CODE Picks of the Week: Yolanda Be Cool, Steve Angello, Fenech-Soler and More
Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what this week’s CODERs have to say.
Yolanda Be Cool: "Sweat Naked" (Etienne de Crécy remix) [Dim Mak]
After creating one of the biggest crossover hits in the past few years, 2010 collaboration with DCUP "We Speak No Americano," Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool hosted a press conference in October 2012 issuing a recall. The asked DJs to stop playing the song because “the beats were no longer fresh” and the song had been “grossly overplayed.” The duo is back in the spotlight with a brand new album, “Ladies and Mentalmen,” released on Steve Aoki's Dim Mak Records in June. The album showcases a variety of different music styles, ranging from catchy melodies to dark underground sounds. Several of the album's tracks have a ‘90s classic house influence, including their latest single, "Sweat Naked." The remix package, released this week, includes a unique nu-disco version by legendary French producer Etienne de Crécy, best known for his innovative Super Discount project. De Crécy's remix features synth bassline that could be mistaken for a futuristic version of the Pet Shop Boys classic "West End Girls," paired with some infectious percussion that makes you want to put on a jean jacket, roll up your sleeves, and dance.
-Eric Coomes (@EricCoomes)
Landshapes: "Insomniacs Club" (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs mix)
TEED continues his metamorphosis from artfully quirky dance-pop producer to dark house dancefloor-filler with this remix for London band Landshapes (formerly Lulu and the Lampshades, which did this version of "You're Gonna Miss Me" three years before Anna Kendricks). Much like his recent Boiler Room set, the mix has a distinctly after-hours feel to it, with a slow-building groove gradually augmented by laser zooms and murky pads. It all leads to a blissfully '90s breakdown with an acapella vocal reverberating over the void, chiming keys, and syncopated synth stabs. It's prog-house with nastier intentions, serving as a reminder that proper dancefloor fodder never really cared a lick about genre anyway.
-Kerri Mason (@KerriLMason)
T.Williams: “Mobb” [PMR Records]
London’s T.Williams just can’t stay out of the studio. The house producer's back with a new EP, “Feelings Within,” due to roll out less than a year after 2012’s “Pain & Love” EP. His latest single, “Mobb,” comes in with a straight old-school edge, harkening back to garage and 2-step played on London soundsystems from days gone by. Williams plays the retro card right, balancing out the womping low-frequency bass with a crisp hi-hat sample and some delicate organ notes. Lucky for us, he’s all over North America on back-to-back tours with producer/DJ Mosca, and later Disclosure, this fall.
-Tshepo Mokoena (@NeuThings)
Fenech-Soler: “Last Forever” (Real remix)
It’s been nearly three years since the underrated dancey synthpop UK band Fenech-Soler released new music, and on the eve of their second album’s release they’ve put forth this daytime disco rework of their new single, “Last Forever.” While the original edit sounded like a junior Phoenix at the beach, this version more aptly complements the song’s Jamaican surf music video. Relative unknown London DJ Jackson Real (or simply, Real as he’s credited here) maximizes the remix potential without destroying the original, making you wish this little afternoon dance soiree could last forever -- or at least a very long time.
-Zel McCarthy (@ZelMcCarthy)
Steve Angello vs Matisse & Sadko: SLVR [SIZE]
It's fitting that the 100th release on SIZE Records comes from label head Steve Angello, in the form of a collaboration with Matisse & Sadko called "SLVR" (pronounced 'Silver.') This big room anthem has repetitive, hard-hitting chord elements with wobbly electro sounds that give way to a fast-paced melody easily recognizable to anyone who's seen Angello perform in the past few months. This is a track that fits perfectly in Angello's extensive repertoire — and a worthy milestone release for his burgeoning personal imprint.
-Jacob Schulman (@JacobSchulman)