On Dec. 5, 1791, in Vienna, Austria, we lost one of the world’s greatest musicians, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the tender age of 35. In honor of the prolific and influential composer, we present to you our own list of modern-day talents: Friday Favorites 85!
Jungle Terror/Trap | 4B & Fight Clvb – Maga (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
Jersey DJ 4B teamed up with New York trio Fight Clvb for this short-but-sweet tribal banger Maga, released back in November on Dim Mak. It’s rare that a dance track can fit in as many unique elements in two minutes and fifty seconds as this one does and still feel cohesive–it includes distinct influences from jungle terror, jersey club, and trap. Grab it here.
House | Soul II Soul – Back To Life (KLATCH’s Back To Reality Remix) [Free Download]
Newcomer KLATCH made his SoundCloud debut alongside tropical house’s resident gangster rap expert SNBRN in their collaborative Ace of Base remix. The promising producer uploaded his first solo piece in mid-November, a bouncy house remix of Soul II Soul’s Back to Life. Watch KLATCH here, and pick up a free copy of the remix here.
Progressive House | Pryda – You (Interlude) + Pjanoo (Eric’s Intro Edit)
Prydz‘ prodigious progressive production powers are pure, primal, and palpably passionate past predictable possibilities of plain-vanilla pretenders, proudly painting a pleasant and poignant portrait of prog’s premier producer. Phew.
Deep House | EDX – Collateral Effects (Original Mix) [Enormous]|
EDX tops off the year with another feel good anthem, this time in the shape of Collateral Effects. As usual from EDX, it would be suited more towards a cool summer’s evening, but I suppose it’s something to get you through the cold winter’s nights, especially here in the UK! Get it now on Beatport.
House | Luca C & Brigante feat. Roisin Murphy – Invisions (Luke Solomon Body Vocal Mix)
London duo Luca C & Brigante have teamed up with singer Roisin Murphy once again for their latest single. After seeing success with their hit Flash of Light, the trio mark their comeback with a blaring Italo house number, Invisions. Set to be released as a single, Invisions will also include remixes from Luke Solomon and Jamie Jones. Solomon’s arrives this week–delivering a driving dance mix with a smooth groove and an extended, albeit eloquent, electronic arrangement. Invisions is out Dec. 8 via Hot Creations.
Indie/Beats | Spoon – Inside Out (Tycho Remix)
As if I didn’t love Spoon’s Inside Out enough in its original form, the obsession reached prodigious heights when I discovered that the magnificent Tycho had remixed it. With Scott Hansen’s signature subtle production techniques, a solid indie rock tune is transformed into an ambient masterpiece that will instantly catapult you into a musical dream world. You can stream it via SoundCloud here.
Indie/R&B | Shy Girls – Renegade (Original Mix)
Shy Girls‘ debut EP Timeshare was one of last year’s sexiest releases, and now the Portland artist makes his return with the new single Renegade. Oozing with luscious, The Weeknd-esque vibes, the track represents a darker and more tantalizing sound than previous Shy Girls material through the use of deep, rolling bass and looming percussion. No word on the track’s release date yet, but in the meantime check out more from Shy Girls on SoundCloud.
R&B/Deep House | Louie Fresco – New Hateration (MK Remix)
“Let’s get it percolatin’, while you’re waitin’, so just dance for me!” Those lyrics bring back nostalgic memories of Family Affair by Mary J. Blige. It’s one of the most loved R&B anthems out there. MK brought back those classic club vibes with his funky remix of New Hateration by Louie Fresco. It’s so catchy that I can keep this on repeat for quite a awhile. Download it other remixes here on Beatport.
Indie Beats/House | Melanie Martinez – Carousel (Eric Sharp Radio Mix)
I have always had a soft spot for Eric Sharp’s productions. He is a house aficionado and respected guru among any DJ hoping to emulate his impressive career opening for big-name acts. For his latest remix he has taken the breathy vocals of Melanie Martinez’s Carousel and paired them alongside soaring atmospherics and a low resonating rhythm. The remix reminds me of an updated version of Massive Attack’s Paradise Circus, especially Martinez’s vocals and their uncanny similarity to Hope Sandoval’s voice.
Deep House | MOZE – Beth [Free Download]
**SPOILER ALERT** It’s been a rough week for Walking Dead fans around the country and DJ/producer MOZE seems to have been particularly moved. The past week’s episode saw yet another fan favorite meet a gruesome ending. In a delicately beautiful and appropriately named arrangement, MOZE pays tribute to the latest victim of the post-apocalyptic world. The tune reflects both the dark and light realms of deep house in a finely blended fashion. Grab the free download here.