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Draper – Break Over You (ft. Prides)

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​The last Draper song we covered was “Home,” a soulful, melancholy record about seeking belonging bolstered by meticulous production.

His latest, “Break Over You,” is equally impressive, but it operates on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum. This new track is built around massive, sugary synths and booming, ’80s-inspired percussion.

“‘Break Over You’ is about going all in, no holds barred,” Draper said of the track. “I’ve pushed myself to be more bold with my writing and I’m at my most confident point creatively.”

“Going all in” is certainly the right way to describe the new single, which is reminiscent of maximalist electronic artists like Passion Pit or M83. Singer Prides only adds that sense of commitment and freedom with his passionate vocals.

“Break Over You” is another testament to Draper’s ability to craft songs, and between this and “Home” it’s clear he’s a versatile talent capable of capturing many moods.

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Pr0files – Empty Hands

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Making anthemic pop music may seem as easy as stacking synth loop after synth loop and cranking up the drum track, but there’s an indelible quality that separates your run-of-the-milll overproduced record from something truly special.

Pr0files‘ “Empty Hands” definitely falls into the latter category. The electro pop duo’s single is a wash of gooey, warm synth chords and bewitching falsetto vocals from Lauren Pardini.

The track’s soulfulness and organic sound is reminiscent of M83 or Washed Out, but perhaps they sum up the song best by saying “[it] could easily slide in on the Drive soundtrack. ”

With its shiny, glimmering sound “Empty Hands” is a wonderful dose of Indian summer that will surely get people excited for their upcoming debut LP Jurassic Technologie.

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White Sea – Stay Young, Get Stoned

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You might know Morgan Kibby by way of her collaborations with French electronic band M83 (she co-wrote the infectious “Midnight City”). Now, under the stage name of White Sea, Ms. Kibby is penning her own solo career with catchy tunes like her latest, “Stay Young, Get Stoned.” The song is filled with feel-good synths and smooth, upbeat vocals that make it a summer playlist must.

White Sea will be playing at Lollapalooza come August 1st. Stream her song exclusively via Noisey here.


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Womp Womp Wednesday

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M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix) || Download

This one’s a bit more house than dubstep, but a banger nonetheless. Currently sitting on the top of Hype Machine charts, this one will be great for any parties this weekend. I know I’ll be dropping it when I DJ Friday night.

The Weeknd – Same Old Song (Paper Diamond Remix) || Download

This one starts with the original bass, and then Paper Diamond adds a whole new layer of filth and grime on top of it. Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name The Weeknd, is pretty much the only R&B I can/will listen to, so it’s pretty sick to see him dubbed out by one of my favorite new producers, Paper Diamond.

Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing (GriZ Remix) || Download

Being a Chicago boy and a huge fan of ‘Ye, I may or may not be a little biased to this song. I’ve seen GriZ before, but before this track have yet to be impressed by his work. The BPM of the acapella seems a little fast, but the production GriZ layers on top of this track is awesome, in my opinion. I’m just saying how I feel man.

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Tape Tuesday: Reunion

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I made this mix long before the FIELD TRIP and THE RACE. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been adding and removing songs from the mix, trying desperately to perfect it. I’ll be honest; the idea behind REUNION was to make a mix that somehow captured some of the magic of M83′s Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. I mean, currently, that’s my front-runner for album of the year, so it makes sense.

REUNION is my way of paying homage to M83′s great album; hopefully, it does it justice.

The tape can be divided into three stages of life: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Tracks #1-6 cover childhood, starting with a single from The Sound of Arrow‘s excellent album Voyage and culminating at Australian rapper 360‘s nostalgia-inducing gem, “Child.”

Tracks #7-14 get moody and emotional. They are really inconsistent in their tones, starting very excitedly at “Reunion” and “Fantasy” and then transitioning into the very dark and personal “Palace” and “Buried Alive (Interlude).” Adolescence ends with “Summer Camp” by Summer Camp, a song from the band’s commerical debut Welcome to Condale–another great album. If Summer Camp can’t make you feel like a teenager again, I don’t know what can. I’m a teenager right now, and they make me feel like even more of a teenager! SMH. Swag.

“Missed Calls” and “Letter Home” mark the transition into adulthood, dealing with those late nights in the city, drink in hand, thinking of ex-girlfriends. That happens, right? The mixtape ends with an 8-minute song that will melt your pants off if you’re patient enough. I swear, the chorus on “Hold On” is the most infectious thing since the swine flu. Hey, let’s break the download record on this one. GO GO GO!

