YOOO party people, sorry for the two-week hibernation! However enough with the excuses, I’m back with a bunch of jamz that are meant to take you through the rest of this short week. Enjoy!
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face (Keljet Edit)
Keljet is reaching untouchable Nu Disco heights, especially at this point in the game. This track is one of the best bootlegs/edits I’ve heard to an already awesome pop song from The Weeknd — listen to the original if you haven’t already…
Oliver Heldens & Shaun Frank — Shades of Grey
Much credit goes to Mr. Heldens, who is quickly becoming one of the best producers in the entire House/Dance genre. His witty assembly of groovy vocals and tunes on top of hardcore, dancefloor-breaking basslines has made him a prototype of success. “Shades of Grey” is an amalgamation of all that’s stated before and is an example of what I mean.
ON AN ON — It’s Not Over (The Twelves Remix)
An absolute, funk-filled monster of a remix that brings a highly sensual, groovy feel. The soft vocals is perfectly meshed on to romantic, Daft Punk-esque synth chords and just-deep enough bass. Must listen if you’re a fan of Indie Dance or French House.
Kaytranada — Girl
Man, how to even describe this track? It’s simply good music. Hip hop BPM with soul vocals on a chill wave vibe — it just sounds SO good to the ears.
MIX OF THE WEEK: Cherokee’s Cherotape III for Luxuriant Magazine
Funk. Funk. Funnnnnnnnnk. Cherokee knows what Too Funk Tuesday is all about.
A few days ago, the world was greeted by a free download of Nicolas Jaar’s latest album: a project described as an alternative soundtrack to the 1969 film The Colour of Pomegranates. This soundtrack has long been known, but its free release was a fantastic surprise. As a whole, Pomegranates can scarcely be called danceable, but is not without rhythm. Its beautifully structured soundscapes are disarming and exceedingly complex. The album opens with “Garden of Eden,” a hauntingly industrial track that rides closer to orchestral music than a dance hall hit and “Beasts of this Earth” stands out amongst the rest as one of the heavier tracks on the album. Building from vague static into a pounding rhythm, “Beasts” evolves into an eerie pulse which has become a signature in Jaar’s work. This, in addition to many of the scattered vocals throughout, oftentimes in other languages, add to a familiar sound that makes this album distinctively his for those familiar with his work.
Find a free download of Nicolas Jaar’s “Pomegranates” here and stream the album below.
Masters at Work, when it comes to classic house music, are responsible for some of the biggest heaters of the day like “I Can’t Get No Sleep” and “The Ha Dance.” With that respect in mind, it’s a no-brainer that Blisspop’s own PHILCO would be the one to remix a MAW track. With PHILCO on the remix, the track gets a slick, stylistic touch up which bangs out like some of the hottest records we’ve being seeing recently on labels like Defected or Hot Creations. The bass and kick punch with furious intensity while the shifty hi-hats move like a hot knife through butter; ultimately, the track is silky smooth and it moves.
It’s a nice touch to keep India’s vocals from the MAW original in tact seeing as “When You Touch Me” is arguably a house music staple. With a little added reverb, the remix brings a bit of a jolt and finesse to the sample which will let this edit live on its own in the headspace of the ravers still going strong at 4 a.m. As far as remixes go, it’s the job of the producer to make something unique without overstepping the source material and PHILCO, known for the ample respect he pays to the house music Gods, seems to have been a proper fit for this edit. In other words, it pays due to Masters at Work’s legacy while introducing a classic to a new generation of ravers. It’ll touch you.
Listen to PHILCO’s remix of “When You Touch Me” and be sure to visit his SoundCloud for the free download.
Duncan Stump aka Coral D, one half of Mock & Toof, has just released a new remix of Sinkane’s “New Name” on DFA Records. Coral D takes Sinkane’s soulful vocals and adds them to a minimal house backdrop creating an evolving soundscape of lush reverb, soaked piano fills, and filter swept percussion hits. One cannot help but fall into a soothing dreamy trance listening to this track as it progresses from start to finish.
Listen to the Coral D remix below and be sure to visit DFA’s SoundCloud for the free download.
A week ago, Brooklyn-based DJ/Producer Moon Boots dropped a funk bomb via Annie Mac’s Soundcloud and we’re still recovering here at Blisspop. It has every ingredient a Moon Boots track calls for: smooth vocals, beautiful melodies, and a groovy bass line. If you’re a fan of classic Moon Boots, you’ll click your heels to this – listen to and pick it up for free here: