#FreePlayFriday – 7/11/2014
It’s a very special occasion. Exactly one year ago, the inaugural edition of #FreePlayFriday —then called #FreePlayThursday—debuted with a set of 8 tracks, tied together by a shared price of $0. In the ensuing 52 weeks, it’s become the home of over 200 songs, remixes, bootlegs, and DJ tools, all of which have been downloadable for free.
Why stop the party? As our birthday gift to you, here’s five more free downloads.
Back in 2011, quirky alt-pop songstresses Annie and Florrie recorded “The Dominators,” a duet which—as of now—is still unreleased. French duo Herr Styler has taken the lid off the collaboration with the unveiling of their remix of the mysterious track. The pair’s remix is an offbeat, percussion-rich journey through a forest, complete with syncopated handclaps and tribal drums that blur the line between organic and electronic.
Fresh off the announcement of his US Ace Tour—dates available here—London-based DJ/producer Vanilla Ace has released his free remix of “Faded” by the mysterious ZHU. For his remix, Vanilla Ace primes the track for the underground, deepening its bassline and groove to create a sexy, sinister house cut.
For those who missed it earlier this week, America’s Best DJ nominee Baauer dropped a pair of tracks: the ethereal trap of “Clang” and the rowdy, Soulja Boy-sampling “Soulja.” You can stream “Clang” below and grab the secret download code for the tracks here.
Fans can now grab Lazy Ant’s remix of Crookers’ “Heavy” courtesy of CIAO Records. Entrancing and twisted, this tech house reimagining still packs the heavy punch of the original (as well as a wildly NSFW build near the 2:50 mark). The pounding drum pattern is a definite highlight here.
America’s Best DJ nominee Vice drops a rework of London Grammar’s “Hey Now” to celebrate 50 thousand Facebook fans. Vice turns the track into a progressive bomb that’s delivered set-ready. Hannah Reid’s operatic vocals work surprisingly well amongst the massive production, soaring over the explosive drop and buzzing synths. Grab the track and rest of this week’s picks below.