It’s already political season, and divisive media tactics seem to have us all in a rage for one reason or another. To counter those ploys, this week’s list is packed with a number of all-star collaborations. We have Big Boi alongside Phantogram (aka Big Grams), Jay Rock back with Kendrick Lamar and the Black Hippy crew, DJ E-Feezy pulling together the talents of Denzel Curry, Yung Simmie, and 808 Mafia, and Jacques Renault constructing analog gems with the Emperor Machine. Plus, if Indian Handcrafts’ sludge metal can coexist alongside Youth Lagoon’s dream pop, can’t we just take a moment to appreciate the endearing qualities inside us all?
10. Jacques Renault feat. The Emperor Machine – “Touch You”
No matter how close a digital machine may emulate its analog precursor, the electronic irregularities can never be mimicked. Let’s Play House co-founder Jacques Renault and Staffordshire-based the Emperor Machine revel in the subtle imperfections of early house and techno burners, instilling those characteristics into their new collab, “Touch You”. Now available via Renault’s Zentrum LP, the song is an easygoing acid compilation, inviting listeners into an open-eyed trance between their jacking melodic interplay. No set should live at peak-time alone; “Touch You” is for those selectors that appreciate the emotive builds and calming farewells. –Derek Staples