Yes, tonight is Friday the 13th. So don’t go out and break the bank on your valentine just yet, cause you never know who’s gonna show up and TEAR THEIR ARMS OFF! Just kidding. Let’s listen to some music. It’s
Friday Favorites 95.
Disco/Dance | Bright Light Social Hour – Infinite Cities (Francis Preve Remix) [Frenchkiss]
I first met Shreddward, keyboardist/synth guru for The Bright Light Social Hour, down in Austin for SXSW a couple years ago, and we instantly clicked. Then, when I met the rest of his bandmates and watched them perform–five times in one week–we connected on a whole new level. These guys represent an incredibly accessible sound that combines many different rock influences with more experimental synth work and modern electronic music production techniques. Their upcoming album, Space Is Still The Place, is a serious head-turner, sure to put them even more on the map–as if playing major festivals like Lollapalooza, Hangout, and Wakarusa wasn’t enough. To add to the appeal, they’ve brought on the producer Jedi himself, Francis Preve, to create a radio-ready dance remix. The future is quite bright, indeed.
Funk house | Kolombo – Feel It [Free Download]
The Lou Lou boss man and his stylish beats are back in my favorites once again, this time thanks to his latest freebie Feel It. Kolombo combines a throwback acid lead with his ever satisfying vocal sampling and calling-card cowbell for a simply made feel-good tune. Download here.
Techno | Extrawelt & Dominik Eulberg – A Little Further (Not On A Map) [Cocoon]
As the name suggests, this isn’t your typical audial adventure–A Little Further (Not On A Map) is truly an odyssey of the mind and a journey of the soul. The German triumvirate delivers an emotionally poignant mix of spiritual bass and impassioned synths, creating an extramundane mood and more layers than an onion (or an ogre). It’s a delicate-yet-danceable track for when the sun is beginning to come up, but the party is still going. Pick it up on Beatport here.
House | Alex Kenji – Chordz (Original Mix) [Hotfingers]
Another solid effort from Hotfingers’ head-honcho Alex Kenji, this time on his Chordz EP. The title track is a simple-yet-insanely groovy affair, with some solid rhythms and, ironically enough, some catchy chords. Kenji and the Hotfingers brand are flying the flag for Italian house music with tracks like this, so grab Chordz now from Beatport.
Indie/Beats | Chromatics – Just Like You
Originally scheduled for a pre-Valentine’s Day release, the new album from producer/artist Johnny Jewel’s Chromatics project, Dear Tommy, will now be released in March. The producer will also unveil “a single a week” until the album’s arrival. The first, Just Like You, is an airy synth ballad that sets a light and ethereal tone for the record. You can download Just Like You for free over on SoundCloud here.
Indie/Beats | Tribe Society – Stoner (Young Thug Reimagined) [Lokal Legend]
“Reimagined” couldn’t be a better description of this cover track–just listen to the original after you play this. It’s very evident that a highly skillful and innovative imagination was required to start with Young Thug’s hip hop/O.G. trap Stoner and end up with such a divergent and improved product. New York-based band Tribe Society display a blend of multi-instrumental indie/rock and soul with just a touch of the experimental and unexpected–just the way I like it. There is no download available just yet, but I’d definitely keep Tribe Society on your radar in the coming months.
Trap | NYMZ – Bing Bong 2.0 (Original Mix) [Free Download|
When producer NYMZ isn’t busy being the pug-side of trap duo Milo & Otis, he’s busy putting out his own tracks, the most recent of which is Bing Bong 2.0. NYMZ released the original Bing Bong on Mad Decent last year after almost two years of the track floating around as a free download, so it’s about time we got an updated version. Bing Bong 2.0 captures the bouncy trapness of the original while giving it a welcomed update that is sure to be a staple of shows in the near future. Grab the free download on the NYMZ SoundCloud page here.
Indie/beats | Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Ballad Of The Mighty I (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation)
You are probably more familiar with Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve than you realize. It is the side project of English producer Erol Alkan joined by Richard Norris. The duo has crafted a signature sound that’s like an ode to the psychedelic music of past decades. Their latest “re-animation” is of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ Ballad Of The Mighty I which, if you are unfamiliar with the band, is the ex-Oasis front man’s secondary project. One side project remixes another side project. How fitting. Find more of Beyond The Wizards Sleeve’s work here.
Progressive House | Arrient – Origins (Original Mix) [Free Download]
It’s a frozen tundra here in New York, and with WMC right around the corner, I’m searching for music that’ll make me feel warm. Fortunately for me, Arrient’s Origins is doing the trick. It has a tropical vibe to it, but no, it doesn’t sound anything like Kygo. This reminds me of old-school EDX and Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeach because of its classic, bouncy progressive house vibe. You can grab it here as a free download.