A much better take.
I don’t care how high you are
You had me at Sam Smith
Chainsmokers back at it again.
Happy Friday! Click the Soundcloud link on the player to download from their page. Vicetone whipping out those electronic dance/pop tunes like it’s their job. Well now that I think about it that is their job…
Mashup, bootleg, who really knows the difference anymore. I’m going to start calling them mootlegs. Regardless of my clever name-change, here are two big-room house records that are sure to get you on your feet.
I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the old stomping grounds this past weekend and it was nothing short of amazing. As I sit in my office reminiscing about the good ol’ days of meal plans and no rent, I’m at least thankful that I came back with something in addition to a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes: new music. Cheers to the ones who are keeping the tunage alive down in the 804. Grab these tracks and make your hump day that much better.
Did I mention these are all originals?
RAC – Let Go (ft. Kele & MNDR) how I imagine starting all my days from now on
The Knocks – Modern Hearts (ft. St. Lucia) Knocks duh
Parov Stelar – Booty Swing the description is in the title
Kill Paris – I Do Love You YES
Sam Smith, the electrifying singer on one of my favorite tracks of the year, “Latch”, nearly outshines that performance on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”. Obviously the sample used for Maor Levi’s bootleg is slightly doctored and sped up, but even after listening to the original I was blown away. I’m desperately trying to get my hands on the file for this bootleg but for now we will have to stick to the link on Soundcloud. After seeing Maor Levi a couple weeks ago and all of the remixes/bootlegs he’s been pedaling out in the past couple months, I know big things are in his future. Now, listen to the epicness of this bootie.
It’s no secret that Armin Van Buuren is the godfather of trance, but he’s also the godfather of the ultimate uplifting trance anthems. I can already envision hundreds of thousands of audience members at concerts and festivals screaming the lyrics at the top of their lungs. The original is a jam, and the remix by W&W is a more electro-house take on the track with a heavy hitting chorus. Those electro fans out there, definitely grab the latter. Both are phenom — get em.
When I first heard this song I was listening to it on a podcast while at work and realized by the end of it I was practically jumping up and down in my seat. Awkward. I don’t have much Digitalism to reference but my love for M Machine is of the truest form so this is the ultimate pairing. The lack of the traditional 2-3 snare/kick alternating combo adds intensity from start to finish by emphasizing each beat. Thus, the instrumentation feels like a pounding heartbeat with no sign of slowing down. Even if you’re not musically inclined, you’ll know what I’m talking about as soon as you hit play.
Calvin Harris and Alesso teaming up? Sounds like a hit to me. The hi-pass filter over the thumping bass in the verses makes for quite a build along with vocals in this song. I also love that Calvin Harris makes a small vocal cameo with the singing of “Under Control” in the lead in to each chorus. This song has all the makings of a hit and I suggest you download, now.
It’s always refreshing to get a remix package that offers varying approaches to the original. While Calvin Harris’ take on Empire of the Sun’s “DNA” bares the closest resemblance to the single in the chorus, the verses are very Harris-esque in their bare texture. I enjoy the high reverb and almost tin-like quality of the piano that he is accustomed to using as it provides a completely different feel to the song. Alex Metric’s take is very different, offering a more electronic-dance/pop version, which is a style he is best known for as far as his remixes go. Overall, both records elevate the dreamy vocals of EOTS’s front man, and will have you listening over and over. Peep the tracks below and the original above.
Below are my 3 favorite songs at the moment. I’m pretty pumped about seeing Maor Levi on Friday along with some other fantastic DJs so I will be reporting on that next week for sure. The highlight of this post is definitely the Avicii & Project 46 collab. I heard an interview that they (Project 46) did on Morgan Page’s Podcast and they seem like the kind of producers who are headed in the right direction. This, along with their other recent work with Kaskade makes me confident that they are a group to look after in the coming year. No surprise with the third track that Sultan & Ned Shepard do it up big — sort of a hybrid of Of Monsters And Men and house music. I promise you will really enjoy all three tunes.
