I love his new album No Fantasy Required. Was tough choosing one favorite track.
Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance the Rapper & Kirk Franklin)
When it comes to Kanye I always prefer the production over the lyrics.
Erol Alkan’s Extended Mix
Aww yeah! It’s been a while since Erol Alkan has put out a remix — it was worth the wait.
Maggie’s Last Party
Beats & Bass mix
I don’t know much about this song but it’s crazy and weird and I love it.
Action (feat. Cat Power)
I never would’ve predicted these two artists (Cassius and Cat Power/Chan Marshall) two collaborate. But they did. And it’s great.
In the Air Tonight (feat. Delacey)
This is for my Phil Collins-loving friend Aurea Astro.
I’m In Control (feat. Popcaan)
Hi & Low
Do It, Try It
This song took a few listens but then it really caught me. It’s not what I would’ve expected from M83 — which could be exciting. New album out soon.
Druid Caravan of Smoke
So Rick Rubin produced an album of a bunch of electronic music artists doing songs inspired by Star Wars. I love a bunch of the tracks — they are weird, funny, exciting. But this dark one by Shlohmo is definitely my favorite.
One of my favorite new Friday rituals is that when I get off work (usually a little early since it’s Friday), I put on my “5 Star” playlist (i.e. a playlist of all my favorite songs — the playlist itself has 864 songs while my entire iTunes library has a little over 65,000 songs: so these are the top songs) and then I narrow that down even more by listening to my favorites of my favorites — essentially “6 Star” songs. It’s a nice way to end the week and feels a bit nostalgic (I’ve noticed that most of the 5-star songs are over 5 years old). I was telling one of my friends about this and got the idea to post some of the songs I’ve listened to lately. Not sure if I’ll do this regularly or what. Check em out!
I haven’t been a huge fan of mash-ups for quite a while but this is a nice one. Feels like an entirely new song that heavily samples others.
Dense & Pika Remix
Rinse & Repeat
Brodinski & Myd Remix
Stay (feat. Forrest)
I haven’t been able to track down the lyrics yet, but it’s something like, “Stay with me. I’m never going to leave. Can’t you see it’s something that I’ll never be. I’m never going to ask you anything. What you feel is just something I’m never going to feel” and I find it so powerful and amazing.
That German deadpan or whatever that I love so much…
The Love Track
David Garcet Remix
Fred Falke Remix
Journey To Jupiter
I only wish a journey to Jupiter would sound this fun.
So nice having Soulwax remixing things again… they make this song so much more dancey
Ewan Pearson Remix
It’s Annie so of course I like it, but I gotta admit I like her slightly darker stuff better.
Loco Dice remix
I Want Your Love
This is such a great cover. Bonus: Nile Rodgers (who produced the original Chic version) did the song with her!
S-Man & Man Without A Clue
Drop the Needle
Kevin Knapp remix
Ahhhhhh why do I love so many Chris Brown songs?!?!
Hot Chip Remix
Love what Hot Chip do with this song — they stretch it out even more. And while I love how “Hot Chip-y” most Hot Chip remixes sound, this one feels like a totally natural version of the original — as if it were some alternate take.
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Don’t Stop the Dance
Greg Wilson & Derek Kaye mix
I’ve always dug this song but heard it on American Horror Story: Hotel the other week and was reminded of what a great song it is. I usually try to go for remixes whenever possible and this excellent one by Greg Wilson (who has appeared on a few of my charts) is pretty close to the original but stretches it out a bit.
I dunno about you, but I like the charts where I have tons of songs and I don’t want to edit it down much more than charts where I only have a few songs and with the exception of like 1 of them, it was tough to come up with.
Mike Mago & Dragonette
I’m not sure why it took me so long to find this song but I absolutely love it.
Figure It Out
I recently started getting back into running and this song showed up on my old “Gym Songs” playlist.
Drum Machine (feat. The New Sins)
The vocals on this song sound like Peaches.
Auxiliary tha Masterfader
A Copycat Remix
Claptone Night Remix
David Garcet Remix
Guy Gerber & Miss Kittin
Rumors On The Dance Floor, Part 2
Joe Goddard Disco Remix
…and thus begins finally really digging the latest Hot Chip. It took some time and a few remixes (yesterday another awesome remix dropped that’ll be on next month’s chart I’m sure) but now I’m starting to love it. This seems to be a trend when it comes to Hot Chip.
Bodycheck (feat. Born in Flamez)
Let It Happen
This is awesome and not just because it’s an excuse to put the song on a chart again.
Big Boi (of OutKast) + Phantogram.
Goodnight Moon 004 (feat. Mark Verbos)
Tutti Frutti (Feat. Elly Jackson)
I’m very much loving the new New Order album, Music Complete. Tons of great tracks but this one always stands out for me (and no, it’s not a cover of the Little Richard classic).
Weight In Gold
Carly Rae Jepsen
I knew it had great reviews and all, but I definitely enjoyed this album more than I expected.
Embrace The Martian (Feat. Kid Cudi)
I’ve been thinking a lot about Mars lately. (water and movies)
We seem to be haunted by the randomness of life and alternate versions of reality.