Editors’ Selections: Week of August 5th, 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.
St Germain – Rose Rouge (Joris Voorn Secret Mix)
There was a long period where seasoned fans would have killed to lay their hands on the Joris Voorn’s stunning remix of ‘Rose Rogue’ – and I for one was getting pretty impatient. Finally available as a free download after more than a year in rotation, his secret mix shuffles and swings between subtle brass and soulful vocals at full with satisfying Voorn hallmarks from start to finish. It may have been a relatively quiet year on the release front, but global dance music’s weirdest Dutch trailblazer remains on point with this quality re-imagining of St Germain and their jazz-infused sound.
Jon Hopkins – Breathe This Air feat. Purity Ring
Jon Hopkins may have just put out solo album Immunity, but that hasn’t delayed more production from him. “Breathe This Air” was first featured on Immunity but Hopkins has polished, shined, and added to the original, successfully giving the track an unnecessary but rewarding face lift. Megan James of Purity Ring’s indelible vocals are the icing on the cake.
Dorisburg – Mima
“Mima” is from Swedish duo Dorisburg and it’s a perfectly lush record, fit for late nights and early mornings.
Felix Da Housecat – I Just Wanna Be a Lesbian (Human Life Remix)
LA-based Matthew Wasley – known musically as Human Life – is giving away his dark and pulsating rendition of Felix Da Housecat’s “I Just Wanna Be a Lesbian” as a free download, for a limited time only. Borrowing from the original’s quirky vocals, Wasley adds a groovy bass line alongside crisp percussions to make this a welcomed treat on any dance floor.
Teenage Mutants & Kant – No One Knows (Original Mix)
When I’m not listening to dance music I’m listening to Queens of the Stone Age, so imagine my surprise (and childlike delight) when Josh Homme’s vocals made an appearance on Teenage Mutants latest collaboration with Kant. Deep bass lines, indie dance flair and samples from one of my favorite QotS songs — all in one place — is a surefire way to find a permanent home on my iPod.
Somehow Beataucue’s “Slow Down” minimix found its way onto my iTunes library late last year and since then I’ve been on the lookout for new material from the duo. “Aeropolis” is pretty much nothing like the track I fell for, but the Slick Shoota remix is so smooth I can’t help but fall into it. I’m not going to classify it as anything but Kitsune, but given the label’s track record, that should suffice.