On the Kingdom edit to Cassie's "All My Love," the original gets clipped-out, fried and thoroughly crunched into a futuro-R&B sex explosion. Death to all genres – raise a glass to human emotion and late-night grinding.
Download: Cassie - All My Love (Kingdom Edit) [Zippyshare]
By the end of the year, Small Black shows are going to have entire crowds of people making out with each other and I don't even hate that. On "No Stranger," they practice open-hearted indie-pop that's more New Order and U2 than dudes in a bedroom. The crisp production highlights superior songwriting and production skills, as well as a real knack for melodies that will make you want to feel emotions and things. May 14 on Jagjaguwar!
On "Tell Me,' it's still a cold, cold world for Soft Metals as cloudy vocals drift over an analog house beat and metallic, eternally-delayed synthesizer swirls. The Los Angeles duo does what they do well – intergalactic crime driving music for both past and future. Hear more when their new one, Lenses, drops on Captured Tracks July 16.
Following their sampledelic "The Throw," Jaguar Ma returns with another endlessly danceable psychedelic voyage. Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, even the Chemical Bros come to mind, but really it just makes me want to do ecstasy for the first time since I almost married my college girlfriend because her hair was magic.
"Pyramid" is Four Tet at his most dancefloor leaning, and this remix by Thom Yorke and his Atoms For Peace clique is just an all-out assault. Like the original was dangled inside a helicopter propellor, it turns into a mixture of jabs, galloping drums and playfully-slapped vocal samples.
While the idea of a Grizzly Bear remix is nauseating in most situations, Nicolas Jaar works some true-blue magical hypnosis on "Sleeping Ute." Stretching the original so wide and fluidly that it becomes mere drops of sonic water, Jaar eventually finds a new pulse – one where he can reposition the vocals as indie ghosts staring at an uncertain and most intriguing electronic future.
On "Brazil," Gold Panda previews his forthcoming Half Of Where You Live LP with a playful battering ram of rhythm, watery clicks and a gruff incantation of the track's title. "I was drinking a daiquiri for $40 at the top of a skyscraper that looks like shit," he says, describing the work here. And that's exactly what it sounds like – the glossy dance music of forward-thinkers with the bohemian grit of urban decay underneath it all.
On "Acrylics," TNGHT continues their embrace of manic dance music with a hip-hop-ready bounce. It's all ADD electronics that spray with arena intentions and ultra-compressed sugar. You know, music for parties in 2013.
Stream: TNGHT - Acrylics [SoundCloud]
German electronic veteran DJ Koze returned to the world's ears this week with Amygdala, and if you needed additional incentive to listen, check out "Track ID Anyone?" featuring Caribou. Over a sturdy pulse, it's supremely playful as small slips of sound create ample space for Dan Snaith's vocals to cut right on through to your heart.
DFA veteran The Juan Maclean has largely eschewed SoundCloud-track-a-week dance culture, opting to only drop singles when it really counts. On "You Are My Destiny," he returns and does what he's always done so very well, crafting a lockstep, swelling arrangement behind Nancy Whang's vocals. It's a dreamy cauldron and carefree manifesto to loving physicality.