🎧 Songs of the Week #27: The world is changing and we're gonna make it through.
📅 March 18-24, 2023: Featuring REMY QUINN, Golf Clap & Wreckno, GENESI (Meduza Edit), Oski, and Moon Boots (featuring Steven Klavier)
Welcome to week #27 of the Steel Orca Songs of the Week.
This has been a big week for me. I’ve been contemplating a lot, and I think I’ve figured out an overall plan for this newsletter and the Steel Orca as an idea, generally. I’m going to lay it all out in a rough fashion below. This will also be a good test to see if my wife reads the newsletter this week.
First, I’ve realized that after writing this newsletter for half a year and researching music week in and week out, I’m going to become a DJ, or instead, I’m at least going to buy a DJ controller. I’ve been researching it a lot over the last week or so and at least decided that I want this:
This is Pioneer’s introductory DJ controller (one of them) at what I would consider to be a reasonable price point of ~ $450, give or take. I won’t be spending $1000+ to start, especially considering I will likely pick up headphones and monitors at some point.
Anyway, I’m not pulling the trigger on that right away (calm down, honey), but I am going to be getting that at some point this year, I think - I’m too jazzed up about this now, and I haven’t been this excited about something since I was in my early 20’s.
That leads to the point of this newsletter. I started writing it last September, and I couldn’t think of anything to write about, so I thought - I’ll listen to music randomly throughout the week, pick five songs, then write about those. It seems like a halfway decent thing to write about. I had no other plan. Not only that but at the time, I couldn’t write to save my life. Go back and read the first post. It’s terrible. I’ll clean it up at some point, but it shows you how far this has come. But there was no initial “point” as such to it and no official plan. I just wanted to start writing something and putting it on the internet as my way of screaming into the void (and hoping the void screams back).
But now, after this week, I’ve figured it out. While seemingly made up, the whole concept of digital crate digging is real (at least for this random niche subset I’ve stumbled into and can seemingly lean into). For the unaware (which I was until two days ago), it’s the digital version of what DJs have been doing since the dawn of records - digging through as much material as possible to find some gems. Of course, the gems don’t always have to be hidden (popular songs are good, too), but finding a diamond in the rough is always a treat.
So based on that, that’s what this newsletter will evolve into - something leaning a bit more towards the people behind the decks as opposed to in front of them. That sounds a bit pretentious, considering I’ve never DJed before, but here’s how I think it breaks down:
First, I listen to music and pick the songs of the week.
Second, I research the songs (I’ve been using AI for this a lot now, but there are gaps, so it’s like a 40/60 split at this point).
Third, I buy that song (most of the time on Beatport, but I’ll sometimes shop around in case I can’t find it or the audio quality is known to be higher elsewhere) to have it for my future DJ career.
Finally, I add in those details to this newsletter.
There may be some gaps in the overall plan, but it’s something like that. Then, when I buy a DJ setup (at some point in my theoretical future), I plan to use these Songs of the Week as opportunities to make mini-mixes for practicing (using stuff like Mixed In Key and whatnot as well), then put a monthly 20 song mix together. The latter will probably involve me streaming on Twitch at some point, I guess, because why not. So if any of my friends are reading this and want to join my DJ crew, you’d better text me quickly - this train is leaving the station.
(At this point, my wife is walking downstairs to have a discussion.)
To be clear, each song on Beatport costs under $2, so even if I get crazy and purchase all five songs of the week every week, I’m still only spending $10 on music a week. There are worse habits. I’m teaching my children music appreciation. Plus, imagine how much my future sets (not to mention residencies) will pay. $10,000/hour? Yeah, at least that. Probably more. This is an investment in my future.
Anyway, that’s at least a rough plan for now - there is a lot more involved, but I’ll probably save some of that for another day especially considering I still have to finish this post, then edit it and clean up all the links and whatnot. But, again, I’m being too chatful.
Also, one last thing. I think I mentioned (maybe I didn’t) that I have fully purchased a ghost.org account and intend to switch to that from Substack. It’s been a bit of an arduous process, but it is even more pressing given that it was just announced that ChatGPT will have plugins now, one of which is Zapier. Zapier connects to both Ghost and ChatGPT, effectively making it potential middleware between this newsletter, ChatGPT, and the wider internet. The opportunities there are a little endless. 2023 is a bananas year. It is hard to keep up.
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Here are the songs for the week of March 24th, 2023 🍸.
▶️ Youtube Music: Songs of the Week #27
So further to what I not so eloquently expounded on above, the point of this playlist each week, now, for me, is to find songs that I like enough to want to include in a potential hypothetical future DJ set of mine such that I go on Beatport (or Amazon, or Soundcloud, or whatever) and purchase the song. For that purpose, I will start including some of the Beatport details (at least the link and maybe the cost at first). I thought it would also be good to start including how much I spent on music that week if I get crazy and buy a song that’s not on the Songs of the Week list. I’ll add a section later and call that “Here’s what else I purchased this week” or something like that, but I’m not reworking this entire thing for now. If you’ve come along so far, you can wait until next week for me to update this into the best new DJ newsletter on the planet. I should probably switch to Ghost first (and officially) before I do that, too, I guess. Man, a lot to do.
