First Spin: The Week’s Best New Dance Tracks From The Saunderson Brothers, Eric Prydz, Hot Chip & More
The week's best new dance tracks from The Saunderson Brothers, Eric Prydz, Hot Chip, Marshmello and more.
New Music Friday is intense. Hundreds of songs drop from artists around the world, and you’re supposed to somehow find the best ones. It’s fun work, but it’s time-consuming — so we at Billboard Dance want to give you a hand. Each week, we sift through the streams and dig into the digital crates to present absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of fresh jams.
Sometimes New Music Friday is kind of quiet, and then sometimes everything drops all at once in a wonderful clamor of bleeps and bloops and bass. This Friday is one of those Fridays!
Today sees major releases in the form of Major Lazer’s latest album Music Is the Weapon, a new single from Zedd, Tchami’s , along with a pretty, glitchy ballad from Ninajirachi and Kota Banks, a rock-leaning banger from Sullivan King, a similarly rock-minded collab from Illenium and Tom Delonge, an excellent and highly sensual new track from Le Youth, a new album from the always delightful Autograf, a hypnotic thumper from boiish and a swirling anthem from trance titan Ferry Corsten.
And, you guessed it, there’s more. Let’s dig in.
The Saunderson Brothers, “Signature Move”
Dantiez and Damarii Saunderson — the eldest sons of dance music royalty Kevin Saunderson — make their father proud with their Signature Move EP. Their mother Ann is proud too — so much so that she did the vocals for the EP’s title track, a slinky, steamy house heater that refers more to the annoying aspects of another’s selfishness than it does to dancing (although it will also make you dance). The two-track EP is out now via Sacha Robotti’s Slothacid imprint.
Eric Prydz, “Nopus”
You know that annoying thing that happens when a DJ regularly drops a really killer track in their sets but doesn’t ever actually release it? Eric Prydz knows it too, as the Swedish legend is a known culprit of holding on to track IDs for months and sometimes years (particularly those tracks that he creates specifically for live shows). But today fans can throw their damn hands up in the air, as he’s finally dropping his brightly anthemic “Nopus,” which debuted at Electric Daisy Carnival 2016 — fans called it “Nopus” because Eric played it for the first time exactly a year after he released “Opus” in 2015 — and has been delighting audiences around the globe in the four years since. Now, let it delight you from the comfort of your couch.
Hot Chip feat. Jarvis Cocker, “Straight to the Morning”
“We’re going out tonight,” declares Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor on “Straight to the Morning,” and while we are in fact not going anywhere tonight, or tomorrow night, or the next night or any night in the foreseeable future, the factual accuracy of Taylor’s claim doesn’t matter in the context of the synth and string fun bonanza that is the beloved live dance act’s newest single. His majesty Jarvis Cocker even drops in for some breathy, baritone backing vocals. (Also catch him waving his arms around wildly inside the television of the song’s music video.)
Mindchatter, “Blame Game”
“These scars are like my poetry, without them I don’t know who I’d be,” sings New York-based vocalist and producer Mindchatter on “Blame Game.” It’s an existential thought set to a slowly building amalgamation of percussion, keyboards and synth, which altogether rise into the same sort of glorious cacophony that defines an existentially oriented mind. (And indeed the producer takes his artist name from his penchant for internal dialogue.) The pretty, resonant song is from Mindchatter’s debut album, Imaginary Audience, out now via Mind Of A Genius.
Marshmello x Imanbek feat. Usher, “Too Much”
Today, Usher joins the Marshmello hit parade with “Too Much.” The slice of thumping R&B-infused EDM is a collab with Kazakh producer Imanbek, who blew up hard this year with his remix of St. Jhn’s “Roses.” The corresponding video is also pretty fun.
Sometimes you just want piano stabs set inside a house song that you can flail your limbs around to with full and reckless abandon. Right? That’s a thing we all sometimes want? Well good, because LA duo Phantoms have delivered us “Somebody,” a wildly effective house anthem that hits with dual components of urgency and joy. Go to the nightclub of your mind and turn this one up, loud. Featuring vocalist Hannah Robinson, the track comes from Phantoms’ new five-track Moonlight EP, out now via Casablanca/Republic Records.
Township Rebellion, “Plastic World”
As the legend goes, the gentlemen of Rüfüs du Sol were riding their neon-lit cruisers through the dusty expanses of Burning Man when they stopped at the Fluffy Cloud stage (so named because it’s shaped like a…fluffy cloud) and heard music so good that they decided they must have some to release on their own Rose Avenue imprint. Thus, Township Rebellion’s 2020 EP is out today via the label, with the lead track “Plastic World” delivering an alluring melodic techno voyage that will indeed give you sunrise on the playa vibes. (The song’s title also pays homage to the German duo’s deep interest in environmental causes and the disposable waste they revile.)