Fridays need tunes. Tune up your Friday with Friday Favorites 76.
Chill Trap/R&B | Jhene Aiko feat. Cocaine 80s – To Love & Die [Def Jam]
After years of working in the industry, LA singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko has finally released her first official album, Souled Out. One of the tracks on the album immediately caught my ear–the sexy and ethereal To Love & Die, featuring production from The Fisticuffs and a guest appearance by Cocaine 80s. Pick up the deluxe version of Souled Out here.
Glitch Hop | TheFatRat – Unity [Free Download]
LA’s TheFatRat is back in action, and he invites you to feast with him on his latest free offering, a funk-filled glitch hop treat candy-coated in sweet, sweet 8-bit nostalgia. Huge percussive work, a clean melody, and smart use of the mouse-like vocals make Unity a delicious free snack for funk scavengers. Grab the download here.
House | Gorgon City feat. Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (Original Mix) [Virgin/EMI]
When it dropped earlier this week, I think I must have listened to Gorgon City‘s Go All Night about five times that day alone. The fifth single off their upcoming album, Go All Night, features Jennifer Hudson, whose beautiful vocals carry the track into a deep and dancey drop. This is an awesome and explosive dance track that you simply should not miss.
Progressive House | Richard Knott – Push (Original Mix) [Free Download]|
I stumbled upon little-known London producer Richard Knott in my hunt for all things Eric Prydz-related, and am I ever glad I did–the dude might just be the English version of our Swedish savant. Push is a seven-minute journey of epic proportions that features intricate arpeggios, magical melodies, and a booming bassline. It’s but one of several free downloads Richie has made available on his SoundCloud page, all of which you can grab here. EPIC 4.0 anyone?
Trance | Jordan Suckley – Elation (Original Mix) [Damaged]
Jordan Suckley’s Damaged label is quickly becoming a go-to source for high-energy uplifting trance, and their latest release, courtesy of the man himself, is no exception. Elation does exactly what it says on the tin, an excellent example of how some big saw riffs and a fast-paced bassline can really get the adrenaline flowing. Grab it here.
Indie/Beats | Disclosure – Latch (alt-J Cover)
In 2012, alt-J released their Mercury Prize-winning debut album An Awesome Wave, while brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence (aka Disclosure) dropped their sensational Sam Smith collaboration Latch. alt-J recently gave a nod to their UK counterparts when they covered Latch for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Frontman Joe Newman takes on the task of emulating Smith’s vocals and nails it with his own signature twist. Newman’s vocal arrangement is perfectly blended with synth-master Gus Unger-Hamilton’s piano-driven accompaniment and drummer Thom Green’s murky mix of sluggish samples and subdued beats.
Deep House | José González – Heartbeats (Filous & Mount Remix)
When you take The Knife’s legendary Heartbeats, cover it with José González’ flawless voice, and throw in a contagious beat by budding melodic deep house producers Filous and Mount, I can guarantee that the product will be nothing short of pure magic. With all of these unrelated but equally wonderful elements combined into one, this tune is not only my Friday Favorite, but has quickly become a lifelong favorite. If you’re on the same page, cop your free download here.
Indie/Beats | Lontalius – Yr Heart Is Beating (PVNDV Remix)
After your Friday night turn-up, everyone needs a little quality chill time to rest off that hangover. The perfect soundtrack to that downtime? PVNDV‘s remix of Lontalius‘ Yr Heart Is Beating. Coming in with a hypnotic vocal line that sounds like a less poppy Owl City, PVNDV’s rework is a gorgeously constructed track whose warm vibes resonate deep within. Even better, PVNDV is giving this one away as a free download here.
Trance | Aly & Fila – White Wave [Armada]
Now this is pure trance! I’ve been excitedly waiting for the new album by Aly & Fila titled The Other Shore, and it’s finally out today on Armada. The track that got me most hyped for the Egyptian duo’s new LP is White Wave. The drum percussion is crisp, the basslines are driving, and the epic string synths are true to the genre’s roots. Also, its climax is absolutely massive–I really hope to hear it live one day. Pick it up on Beatport here.