CODER Picks of the Week: Disclosure, Sinead Harnett, Axwell & More


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

Disclosure: "When A Fire Starts To Burn" (PMR/Cherrytree/Interscope)

From the opening crack of “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” it’s clear this isn’t the same pop-vocal-on-a-dance-track Disclosure has given us before. No, this is something weightier; an affirmation that the UK duo’s knowledge of house music runs deep. Invoking the long-held tradition of a spoken-word recitation over a beat, “When A Fire” is as soulful as it is danceable. The accompanying Bo Mirosseni-directed video depicts a revival meeting/exorcism for good reason: for the true heads, house is a religion. Those who have yet to convert, this track can be your baptism. –Zel

Sinead Harnett: "Got Me" (MK Swallow Dub) (Black Butter)

Veteran producer, Marc Kinchen, chops up burgeoning house star Sinead Harnett's peacock feather of a voice -- which you know it from Disclosure's "Boiling" -- into punchy little pieces. It also takes Eats Everything-produced original down a tighter and trickier path, with propulsive tom-toms in head-bopping syncopation. I would like a double-pack of MK's best dubs, please. – Kerri

Axwell: "Center Of The Universe (Remode)" (AXTONE)

Most people proclaim Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" to be the song of the summer after the first listen, but in my opinion that title belongs to Axwell for "Center Of The Universe." The former Swedish House Mafia member's first solo production, since the group’s split, is a groovy big-room banger begging to be played with the windows down and the wind blowing in your hair. A gentle but powerful vocal gives the track its name, but the tropical-inspired melodies and tantalizing piano chords are the true centerpiece. Axwell has always impressed with emotional, strong original productions and his "remode" of "Center Of the Universe" definitely does not break the trend. – Jacob

Kyle Hall: "The Architect" (Wild Oats)

Last weekend, analog techno darling, Kyle Hall, cranked out a slow-grooving set of old school vinyl at the Movement after party, Deep Detroit. The weather was so cold at the festival that I had to spend a bunch of money on a cozy Made In Detroit sweatshirt, which meant that I couldn't afford to grab a copy of the 12" he had pressed for the partygoers. Now, I'm kicking myself as I listen to the crunchy acid house tune, "The Architect," on SoundCloud. Still, this track is so good it would be worth listening to in any format. – Elissa

Pryda: "Untitled" (Pryda Recordings)

Eric Prydz' disciples know that there's a bittersweet joy to seeing the DJ work his magic live. Most of the tracks the crowd hears in any given set will never get an official release; as a producer, he crafts tunes for the clubs, not the charts, and that's usually where they stay. But one such track in particular has stuck out, and it's finally being released in June. "Untitled" is simple, if not formulaic, with a barrage of synths and distorted claps building up into a disco-inspired bass line and melody... but it’s one of the funkiest, catchiest things in years. The slick bass riff, combined with the pure dance floor drive that Prydz creates so well, adds up to a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. In fact, "Untitled" could be one of the rare Pryda tunes to see a re-release under the Eric Prydz name — that is, one destined for mainstream success. – Lauren