That being said, this is a good playlist, while a little eclectic. As I’ve indicated above, whether you agree or like the song or not, the assumption with me putting it on this list (and in this newsletter) is that I at least put my money where my mouth is (was?) and bought it for the scant $1.81 they ask for it. Some of the extended mixes cost $1.99 USD, so that’s $2.73 CAD, with the exchange rate. If every song on the list I bought was an extended (or otherwise expensive original mix), the most I would spend in a week is $13.65 - the cost of two fancy coffees at Starbucks. (I’ll stop going out for coffee, honey.)
At the time of writing, I haven’t gone through Beatport and purchased all these songs, but trust me; I’m going to. I’ve started my collection already. So far, I’m at … one song. The first one I purchased was one of the tracks below, but you’ll have to read on to find out which one it is.
There’s also a web3/NFT aspect to this that I’m sure I could figure out and incorporate at some point, but one day at a time. I’m looking at you, Rob Abelow. My mind is spinning already. A Steel Orca DAO at some point in the future is intriguing and something I would like to look into, though.
Remy Quinn - When Ur Gone
Beatport: When Ur Gone (Original Mix) - $1.29
Release Date: October 1, 2021
Spotify Plays: 244,449
Plays Per Day: 454
Origin: New York City 🇺🇸
REMY QUINN, the DJ/producer alter-ego of 23-year-old Remy Laifer, is a New York City-based actor and singer who started making waves in the electronic music scene with his unique DIY sound. While studying theatre at Northwestern University, Laifer began creating house beats on his laptop during his spare time. Then, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, he collaborated with his talented classmates and began producing music inspired by artists like Zhu, Disclosure, and Sammy Virji.
As an actor, Laifer has appeared in NBC's New Amsterdam, and Hulu's The Food That Built America. On stage, he has performed on a national tour, off-Broadway, and regionally. His multifaceted talents have allowed him to transition between the worlds of acting and music production seamlessly.
When Ur Gone is a captivating electronic track that showcases REMY QUINN's talent for blending emotive lyrics with infectious beats. The song explores the complexities of love and loss, creating an immersive and reflective listening experience. Drawing from his diverse influences, he skillfully combines elements of house and electronic music, resulting in a distinctive sound that will resonate with fans of the genre.
At present, REMY is focusing on producing new music and further developing his unique sound. While there are no immediate plans for a tour, he does have a new EP (and his first release with a label) coming out on March 31 named 10th Ave - pre-save it here.
Golf Clap & Wreckno - Freaky
Beatport: Freaky (Original Mix) - $1.29
Release Date: December 13, 2022
Spotify Plays: 143,207
Plays Per Day: 1,432
Label: IN / ROTATION (Insomniac Records)
Genre: Tech House
Origin: Detroit | Michigan 🇺🇸
Instagram: @golfclapdet | @wreckno
Twitter: @golfclapdet | @wreckno
Golf Clap, a Detroit-based DJ and producer, has made a name in the electronic music scene with its infectious grooves and unparalleled energy. Formerly a duo comprised of Bryan Jones and Hugh Cleal, Bryan Jones left the group in 2020. Despite this, Golf Clap has gained recognition since its inception in 2013, releasing music on esteemed labels such as Toolroom, Country Club Disco, and Relief Records. With a sound that seamlessly fuses house, techno, and bass music elements, Golf Clap has garnered support from industry heavyweights like Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet, and Shiba San.
Wreckno, a fellow Michigan native, is a talented DJ, producer, and vocalist known for his unique blend of bass-heavy beats, vibrant melodies, and provocative lyrics. Since his debut in 2017, Wreckno has quickly risen through the ranks of the electronic music scene, collaborating with artists such as GRiZ, MIZE, and Jantsen. His energetic performances and unapologetic style have earned him a dedicated following and performances at major festivals like Electric Forest and Lost Lands.
Freaky is a high-energy collaboration between Golf Clap and Wreckno that perfectly captures the essence of both artists. The track is fueled by pulsating basslines, catchy hooks, and Wreckno's unmistakable vocals, creating an irresistible urge to move on the dance floor. This tech house anthem showcases the chemistry between these two artists, proving that their combined talents can bring any party to life.
Golf Clap currently has no shows booked based on what we could find online at the time of writing. Wreckno, on the other hand, is touring extensively (and internationally) in 2023 - you can see his tour dates here.
Genesi - Everything You Have Done (Meduza Edit)
Release Date: March 10, 2023
Spotify Plays: 3,402,440
Plays Per Day: 261,726
Label: AETERNA Recordings
Genre: Bass House
Origin: Rome | Milan 🇮🇹
Instagram: @genesimusic | @meduzamusic
Twitter: @genesiofc | @meduzamusic
Before we get into the song - this is the first song of my newly created DJ collection and the first song I purchased on Beatport. Congratulations to Meduza and Genesi on such a tremendous honour, and congratulations to me for embarking on such a brave and heroic journey as becoming a bedroom/basement dad DJ. I was even so daring as to buy the number one song on Beatport, which this was at the time I bought it.
