It’s been three months since the last one of these. That’s, like, a quarter of a year. Too long to leave you guys without your bangers. My bad. Enlisted Constant Gardner and Monster‘s help on this one, shoutout to the rest of the P&P team for holding shit down. To start this off in appropriately epic fashion, leading the pack in Dance Music Post. 6 is a Lord of the Rings remix. I have nothing to say to you past that. You can grab that and the whole post as a zip below, with all individual tracks (including some A-Trak, Chiddy Bang and Icona Pop) blogged appropriately after the jump. This one’s huge, don’t sleep.
Gotta love some disco that goes hard. Steed Lord are a group that stands out in a genre that I really like but can rarely justify actually DJing, because it sounds a little too soft. “Don’t Hurt Love” holds on to the throwback spirit that characterizes good disco, but tops it off with an unmanageably destructive bassline and some mean vocal work.
Next up is a UK Funky track, a genre I’ve really been into as of late. Lil Silva is one of my favorite upcoming artists from the London scene, and just released the phenomenal ‘Patience EP’ earlier this week. To familiarize you guys with him I’m including my favorite track from last year’s ‘Night Skanker EP,’ which was released on the ever-present Night Slugs.
A running theme on P&P is how those Swedes know how to put together a jam. Latest evidence, which Confusion and I have both been banging for the past few months, is Icona Pop’s “Manners.” This remix takes the essence of the original mix and just ups the ante.
Dillon Francis, of Mad Decent fame, is one of the most versatile producers in the game right now. He jumps from genre to genre with apparent ease, and has a great ear for what the general populace is going to like. If I had to pick one electronic artist set to blow up, this dude’s at the top of my list, and everything seems to be lining up for him. Which I’m really happy about, because he’s hilarious on Twitter. Here he reworks one of the years biggest pop tracks. It’s a little more laid-back than his normal production, but it’s still a great edit.
This track’s so dope. Basically a minimalistic dubstep production from the South London pioneer SBTRKT with Little Dragon crooning over the top, and if that sounds bad to you (it does to me, if I’m being honest), just give it a try. The synthline is essentially unbeatable. It’s a really great fucking song. And I don’t mean “tune” or “banger.” It’s a really great song.
SBTRKT (Ft. Little Dragon) – Wildfire
Oh Joker, you never disappoint do you? For my money, Joker is one of the very, very best doing it in any of the bass music genres right now. His banger “Purple City” is one of my all time favourite songs and my go to for testing out speakers and headphones. Finally his debut album is on the way – it will have a mix of purely instrumental tracks along with vocal tracks like this new one featuring powerful vocalist Jessie Ware, which keeps that purple sound that Joker created, but has a definite pop-appeal. Boom.
Joker (Ft. Jessie Ware) – The Vision (Let Me Breathe)
Robyn’s voice lends itself perfectly to being remixed into dance tracks, and this electro veering into dubstep rework by Feed Me is no exception. Feed Me is the progressive house/electro/dubstep making alter-ego of Spor (creator of extremely heavy drum and bass) and he’s added a load of extra bass and some synthy loveliness to this one. Result – a great party starter.
Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend (Feed Me Remix)
I wasn’t too sure about Nero when they (it’s a two man production team) arrived on the scene in 2008, but they have grown and grown on me with their original tracks, as well as their remixes of The Streets, Daft Punk, Deadmau5 and La Roux. They must have grown on everyone else as well, as “Guilt” recently reached 8 in the UK singles chart, a reflection of the still growing popularity of dubstep and the hands in the air, scream out loud awesomeness of the vocals.
Nero – Guilt
Luckybeard is one half of Italian production maestros Crookers, and here he’s picked out Cyhi’s “I’m like Tom Cruise off of Top Gun” line from “Ray Ban Vision” and used it as the basis of a real head-nodder that bounces along but never quite explodes into a fully fledged banger. Catchy and addictive.
A-Trak (Ft. Cyhi Da Prynce) – Ray Ban Vision (Luckybeard Remix)
I don’t really know what to say about this one, so I’ll quote Com Truise, who helpfully explains that he creates “mid-fi synth-wave, slow motion funk.” Whatever that is, I like it! “Cathode Girls” is the first track from Com Truises debut LP Galactic Melt, out July 5.
Com Truise – Cathode Girls
I know you guys like Chiddy Bang. And you probably like bass. So Chiddy Bang + bass is an inherently positive combination in my eyes, which is exactly what AC Slater creates here. Goes from dubstep to mombahton and some other stuff in the middle. Just generally the kind of track from AC I love.
Chiddy Bang – Here We Go (AC Slater Remix)