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Tracklist/Preview:

  1. The Sound of Arrows – Wonders
  2. Blondfire – Where the Kids Are
  3. St. Lucia – We Got It Wrong
  4. 360 – Child
  5. Mac Miller – Hole in the Pocket
  6. Simian Ghost – Take My Hand and Lead Me Home
  7. M83 – Reunion
  8. DyE – Fantasy
  9. ASAP Rocky – Palace (Prod. by Clams Casino)
  10. Drake – Buried Alive (Interlude)
  11. Cassius – I Love U So (TROWA Remix)
  12. RDGLDGRN – I Love Lamp
  13. That Work – Secret Lover
  14. Summer Camp – Summer Camp
  15. Mac Miller – Missed Calls
  16. Childish Gambino – Letter Home
  17. 360 – Run Alone
  18. The Chain Gang of 1974 – Hold On

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Thank you so much for all the support I’ve been getting lately. You guys are the coolest. Any comments or tweets or any other type of feedback are greatly appreciated.
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Moogfest 2011: The Review

Moogfest 2011: The Review

My friend and I ate dinner as soon as we arrived in Asheville. It was nothing special. I’m not going to rip on the restaurant we ate at, but it was nothing special. We ran to the Active Child concert.

Active Child gave a super strange concert that was weirdly epic. The whole thing was just this grown ginger man, sitting down and playing the harp. And it was awesome! Every Active Child song was like finding a new way to cry. Pat Grossi is an emotional wreck, but my god, did he give one hell of a performance, which ended with one final cry behind a bombastic, bass-heavy beat.

M83 at Moogfest in Asheville, NC

The M83 concert also got off to a weird start. A man in a mask walked onstage. Trippy? Yes. But the audience knew what was happening. It was time for M83. The man in the mask (mask seen here) slowly raised both hands, commanding the audience’s attention, and the audience responded obediently, raising its hands along with him. Then, the man dropped his hands and ran offstage. Strange. Anthony Gonzalez and the band walked on a few minutes later behind the “Intro” beat. I was able to see them perform “Intro,” “Midnight City,” and “Reunion” before I had to leave, and each was amazing and epic, and I’m overusing the word “epic,” but really guys, you had to be there. The performance was spectacular and surprisingly pitch-perfect, not to mention that everything that happened in the Asheville Civic Center was only enhanced by the fish swimming in the sky (Lil Wayne reference?), the kaleidoscope visuals on the big screen, and the awkward, drug-induced swaying (dancing?) from the audience. We ran out of there in horror and because it was time for the Childish Gambino concert. Hurry up, we’re dreaming.

MP3: “Heartbeat” – Childish Gambino

We had a front-row view of the Childish Gambino concert, which was awesome. We saw the stage being set up: Ludwig Gorannson tuning his guitar, Thomas Drayton setting up his bass (slappin da bass, man), and Sad Billy Idol polishing his violin (or whatever violinists do). When Donald didn’t come on stage at exactly the scheduled time, the young crowd quickly got impatient, chanting “Gambino! Gambino! Gambino!” Finally, he came out rapping “Hero” from last year’s Culdesac. The next hour and a half consisted of everybody’s favorite Gambino tracks. It’s actually kind of amazing. The guy has so many hits already–before his first commerical release. Some of the highlights from the concert were the never-before-performed-live “L.E.S.” and “Heartbeat” from Camp, his “Rolling in the Deep” remix with John Legend’s vocals, his freestyle over the “I’m A Boss” beat, and the “Lights Turned On” rager to close the show. I don’t think I can tell you how great the it all was. Donald Glover is on a whole ‘nother level. You can see and hear his passion as he performs. Like, actual, real, raw passion. Amazing.

Passion Pit came on soon after Gambino which ended a little bit late. It was the last show of the night for us. Michael Angelakos and Co. could not have ended it any more perfectly. Passion Pit has got hits, and they played all of them. The crowd really got into it, too, and Angelakos had so much (drunken) charisma on stage; it was infectious. Everybody was dancing and singing along. I’m still amazed that Angelakos could stay in his upper register the ENTIRE night and be on pitch THE ENTIRE TIME. Passion Pit as a whole is just good at its job. Manners live sounded like CD-quality Manners; oh, but they didn’t stop at Manners. They played new material, too,  “testing” songs as they tour North America. At Moogfest, they tested two songs from their sophomore effort; both strangely patriotic (one was called “American Bride”; the other was called something else. It was the better of the two).

Huh. God bless America, I guess.

