Last month, Friends of Friends sister label Young Adults released the Wondering What We Are EP from Rotterdam-based producer Ben La Desh. Unfortunately, we weren’t at our full capacities and let the news of the EP’s released slide into the ether. Fortunately though, the EP made it back around to our ears and now it deserves to get some shine. La Desh brings an intriguing sound to the table that utilizes the subtle proficiency (soul, pacing and refinement) of old school deep house to the fullest. At times the EP falls dangerously close to lounge music territory, but La Desh pulls the listener out of the morass at the perfect moment every time. Stream EP standout “Why Don’t You” below and hit the jump to stream the release in its entirety.
On April 23, Friends of Friends sister label Young Adults will release a compilation called House Slippers. The compilation will feature label stalwarts Suzanne Kraft and Permanent Vacation, as well as brand new tracks from relative newcomers NYCPARTYINFO and Chamboche. Today, we receive a treat from the comp in the form of brand new Grown Folk. Whether they’re producing for Main Attrakionz or riling up dancefloors across the U.S. and beyond, the duo of Drew Kim and Brendan Neal have been absolutely tearing it up. “Just Wear It” sees the duo combine a number of their influences including trance and old school Chicago house into one sexy-as-hell groover that should probably soundtrack your next nocturnal adventure. For now, we only have a four minute clip available, but that just means you’ll have to snag the entire compilation come the 23rd. Stream a new Mark E joint that will also appear on House Slippers after the jump.
I’ve had a lot of fun posting videos of Groundislava and RL Grime from the FoF takeover at Boiler Room LA over the past few days, but this Young Adults mix might just be the best of the bunch (and we still have Shlohmo and Salva to go). Young Adults is the perfect antithesis to the fist pumping shit show that most people in the US call house music these music. His mixing and song selection is sunny and subtle. There’s almost always a 4×4 kick going, but the music doesn’t drive as much as from meanders from place to place, exhorting your hips to move before you even realize it. Stream the set below and look out for the podcast in the coming days.