Luca Lush has been blowing up as of late with his unique take on future bass. This 3 track EP might be surprising to some, though, as Luca goes 4 to the floor with his beats. He brings the funk and soul with all three tracks, injecting that future bass feel over some house beats. I highly recommend checking it out and grabbing this EP over on Bandcamp. You can name your price, but remember Luca’s gotta pay his rent, too!
The Bingo’s got some big balls. Chris Bushnell, L.A. producer by way of Florida whose Travi$ Scott and Gent & Jawns remixes we covered earlier this year, is out for blood and it shows on his latest release on Dim Mak. The track, simply titled “Need,” is a banger that traces the fine line between big room and big house much like the more recent tracks we’ve been seeing from DJs like Chris Lake or EDX. And while Bushnell chooses to infuse his sound with a little more grime than we’re typically treated to on the pop-deep house or neo-house charts, it’s not the kind of garbage one would expect to hear at a fratty warehouse rave.
Instead, “Need” derives its flair from Chris Bushnell’s apparent love of UK garage and 2-step which, over the course of the past year or so, has been becoming increasingly present in his work as he begins to step away from his humble beginnings of a big room DJ and producer. This explains the deepened urge for complexity with each subsequent production of his; “Need,” in particular, has a wobbly bassline and kick-snare pattern that would make Hannah Wants and Chris Lorenzo go weak at the knees. Bushnell is the kind of producer that shows more and more of himself, his inspirations, and drive to mature with each new release and “Need” is no exception. You need this track.
Mr. Robot and Fight Club: semi-spoiler alert.
People lose their minds. It happens every day.
But when TV or movie characters go off the deep end, Hollywood often embellishes this common occurrence of life. Hollywood enhances mental illness by curating a soundtrack that represents instability. One song that has appeared multiple times on these “insanity soundtracks” is “Where is My Mind” by the band Pixies. After the unnamed protagonist of Fight Club kills his dissociated personality by shooting himself through the cheek, “Where is My Mind” plays as the protagonist and Marla watch the buildings containing credit card companies’ records explode. Here’s that ending scene from Fight Club:
USA Network’s Mr. Robot has striking similarities to Fight Club. Elliot, the hacker protagonist of Mr. Robot, is also delusional, and at the end of episode 9, Parisian pianist and composer Maxence Cyrin‘s cover of “Where is My Mind” is playing in the background. Both Maxence Cyrin’s cover and the original Pixies song are not only timeless tracks, but they are also appropriate in both Mr. Robot and Fight Club. Well done, Hollywood – your track selection is impeccable. Listen to Cyrin’s lovely Pixies cover here:
Needed to take a little hiatus, but Too Funk Tuesday is back and in full effect! Time to get over your Monday blues and wake up with some jamz that will get you ready for Humpday and the weekend. Sit back, relax, and take an aural ride!
Brothertiger — Lovers
Shout out to the OG, Spaceman, for this one. Like him, this track is a little old, but it definitely hasn’t lost a step. The vibe that truly kicked off the entire chillwave scene a few years back, “Lovers,” is a romantic side-step into the world of indie house and sensual synth-pop.
John Newman ft. Charlie Wilson — Tiring Game (Jean Tonique Remix)
Don’t believe the rumors: Nu Disco is not dead. This is living proof. From the magical fingertips of TFT-favorite Jean Tonique, the track is a full blast into the early 2000s where the likes of Breakbot, Yuksek, and others were dropping beauties like this every day.
ROBOSONIC & PURPLE DISCO MACHINE – Viel Fein
This may be 3rd on the list, but this is easily the number one track on my playlist today. Before hitting play, turn your subs on, dim the lights, and get ready because this song is a funkified BANGER (haven’t used this term in years). “Veil Fein” is German for very fine and this track is fucking fine. Bass heavy and seriously groovy, it hits all the right parts.
Gallant — Weight in Gold (Zimmer Remix)
This is for all Yuccies, waiting for that ‘new new’ to drop on the latest Too Funk Tuesday. Zimmer is my dude – I wish I knew him – and his latest mix is a barn-burner for sure with its tropical vibes, deep bass, and soulful vocals. Each drop in this song has a head shaking feel that just makes you want to lose yourself.
MIX OF THE WEEK: Armand Van Helden – Rise Vol. 1
I count AVH as one of my heroes, not only in musical genius, but in style, suave, and swagger. This mix was made in 1993 and is evidence of a rawer, earthier house music scene that is unfounded in the perfectly-produced dance genre we have today. This is dance.
Here’s the tracklist:
00:00 Mood II Swing – I Need Your Luv (Right Now) (Lem’s Church Mix)
03:23 MAW & Company feat. Xaviera Gold – Gonna Get Back To You (Mood II Swing “Big Thick” Dub)
06:40 Sultans Of Swing – Move It To The Left (3rd Level Banji Mix)
10:58 The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. – It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day (Palladium House Anthem)
18:43 Happy Mondays – Stinkin Thinkin (Junior Style)
22:21 Jazzy -Lonely (Underground Goodie Mix)
24:50 Cajmere feat. Dajae – Brighter Days (Underground Goodie Mix)
27:04 Robin S. – Show Me Love (Stonebridge Club Mix)
32:56 Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling (The Dub Of Doom)
37:10 T.M.V.S. – Don’t Be Shy
38:39 unknown – unknown
41:22 Martha Wash – Carry On (Masters at Work Dub Mix)
43:31 Martha Wash – Carry On (Tee’s Dub)
48:23 Happyhead – Digital Love Thing (Underground MK Mix)
50:23 Armand Van Helden – Te-Quiero (Casa Cabesa Mix)
54:53 unknown – unknown
57:44 J. – Keep The Promise (MK Deep Dub)
59:14 Kenny “Dope” Gonzales – All I’m Askin’ (Roger S. Remix)
1:01:30 House Of Gypsies – Samba
1:03:40 Frank Ski – Whores In This House
1:05:07 Uncanny Alliance – I Got My Education (Kenlou Mix)
1:09:58 Trey Lorenz – Photograph Of Mary (MAW Dub)
1:13:06 Aly-Us – Follow Me (Club Mix)
1:16:37 unknown – unknown
1:18:22 Karen Pollack – You Can’t Touch Me (Murk Remix)
1:21:51 Liberty City – Some Lovin’
1:24:21 Coral Way Chiefs – Release Myself
The popular dance music producer Bit Funk is a beast. Having approached everything from pop to trance to nudisco, the Brooklyn based musician is currently making the rounds with more original material to complement the steady stream of banging remixes that he’s been putting out in recent months.
His first original since the fabulous Soul Satisfaction EP release, “Off the Ground” is a radio ready, poppy four-on-the-floor heater by way of Oliver Heldens. The future house aesthetic is strong in this release as it guns for Tchami territory without sounding amateurish or run of the mill: the bassline is like a Ten Walls’ style horn that has been given performance enhancing drugs; the percussion snaps without sounding canned; and the vocals are catchy, but not cloying for earworm status. In a lot of ways, “Off the Ground” is the kind of track producers have been trying relentlessly to make since “Gecko” came out, but have fallen just short of accomplishing as it sounds far from sterile despite its cookie cutter structure. This is helped by Shae Jacobs’ spirited croon which adds warmth to the track as his falsetto asks to be lifted from his current plight; he goes from sounding like R&B hotshot The Weeknd to the enchanting AlunaGeorge in one fell swoop elevating the track with a tour de force level of dynamism.
You can stream Bit Funk’s “Off the Ground” on SoundCloud and pick it up when it hits digital outlets on October 9.