y Moi. Le Youth added some bouncy beats and upbeat piano to give the song a little more life and bring out the vocals. Not sure how Le Youth is finding the time to put out so many high quality remixes as of late, but you won’t hear me complaining.
Electro House | Skrillex – Drop Dead (Blende Remix) [Free Download]
Skrillex invaded our City by the Bay on the first stop of his Takeover tour, and as a result this infectiously smooth remix from London-based producer Blende has become my anthem of the week. Blende manages to take a classic hard-hitting Sonny Moore banger and transform it into a funky house number, diluting the bass with airy synths and guitar chords yet leaving just enough turntable scratch and high-pitched vocoder glitches to keep the Skrillex feel alive. Successfully remixing a modern-day king of dubstep is no easy task, but Blende more than pulled it off with this track. Pick it up as a free download here.
Big Room/Electro | Tove Lo – Habits (The Chainsmokers Remix)
It’s no secret that we love The Chainsmokers around here. Somehow, I missed their remix of Tove Lo’s Habits until recently. Now that I’ve found it, I can’t stop playing it. I love how they’ve kept the emotion that permeates lyrics we can all relate to, while giving us a beat to dance away the angst that those words represent. Download yours for free here, and turn it up.
Indie & Beats | Slum Village – Fall In Love (Original Mix) [GoodVibe]
This Friday Favorite goes out to J Dilla. Known as one of the most innovative talents to grace the hip hop scene, Dilla would have turned 40 today had he not passed away from Lupus-related complications in 2006. Beats like this one is why we fell in love with Jay Dee in the first place, and why he’ll always be remembered. RIP Dilla.