While big releases by Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey threatened to cloud the week, a few funk-inspired numbers came to the rescue, willingly boogying us into the weekend. Check out our top 10 tracks of the week below:
1. Jungle – Time
It seems it’s hard this week to find one song that’s not inspired by Funk or Disco. Given it’s a Friday evening, that sits very well with us. This one continues the mysterious Jungle’s winning streak in the lead up to their debut album. Shake ya groove thang.
2. Little Dragon- Paris (TEED Remix)
If you thought Little Dragon’s original was too minimal then you’ll surely be pleased by this pulsating remix. TEED takes Little Dragon right into four am with a dirty, four-to-the-floor beat but also makes sure he leaves room to let the breathy vocals of Yukimi Nagano prosper.
3. Banks- Drowning
BANKS’ debut album isn’t due until September but already we have heard about half of it. And basically we’re listening and loving. It seems some guy has played her around pretty bad and now he’s getting his due karma. “You’re so bold while you’re watching me moan” she sings like Taylor Swift with a gun. Jokes aside, this is stunning.
4. Juce- (H)ours
Juce are basically a cross between HAIM and Destiny’s Child and are pumping out ‘90s-inspired RnB. (H)ours follows a blistering debut in Call You Out and an equally exceptional follow-up Braindead. I guess this makes it three from three.
5. LAYLA – Smokestacks (Mountain of Youth Remix)
Garnering over one-hundred thousand plays in just the first month of its release, Smokestacks was LAYLA’s breakout hit. This, as the name suggests, is a remix. Mountain of Youth take it into deep house territory, but still use LAYLA’s vocal hook as the focal-point. Prepare yourself, this one gets pretty steamy.
6. Vic Mensa- Down On My Luck
Vic Mensa has been named in XXL’s freshman class for 2014 alongside names like Chance The Rapper and Isaiah Rashad. It basically means there is a big hype bubble surrounding him right now. This one finds a sugar, melodic middle ground between rap and electronic music.
7. Chris Malinchak (Feat. Mikky Ekko)- Stranger
The week that MJ released his posthumous album, Chris Malinchak and Mikky Ekko beat him at his own game (not that he knows it’s his game). It’s got a funky bass-line, Nile Rodgers guitar-licks and a velvety vocal.
8. Sam Smith – Stay with me (Rainer + Grimm Remix)
We begged for a remix back in First Impressions April 3 and our will has been done. It’s been done good.
9. King Avriel- Judgement Day // Valley Idols
The most important thing you should know about King Avriel is that she was the voice of Timberly in Hey Arnold. Let that sink in. Now, you should know she’s now a 23 year-old artist who’s about to release her debut album, thesis. This one’s presumably from it and it’s an organ-driven, RnB masterclass.
10. Airling- The Runner
Airling is signed to Big Scary’s record Pieater and is an Australian singer-songwriter. Aside from releasing this jazz-inspired electronic track this week, she’s also been touring with Irish crooner James Vincent McMorrow. This one will seep under your skin and rest there for at least a week.