First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Avicii & David Guetta, Tinlicker, Petit Biscuit & More

Sean Eriksson


New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you're supposed to somehow find the best ones. It's fun work, but it's time-consuming -- so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig into the digital crates to present absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of fresh jams. 

This week has delivered a barrage of new tracks across the wild and wonderful dance music spectrum. In addition to new releases from Krewella, Eagles & Butterflies, i_o and UZ, below we've got a Tinlicker remix of an alt-J classic, a soaring new track from Joris Voorn, and David Guetta putting his Midas touch on Avicii's most recent smash. Let's dig in. 

Avicii, "Heaven (David Guetta & Morten Tribute Remix)"

David Guetta pays tribute to his friend Avicii with this new edit of "Heaven," the lead single from Avicii's posthumous album Tim, which recently hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance/Remix Airplay chart. “I proposed [the remix] to the family and luckily they liked the idea," Guetta is quoted in a press release. "Together with my friend Morten I created this remix and I’m really proud of the end result. I think it’s amazing we can keep his legacy and his beautiful melodies alive like this, because he inspired so many people with it, including myself.” This edit is the first Avicii/Guetta collaboration since the duo's work on their 2012 hit "Sunshine," which won them a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2011 -- an accomplishment Tim Bergling once called one of the proudest moments of his career. --  KATIE BAIN

Tsha, “Moon”

Nothing is quite as bewitching as a full moon, and Tsha's titular single from an upcoming sophomore EP catches all the mysterious charm of a 3:00 AM dance in the milky light of a cosmic sky. The London-based producer debuted a rich, warm, techno-tribal sound on 2018's Dawn; it caught the ear of Bonobo and George FitzGerald, who included Tsha's work on their “Fabric Presents” release and BBC radio1 residency show, respectively. She casts a spell on our hearts this week with this Counter Records release, and we're eagerly awaiting more. --KAT BEIN

alt-J, "Breezeblocks" (Tinlicker Remix)

When alt-J released their single "Breezeblocks" way back in 2012, it was hard to imagine the track in an even more elevated form, but Dutch duo Tinlicker have this week put their progressive spin on the song, which spent 20 weeks on Billboard's Rock Airplay chart back in 2013. In this incarnation, Tinlicker morphs the plucky alt-pop cacophony to a deep, dark progressive banger that's even richer than the original. It comes from the duo's debut album, This Is Not Our Universe,  out September 27 via Anjunabeats. Tinlicker is on tour behind the album in the United States and Europe through December. -- K. Bain

Biicla, “No Place” 

Follow us now to a small Russian town called Labytnangi, where a creative young mind catches fire. Biicla was signed by the same team that manages Whethan and Oliver Tree, and his off-kilter quirk-punk style reflects this patronage. A multi-instrumentalist, visual designer, singer-songwriter and producer, Biicla's “No Place” blends pop-rock, hip-hop and house into a very curious style indeed. "'No Place' is about finding myself,” Biicla is quoted in a press release. “In this track, I was looking for my special style so people could easily understand — yeah, that’s Biicla … It’s how I see the future of the music." It's how we see it, too. -- K. Bein

Joris Voorn, "Dark"

Some music hits you over the head like two-by-four, and some music is made for gliding along to. Techno queen Nicole Moudaber calls this sensation "flying on the music," and while Joris Voorn's new single "Dark" is decidedly not techno, it is certainly made for flying. A track that the Dutch producer made years ago and released this week after adding some percussion and a bassline, "Dark" is a nuanced and uplifting soundscape made for dreamy moments. -- K. Bain

Petit Biscuit Feat. J Cooper, “We Were Young (Droeloe Remix)"

The little French heart that lives in Petit Biscuit poured a lot of soul into “We Were Young.” Now, a five-track remix package reimagines the song's feeling of falling begrudgingly in love, and Dutch duo Droeloe's take is particularly fire. It burns bright and innocent with an infectious hook played on tinker-toy keys that'll have you bouncing down the sidewalk as if all the feels are real. The full package includes a jazzy take from Robotaki, a hyper house version from Paul Woolford and moody lo-fi beat from Nohost. Bonus instrumental at the end. Give it a whirl. -- K. Bein

Nghtmre & Zhu Feat. Kidd Keem, "Man's First Inhibition" 

Powerhouse duo Nghtmre and Zhu deliver a dark, crunchy and totally alluring upscale bass vibes with their collaborative track "Man's First Inhibition." Out via Ultra, the song is built from frenetic percussion, an industrial build and glitchy synth that evokes Gessafelstein's 2013 classic "Hellifornia" in all the right ways, before Pittsburgh rapper Kidd Keem drops in to deliver a verse espousing the virtues of putting booty pics on IG. We see this one staying in heavy rotation on the after-dark playlist. -- K. Bain

Kingdom, “High Enough”

Get undressed, run some silk across your bare skin and listen to Kingdom's “High Enough,” featuring Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas. It's a sensual vibe with a vogue-influenced music video, dedicated to the memory of L.A. nightlife icon Nacho Nava, with whom Kingdom and the video's director Shahana Khan were producting a Netflix special on the city's artistic, queer, community of color. “High Enough” is as magnetic to listen to as it is to watch, and it marks the coming of Kingdom's Exterra Vol. 1 EP, due on his label Fade to Mind this Aug. 28. -- K. Bein