Sultan & Ned Shepard ft. Zella Day & Sam Martin – All These Roads ***those horns doe
The Unlikely Candidates – Follow My Feet (Maor Levi Remix) such a good hook
Avicii & Project 46 & You ft. Daphne – Crime ****best for last
I apologize for the lack of posting in the past few weeks. I was in the process of moving but now I am a real person and have internet so you can expect a lot more from me now. Only 1 song for themfreshsaturdays today, and it’s from none other than Chris Malinchak — the King of the minimal smooth beats. Enjoy.
Wow, what a remix from Moon Boots. This guy has done a stellar job establishing his own unique indie/electronic style that is nothing short of magical. He uses atmospheric vocals to both center the song as well as add synthetic yet organic instrumentation. I also really dig the overly-punchy piano used in his remixes that has most definitely become the pillar of his signature sound. You won’t go wrong with this download.
I’ve been a huge fan of MS MR since their beginning and it has been amazing to see the work they have put out in just the past year. There are a lot of former classmates of mine doing some great shit in the music industry, but Lizzy’s singing combined with Max’s production skills have propelled them to a level of their own. Their EP, Secondhand Rapture, features dark and captivating soundscapes as well as fist pumping electronic pop. As I mentioned vehemently earlier this year, you should definitely buy it.
Now, onto the remixes. The first one up here is done by none other than the uber talented RAC. They turn the original, which is a bit of a slow jam until the choruses into an indie head-bobber from the beginning. The second remix is by CHVRCHES and has been around for a couple months now but it just occurred to me that I never posted it. This song feels like 1985 and I absolutely love it. The remix is very reminiscent of the decade with that intermittent whipping sound and piercing organ. I dare you to resist dancing.
It’s Friday! Here’s another reason to get out of bed.
These are 3 of my in-transit go-to’s at the moment because they keep me sufficiently distracted from the influx of crazy people roaming the streets of New York. But also they’re incredible productions and are the kinds of tracks you’ll have on repeat for days and days. Happy Humpday.
I purchased Avicii’s new album, True, this evening and I am happy to say it is nothing short of fantastic. Back in March when Avicii played his controversial set at Ultra featuring live instruments and vocalists, people were up in arms and wary of the producer’s future. To be fair, I can imagine being at Ultra, waiting all day to see Avicii, and being disappointed to not get a mind blowing big house set. At the same time, people were booing and throwing tantrums over, well….live music…you can only imagine 30 years ago that audiences would feel the same about the kind of music that’s played on the radio today.
After hearing the final cut of “Wake Me Up” I was excited to hear what else Avicii had in store for his first studio album. The song, which fits into the newly coined genre of “country-step”, was not only catchy and fun to sing along to, but was a fresh take on EDM and stood out from the homogenous crap that’s filling up the radio waves . That song, along with “Lay Me Down”, “Hey Brother”, and “Liar Liar” are some of my favorite tracks from the album because they represent exactly what artists should be doing today: creating their own unique sound. Avicii is stepping outside of the cookie-cutter mold that people were so quickly to place him in when he first hit popular success a few years ago. These are not necessarily the tracks you’ll hear blasting at nightclubs in the late hours, but their upbeat nature makes them perfect for almost any occasion. Lastly, this is the type of ingenuity that artists should take notice of and is hopefully a sign of good things to come in the future. Buy the album here
In my opinion, so many rappers today are doing the same shit, and even the ones I used to admire are straying towards it as well: egotistical and repetitive lyrics mixed with overly percussive beats that lack any emotion or ingenuity. However, there are a lot of people i.e. Kendrick Lamar, Lupe, Childish Gambino, who are hitting the nail on the head in terms of shelling out quality hip hop. Now after hearing one of the tracks from Drake’s newest album due out September 24th, I’m happy to group him with the good guys. Not only is Sampha one of my favorite producers/vocalists at the moment, but this performance in itself is so raw and fresh that I just pre-ordered the album. No shouting or unnecessary flare in this performance. Well done Drake.
