It’s Friday, and that’s awesome. Here’s some awesome new music. It’s Friday Favorites XLV. Because that’s way more awesome than 45.
R&B/Pop/Dance | LIZ – All Them Boys [Jeffree’s/Free Download]
Mad Decent first lady LIZ just dropped a free seven-track EP called Just Like You via MD imprint Jeffree’s, and it’s full of all that sugary sweet ’90s R&B goodness that us older Millennials still crave. Lead single All Them Boys rides that old-school breakbeat rhythm like a skilled surfer, with LIZ’s Ariana Grande-esque vocals providing the perfect accent. Download Just Like You for free here.
Drum & Bass | Delta Heavy – The World Is Yours (BBC Radio 1 Rip) [RAM]
London duo Delta Heavy revealed their first release in over a year this week on Annie Mac, and some powerful new D&B was exactly what I needed on a Friday–and what a perfect weekend mantra to boot.
Deep House | Matthew Herbert – It’s Only (DJ Koze Remix) [Pampa]
I came across this gem while watching Sven Väth’s legendary 2012 Boiler Room Berlin Mix, and from the second that dark and deep vibe hit, I was a puppet to its machinations. Soft, hypnotizing, and effortlessly poetic, DJ Koze delivers a very distinctive and special remix that is both eery and heartwarming at the same time–you will be hard-pressed to find anything like it. I highly suggest you also check out his podcast from last December–it’s mind-blowing in its beauty.
Tech House | Jay Lumen – Find Myself (Original Mix) [Kittball]
What better way to end the week than with some groovy tech house with some smooth vocal samples and deep basslines? Look no further than Find Myself, Jay Lumen’s latest release, which offers just that. Lumen has something of a unique style which always proves a massive hit in clubs, and this should be no different. The Find Myself EP is out now on Kittball.
House/Nu Disco | Touch Sensitive – Pizza Guy (Original Mix) [Future Classic]
After a lengthy period of silence, Touch Sensitive returned to the scene this week with a new free track to hype his upcoming tour dates. But ever since I came across that track, I’ve just had his breakthrough hit Pizza Guy playing on repeat in my brain. It’s a saucy, meaty tune built around glitchy vocals which, in the hands of Touch Sensitive, are transformed into a plaintive melody driven by the shimmering, arpeggiated backing beat. Snag it on Beatport while we await an official follow-up.
Indie & Beats | The Presets – Goodbye Future (Wordlife Remix) [Modular]
Goodbye Future is the first release of 2014 for The Presets and as with most of their previous work, I am in love. Fellow Aussies Wordlife has taken over remix duties and has chopped up lead singer Julian Hamilton’s angelic voice into a dark, bassy dance track. Without a doubt one of my favorite tracks of the year so far.
Deep House | Francis Harris feat. Gry – You Can Always Leave (DJ Sprinkles Remix) [Scissor & Thread]
For those that haven’t already heard, the new Francis Harris album, Minutes Of Sleep is a must-have. And for those familiar with the Scissor & Thread boss’s work, this Sprinkles remix is quite the bonus. It slinks by your ear ever so coolly, morphing slightly at every turn like only the best Sprinkles works. Tough to beat this all-star combo–I’m predicting this will be one of the tracks of the year.
Trance | Sied van Riel & Bjorn Akesson – Regulators [Future Sound Of Egypt]
Revered trance producers Sied van Riel and Bjorn Akesson know how to make tracks that stand out. Their latest release Regulators is a banger, and will surely make it into loads of major trance sets this year. It’s a hybrid tune that combines influences from electro, dubstep, but still takes you on a journey from beginning to end, as any great trance tune should. Fitting with the label Future Sound Of Egypt, the melodies sound very Middle-Eastern inspired, and remind me of the trance classic Sahara by Solid Globe. Pick up this fresh release today on Beatport.