Editors’ Selections: Week of July 15th, 2013
by: Cara Daley
Jul 21, 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.
White Dove – One Love (Scott Hardkiss Psychic Masturbation Mix)
While nowhere near new, Scott Hardkiss’ mix of White Dove’s “One Love” is my favorite selection from his famed Essential Mix and I’m being rather literal this week by listening to hot house in a heat wave. If you too are feeling the heat, give this groove a spin and get sent to a much chiller place. Though it starts steamy, Dot Allison’s crooning “yeahs” cool it off while Hardkiss throws a break and some chimes for an extra tingly effect. If you can’t beat the heat, join it, and send a silent thanks to the late great producer for breaking through your sun-induced sloth.
Claptone ft. Jaw – No Eyes (Original Mix)
Need a soundtrack for a late night stroll? Berlin house producer Claptone has you covered. “No Eyes” is a deliciously deep track with soulful vocals and evocative lyrics set against easygoing percussion. Jaw’s croons and whispers are perfectly juxtaposed against chilled out atmospherics to create a lonely yet laid-back narrative on this memorable tune.
Bonobo – Pieces feat. Cornelia
Bonobo’s music is like fresh water to my parched ears. Every track off The North Borders is as refreshing as the next. “Pieces” is especially serene as Bonobo backs Cornelia’s delightful vocals with a hypnotic downtempo beat. This is music for Sunday morning musing and dreamlike contemplation.
Avicii – Wake Me Up (Nico Pusch Bootleg Remix)
Like most people when I first heard “Wake Me Up” I was shocked, even put off a bit, by Aloe Blacc’s bluegrass vocals. But, with each play afterwards, the unorthodox style grew on me until I was a full on fan of Avicii’s latest. Enter Nico Pusch, who strips away the Swede’s progressive charm and subdues the mix with an understated backdrop of swirling synths. “Wake Me Up’s” vocals take center stage on Pusch’s whitewashed bootleg, adding a sense of urgency to Aloe Blacc’s bluesy crooning. It may be too mellow for some, but sometimes that’s a good thing.
Nicholas Desamory – Move Your Assets (Original Mix)
Not exactly sure how I stumbled upon this Nicholas Desamory record, and further research into who he is doesn’t shine too much light on the subject either. “Move Your Assets” is a chilling minimal tune with Lucile Desamory taking the lead on vocals and especially on foggy San Francisco evenings, I can’t seem to shake the feel I get from this one.