Last Friday, London by way of Edinburgh producer, Barry Can’t Swim blessed the world with a stunning two-part gift in the form of two stellar electronic tracks. The lead track, “What You Mean To Me” is an instant house treasure, led by palpitating synths and an irresistible urge to dance your through emotions. The second, “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” is a jazzy delight, that just oozes class – in the dreamiest of ways- out of every direction. Although both tracks are different, they couldn’t be any more perfect together – after all, they do say opposites attract. Stream the tracks below or head on over to your favorite platform.
DJ Mag is launching a new web based series called ‘Crate Diggin” and first up is the French disco connoisseur of good vibes, Folamour. For this first episode, Folamour visits Chez Emile Records in Lyon and spends 30 minutes digging through some of his favorites. For those of you unfamiliar with Folamour, his February 2019 ‘Ordinary Drugs’ is a huge favorite of ours, so it’s no surprise that some of his choices are delightful. Shout out to DJ mag for allowing us to escape for moment.
The LA based duo Classixx dropped a track in collaboration with none other than German musician and producer Roosevelt on vocals. “Hoping it provides a brief moment of levity today, ” Classixx announced and it’s clear that for us, it did more than just that. This is the kind of track that paints a picture of the sort of sunny southern California carefree lifestyle people around the world dream of, and for the moment, even we Californians are dreaming of too. With summer right around the corner, we hope this track and it’s bassline, provide the soundtrack the the kind of normalcy we’re all aching to get back to. In the meantime, this Spring vibes for us.
It’s a new year, a new decade and Parisian Fashion house Kitsuné Maison‘s music division, Kitsuné Musique, dropped a delightfully colorful 15 track compilation today to lighten up the mood. It’s filled to the brim with some of the best recent music to come out of France through the eyes of the iconic label. Some of the stand out tracks for us include, “Mangrove” by Toukan Toukan, “Kawabunga!” by SuperParka, “Impermeable” by Violette Fleur Bleue, and “Sur ma bossa” by Courrier Sud. The release also features tracks from Ehla, Matveï, Pas Sages, BRÖ, Fang The Great, Joanna, Fils Cara, Violette Fleur Bleue, CMOU, Première Fois, HATT and Degree. This is “French Touch” in 2020.
The New Zealand-born, South London, Peckham-based brothers known as Chaos in the CBD unleashed an exquisitely crafted mix for BBC Raadio 1 yesterday that, with a lot of the free time that has opened up for a lot of us, absolutely could not have dropped at a better time. What we love about mixes is you can throw them on in the background of whatever you’re doing and let the tracks that will pop out at you, do so and grab your attention naturally. They’re also the perfect way to set a mood that flows without any interruptions and this is one you won’t want to miss. If you didn’t get a chance to catch them here in LA, or anywhere else the world recently, now’s your chance to get close and personal with them for 2 hours. Your move.
UK based Shall Not Fade blessed us with a thunderous remix from Computer Data for Earth Trax‘s “I’m Not Afraid” on Friday. The remix breathes a healthy dose of hypnotic house into the original, and leaves us with an uplifting and emotive message almost tailored for the times: “I’m Not Afraid”. Of course, while one should not give in to the panic of the current pandemic, it’s important to take it seriously and practice caution, since we, as the human race, are not invincible. The remix is part of a larger EP that also features remixes of the track from EJECA and 1-800 GIRLS. You can stream snippets of the the remixes below, with the Computer Data remix sandwiched between the other two.
‘Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication’ is the latest album to come from from French producer Matthieu Faubourg and it actually dropped at the end of last month. Its since acted as a great companion for us, for everything from practicing mindfulness, to driving long distances. Whether you’re simply working out at home, doing your daily yoga routine, or just want a soundtrack to keep you company and simmer in the background, while you read your favorite book, the ever changing arrangement of melodies should undoubtedly help keep you focused.
Truth be told we’ve been in the middle of a site redesign for the last few months. We weren’t planning on coming back until that happened, but we decided that since music is one of the few things everyone can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes during a time of social distancing, we didn’t want to take that from you. With that said, we wanted to make sure that our 2020 return was memorable and it looks like DJ Hoodboi made that possible for us. Sink your teeth into this masterfully crafted disco remix of Tame Impala‘s “Breathe Deeper”. If there’s a bassline that could save humanity from itself, we’re thinking this could very well could be it. So put your dancing shoes on and don’t be afraid to recreate that peak hour dance floor moment right in your living room, because after all, isn’t that what life’s about? Stay safe everyone. And well… musically informed. Maybe 2020 isn’t all bad.
Kraak & Smaak may seriously take the title for album of the year from us. The guys released ‘Pleasure Centre’ almost a month ago to the date and it hasn’t stopped playing since we hit the play button. It’s not often you get an album that’s back to back hits like this one. The album features an array of collaborations with vocalists across the spectrum but each is masterful, in not only retaining Kraak & Smaak’s vision, but in showing off their own flavor, and it’s all melded so perfectly. One of the stand out tracks is definitely “Sommeron” which displays the sort of laid -back-cool you’re eternally chasing. Check out the track for the hook, but entire album is an absolute music.
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After a brief hiatus, we’re back to our regular programming. To kick things off, we’re shinning the spotlight on the debut album from Douze which dropped this past Friday. The new release from the Parisian producer is far from the first time hypnotized us (you can check out our premiere for his collab with Magnus “Out of My Head” here). This time, with just 8 tracks he’s managed to keep us enthralled from beginning to end. The standouts for us are “Remains” and “Red Led” which you can stream below, but you want to take the whole thing for a ride. We promise it’s work the effort.