Django Django’s “Spirals” gets a heady edit from the guys of MGMT, who add layers of spatial synth and galloping drums, turning the already excellent original into an eight-minute electronic prog rock opus that sounds like like Depeche Mode on mushrooms. (Make sure to listen all the way through to catch the song’s second — and third — movements.) Made with six handmade spinning fantascopes rotating on moving turntables, the song’s equally psychedelic video is meant to symbolize how the bonds we share as humans are stronger than the divisions. Amen.
GRiZ + Jauz, “No Doubt”
Within a few hours, Griz had passed the start of a similarly heavy track to Jauz, and the guys finished the G-funk-dripping banger over the next few weeks. It “was really fun to go back to that initial inspiration for making bass music,” Griz says in a statement. “Something grimy, swaggy, gutter.” Bangers is out now via Deadbeats.
Whethan Feat. RL Grimes, “Outta Here”
Amidst cameos from STRFKR, Grouplove, The Knocks and Oliver Tree comes the finale track “Outta Here” with RL Grime. Together the duo launch into deep space on walls of synth and airy trap beats that lift you up rather than hitting you over the head. (The track also evokes a little bit of Grime’s 2014 all-time jam “Core.”) “There was an underlying theme of alternative meets psychedelic dance music,” Whethan says of Fantasy in a statement, “and I wanted to be able to blast every song at my shows or have it feel like you’re at a show when listening at home or in the car.” In a moment when none of us can go to musical events that aren’t actually happening at home or in the car, his mission is effectively accomplished.
Major Lazer & Paloma Mami, “QueLoQue”
Arty, “Say My Name”
While currently unavailable due to COVID, that mass dance party feeling is heavily evoked via the final track on Arty’s From Russia With Love 3 EP, the third and final installment of the series out today via Armada Music. The Russian producer born Artem Stolyarov says that for him and his collaborators, making the EP was an exercise in “reminiscing about the music that took the dance music scene by force between 2010 and 2012” and that wide-eyed ‘n’ gobsmacked mainstage EDM feeling of awe this era is certainly present on the soaring and trance-inspired anthem “Say My Name.”
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