September 1, 2014

#FreePlayFriday – 10/18/2013

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The weekend is within reach, and we’ve got six free downloads to ring it in right! Fans of deep house and indie dance are in for a treat this week, but we’ve got a fair sampling of heavier sounds coming your way, as well.

Facundo Mohrr’s edit of Franki Knuckles’ “Baby Wants to Ride” kicks off this week’s picks. The vocal repetitions and melodic bassline create a hypnotic rhythm that is distinctly nocturnal in nature. The track is taken from Mohrr’s Free EP, which also holds his bootleg of Massive Attack’s “Any Love.” This week’s other deep comes courtesy of Nervo and Marco Lys. Released to celebrate Nervo’s one million Facebook fans, “Don’t Break My Heart” is a small slice of vocal deep house, with liquid synths and bass distortions providing the backdrop for Nervo’s signature emotive lyrics.

We featured Chromeo’s new single for #FreePlayFriday a few weeks ago, but Mr. Oizo has released his remix of the nu-disco track. Oizo’s mix is slinky and sexy, adding 1970s-esque narration courtesy of a vocodered talkbox in a way that only Oizo could manage to make work. Chordashian have dropped the follow-up to their Summertime Sadness-sampling “Cold Nights” this week with “Skyscraper Souls.” Indie dance to its core, the track features the ethereal vocals of Freedom Fry, which complement the light and airy synths.

Those looking for something a bit harder should look no further than London Future and Djemba Djemba’s “Look At Me Now.” Dipping between serene moments of vocal and ballistic trap drops, the track is a pulsing, relentless assault on the senses. Rounding out this week’s selections is GRiZ’s Rebel Era album, available for free at MyNameIsGRiZ.com. Melding elements of funk, bass music, and soul, GRiZ effortlessly style shifts, especially on the single “Hard Times.”

Listen to and download all of the tracks through our Soundcloud below. If you find any outstanding free tracks, remixes, bootlegs, or mashups, tweet them to @DJTimesMag using #FreePlayFriday. We’ll feature our favorites in future editions!

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