CODE Picks of the Week: Sam Smith, Basement Jaxx 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.
Sam Smith: “Safe With Me” (Tourist Remix)
Even if Sam Smith wanted to escape his destiny as the consummate voice of the house music revival, he couldn’t now. Smith’s original “Safe With Me” is an electronic tune for sure, but it’s house-inspired production is built to showcase the singer’s formidable tenor, proving that his star turn on Disclosure’s breakthrough 2012 track “Latch” was no mistake. Producer and classically-trained pianist, William Phillips, who goes by Tourist, is less fussed about proving Smith’s vocal skills and more concerned with using them to his advantage. Phillips, a recent signee to Disclosure’s brand new Method Records uses Smith as another instrument on this clicky, bouncy and housey take on the original. Tourist’s take on Smith’s track is anything but safe, and on a dancefloor, that’s as it should be.
- Zel McCarthy @ZelMcCarthy
Basement Jaxx: “What A Difference Your Love Makes” (Huxley Remix) [37 Adventures]
In a fine example of cross-decade collaboration, UK house newcomer Huxley has turned his hand to a new Basement Jaxx single. “What A Difference Your Love Makes” follows April’s “Back 2 The Wild” and serves as another reminder that Basement Jaxx are well and truly back on their way into our speakers, after years off the scene. Huxley takes their bouncy, feel-good single and twists it into a 2-step-infused, grittier version of itself. Singer Sam Brookes’ vocal soars over swelling bass and production that just screams “this guy grew up listening to UK garage” In a good way. Plus, any electronic producer who can sneak a little keytar-like trill into a house track gets thumbs up from me.
- Tshepo Mokoena @NeuThings
RAC featuring Kele & MNDR: “Let's Go” (Original Mix) [Interscope]
André Allen Anjos and his "Remix Artist Collective," better known as RAC, have produced dozens of indie-dance remixes for artists like Phoenix, Holy Ghost!, Two Door Cinema Club, Theophilus London and Lana Del Rey. RAC released their first original song, "Hollywood" featuring Penguin Prison, in May 2012 and are back this week with a long-awaited follow-up, "Let's Go" featuring Bloc Party’s Kele and MNDR. Like we've come to expect from RAC productions, "Let's Go" has a catchy, playful future-disco vibe. With Daft Punk giving the mainstream a taste of my personal favorite genre, nu-disco, I'm holding out hope that artists like RAC can continue to crossover into radio and the singles charts. "Let's Go" will be part of an EP titled "Don’t Talk To" expected on October 1.
- Eric Coomes @EricCoomes