MS MR, consisting of producer Max Hershenow and vocalist Lizzy Plapinger, the latter of which is a fellow ASL alum, released their debut album, Secondhand Rapture last week and it lives up to the hype. While a couple of the tracks have been out for quite some time, most notably “Hurricane”, the duo still manages to create something uniquely fresh for any listener. “Fantasy” is my favorite track, and it helps that the video is pretty sweet to boot. Definitely watch the video, listen to the tune, and do them a service by purchasing their album on iTunes! Oh — did I mention “Bones” was featured in the Game of Thrones Season 3 trailer? I believe I’ve said enough.
Disclosure is simply unstoppable. Not only is this new release phenom, but the video is amazing as well. It’s nice to know artists are still capable of making emotionally captivating music videos — well done.
Been waiting to snag this release for quite sometime. If only you could purchase music through international music stores and if only people like Dirty South didn’t release music exclusively in Australia. We get it, you’re Australian. Nonetheless, this is an unbelievable remix from Michael Brun, who I have been praising ever since I heard his 1-hour mix from Miami Music Week last year. This is a must-have.
It’s starting to heat up all around the world and it only means one thing: summer is on the horizon. We haven’t had much of a spring here in the RVA, but when I turn on these tunes and drive, I definitely feel the summer vibe. Add these to your poolside playlist arsenal and you can’t go wrong. The first is a funky remix from the Knocks of Goldroom’s “Only You Can Show Me” and the second is a Gigamesh remix of Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied”. Both songs have that electronic-pop feel that is so conducive to the summer months. Lastly, we have my favorite of the three, a classic original from no one other than Viceroy, “Chase Us Around”. What will they think of next?
Check out the video that’s stirring controversy in the music world. It was banned from YouTube for it’s explicit visual content, aka lotsa boobies. Still a funny video that’s worth watching, and it’s an incredible song.
2 more somber tracks for the end of your Tuesday. I promise I’ll be back with the funkiest of fresh beats tomorrow, but get on my level for these. A truly unique original from Ghost Loft along with a subtle remix of one of my favorite songs of all time.
Tourist, Will Phillips’ new alias, is the epitome of the direction electronic music should be headed towards. He encompass what it means to be a true indie/electronic producer in this era, fusing elements of synthesized sounds with acoustic recordings of both instruments and voices. This is someone I would love to see live, particularly because of the diversity of his music and more generally because I want to see how he would perform his songs. I am posting two songs below, one of which has become a new favorite and the other I’ve had on repeat for months. Both are perfect for this gloomy, somewhat somber day. Enjoy.
Truly sorry for the lack of posts. Been looking for one of those “jobs” everyone talks about. I’m back on the grind though, so look out for lots of good stuff this week.
There’s really nothing better than uplifting house music that you can listen to during any occasion. These two songs are no exceptions to the rule, and have been on constant repeat for the past 7 days. Great way to start the week of posts.
When I first heard “The Promise” by Joe Garston, I was impressed by his unique synth choice. Pretty much all producers tweak with one or two synths that they tend to use in a majority of their productions, which then develop over time. These days you tend to hear a lot of Swedish influenced stabs, but with Garston you hear something unique. At only 19, he has undertaken his own style of simple yet dynamic instrumentation. His newest song, “Happy Ending”, contains an 4-bar loop that repeats for the majority of the song, yet you are unaware of its repetitiveness because it builds in a meaningful way. Really into this one.
Major Lazer’s “Get Free” featuring the lovely vocals of Amber from Dirty Projectors has been out for about a year now, but it’s never too late to get into it. Do you ever have songs in your music library that you just seem to forget about and then one day discover? Yea well, that’s the case with this. My interest was also reignited by hearing Andy C’s remix in a podcast and it’s been on replay ever since. Below are the original, the Avicii “remix” which is just a slightly more upbeat version, and then Andy C’s whopping drum & bass version. Peep em all.
After watching Hardwell’s set, I decided I wanted to be his best friend. If you haven’t already, I suggest you go to YouTube and stream the whole thing because I’m not sure what’s better: the music he plays or the faces he makes. He honestly just looks like the happiest person in the world, and it can’t help but make you smile, minus the sweating. Anyways, one of the newest songs he plays is “Apollo”, which came out semi-recently. I have both the original and a sweet remix below. Shout out to Amba for the vox.
