Happy 4th of July from the nation’s capital!
The smell of juicy burgers sizzling on the grill, cheerful bursts of laughter as friends catch up, and buzzed feeling of joy from a few too many beers — ah, yes, it’s the annual celebration of America’s birthday! A day of partying and indulgence that should only be fueled by the best summer tunes.
Though I’m still not entirely sure how I’ll be celebrating over the holiday weekend (hopefully by a pool sipping an endless supply of mojitos) I expect to be happy, buzzed, and listening to great tunes. And since it’s ALWAYS a bad idea to assume the music will be good at a party, I’ve created a nifty little Fourth of July mix that I will stealthily be trying to play anywhere I go — and you should too.
This party playlist starts out with some upbeat tropical/funk house/future house vibes and gets more progressive as it unravels. There are some definitive songs of summer on this mix as well as some lesser-known tracks. No matter what you vibe, there’s something for everyone here!
Have a happy, safe, and vibin’ Fourth of July, everyone! xx
Eric Prydz at Echostage in DC
Last Friday night my friends and I went on a musical journey. After weeks of anticipation, we finally got to bask in the glory of a three-hour Eric Prydz set at Echostage in DC. I’m in no way exaggerating when I say that I listened to his ENTIRE Soundcloud musical catalogue, including live sets, leading up to the show. And Prydz did not disappoint. Time seemed to just evaporate as we danced to his perfectly paced set. As my friends continuously pointed out that night, I was “all smiles” throughout the show.
You can’t listen to just one Eric Prydz track to appreciate him as an artist. His sets are where he truly shines. Not that many people can keep you interested and dancing for three hours, but this is a guy who has truly mastered his genre. That being said, here are my two favorite Prydz mixes for your enjoyment:
After spending all day Saturday recovering from Prydz’s amazing set, I geared up to head to the 9:30 club to see Klingande with the same crew as the previous evening. I didn’t think Klingande’s show could rival Prydz’s, but in many ways it was better. Klingande’s tropical vibe and incorporation of live instruments differs immensely from the progressive house Prydz has mastered. Prydz has years and years of experience under his belt, he knows how to control the crowd and can make three notes sound interesting. Klingande isn’t there yet, but his set was pure, joyful fun.
Klingande at the 9:30 Club in DC
You can hear the various musical influences that have helped Klingande achieve his unique sound in each of his songs and remixes. The best way that I can describe his vibe is ‘summer beach vacation’ — and who doesn’t like that?
Anyway! Enough of the older material. Let’s get to this week’s tunes. There are plenty more upbeat summer vibes to discover in this week’s playlist. Listen here:
Happy rest of the week!
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.
When I heard the Flosstradamus remix of O.T. Genesis’ unexpected hit song “CoCo,” I almost had a small seizure sitting on the bus. This track is an absolute banger, which is why I deemed it the perfect intro for this week’s playlist.
As the tracks progress, this compilation flows into some groovy deep house to finish things up.
Happy rest of the week : )
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.
Happy Tuesday, friends!
Some stellar tunes here today. Enjoy xx
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!
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