Giraffage - Moments [free download!]
San Francisco based producer Giraffage will be playing alongside Purity Ring at 1015 Folsom this Friday, and I’m really tempted to snipe tickets and catch his heady, dreamy electronica. I’m really not sure how I slept on Giraffage until just recently. “Moments” has been on repeat for me all day. Nuff said.
XLR8R is hands down my favorite electronic music blog on the internetr. Their content and curation is very fresh, cutting-edge, and spot on with their reviews. Today they released their top 100 free downloads as one complete 1.1 GB zip file. Don’t sleep on this one.
DJ Rashad & Heavee D - Its Wack
I can’t stop driving around Los Santos just waiting to hear this song come on FlyLo’s radio station in GTA V… Some serious fire by Chicago footwork/juke master DJ Rashad. When I first heard the melody at [3:05] I pretty much lost it! More Rashad here.
Lil’ Wayne - A Milli (James Blake Harmonimix Remix)
So excited to catch James Blake’s DJ Set tonight at Mezzanine for the 1-800 Dinosaurs Treasure Island afterparty. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen the gifted producer throw down a DJ set, and I’m really interested to see how his style has evolved over the past few years. This one’s a nice little throwback to his Harmonimix alias, before he even dropped his first album.
Pictured: a young Harmonimix circa 2010.
SOHN - The Wheel
Heard this massive tune on DJ Koze’s FACT Magazine mix and it’s probably one of my favorite tracks I’ve listened to all year. Check it out.
FACT mix 387 (June 2013) - DJ Koze
Diverse, eccentric, and upbeat FACT magazine podcast by Germany´s DJ Koze that has been tickling my ears since I put it on. Serious vibes on this one. This podcast is at earworm status.
"Starting May 28, a four-decades-old ban on the import of many Italian salumi will be lifted.
Every Italian region and province, and even many towns have their own distinctive salumi, many of them celebrated in weeklong folk festivals. There are fans of Coppa Piacentina or those who swear by Coppa di Parma; there’s an infinite variety of salamis — from Brianza, Vicenza, Cremona and many more, spiced with garlic, juniper and myrtle berries, fennel and red wine…”
As a foodie/lover of all charcuterie / salumi, I cannot wait to try some (all) of the newly allowed Italian cured meats. May 28, a day for cured-meat enthusiasts to rejoice!
The Beatles - Come Together (Take 1)
Take 1 of “Come Together” off The Beatles Anthology, Volume 3. Much more raw and unpolished than the version that made Abbey Road, featuring claps and even a bit of laughing later on the track.
"If you wish to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
- African Proverb
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Log Cabin Session)
Nice little stripped down version of “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” Probably my favorite jam off last year’s Lonerism.
James Blake - Take a Fall For Me (feat. RZA)
This is the third track off James Blake’s latest album, Overgrown. I’ll do an album review later. “Take a Fall For Me” is melancholic and moody, and Blake’s high pitched manipulated vocals with RZA’s lyricism are beautifully mixed with hypnotic piano tones and deep bass lines. I haven’t given the entire album a thorough listen yet, but I’ve had this track on repeat about three times now and am definitely impressed so far.
DJ Snake - Together [free download in 320!]
I never thought I’d be listening to hardstyle in a non-ironic fashion in 2013, until I heard this mind blowing jam “Together” that my good friend Noel shared with me today. “Together” pays homage to the good ol’ days of that uplifting, “we-are-pirates” sort of rising synth combined with that sharp kick drum, resulting in a whole bunch of people from the Netherlands and Melbourne battling it out on the floor to see who has the superior shuffle.
According to his Soundcloud, DJ Snake is “Born & Raised in Motherfuckin’ Paris,” and I absolutely love that he reps his Parisian roots hard. This track is absolutely flooring to me. Hardstyle meets trap in a manner that is très fantastique. I have to admit, trap generally does not scratch the right itch for me, but this track is absolutely on point for everything that I do enjoy about the genre.
The first drop is masterful, with the requisite repeating “bounce” vocal / lasers and a bassline that would light up any dancefloor. The song once again tilts its head in the direction of that classic hardstyle sound and build, but the second drop is pretty unexpected and absolutely godly. The heady arabian sounding bass along with the repeated “work” vocal is guaranteed to get people slithering.
The best part? He’s giving the track away for free via his Soundcloud in 320kbps quality. Class act. Throw this track on repeat, because if you’re like me you were probably wishing that “Together” had another few minutes on it. Werk.
Azari & III - Hungry for the Power (Jamie Jones Ridge Street Remix)
Woke up this morning remembering the Hot Creations showcase in Barcelona last year with Jamie Jones and Richy Ahmed. I clearly remember going absolutely bonkers when Jamie Jones dropped this track, taking this original tune on a walk on the darker and deeper side of the spectrum. Not a new tune or anything but definitely on my list of favorites. Stay deep.
Avatism - A Farewell Portrait
Peep this minimal-leaning deep house by Italian DJ Avatism. I found this tune on one of Das Kraftfuttermischwerk’s podcasts… If you haven’t ever checked them out, they have something for every style and flavor of electronic.
Mount Kimbie - Made to Stray [download free next 7 days]
'Shadows turn to grey
A slave today
He cowered beyond reckless tracks of impulse
Made to stray around rough coasts
When grace is close to home’
First track released off the new Mount Kimbie album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, whichdrops May 27th on Warp Records. So excited for the sophomore album by my favorite experimental beat artisans, Dom and Kai. Can’t wait to see what they have done since the heady, blissful, and ethereal Crooks and Lovers.
Miguel Campbell - Not That Kind of Girl
Jamming to deep house is a surefire way to get your morning started on a groovin’ note. Those familiar with The Magician’s mixtapes, specifically #26 will instantly recognize this massive tune by another Hot Creations star Miguel Campbell. After sampling “How to Dress Well,” The Magician launches into this heavenly disco track, which features Beck Lott’s smooth vocals along with a steady, stomping beat. It blows my mind that this release was a B-Side, which just goes to show you the prowess of the deep house vanguard of Hot Creations. Get your morning started right, and start stomping!