CODER Picks of the Week: Session Victim, MGUN and More

Session Victim

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

Session Victim: “Yes I Know” (Delusions of Grandeur)

Such is the appetite for deep house that the release of a straightforward EP like Session Victim’s “Glow In The Dark” has the potential to be a late night revelation. Such is the case here, on the German vinyl-devotee’s latest, particularly on “Yes I Know,” a mid-tempo toe-tapper that recalls some of the nu-disco revivalism of the mid ‘00s while keeping the groove tucked in the pocket. The vocal is as ancillary as a house vocal should be and the beat is ready to be mixed into and mixed out of. This is how you house, America. –Zel

MGUN: "Hand Over Fifth" (Don't Be Afraid)

As Movementgoers raged at after parties in downtown Detroit last month, the constituents of the local scene mingled in loft spaces deeper in the city, where artists like MGUN were playing the sort of records you might not find at the festival stages. This week, the Motor City native (born Manuel Gonzales) unleashed his latest EP, “If You're Reading This,” via London outpost Don't Be Afraid. The dilapidated synth stabs and polyrhythmic ticking beat on "Hand Over Fifth" feels lighter and flimsier than most of the stuff pounding out of Movement's main stages and even after parties. –Elissa

Snakehips, "Make It"

Purportedly a "lil’ beat we made to tie [sic] y'all over" while the group works on its next single (its debut track "On And On" was a slice of disco-inflected Everything But The Girl-inspired heaven), "Make It" is atmospheric trap, with a whip-snap noise and punchy vocal sample to keep your feet on the ground and your hips snaking. The shadowy London-based production team still hasn't revealed its true identity, and this departure from its previous groove doesn't make speculating any easier. –Kerri

Keys N Krates: "Treat Me Right" (Grandtheft Remix) (Dim Mak)

Grandtheft is best known for lending Diplo a hand on his trap remix of "Sweet Nothing," but the Canadian DJ/producer shows he has more treats in his treasure chest than trap alone. His "Treat Me Right" remix is a fantastic show of versatility. The track itself vacillates among different styles, but Grandtheft knits the disparate elements together with high-pitched vocals plucked from the original. "Treat Me Right" begins with an ‘80s-style synth melody punctuated by warehouse-style drums — an unlikely juxtaposition — and drops into a massive, down-and-dirty tech house beat. It's a lot to take in, but the production stops just short of excess and firmly lands in "must-hear" territory. –Lauren

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