Based in DC, Crafty Daggers have branded themselves with a slew of edits and remixes that mix their background as hip-hop DJs with contagious beats and catchy hooks (including last year’s remix of Foals’ “My Number” that continues to make people go crazy on the dancefloor). Their latest release, the original track “Ready to Rock,” honors this legacy they’ve been building while breaking new ground.
The track features many layers of hip-hop production including drum samples that bounce like a beach ball at a Jack Johnson concert and an almost hypnotic vocal track that, before each break, declares that they “came here to boogie.” The real beauty, however, lies in the bass line that creeps in about two minutes into the track and the plucky strings that come in a minute later; two real “whoa” moments that may very well be able to slay the dancefloor.
When legendary producer Arthur Baker premiered the track “No Price” featuring Dave 1 from Chromeo and Al P from MSTRKRFT as the first song under his new moniker Slam Dunk’d, it instantly became an internet hit. And while it isn’t officially released until the end of September, Annie Mac has premiered a remix of this nudisco banger by none other than UK’s Wayward.
Retooled as a deep house track, the Wayward remix takes a much edgier, darker, almost 1980s new wave approach to the original. It has whirling synths, a throbbing chord progression, and a pulsing beat that comes together as one part hazy nightclub and another part driving down the freeway – late at night – and you’re all alone. This track oozes out of the speakers. Grab it while you can.
DC synth poppers Furniteur are back with a new single on Prince George Records. “Secret Plans” is drenched in nostalgia, floating singer, Brittany Sims’s vocals in a warm bed of analog synths and mechanical beats. It’s darker than their previous offerings, but the change fits their sound well resulting in a cross between synthy shoegaze and late night italo disco. Take a listen below:
Australia is cranking out new talent non stop! The latest export is beatmaker, Kilter, who’s Shades EP was released recently on etcetc. The stand out track “When You Walked In” is a highly caffeinated cut of driving electronica built around tropical stabs and playful synths, interrupted by the occasional vocal snippet, that makes for one of the more enjoyable songs of the summer. Take a listen below and keep an eye out for Kilter who’s been crushing it on the remix front as well:
I’m so glad London-based producer Tensnake, whose also one of my favorite names in the ENTIRE dance game, decided to share this special edition of “Feel of Love” by none other than Union BBQ-favorite Kaytranada. This track oozes funk as its vocals are submersed in deep percussion cuts overlaid with symphonic synths and hard snares. This is an awesome track that is sure to keep bodies groovin’ as the day sets into the night…