On Friday, Beatport outdid themselves with the featured throwback from the 1997 Daft Punk Radio 1 mix. I have had the 90-minute playlist on repeat all weekend, so in case you missed it, check out the beats of the late 90s by the ingenious duo, who have been very quiet lately, Daft Punk. Be careful, if you cannot dedicate yourself to the whole mix because once you hit play, theres no hope in stopping.
And where would we be today without some of those great influences? Who knows, but here we are with the latest releases this week. I choose all of these after my intense weekend with that playlist, and while they may not be directly influenced from Daft Punk, these songs all add to that vibe for me and I hope do for you too.
Starting off this week is a clip of Funkbrainer’s “After Life,” a delicate take on techno with the melody gently infiltrating the deepest corners of your mind. A distant cymbal gives the song an upbeat feel while not in your face and obnoxious. As the song breaks down, long drawn out synths swirl into focus and for more you’ll just have to check out the full version.
Unforgettable already is the remix of “Outside” by Hardwell. Beginning with what is already a perfect song from the well established team Ellie Goulding and Calvin Harris, Hardwell adds a much stronger pulse to the intro before completely claiming it as his own. As Ellie’s vocals become more and more distorted, a shocking machine-gun like barrage of synths uniquely reinterprets this song.
HNNY (pronounced honey) is next with “Brasilian Sound” which is minimal in design but I think that is why I am so drawn to it. A melody is gently formulated with the pinging of the xylophone and a consistent “la la la” with some dispersed hand-claps. And I mean no ill-will when I say this, it may not have the drive and charisma of the previous track, but this is some awesome elevator music.
Unable to avoid something a little more upbeat and lively, a part of Beat Fatigue’s EP “Ain’t That A Glitch” is “Slashy Cricket.” A heavily blues sound begins the track, with the deep vocals leading into a bouncy, classy groove. An assortment of cowbells, cymbals and horns add to the thick scrubbing of this track.
Let the beats take you to places beyond