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Chris Hires - DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor

DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor

Love Wars

Chris Hires

About three years ago I had an idea for a party that exclusively featured R&B music from the 1980s. The idea was to have a slow-jam happy hour early on, and then slowly transition in to some uptempo stuff after 10pm. I made this mix for a couple bars to give them an idea of what it would sound like, but unfortunately, the party never ended up finding a home. I still like this mix, though, so I figured I’d put it up now. Better late than never, I suppose.

I’ve been revisiting this idea a little bit recently, so if you live in LA and you know about a spot that would be receptive to this sound/idea, definitely get in touch!

10 Things I Loved In 2014: Albums

Chris Hires

Rounding things out, here are my favorite long-players from the past year. Back in March, I remember thinking that it would take a hell of an album to beat Lost In The Dream, and I never did find anything that suits me better this year. Mister Saturday Night, a label and party that I've been admiring for years, made a rare dance-music-compilation entry to the list, while Sturgill Simpson revealed the fact that Nashville may have rubbed off on me a little bit. Clicking on the images above, or the links below, will take you to each album on Spotify, in case you slept on any of these. The top ten:

10.    St. Vincent - St. Vincent
9.    V/A - Brothers & Sisters
8.    Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness Of Dancers
7.    Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
6.    Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
5.    Todd Terje - It’s Album Time
4.    Beck - Morning Phase
3.    Caribou - Our Love
2.    Real Estate - Atlas
1.    The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream

10 Things I Loved In 2014: Pop Songs

Chris Hires

Ten of my favorite single tracks from the past year - verse/chorus edition:

10.    Chromeo - Old 45’s
9.    Todd Terje - Johnny And Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry)
8.    Sylvan Esso - Hey Mami
7.    Ghost Culture - Giudecca
6.    Sturgill Simpson - Turtles All The Way Down
5.    St. Vincent - Digital Witness
4.    Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
3.    Real Estate - Primitive
2.    Caribou - Silver
1.    Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

10 Things I Loved In 2014: Dance Tracks

Chris Hires

I'll confess that I listened to less dance music in 2014 than I have in any of the last ten years. I spent the better part of this year with my focus away from the turntables (life gets in the way, y'know?), and being geographically separated from America's major urban centers doesn't help things either, despite the best efforts of the internet. There were a few things, however, that managed to filter through the distance, the sturm and the drang, and you can hear 10 of my favorites in the gallery above. They are:

10.    In Flagrant - Different From The Rest [Codek]
9.    Shamir - If It Wasn’t True [Godmode]
8.    Huxley - Say My Name [Aus Music]
7.    Munk - Southern Moon feat. Lizzie Page (HNNY Remix) [Exploited]
6.    Dave DK - Woolloomooloo [Pampa Records]
5.    Airhead - Believe [1-800 Dinosaur]
4.    Daniel Avery - All I Need (Roman Flugel Remix) [Phantasy]
3.    David August - Epikur [Innervisions]
2.    Trus’me - I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) [Prime Numbers]
1.    David Clement - Follow Me Home (Lee Jones’ ’89 Remix) [!K7 Records]