Weekly Mix Vol. 26: The Week’s Best Remixes featuring DJ Snake, Flume, and T-Mass

Flume at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. July 24, 2014.

Flume at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. July 24, 2014.

If you’re still floating in a post- Fourth of July fog, you’re certainly not alone. After a weekend of too much of, well, everything, going back to work on Monday was both physically and mentally taxing. If you’ve done nothing but head straight home to be one with your couch at 6 p.m. every day, you’ll find absolutely no judgement here.

Thankfully, another weekend now feels within reach! Whether you’re gathering the strength to rally for another round of booze-fueled festivity or planning a low-key escape at home, you’ll still need some new music to help you slug through the work week en route to two days of bliss.

This week’s playlist is essentially all remixes, but that’s only because there were too many standout tracks to choose from! I couldn’t just pick two or three, so I decided to include them all. On Monday, Thump premiered a new batch of remixes of Tchami’s track “After Life.” All of them brought something new and unique to the song, but the DJ Snake and Mercer remix was far and away the best of the bunch. Also on top of the remix game is Aussie star producer Flume. He put his signature spin on the Collarbones track “Turning,” transforming the tune into an unpredictable journey of musical sounds.

I’ve been posting a lot of music from T-Mass lately and this is largely because I’m convinced he’s going to be a big, big name in trap soon — more on him in an upcoming post on Friday! His latest effort is what can only be described as a super-remix. Sampling tracks from Jack U, Porter Robinson, Kaskade, and Deadmau5, “Language for Now” is the perfect summer mash-up song. It’s trap that isn’t too heavy on the bass drops, meaning even people who hate sounds typically characterized as “EDM Trap” can get into this tune.

In addition to fantastic remixes from Grum, Chris Lake, Ale Mora, and Krs., this mix also includes new original tracks from Pryda, ATTLAS, DIMMI & Goldfish, and Little Boots.

 

Finally, not included in the mix but absolutely necessary as a part of your life, here is the new Migos track. There’s nothing like some Migos to put a smile on my face, no matter how absurd the lyrical value of the song. “Pipe It Up” will appear on the group’s new album, “Y.R.N.: Tha Album” set for release July 31.


 

*Special note to DC-based friends: DJ Snake will be at Echostage on August 18! I saw him at Ultra Music Festival 2014 and his show was a raucous, high-energy dance party. If you’re into his music, he’s worth seeing live.

 

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Weekly Mix Vol. 22: Tensnake, Gigamesh, Oliver Nelson, and Flosstradamus

Summer is here! It’s 90 degrees in DC and jeans have finally been swapped out for sundresses. Frolicking season is finally upon us, so don’t you need some good tunes to accompany you on all those warm walks this week?

Yes, you do. So here’s this week’s edit. It’s got plenty of upbeat summer remix action and a few new original tracks — from Tensnake, Sam Gellaitry, Oliver Nelson, and Gigamesh.

With so many “BBHMM” remixes surfacing in the past few weeks, it was really only a matter of time before the original trap dons, Flosstradamus, reworked Rihanna’s amazing track. It’s everything a Floss fan could possibly want. They stay loyal to the song’s original vibe and add their signature insanity-laced drops throughout. It’s not the best remix the duo has ever released, but it’s still fresh as hell.

Weekly Mix Vol. 21: Jamie XX Has Me Way Too Excited About His New Album

Jamie XX at the Union BBQ in Washington, DC

Jamie XX at the Union BBQ in Washington, DC

As I danced into the wee hours of the morning at Output in Brooklyn, NY this past weekend, I couldn’t help thinking about how fortunate I am to be able to attend as many shows as I do. Discovering new music at home through platforms like Beatport and Soundcloud is great, but nothing compares to walking into an amazing venue and taking in the sweet sounds of a new DJ or a favorite artist.

Though it can’t possibly compare to stumbling into a Brooklyn warehouse and dancing until your feet hurt, I hope these weekly playlists provide some semblance of those same joyful feelings when you discover an awesome new tune or artist!

In honor of my 5 a.m. night (they are few and far between lately!) I decided that this week’s playlist would be filled with nothing but straight bangers. So, if you’re a fan of deep house or more mellow genres like tropical or Nu Disco, this week’s tunes may not be to your liking. You were warned!

This mix kicks off with my favorite track of the week: Jamie XX and Young Thug’s collaborative effort “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times).” It’s very different from the straight disco vibes Jamie XX has explored in the past, but you can still hear his very distinctive flavor throughout the entire track. The intricate production coupled with Young Thug’s wild vocals makes for a surprisingly catchy effort. The track is from Jamie XX’s upcoming album “In Color,” which is set for release June 2. I’m waiting very impatiently.

With the exception of Jamie XX’s complex tune, everything else on this playlist is pretty much beat-dropping craziness.

Happy listening : )


For this week’s set, I chose Oliver Nelson’s mixtape for Dancing Astronaut. It’s a groovy exploration of sound sure to get you through that afternoon slump! I’m particularly fond of the direction the mix takes around the 17-minute mark. Woof!

Your New Year’s Eve 2014 Playlists, Courtesy of Leather & Bourbon

As my mom putters around the house, enthusiastically planning every detail of tonight’s festivities, I’ve been thinking about all the effort that goes into planning a great party. Table decor, floral arrangements, food, champagne, champagne, champagne — there’s a lot to think about if you want to throw a memorable New Year’s Eve bash. But no matter how much effort goes into party planning, it’s a universal fact that a party will tank if the music isn’t on point.

It doesn’t matter if weeks went into the menu and Veuve Clicquot flows like a river, in the end it’s all about the tunes.

It took me a while to sort through all of the tracks I loved this year. Sometimes it takes revisiting your entire SoundCloud history to realize just how much amazing music was released over the past 12 months. The Spotify playlist is a mix of hip-hop, dance, pop, and house; The SoundCloud compilation is remix heavy, with an emphasis on genre-fusing songs as well as big anthem tracks that filled festival stages all summer long.

I already got emotional about New Year’s Eve in my last post, so I will leave this as is. I hope you enjoy these playlists as much as I do!

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL xx