Editors’ Selections: Week of July 8th, 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.
Vindata – Being
Vindata is the up-and-coming duo made up of Branden Ratcliff and Jared Poythress. This LA-based team is bending genre barriers — made most apparent on their recently released Paradigms EP. The lead track on the package, “Being,” features dreamy synth work that soars over crisp piano lines for some great down-tempo music listening.
Bronson – Diamonds (A.N.D.Y House rework)
Because I am a girl, diamonds are in fact my best friend, at least when they come in the form of glittery house tracks. A.N.D.Y’s rework of Bronson’s “Diamonds” takes Marilyn’s famed line to a place more suited to her Nembutal state of mind than the big screen, but the groove is just right to take things down a notch. A.N.D.Y. added a little Belgian bounce to the Bronson original but kept things low-key, giving the track a more diamond in the rough feel. If you only love big room you may find the rework an indecent proposal, but if you can swing basement this is a match made in heaven.
Kevin McKay – Body Talk (Grum Remix)
No matter how much music I encounter, there are few sounds as captivating as the French house style that launched the electronic blog house revolution back in 2007. Nostalgic for music with more killer and less filler, Grum’s take on Kevin McKay’s “Body Talk” satisfies my filter house sweet tooth and has quickly become my go to track for faded night drives out of Manhattan.
Avicii – Wake Me Up (The Golden Pony Remix)
Brooklyn’s The Golden Pony have turned Avicii’s country house hit into a groovy, indie-dance favorite. I love how they infused a bit of funk into the already confused genre making it quite bearable to listen to. Who knew country/folk + EDM + disco would create such a fantastic result. I wish more producers take inspiration and bend the rules as displayed here.
Karma Kid – In My Arms (Armeria’s Full Of Happiness Edit)
With the peak time market burgeoning and bowing at the seams, I have truly grown to appreciate dance music’s calmer side for 2013. Behind the wheel of Karma Kid’s “In My Arms,” Armeria injects the original with docile grooves and a dreamy melodic canvas, forging the ultimate soundtrack to summer downtime that should be enjoyed in blistering heat and surrounded by beautiful women. The track is free to download and unlike the British summer, consistently rings with sun-kissed energy from start to finish.
Andre Lodemann – Eyes Wide Open (Alix Alvarez Remix)
“Eyes Wide Open” is off the latest EP from Berlin-based DJ/producer Andre Lodemann and the remix from Alix Alvarez takes the (at times) gritty melody and completely smooths it out into a playfully deep late night/early morning record.
Phaeleh – Journey
Over the past two weeks, I’ve developed an insatiable affection with Phaeleh’s music. How could I have ever claimed to be a bass music adept yet be unversed in Phaeleh’s mystical ways? Fortunately, his new album Tides has converted me to a scholar of his masterful productions. “Journey” is my favorite from the new album. Those strings... they’re gorgeous!