Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Zel, Elissa and Lauren have to say.
Disclosure “You & Me” featuring Eliza Doolittle (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Because Disclosure previously teamed with underground heads like Alunageorge and Sam Smith, the vocal from middle-of-the-road (and somewhat undistinguished) UK pop singer Eliza Doolittle on “You & Me” was a bit confounding. (Apparently she shares a mutual friend with the group.) Taken from Disclosure’s forthcoming full-length debut as well as a ham-fisted EP of singles that precedes it, Disclosure stands to make the bevy of Doolittle’s peers jealous on this tune. The production is club-credible and Doolittle’s b-flat minor chorus replete with a solid perfect 4th is radio-ready. The beat is old school UK garage/two-step in a pop merger we haven’t heard since Mis-Teeq’s “Eye Candy” or maybe even the Sugababes’ “One Touch.” Not a bad pairing at all. –Zel
Gold Panda "Brazil" (Ghostly)
The first leak from Gold Panda's upcoming album from Ghostly, “Half of Where You Live,” appeared last week. "Brazil" is a distinctly recognizable as a Gold Panda production. It sparkles, clicks, lulls, exudes warmth and envelopes listeners in an environment of trickling notes and rumbling low end. But the track also hints at the ways the Essex beatmaker is evolving, as the snappy beat leans toward a house momentum. -Elissa
Miguel, "Do You" (Cashmere Cat Remix) (RCA Records)
First played during LuckyMe x Rinse's mix last month—and finally seeing release as a free download this week—the "Do You" remix by the somewhat mysterious Cashmere Cat is a luscious, unapologetically sexy take on Miguel's summery original by the same name. The remix artfully employs R&B-esque hi-hats drums and vocal distortion, while exhibiting a certain restraint absent in today's trap releases. The "Do You..." remix builds on the success of the Mirror Maru EP, an eccentric work with catchy melodies and distinct drum patterns. While Cashmere Cat may allegedly be new to the scene (he's also gone by DJ Final and Magnus August Høiberg), this release proves his versatility as a producer: here, he allows Miguel's sugary vocals to become more instrument than focal point. -Lauren