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Brand Spanking New

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This past weekend marked another full loop around the sun for me, and with a little help from my friends and fam and good music, I’m thankfully feeling brand spankin new! Got a full 3 days of celebrating in, including a nice overnight getaway to Joshua Tree for some wavy times around the campfire. Today’s batch of tunes should provide you with a nice balance of feel-good, head-nod, trip-out, and the obligatory touch of grime.

Pharrell :       Happy (NEUS Remix) &       Brand New ft. Justin Timberlake
this French electro house producer absolutely slayed skateboard P’s blissed out smash with some punchy funk, and how come more people aren’t playing this other song from GIRL?!? There’s also a nice reggae-ish cut with Alicia Keys on there that I’m not mad at.

Jaytee :       Thank You Remix ( Busta Rhymes x Q-tip x Alicia Myers )
this funky Aussie might snap your neck with his flip of this recent meeting of the minds (minus the Kanye). Always loved the Alicia Myers original…

Bondax :       Giving It All
poppy house vibes with a fish-hook chorus that won’t let go after one little nibble.

Cut Copy :       We Are Explorers
new new wave meistros do what they do best on this one.

Sharam Jey & Sirus Hood :       Picture Picture
cowbell heavy club stuff that makes the people bounce.

Duke Dumont ft. A*M*E :       Need U (100%)
deeper harder stronger late night house from Mr. Dumont

JD Samson & MEN :       Club Thang
another subversive banger from some perennial badasses

Shit Robot :       We Got A Love ft. Reggie Watts
get over the band name and lose yourself in the late night glory of this collabo with the talented Mr. Watts

Satin Jackets :       You Make Me Feel Good
shout out to regular reader Dangerscouse for the heads up on this one. Pure sunrise gold!

SBTRKT :       Resolute
while I have been underwhelmed by most of what I’ve heard by this guy since the self-titled album (with expectations that were undoubtedly set very high), there’s some beats on this new ep that are definitely making me want to hear more of the good good.

 

  • @passa_parola

    This HAPPY remix quite literally just made my life #wetdream #killinIT

  • zak

    First off let me say that you guys have been powering the dance party in my house since the days of captains crates.
    I too am surprised at the lack of shine the rest of the GIRL album is getting. My fav is “It Girl”. feel like he used a MF DOOM style of production on there with the cut off decay on the snare. Keep up the good work guys

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The Only Thing That’s Real

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Just brought a new bundle of joy into my life in the form of a 5-month old puppy. Been a pretty busy week of dog treats, pet shops, rabies vaccines, and chew toys, but it’s all more than worth it to have this lil guy smiling and prancing around in the backyard. Lots of new tunes this week, but I think the Aloe Blacc / Pharrell collabo sums up most accurately where I’m at. Love is a real thing, that much I know. More of a mellow, late night, moody playlist overall this week, but it could also be a very appropriate soundtrack to lovemaking… so have fun.

Aloe Blacc :       Love Is The Answer collabo with the perpetually funky Pharrell from his new EP (Avicii smash notably absent).

Victor Démé :       Djon Maya (Synapson Remix) mid-tempo soulful french folk house. Check more of his work here.

Sango ft. SPZRKT :       Middle Of Things (J Boogie Edit) Sango been killin lately, but my homie J Boogie just took this tune right into the pocket.

Phenomenal Handclap Band :       The Written Word (Dee & Kenan's TBA Remix) nice psyched out head nod version from this NYC crew

John Wizards :       Lusaka By Night South African lo-fi trippiness gets a double thumbs up from me

MØ Ft. Diplo :       XXX 88 interesting foray into triumphant dark pop hop. Kinda sounds like a mix of Santigold & Lykke Li over a trap beat. Not mad at this.

Autre Ne Veut :       Counting pretty out there, hazy white-boy crooning over jittery electronic beats

Banks :       This Is What It Feels Like loving everything I hear from this girl right now, especially this one produced by Jamie Woon.

London Grammar :       Stay Awake &       High Life discovered this group on the Disclosure album, can’t say I’m crazy about their whole debut album, but these tunes an a few others are definitely doin it for me.

Dirg Gerner :       Before It's Over &       Got Your Back more soulful slinky beat insanity from the highly reliable Eglo label.

Myron & E :       I Can't Let You Get Away new retro soul duo on the Stonesthrow label comes super correct on this one which I discovered when they played it live on KCRW

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Hello Summer

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I know I’ve been bouncing around a lot lately (Hawaii, Oregon, Chicago, San Francisco & Asia since January), but the trip I embark on today is different. Entirely non-work related. Unplugging completely. Gonna be sleeping in a tent on the beach actually. Focussing all my energy on surfing, snorkeling and eating tacos with good friends for the next 7 days. Haven’t been to Mexico since I was a teenager, so I’m very much looking forward to it. It’s my way of properly acknowledging a major transition and stepping forward into Summer on the good foot. No doubt I’ll be soaking up plenty of inspiration for new tunes along the way. I put together this super sunny playlist of tracks I’m feeling right now to help spread the early summer vibes.

Robin Thicke :       Blurred Lines ft. T.I. & Pharrell
I know it’s pop as all hell, but this is too good to snooze on. Major jacking of Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up”, but you won’t hear me complaining.

Laura Mvula :       Green Garden (Osage Remix)
better than the remix I was going to make. So so good.

Andrea Calabrese :       Africa Intense (Bress Mix)

Juice, Mess & Simone Farina :       Corazon (Fanelli Farina Mix)
shout to DJ Cato for this heater

Machel Montano :       Vibes Cyah Done (Jus Now Remix)
shout to DJ Nadi for this future soca bomb

Bunji Garlin ft. Nigel Rojas :       Differentology

Dub Gabriel :       My Gun (Shotnez Remix)

Popcaan :       Raving

Dieze Tigrona :       Prostituto ft. Jaloo
sweetest sounding trap-baile-funk ode to a hooker ever recorded

Mop Mop :       Kamakumba &       Phantom Of The Panther
shout out to Dangerscouse for the heads up

The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band :       Pimp
and big up my man Soul Cocina who turned me onto this