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Moogfest 2011: The Preview

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This year I have the privilege of attending Moogfest on a press pass–for one day, at least. Sunday is that day (hit me up if you’re gonna be there). I’m driving up to Asheville with a friend sometime in the early afternoon and driving back in the middle of the night. In between, we’ll be filling the glorious evening with live music from an eclectic group of electronic and indie rock bands as well as one very famous rapper (slash not actor). Below, I have for you what my Friday and Saturday Moogfest schedule would be if I went on those days. Unfortunately, there are some must-see bands performing at the same time; I was forced to make some judgement calls. Don’t hate.

The Sunday schedule is literally what I’ll be doing on Sunday. Step-by-step. Play-by-play. (Really, it’s to help my stalker out, ‘cause right now, I’m beginning to think I don’t have one! Yikes!)

Friday, October 28

5:15 – 6:15 Matthew Dear
6:30 – 7:30 Mayer Hawthorne & the County
7:30 – 8:30 The Antlers
MP3: “Putting the Dog to Sleep” – The Antlers
(8:30 – 8:00 Time travel)
8:00 – 9:00 Little Dragon
9:00 – 9:30 RELAX
9:30 – 11:00 Chromeo (over Holy F**k? Tough call.)
11:00 – 12:00 Moby
12:30 – 2:00 – TV on the Radio

Saturday, October 29

2:00 – 4:00 Brian Eno’s Illustrated Talk (if you bought tickets)
4:00 – 5:00 The Naked & Famous
MP3: “All of This” – The Naked & Famous
5:00 – 6:00 YACHT
MP3: “Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire)” – YACHT
6:30 – 7:30 SBTRKT (bands with all CAPS letters, stick togethers)
MP3: “Never Never” – SBTRKT
7:30 – 8:00 Catch the end of the Crystal Castles show!
8:30 – 9:30 The Flaming Lips
9:30 – 10:45 Toro y Moi (SC REPRESENT!)
MP3: “Blessa (Daytrotter Session)” – Toro y Moi
10:45 – 12:15 St. Vincent (Crush ninjas like I’m crushing on Annie Clark…)
12:45 – 2:00 Battles

Sunday, October 30

5:30 – 6:15 Active Child
6:30 – 7:00 M83 (The show goes ‘til 7:45, but I’ll have to run over to the Renaissance Asheville Hotel for the Childish Gambino show, missing both The Drums AND Neon Indian. Gah!)
MP3: “Fall” – M83
7:15 – 8:30 Childish Gambino
MP3: “Verse on DJ Sosupersam’s ‘This Way Up’ Mixtape” – Childish Gambino
8:30 – 9:00 The Gambino show is over. Lose your shit. You can die peacefully now. Now, run over to the Asheville Civic Center to catch some of the James Murphy show!
9:00 – 10:30 Passion Pit
MP3: “Little Secrets” – Passion Pit
10:30 – 11:15 Ghostland Observatory (The show goes ‘til 11:45, but I wanna see Gold Panda!)
11:15 – 11:30 Drive to The Orange Peel, blasting Gold Panda.
11:30 – 12:30 Gold Panda

Check out the Moogfest website for the full schedule, ticket information, and much much more.

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M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming [Album Review + Stream]

Hurry Up We're Dreaming Review

M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is the direct result of three years of tireless work by Anthony Gonzalez, and thank God for that. Seriously. Right now. Thank God that Anthony Gonzalez took three years out of his life to create this double-disc masterpiece for us.

MP3: “Intro (ft. Zola Jesus)” – M83

The album is a piece of art. It’s an extravagant and creative look at childhood, imagination, fear, heroism, triumph, friendship, and perhaps most importantly, dreams. It could easily soundtrack Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are movie. Hell, it could be a movie. The main character is you. Today. Right now. Why are you so serious all the time? Why did you let that one event change you? You used to be fun. Remember when we were kids? We used to travel to faraway places through the depths of our imagination. We used to be friends. What happened to us?

MP3: “Reunion” – M83

Parts of Gonzalez’s album (“Raconte-Moi Une Histoire”) take you back there–to the places of childhood, where you traveled on those bright summer days. Back to where the lakes became oceans and the hills became mountains. Other parts of the album focus on the awkward, pent-up energy and angst of adolescence (“Reunion”) and the responsibility and relative shittiness of adulthood (“My Tears Are Becoming A Sea”). The album as whole is life as seen through a very particular lens that Gonzalez chooses to adopt. A world is created before our eyes (or ears?), and half way through our first listen, we realize that it’s our world. Gonzalez is telling us the honest story of our own lives, and he tells it so very eloquently through intricate, multi-layered instrumentation, powerful, atmospheric interludes, luscious, pitch-perfect harmonies, and raw, gut-wrenching vocals.