It’s rare to find women producers in the EDM industry today. Fortunately, the number is increasing and they are making their mark in the music community thanks to acts like NERVO and Dinka. The latter of the two is a Swiss-born DJ/producer who I have been a fan of since I heard “Polarity”awhile back. Her newest EP, Closer, is nothing short of phenomenal. In only 3 tracks, Dinka shows off the breadth of her producing abilities with soothing tracks like “Faces of Bengalia” and vocal anthems like “Never Let Go”. All 4 tracks on the EP are awesome and I suggest you buy it on Beatport. I have posted one song as a teaser and a push to get you to buy the whole album. You won’t regret it.
Michael Woods is truly the king of progressive house when it comes to tracks that expand in a dynamic way. It’s hard not to get pumped up listening to one of his records, and that’s an impressive feat considering he rarely uses vocals of any kind. His newest release, “Platinum Chains”, is a perfect testament to the genre and how sometimes simplicity is the best route. Check the track out and definitely download it!
These guys have been on the scene for a couple years now, and I’m guilty to say that I’m only now getting on the bandwagon. Aer, consisting of two guys who hail from MA, are a creative duo who fuse hip hop with reggae beats and summertime/poppy vibes. Their newest EP, “Strangers”, was released today and can be downloaded for free on their website: http://www.freshaermovement.com. The album is perfect for this 65-degree today in RVA and I guarantee it will be blasting on speakers around the country this summer. Peep the video for one of their most popular singles below.
I would rather not dwell on the heartbreaking truth that I had to sell my Ultra ticket and would rather just listen to the sets, close my eyes, and pretend I was there. The best part is, in 1 week we will have Weekend 2 sets to listen to. Enjoy.
I had the pleasure of seeing Swedish House Mafia last Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. As expected, the show was filled with a plethora of exciting drops and new mixes. To my surprise, the boys had drum machines on either side of the decks where they frequently dropped out from spinning and proceeded to play to the beat. Not only was this visually a cool thing, but it actually did add an interesting element to the show that helped it stand out from any other EDM performance. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail, because you can expect with any SHM show that it was unreal, but all I will say is that if you have the chance to see them before their last show at Ultra, I suggest doing so — you won’t want to miss it.
There were a lot of new releases previewed in the show, none of which I have the ability to post yet. SO, I’ll make a tribute to NY with my new favorite song at the moment, “NYMSN”. I was actually really hoping they would drop this in at some point given the relevance, but no such luck.
These two songs define what ensues after hearing the drop of well produced progressive house record: inevitable fist-pumping. And no, I don’t mean the DJ Pauly D type of fist-pumping, but the kind I do while driving, hoping that no one recognizes me as they drive by. Truly fantastic productions and I suggest grabbing them BOTH.
aaaaaaaaaand we’re finally back with another installment of Themfreshsaturdays! To kick us off, we have a song from Betty Who called “Somebody Loves You”. I had never heard this track until I was browsing some remix competition forum when I saw this listed. I listened to the original and immediately became obsessed — this one’s for the girls. The second track features the funky vibes of Viceroy and is a must-have for those disco-house fans out there. The last song is a remix by Lenno, who is probably best known for his “Eyes Wide Open” that I posted last year. These songs will all help you kick off your weekend in the best way. Enjoy.
Here are 3 very diverse progressive house anthems. “Play it Back” uses a sultry vocal to build to a fist-pumping chorus, “Carried Away” shows off just what Tiesto is so good at doing: turning mediocre songs into hits, and “I Can’t Stop It” demonstrates the beauty of a track that builds from start to finish. The last track is my favorite given that it’s the only original in the mix, so I’ve decided to make Fehrplay the featured image.
Welcome to another edition of Whompy Wednesdays. I have three songs for you all today, ranging from trap to dubstep. The first of these is a chill remix by Dub Scout that will have you bobbing your head in the library tonight. The second track is the newest collaboration from Bauuer and Just Blaze. This track was a huge hit in their most recent tour together and it features some great Jay-Z samples — this one is a banger. The last remix is one by Luminox, and is of “Rattle” by Bingo Players. I personally like this trap remix more because I think it gives the song a bit more a punch. Feel free to disagree.
