Only kept off the UK top spot by the unstoppable juggernaut that is Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” US producer Chris Malinchak’s breakthrough single, “So Good To Me,” is unlikely to be surpassed this summer when it comes to the kind of lush, floating piano-led house destined to take up residency on Balearic shores.
Accompanied by an utterly adorable video, which sees a young girl putting up posters around her neighbourhood for a lost pet, which is then revealed to be a giraffe when the wandering creature returns home for a spot of hide and seek, the track is equally enchanting thanks to its inspired sample of “If This World Were Mine,” the only song Marvin Gaye penned for his 1967 collaborative LP with Tammi Terrell, United.
Little is known about the 36-year-old New York-based Chris Malinchak, other than that he began playing the piano at age three three, signed to Ministry of Sound from the cult French Express label after attracting their attention with material he uploaded on Soundcloud, and can count the likes of Diplo, Toddla T, Pete Tong and Annie Mac as his most vocal supporters.
Away from the current hit which the latter described as a game-changer, “If You Got It” is a similarly laid-back affair which would fit quite comfortably onto one of the many Buddha Bar lounge compilations; “These Dreams” continues the sunset vibes with its gentle hi-hats, Balearic riffs and soulful vocal hooks; while “All Shook Up” tiptoes further onto the dancefloor – its pitch-shifted vocals and quirky synths throwing a nod to the house scene’s late 80s heyday;
Chris Malinchak also successfully delves into the Motown back catalogue again on The Commodores-sampling “Leaving Tomorrow”, while “Beside Me,” which like Groove Armada’s equally dreamy “My Friend,” borrows from Brandy album track, “Best Friend,” proves that R&B and house music can co-exist without resorting to sledgehammer tactics. Guetta, will.i.am and Calvin Harris should take note.