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a dream in itself; a dream that we can (re)live in its 72 minute runtime—an imagination replenished.

Thank God for Anthony Gonzalez.

Album Rating: 10/10


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“I heard about this frog, it’s a very tiny frog, but it’s also very special.” -Anthony Gonzalez’s go-to conversation starter

UPDATE: You can now stream the full album here, courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

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Tape Tuesday: Recreation

Recreation Mix

When Sunset went down for a few days last week, I was crushed. I think it was only down for 2 days, but it felt longer. During the 2 day hiatus, I started compiling this mix. I wanted to give you guys something with staying power–something to stick with in case Sunset ever goes down again. This mix is not chalk full of singles and Hype Machine hits. Instead, it is a slowly building, patience testing, and ultimately rewarding hour and a half long mix. But don’t get me wrong, in between the electro buzz of Neon Indian, Toro y Moi, and Chris Taylor’s (of Grizzly Bear) CANT, lie some instantly catchy indie pop gems like Oregon Bike Trails’ “Cayucas”, The Postelles’  ”White Night”, and Mates of State’s “Palomino”. These songs give the mix the flair that James Vincent McMorrow just can’t provide.

I highly recommend that you download the entire tape. It is reflective (“Rivers and Homes”), funky (“All Alone”; guaranteed to get you mini-dancing in your desk chair), angry (“Don’t Fuck With My Money”), somber (“Higher Love”), hilarious (“Girls on Girls”), and simply adorable (“Raconte-Moi Une Histoire”).

This is Recreation. Let’s start a movement. Tweet me your thoughts on the mix at #ThisIsRecreation.

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Tracklist:

01. J. Viewz – Rivers and Homes

Download J.Viewz Rivers And Homes

02. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – John Taylor’s Month Away

03. The Kooks – Is It Me

04. Neon Indian – Hex Girlfriend

05. Toro y Moi – All Alone

06. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Misspent Youth

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07. Rachel Platten – 1,000 Ships

Download Rachel Platten 1,000 Ships

08. Oregon Bike Trails – Cayucas

Download Oregon Bike Trails Cayucas

09. PLAINS – Judy

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10. Be Like Pablo – Julianne

11. The Postelles – White Night

12. CANT – Too Late, Too Far

13. Blood Diamonds – Move The Stars

14. Mates of State – Palomino

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15. AM & Shawn Lee – Somebody Like You

16. Penguin Prison – Don’t Fuck With My Money

17. Young the Giant – Apartment (Captain Cuts Remix)

Download Young The Giant Apartment (Captain Cuts Remix)

18. James Vincent McMorrow – Higher Love

19. Sims – Here I Stand

20. The Herd – My Sister’s Place

21. Beyonce + Beastie Boys – Girls On Girls (Captain Cuts Remix)

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22. M83 – Raconte-Moi Une Histoire

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Recreation Mix

Primary shout out to Ib Photography and Aled Lewis for the pictures.

Secondary shout out to my best friend Josh. It’s his birthday today.

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Saturday at Sunset: Inspiration

Saturday at Sunset

Like many people, I am fueled by inspiration, and luckily for me, I’ve felt inspired for the past few weeks. It’s exciting. I’m excited for the future: my next few posts on Sunset (including this one), starting my senior year of high school, and even beginning my dreaded college applications. It’s weird. I’ll be the first one to tell you. Shit is thoroughly messed up, but I am going to ride this wave of inspiration until conditions are deemed unsuitable for riding.

But enough about me. Saturday at Sunset is a daily special in which the songs and writing are based on some sort of theme or genre. This week’s theme is inspiration, so let me tell you about how I got inspired this fine summer.

About a month ago, Lydia took a chance on me by letting me write for Sunset. Not in a Meta World Peace playing for any NBA team kinda way, but just because she didn’t really know me. But by allowing me to write for her site, Lydia validated my presence on the Internet. She is one of the nicest people that I barely know, and I am forever indebted to her. Her hard work, kindness, and overall awesomeness inspire me. This post, for example, would not exist if it weren’t for her Straight Talk Sundays.

Under the influence.