Given that it is Trance Tuesday and I’ve been raving about Audien lately, I’m posting two more of my favorite tracks. “Wayfarer”, which was released just a few weeks ago, was, and still is, an enormous record on the charts right now. “Eventide” is a bit of an older release that still has that Audien flare. Get emmmmmmmm
I’ve been pretty much immersing myself into Trance these days and I can’t get enough of it. I would say it’s partially due to my Audien obsession, but nearly everything that comes out of Arjunabeats is trance gold so it’s hard to resist. Here are two huge releases from Ost & Meyer & 7 Skies as well as Matt Darey. These tracks will be sure to add some good vibes to your day.
I have been gearing up for this release since I first heard it on Matisse & Sadko’s weekly podcast ages ago. It showcases everything that Arty’s productions feature: strong melodic vocals, uplifting synths, and a drop that will keep you playing it over and over. This is truly a phenomenal song and I suggest downloading it immediately. Happy Monday.
I have to say, I’m usually relatively unimpressed with Bruno Mars, but I love “Locked Out Of Heaven”, mostly because of its funky vibes. Here are three very different yet awesome remixes of that very song. The first, by Paul Oakenfold, will make you feel like you are dancing at Ministry of Sound in London circa 1980 when the drop hits. The second one, which is a bit more mellow, is a remix by none other than The M Machine; those guys have a way of turning any song into a musical journey. The last one, by Major Lazer, is the closest to the original. But, it’s got that reggae groove that means you’ll be playing it during the day and night. Enjoy them all.
These 3 songs belong on the same post because they all have either an uncharacteristic vocal/featured artist or instrumentation. The first track is a wicked remix of Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” that bears little resemblance to the original for you haters out there that were worried. The second track is a remix of a Matchbox 20 song, which is always funny to see in house music these days; needless to say it’s a headbanger. The last one in this post is the lesser known of the 3 and features an alternative rock-ish verse which I really dig.
It’s hard to ever find anything wrong with EDX’s mixes; they are more often than not incredibly dynamic, versatile, and completely addictive. Rarely do I stumble upon one of his new works without playing it repetitively. “2 Hearts 1 Mind” features the somber yet engaging vocals from Tamra Keenan that make both the original and remix phenomenal. The best part about the Denzal Park remix is that it is a record that is much more stage-worthy, whereas the original is a great chill-out track. I highly recommend getting both of them and putting them to good use.
Here are 2 fantastic progressive house anthems that do exactly what the genre is supposed to. The Disfunktion bootie of The Naked & Famous “No Way” gives it that extra edge that it needs to be a dynamic song from start to finish. The second in this post, Dakota’s “Gypsy Room” (Duderstadt Remix), shows how powerful instrumentals in this genre can be. I’ve been pretty much listening to exclusively non-vocal tracks these days and this one explains why. Sometimes you just need some silence.
Myon & Shane 54 are two of those DJ’s who have an ability to turn a mediocre dance track into progressive house GOLD. Their rework of “Our Love” by Stereo Palma is truly amazing work. They are doing amazing things for the progressive house/trance genre, and if you don’t believe me, simply check out their weekly Podcast. Enjoy.
Vicetone, a DJ duo form the Netherlands, has been killing it recently with their remixes. Below are 3 of my favorites that show just how versatile these producers are. They are making some serious moves and I suggest checking out their Facebook page for other free downloads.
These 4 songs were dutifully picked for those of you itching to get back to summer. This may not apply to me, given that winter is the beez and anyone who thinks otherwise has it wrong, but they are still awesome jams. They all have the glistening feeling that is so unique to summer, and I know they won’t disappoint.
Hey everyone! There are a bunch of cool new features on the blog that you should notice. For one, there is now a Soundcloud player at the bottom of the page which features the 10-15 most recently added songs. The playlist is already set up so all you have to do is hit play and the most recent songs will play without stopping automatically. (To view the playlist, double click the blank space on the player)
You'll also notice at the top of the page that there is a sweet slider. The slider features the 5 most recent posts and is an easy way to scroll through content.
Lastly, there is a new media player for each of the songs added to the blog. By hitting the play button, the song will begin to play and will be paused if you start another song. The download button will appear to the right of the player, and in most browsers you should be able to just hit download. Some browsers are a bit more difficult and require you to right-click and "Save link as"; sorry for that inconvenience.
Otherwise, everything else is pretty much the same. I hope you enjoy it!