by Toni Tileva
In this column, I cover songs for you to nod your head to in the EDM scene [electronic dance music, not extra dancey music, for those not in the know].
1. Tokimonsta–Go With It feat. MNDR
Tokimonsta, the turntableista/producer potential heir apparent to DJ Shadow’s crown? The Little Dragon of trip/hip-hop downtempo noodlings? This fresh track is a preview of what’s to come with her first full-length release, Half Shadows, dropping this spring. Tokimonsta calls this “one of the more uplifting tracks I’ve made”–effervescent and ebullient come to mind. Go with it.
2. Grimes–Skin [Four Tet Remix]
Four Tet [or is it Burial] played this track during his set on Rinse FM, later on tweeting “It’s just some track I made the other day using a loop from her record… no remix going on or anything.” Featuring the vocal loop from Grimes’ “Skin,” it definitely bears the signature Four Tet sound.
3. SEXTRAP Vol. 2
No, this is not the subject of a Maury Povich show, title notwithstanding [you are definitely not the father]. Trap’s dalliance with 90’s r’n’b slow jams lends itself especaily well to…various amorous pursuits, seemingly a lot starting with the letter s. Producer BlkkMorris is a master purveyor of what he calls “luxury trap” and he is not joking–this is next level lushness.
There is Nostradamus, Flosstradamus, and now Montreal’s Kaytradamus, who recently changed his moniker to Kaytranada. I talked about his remix of Erykah Badu’s Love Of My Life a couple of months back–his recent remixes of TLC and Janet Jackson and now Missy have only continued to yield sonic gold.
5. Rhye–Open [Ryan Hemsworth Remix]
Ryan Hemsworth [whom I also talked about before] de-mawkifies Rhye‘s original tune introducing some noirish tension into it, lifting it out of Lilith Fair into Massive Attack-Safe-From-Harm territory.