Still Mixing It Up While Clubs Are Closed: The Weeknd, Jax Jones & More Stay-at-Home DJ Picks

The Weeknd
Nabil Elderkin

The Weeknd

Each week, Billboard is polling club DJs with venues shuttered due to the coronavirus.

With clubs closed across the country and Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart on hiatus, we're asking reporting club DJs what they've been listening to lately -- while at home, of course.

This week, we spoke with Los Angeles-based DJ Lynnwood, Las Vegas resident Joe Maz, and Minnesota's Larry Peace.

Lynnwood is especially loving Curbi and Hasse De Moor's "Alcoholic," telling Billboard, "This nasty banger is perfect for that rush before the peak, combining elements of hard, bass, glitchy house with Curbi's signature feedback and some relentless vocal drops."

Lynnwood, who also produces remixes as DJLW (including Madonna's 2019 Dance Club Songs topper "I Rise"), has also been enjoying Buzz Low's cover of Sisqo's "Thong Song," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2000. "This dope replay fits right into the game with a familiar hook, classically built house progressions and a nice bouncy drop," he says. "Nobody hates reminiscing in quarantine and this one hits the spot."

A regular at Mezcal's, various other LA hotspots and abroad, Lynnwood likes JOYRYDE's "On Fire," too, calling it an "insane house hybrid" that "mashes up TV samples, melodic pings, ethereal layers and nasty bass. This one goes on the list of dope experimental tracks for my sets."

DJ Joe Maz (real name Joseph Masurka) is digging Jax Jones' smooth remix of Doja Cat's "Say So," which improves 9-7 on the current, April 11-dated Billboard Hot 100 and 6-4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Everything about this record screams good vibes," Maz tells Billboard. "The funky beat, breathy vocal ... to me it says 'carefree summer.' It reminds me a lot of Calvin Harris' Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 album. I love it, and so do the dancefloors I play."

Maz, a touring DJ with residencies at Miami's E11even, Chicago's Prysm and Las Vegas' On the Record, among others, is also taken with Marten Horger & Otosan's "Feel So Right," lauding its "fantastic piano chords and big house vocal. You can't ignore that bass drop. It makes me move every time I hear it. It's a great track on Tiesto's Musical Freedom label."

The DJ, whose remix of Netta's "Ricki Lake" was released April 3 (and noted in last week's inaugural DJ Picks), also praises The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights," which rules the Hot 100 for a second frame. "I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I wake up with this song in my mind," Maz gushes. "It reminds me of my childhood: the '80s vibe, I love it. It makes me happy every time I hear it."

Minneapolis/Saint Paul-based DJ Larry Peace (real name Larry Bell) says he's been loving the latest from UK house DJ Mark Knight, "If It's Love," featuring Laura Davie and The Melody Men. "It's one of my favorite new tunes," Peace tells Billboard. "It's a perfect blend of soulful, vocal house and tech-house. My dance floor gets off on high energy and vocals and this one, I know, I'd be spinning right now." Available now on streaming services, "Love" won't be released for purchase until April 24.

Peace, a mainstay at The Saloon, Icehouse and other local venues, also has also been enjoying Qubiko's "Question," calling it "another banger that I'm loving. It's a deeper cut, but once the vocals kick in and the beat falls back in, my floor would be down for it."

Additionally, the Twin Cities' DJ has been enjoying David Penn and KPD's "Ain't Got No." "It's perfect for my warm-up set," Peace says. "Penn delivers a groove, which is my wheelhouse, and it would definitely be in my current rotation to help get the party started. It's one of those that grab the people who just came in the door and hit the bar or coat check, grooving where they stand and then slowly moving to the floor."


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