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A Post-Holiday Feels Playlist

Christmas Fireplace

No Michael Buble here. Christmastime, if your family is as lovingly dysfunctional as mine, can be chaotic. After all that turducken stubbornly exits your system and your judgmental Aunt Judy has taken her soapbox back to Scottsdale, you will most likely suffer from what is called the “post-holiday blues”. Presents have been torn into, diets have been destroyed, and the Christmas tree has already been trashed to make room for the next big holiday decoration (kandi-coated EDC tree anybody?!)…you totally have the feels. What better way to combat a case of the feels than with a chill mode playlist sans Mannheim Steamroller?

“Memory Taffata” Palmistry
A great “Sunday drive with bae” song on its own, this electro pop single from Palmistry has quickly become one of my favorites. Its even-keeled sound and soulful vocals will keep you off-the-ledge as you drive from store to store returning all the ill-fitting, pity purchases all four of your cousins gifted.

“Fantasy” Alina Baraz & Galimatias
For your inevitable break-up with aforementioned bae who, let’s be honest, you only kept around to avoid being single at all those holiday parties. “Fantasy” emits trance-like euphoria which merges smoothly into the sensual abyss of instrumentals. Put on this dreamy track from the duo’s “Urban Flora” album and fantasize about the good times.

“High You Are (Branchez Remix)” What So Not
This would be infinitely better off played in the head of a child running down the stairs to see Santa’s presents underneath the tree Christmas morning; however, my adult alternative will suffice. This is a great final goodbye song to family as you head back to your homeland, feeling refreshed and renewed after ending your week-long Christmas cookie and eggnog binge. Get that New Years’ Eve ball dropping body in shape, drink your green juice, and even ease up on the cursing this week…you’re back and about to be better than ever.

“Until The End” Tipsy Tortoise w/ Alex Brandt ft. GuitK
This bluesy, saxophone serenading track conjures images of a setting sun on a California coast. Totally unrelated to Christmas, but that’s the point. It plays like a love child of Kenny G and Lost Frequencies and can be best enjoyed pre-Netflix and chill underneath a warm, billowing blanket. Bonus points to be situated next to a fireplace. The blend of deep house and throwback tropical house makes this collaboration a total win.

“Gold” Kiiara
It’s inevitable you’ll finally come out of your self-diagnosed depression sooner than later…that’s what we do. When this happens, you’re going to want to put this on. Produced by glitchy pop gem, Felix Snow, “Gold” exudes confidence in a cool, “I could care less” way. It’s the perfect song for vibing with friends, getting ready to pop bottles on NYE in some fancy hotel none of you can quite afford.

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A-Trak on January 2nd @ Sway


A-Trak Slated to Slay at Sway


As a DJ who has won several world titles, only the most epic of performances can be expected of A-Trak, as his current tour makes a stop at Sway in Columbus next month. A-Trak’s reliable track list is full of methodic, building bass lines and highly-contagious melodies but also big sound club bangers worthy of a few ear-gasms like “We All Fall Down”.

His latest releases seem to blur the lines between electronic, dance, and pop with house influences marching masterfully to each clean chord progression. This should be no surprise by the guy who commonly speaks out against pigeonholing artists into genres. What matters is that his technique is on fleek- as the cool kids would say- and even the most mild EDM enthusiasts (hello Beliebers) will find something to latch on to.

A-Trak is slated to play Jan. 2 downtown at a newer space on the scene, Sway. The part tapas lounge, part nightclub has had a steady stream of reputable DJ’s spin including Eric Prydz and Sidney Sampson. Michael Mercer, Director of Operations and Marketing at Sway, said A-Trak has brought in the largest “day one” ticket sales since opening; impressive with everything going on around New Years Eve and that weekend.

For avid A-Trak listeners, myself included, here’s to hoping he brings his signature scratching to Ohio. Watch his YouTube channel original “Short Cuts” videos to get up to speed on the mind-blowing madness that is his undeniable skill set below. A personal favorite is Episode 8: Beat Steady where he rips apart “Beats Knockin” by Jack U then sews it back together with the agility and precision of a master tailor. That’s one bad ass seamstress. “Landline” is another scratch-heavy hit that only A-Trak can be accountable for, as his transitions are virtually seamless.

A-Trak as a whole is such an amalgam we may even hear a hint of trap or full-on hip hop to his set (he has, after all, work with Yeezus himself Kayne West). You never know with the DJ and yet you do know all at the same time…make sense? Expect songs you can sip on all night like a high-quality liquor of your choosing but also what I call “treadmill tracks” which you can take straight to the dance floor.

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A-Trak in costume at Haunted Fest 2014

The Knocks Drop Their “Girls” Remix As A Free Download

The 1975 - Girls (The Knocks Remix)

I discovered this slammin’ disco-house remix by The Knocks from a group I had never heard of until today. The 1975 are an alternative rock/indie rock band tucked away in the metropolis of the Manchester, England. It comes as no surprise, however, that The 1975 won’t be unknown to stateside audiences for much longer because The Knocks effectively brought their name to light with this chic new remix of The 1975’s single, “Girls”.

Upon my first listen, I couldn’t help but be impressed with this music. The 1975’s vocals have a airy sound that’s alluring and is especially catchy during moments of the song’s chorus. At the same time, The Knocks deserve an immense amount of credit for handling the production with so much balance. Their progressive style and original melodies create an outstanding overall sound and one of the best pure dance and party songs out. The Knocks’ remix of The 1975’s “Girls” is out official on November 11th, but take a listen to this FREE stream below and bop all night to it.

Download: The 1975 – Girls (The Knocks remix)

Stream Kill Frenzy’s Warm Inside You EP Out November 4th On Turbo Recordings

Kill Frenzy - Warm Inside You EP (Out Now) [Turbo Recordings]

Kill Frenzy‘s ‘Warm Inside You’ EP is out now on Turbo Recordings and it’s very impressive . The EP features 3 songs titled “Warm Inside You”, “Hooked”, and “Footwork” each displaying an original blend of minimal house and under-ground club music. Kill Frenzy’s natural talent of placing choppy samples between up-tempo beats and infectious tribal rhythms will capture your senses and will have you bobbing your head through the night. Take a listen to the free stream below and purchase ‘Warm Inside You EP’ when it releases November 4th on Beatport.

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