There’s exactly ONE day standing between us and summer. That’s less than 24 hours until celestial solstice magic, and I’m feeling the pressure to knock this playlist out of the park. There’s no greater way to honor the changing season than with a display of dance prowess. I’m pretty sure Michelle Obama said that once. Hopefully I have done the sun, earth and their orbital movement justice with this week’s Friday Five. Disregard any of your office “policies” that designate a noise level maximum and turn these UP. Rules are just documented suggestions, right?
Time to shake off a rough week and get HAPPY. Listen, smile, dance, repeat. So that come 10:51am tomorrow, we can usher in summer together with moves more perfect than Beyonce’s… Yeah I said it.
1) Kiesza – Hideaway
I kicked off last week’s playlist with a warm-up track and decided to continue the trend. Going HAM without proper physical preparation is unadvised. This week the warm-up track honor goes to Kiesza, a Canadian singer-songrwriter whose dance moves are legendary. I fell head over heels in girl crush with her after watching the video for this track. Do yourself/your eyes a favor by watching it NOW.
2) Cazzette ft. The High – Sleepless
Cazzette is what happens when two DJs meet in an online forum, whimsically e-mail Avicii asking to remix one of his songs, and then become internationally famous… all in under 2 years. Online forums aren’t just for us nerds anymore.
3) Le Youth – COOL
This track can’t really be labeled new, but if you’re unfamiliar with Le Youth then your journey towards inevitable obsession has to start here. It was just a year ago when Wes James uploaded “COOL” to SoundCloud under the stage name Le Youth, never imagining it would recieve 200,000 listens immediately. With a sound Wes describes as “breezy California vibes touched by a twist of European flair and an air of mystery,” his first single hooks you with an infectious beat and airy synth. There’s even a nod to 90s hip-hop and a flawless sample of Cassie’s “Me & U.” Flash forward a year and you’ll find Le Youth still producing hits “serious about moving a dance floor of people.” Even his remixes are legendary, often outshining the original. Dance parties everywhere are patiently awaiting his debut album.
4) David Guetta ft. Showtek and Vassy – Bad
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from David Guetta. Back in 2011 he released Nothing But the Beat, which produced FOUR Billboard Hot 100 Hits including the Usher collaboration “Without Me” and the Flo Rida assisted smash hit “Where Them Girls At.” Guetta has since produced music for the likes of Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, as well as toured the world tirelessly. “Bad” doesn’t push boundaries, but it IS a few minutes of harmless fun.
5) Tove Lo – Stay High (Habits Remix)
Your cool down track delivers a bass-heavy beat and brutally honest, slightly heartbreaking lyrics. Break up songs are the ones we can ALL relate to and 26-year old beauty Ebba Tove Nilsson hits home for all of us with this one. To quote my friend, “it’s the most depressing song I want to dance to.”
While this particular post is limited to five songs, your dance party longevity is limitless. For more of my favorite songs check out My SoundCloud.
As always let me know what you think of these tracks. By any means possible (see below). Share your current favorites with me as well and we can be like 21st century dance party pen pals.
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Have an incredible weekend my friends. Remember to usher in summer at 10:51am sharp tomorrow with me. Royally… and with at least a moment’s worth of moves that rival/top Queen B.
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