Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

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British electronic duo Disclosure have spent the last two years exploding in popularity following the release of their debut album, Settle. They’re also performing at Coachella for the second year in a row, but refuse to rest on their laurels. Instead, they’re back again collaborating with producer Friend Within for new track “The Mechanism.” It’s every bit the level of quality people have come to expect from the group. A handclap and high hat heavy beat forms the foundation for a woozy synth line and multiple vocal loops. The synth bridge has the brothers’ fingerprints all over it, while Friend Within handles the vocals and more traditional DJ work to complement their more house tendencies. The track is versatile, leaving it up to the listener how into the groove they want to get, but five minutes of Disclosure is going to end in dancing more often than not. Check it out below.

STREAM: Disclosure x Friend Within – “The Mechanism”

Premiere: Safia – Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (Young Franco Remix)

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Some of Australia’s finest music minds meet on Young Franco‘s remix of SAFIA‘s “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds.” The 19-year-old Brisbane producer proved himself a certified party starter a month ago with “Brooklyn,” an extra-funky sample-heavy house original. The magic continues on this remix, a driving tropical take on his compatriots’ 2014 breakout track. Give it a listen below.

STREAM: SAFIA – “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (Young Franco Rmx)” [PREMIERE]

#TBT: Owl Eyes – Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover) (Chores Edit)

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On this Throwback Thursday we present you with yet another remix of a cover. This time it’s a double dose of artists from Down Under as DJ duo Chores remixes Owl Eyes‘ cover of Daft Punk’s “Something About Us.” The original tune appears on Daft Punk’s 1997 album Discovery, and has since made it on to more than a few love mixes. Chores takes the Owl Eyes rendition and infuses it with that 90s house revival sound that Disclosure and others have so successfully rejuvenated lately. Check it out below.

STREAM: Owl Eyes – “Something About Us (Daft Punk Cover) (Chores Edit)”

Johnny Stimson – SO. GOOD. (Caleb L’Etoile Remix)

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Emerging DC house producer Caleb L’Etoile has taken Johnny Stimson’s “SO. GOOD.” and prepped it for the warmer climates of Spring. L’Etoile transforms the suave bedroom number into a sultry club warmer with a stepping bass-line that playfully dances around the lone trumpet. Percussive rhythms grab your hips and transport you to what feels like a Havana beach club. To say this tune has “plenty of groove and feel” is a bit of an understatement. Stream it below.

STREAM: Johnny Stimson – “SO. GOOD. (Caleb L’Etoile Remix)”

Amtrac – Don’t Know (Ft. Posso)

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Louisville’s finest deep house production vehicle, Amtrac, is pulling into the groove station hard on this fresh cut from the OWSLA records wunderkind, with a dime from dance music dynamos POSSO. If you’re like me, and random house cuts rarely grab your heart & soul on first listen, “Don’t Know” may prove a pleasant exception. Just peep the waveform graphic on the track for gosh sakes – it’s a joyfully rendered, perpetually oscillating amusement park of a song, keeping you entertained with its constant sonic ebbs and flows. Like kindred spirits Duck Sauce, Amtrac has a great ear for vocal chops and a knack for showing the listener just how much fun these trips can be when you have a capable conductor at the helm. This isn’t the northeast regional we’re talking about here, it’s the Acela. Stream “Don’t Know” below.

STREAM: Amtrac – “Don’t Know (Ft. POSSO)”

Taches – Something Blue

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Beer, cheese and all of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are just a few of my favorite British exports. Now I can add producer Tâches to that list. As a thanks to his fans, the Mallorca-by-London producer has made his latest single “Something Blue” available for free download. “Something Blue” lives somewhere between the tech and deep worlds (and probably summers in space). His unique arrangement of Jessica Sophie’s vocals is a pleasant surprise, especially when paired with that groovy bassline. Tâches has a special sound here and is definitely one to keep your eyes on in 2014. Holler at “Something Blue” below.

STREAM: Tâches – “Something Blue”

Disclosure – F For You (Ft. Mary J. Blige)

Because everything is better with a little Mary J., Disclosure released a video for the very Mary remix of their song “F For You.” It’s a combo of animation and live action studio shots where Mary is styled like a hip-hop Suze Orman (I’m sorry, but the jacket and side-swooping bangs are a dead ringer). She certainly made a smart choice by working with these guys; Disclosure recently topped the BRIT Awards with four nominations, including the prestigious and prominently branded MasterCard British Album of the Year Award for 2013′s Settle. If this video doesn’t make you nostalgic for ’90s house music, then frankly, sir, I don’t know what will. Watch it above.

Blondfire – Walking With Giants (Templeton Remix)

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Up and coming LA producer Templeton just dropped a remix of Blondfire’s “Walking With Giants” and, let me just say, it is THE JAM.  While this isn’t Templeton’s first time at the remix rodeo — he’s done this thing with BANKS, Chela and Boys Get Hurt — “Walking With Giants” is definitely some of his best work.  Templeton threw that thing down, flipped it and reversed it by injecting some good ol’ piano driven house into the original indie track, highlighting his house sensibilities and ability to make you dance on command.  Check it out below.

STREAM: Blondfire – “Walking With Giants (Templeton Remix)”

Bonobo – First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)

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Saddle up, ladies and gents, and get ready for UK producer — and queen of deep house — Maya Jane Coles to take you on a ride. She got her hands on Bonobo’s “First Fires” and transformed it into a deep, flawlessly-produced masterpiece. Coles kept the original vocals then added a 4/4 beat and a deep bass line, taking “First Fires” from tender and ambient to resonant and gritty. Basically it’s the musical version of Sandy’s makeover in Grease. Stream the remix below.

STREAM: Bonobo – “First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)” 

Jamie xx – Untitled (Unreleased)

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Jamie xx has had a fairly quiet 2013. He did a track for Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby film soundtrack, and has released the occasional remix, but fans might fairly have kept Jamie from the front of their minds. It doesn’t even take a full release to remind listeners why Jamie should never be far from their thoughts.

This live rip from Berlin’s Night + Day Festival serves ample notice on its own. Opening with swirling harp, the song slowly layers and builds sounds together, adding a soulful vocal sample and a quiet beat. Even as the filtered vocals pile up, that backbeat acts as a kind of spine for the rest of the song, disappearing momentarily and then returning to carry the song to a satisfying fade out. Live rip or not, the song has all of the production polish of Jamie xx’s recorded material, and the wonderful sense of control that comes with knowing exactly what it takes to make his audience respond to the music. Check out “Untitled (Unreleased)” below.

STREAM: Jamie xx – “Untitled (Unreleased)”