“World is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.”
― Amit Ray
Your weekend starts as soon as your press play below. Do it.
I have seen The Head and The Heart twice now, and each time, they have completely blown me away. The first time was in Chicago’s Millennium Park when they opened for Iron & Wine, and the second time was in Houston earlier this summer. They’re one of those bands who truly put a spell over their audience; their music is so gripping, emotive, and, to put it simply, damn good. This one is a little less folky and a little more rock n’ roll, but certainly has the signature H&H sound to it. The Head and the Heart’s new album, Let’s Be Still, will be released on 10/15/13.
Even if it was a mistake, I won’t forget your face
So when this track came out, people had said that Dillon Francis was crying at the end of his set as he dropped this song for the first time, which caught my attention. Rarely is electronic music able to instill emotion in such a powerful way. In his own words: “This song is very meaningful to me because as TEED and I were working on the song, I was having relationship problems of my own. He ended up writing the song about the whole situation I was going through.” This is certainly a break of pace for Francis, and one he has said he wants to continue in. I think he should…what he has created here is as moving as it is catchy. While indie kids are going to listen to Bon Iver when they break up, EDM kids are going to listen to this.
If only you could see the future, it’s all yours now
Jon Waltz is clearly heavily influenced by ASAP Rocky, as his style sounds pretty much directly derived from the ASAP movement. That being said, he does it well. The trippy, trap production he raps over in Somewhere Else compliments his flow, and Waltz goes hard throughout. He gained a new fan in me with this song, even though what he’s putting out does not seem to have a particularly unique sound at this point. It will be interesting to seem him evolve going forward.
SomeKindaWonderful‘s debut track “Reverse” was an absolute jam in its own right, and got me really excited for them to release new music. Oliver Nelson‘s remix really just brings the track to a whole other level, though, and gives it an awesome disco-dance vibe. Tough to not bob my head to this and do a little chair dance as I sit down to type this. Definitely a track I will throw on at a party, this one has huge mainstream potential.
I’m not really sure how it happened, but this genre really snuck up on me and now I can’t stop listening to it. Each week, I seem to be including more and more glitzed out, laid back electronic music, a genre I really never listened to very much until recently. Now I seem to not be able to get enough. I think Disclosure was what got me into it in the first place, but now it seems to almost be an obsession. It just puts me in a different place, and I’m digging it.
-Miguel Angel Ruiz
It’s gonna be a freaky weekend. Make sure of it with this essential list of the dopest dance tracks of the week. Don’t forget to peep Zeds Dead’s hour long Halloween set below, too. What’s everybody dressing up as?
BONUS: Zeds Dead – Day of the Dead Mix
1. Monsta – Where Did I Go (Dillon Francis and Kill Paris Remix)
2. Pompeya – Power (Zimmer Remix)
3. Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial (with Major Lazer)
4. The Bloody Beetroots – Chronicles Of A Fallen Love (Feat Greta Svabo Bech)
5. Wolfgang Gartner – Illmerica
Thought I’d pass on French prodigy Madeon‘s latest single “Finale,” as the Dillon Francis Remix just dropped today. It’s party-bangin’, just liked the original. I have mad respect for Madeon, since around the same age as him, I’m pretty far from playing Coachella and Electric Daisy and helping Swedish House Mafia headline.
Here’s the Beatport link for the Dillon Francis Remix, and if you missed the original, check it out below.
I’m simply going to leave you with the following video. I hear it’s going to be adapted into a full blown eHarmony commercial. Happy Friday ya’ll.
1. Let It Go (Faustix & Imanos Remix) – Dragonette
2. Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix) – Major Lazer
3. Love Is Real (Fred Falke Remix) – Theophilus London
4. Do Harder Be Faster (TheFatRat‘s Skinny Dip Mashup) – Daft Punk
5. Daydreamer Feat. Example (Dillon Francis Remix) – Flux Pavilion
You know the drill. It’s Friday. Work and school can kick rocks. Let’s get down and dirty. What are ya’ll up to this weekend?
1. Still D.R.E (Shatterhors Sitdown Refix) – Dr. Dre
2. The Night Out (Madeon Remix) – Martin Solveig
3. Tough Love (Poindexter Remix) – Sailor & I
4. Little Man (Vindata Remix) – Little Dragon
5. Stars Come Out (Dillon Francis Remix) – Zedd
Spring is officially here, so it’s fitting that the Chicago-based duo The Hood Internet drop a fresh and bouncy one for us. This one combines bars from the Dogfather‘s “Who Am I (What’s My Name?)” over the infectious “Dill the Noise” collab between Dillon Francis and Kill The Noise. I’m definitely not mad about it.
EDIT: For some reason this never published at the right time, but here’s your FAF, a day late
I’m super excited guys. The NBA is officially back tonight. Okay, it’s just preseason, but the fact that I’m not already watching my team makes every game that much sweeter. And you’ll see that I dedicated the first FAF song to this celebratory occasion. What’s errbody up to this weekend? #TGIFAF
1. “NYE Chicago Bulls Intro (Remix)” – Pretty Lights
In anticipation of the renewed and upcoming NBA season, I wanted to spread some Luvabulls with you. Pretty Lights dropped this live to ring in 2011 just about a year ago, and Congress Theater in Chitown went almonds to say the least. Yeah, I’m a Bulls fan, but you don’t have to be one to appreciate this NBA jam.
2. “I.D.G.A.F.O.S.” – Dillon Francis
La-La Land native Dillon Francis is one of Mad Decent’s best. Diplo sure knows how to pick ‘em, eh?
3. “Pursuit of Happiness (Steve Aoki Remix)” – Kid Cudi
This is probably my all time favorite remix of Cudder. I got a chance to catch this song live when Aoki threw down in Madtown last year. It was a riot. There was champagne everywhere, crowd surfing via inflatable rafts and a lot of fucking sweat.
4. “This Plane (Viceroy Jet Life Remix)” – Wiz Khalifa
Maaan. What ever happened to the Kush and Orange Juice Wiz? You know, before he dyed a patch of his hair blonde and started messing around with Yeezy-taught Amber rose? I miss that dude. The least we can do now is enjoy his remixes I suppose. Taylor Gang or…
5. “A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth)” – College
Save this one for Sunday morning, it’s got that type of vibe. Much of the appeal I got from watching Drive–whom a lot consider to be the year’s best flick–was from the soundtrack, and this was used prominently throughout the film. Enjoy some synth pop magic while getting flashbacks of Ryan Gosling stomping a dude’s head in.