After proving he has the ability to work with vocalists on “Painted Faces” (with Tinashe), Jacques Greene is back with the How To Dress Well-assisted “On Your Side”, a song that toes the line between cheese-y pastiche and genre bending brilliance. While they don’t sound a lick alike sonically, it’s fair to file “On Your Side” alongside relatively new work from the likes of Duke Dumont, Disclosure, or even the pop-oriented fair of Omar-S’ latest Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself LP, in that it prominently features an established vocalist and is heavily hook-driven. This movement in feature-heavy house somewhat mirrors the late-90s explosion of garage in the United Kingdom that operated under the auspices of “bringing the women back into the club”. It’s no surprise that this trend is arising in the aftermath of the dubstep explosion (Disclosure have gone so far as to address that directly, also check out Blackdown’s apt response), and while a fresh breath of air in some respects, it’s trending away from tactful collaboration and towards effete cornball antics. Regardless, holy fuck, how good do Greene and Tom Krell sound together?! If you can get past Krell’s often questionable lyrics, “On Your Side” is easily in the running for lights off anthem of the year. “On Your Side” is off of Greene’s upcoming LuckyMe EP of the same name and will see respective June 3 digital and July 1 physical releases. Stream the radio edit below.
If you haven’t noticed, we’re rather excited about Shlohmo’s upcoming Laid Out EP and are sometimes prone to gushing about Mr. Laufer’s subtle arrangements. The latest tune to emerge from the upcoming extended player comes in the form of “Don’t Say No”, a How To Dress Well assisted slow jam that sees Shlohmo working with a notable vocalist for the first time (?). Like “Later”, the first cut we heard from Laid Out, HTDW’s vocals are often abstracted into a melodic tool, but unlike “Later”, they return to the mix in all their full-throated glory in an attempt to both replicate and break down contemporary R&B conventions. Break out the tissues and don’t say no to this romance drug. Stream below and look out for Laid Out on March 4 (Friends of Friends).