Editors’ Selections: Week of May 27th, 2013
Editors’ Selections is an opportunity for your favorite Dancing Astronaut contributors to talk about some of the music they’re listening to that we might not always get an opportunity to post about from week to week. Sometimes it’s out there, sometimes it’s obscure, but you’ll always get a peek into what we’re loving behind closed doors.
Pedro Mercado & Karada feat. Zoe Xenia – You Take Me There (Rodriguez Jr. Alternative Remix)
I’ve heard Rodriguez Jr. veer in a lot of different directions, but simply put — this remix has soul and substance.
Aldo Cadiz & Francisco Allendes – Esa Nena Quiere (Original Mix)
Sharing music with friends has always been an invaluable source of new sonic love affairs. This, in particular, is how I second-hand discovered “Esa Nene Quiere” by Aldo Cadiz and Francisco Allendes, which samples “Ya Tu Sabes,” a classic song from my youth. Cadiz and Allendes manage to successfully bridge my Puerto Rican roots and adult interests in “Esa Nene Quiere.”
Max Graham feat. Alana Aldea – Where You Are (J.O.C remix)
With trance on my mind this week, my selection comes from a producer that has been in our Axis mixes, in our festival lineup announcements, and in the Trance Top 1000 rankings but not yet featured in a post of his own. Ireland’s John O’Callaghan remix of Max Graham’s “Where You Are” has my attention this week because it does the opposite of what many trance producers are doing: it puts the trance elements back in the mix instead of weeding them out. Ditching the builds and the big bass, O’Callaghan brings back the melody and the pulse, retuning the track with an ear developed from a decade of producing some of the biggest tracks in the genre.
Jamiroquai – Lifeline (Shook Remix)
As predicted, my selection is another freshly squeezed nu-disco track — this time from the enigmatic Shook. Few artists come close to Jamiroquai in the feel good synth-pop department and when you combine that with Shook’s penchant for establishing lust-laden grooves, you’ve got one track so unapologetically funky that you’ll be hard pressed to escape its grasp. Press play and you’ll see what I mean.