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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]. Speaking of which, here’s a little manual on how to get your rave on.

1. Major Lazer–Jah No Partial (Yellow Claw and Yung Felix Remix)

This little trap remix will entrap you with its sweeping [drop it] low sub-bass. A scorcher of a tune, it does Jah-praise-worthy justice to Major Lazer’s normally already very crunk output. What is trap, you might ask? Well, it is basically Dirty South hip hop mashed up with some hard house and dub. It’s called “trap” because of “the trap” often referenced in its drug-dealing-themed lyrics. Mannie Fresh and DJ Paul and Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia have made significant contributions to the genre. This lil remix by Yellow Claw will majorly contribute to your thawing process this chilly week.

2. Wild Belle–It’s Too Late (Dave Sitek Remix)

TV On The Radio‘s Dave Sitek applies his lilting jazz-noir stylings to the jaunty Wild Belle hit, with dusky downtempo results. It’s definitely too late for love.

3. Pariah–Orpheus

A phenomenal garage and dub-influenced tune, with a Thelma Houston “Don’t Leave Me This Way” vocal sample. UK producer Pariah released this Burial-esque single as the B-side to his “Detroit Falls” debut on R&S records in 2010.

4. Joey Bada$$–Unorthodox (Production by DJ Premier)

Barely 18 years old, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ released his mixtape, 1999, last year, rapping on top of J. Dilla and DOOM beats. He has clearly graduated to having one of hip hop’s  G.O.A.T. producers, DJ Premier, making a beat just for him. His sparks it off unorthodox on this track.

5. Lapalux–Guuurl

UK producer Lapalux will be releasing an album, Nostalchick, on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint [aka THE producer powerhouse label that can do no wrong] in March. The saccharine-esque stylings of Guuurl are pure sonic confectionery delights.

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