CODER Picks of the Week: Kylie Minogue, Alesso and More
Each Friday, the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Zel, Jacob and Lauren have to say.
Kylie Minogue: “Skirt” (Switch Remix) [Rising Music]
Of the set of official remixes released earlier this week for Kylie Minogue’s new single, Switch’s take on “Skirt” is the standout. Switch offers a soft, warm embrace to the hard stutter of the original, turning the sexual into the sensual. Sonically, Switch flexes his soft power here, especially compared to his other new track, M.I.A.’s “Bring the Noize,” which the former Major Lazer member co-produced with Sinden. It should be noted that these remixes released on Chris Lake’s Rising Music (Lake executive produced the track), while Kylie is apparently without a label – a coup for an indie dance imprint that seems to be working well for all involved so far. –Zel
Alesso & Dirty South: “City of Dreams” (Showtek Remix) [Astralwerks]
Alesso and Dirty South's "City Of Dreams" was one of the most popular tracks last summer, and Showtek's recently-released remix breathes new life into this modern classic. The DJ duo wisely chooses to preserve the instantly recognizable vocal, but they spice it up with a harder, more festival-friendly vibe. The melody doesn't change too much from the original, though it gains an electro-tinged sound that works surprisingly well with a much harder drop. Showtek has been on a roll lately with quality remixes and releases, and their take on "City of Dreams" continues the trend. –Jacob
Dragonette - "My Legs" (Fed Conti Remix) [Dragonette]
Dragonette is best known for the irresistible voice of its lead singer Martina Sorbara, which can be heard on dance hits like Martin Solveig's “Hello” and Kaskade's “Fire In Your New Shoes.” But the Canadian electro-pop group's own offerings have a carefree swagger all their own, and Dragonette's 2012 LP “Body Parts” was full of feel-good jams. My favorite track of the bunch, “My Legs,” is the cheeky Dragonette equivalent of Katy Perry's “Last Friday Night.” (The prevailing theme: “What the hell happened last night? Let's do it again.”) Now, “My Legs” has taken on an intense, peak-hour edge thanks to Beatport remix contest winner Fed Conti. The remix keeps the vocals largely intact, but a funky synth topline gets Sorbara and co. ready to hit the dance floor... again. –Lauren