Disco House. It gets the people GOING.
Purple Disco Machine – My House If “Billie Jean” and “Finally Moving” made a baby, this would be it
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Vanderway Remix) basically “Get Lucky” with a new baseline and vocals
Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these. This week’s installment features 3 fantastic dubstep/trap records from the likes of Diplo and Kill Paris. “Boy Oh Boy” features a Missy Elliott sample that is almost unrecognizable until the 2-minute mark when the song breaks into a hip hop interlude — only the best from Diplo. The second song is from TJR that has an almost identical arrangement to his previous masterpiece, “Ode To Oi”, but then again it’s EDM and everything is repetitive these days. Nonetheless, the song is an absolute BANGER and will have you jumping up and down. The last song for this week is from probably my favorite dubstep artist at the moment, Kill Paris. Few producers of this genre have the ability to create dynamic and emotional sounding tracks without overdoing it with the excessive whomp or bass. His newest song combines soothing male & female vocals and a catchy 8-bar melody; done and done. Overall, wanna know the best part about these songs? They’re all originals.
In all fairness, this song should be listed as a Knocks remix/rework given the vocal sample, but I’ll let that one slide given its greatness. Indie dance music combined with a jazzy piano melody? I’m in.
Sometimes I experience these weird moments where I will hear a song for the first time and somehow know I’ve heard it before. For some reason, this song elicits that feeling. It’s not the specific melody or chord progression that rings a bell, but a feeling of familiarity. I guess you could just boil it down to deja vu, or the idea that some songs are powerful enough to leave an imprint.
I prefer the latter.
Bruno Mars? Audien? Sounds like a match made in heaven to me.
This song reminds me of the first time I heard M83′s “Midnight City”. I remember thinking that if I heard that song live, I would probably dance harder than I ever had before. This song doesn’t quite make me feel like that, but it’s pretty damn close. There’s something sort of uncanny about electronic dance music; it has the fervor of rock but it’s also enchanting, almost magical. Maybe it’s the mix of inorganic sounds with emotional melodies, but it’s pretty special, and I’m happy to say I was alive when it really hit its stride. You should be too.
Stumbled upon this jam via a friend last night. It’s a bit of slow jam, hip hop, and soul. Unreal.
The new One Day Reckoning Song.
Well, sorry to say it but summer is almost over. Labor Day is approaching and for those of you going back to school, it’s time to brush up on the latest and greatest of Summer 2013 tunes. Fortunately for you all, I have put together a massive folder containing the best hits of both the mainstream and underground scenes. If you have been frequenting this blog all summer then you can be spared most of the music but there are also some hidden gems in there that are worth grabbing. So, download the folder, share it, and enjoy it.
This remix is blowing up on the blogisphere and after one listen through, I understand why. Not only does the song carry the weight of the original being the song of the summer, but the remix actually has a completely different vibe. With the usage of “Got To Give It Up” in the background of the initial release, the original elicits a late night bump n’ grind. However, with this Bee’s Knees Remix, the song is slightly more up-tempo and fit for a more electroni-pop atmosphere. Definitely grab this one!
The remix title may be a mouthful, but don’t let it deter you from its greatness. This song is part trap, drum & bass, electronic soul and I love every bit of it. Ellie Goulding’s newest release is spawning some pretty great remixes, most of which will be up on the site in the weeks to come. This one is up for free download on the Soundcloud page. You need.
I saw the promo video for this song last week and was blown away. Madeon has aged like a fine wine, demonstrating his impressive producing skills via hit after hit. “Technicolor” comes as either a near 4-minute radio release or a full 6-minute version. This is pretty standard for EDM releases to cater to both DJ’s and listeners, but the difference here is that the full version is an epic journey from start to finish. Unlike many DJ’s and producers who pretty much just add 1-minute drum breaks to the beginning and ends of songs for smooth transitions, Madeon has created a masterpiece that bares resemblance to the days of “Strobe”. This record fuses guitar licks, organs, and tribal sounding drums with Madeon’s signature hard-hitting drops. Watch the promo video and buy the song from the Soundcloud page — you won’t be disappointed.
