Welcome to Frank Fridays, where every time out we let a professional let you know what you should be listening to this weekend and beyond.
Darling Chuck is from the Bay Area, but she began DJing when she moved to New York two years ago. She’s quickly established herself in the city, maintaining three regular nights: #FOMOPARTY in Brooklyn, Oui with DJ Tara at Kinfolk, and a monthly she puts on at Trophy Bar with Sammy Bananas. Darling Chuck leans heavily towards R&B in her sets because, as she says, “Vibes are underrated.” We feel you.
Kaytranada (featuring Craig David), “Got it Good”
I’m a huge fan of Kaytranada, so I was really excited when he released 99.9%. I was even more excited to hear Craig David’s voice on “Got It Good” since I’ve been getting back into 2-step garage (been slapping Artful Dodger’s “Re-Rewind” lately). It almost felt like I was psychically channeling Craig David to come back to the scene, and he did with Kaytra! I like to set the vibe to the parties I play with a little R&B, so this is a great foreplay song for what’s to come in the night.
Kamaiyah, “Freak Freaks”
This track is one of my favorites off A Good Night in the Ghetto. I’m from the Bay, so I gotta give a shout out to my HNRL homie Trackademicks for producing this track for Kamaiyah. I love how she is representing females in hip-hop on top of being from Oakland. The best part is the reaction I get from the crowd when I drop this song. It’s got that California bounce that makes you want to just move. The entire album feels good and, most importantly, slaps, so check it out if you haven’t yet.
Ekkah x DâM-FunK, “What’s Up”
I first got hipped to Ekkah through my homie Whiz when they came out with the summer banger “Last Chance To Dance” a few years ago, and I have been following them since. I nearly lost my shit when I heard they teamed up with one of my favorite producers, DâM-FunK, to record “What’s Up.” It’s almost like DâM found his own personal Vanity 6 to make some extra sexy funky sounds with.