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If you’re looking for Big Room Bangers and thundering drops, these are not the songs you’re looking for.

The Chainsmokers proved themselves to be suprisingly effective at adapting to a slower, more restrained style for their remix of Anna of the North‘s woozy indie pop song, “Sway.” It’s a looong way from “Selfie,” which is a good thing because I think that’s the polar opposite of the original. There’s something about this song that makes you want to sing along with your eyes closed.

The online travel magazine Cereal has been publishing incredible quarterly playlists for a couple years, and announced this week that they are embarking on a new project.  Their initial collaboration is with Australian producer Ta-ku for “Flight Track: Volume 1.” Ta-ku’s intention with the mix was to create a soundtrack to inspire travel plans, as well as for the actual travelling. Similar to, say, Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports,” the mood and tempo push the sound into the background, but not out of the experience.

It’s also a more friendly soundtrack than his recent release, “Music to Break Up To.” I’m sure he welcomes the change and the distraction as well.

I wrote about DC-based producer Royal on ElectroJams about his stellar Tegan and Sara refix, and I was a little bummed that I couldn’t share it here as well, since the Canadian duo who commissioned the refix will be charging for it’s ownership. So it goes.

Fortunately, it looks like he’s made the entirety of his releases available for free through his SoundCloud page, most recently “Round Two,” featuring the slick vocal stylings of Desktop., also based in Washington, DC. The song, like all of his, will have you coming back to hit repeat.

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