It's good to know that the glittery soul and sexual shimmy of future-funk is alive and well in a city currently best known for its electro-house exports. Parisian producer Onra teams up his solid grooves with Olivier Daysoul's wacky falsetto on the dancefloor heater "Long Distance." Paying homage to his rave-minded peers with his super-compressed beat, Onra still keeps the boogie alive with a bouncing bassline, tons of spacey synth sounds, and a hook that rivals just about any of Daft Punk's catchy melodies. The music is brilliant in and of itself, allowing Daysoul's colorful vocal delivery to serve as the icing on the cake.
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The clanking trip-hop beat that leads in the original version of Pollyn's "Can't Get Into It" is traded out for a steady and straightforward house beat on Altair Nouveau's remix. In fact, the only element left intact on DFA producer Brandon Mitchell's rework is the ethereal vocal delivery of singer Genevieve Artadi. Altair's arsenal of vintage synth tones and space-boogie grooves provide the instrumental background instead, and transform "Can't Get Into It" into a dancefloor number you'd have to be deaf not to get into.
Joshua Harvey produces under a couple of monikers, namely The Count and Hervé, all of which propagate buzzing party beats meant for late-night dance-a-thons. From his Hervé project comes Harvey's latest single, Zombies, and this hyperactive club tune, "Hot! Drum Attack." The beat-heavy rave-up scales the heights of intensity many times over within its six minutes, as Harvey uses every punchy drum sound, tweaked vocal sample, and filtered synth at his disposal to get the job done right.
Flight Facilities are quickly emerging as the best new thing in retro-house sounds, and this version of "Crave You" will only cement their reputation. With a monstrous proto-house bassline charging behind a sentimental piano chords, the path is cleared for Giselle's sultry vocals to enter and make the track into certifiable dancefloor fire. Sometimes recalling Debbie Harry if she was involved with golden-era Frankie Knuckles, "Crave You" is the sort of piece that will be heard everywhere in the coming months, from house nights to the gayest of afternoon brunch parties.
In all fairness, it was only a matter of time until wobble bass crept into the farthest corners of the globe. For all the recent chatter about UK funky, post-dubstep, post-garage, or whatever you want to call it, the anthemic, screeching midrange bass sounds currently ruling the dubstep scene can still sound quite potent, especially to those who haven't been subjected to night after night of moshstep and endless rewinds. So it comes as little suprise that Argentina's Super Guachin has married wobble bass with the squealing synths of his homeland's native cumbia villera. Taken from his Bass from la Villa EP, which is available for free download and also features a remix of Schlachthofbronx, "Pega la Gilada" is the bouncy product of some well-executed cross-genre and cross-cultural alchemy. The chiptune-loving producer even mixes in some Game Boy blips and bleeps. If any more music-blog memes were involved, the internet just might shut down.
Earlier in the week, we tracked down this rare version of east coast garage don Todd Edwards covering the Van Halen anthem "Runnin' With the Devil"—and it's a stormer. Not for the faint of heart, "Runnin' With the Devil (Todd Edwards Remix)" features all the hallmarks of a classic Edwards dancefloor jam, but coupled with DLR's inimitable screech and EVH's killer Kramer guitar licks, this one is—dare we say—completely over the top. When Edwards gets done with you, you're gonna need to be 5150'd indeed!
If Toro Y Moi had the chops of Matmos and the beat savoir-faire of FlyLo, it might sound something like "Maximalist." Though he hails from the Valley, the LA-area solo producer known as Baths has a forthcoming full-length on Anticon, and the woozy Dilla-like beats and gauzy samples of this piece show that he certainly deserves our attention. Though it is tempting to place Baths within the same realm as glo-fi or chillwave or whatever funny name it has this week, there is certainly more funk and texture to "Maximalist" than the more hazy, sunny works of his peers.
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