Although the multiple urban myths surrounding the origins of Saint Patrick’s Day are mostly untrue, what better way to honor the man who, according to legend, drove the snakes out of Ireland than by getting drunk and driving all the self-respecting women off the streets? JK we’re sure you’re absolutely charming. It’s Friday Favorites 47.
House | Jack Beats – Knock You Down (Major Lazer vs Jack Beats Remix) [Free Download]
This tribal-tinged heater has been out for a few months, but I took renewed interest in it after hearing it again in Jack Beats’ upcoming FABRICLIVE.74 mix compilation. Download it free off Jack Beats’ SoundCloud.
Nu Disco | Lenny Kiser – Shakedown (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Rising San Francisco DJ/producer Lenny Kiser whipped up this succulent slice of slow nu disco about a week ago, and if it was a tape, I’d have worn it out by now. Kiser effortlessly weaves together an irresistible groove topped off with sassy vocals and surgical placement one of the most recognizable samples in all of hip hop. Download your free copy here.
Minimal | Plastikman – Disconnect (Extended Mix) [Minus]
I know I’m a decade or two late when it comes to Plastikman, but as the saying goes, better late than never! Hypnotic, expansive, and wildly psychedelic, this is 112 BPM of unsullied experimental goodness by the master himself, Richie Hawtin. For a track that is nearly 11 years old, it still feels remarkably contemporary and groundbreaking and on first listen, I’ll admit that I had never heard anything quite like it. Genius.
House | Chris Malinchak – If U Got It (Mark Knight Remix) [Toolroom]
Summer isn’t far off now, and what better way to get in the mood than with some soulful house music. Chris Malinchak’s If U Want It was a house anthem to begin with, but the remix from Mark Knight really shifts things up a gear. The brilliantly pitch-shifted vocal along with a groove that just screams “beach” has been floating around since January, but now opens Toolroom’s Miami 2014 compilation. Whether you’re planning parties on South Beach during Miami Music Week, a daytime set on the shores of Ibiza, or even an illegal rave in a field, this is one of those must-play tracks that will get everyone moving.
Indie & Beats | DJ DJ Booth – C U L8r (Original Mix) [Activia Benz]
Now, I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade (or Recess, as the case may be), but if you ask me, DJ DJ Booth is responsible for the most exciting new release this week. Where previous tracks we’ve heard from this mysterious character seemed to be aiming at least indirectly at house music, C U L8r finds him more closely aligned with the as-yet-unclassified style of peers like Slugabed and Saint Pepsi. The tune is part of the Activia Frenz Vol. 1 compilation, set for release on March 17 via Activia Benz.
House | Amtrac feat. Posso – Don’t Know (Original Mix) [Free Download]
Amtrac has been steadily gaining a ton of recognition with his cool super cool ’90’s house vibes and crisp beats. He’s been at it for quite some time and it’s great to see him gain the recognition and billings that he deserves (playing Ultra Music Festival for the first time this year, back to back with Jack Beats at the OWSLA Good Times Miami Music Week show, and at the Kaskade Redux Miami Music Week show to name a few). Somehow in between all of his shows he’s found a way to produce another classic sounding house track with Posso and like many of his other originals is giving it out as a free download.
Trance | London Grammar – Hey Now (Arty Remix) [Ministry of Sound]
Arty’s roots in progressive trance are very well expressed in his blissful remix of Hey Now by London Grammar. Rather than making a big room banger out of this tune, like some other producers would, he instead matched Hannah’s angelic voice in the original with deep hitting emotions with a smooth rhythm, deep dwelling basslines, and powerfully emotive pads and melodies. Hannah’s angelic voice sure gives me goosebumps in this remix. Download it here off Beatport
Pop/Dance | Ace of Base – All That She Wants (Self Help & Tanner Re-Twerk) [Free Download]
Remixing a classic is no small feat, but Self Help and Tanner make it sound effortless with their incredibly funky and twerk-friendly spin on Ace of Base’s legendary song. The track debuted on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends show and features plenty of moombahton-inspired horns and booty-bumping beats in typical Mad Decent fashion. Grab a free copy here.
Progressive House | Felix Cartal feat. Chloe Angelides – Ready For Love [Dim Mak]
Felix Cartal’s newest song called Ready For Love, out on Dim Mak Records, features the beautiful vocal stylings of Chloe Angelides and marks a notable move away from his harder electro/techno roots. Over the course of his career, Cartal has slowly gravitated to the more mainstream stylings of progressive house, and this track is yet another step in that direction. Whether you’re an old Felix fan or a new one, the entire song, from the melody to the chord progression, will evoke strong emotions from anyone looking for euphoria on the dance floor. The track is available for pre-order on iTunes now and will be available for purchase on March 18.
Electro House | Indiana – Solo Dancing (Chris Lake Remix) [Sony]
UK house producer Chris Lake serves as Indiana’s dance partner with his new remix of Solo Dancing. Already one of my favorite new artists of the year, I didn’t think it was possible to enjoy Indiana’s Solo Dancing any more than I already do. Lake gives Indiana’s soul-infused, mesmerizing melodies an electrifying makeover with an extra shock of synth and an explosive drop that takes Solo Dancing to the next level. Chris Lake’s remix of Solo Dancing will appear on Indiana’s EP of the same name, out April 20 via Sony.