Listen: “New Map” – M83

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Listen: “Teflon Heart (Star Slinger Remix)” – Caged Animals

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As you may know by now, I’m a huge comedy fan. It’s something that I find completely fascinating, and I adore it. Louis CK’s Chewed Up is one of my favorite things ever. Like, I like it more than I like people. If I had a child, it would be Chewed Up first, child second. Easily. If I had two children, it would be the same, because I’ve already decided that I won’t love my second child at all. I’ll hate him. I’ll teach him the colors the wrong way just to fuck him over for his entire life. But yeah, I like comedy, and I’ve always wanted to try stand-up. Twice. Because apparently, the first time you do stand-up, you don’t really get a feel for it; you’re so nervous. The second time you’re more…there. I got inspired by watching an HBO Special from a few years ago called “Talking Funny,” featuring Ricky Gervais, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Louis CK. The special was just them talking about comedy, and the fascinating thing about the whole thing was that they are the biggest comedy fans. They love what they do and have worked extremely hard to get to the top of their profession. Watching them talk candidly about the craft inspired me to write my own stand-up. Hopefully, I’ll be able to perform it one day. For human beings.

Fish are friends, not food. Swag swag.

MP3: “Never Be The Same” – Little Majorette

Listen: “Lighthouse” – Theophilus London

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Listen: “River Hymnal (FISHING Remix)” – Guerre

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I’ve been listening to the newest M83 album lately (“New Maps” is from the album as is “Wait” below). I’ll have a review out for it soon, but I just want to say that Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a breath of fresh air. Really. It’s reminded me why I like indie rock so much. It reminded me that behind some of the trash that is put out in today’s overly accessible market is some really well-constructed albums such as this one. The entire double disc effort could have easily been the soundtrack for Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are–it’s beautiful, atmospheric, dramatic, cinematic, and delicious for any music fan.

It’s not delivery, it’s L’Homme Run.

Listen: “Wait” – M83

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MP3: “Don’t Go (ft. Josh Kumra)” – Wretch 32

My last source of inspiration has been a girl. She’s great in every way. I should tell her that.

MP3: “The Understanding” – Jones Street Station

Thanks for reading. You guys are the ones that really inspire me. Ha! Just kidding. Fuck you.

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Friday at Five – Music for the Weekend

Friday at Five

Sometimes I try to think back on when I first heard the word “playlist.” For the life of me, though, I can’t remember. I very vividly remember making mixtapes. Two tape decks, being sure to stay right next to the stereo the entire time so that you pressed stop exactly as the song ended. And I vividly remember when we bought our first “CD Burner,” which was the size of my cable box today and was probably harder to figure out than middle school girls. This time, two CD decks. I remember my sister had written out the instructions on a piece of paper, and even in small handwriting, it took up the entire page. If you made one mistake, your CD was a bust and you had to start all over again. Playlist, though; there’s no vivid memory there. It’s as if iTunes magically swept into my life and the day it did, there was no surprise, no wonder, just acceptance at what was going to be the best thing ever in life. (Well, until Spotify hit the States…which I’m still trying to learn the ropes of. So call me out in 15 years when I say I don’t remember ever having a Spotify learning curve.)

These days, playlists are second nature. They’re part of life! What would my iPod be if not for playlists? Good God, I guess I’d have to ask it to pick from a 5-digit number of songs and those would be what would be on my iPod. That could be disastrous. My iTunes is messier than my bedroom, which says a lot. Playlists shape my weekends, my road trips, my nights where I’m sure I’ll see the sun rise before catching an ounce of sleep…they’re everywhere in my life. I hope that these Friday at Five posts can help build your weekend playlists and be a vehicle for fun times, memories, and forgotten actions. That, after all, is what I’m here for.

1. MP3: Reptar – “Stuck in My Id”

This song might confuse you at first. But I can promise you that once you get into it, you wont want to turn it off. I’m going to write an EP review of this entire Reptar collection this weekend, but to give you a hint – these guys might be the new Vampire Weekend. THAT good.

2. MP3: Mike Posner – “Shut Up” (ft. Rusko)

Mike Posner takes a bit of a different turn with this track. Pairing up with Rusko immediately means you’re getting ready to do something fun, but Mike surprised me with his tempo and style here. It’s definitely a good party track.

3. MP3: Jonquil – “Get Up”

I discovered this song while playing on Turntable FM and I haven’t been able to stop listening since. It’s not a rager song, it’s more a fun track that might get people bouncing a little bit. Either way, I think your weekend could use a bit of this hop.

4. MP3: M83 – “Midnight City”

I’m not really sure what electronic music is becoming, and when screeching noises like this became cool and/or fun to listen to, but somewhere along the line, just like the magical arrival of playlists, it must have. M83 are frontrunners in the game of great electronic music, and this newest track of theirs is no exception.

5. “Ice Cream” (Ft. Matias Aguayo) – Battles

Ice Cream (Featuring Matias Aguayo) by BATTLES

Battles is giving us another track that’s a little bit less of a rager track, but will certainly put some heat in your weekend. The singing on this track makes me feel like confetti is going to come streaming out of my ears. FUN.

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