Weekly Mix Vol.29: New Gorgon City, ODESZA, and Big Gigantic

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ODESZA at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC. September, 2014.

Last weekend my girl Gabi pulled me aside and in her gentle way (ahem — grabbing my arm and raising her voice) said to me, “LN, why have I not gotten a blog post in weeks?! Where is my blog post?!” She wasn’t having any of my laziness, which is good because I needed someone to pull me out of my self-imposed hiatus. This is what good friends are for! That being said, this week’s playlist is dedicated to Gabz for nudging me to get back to what I love doing.

Now that August’s quiet tedium has descended upon most of us, I thought it would be a good idea to create a playlist that reminds us all summer isn’t over yet. There are still plenty of weekends left for barbecues, pool parties, and boat days; consider this set of tunes your perfect accoutrement to any of the above day drinking activities.

Things kick off with the new Griz and Big Gigantic collaboration, full of the sax we love so much plus some funky beats. Then, it transitions to three of my favorite new remixes from /ˈlo͞osid/, Hippie Sabotage, and KREAM ( Yes, I do have a favorite: Hippie Sabotage’s remix of “Feels” has been on a loop all afternoon and that will no doubt continue through tomorrow). From there, take a listen to the new Gorgon City track, which will remind you why the duo shot to stardom last year with their debut album “Sirens.” The next three tracks are for the deep house and tech house fans out there: a new Matt Lange track, a fantastic Jody Wisternoff rework by Chicane, and a dope track from an artist I just discovered named AYO ALEX.

The last leg of the playlist transitions to future house and ends with two of my favorite new trap songs from this week. The future house sounds start with the new ODESZA track featuring Little Boots called “Light” from their forthcoming album “In Return” out Sept. 18. Those upbeat, bass-driven future house vibes continue with new tracks from Aevion and Koos. The mix wraps up with two trap bangers that will have you twerking in your chair all day long. The new collaboration between T-Mass and Far East Movement is everything I hoped it would be — aggressive, yet melodic, and totally unique — and Instant Party!’s take on “Lean On” is the trap remix the song of the summer never knew it deserved.

Happy listening, friends!

 

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Weekly Mix Vol. 28: Good Vibes with Moullinex, Major Lazer, and JayKode

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!

 

Weekly Mix Vol. 27: Deep House, Future House, and Future Bass

Another week, another set of tunes. For this edit I decided to focus on three genres that are consistently growing in popularity. Just in case Deep House, Future House, and Future Bass all sound like different versions of the same thing to you, these are the primary differences.

Deep House

The genre originated in the ’80s as a subgenre of house music, fusing elements of Chicago house, jazz, and soul often layered over ambient vocals. Tracks are generally between 120 and 125 beats per minute. Examples of deep house artists include Maya Jane Coles, Ben Pearce, Hot Since 82, and Dusky.

Future House

Future house is a direct descendant of deep house. Tracks have a slightly higher bpm but maintain a similar slow, ambient feel of deep house. The genre is essentially a fusion of deep house and drops/bass more typical of festival-style EDM. Examples of Future House artists include Tchami and Oliver Heldens.

Future Bass

Of the three genres, this one is the most up in the air and open for interpretation. Right now, future bass is characterized as any track with emphasis on a hard bass line that can’t be relegated to a single genre. Examples of future house artists include Odesza, Giraffage, and Cashmere Cat.

This playlist features some of all three. With that little lesson out of the way, here’s this week’s playlist!

 

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.

 

Booze and Beats: Your 4th of July Playlist for a Perfect Weekend of Festivities

Happy 4th of July from the nation's capital!

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

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.

Turn Up Tuesdays Vol. 19: New Tensnake, Kito, and More to Get You Through the Week

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.

Happy Tuesday!

Turn Up Tuesdays Vol. 17: Happy Remixes Are Good for the Soul

Coming back to DC was rough after spending two days in paradise visiting my family in Miami. My mom did everything she could to make me feel like I was truly on vacation. Dinner under the stars at a new hot spot on Friday night, lunch at the Ritz on South Beach after soaking up some sun, and, of course, home-cooked meals from my favorite mama chef.

Though it was rough getting on that 7 a.m. flight on Monday, my mini vacation has me feeling re-energized and very excited about the next few months, especially when it comes to music! Festival season officially kicked off with Ultra and I can’t wait to see which smaller bands and DJs make their way to DC for some fun summer shows.

This week’s playlist is filled with dance-friendly beats. One of my favorite trap artists right now, UZ, released his most recent track from the “Trap Shit” series, a surprisingly mellow offering with a sexy little drop, and it’s one of my favorites from the past week. This compilation also features new remixes from Tchami, Daktyl, KSHMR, and Viceroy, among others. Of course, we all knew it wouldn’t take long for Rihanna’s new track to get the remix treatment! This Krs. remix of “BBHMM” is my favorite so far.

Happy Tuesday!

Turn Up Tuesdays Vol.12

24 days until spring! Counting it down makes me feel like it’s really almost here. It’s been a ridiculously cold winter, I will honestly take any temperature reading above 35 at this point.

But since that’s certainly not in the cards for me (or most of the Northeast) any time this week, I’m gonna wrap myself up in the sounds of these fire tunes.

Happy listening! xx