CODER Picks of the Week: Daft Punk, Tensnake, Pearson Sound, and More

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Each Friday, the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob and Elissa have to say.

Daft Punk: “Contact” (Columbia)

Love, hate, appreciate, resent, pretend to ignore. Everyone’s got their own way of dealing with Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” the most opined about dance album of the year thus far (and it hasn’t even been released yet; just streamed on iTunes). But even if one finds “Get Lucky” too simple, or “Touch” too kitschy, or “Giorgio By Moroder” too talky, they can’t discount “Contact.” The album closer is an epic in that ‘70s sense, kicking off with one of the album’s only samples – Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan describing a foreign object visible from his craft, “rotating in a very rhythmic fashion” – before exploding into the thrillingly odd combination of “Phantom of the Opera” pipe organ and live, loose kit work from drummer John “JR” Robinson, whose resume includes Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.” To quote Fox Mulder: “I want to believe.” –Kerri

Pearson Sound: "REM" (Pearson Sound)

Earlier this week, Hessle Audio label boss Pearson Sound (a.k.a. David Kennedy, a.k.a. Ramadanman) announced his follow-up to last year's sputtering "Clutch." While "Clutch" boasted manic, herky-jerky drums, the preview of "REM" features sparse percussion, and no kicks: a few stark percussive hits rattle and echo around twinkling keys and the occasional muddy bass tone. It's certainly a dizzying inauguration for Pearson Sound's new self-titled solo label. –Elissa

Tiësto featuring Kyler England: “Take Me” (Musical Freedom)

Tiësto's latest solo production "Take Me" is an emotional trance ballad that will have fans both old and new clamoring for more. The second single off his upcoming "Club Life Volume 3 Stockholm" compilation, Tiës has crafted a big-room, sing-along-friendly song destined to become a staple on the festival circuit. Big powerful synths give "Take Me" an uplifting party vibe, while well-spaced breakdowns allow for the song's emotional nature to come through. One thing is for sure: expect to hear a lot of this song this summer, and get ready to dance (and sing) when you do. –Jacob

Sally Shapiro: “I’ll Be By Your Side” (Tensnake Remix, Peter Herbert Dub Edit) (Permanent Vacation)

Sally Shapiro’s recent album, “Somewhere Else,” doesn’t include this song amongst its 17 tracks, and there ought to be a good explanation for that! Instead, this Peter Herbert dub of a Tensnake remix of a Sally Shapiro original is pulled from a forthcoming label comp from Permanent Vacation entitled “Safari 2.” Tensnake essentially becomes the disco meat of this sandwich, with Herbert and Shapiro acting as the bread, or the side salads. It’s a delicious bit of proto-campy floor-filler, even if it’s sadly stripped of Shapiro’s vocals. Ah, well, you can’t eat everything at once, even on safari. -Zel