frankles free fridays

When I find a new song I like, I’ll usually pop it into a running series of SoundCloud or Spotify playlists I assemble over the course of a month or so. I’ve encountered the song “Velvet Girls” by Luca Lush at various points this summer, and I’ve liked it so much each time that I’ve added it to my last three playlists. It’s a chippy, upbeat backing track with a sort of pleasantly morose 8-bit treated vocal. It’s like if Porter Robinson went on a cruise, and had a really good time, and decided to write a song about playing his game boy on the ship’s sunny upper deck.

Duke Dumont songs and Craig Williams‘ remixes have one thing in common, which is that you can’t go wrong with either. Williams’ take on the instant house classic, “The Giver” shifts the song into a higher gear and restructures it into the realm of techno.

In the world of electronic music producers, there are a series of accomplishments that form as a sort of benchmark for “making it.” Some would say it’s 50K plays on SoundCloud, others would insist it’s more like 100K or 500K. Another benchmark would be a release on a major label, but that’s easily contended as well. One of the benchmarks that’s well agreed upon is a slot playing at fabric in London, and being asked for a mix to release through their popular and esteemed channels. Jooris Voorn was just extended that honor, and rose to meet the challenge with aplomb. He packs a lot of quality songs into what has consistently been one of the faster half hours of music I’ve heard in a while.

Bonus round! Despite my attempts to dismiss this mix based on the art that I don’t like, in combination with the pretentious title…I just can’t find anything wrong with it. I’ve never heard of Nathan Drew Larsen, but I’m grateful for the repeated happy accidents that directed me to listening to his set without looking at it. It’s great, and you can put it on for a house party or for cleaning your house before the house party, or for a picnic in the park, a long drive…

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