“I chop it up like Mike Myers on a mad one.
Better than anything and everything you have done.”
Hailing from Rome, Genesi is an up-and-coming electronic music producer known for his captivating melodies and emotive soundscapes. His passion for music production began at a young age, and he has since honed his craft, creating an atmospheric and immersive sound that has quickly garnered attention in the melodic house scene. Genesi's music is characterized by its intricate arrangements, sweeping synths, and poignant lyrics, capturing the hearts of listeners worldwide.
Meduza, a powerhouse trio from Milan, has taken the electronic music world by storm with their chart-topping hits and unmistakable sound. Comprised of Mattia Vitale, Luca de Gregorio, and Simone Giani, Meduza gained international recognition with their breakthrough single Piece of Your Heart in 2019. Since then, they have continued dominating the scene with successful releases, earning support from Martin Garrix, Axwell, and David Guetta.
Everything You Have Done (Meduza Edit) is a mesmerizing collaboration that highlights the strengths of both Genesi and Meduza. The track features Genesi's signature atmospheric sound, expertly interwoven with Meduza's unmistakable touch. The result is a melodic house masterpiece that takes the listener on an emotional journey, underscored by haunting vocals and a pulsating bassline. This edit showcases the power of collaboration, as both artists' distinctive styles blend seamlessly to create a truly unforgettable listening experience.
I couldn’t find a website for Genesi beyond the one advertising this song, so I couldn’t find any tour dates. However, based on one of his recent Facebook posts, I assume he’s somewhere around Miami Music Week, especially considering this song is currently #1 on Beatport.
Meduza is currently on tour, and as per the above, is playing in Fort Myers, Florida, next Thursday, March 30th. This confirms my suspicion that Meduza and Genesi will probably make a triumphant appearance at MMW. We’ll see, I guess.
Oski - Shimmer
Beatport: Shimmer (Original Mix) - $1.29
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Spotify Plays: 775,276
Plays Per Day: 1,585
Label: Quality Goods Records
Genre: Future Bass
Origin: Sydney 🇦🇺
Sydney-based producer and DJ Oski has been steadily rising through the ranks of the electronic music scene with his unique blend of future bass, trap, and experimental beats. Since debuting in 2015 with the track Spark, Oski has continued refining his sound, resulting in an innovative and infectious signature style. His music has earned him support from industry heavyweights like Bassnectar, UZ, and NGHTMRE, as well as performances at renowned festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and Beyond the Valley.
Shimmer is a prime example of Oski's ability to push the boundaries of electronic music. The track features an array of lush synths, playful melodies, and intricate percussive elements, all coming together to create an immersive and uplifting soundscape. As the song progresses, listeners are taken on a sonic journey showcasing Oski's expert production skills and ability to evoke emotion through his music. Shimmer is a testament to Oski's growth as an artist and his undeniable talent for crafting memorable and engaging tracks.
Oski is not on tour, but I did find a single date listed for him on Songkick at Trix Nightclub in Antwerp, Belgium, on May 6.
Song of the Week 🙌
Moon Boots- Ride Away (featuring Steven Klavier)
Beatport: Ride Away feat. Steven Klavier (Extended Mix) - $1.29
Release Date: January 13, 2023
Spotify Plays: 177,285
Plays Per Day: 2,569
Origin: Brooklyn | Philadelphia 🇺🇸
Instagram: @moonbootsmusic | @stevenklavier
Twitter: @MoonBootsMusic | @stevenklavier
Brooklyn-based Moon Boots, real name Pete Dougherty, is a talented DJ and producer known for his soulful, groove-laden deep house tracks. He began his musical journey as a classically trained pianist and later found inspiration in electronic music, ultimately creating a unique sound that blends funk, soul, and disco elements. Since his debut in 2012, Moon Boots has released several successful EPs and albums, garnering support from Pete Tong, Annie Mac, and The Magician and a residency on SiriusXM's Chill station.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Steven Klavier is a gifted vocalist and songwriter who effortlessly brings his soulful and expressive voice to every collaboration. Steven, who has a background in gospel and jazz, has worked with numerous electronic music artists lending his powerful vocals to various tracks that span genres such as house, techno, and nu-disco.
Ride Away is a mesmerizing collaboration between Moon Boots and Steven Klavier that showcases the best of both artists. The track features Moon Boots' signature deep house grooves, expertly complemented by Steven Klavier's sultry and passionate vocals. The combination of infectious rhythms, lush synths, and heartfelt lyrics creates a captivating listening experience that invites you to lose yourself in the music. Ride Away is a perfect example of what can be achieved when two artists come together to create something truly magical.
Moon Boots is currently on his spring US tour (though he has listed one London date), which he has named after this song/EP. Unfortunately, Steven Klavier was a bit harder to find dates for (there are rumours he might show up on some of Moon Boots’ dates). Still, it looks like (according to his Facebook) the best bet is to try to find him in/around Public Records in New York City, where he has indicated he occasionally plays as part of a local residency.
That’s it for this week from all of us here at the Steel Orca.✔️👋
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