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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. Slow Machete–Mango Tree

Remember when Melody Maker described Sigur Ros as “god weeping tears of gold in heaven?” Slow Machete is would fit well under that very same rubric. Profound in a Jungian archetypal sense and otherworldly in its essence, it is a celebration of the unbridled and unadulterated spirituality inherent in our very humanity. In other words, if this does not move you, you may want to check for a pulse. This is ethnomusicology with meaning, not based on pretense or veiled co-optation of “native music,” and refreshingly devoid of preachiness and cloying sanctimony. Local musician Joseph Shaffer is donating all of the proceeds from his second release to Haiti, where he volunteers every year, shying away from the spotlight and allowing the music to help those who helped him make it. Check out his debut album as well.

2. Justin Timberlake–Suit & Tie [Oliver Nelson Remix]

Pure nu disco dance floor confection in full effect in this sweet little remix, making it a serious contender for summer anthem of 2013. Seriously better than the original–I mean anything that lifts that abysmal HOV “rap” out of its awfulness deserves serious kudos.

3. J. Cole–Let Nas Down
Nas responds to J. Cole’s “Let Nas Down,” with this remix “Made Nas Proud.”

4. Laura Mvula–That’s Alright [Silent Rider Remix]

“Tell me who made you the center of the universe!?” Tell ’em, Laura.

British R&B chanteuse Laura Mvula, released her debut album Sing to the Moon this year, where it climbed to number nine on the UK album charts.


5. Parra For Cuva and Anna Naklab–Wicked Games [Chris Isaac Cover]

Garage meets Latin music sensibilities…yes, it’s that cray–the outcome is a jaunty, blippy cover of this timeless classic that has probably yielded more covers than any other song.
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