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 in the digital crates to present the absolute must-hears from the wide breadth of jams.
Clubs and festivals are still shut down around the globe amidst the pandemic, but the dance world is still making things happen. This week, Baauer released his much-anticipated sophomore LP, Planet’s Mad; 6,000 of overeager ravers in the U.K. created a mess with a pair of illegal raves; Tomorrowland announced the predictably massive lineup for their forthcoming livestream festival; Eric Prydz announced the return of his incredible audiovisual show, Holosphere; and the dance scene celebrated the seventh anniversary of Avicii’s enduring “Wake Me Up.”
But wait, there’s more. This week also sees a deluge of new music, including heat by Patrick Topping, Excision and Downlink, Bleep Bloop, Satin Jackets, RefraQ, Saymyname and all of the standout tracks below. Let’s dig in.
Felix Da Housecat & Chris Trucher “Chicago Love”
Detroit-born, Chicago-raised house legend Felix da Housecat pays homage to the city of his youth with “Chicago Love,” a smooth as silk production with frequent collaborator Chris Trucher. The song takes a cover of Al Green’s classic “Love and Happiness,” extends it and lays it down over disco strings paired with ever-more scintillating percussion and gradual builds that altogether leave you with a sort of swirly vibe that indeed feels akin to being lovestruck. “Chicago Love” is out via Felix da Housecat’s own Founders of Filth label.
Partywithray, “Ya Bish”
Partywithray has been a buzzy name in the dance scene since the producer struck gold with “Came For the Low,” his 2019 collab with Zhu. (In an homage to the strangeness of American politics, the song’s video featured a cameo from former presidential candidate Andrew Yang.) Now, Partywithray is back with a banger of his very own in “Ya Bish,” a darkly propulsive heater that amalgamates elements of electroclash and techno with verses delivered via whisper and a slightly silly earworm chorus. The track has a lot going on and a lot going for it, but the final build is the moment worth waiting for. Add it to your workout playlist, stat.
Dillon Francis & BabyJake, “You Do You” (Sofi Tukker Remix)
Sofi Tukker manages to improve everything they put their 20 collective fingers on, which means a lot in this case, because Dillon Francis and BabyJake’s April future house single “You Do You” was already very good. On the edit, the duo adds a steamy guitar lick and some major kick drum, flourishes that turn up the track’s heat level up to sweltering and make it even more of a summer dancefloor essential. (Even if this summer, that dancefloor is just the one you carve out in front of your bathroom mirror.) Saturday (June 20), however, you can actually dance with Sofi Tukker, when they perform their 100th (!) livestream of quarantine via their social channels.
Moscoman, “Eyes Wide Strut” (Tunnelvisions Remix)
Israel born, Berlin-based techno producer Moscoman dropped the single “Eyes Wide Strut” this past May, and it’s taken only a month for the song to get a toughened up treatment from Dutch duo Tunnelvisions. While some tracks are made for the beginning of a set and some songs are suited to close out the night, this one has that most special peak time vibe, with its funk, disco, house elements (and vaguely LCD Soundsystem seeming influences) coming together for a song we would give much to spin around to with our eyes closed in the middle of a packed dancefloor. Maybe next summer. “Eyes Wide Strut” comes from Moscoman’s forthcoming LP, Time Slips Away.
Polo & Pan, “Feel Good”
The breezy Frenchmen return with the equally breezy “Feel Good,” which lives up to its namesake with effervescent synth layers and Beach Boys-style singalong melodies that beckon you to a pool party in St. Tropez, circa 1983. “Feel Good” is the lead single from a forthcoming EP of the same name, and is the duo’s first new music in a year. (They also released a sexy, summery mixtape, Home Sweet Home, last month.)
Ferry Corsten & Ciaran McAuley ‘Mo Chara”
If trance is your thing, Ferry Corsten is surely your guy. The venerable Dutch producer today drops “Mo Chara” a collaboration with Irish producer Ciaran McAuley. Together, the duo create a bright trance banger to float away into the weekend on. “Ciaran and I went for an uplifting and hopeful track,” Corsten says in a statement. “The main pluck in ‘Mo Chara’ gives that old skool happy vibe that we all long for today. Mo Chara, ‘my friend’ in Irish, will certainly take you on a journey.”