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Snakehips + FKJ at SF’s 1015 Folsom

Yep, this is gonna be the best damn show of the year

A great live show needs two things. The right friends and and the right music. And Friday at Folsom might just top any other show I’ve ever been to. Not only is Snakehips headlining, but FKJ is playing his debut live set!

I’ve only ever written about a show once before solely to get more people to go. This is my second attempt. And I’m MUCH more excited about this one.

Only a few people I go to the club with regularly would know how much I love to dance. But only if the right friends and music are there and the two usually don’t come together often.

Many great producers are not as great live djs. It’s a whole different game. Something I know FKJ excels at and I’m pretty damn confident Snakehips will too. Both are making the best dance music today, and I don’t say that lightly.

Just see for yourself.
– Make sure to dance
– Even if it’s on your seat

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Future glam fucks

It's like Flume, for fucking

The original theme was fuck music that sounded like Flume, specifically his bombastic use of synth. That glamorous sound.

Future is what it’s being referred as right now, but I don’t like that title much. Even though I’ve used it before, it’s gonna sound stupid once it’s no longer the hype in electronic.

So in tribute, I thought I’d make something fun out of it. The title that is, with some word play.

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Groovewit

The groovier side of funk

Our electro funk from last year grew so much we decided to break it up & section it into a few playlists. First up comes from the groovier side.

I wanted to call this Groovewit hits, but Lauren talked me out of it. Generally speaking it lies in the mid-range of electro music with heavy synth influence and a whole lotta funky bass.

Let us know how well the songs flowed together for you.
It’s important to us.

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VAPOR 2.0

Kawaii + Jersey Club

With our first VAPOR playlist, we wanted to figure out what this sound is called. We made up a few names of our own, but thought vapor fit best.

Turns out it’s called Kawaii, and Jersey Club. Kawaii actually means cute in Japanese, which makes most sense given its bubbly nature with anime and video game samples sprinkled in. Jersey Club seems to be more house-based, but still as bubbly.

We decided to still keep it called Vapor ’cause this is too funky to be that cutesy.

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clay · UO

Artwork reps the song well

Can’t stand such hard styles as I use to, neither can most my age, but I hear something come up every once in a while.

Clay’s UO I’m pretty sure at this point samples Die Antwoord, but I still can’t match the lyrics to a song. It sure puts their sound into a whole new style. One I like a lot more.

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Ghetto Funkera

Favorite music to dance to

Of all the obnoxious, nonsensical electronic styles out there, how the hell didn’t ghetto funk get to be the biggest? Back in 2011, we so badly wanted it to be the next big thing, but didn’t happen. All the decent ghetto funk hits were remixes and the much more garish electronic styles owned the years up ’til now.

The reason I’m such an advocate for this style of electro funk is that like the thing it’s attached to most, remixes, ghetto funk is meant to be taken lightheartedly with a sound much more for mindless dancing – in the best sense of the word – than anything else. I’d actually say it’s my favorite style to dance to overall, though individual songs are a different story.

It kind of reminds me of what swing might have felt like back in the day.

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Electro Lady Relaxations

Chillin with the ladies

Our favorite female vocalists of 2014 had a part two and this was going to be it. But so many of them were downtempo electronic, so we decided to make something more specific out of it, and brought in some older tracks.

Our electro relaxations has been our most popular playlist to date, other than the beats to blaze to, and we always wanted to include female vocals over the relaxations. And here it finally is…

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Dance Party 2014

Ain't no party like a dance party.

I’ve gone to a handful of EDM shows & festivals over the last year and I just don’t get how people can dance to most of the popular shit these days (says the hipster music blogger). At least not when you’ve got such better music to dance to (also hipster). So obviously we had to put a list together (very hipster).

Our Dance Party mix for 2014 is geared more towards the club or house party rather than the rave. I guess that’s where we differ from the higher BPM, bombastic music dominating EDM right now.

We get into various forms of house music on here, but there’s plenty of other influences as well — I’m being vague because I just spent way too much of my time putting together this list and I don’t have time to articulate it (like always).

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Deep in the House 2014

Name may've been booted, but UK Garage still wins

Our last deep house list tacked on UK garage at the end, it does take over much of these lists, but as industry standards go it’s all deep house now. Though most of the house here has some influences from garage — grimier sounds with emphasis off the beat.

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Dead Horse Beats · Let Her Go

Hip hop in the house

I’ve been telling cats like Doja that the people you surround yourself with will make or break your career. I’m sure Cali Swag District didn’t imagine a production like this on their ‘Twerk It’ track, but synth goes well with their rap.

It’s not about the synth though. It’s that DHB let a new sound into some decent rap.

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