2020 Grammys

First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Jauz, Jai Wolf, MK & More

The Shalizi Group

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 in the digital crates to present five absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of jams.

This week sees the release of new heat from Jauz, Jai Wolf, Duke Dumont, Sonny Fodera and a slew of other bonafide party starters working across the electronic spectrum. Let's dig in. 

Duke Dumont, “Therapy”

We'd call Duke Dumont the King of soulful house grooves, but he's clearly chosen another regal title. No matter his nobility, this English producer almost never misses the '90s-throwback mark, and “Therapy” is a showstopper in every right. The thunderous vocals have us raging in the night over Duke's inspired mix of piano, strings and drum machines. It's punchy and pensive all at once, the kind of song that helps you heal every wound in a single sweaty club session. This one ends on a victorious high note. Let it ring on loud. -- KAT BEIN

Jauz, "There For You"

Dubstep may hit your ears like a Mack Truck, but that doesn't mean it can't also be about feelings. On "There For You" -- from Jauz new, five-track Dangerous Waters EP -- the producer amalgamates pummeling walls of synth and bass with the sweet refrain, "When you are all alone, I'll be there for you." Made in collaboration with Dutch artist Franky Nutz, a signee on Jauz's Bite This label, the melodies here contain shades of "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" and prove that dubstep is still alive and evolving. The new music comes in conjunction with the Los Angeles-based producer's Dangerous Waters tour, a 42-date affair launching tomorrow in Seattle and extending across the States through mid-March with intermittent special guests including YNAN, Drezo, Habstrakt, DNMO, Dubloadz, and Ship Wrek. -- KATIE BAIN

Banoffee Feat. Sophie, Yves Rothman, “Count On You” 

If you haven't heard of Banoffee yet, "Count On You" is a pretty sweet introduction. The Australian singer-songwriter loves to get weird, and the track's hard-hitting alt-pop beat comes from Sophie and Yves Rothman, two of the best in the game. These co-producers take the saccharine sing-along to edgy perfection, and the music video (co-directed by Banoffee and Will McDowell) takes loose cues from teh Lindsey Lohan version of The Parent Trap. “This video aims to take some heavy subjects and speak about them in a light hearted yet eerie way,” Banoffee is quoted in a press release. “Working out this balance was probably the hardest part, although falling into a frog and slug-infested, manky ass pond rivals it for first place…Training for the fencing scenes and practicing fencing-inspired choreography was so much fun, and like all my videos, I was so happy to be showcasing friends and their skills through my work.” -- K. Bein

Carys, “Princesses Don't Cry” (Dave Audé Remix)

Throw on some shiny bell-bottoms and strap on your roller skates, because Dave Audé's remix of Carys' “Princesses Don't Cry” is a disco dream seen through a vaseline lens. First bloing up on TikTok, the original tune built on a modern pop beat with female-empowering lyrics. We're partial to the throwback take from Audè, a longstanding and Grammy-winning remixer. Indeed, no princess we know could weep over these hand claps and funk-guitar licks. We're synchronized skating our way to the throne room and sending these pretty-eyed boys to bed. All hail Carys and Audé for this one. -- K. Bein

MK, "One Night" (Dom Dolla Remix)

Australian house producer Dom Dolla takes "One Night" -- the November track from MK and Sonny Fodera -- and strips it of its brightness, and its vocal from London singer Raphaella, and turns it into a darkly slinky club jam. Dolla's remix does still play up the indelible melody of the refrain that makes this one so deeply catchy. This edit comes ahead of a full package of the track out on Jan. 24, which will include "One Night" reworks from Treasure Fingers, Nightlapse, 6am, Mirko Di Florio and a dub from MK himself. -- K. Bain

Sonny Fodera & Sonickraft, "Flashbacks"

There's something deeply reminiscent of Justice vs. Simian's all-time classic "We Are Your Friends" in the urgently insistent vocal on "Flashbacks," out today from Sonny Fodera and UK duo Sonickraft. But whereas the older track is begging for friendship, here the vocals are pleading for nothing less than your soul, which -- with the way this one rises, bounces and swerves to the beat of the piano-laden house beat and rave sirens -- you might be keen to offer them upon listening. "Flashbacks" is out today via Fodera's own Solotoko imprint and Insomniac Records. -- Katie Bain

Jai Wolf, "Moon Rider"

Jai Wolf returns with a track that glows with the same gentle intensity as a moonbeam. "Moon Rider," the producer's first single after his 2019 LP The Cure to Loneliness, features vocals from Wrabel, whose Sam Smith-like falsetto serves as an uplifting component to the brightly soaring, but never cheesy, track. This spring finds Jai Wolf playing some huge shows, including Coachella and Red Rocks. -- K. Bain


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