Welcome to the first edition of Recommended Dose, a monthly mix series for All Songs Considered that will collect our favorite new electronic music at the end of every month.
Our inaugural mix actually looks back at December and January. Unlike other corners of the music industry, the dance world doesn’t really slow down over the holidays. Disclosure dropped a remixed version of its album Settle, which included an incredible Larry Heard remix of “Help Me Lose My Mind.” Theo Parrish and Moodymann, both legends in the Detroit techno scene, released some of their best material in January. Then there was the psychedelic dance whirlwind from Brazilian producer seixlacK that appeared on Bandcamp out of nowhere.
The mix begins with Holly Herndon’s vocal ribbon manipulation, “Solo Voice,” slowly rising in energy and tempo, until the frenetic pace of seixlacK’s techno is snapped by the cool movement of Ulf Lohmann’s “Sicht,” the lead track on Kompakt’s new Pop Ambient 2014 compilation. It’s a warm-up and cool-down that’s condensed to fit the form, a bite-sized story arc meant to make you move.
January's Best Dance Tracks
Artist: Holly Herndon
Holly Herndon, 'Solo Voice'
Title: Solo Voice
Theo Parrish, '71st & Exchange Used To Be...'
Title: 71st & Exchange Used To Be...
Album: 71st & Exchange Used To Be
Moodymann, 'Sunday Hotel'
Title: Sunday Hotel
Album: ABCD: The Album
Album: Seu Lugar é o Cemitério
Ulf Lohmann, 'Sicht'
Album: Pop Ambient 2014
Disclosure, 'Help Me Lose My Mind (Larry Heard Remix)'
Title: Help Me Lose My Mind [Larry Heard Remix]
Album: Settle [The Remixes]