From the happiest of hardcore, to west coast hip hop, to UKG and 90s piano riffs, start your weekend right with five big Friday records courtesy of Finn…

“Dedicated to everyone keeping their heads above water”, Manchester producer Finn’s latest EP is a burst of optimism in a seemingly never ending episode of difficult days. Following the unexpected crossover success of 2017 release ‘Sometimes The Going Gets a Little Tough’ – the track has since been licensed by Defected and has exceeded a whopping four million streams – Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All sees Finn presenting four house jams inspired by French strains of Euro disco, speed garage and 90s rave, in his own words – “for trying times and tired eyes”.

“If you wanna learn to swim you’ve got to jump in the water” croons a vocal sample in second track ‘Do Good Boys Get The Fear?’. It’s a lyric indicative of the frantic positivity that carries throughout the EP. Energetic and bright with uplifting major key melodies – take the string riffs and bouncing sax in ‘Opening Up’ – there’s an air of trying really hard to feel good, throwing yourself in at the deep end even if you’re not sure you’ll float. Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All might be an ode to staying positive even when life makes it difficult, but with Finn on production duty it’s hard not to feel like everything is great. I’m a sucker for a piano riff, a ravey synth and a pitched up vocal sample and, thanks to Finn, there’s no shortage of them here.

The Manchester based DJ has a monthly NTS show in which he dives deep into rave music in all its forms. Released via south London label Local Action – also home to the likes of DAWN, Yamaneko and Deadboy – Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All is a finely tuned project that encapsulates what Finn is all about; feel good dance music that lifts you when you’re up, when you’re down, and when you’re somewhere in between.

From the happiest of hardcore, to west coast hip hop, to UKG and 90s piano riffs, start your weekend right with five big Friday records courtesy of Finn…

ROZALLA – FAITH (IN THE POWER OF LOVE)


Big piano, big voice, bigger sax – it’s big Friday. This is such a massive record. Unblinkingly optimistic; deeply 90s.

 

SPRINKLER – DON’T WANNA WORK NO MORE (TUFF & JAM’S DUB) 


Self-explanatory. Almost as good on the bus come Monday morning (almost).

 

EXPOSÉ – COME GO WITH ME


Miami Freestyle is just great weekend music – very earnest, very escapist and unapologetically cheesy.

 

SPACE CUBE – SUDDENLY


I love the breakdown in this so much, it’s like a giant sugar rush. Captures the blur and breathlessness of a truly great night out. This is very much on the happy end of hardcore.

 

TOO $HORT – GETTIN’ IT 


Solid advice! Get it while the getting is good!! Friday night!

 

Dance Music Has Betrayed Us All is out now.