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It’s Friday Favorites 96.
Indie/Booty Bass | TWWTH – Naomi XX (Original Mix) [Signal Life]
This track released in January 2014 and flew far under most people’s radars (including my own), but I’m quite glad I’ve caught wind of it now. Swedish artist TWWTH (pronounced “Teeth”) has a sound Teki Latex has referred to as “Northern light-induced-clap-trap-house,” and honestly that’s about the best description we can think of for this ever-changing, street smart track. Vocal sample comes courtesy of Brandy’s Best Friend. Get it here.
Drum & Bass | Spor – If You Cry (Original Mix) [Sotto Voce]
The melody is what gets me here, halfway deep in Spor’s resurrective onslaught of D&B in Caligo at track five, If You Cry. I’m betting the second half of that sentence is “… he’ll just beat on your ass harder.” Pick up the entire album here in a pay-what-you-want system, and good luck putting a price on having dude back in action.
Techno | Solomun – Medea (Paprocki Rejig)
Toronto native and my boy Andrew Paprocki delivers a deep, moody rework of Solomun’s Medea that oozes dark vibes and features an irresistibly groovy rhythm. From its atmospheric opening to its alluring builds and breaks, there’s more than enough to get your afterparty going. Grab the free download here.
Tech House | Justin Martin – Just Escape (Justin Martin Dub Remix) [Aus]
Deep, techy, and very, very chilled is the best way to describe this offering from Justin Martin. Part of his Just Escape EP, this is the dub mix of the title track. It’s a bit more club-friendly than the original, but it’s still laid-back enough to relax with at home. The other offerings on this four-track EP are well worth checking out too, so grab your copy now.
House/Indie/Beats | Twin Shadow – Old Love / New Love (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Before it arrives on Twin Shadow’s forthcoming LP Eclipse, Old Love / New Love receives a driving dance remix from Armand Van Helden. Most fans will recognize Old Love / New Love from Grand Theft Auto V where the track was first featured. Van Helden brings the song into house territory, injecting bouncing piano pieces and pulsing beats into Twin Shadow’s soulful vocals. Check out the remix, and pick up Twin Shadow’s Eclipse March 16 on iTunes here.
Electronica | Maribou State – Rituals [Counter]
The fact that it took me nearly ten minutes to attempt to decide what genre this song belongs to attests to its brilliance. British duo Chris Davids and Liam Ivory have created a track that is so rich and refined, it can be categorized as none other than a musical work of art–very well-depicted by its own artwork. Rituals will be featured on Maribou State’s debut album Portraits, set for a June 1 release via Counter Records. Catch the single on Beatport here.
Pop / Dance | White Shadows – Give Up Give Out Give In (Original Mix)
Give Up Give Out Give In is the first track from White Shadows, which is the collaborative effort of Craig Nicholls of The Vines and Nick Littlemore of Empire Of The Sun. The track screams Empire Of The Sun, with its soaring atmospherics and overwhelming feeling of euphoria. There is no word yet if the two plan to tour as White Shadows, especially since Littlemore will be working on his other band PNAU’s sixth album, but you can follow their newly minted SoundCloud for more news here.
Trance | The End (Aruna vs Husman Club Mix) [Enhanced]
For the first time, Aruna tries her hand at co-producing one of her own tracks, resulting in a song that reminds me of Tritonal. Having spent a year facing health challenges, Aruna Abrams holds nothing back in her powerful vocal performance. The song’s poignant lyrics are sung with an undeniable passion and zest for life. Despite its title, I’m sure this isn’t “The End” for Abrams, and I can’t wait to hear what she delivers next. You can keep up with her on SoundCloud here, and pick up the track on Beatport.
Dubstep | Silkie – Limits (Original Mix) [Wheel & Deal]
Silkie is one of those producers that simply understands melody and rhythm and how they’re supposed to work together. His track Limits was part of last year’s Bird In the Sky EP on UK imprint Wheel & Deal Records, and deserves high praise for its irresistibly original vibes. One part R&B, one part dubstep, and one part amazing, Limits conveys a sense of resolution with thoughtful melodic progressions. The calm, resolving nature of each phrase is accented by the superb sound design. The last time I wrote up a Silkie song for Friday Favorites was when we debuted the series–a very special moment for LessThan3. Silkie is just in his own lane at the moment–incomparable. Pick up Limits here on Beatport.