Best of the Rest vol 1

Good afternoon, people. Given that Calibar has had quite a bit of success with his Laid Back Sundays, I thought it would be a good idea to start up another weekly segment. Now, I know that I have often said this, but this time around it's for real. This new segment, called Best of the Rest, will shine a little light on the producers who sent us their tunes. I'll post my five favorite songs that we receive by e-mail every week. We are flooded with tunes daily, and I figure that it's better to give a bit of exposure to people who actually take time out of their day and send something over. Although a lot of the crap we get is mailing list spam, I'll try to favor people who actually write to us.

There's a lot of decent stuff, so hopefully you'll dig some of it. Of course, some of it might have already been posted on other blogs, but whatever. Again, people, these are MY favorite ones, an opinion not necessarily shared by my comrades. And, to be honest, there might not be that many amazing tunes every week, but I'll try to pick out the best ones. If you sent over a tune and it didn't get included, my bad. Wading through a sea of mailing lists to find the gems is not always so easy.

Now, on to the music.

1. DATO (Denmark)

DATO- My life is perfect now ( featuring Jannie Linnebæk)

Holy fuck. This is top quality disco. DATO is Thomas Erichsen & David Kosteljanetz, a talented production team from Copenhagen. They enlisted the help of a talented vocalist whose vocal chops fit perfectly with this trancey vocal disco house. Keep an eye out for these dudes. Funky stuff.


2. Sol (USA)

Sol- Kickitwitchu

Ever since Cal's post on Sol's stoner anthem I'm So High reached number 1 on the Hype Machine, I've been keepin' my eyes out for new material by this Seattle MC. Underground Hip-Hop is much more of Cal's specialty than mine, but I know how to appreciate a decent spitter when I hear one. This one, produced by Jacks Green (SO CONFUSED) is a really dope slow jam for the ladies. Smooth lines, a rad soulful backdrop and r&b styling all combine to make this one into another hit for Sol.


3. Two Inch Punch (England)

(Now streaming only by request)

+++ Love You Up. --- by +Two Inch Punch-

The last tune we posted by lovestep producer Two Inch Punch was definitely well received, and I really dug it, so it was nice to see this pop up in the inbox a few days ago. Two Inch Punch, as we've mentioned before, makes glitchy reworks of soul tunes, and falls neatly in the category of Luvstep, which is named after an amazing mix by Dirty South Joe & Flufftronix that came out last Valentine's Day. (New one coming soon! stoked!) Love You Up is a synthy, stuttering glitchfest of a tune that I'm hoping you'll get a kick out of.


4. Villains (USA)

Fischerspooner - Infidels Of The World Unite (Villains Remix) (radio edit) by Villains

Brand new remix of Fischerspooner's great tune Infidels of the World Unite by Los Angeles remixers Villains. This one is out on Dim Mak as of now, and is moving rapidly up the beatport charts. Sure, it's abusively distorted and bangin, but it's nice to listen to balls-to-the-wall rave remixes once in a while to switch it up.


5. Vancans (USA)

Vancans x Nina Simone- What's a woman to do?

This is a rather bizarre one, a kind of twangy and jazzy re-edit of Nina Simone's He Ain't Comin Home No More. It's a very simple rework, basically all he did was add a little drum beat and slightly chopped up the beat a tiny bit, but it's a laid-back remix that is perfect for a lazy afternoon where you just want to lounge around and smoke cigarettes and drink tea. Definitely not a bad entry. Not a game changer by any means, but I like it for what it is.




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