This Friday, the CODERS come to you from the Miami sun and the northern snow. Zel, Jacob, Lauren, and Elissa review their favorite dance tracks of Miami Music Week, Ultra Music Festival, the Winter Music Conference and beyond.
Sander Van Doorn, “Joyenergizer” (DOORN (SPINNIN))
Sander Van Doorn's "Joyenergizer" was originally released in early January of this year, but it has taken until now for the track to cement its place on festival main stages and in overcrowded nightclubs alike, where it sticks out for both its uniqueness and its massiveness.
Kaskade expertly mashed it up with his iconic "All You" vocal and Deniz Koyu mashed it with the more recent Martin Solveig track, "The Night Out." The huge drop and instantly recognizable bleeps and bloops are just as powerful nonetheless. Expect to hear this track invade multiple Weekend 2 sets at Ultra – hopefully in the form of new mashups or bootlegs. –Jacob (Miami)
Kaskade, “Atmosphere” (Ultra)
"Atmosphere" isn't my Miami pick because it was ubiquitous in last weekend's UMF sets or in heavy rotation at this week's pool parties. In fact, I chose it for the exact opposite reason. One of my favorite parts of Miami Music Week is hearing DJs debut their new music, setting the tone for what's to come the following year. If Kaskade's "Atmosphere" is any indication, his forthcoming album (slated for a summer release) will top 2011's Grammy-nominated “Fire & Ice.” The track is the first in Kaskade's long career to feature his own vocals. They come in surprisingly breathy and light over a big, piano-driven progressive house beat and the combination just works. It was a perfect opening track for his Saturday headlining set and exciting taste of his as-yet-untitled LP. –Lauren (Miami)
DJ Rashad, “Let It Go” (Hyperdub Records)
Judging from the fervor fueling the "trap rave" zeitgeist, it's probably fair to assume that Miami Music Week parties are perpetually rattling with rapid-fire snare rolls and gritty bass drops. Chicago footwork don DJ Rashad's fresh release and Hyperdub debut, “Rollin EP,” has its fair share of skittering percussion and low end. But it's unlikely that MMW-goers will catch a track like "Let It Go" while getting their sun. Rashad's approach favors melodic synths and trickling drum hits that draw influence from the more soothing side of UK jungle and drum n bass. Savor this breath of calming air if you catch it in a set. –Elissa (New York)
A-Trak & Tommy Trash, “Tuna Melt” (Les Rhythmes Digitales remix) (Fool’s Gold Records)
In between gigs at SXSW and MMW, A-Trak has put forth an EP that includes a set of remixes for his recent single, “Tuna Melt.” The standout, by far, comes from Les Rhythmes Digitales (who we haven’t heard anything from in nearly three years – at least under this moniker). Stuart Price, the man behind LRD knows that a little Euro disco is just what Trizzy needed for his Tuna. The best thing about this remix is that it actually is one – not a re-recording, not an entirely new tune with some stems from the original. What this version lacks in drops it more than makes up for in swing. It’s not a face-melter. It warms the soul. –Zel (Park City)