Friday is here again my friends, just in time to save our collective sanity. If you’re one of the 50,000 people headed to dance party your face off at Paradiso this weekend, I’m truly envious. Pregame your way all the way to the Gorge Amphitheater with my Paradiso Playlist from earlier this week, and of course the stellar tracks below.
This week was a rough one for me. A few tears may have been involved, but I can’t confirm or (*sniff*) deny that. When I started compiling this week’s Friday Five, the playlist took on a thematic life of it’s own. Since I grew up listening to sixties soul music and it holds a special uplifting place in my heart, all of today’s tracks have an element of rhythm and blues. Whether it’s in the musical composition, soulful lyricism, or just raw emotion of the lead singers, I guarantee these tracks will help you shed sadness. If you’re feeling low let’s turn it around right now.
I even super-sized your Friday Five this week, in hopes of putting a smile on your face. Let’s shake off those blues with a few simple clicks.
1) Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glyne – Rather Be
This song has surreptitiously taken the world by storm and currently sits at the top of several international charts. The electronic quartet Clean Bandit has managed to create an entirely unique but infectious sound, set to lyrics that ANYONE who has been in love can relate to.
2) Oliver Heldens ft. Becky Hill – Gecko (Overdrive)
Oliver Heldens is another young prodigy to emerge out of Europe. Barely 19 and he’s already been recruited and signed by Tiesto to the legendary DJ’s label. If that’s not enough for a teenager to juggle, he also produces his own radio show called Heldeep.
3) Avicii – My Feelings for You
Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Avicii has become a household name across the globe. You’ve heard his tracks on the radio, in commercials, or at one of his many festival appearances and club residencies. He’s also very easy on the eyes… because unprecedented career success isn’t enough for a 24-year old. “My Feelings for You” is by no means new – it’s a single he released back in 2010. I chose it because even four years later, it never ceases to get me moving.
4) Duke Dumont – Won’t Look Back
Duke Dumont is the first artist to make a repeat appearance here on the Friday Five, and for good reason. His latest single “Won’t Look Back” premiered just a week ago, and already is nearing a million listens on his SoundCloud.
5) Secondcity – I Wanna Feel
Chicago-born Rowan Harrington (aka Secondcity) moved to the United Kingdom when he was only 12, but it was perhaps the best thing that could have happened for a burgeoning young producer. It’s no secret that Europe is years ahead of the US in dance and electronic music, and the change of environment clearly had an impact on Rowan. After debuting his first single “I Wanna Feel” in May, the track quickly shot to #1 on BBC Radio.
6) Zeds Dead – Lost You
There are several reasons to love the Canadian duo Zeds Dead. First because their name is a nod to the Tarantino cult-classic “Pulp Fiction.” And while they have an appreciation for dub step, their ability to incorporate an eclectic mix of hip-hop, electro house, and glitch is evident. Both these men are truly in it for the music, giving away most of their tracks bootlegged or as free downloads. All of their energy goes into a relentless tour schedule (in a three month span they performed over 70 shows in the US and Canada alone) and creating incredible live experiences for their fans.
7) Gorgon City ft. Laura Welsh – Here for You
Gorgon City was formed when two successful London DJs joined forces to create smooth tracks with a heavy R&B influence. Their latest single “Here for You” is the perfect cool down track for anyone who has struggled through a tough week. Remember the lows are only temporary, and you’ve got a friend in your corner!
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Hopefully I was able to improve your Friday with some of my favorite uplifting tracks. If not, then clearly your day is already at an A+ and my efforts were fruitless from the start. Remember if you’re headed to Paradiso this weekend to stay safe and take care of each other out there in digital paradise!
See you next week my friends,
PS. Seattle Pride Fest is this weekend! It’s one of my favorite events in our great city, and I’ll be hanging there for my fourth year in a row this Sunday from 4-7pm at the Movin booth. Stop by, say hi, and dance party with me!