Midnight Music: Bondax ft. Ayah Marar – Dust Funk [Funky House]

This is a match made in UK heaven. Bondax got my girl Ayah Marar to lead this new, sophisticated, funky sexy house track they’ve got out on their new Mix Album. While Ayah usually gets into some ravier, drum & bassier sounds, she’s still a Triple A vocalist that makes the back end Bondax comes through with wurk. For real girl, this is one of those “walk confidently in potent heels” kind of tracks that you associate with good looking people working/drinking/living in high rise buildings that have fancy floor to ceiling windows. It doesn’t get too crazy and the vocals stay where they need to stay, while an almost whipping around you like wind downtown. Dust Funk is a cool song that I hope to hear at cool parties. (via Fresh New Tracks)

Save Tonight Remix! Eagle Eye Cherry Alert!

Eagle Eye Cherry - Louis Vivet - Save Tonight (Feat. Gavrielle & Nick Goldston)So, this is kind of amazing. I don’t know who was drinking what absinthe to get the idea to do this reworking, but Louis Vivet, Gavrielle & Nick Goldston have gotten me to do the impossible: want to listen to Eagle Eye Cherry. This crazy 90’s throwback is given a fun little bounce and some reimagined vocals. I know it’s kind of wacky, but I think this would kind of work especially in one of those currently awakening Australian festival sets. This kind of Spring/Summer vibe that Kygo exploits to a sublime degree makes the 1997 hit work. I’d love to hear what people think of it who have never heard the original, as that would be an entirely different experience. Do you think it works?

Mix Of The Week: Le-Saint-T – Mixtape Afterwork Electro Posé x Le Saint T x TEEMID

Mixtape Afterwork Electro Posé x Le Saint T x TEEMIDIn the first 30 seconds, I knew this mix was special. This hour of sexy, deep house from Le-Saint-T the Electro Pose in France shows why you really can’t fuck with the French when it comes this kind of vibe. This mix is quality start to finish, and this Le-Saint-T is now officially on my radar. The mix keeps the pregaming energies up, and would provide a hot & alluring soundtrack to a hotel room micro party in case you’re into that sort of thing. The vibe coming from Timberlake, Thicke & Barkley remixes melds with a dash or two of tropical, a heavy dollop of deep & a whole lot of positivity. TEEMID is featured and does some fantastic work here. This is such a fantastic mix and the tracklist is below, in case you want to do what I did and go listen to each one of these separately after.

Crazy (TEEMID Intro) – Gnarls Barkley
Alicia – Darius
Rock your body (Notize Edition) – Justin Timberlake
Groovejet (Andrey Exx & Fomichev Remix) – Lissat & Voltaxx vs Marc Fisher
What – Fabich & Ferdinand Weber
Perlenklang (Original Mix) – Sonnentänzer feat. Novocaine
Boy Boy Boy – Andhim
Little Bird (Original Mix) – Lexer
Alive (Gold Fields Remix) – Empire of the Sun
The Fear (Matt Elation Cut) – Marcapasos
Jolene (GAMPER & DADONI Remix) – Dolly Parton
Only Girl In The World (TEEMID & Makeda Purple Cover) – Rihanna
Sonoro (Original Mix) – Paji
Blurred Lines (Bee’s Knees Remix) – Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell Williams

I Miss Classic deadmau5.

In case you missed it, deadmau5 mentioned someone who let a half-baked old school melody of his drip out onto YouTube. This is one of those tracks that made you fall in love with Joel. The ebb and flow of the synth is irrepressible. A track like this reminds us of what Strobe & I Remember used to do when they hit sets across North America. This is a reminder of an earlier time, one where Big Room wasn’t the unassailable behemoth it is, and Martin Garrix was still in…elementary school? Put this track in your face and let it bring you back to a less ADHD world, i.e. one where Joel isn’t stressed. It’s a great one, and one I’d love to see more often. (via EDMTunes)

Midnight Music: Fairchild – Stay Young (Midnight Mix)

FAIRCHILD - Stay Young (Midnight Mix)I feel like tunes that sound like this wouldn’t have happened if music/band development didn’t happen exactly the way it did. This alt band from down under makes the best of so many influences. Rock, indie, lo-fi, EDM and a bunch of jam feels come together in a cinematic way. This really does make me hope there’s a One Tree Hill or Daria inspired network show that can pick up this mix to use at least a couple of times a season. The “triumph” vibe from it is strong, with the composition & synth chops to match. This is great work, with a great remix, Midnight, layering on top of it even more competence. (via Stoney Roads)

Alvin & The Chipmunks Sing Phil Collins. Surprisingly Compelling.

