CODER Picks of the Week: Diplo, RL Grime, Robin Thicke, and More

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Diplo performs at the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas

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

Diplo: "Crown" (feat. Mike Posner, Boaz van de Beatz and Riff Raff) [Mad Decent]

Diplo is feeling like a million dollars. Or, at least, like a million followers. When he cracked the seven-digit milestone on Twitter this week, he celebrated in style by releasing this hectic track as a free download. “Crown” features Dutch DJ Boaz van de Beatz, the ever-subversive rapper Riff Raff on a verse, and singer and producer Mike Posner–of “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” fame–cooing over a euphoric electro build. At least this means Diplo’s still got time to make a beat of his own, between production duties for stars like Beyoncé, Snoop Lion and Katy Perry. Whether veering from high-range, poppy EDM pre-choruses to its trap-flavored breakdowns, this song doesn’t hold back. And if you rage to it, neither should you. -Tshepo

RL Grime: “Heard Me” [Fool’s Gold]

The lines between genres continue to blur with DJ Snake’s remix of Kanye West’s "New Slaves." Released this week, it blends elements of hip-hop and electronic. RL Grime has been on the leading front of this trend, producing remixes for Kanye as well as Benny Benassi, Chief Keef and Rihanna. After spending the first part of summer on tour with Baauer, Grime officially released his first EP this week, “High Beams” on Fool’s Gold. The five-track EP features hybrid elements of hip-hop and dance music, and even includes a collaboration with LA rapper Problem. My favorite track’s "Heard Me," which sounds like a futuristic twist on the raw roots of hip-hop. Grime continues to push music forward by exploring new sounds, breaking boundaries and creating new avenues for dance music. -Eric

Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell & T.I.: "Blurred Lines" (Will Sparks Remix) [Interscope]

While topping the charts in some 15 countries, "Blurred Lines" has also stirred controversy for its lyrics and NSFW video. Despite the small jolt of feminist guilt I feel each time I rock out to the track, I can't help but love it. Now, thanks to Australian upstart Will Sparks and his forthcoming remix of "Blurred Lines," I now love it even more. Sparks takes the best of the original tune (Thicke's spunky delivery and Pharrell's detailed drum work) and adds some of his signature Melbourne bounce. A chopped-up vocal sample and twisted synth combine for an entirely new melody, and the final result — judging from the minute-long sample, at least — is a wildly energetic remix that will appeal both to dance lovers and fans of the original. -Lauren

Mumbai Science: “Models” [Lektroluv Records]

The brilliance of Mumbai Science’s “Models” can not be overstated: The track pairs early ‘90s house revivalism with another icon of the era in the form of the supermodel. A sassy beat accompanies a recitation of models’ names, including everyone from Jessica Stam and Coca Rocha to Kate Upton and Blake Lively (yeah, she modeled once). If you listen to this correctly, you’ll feel compelled to catwalk, hair flip, vogue, and blow a Naomi Campbell kiss wherever you are. Will somebody please make this song come to life during Fashion week? Please? -Zel

Greg Beato: "Respect the 78" [Apron]

A few weeks ago, UK crunchy techno producer Funkineven unveiled the next release on his Apron label, three tracks from a virtually unheard of 19-year-old from Miami named Greg Beato. Lead cut "Respect the 78" revels in fuzzy ambient crackling and wavering synth melodies that bubble up from the depths of clanging percussion. The tunes have already captivated underground stars like Ron Morelli, who recently announced Beato's follow-up on L.I.E.S. -Elissa


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