Weekly Mix Vol. 32: Flume, Amtrac, Miguel, and more delicious tunes

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As the mounds of snow and ice slowly melted and DC returned to its mindful hum, there was plenty of time spent snuggling indoors during this week’s post-blizzard apocalypse to find some swell little tunes. Though sipping hot chocolate and watching the snow fall as you stare out the window is a great way to pass the time, I think I speak for everyone in the Northeast when I saw that a sense of cabin fever was REAL in the aftermath of winter storm Jonas.

With that in mind, this week’s mix is heavy on tracks that will make you wanna get up and bust a move, even if it’s just using your living room as your private dance floor. New original tracks from Flume and Amtrac are the standout songs this week, but peppered through the playlist are new offerings from Gryffin, Autograf, oshi, Miguel, and GTA.

Get at it!

Weekly Mix Vol. 31: From Flume to Future

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

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

The process of finding great new songs can feel pretty daunting at times, especially when a few weeks go by that feel void of anything worthy of sharing. Thankfully, that spell was broken during the past few days, when I discovered so many great new tunes that I actually felt compelled to post about a few of them individually. But, dear friends, I have not forgotten the weekly mix — though it may have seemed like I did, given, you know, my ghostly silence.

This week’s collection of tunes spans the genre scheme quite a bit. The obvious choice to kick things off is Flume’s amazing new track “Never Be Like You” featuring Kai. If you’re a Flume fan, you’ll smile as soon as the track opens; Harley Edward Streten’s unique production work is instantly recognizable. The richly layered collaboration is exactly what fans have come to expect from the Australian producer and it’s glorious to blast in your headphones walking to work (verified by yours truly).

From there, things get deep with a new track from Eats Everything and a fantastic remix from Ben Pearce. Then serious house vibes take over; Lane 8, “Midnight”; Oliver Heldens & Throttle, “Waiting”; EDX, “Missing”; and Manilla Killa, “All That’s Left. Given my love for RAC, I couldn’t let the week go by without throwing his newest remix into the playlist. Though his “Beautiful Heartbeat” re-work isn’t his best effort, it’s still better than the majority of remixes out there, because the dude just knows what he’s doing.

Finally, things wrap up with two hip hop tracks: “Yamborghini High” and “Wicked.” The former is an A$AP Mob track dedicated to A$AP Yams, who passed away just a little over a year ago. It doesn’t feature any of the psychedelic elements that made A$AP Rocky’s last album, “At. Long. Last. A$AP.”,  so interesting, but he does rap about one of my favorite things: “Yeah, I wake up late, ” Rocky raps, “Yeah, I’m out of shape/ Yeah, I’m eatin’ crêpes.” Looks like he and I have something in common after all. “Wicked” is featured on Future’s latest mixtape “Purple Reign.” The track was produced by Metro Boomin and  Southside. It’s dark and moody, like coming out of a haze after a house party that spiraled out of control. It certainly won’t be everybody’s idea of a great hip hop song, but it’s one of my favorites off “Purple Reign,” which you should really do yourself a favor and download in full here.

Happy listening!

Back Then: Remember That Time Someone Combined Flume and the Notorious B.I.G. Into a Compilation Album?

The first time I heard Flume’s song “Sleepless” I remember feeling completely captivated by its dreamy flow. It’s the kind of track that reminds listeners of the potential for electronic music to be more than just drops, transcending into a realm where each sound is carefully crafted and strategically placed to achieve a balanced and melodic whole that’s still completely danceable.

Flume, real name Harley Edward Streten, is one of the best young producer’s making electronic music today. His self-titled debut album was released in Australia at the end of 2012 (February 2013 in the U.S.) and I still listen to is constantly. When remixes started to surface after the album’s official release, one in particular really caught my attention: “Juicy Insane.” The track is a combination of Flume and the Notorious.

The two may not seem like they go together, but oh, oh they do!

Yesterday, I was reminded that this gem exists on the internet (shout out to my best Gchat bud Benn Wineka for this one!) and I felt compelled to share it as a fun throwback Thursday post today. This 30-minute album mix fuses some of the Notorious B.I.G.’s greatest songs with tracks off of Flume’s critically-acclaimed debut album. The result is surprisingly amazing — one of the greatest rappers in the history of his genre side by side with one of the best young producers working today. The geniuses responsible are Aussie producers Jaymee Franchina and Jeremy Smith. And for that, I thank them.

Tracklist:
0:00 Ezra’s limit
4:15 Sintra’s Dead Wrong
7:18 Juicy Insane
11:07 Party Changes Are Bullshit
14:21 Party Girl Anthem
16:55 Warm Suicidal Thoughts
19:07 Space Cadet Struggle
21:14 Having Starry Eyes is a Deadly Combination
24:11 Can I Get Wit Ya In Zimbabwe
27:25 Big Poppa is Sleepless