Music Exclusive: Wild & Free Drop July Playlist

By Sarah Epperson
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LA-based duo Wild & Free is made up of tech house guru George Cochrane and indie dance aficionado Drew Kramer, together they seek to make dance music that strays far from the current EDM trend, which often lacks passion and soul. Wild & Free take a more organic approach to electronic music making, focusing on instrumentals and vocalists over big drops and intensity, creating a lighthearted sound which instantaneously transports the listeners to a blissful vacation setting.

Drew and George have curated some of their current favorites below, so tune in to tune out the Monday blues.

Drew’s Picks

Alex Burkat – Pay The Rent 
We’re both Alex Burkat enthusiasts. His newest original cut “Pay The Rent” is a brilliantly colorful piece of music that delivers something new to the ear every time you listen. We’re glad it found a home on Munich’s vibe-y label Permanent Vacation.

Moullinex – Take A Chance (Satin Jackets Remix)
I’ve been listening to Moullinex’s album “Elsewhere” ever since it dropped on his Lisbon, Portugal based imprint Discotexas a few months back. “Take A Chance” was one of the singles the bubbled to the surface right away. Now it gets the smooth-disco remix treatment from German producer Satin Jackets. This collaboration has turned into a blissful summer hit.

Panama – Jungle
Panama is a band from Australia that keeps impressing us with every release. I got stuck on their tune “Always” which had a great remix from Classixx. This time around they deliver the verbed out “Jungle” which is one of my favorite songs of the summer thus far. I can’t wait to hear what these guys release next.

George’s Picks:

Cherushii – Nobody’s Fool
I basically grab everything Cherushii releases. True house music soul oozing out of every finely-polished pore of her stuff, and it strips any kind of bad mood away. And she’s all-hardware, to boot, even live! Can’t beat it. “Nobody’s Fool” is a rollercoaster ride, and kills just as hard poolside as it does way past bedtime.

Ben Browning – Friends of Mine
As a longtime fan of Cut Copy, it was a pleasant surprise to see their bassist Ben Browning step out for some disco-infused pop in his new solo record “Turns.” “Friends of Mine” has that winning combination of beautifully emotional vocal and happy-go-lucky music, and the energy’s just infectious.

Nackt – Kaneda [Self-Released] Nackt is one of the folks that keeps San Francisco’s dance scene humming, always coming up with something rad. This time around, he’s made some tight edits of the “Akira” soundtrack, coupled with his signature quirky, techy beat explosions. “Kaneda” is just too cool to ignore. Perfect for a cool summer night.

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