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.
At the end of another week, the dance world hath delivered a new track from Skrillex (with the producer promising a larger body of work yet to come), an excellent new album from Oneohtrix Point Never, a far-out new track from Rezz, the second single from Kygo-approved producer Deacon and the Coyote Ugly megamix you didn’t know you needed.
All that comes in addition to the seven tracks below. Let’s dig in.
SG Lewis feat. Lucky Dave, “Feed the Fire”
You know what we all need a bit more of? Levity. Luckily, UK-born, LA-based producer SG Lewis is bringing the light via his effervescent and also deeply funky new jam “Feed the Fire.” Featuring Lucky Daye, a New Orleans-based singer with a voice silkier than your nicest set of sheets, the track is a breezy amalgamation of house and nu-disco that comes from Lewis’ forthcoming LP, times, out this February.
“After reading about ’70s New York and the birth of disco,” Lewis says of the influences on this forthcoming project, “I became infatuated with the euphoria and escapism that the music from that period created, and the safe spaces the clubs at the time provided for people to express themselves. I aimed to create a world musically that captured those same feelings, and to imagine the music that would be playing in those rooms if they were to exist today.” We are, without a doubt, ready for all of that.
The Liverpool duo have become one of the best and most exciting acts on the global circuit, with a string of major hits including “Cola,” “Be Someone” and “For a Feeling” all demonstrating their often hypnotic, sometimes massive and always fresh progressive sound.
All of Camelphat’s aforementioned hits are — in one form or another — included on Dark Matter, their debut album out Friday (Oct. 30) via RCA. The album features a big-deal crew of guests, including Jake Bugg, Yannis Philipakkis, Skream, Eli & Fur and his majesty Noel Gallagher. It is British trio Lowes that guests on the album’s newest single “Easier,” with vocalist Evie Plumb delivering a haunting ode to escapism (“I want to drink and smoke and kiss and be kissed,” she declares) while the track rises hauntingly around her. Escape this hectic world for five minutes by letting it surround you as well.
Jimmy Edgar, “ZigZag”
Jimmy Edgar drops an ominous bass track just in time for the scariest day of the year. (We are not, in this case, referring to Election Day.) “ZigZag” is made of sparse high hats, doomy synths and human screams chopped up and broken into beats, with a sort of funky vocoder adding just the right amount of weird. The Halloween-ready song comes from the Detroit producer’s forthcoming full-length project, which will also include his recent collabs with Danny Brown, Sophie and Hudson Mohawke.
Franke Knuckles & Jamie Principle, “Your Love” (Alan Dixon Love Attack Remix)
Frankie Knuckles’ “Your Love” is, of course, one of the most essential house tracks of all time. Written by vocalist Jamie Principle and released in 1986, the song is so perfect, so iconic, so widely beloved that some may poo-poo the impulse to mess with perfection. That said, the just-released “Love Attack” remix by UK producer Alan Dixon is a fresh, thrilling edit that maintains the heart and ever-rising staccato of the original and modernizes it in a way described by Dixon as “Frankie Knuckles if he was from Berlin in 2020…”
Alesso & Charlotte Lawrence, “The End”
Alesso, one of the reigning kings and OG architects of the larger-than-large EDM drop, scales it way back on his latest, “The End.” A heavily pop-leaning collab with Los Angeles vocalist Charlotte Lawrence, the song trades huge builds and releases for more complex beats that scintillate and seduce under Lawrence’s pleasantly sing-song vocals. It’s an evolution for the Swedish star, and we’re here for it.
Beth Lydi, “Windy Pipes”
Beth Lydi is one of the newest members of SoCal “House, Techno, Love”-oriented Desert Hearts crew, and she comes hard out the gate with the title track from her Windy Pipes EP. The song lives up to its name with a sort of slide-flute-rendered melody layered over rumbling electro that buzzes and bumps. Keep your eyes on this one.
Loud Luxury, “Like Gold”
The boys of Loud Luxury return with an homage to the most esteemed precious metal. “Like Gold” is an accessible deep house production largely built around very melodic humming by singer Stephen Puth, with additional production by the duo’s longtime pal Frank Walker. “We’ve been friends with Frank since our university days playing shows across Canada,” Loud Luxury say in a statement. “When we moved to Los Angeles, we met Stephen and we quickly became great friends. The vocal for ‘Like Gold’ actually started when he was over at our house for a barbecue. After a few drinks, we convinced Stephen to jump into the booth and that’s how the song started.”