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CODER Picks of the Week: Rudimental, Don Diablo, Teengirl Fantasy and More
Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Zel, Eric, Tshepo and Jacob have to say.
Rudimental: “Feel The Love” (Woz Remix featuring Childish Gambino) [Big Beat/Atlantic]
Based on the formula displayed here, it appears that Americans aren’t trusted to enjoy house music unless we’re tricked into thinking it’s actually hip-hop. It’s the tactic that brought A$AP Rocky to unnecessarily guest on Jessie Ware’s stateside “Wildest Moments” and it has led Childish Gambino to lend some verse to Rudimental’s 2012 UK hit “Feel The Love” in time for their stateside debut, dropping next week. Like the Ware revision, this works too (who doesn’t love Childish talking about broken condoms?). Woz, classic hip-hop-loving DJ and Rudimental’s UK labelmate, replaces the breaks of the original with some low-end swag, almost like this is an opening set before the peak-hour that is Rudimental’s album. Through that lens, “Feel The Love” is now twice the winner both as a slice of promotion and a nü-house staple at any bpm. -Zel
Don Diablo & Matt Nash: "Starlight (Could You Be Mine)" [Axtone]
Fresh off releasing the first single from his upcoming debut album, Kelis and Alex Clare collaboration "Give It All,” Dutch DJ/producer Don Diablo has teamed up with 22-year old UK artist Matt Nash to release "Starlight (Could You Be Mine)." Originally premiered during Swedish House Mafia’s One Last Tour, the melodic track combines vocoder vocals, French-inspired synth, and a high-energy bassline. Noonie Bao's vocals evoke the raw emotional feeling of Imogen Heap's classic "Hide and Seek," and the minor-key synth breakdown builds anticipation across the track. In addition to working on the album, Diablo is prepping his new “Hexagon Live” show, a motion censored DJ performance, which this tune will surely be a part of. -Eric
Teengirl Fantasy featuring Romanthony: “Do It” (Got the Feeling Dub) [True Panther Sounds]
Atmospheric electro duo Teengirl Fantasy not only has one of the best-ever band websites, but a knack for reworking their own tunes. On this dub they pay tribute to DJ, singer and producer Romanthony, perhaps best known for his vocals on Daft Punk’s “One More Time,” who sadly passed away in May this year. “Do It” originally appeared on their 2012 album “Tracer.” Here, they turn the track into a slow-burning version of itself, which they made one “early morning home from a club and hearing Romanthony had passed” and intended to keep to themselves. I’m just glad they shared it with the rest of us. - Tshepo
Fehrplay: “Monte” [Pryda Friends]
So far, every track released on Eric Prydz's Pryda Friends label maintains a similar underground disco vibe. Fehrplay's "Monte," which CODE premiered last week and saw a formal release this past Monday, continues the trend. This intricate production consists of uplifting melodies that give way to darker vibes of the Prydz perversion. Gentle underlying drum progressions keep the tempo throughout the track, and a reprieve in the middle keeps things from becoming too overbearing. Fehrplay has been producing quality music for a while now, and this latest release has me even more excited for what he has in store. -Jacob