- How to Dress Well – “Ocean Floor for Everything”
How to Dress Well is the crafter of ethereal, R&B influenced electronic sounds. “Ocean Floor” is a three-minute journey from bare-bones vocals to a swooping hook replete with handclaps. How to Dress Well is bringing two emerging movements I love, neo R&B a la The Weeknd and experimental electronic together in a blissful kind of way. Mostly, I’m drawn to the possibility that this artist could actually teach me how to dress well.
- Two Door Cinema Club – “Sleep Alone”
This week, newly minted indie pop stars Two Door Cinema Club dropped Beacon, which is a little subtler than their banger-studded 2010 debut in a good way. Its album art is beguiling—it’s a lady who appears to stuck on the ceiling, with light emanating from her nether regions. “Sleep Alone” is currently all up on my radar. It delivers the same poppy punch that I’ve come to expect from TDCC.
- M83 – “Raconte Moi Une Histoire”
The song opens with a drug-referencing story told by some adorable kid about a magic frog that will change your world forever. “If you touch its skin, you can feel your body change, and your vision also. Blue becomes red, and red becomes blue…and you keep laughing and laughing and laughing.” The song then morphs into a vibrating, amorphous shifting landscape of sound that makes me want to change my state of consciousness.
- Disco Rick – “The Nasty Dance”
A relic of early ’90s Miami bass, “The Nasty Dance” is a by-the-numbers jock jam in which Disco Rick teaches us how to get nasty. The video features Rick showing off his flawless moves as unsuspecting children watch. Thanks for the inspiration, Richard Simmons.http://<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku97f8D1LY0">www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku97f8D1LY0</a>
- Miniature Tigers – “Pleasure Princess”
This is a bonus track off of Miniature Tigers’ 2012 release Mia Pharaoh, but it’s just as provocative as the songs that made the cut. The Auto-Tuned vocal runs are simply oozing with seductive goodness, making for a hypnotic four minutes. Between this, Purity Ring’s “Fireshrine” and Passion Pit’s “Constant Conversations,” it’s been a good year for futuristic indie ballads.
- Kidz Bop Kids – “Bad Day”
The Kidz Bop Kids take on Daniel Powter’s melancholy 2006 hit and give it a disconcertingly peppy spin. The poorly-timed “whoos” and unison cult chanting are a staple of the Kidz Bop sound, but this cover takes their antics to new heights. If you voluntarily listen to one Kidz Bop song in your lifetime, make it this one. Then go cry in a corner as you contemplate the mixed messages you’ve just received.
I’ve been listening to a lot of remixes to some fucking great ’80s songs (like you do), so, you know, naturally:
- Hall and Oates – “Out of Touch” (DJ Kue Remix)
This one is really just aces. I’ve always considered myself more of a “Maneater” fan, but this changed everything. The original always felt like it was lagging (to me, anyway). DJ Kue gave this jam the pep it needed to step it up and I could probably listen to this every day. No, every day.
- Depeche Mode – “Never Let Me Down Again” (Split Mix)
In 2004 or 2005, a friend of mine bought me Depeche Mode Remixes: 81-04 . It was a Christmas gift that could only be appreciated by someone so musically nerdy at 18 or 19 that they a.) not only listened to Depeche Mode on the reg post-’80s and b.) listened almost religiously to an entire cd of Depeche Mode remixes. This one was always one of my favorites because the production on the remix made things so much grander, an not just because of the epic choir at the beginning. There feels like there’s more space, more depth. Check it out for yourself:
- Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” (12 Dance Remix)
Put this on while getting ready to go out tonight, I dare you.