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!

 

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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.

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!

Weekly Mix Vol. 20: New Disclosure, Fehrplay, Zed’s Dead, and More

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.

Happy Tuesday!

 

Turn Up Tuesdays Vol. 18: House Heaven

Since I shamefully dropped the ball on uploading a new playlist last week, I spent a lot of time carefully picking this week’s tracks — and I included a couple more than usual!

It starts off with deep house vibes, moves into more progressive beats, and ends with a trap bang. Personal favorite from this week is the new track from prolific Swedish DJ, Jeremy Olander. If you aren’t familiar with him, I suggest listening to his Group Therapy Radio Guest Mix from last year. It’s only 30-minutes long, but you can get a strong sense of his unique sound. He’s gaining a following in the U.S. now, so hopefully if we close our eyes and wish really, really hard he’ll appear in DC for an extended set sometime in the not-so-distant future.

Get at this week’s playlist, right here:

If you’re as into trap as I am, you should also check out Flosstradamus’ “Soundclash EP,” released over the weekend: