Exploit flight facilities. Drama, “Move”
Change is in the air for flight facilities. Australian providers of relaxing poolside vibes recently fueled their energy on recent songs like “The Ghost” and the Channel Tres collaboration “Lights Up”. In a statement, they share, “Unconsciously, a decade after releasing an early ’80s-inspired nightclub, our internal musical clocks make us create an early’ 90s-inspired dance.”
New single “Move”, starring Chicago duo Drama, isn’t just inspired by the ’90s – it’s a time machine to the days when house music ruled the Billboard dance charts / club, supported by the voices of divas like CeCe Peniston, Crystal Waters and Martha Wash. Drama’s Via Rosa is less roaring and more vocally reserved here, but the punchy bassline, sweaty drums, and puffy piano melodies bring all the drama (no pun intended) on their own. The music video for “Move” is also a throwback, with silhouettes of dancers and large, light shapes in the background reminiscent of Peniston’s “Finally”.
“Whether you’re in the club, the kitchen, or a 1-lock party,” says Flight Facilities, “‘Move’ is our ode to the piano house and the pioneers of 909 drum machine music.” – KRYSTAL RODRIGUEZ
Feed Me, “Reckless” Feat. Tasha baxter
Take your keys and attach your Drive jacket, Feed Me just dropped a dreamy synthwave wonder to scorpion jacket proportions. It’s a brilliant taste of the British producer’s next chapter as he continues to broaden his musical horizons, exploring tasty sounds and styles outside of his drum’n’bass roots. “Reckless” features a beautiful, airy voice from South African singer-songwriter Tasha Baxter, and it is the first single from an upcoming album of the same name.
“’Reckless’ is a lockdown story reimagined as an escape fantasy and chapter in a recalibration journal,” Feed Me tweeted. “Next week’s album is a segment of a larger body of work. totaling how I used the time you all gave me. “
Prepare to immerse yourself in pastel rainbow and neon hues. “Reckless” is now available on Sotto Voce Records. – KAT BEIN
Jorja Smith, “All This”
Heartbreak finds a catchy beat on Jorja Smith’s new single, “All of This”. The British crooner travels spiritually and sonically to South Africa for a rhythm produced by Guilty Beatz inspired by Amapiano, an offshoot of South African house music. Smith’s sorrowful voice floats over the sinuous, melancholy production, which takes center stage midway through with a barrage of deep and heavy, almost militant percussion – a seamless and sudden transition, like that of sadness turning into betrayal and angry. “Too bad for my one and only,” she repeats with sweet venom.
In a statement, Smith says she met Guilty Beatz while attending a writing camp. “It’s so wonderful to work with him and when we first started the song it was more of a fall to the beat of the ground,” she adds. “He’s shared Amapiano playlists with me before and then during the first lockdown in 2020 he sent me a version of the song as it is now. … It’s about someone who doesn’t deserve you and thinking wow, you really had my time, ew. – KR
Point Point, “Seeyaanotherday”
We all went to a party or dinner or a friendly reunion in 2020 which became our last in at least a year. It’s wild, because we didn’t know it would be our last at the time. It’s kind of like when Parisian duo Point Point released “Serious Mood” in 2017 and haven’t released anything else for four bloody years, until today.
“Seeyaanotherday” is a triumphant, funkalicious disco comeback. It’s sultry and sunny, a syncopated rhythm dressed in walking bass and silly little synth noises guaranteed to make you smile and arch your back. The sounds are warm, organic, and playful, and the single is celebrated with a fresh and clean Instagram page that seems to promise more to come. This time when they say “Seeyaanotherday” we hope they mean it. – K. Bein
Baltra, “Sunset Jam”
After releases on Local Action and Nothing Else Matters, New York producer Baltra is back on Shall Not Fade with his first full EP for the UK house label in two years. Composed of four pieces in jewel tones, Dreaming of a Disco travels from the beach to the club and back again. By its title alone, “Sunset Jam” is a closer fitting one. Lush and languid at the start with rippling xylophone keys, it slowly builds up the energy with searing disco strings, scat vocals and a quivering acid synth line finish to guide the sun to the horizon. The perfect track for an impromptu beach party, “Sunset Jam” is sweet, sultry, and ready to guide listeners from day to night. – KR
Holiday gift, “Save me”
After a year of quarantine, a false spring of post-vaccination emergence, and the promise of more Delta variant lockdowns on the horizon, we’ve all become close friends with anxiety. It’s not the best feeling in the world, but at least we have some soulful music to help us get through the tough times, especially when those tracks are accompanied by weird little synth beeps like bassy single and bouncy. Party Favor “Save Me”.
“’Save Me’ is an ode to the demons we all fight against all the time,” Party Favor said in a press release. “Everyone experiences something different all the time, and for me, it’s about dealing with anxiety. This song comes from the perspective of a person’s subconscious mind trying to get rid of these demons, even when they come back again and again.
It’s been a few years since Party Favor released new solo tracks. He had a fantastic run last year with Nitti Gritti on their collaborative project Sidepiece, earning a Grammy nomination for their single “On My Mind” alongside Diplo. Party Favor just signed with Ultra Records, so there’s a lot of new solo work to come. Keep an eye out. – K. Bein