Royal isn’t stopping anytime soon. In fact, he’s been pretty quiet lately, aside from his new single, because he has been working on his untitled album. As stoked as we are for that to manifest, we have to wait, but we don’t have to wait for the “Queen Of France.” Royal’s latest single is quite poppy, but it also has strong indie influences, despite those two styles being at odds. They work strongly in conjunction here to give us a special record that is both light-hearted and catchy. It’s one of those tracks that will intrusively pop into your mind during your day, except it’s also the type of song that you won’t get mad when that does happen. Want “Queen Of France” for yourself? Download it for free.
It has been a cool minute since we had work from Live City. After going through some member changes, Ethan now being the sole contributor to the act who has a special premiere for us today. Despite having this change, Live City is moving on ahead without distraction. The new free EP, Switch, is proof of that, along with a change of style.
Switch is comprised of three singles, with rapper Bizzy hopping on the Eastern influenced track “Kama Sutra.” With the other two tracks we get more dancey, upbeat styles, however “Kama Sutra” makes for a nice change of pace. “This Is A Test” kicks things off with a bassy breakbeat sound that is too fun not to rage to. “Dope Shit” is within the breakbeat realm as well, but Live City goes for a more club style with less bass. All three tracks are certified fire, so make sure to download the EP through the link above.
This Is A Test (Original Mix)
Kama Sutra (Ft. Bizzy) (Original Mix)
Dope Shit (Original Mix)
Remember The Feeling [FREE DOWNLOAD]
About three years back, we had the chance to fall in love with U.K. house duo Panda; specifically their record “All I Can Give”, which was released on Bondax’s Just Us label (which unfortunately has been defunct for about two years now). In the time since, the London/Plymouth stationed pair have worked with highly notable dance imprints including tastemakers like Toolroom, Kitsune, and Black Butter; while today -with a freshly revitalized moniker, FK Panda, and more streamlined, jackin’ underground house sound- sees their latest single, “Remember The Feeling”, placed as a free download through Love & Other Records. The re-branding as FK Panda seems to have reignited a burning flame within the two, as “Remember The Feeling” carries one of the heavier and most club directed house backbones we’ve heard them ever employ. Their debut single as FK Panda rolls on top of a shuffled hi-hat, rumbling kicks, backing piano stabs as soulful as Marshall Jefferson could have envisioned back in ’86, and one of the catchiest vocal samples the house game will see this entire year; highlighting the twosome’s keen grasp on proper club structures while keeping intact their unique playability. Needless to say we’ve got our full Ninja stamp of approval all over this one, and with past support already coming from the likes of Pete Tong & Annie Mac, we think you’ll have an easy time giving yours as well. Stream FK Panda’s “Remember The Feeling” above, and grab the free download from their Soundcloud here.
Something About You (ODESZA Remix)
Hayden James‘s “Something About You” was undoubtedly one of the best songs to come out in 2014–a gorgeously smooth cut featuring silky vocals from James himself alongside the always amazing, fellow-Future Classic member George Maple. The seemingly, and welcomingly, omni-present ODESZA have been teasing a remix of the jam both on social media and during live sets–today it has officially arrived.
In typical fashion, ODESZA truly make the track their own utilizing the vocals perfectly building into an absolutely beautiful eruption that simultaneously evokes deep emotions and makes you want to frolic in a field of feels. In a way, the talented duo are returning the favor after James’ fantastic 2014 rendition of “Say My Name.” Bask in this glorious tune above and keep your eye out for Hayden James in 2015–we caught him at Audio in San Francisco recently and were blown away by his set.
It’s a double treat from FKJ this week, starting off with a smooth summer jam you can throw straight into your mixtape courtesy of the free download. It’s a simple formula really; the prolific beat-maker lays down his signature vibe while the sultry voice of Tom Bailey completes the sensual experience that ‘Drops’ was made to provide. His second feature is a collaboration with another slick Frenchman in Darius. Where the opening track held nothing back in its declaration of serious funk, this one is all about a rich blend of silky sounds that slowly massage their way through your mind until total mesmerization has been achieved.
Up next we’re moving into some nostalgic territory with a newcomer to the Chill Dojo, VOIA. The NY-based producer wastes no time in painting his scenic beach soundscape and allowing his charming melodic composition gently carry your mind away on a wave of curious adventure. More than that though, it creates the perfect setting for our next track from TastyTreat and NRMИ, aptly named ‘Summers Love’. Warmth and happiness oozes from every chord of this future-filled delight, ready-made to be the backdrop to your fond summer memories. We wrap up our features with a pair of glorious remixes from Royal’s latest Cycles EP. While Lazerdisk and Dream Beach team up to continue this carefree journey we’ve been drifting through, Jai Wolf’s intention is all about bringing the energy to his magical world of melodic bliss.
The ride continues well beyond there though, so feel free to stick around for the whole thing. Peace out.
FKJ feat. Tom Bailey
TastyTreat X NRMИ
Summers Love (feat. Tribes)
Passenger (Lazerdisk x Dream Beach Remix)
Passenger (Jai Wolf Remix)
Griz ft. Talib Kweli
For the Love (Big Wild Remix)
Getting Away Ft. Mack
Passenger (Hotel Garuda Remix)
Looking At You (feat. C Duncan)(Moods Remix)
Adore (Melvv Remix)
Window To The Sky (Dante Klein Remix)
Tell Me (feat. Cozy)
I Need Girls
Royal ft. Desktop
Round 2 (Catt Moop Remix)
TroyBoi Feat NEFERA
On My Own
Years & Years
Desire (Feki Remix)
Holding On (feat. Anuka)
Here (Lucian Remix)
The Marphoi Project
Lazy Heart (Enzalla Remix)
Sunset (Feat. Helen Byrne)
We’ve done our best to stay away from the whole Meek Mill versus Drake fiasco that’s dominated the hip-hop headlines this week. While we’ll continue to keep our opinions about the issue to ourselves, it’s hard to ignore this latest output from Drake as he finally responds to some of the criticisms he’s faced. Though he claims to be “Charged Up,” Drizzy stays relatively calm and collected throughout the ominous single. The song was debuted earlier today as part of Drake’s OVO Sound Radio show on Apple Music, along with a few other tracks like “Right Hand”, a flip of D.R.A.M.‘s “Cha Cha”, and a new collaboration between PARTYNEXTDOOR and Travi$ Scott titled “No Feelings”. It’ll be interesting to see if Meek Mill decides to issue his own counter, because chances are this won’t be the last we hear from the two of them.
PARTYNEXTDOOR x Travi$ Scott
Party people, congregate; the weekend is here! Along with this weekend comes the 157th edition of the Friday Party Playlist, topped off with works from Tisoki, Trentino, DJ Drew and the one and only Space Laces. As the Summer heat continues to turn up, so do we. Although this playlists starts out on the chiller side, things get steadily energized until the very last song. May your weekend be blessed with those close to you, maybe a little tequila for today’s holiday, and some quality music. But, we have you covered on that last bit. #danceirresponsibly
My Pet Monster
Transmissions From Uranus
Cant Feel My… (DJ Drew Remix) // DOWNLOAD
Bust Em Up (Original Mix)
Dekku X Patches & Cream
Say It Aint So
Redemption (Original Mix)
Donkey Kong (FREE DOWNLOAD)
8Er$ & Ronaissance
Let Yourself Go