Last month I posted some BeachesBeaches, and I’m still really digging their stuff. For some reason this one reminds me of the first time I heard RJD2. I’m pretty sure it’s the layered, busy hip-hop feel that would sound amazing with someone rapping over it. I like the pronounced snaps in the beginning of the song because they grab your attention and draw you into the song by giving you a chance to actively participate in the music by snapping along with the song. “Sammy” also has really cool percussion repetitions that give the song a stair-like flow. If you listen closely you can hear the volume of the ghostly vocals actually fluctuates with the drums to hit drops at the same time and synergistically emphasizes that stair-like feeling. Don’t understand what I mean? Try moving your hand with a downward wave motion with the beat of the song, and you’ll see it.
I know everyone is more than familiar with RJD2, but describing BeachesBeaches made me want to listen to some. RJd2 has so many phenomenal tracks that even picking the album to start with proved hard. It ended up coming down to something off Deadringer or Since We Last Spoke, so I decided to make it easy for myself and just pick two songs. Deadringer has three standout songs: “Ghostwriter”, “Good Times Roll Pt. 2”, and “Smoke and Mirrors”. Today, “Smoke and Mirrors” emerged victorious.
As for Since We Last Spoke, I was stuck between “Iced Lightning” and “1976”. I chose “1976” because, let’s face it, “Iced Lightning” is a terrible name for a song. Also, I think “1976” has a bit more of a broad appeal. By the way, if you haven’t seen RJD2 live, do it. His shows are amazing.
For my last song, I figured I would give you guys something a little more dance-centric. It is Saturday, and who doesn’t want a jolt of energy to kick the weekend in the ass one last time before lazy Sunday becomes blue Monday? Play “World Tour” before you leave to engage in whatever debauchery catches your fancy tonight.
It may be the sabbath, but that’s no excuse. Here to keep you on your toes, some sweet dub and a geniously reworked pop hit by LA breakout DJ Dillon Francis.
Dillon Francis – Who The Fuck Are You (feat. Cory Enemy) (Original Mix)
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I know it’s summer. I know you want music that makes you feel like you’re bouncing around on a moonwalk without a care in the world. So be warned: this is a pretty dark track, but it deserves recognition regardless of the season. It’s one of those jamz that forces you to stop what you’re doing and bob your head. Wait, it has LMFAO on it?!? Don’t worry. I don’t like LMFAO either, but you really have to respect anyone who is talented enough to mix together The Xx and Afrojack. Not to mention the LMFAO actually doesn’t sound terrible. Thanks PRFFTT (Profit). You did us right.
Props to my friend G$ for introducing me to this crazy character. David Berrie (aka dBerrie) takes some pretty heavy songs, like Rolling in the Deep or the one to follow, and successfully raises them to a heightened, celebratory state using repeated and exaggerated choruses and constant, rolling beats. Man am I excited for his show at Pacha next weekend in New York — and it’s free for those on the guest list…
Friendz and loverz,
Important announcement: My good buddy P-man has just informed me that Datsik will headline at the Lincoln Theater THIS SATURDAY! I want to organize a party bus (with alcohol) to go from Chapel Hill to the concert in Raleigh. Anyone who is interested hit me up ASAP via facebook or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). In preparation for the concert, here is my absolute favorite remix by Datsik. Please enjoy.
Thanks to Julez for reminding me about this gem of a jam.