CODER Picks of the Week: Sander Van Doorn, Wolfpack, When Saints Go Machine and More

Thomas Skou
When Saints Go Machine

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

When Saints Go Machine – “Love & Respect” featuring Killer Mike (Unkwon Remix) (!K7 Records)

When Saints Go Machine is one of those synth bands you will either relate to or be slightly unnerved by (thanks in part to frontman Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild’s alternate channeling of Ian Curtis and a ghost). Either way, it’s intriguing. The selection of Killer Mike as guest MC on this, the lead single from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, “Infinity Pool,” is both beguiling and the best thing ever. Danish producer Unkwon knows how to highlight Mike’s powerful verse, pitching it down and pairing it strategically with the right amount of bass. The '90s hip-hop rhythmic structure is stripped away and instead replaced by Unkwon’s own elaboration on the original’s musical exoticism, turning a head-bopper into a hip-grinder. -Zel

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – “Wakanda” (Wolfpack Remix) (Axtone)

As soon as it premiered during Swedish House Mafia's first One Last Tour set, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike's single “Wakanda” became an instant fan favorite. The Belgian brothers combined the urgency of a tribal house track—double-time drums and a high-pitched vocal sample—with a booming electro breakdown to create their biggest track to date. Now, DV & LM's new discovery, a duo called Wolfpack, have injected some warmth into the tune with their remix by adding a progressive house-style build underneath the vocals giving it a more uplifting, summery feel. While the original version of "Wakanda" was custom-built for festival stages (it was one of the most-played tracks at both Ultra Music Festival and in Coachella’s Sahara tent), the Wolfpack remix is geared toward pool parties in Vegas, Ibiza and your backyard. -Lauren

Pan American – “Project for an Apartment Building” (Kranky)

This week, Pan American unleashed “Cloud Room, Glass Room,” its first record since 2009. "Project for an Apartment Building" showcases the main sonic themes: rustling ambient noises, faraway clattering, and pulsing synthesizer blips that coalesce into one stream of sound. It's a patient piece that seems to reveal new details upon every listen. -Elissa

Sander van Doorn, Dubvision & Mako – “Into The Light” (DOORN)

Just weeks after Sander Van Doorn's “Joyenergizer” pleased massive crowds at Ultra Music Festival, the Dutch DJ and producer is back with another huge track called “Into The Light.” This time around Van Doorn enlists fellow Dutch duo DubVision and the upcoming LA duo Mako for support, and the result is an anthemic big-room sound that is as emotional as it is unrelenting. It's all brought together with a gentle, soothing vocal from artist Mariana Bell that balances the otherwise energetic synths and melodies. The track boasts Van Doorn's signature elements, but also shows his production versatility, resulting in another pristine piece of electronica to add to his already impressive discography. -Jacob