Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say.
Tocadisco feat. Lennart A. Salomon, "Get Away” (TOCA45 Recordings)
Maybe I have a case of winter-induced wanderlust. It may be the result of Tocadisco's wistful, plucky guitar melody. But "Get Away" makes me want to do just that. I can't help but be seduced by the driving bongo-like drums bubbling just under the surface of the beat, not to mention the evocative piano chords that come in at the chorus of this deep-house gem. Lennart A. Salomon's vocals detail his journey and, during the bridge, invite the listener along: "Step on the gas, baby / C'mon, step on the gas.” Even if you can't take the literal drive away from your troubles, Tocadisco brings the listener on a soulful six-minute ride that begs for repeat listens. -Lauren
Quadron, “Hey Love” (Vested in Culture/Epic)
A marked and unexpected departure from their chill-out debut, Quadron returns at just under 120 BPM with this bouncy, radio-ready pop tune, anchored by a humming loop and drum clicks on the upbeat. The piano jamming in on the chorus encourages body-shaking. Lead singer Coco belts, “Promise the best is yet to come!” Let it be so, Quadron! –Zel
Disclosure, “White Noise” (Hudson Mohawke mix) (PMR)
When I freak out over a track instantly, I have to analyze why. Like, what button is this pushing to make my heart react before my brain (unusual for someone who critically listens to as much music as I do)? This one is my past and my present in one earnest package: Quirkily moving vocal in the forefront, honest-to-god house keys (where’s Jomanda?!), a syncopated bottom that doesn’t corrupt the smoothness, a breakdown that I can hear someone yelling “WERK!” to in the back of my mind. It’s all my friends in one place. I literally shed a tear. HudMo, I bow down. –Kerri
Afrojack feat. Chris Brown, “As Your Friend” (Wall)
I first heard this track during the Amsterdam Dance Event in October. A recorded voice memo on my phone was all I had to remind me of Chris Brown's infectious chorus until the song started to get played on my favorite radio stations recently.
Finally released earlier this week, "As Your Friend" shows Afrojack's ability to adapt his signature sounds to accommodate any vocal and please any listener. Chris Brown delivers an uber-catchy, sing-along-friendly top line above a horn and bleep-heavy beat that can only be described as “Afrojack music.” Together, it's a combination with the potential to become a crowd favorite at both frat parties and huge festivals alike. -Jacob
Daywalker and CF, “Insectorium” (L.I.E.S.)
The New York-based L.I.E.S. imprint continues to turn heads this week with a limited edition, four-track 12-inch helmed by Daywalker and CF. The A2 cut "Insectorium" lives up to its name, as its mellow beat is teaming with scuttling snares, chirping piano melodies, and fluttering synth pads. -Elissa
- Code