The Friday Five (6.13.14)

That one day after Thursday is finally here y’all. Which means the prospect of sleeping in past 4am in on the horizon. It also means it’s time for another edition of The Friday Five… a collection of purely joyous dance tracks to start your weekend off right. Curated weekly and dance party tested by yours truly, Lydia Cruz.

Read more about WHY I started The Friday Five in last week’s inaugural post.

Now kick off your heels, tell Kevin in accounting he’ll get those numbers Monday, and let’s dance ourselves right into weekend bliss.

1) Deadmau5 ft. Colleen D’Agostino – Seeya

Legendary electronic music producer Deadmau5 closed out 2013 by deleting three years worth of music off his SoundCloud, composing piano sonatas, and announcing via Twitter his move to a new record label that “knows what to do with my music.” Despite the controversy surrounding his professional and public life, the infamous DJ is back in full form. “Seeya” is the first single off his comprehensive, 25-track album While (1<2) set to drop on June 17th. While this track is far from a rave pulse pounder, I fell in love with the guitar-inspired baseline and Colleen’s brilliant lyrics… “Don’t wake me from this dream / I’m winning wars inside my head / And maybe I’m weak / But not beneath the covers of this bed.” Consider it your warm-up track. We all have to stretch before we run.

2) Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones – I Got U

Duke Dumont is 31-year old Adam Dyment. A British DJ, music producer, record label owner, Grammy nominee and general overachiever. I’m convinced he never sleeps. All you need to know about this track is a) it features a Whitney Houston sample and b) it features a Whitney Houston sample.

3) Route 94 ft. Jess Glynne – My Love

Another British import makes the list this week with Route 94, known to friends as Rowan Jones. Although he is relatively unknown outside his home country, “My Love” has already charted #1 in three countries worldwide and continues to grow in popularity.

4) Duck Sauce – NRG (Skrillex, Kill the Noise, Milo & Otis Remix)

Duck Sauce is the collaborative effort Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, both established DJs with impressive resumes of their own. Armand has been spinning for almost 25 years, while A-Trak remains the youngest person to win the DMC World DJ Championship at age 15. He’s also the only person to win 5 World Championships and was personally recruited by Kanye West to be his tour DJ in 2004. Not bad, eh? “NRG” is an upbeat party starter that only gets more infectious with Skrillex’s signature touch.

5) Mr. Probz – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)

Since I gave you a warm-up track, it’s only fair I deliver a cool down one also. This one is perfect for relaxing beside any body of water. Or in front of your computer daydreaming about doing so.

As always I’d also love to hear from YOU about what tracks make you move, dance party, cartwheel, etc. I keep hearing about this crazy thing called “the internets” by which you can contact or selfie me.

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The weekend is now officially kicked off. Tell your boss I said so. Have fun, stay safe and hug your pops like there is no tomorrow. Happy Father’s Day to all the incredible dads out there!


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