Friday, July 19, 2013

Weekend Jams

It's Friday in July! Here in Texas, it's summertime and the weather is hot. Time to blast into the weekend with some summer jams.

First off, I was very excited to learn that the Dutch disco producer Shook has finally completed his debut album. To get us in the mood, he's giving away a track from it.

"Summer Heat" mixes Shook's signature funky retro disco with an uncredited female vocalist delivering a candy pop melody about those oppressive July temperatures.

Up next, a French house nu-disco jam that demonstrates why I love this genre so much. NOUVEAUX starts with what is actually a pretty sweet disco boogie song from 1983 called "Love Me Like This" by Reel to Reel (not to be confused with the 90s reggae fusion duo Reel 2 Reel). NOUVEAUX loops, pitches, adds instrumentation and basically blasts the original into outer space, time warping its 1980s energy.

Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" has become a staple of our summer, and we're not the only ones! A million producers have created a billion remixes from the album, and most of them do little if anything to improve upon the original. But a few have shone through for me. I already mentioned this one by Reflex. And now I am enjoying this edit/remix by Versailles producer Maison Francaise.

There you go! Three free tracks to get your weekend started right! Try to enjoy the sunshine, but don't let it burn ya.

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