Latin Music Week

CODER Picks of the Week: Laurel Halo, Hardwell, Ripperton and More

Georg Gatas
Laurel Halo

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.

Laurel Halo: "Sex Mission" (Hyperdub)

This week, Laurel Halo returned to Hyperdub with “Behind the Green Door,” an EP to follow her nauseous and heartsick debut LP. On “Sex Mission,” Halo applies her fiercely avant garde production to accessible dance floor forms. It's a heady, dizzying track; a bouncing beat propels clouds of whirring synths through trickling ambient noises. The EP marks a move toward straightforward dance floor templates, obviously. But more specifically, it seems to flirt with the raw, crunchy machine techno pumping out of imprints like L.I.E.S., Proibito, and Wild Oats. –Elissa

Hardwell and Dyro featuring Bright Lights: “Never Say Goodbye” (Revealed)

When Hardwell debuted "Never Say Goodbye" at Ultra Music Festival in March, he brought his collaborator Dyro on stage and declared him "in [his] opinion, [the] world's biggest up-and-coming DJ.” After listening to Dyro releases and remixes for the past few months, it's not hard to see why. "Never Say Goodbye" is the latest production from the young Dutchman and it continues the trend of big tunes. The song features a touching vocal from Heather Bright (aka Bright Lights) set atop the idiosyncratic blend of electro-house that Dyro is quickly becoming known for. Hardwell's production is evident in the intricate build-ups and effects. The whole song has a peppy, upbeat quality to it that is sure to both make you smile as it invades the airwaves this summer. –Jacob

Ripperton featuring Hemlock Smith: “Tape Hiss” (Green)

Maybe it’s Hemlock Smith’s Franco-Swiss accent, maybe it’s the Parisian Jazz-inspired bass, but there’s something singular about the sounds of DJ/producer Ripperton’s new tune “Tape Hiss.” Pulled from his forthcoming album for Joris Voorn’s Green label, this midtempo track offers swing and implies soul, which means it requires a minimal emotional commitment on the listener’s part. Instead, your interest will be piqued by the deceptively simple sonic layers – from the hiss of the tune’s title to a piano you didn’t know was there. It’s a catchy little pop tune wrapped in a sassy dance track. –Zel

Electric Rescue: “The Rave Child” (Bedrock)

When something called “The Rave Child” comes out on John Digweed’s venerable Bedrock Records, a listen is all but required. It’s always interesting to hear how the old guard – especially innovators like Diggers – interpret current conventions, like today’s version of “rave.” But the EP, which comes from French producer Electric Rescue (born Antoine Husson), is unmissable on its virtues alone.

The trance-y title track is a little Otto Knows, “A Million Voices” (on ludes, but still), a little Moby’s rave classic “Go,” plus a techno breakdown with high hats so loose it borders on ambient, all with that mentholated Bedrock feel: an unusual and thrilling cocktail. The other two cuts, “Jardin D’Enfants” and “Gosa Flight,” hit harder but in completely different ways (one predatory, one compu-glitchy). Electric Rescue has an album due out on Bedrock soon. Judging by this collection, it could be a landmark. –Kerri