Last Thursday, I danced the night away at Ultrabar. With my bestie by my side, I was swept away by Jeremy Olander’s meticulously crafted 2-hour set. To top off an already incredible evening, my girl Nicole and I even got to meet Jeremy thanks to a little help from some new friends. Just in case you were wondering, he’s a super nice, friendly guy!
I woke up Friday morning feeling wildly energized about this blog. There are so many exciting producers making a name for themselves that it’s hard to simply choose a handful to assemble into a weekly mix. This week, however, wasn’t difficult to edit. As soon as I heard each of these tracks, I knew they were exactly what needed to be part of this playlist.
I hope you love these tunes as much as I do. Happy listening!
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!
There was so much rich new music released in the past week that it was hard for me to pick just ten tracks, so I didn’t!
Dance the day away with dope new music from Disclosure, Fehrplay, Zed’s Dead, Leno, Jody Wisternoff, and JKAY. Plus, there’s a new Grum remix out — which is kind of heaven on earth.
This weekend I did something I haven’t done in quite some time: hit up back to back shows on a Friday and Saturday night. When I woke up Monday morning I severely felt the repercussions of the fun I had, but it was totally worth it for What So Not and Duke Dumont. There’s nothing like spending the evening dancing your woes away surrounded by friends.
Needless to say, the weekend put me in the mood to find some great new tunes for this week’s playlist!
You know what to do — headphones, play, dance.
Get in the groove of the workweek with these dope tracks! Happy listening!
Unrelated to the turn up, if you have yet to listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new Album “To Pimp A Butterfly” I recommend you take the next hour and twenty minutes out of your day to do so. It’s a complex mix of musical influences that aren’t necessarily easy to listen to, or digest, but Lamar’s lyrical work is brilliant as always. I was underwhelmed after my first listen, but halfway through the second run at it, realized I was very wrong.
It “feels like” 15 degrees here in DC, according to my trusty iPhone. Meaning I won’t be leaving the office at all today for fear of losing an extremity. I’ll be grooving in my chair to these tracks instead!
I woke up this morning with an overwhelming feeling of uncertainty. Yesterday I was abruptly let go from my job with little to no explanation; and though there were many of us sitting in that room hearing the same words, it still felt like a personal attack on my abilities. But then I realized there was a way to turn those feelings into something great, and after weeks of procrastination I’m finally making it a goal to keep this blog flowing with dope content.
For this first post, here’s a mini mix of tunes I’ve had on repeat during the past month. Some old-school disco vibes thrown into remixes of favorite tunes, a little chill wave musical journey, sexy R & B, and lots more. Though winter is definitely making its somber approach, that doesn’t mean we have to give up on feel-good vibes just yet in favor of moody Indie rock and melancholy singer-songwriting. So, throw this on at the office to power through the day and into the night!
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