It’s a deep house kind of Sunday.
Wow. I thought that the Snakehips remix that I posted a couple weeks ago was the kind of soul-bounce-neo-sexy music that comes out once in a blue moon but the UK duo has done it again. Their remix of BANKS’ “Warm Water” is absolutely delicious and is equally as dance worthy as the previous tune. These guys are spitting out fire and I’m eager to see what they come up with next. Now listen, click the free download from the Soundcloud page, and shake dem hips.
Where were you?
Two songs for this Saturday’s installment. A brilliant remix of Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’” from Prince of Ballard. This song just went from a drop it low to a morning starter. The second song is St. Lucia’s newest single, “Elevate”. 5 full minutes of good listening.
I received this track in my inbox a couple of weeks ago and forgot to check it out until I was reminded with another email today to look at it. Here is the description that came with the track:
“Everywhere made their first UK appearance at the NME tour after-party and in recent months have played alongside Django Django and Palma Violets. On this introductory track, recorded in Los Angeles with producer Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers), Everywhere give us a taste of what’s to be expected on their debut EP, due later this year.”
What’s interesting is that both the original and remix are great tracks, but they sound absolutely nothing alike. Oliver Nelson uses mainly the shouting “Eddie!” sample from the chorus and manipulates it in unique ways to serve as a vocal hook as well as a melodic accent. This track is absolutely incredible, and is a testament to the kind of remixes being put out by Oliver Nelson this summer. The Soundcloud version is below and I HIGHLY encourage you to buy it on iTunes as well as the original– make it your good deed for the day.
The original and best remix. You can never go wrong with some drum n bass. Prepare to be pumped up.
Smallpools released their first EP a couple of days ago and even though it only features 4 songs, it is a small taste of what is to come from these guys. “Dreaming”, which I posted a few weeks ago, is undoubtedly the main single from the EP but the rest of the tracks are great. My personal favorite is “Mason Jar”, which I have posted below. Listen to the song, get hooked, and purchase their EP on iTunes here.
I’m gonna rescue you
so you can rescue me too
make it a rendezvous
This song makes me wanna sip champagne on a boat. Then again a lot of things do..
These two remixes of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” are 2 of the best remixes I’ve heard this summer. Granted the TAITO one is more of a bootleg, these 2 are must-have tracks for both DJ’s and music lovers alike. I had to piece together the Michael Brun one from a couple different versions to get you this high quality track and it was worth it. He has become one of my favorite remix producers over the past 2 years ever since I heard his set from Miami Music Week and the amazing “Domino” bootleg. Needless to say, this one also stands up to the test. Grab em BOTH.
In my opinion, every remix that has come out of “Suit & Tie” up until this point has been crap. Either the vocals are sped up too much and they sound less like Justin and more like a 13-year old girl, OR the instrumentation sounds far worse than the original. Granted, I am biased because I do love the original, but now I love this remix as well. Oliver Nelson adds something new to the song instead of detracting from it. The genre goes from pop-funk to a more indie nu-disco feel. Basically he turned the song from a dance floor stopper to a late night jam. Well done.
I was driving a few days ago listening to Myon & Shane 54′s podcast when I heard their new remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful”. I was blown away. I think I have listened to it upwards of 50 times since I first heard it, and I can’t get enough. Unfortunately there’s no sign of a release any time soon but you can listen to it on the podcast as many times as you like. I provided the sketchy ripped version below just so you can get a preview.
The other remix that’s getting a lot of praise at the moment is Kaskade’s. This too has no sign of release yet but you can get a high quality taste below. In my opinion Myon & Shane 54′s is better but Kaskade’s is a close second. Then again, you can never really go wrong with a LDR vocal.