New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you’re supposed to somehow find the best ones. It’s fun work, but it’s time-consuming — so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig in the digital crates to present the absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of jams.
This week we saw Diplo hit the dancefloor at Madonna’s birthday party before playing the Democratic National Convention afterparty (range!), got an emotional new release from Aluna, learned a bunch of DJs’ thoughts on why you should vote this November, saw the massive list of collaborators for the forthcoming Club Future Nostalgia remix edition of Dua Lipa’s latest LP, saw Disclosure play from a remote national park in Croatia and heard the first little bit of a very smooth forthcoming collab from Calvin Harris and The Weeknd.
And you guessed it, there’s more, with a run of powerhouse remixes and fresh productions dropping this week. Let’s dig in.
Willaris. K, “Chapel” (Boys Noize Remix)
There’s music that sort of lures you in slowly, and then there’s music that doesn’t really give you a choice. File this Boys Noize edit of Willaris K’s “Chapel” in the latter category, and then strap in for seven minutes of techno beaming straight to your dome. On the edit, the German veteran — a 2020 Grammy nominee for his work alongside Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign on “Midnight Hour” — demonstrates his longstanding prowess with straight-up warehouse sounds ,and also shows his range, with this edit coming on the heels of his work on Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Hot 100-topping “Rain On Me” collab.
Duke Dumont & RY X, “Let Me Go” (Cerrone Remix)
First, a bit about Cerrone: an icon of the Euro-disco scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, the producer has been making music for more than 45 years, has sold over 30 million records, and has performed alongside the likes of Nile Rodgers. More pertinent to this discussion is that Cerrone has put his magic touch on Duke Dumont’s already excellent Ry X collab “Let Me Go,” adding an ’80s disco vibe via layers of synth, a few impeccably placed guitar chords and a long build and release that might make you feel like the hero of a romantic thriller set in late ’80s Monaco.
Tame Impala, “Is It True” (Four Tet Remix)
Who remembers Four Tet’s 2016 remix of Rihanna’s “Kiss It Better”? Yes? Good — and not only because that edit is incredible, but also because it bears great resemblance to the producer’s just-released edit of Tame Impala’s “Is It True.” Once again, Kieran Hebden pares the song down to its essentials, dropping the bass line and percussion of the original and setting Kevin Parker’s vocals on top a shimmery bed of extremely meditative synth. He then introduces a kick drum and a swirl of other celestial flourishes that altogether establishing a different take on the heady, psychedelic vibe that Tame Impala has long embodied.
Whipped Cream feat. Mulatto & Baby Goth, “Do I”
Vancouver Island-based producer Whipped Cream has today dropped her much-anticipated debut LP, Who Is Whipped Cream, on which she answers her own question with a load of heavy, slinky, hypnotic tracks that establish a fresh and sophisticated, but still terrifically dirty, balance between bass and hip-hop. The standout track is “Do I”, on which lady hip-hop artists Mulatto and Goth Baby deliver threatening rhetoricals (“b—h do I look like a fan?”) over Whipped Cream’s ominous production. Earlier today, she took over the Billboard Dance Instagram to show the world how she assembles a beat — it seems wise to pay attention. Who Is Whipped Cream os out today via Big Beat Records.
Sidepiece, “Fallin For You”
Sidepiece, the tag team project from Nitti Gritti and Party Favor, came hard out the gates last fall with their Diplo collab “On My Mind.” That song hit No. 1 on the Beatport charts, and got a pair of truly killer remixes from MK and Purple Disco Machine. Today, the duo is back with “Fallin For You” a high-velocity thrill ride through raveland that, if you listen to it with your eyes closed while bobbing your head slightly, kind of evokes that feeling of peak time dancefloor euphoria during which only you, the music and the moves you’re busting to exist. We’ll surely get back to the club someday; in the meantime, this track is out now via Sonny Fodera’s Solotoko label.
Clean Bandit and Mabel, “Tick Tock”
Clean Bandit once again demonstrates their mastery of dance pop with their latest release, “Tick Tock.” A collab with 2020 Brit award winner (for female solo artist) Mabel and XXL 2020 Freshmen Issue cover star 24kGoldn, the single is an undeniable bop that extends the uplifting vibe that’s made the group a favorite since they exploded in 2014, upon the release of their enduring “Rather Be.” The single’s bubblegum-colored video was also directed by the band.
Kölsch, “While Waiting For Something To Care About”
Danish techno king Kölsch brings the symphony to the club, or the club to the symphony, or both to just that area of your living room where you dance intermittently throughout the day given that our musical cultural institutions remain closed. “While Waiting For Something to Care About” is steeped in strings, with the violin doing as much heavy lifting as the kickdrum, and the two in tandem creating a punchy wall of sound riff that hits with both strength and grace. The track is the A-side of a two-song release out today via German indie label Kompakt.