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I present to you this week's Lineup followed by this week's featured mix (a new part of TML!). And if you wanna get real deep into it, keep scrolling to read about each of this week's tracks and why they rule.
Kill Paris - Now That’s What I Call Sexy Music Vol. 1 Big big ups to OEB for sending this my way. This is by far one of my favorite mixes I’ve listened to recently, and here’s why:
Kill Paris is an LA based electro/glitch house producer + DJ. Personally, I think his sound is way too intense and just not for me. But this mix is an hour of pure feel good, baby making music spanning multiple decades and totally coming as a surprise from someone like Kill Paris. Sure, there’s a short section around the 7 minute mark where he indulges in some of his own tracks (get through it, it’s worth it, I promise), but even so you have to respect how seamlessly he mixes together his own electro sound with that of 90s R&B. And then just gives you hit after hit after hit. Although let’s be real: I was sold at Montell Jordan.
Track by Track Descriptions
Elliphant - One More feat. MØ While I’m not so into Elliphant’s harder-sounding collabs with the likes of Diplo and Skrillex, it’s safe to say I’m o-b-sessed with her duo with MØ. The slightly auto tuned girl on girl harmonies get me every time, and I love MØ’s signature vocals in the chorus. Not to mention the music video which officially makes these two the reigning queens of all bad bitches.
Syn Cole - Bright Lights (Sam Feldt Remix) Be patient with this one. It may just seem like another melodic/tropical/house tune, but get to the 2-minute mark. If you like big, beautiful piano chords and strings layered onto a track as much as I do, you’ll have this on repeat for the week.
Chet Faker x WKND - Lover Chet Faker’s at it again! Backstory on this track is a cool one. Chet’s vocals are actually a cover of this 90s song I actually don’t know but sounds oh-so-familiar, and 20-year-old wiz kid WKND did the good deed of remixing it into something amazing. So technically WKND's at it again. But they both rule.
Chris Malinchak - Happiness (feat. MNEK) Talk about a dream collaboration. Chris Malinchak has been one of my favorites since I heard his first single “So Good To Me” in early 2013, and the same is true for MNEK, featured multiple times on Rudimental’s debut album “Home”. So naturally when I opened my SoundCloud feed on Tuesday and saw this one, I lost my sh*t. MNEK (at a mere age 19) sounds perfect on this track.
Tame Impala - Elephant Blast this one in your car and roll down the windows. Bust out that air guitar and invisible drum set (while you're at a traffic light, of course. TML supports safe driving). No one’s watching (especially if you have tinted windows like me!). And the best part? This song does not get old.
Blonde - I Loved You I first discovered UK duo Blonde a few months ago when I stumbled across their version of Corona’s “Rhythm of the Night”. Since then, they’ve been popping up everywhere - bringing an equal parts accessible and awesome house sound to the masses. You may recognize this one from The Magician’s “Magic Tape 45” posted in Lineup #1. Oh, and did I mention piano chords?
Little Daylight - Overdose This is one of those songs that pop into my life every few months and I’m always happy when it comes to say hello. This time in the form of Little Daylight’s opening performance for the Clean Bandit show at The Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday.
Clean Bandit - Rihanna feat. Noonie Bao Speaking of Clean Bandit, I’m having a not-so-subtle love affair with them. In addition to a perfect cover of “Show Me Love” by Robin S, they played a few songs from their early days which aren’t included on their album. “Rihanna” was my favorite of those by far, but truth be told - the vocalists at the live show totally outdid this recorded version (but it's still great, obviously).
Ella Eyre - Comeback (Stripped) Ella is the bomb. At 20 years old she has sung better, been cooler and has had better hair than you will ever have in your whole life. Also getting into the game by collaborating with Rudimental (like MNEK), this is the second solo single she’s put out this year. While I love the original song, this “Stripped” version highlights her absolutely ridiculous vocal prowess.
Theophilus London - Big Spender feat. A$AP Rocky Posting Theo’s latest in Lineup #1 last week reminded me of how f*cking sick this song is. There are so many things: Theo and A$AP spitting game over Bob Fosse music, mentions of kangaroos and Soho House…the list goes on.
Naomie K - Open Your Mind (Matoma Tropical Remix) There’s a reason the Tropical House sound is taking the world by storm, and this latest one from Matoma has all the important stuff: melodic whistles and guitar, tribal drums, pianos, strings, and of course - the saxophone track. All layered on top of a happy, uptempo beat perfectly fit for daydreaming about my next vacation.
Bondax - All I See (TCTS Remix) The original version of “All I See” by Bondax made it into Lineup #1.5, but I just discovered this TCTS remix and it’s everything.
SBTRKT - Wildfire (OVO Remix feat. Drake) Treasure Island is a little over 3 weeks away (!) and SBTRKT's legendary performance there in 2012 has been running through my mind. This version feat. Drake should no doubt give you a much needed Monday pick me up. His opening verse is hot like fire.
Addal - I See Fire feat. Jasmine Thompson It’s past my bedtime. Italian DJ/Producer Addal took Jasmine Thompson’s cover of Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” and made it into something really really really great. It’s pretty. The end. xo.