Every week, a member of the EDM.com team collects a list of their favorite tracks from the last week. This week, Emily Hall has handpicked an eclectic range of tracks from tropical house to experimental beats. Staff Picks Vol. 16 crosses genre boundaries with music from Mau5trap’s Eekkoo to Team Supreme’s Djemba Djemba. Whether you’re addicted to the dark beat of techno or finding yourself in need of a tropical escape, these five tracks offer a wide array of influences and styles.
Here are my 5 favorite tracks of the week:
1) Jaymes Young – I’ll Be Good (Thero Remix)
Get ready to soak up some tropical vibes with Thero’s remix of “I’ll Be Good" by Jaymes Young. This up-and-coming tropical house producer has been dropping chill, beachey anthems one after the next, ultimately creating a new strand of tropical house. Thero revamped “I’ll Be Good” into a groovy and refreshing track with soothing vocals and a relaxing melody. In the past, Thero has collaborated with Hotel Garuda on their remix of Cazzette's "Sleepless," pinning him as a rising producer of 2015. Hailing from Palm Beach, Florida, Thero’s distinct style breathes new life into the tropical house genre, shattering cookie-cutter expectations and delivering a tropical chillwave hybrid.
2) Riff Raff – Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz (JAUZ Remix)
JAUZ reenergized Riff Raff’s infamous “Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz” just in time for this week’s Staff Picks series. JAUZ is newly signed to the Mad Decent roster, and since then has garnered a large fan base denoted as the “Shark Squad.” This remix is filled to the brim with wubs on wubs on wubs, adhering to JAUZ’s well-defined garage style. “Tip Toe Wing In My Jawwdinz” carries a similar sound to some of JAUZ’ earlier work, including his original mix “Feel The Volume,” and his remix of Tiga’s “Bugatti.” The Los Angeles based producer infused his high-energy, heavy bassline style into the original hip-hop track and reworked it into a massive banger.
3) Eekkoo – B61
Mau5trap representative Eekkoo has been on the map recently with a handful of hypnotizing, electronic sounds including his 2014 original mix “Towers.” If you listen to any of Eekkoo’s tracks, you’ll notice some similarities between his own style and that of deadmau5. “B61” was released this week through Mau5trap’s third installment of We Are Friends, as the Canadian producer is heavily supported by the mau5. Since 2012, Eekkoo has been supplying deep and dark sounds for the techno extremist. Take a walk on the dark side with five and a half minutes of a penetrating bassline and chilling beats.
4) Djemba Djemba – plum blossom
Team Supreme affiliate Djemba Djemba dropped 17 tracks this week in which he classified as “leftover beats.” In particular, “plum blossom” is sampled from a Brazilian track via Brownswood Recordings. The track embodies an exotic, experimental vibe with a minimal yet heavy bassline. After emerging onto the scene in 2011, Djemba Djemba has found a home on the Mad Decent/Jeffrees imprint and his own spot on the Beat Team Supreme roster. All 17 leftover beats adhere to his experimental style, also featuring Team Supreme member Mr. Carmack.
5) Galantis - Gold Dust
Over the course of 2014, Galantis dropped several giant dance floor anthems, constituting the Swedish duo as one of the top up-and-coming producers of the year. Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw blend electronic dance music and pop flawlessly and have gained support from Kaskade, Dillon Francis, and more. Now, the Sea Fox Nation is back with their latest release “Gold Dust,” which takes listeners on a journey and focuses more on the evocative vocals. The track quickly builds momentum to an uplifting, big room drop. “Gold Dust” is due to be released February 23rd via Big Beat Records.