Nothing like an R&B flip to get through the week. The flip today is Brandy’s “Best Friend,” turned into a beautiful upbeat tropical disco number. The remixer this time around is Chris Malinchak, whose debut we reviewed right here on Blisspop when it arrived in May. This edit is lighter and cheerier than his other work, but carries the same expressive, island-styled, drums that’s become somewhat of a French Express trademark.
I was sitting in Good Stuff Eatery this afternoon, and all of a sudden “Higher Love” came on. After getting over the embarrassing mistake of thinking it was a Genesis track, I realized that there must be a couple amazing DJ edits out there. If Todd Terje could do it with Paul Simon’s “Diamonds,” who out there had taken a crack at this track? Dimitri from Paris, of course. Dimitri
Fashen just put out a disco/deep house mixtape for Beatport, and it’s a banger. Featuring new stuff from Them Jeans, Brodinski, and Louisahhh!!!, it’s funky and deep the whole way through. Prime Mover (Songs of Sanctity) mixed for Beatport by Fashen
The Sebastian Scotch remix of FiNAL DJs “Salt on Our Skin” starts in a way that makes you worried about finding yourself in Miami but it proves to be nothing but a 30 second head-fake. Soon in, looming minor synths and swirling atmosphere take over. Add in some classic arpage and the whole thing starts to take on the character of an 80’s movie late-night drive scene. Yum.
Ironbound, the new five-track EP from Chris Malinchak on French Express, is a pleasure-inducing tour of hi-hats, vocal chops, and 90’s dance sounds. This is slow house, but will leave sweat dripping down the walls of most clubs. That’s important, because he plays U Street Music Hall on May 26th. The release opens with “There I Was (Again),” a reversion of his popular track released in January. The reversion is a