Two things. Who the hell was so high that they decided to run a LIVE (like, with crowd screaming) version of In The Air Tonight through a whole bunch of wacky synths & plug-ins to make it sound like the Chipmunks? And secondly, perhaps more compellingly, who drew that crazy High School Chipmunk picture? Was there an Alvin High School show that I missed out on? Why are the Chipettes (was that even a thing?) wearing tiny skirts? Why is this a thing?!

Thank you. You may now return to your day.

Friday Hip Hop Quartet

The Sun kicks us off with some impressive flow and keeps the energy up. The beats underneath supports the vocals perfectly and the chorus gives us an classic funky vibe that I’m a huge fan of. NicX & 6LACK tag team excellently, which just keeps the track’s pacing where it needs to be.

Nothing Personal by Jbre & Dougie Kent ft. SaneBeats is a menacing, massive track that reminds me of Bone Thugz & Harmony, brought into the world of 2014. This is almost anthem hip hop, with a dark undercurrent that almost makes me think it’s going to bust into a Linkin Park breakdown. It stays on point and keeps pushing the bass and solid vocals into your face throughout. Don’t miss this one.

 Chance the Rapper makes me so happy. This guy needs to get recognized so hard that he spawns an entire sub-genre of hip hop. Sunday Candy feels like there’s a choir behind it, with a broken beat swimming through Chance’s jaw-dropping flow. If you’ve never heard Chance The Rapper before, I’m legitimately jealous that you get to discover him for the first time. Premiered on This Song Is Sick, if this is any indication of what the album is going to sound like, I’m a happy, happy man. He just shows up on this track by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, and he’s still my favorite part.

 Rounding out the quartet is some thoughtful lyrical work by King Terry. This pulls powerfully into spoken word hip hop, and the stream of consciousness story is real and brutal. This kind of post-gangsta flow is exactly what I like to hear because it’s critical for the evolution of the genre. King Terry does great work here and has developed a massive fan base. Don’t be late to his train, or any of the artists featured here.

Midnight Music: Hybrid Minds – Summer Rain [Liquid]

Hybrid Minds does wonderful, wonderful things when it comes to drum & bass. They consistently kill it in the liquid space, in a triumphant, symphonic way over and over. This track is no exception. The meditative kick drums & the bassline melt into the vocals that shine through the darkness. Summer Rain is another proof that Liquid can be bursting with feels as it were. It’s hard to describe how different this sounds comparable to what most people think of in their heads when you say “drum & bass” and I think that’s to the genre’s detriment. This is the stuff that people should be introducing the genre to their friends using, maybe saving the gas mask & camouflage hoodie music for a little later in their listening career. If you want to patronize the Hybrid Minds soundcloud instead of the Liquicity YouTube, that’s below as well. I’m all into this track, and since it’s from 2012, this officially counts as throwback thursday. Happy Turkey Day y’all, groove in your gluttony to this 😀

Playlist: Thanksgiving, 1999 [Indie Rock/ Lo-Fi]

This is wonderful. Brian Jonestown Massacre, Superchunk, Elf Power, Quasi and so much teenage angst it may drip from you speakers. I really will just let the playlist speak for itself.

Imagine you’re a college freshman in 1999, home for Thanksgiving, and you run into a cute girl from your class while out buying smokes at the 7-11, you two talk and hang out, and you put this mix on in the car while you both bitch about how lame your parents are. You might make out, but probably won’t because you’re kind of full from gross Thanksgiving food and so not in the mood, but you’ll call her the next day and probably will make out then.

If you’re not at least 29, this playlist probably sounds horrible and you have no idea what I’m talking about, but don’t worry, it’s all good. You’ll get there one day 😀