Though most famously known as one of Baltimore club music’s favorite sons, KW Griff‘s 2014 has been spent slowing things down and settling into the most magnificent of soulful grooves. If looking for a respite and anathema from basslines dropping and breaking at half-time worldwide these days, check out KW Griff’s SoundCloud and his edits meant for doing figure-eights and disco moves at the roller skating rink. Yes, also on Griff’s SoundCloud you’ll find club gems there like a masterful remix of his “Bring in the Katz” as well as underground legendary with Bmore-based radio DJ and vocalist Porkchop on “Ain’t None of Y’all Safe,” and the bittersweet “Swift’s Revenge,” but that’s not the good stuff.
On Friday, Griff took his “skate” edits in a modern direction with an edit of Pharrell Williams mainstream smash “Happy” that sounds like it’s tailor made for skating, easy-listening, a chilled out late-night dance set, or yes, even breaking out a line dance at your family reunion. While, yes, it’s a departure from the man who remixed Chris Rock telling us that we never leave the club, these tracks still have Griff’s unmistakably smooth feel and make for some of the most ear-worming and relaxing listens of 2014-to-date. Oh. Did I mention that everything on Griff’s SoundCloud is available for free download? Yeah. Here’s five tracks (including “Happy”) to get you started. Enjoy!