Staff Picks Vol. 23
Every week, a member of the EDM.com team collects a list of their favorite tracks from the last week. This week, our Staff Picks are curated by Cody Smith, who picks the latest deeply tropical smash from Maribou State, the newest Chemical Brothers track with rapper Q-Tip, and the most recent addition to ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective project.
Here are Cody's 5 favorite tracks of the week:
Big Wild - "Aftergold"
ODESZA attracted attention by starting the Foreign Family Collective, and the brand kicked off with a magnificent start. The second track under Foreign Family Collective comes from Big Wild. The producer combined glitch hop, trip hop, and uplifting melodies to create "Aftergold", a track that takes elements from many contemporary sounds but manages to find its own identity along the way.
The Chemical Brothers feat. Q-Tip - "Go"
After going on hiatus for several years, The Chemical Brothers return to a world where people across the globe accept and listen to EDM. Many wondered how recent trends would affect the British duo's return, but dance music's greatest brother duo retains their sound while exploring new territory. This track crosses with hip-hop with an appearance from A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip, and features a video directed by renown director Michel Gondry.
Koan Sound - "Sentient"
Koan Sound deserves more attention, and hopefully their latest EP attracts some new fans. The Forgotten Myths EP features four new songs from the duo, and the stand-out happens to be a low-tempo track called "Sentient." Koan Sound scales back the heavy synths and effects here, instead opting for a more nuanced track that resembles a modern day Nujabes song.
Maribou State feat. Pedestrian - "The Clown"
The duo of Maribou State teamed up with vocalist Pedestrian to deliver a deep, tropical track called "The Clown." With his upcoming album The Portrait releasing on June 8, these lead singles give us a taste as to what to expect from the duo's overarching vision. "The Clown" presents a piece of that vision, complete with the duo's use of hazy synths and an infectious beat.
SG Lewis - "The Masque"
Liverpool-based producer SG Lewis may not be a household name yet, but productions like "The Masque" will certainly aid his case. "The Masque" reflects while inciting the listener to hit the dancefloor, a subtlety not fully explored in deeper genres as of late. Lewis wants the listener to party and dance, but also to ponder some deeper thoughts. Deep house indeed.