#FreePlayFriday – 1/17/2014

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Two retro reworks from label Hot Creations kick off this week’s picks of the best free dance downloads. Label co-owner Jamie Jones’ edit of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It” truthfully doesn’t stray far from the original, but its emphasis on the drum loop and subtle additions to the bassline give the rap classic a sleek sheen. Greg Pidcock takes Inner City’s Detroit techno hit “Good Life” and extends its grooves, making it ripe for the dancefloors of Ibiza. The slow buildup is undoubtedly satisfying when the original’s iconic synth riff finally makes an appearance.

NAPT and Roska have joined forces to release a pair of free collaborations through Fool’s Gold Records. “Roar” is the highlight with NAPT’s signature stuttering bass drops and funky house aesthetic joined by melodic synth flutters. The Chainsmokers deliver a progressive house reinterpretation of Tove Lo’s emotive indie-pop track “Habits.” Centered around the percussion-centric minimalist drops that dominated 2013, the New York City duo sets the track apart with stunning synth work and an impressive understanding of track pacing.

Rounding out this week’s picks is Let’s Be Friends’ remix of Gwen Stefani’s debut solo single “What You Waiting For?” Turning the proverbial dial to 11, the UK duo transforms the pop staple into a frenetic explosion of lasers and bass that is simply bonkers start to finish. The end result is a schizophrenic bomb that wouldn’t sound out of place on Knife Party release or any electro set.

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!