Psh… so this place claims that in their establishment, “it’s always Friday.” But I tried staying in there all weekend, you know, to make it stay Friday, but I got in a horrible fight with some janitors who said it wasn’t Friday anymore, burnt myself really bad trying to make poppers at 4 a.m., and was still fired from my job three Fridays later on Monday.
TGI Friday Favorites–93.
Borneo Bass | Jet Airess – Wok Enow [Free Download]
Mad Decent recently posted a brief article on the rise of Borneo bass, a genre hailing from the island of Borneo, Indonesia characterized by tribal rhythms and heavy percussion. One of the foremost purveyors of this sound is Jet Airess, a former flight attendant who quit her job to focus on music production, and boy are we glad she did. One listen to Wok Enow‘s frenetic chanting and rapid-fire percussion, and you will realize you’re hearing something unlike anything currently present in electronic music, and that’s exactly what the scene needs right now. Download the track for free here, and check out more of her music on her SoundCloud page.
G house | Vanilla Ace – The Beautiful In Us (The Beatangers Remix) [Cr2]
French G house OGs The Beatangers have been on a murderous spree of spraying down hit after hit with their vocal-peppered, bass-heavy funk house from Gwen Stefani to their own LouLou Records mate Nikitin. Next in their sights is the London-based Vanilla Ace and his purdy new piano house tune Beautiful In Us. Pick up the four-track EP here, which also includes a remix from Kulkid.
Techno | Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Ordinary (Lake People’s Circle Motive Remix) [Musik Gewinnt Freunde]|
Germany’s Martin Enke, aka Lake People, first popped onto my radar when Tale Of Us opened their recent Essential Mix with an unreleased song of his. Stunned by its beauty, I went in search for more and came across this 2012 remix. Seductively deep and slow-burning, the song is an intoxicating journey through various layers of twinkling synths, driving percussion, and mesmerizing melodies. Don’t let the song name fool you–this remix is far from ordinary. Pick it up on Beatport here.
Deep House | Eelke Kleijn – Mistakes I’ve Made (Philip George Remix) [Spinnin’]
I’ve been a fan of Eelke Kleijn since the wonderfully named Music In My Pants was released in 2010. More recently, I cited newcomer Philip George as one to watch since he smashed into the UK charts with his debut single, Wish You Were Mine. Philip is well on the way to proving he isn’t just a one-trick pony with his remix of Kleijn’s Mistakes I’ve Made. It’s a funky and soulful take on the original, with a super-catchy bassline and some mesmerizing synth-strings. Most importantly though, Philip once again shows his mastery of vocals, injecting a different level of emotion into the original performance. Grab Mistakes I’ve Made now from Beatport.
Indie/Beats | Emanative + Four Tet – Makondi
Four Tet, aka Kieren Hebden, has teamed up with Nick Woodmansey and UK collective Emanative in a brand new track for charity. The track, Makondi, will be featured on The Light Years Of The Darkness, a charity album for the Steve Reid Foundation, established in honor of the late jazz drummer. Makondi features a minimal drum and percussion piece from Woodmansey, with Hebden contributing a mesmerizing piano arrangement. An early download of the track comes with each pre-order of the album. You can pick it up over on Bandcamp here. The Light Years of The Darkness is out March 2.
Tropical House | NIHILS – Help Our Souls (FlicFlac Remix)
If you have the slightest interest in melodious house music, I urge you to get acquainted with FlicFlac immediately. Austrian duo Max Gain & Kevin Richi released their remix of NIHILS’ Help Our Souls on Jan. 20, and it’s oozing with the same tranquil, groovy vibes as the rest of their productions. Catch the free download here.
Indie/Beats | Whitney Houston – Fine (LeMarquis & FAB Remix) [Free Download]
LeMarquis released a killer remix of Ashanti’s Rock With U last month, and he’s taken on R&B’s timeless queen, Whitney Houston, for his latest with equally amazing results. Teaming up with FAB, French producer LeMarquis gives the track a bouncy, futuristic beat full of booming synths and funky bass. Amidst all the sound, he manages to perfectly layer Whitney’s vocals in the melody for a track that’s both inventive and nostalgic. Grab your free download here.
Nu Disco/Electro House | Henry Fong – Le Disco (Original Mix) [Banzai]
Henry Fong continues to put out massive festival-ready hits and has decided it’s time to create his own record label, Banzai, in an effort to have full creative control over his sound. His first release on the label is titled Le Disco and shows off a disco-infused sound that is different from most of his previous productions. Fong is giving away the label’s first release as a free download so head to his SoundCloud page to grab the track.
Nu Disco | Satin Jackets feat. Esser – Shine On You (Original Mix) [Eskimo]
Satin Jackets are back with a vengeance! Shine On You is as smooth as butter and has all of the qualities that made fans fall in love with their hit You Make Me Feel Good. It’s hard to discern what is more infectious on this one, the steamy vocals or subtle bongos in the background, but it all comes together beautifully. The track sees its official release Feb. 2 via Eskimo Recordings and comes with equally stunning remixes from Ben Macklin and Mighty Mouse.
Nu Disco | Lenno – Wake Up (Les Loups Remix) [Casablanca]
When historic music label Casablanca signs a release, there must be something really appealing about it. So is the case for Wake Up Remixed–a two-track remix EP featuring Maor Levi of Anjuna fame and an up-and-coming German trio called Les Loups. Originally produced by rising 19-year-old star Lenno, the remixes are nothing short of brilliant with Maor’s uplifiting prog retooling and Les Loups deep house/nu disco amalgamation. While both are amazing in their own right, it’s the magnetizing groove and sparkling textures of Les Loups’ version that cemented a place in my subconscious. Purchase the EP at Beatport here.