Archive for June, 2013

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A Rapid Burst of EDM II

June 28, 2013


You know what day it is folks? That’s right it’s Friday! But I’ve accumulated more EDM than mashups this week. So let’s bring back EDM lump posts. It’s no longer just dubstep, because that would get boring. I’ve got a great assortment of electronic dance music for you today. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

I have to start out with Redeye. This producer sort of came out of nowhere for me but every song they make is better and more intriguing than the last. On top of that they’re fifteen. Yeah. Redeye, like me, prefers to mix genres to make a more interesting soundscape. This track has elements of house, dubstep, and trap. Check it out!

Floaty (REDEYE Remix) – Tobes & Cylas / Or from SoundCloud

To follow that, here is some chilled out dubstep from Zeds Dead. They’ve stayed very true to their style, maintaining the slow, constant dubstep beat with oppressive bass punctuated periodically by piano and regretful vocals. It’s atmospheric and impressive, as usual. Give it a listen!

By Your Side – Zeds Dead / Or from Facebook

Koda & Dabin put together a free track for the edmSpotlight compilation and it’s pretty spectacular. It starts slow and atmospheric with only a piano standing out, then it drops into beautiful male vocal harmonies. After singing the hook, the song picks up and gorgeous bell synths edged with fuzzy wobbles give the song an ominous tinge. This is dubstep at its softest and prettiest. Enjoy it.

The Take Down – Koda & Dabin / Or from SpotlightEDM

Next up, a remix that SirensCeol made of KDrew‘s song “Circles”. This is a complextro track for sure. It’s filled with dubstep and electro synths that are far more chaotic than your average electro house track. The melodramatic vocals emphasize the over the top style of remix and pull the listener in to raise their heart-rate. Check it out!

Circles (SirensCeol Remix) – KDrew / Or from SoundCloud

Next up, an orignal track from PIXL. This one pulls electro and dubstep elements together in a compelling rhythm that is constant through the song. Give it a listen.

Emerge – PIXL / Or from SoundCloud

Here’s another fifteen year old producer. This one goes by MoonBeat. He puts together electro house music, like this song. And this is a good one to put on in the club to keep people moving. It’s dramatic and crunchy in all the right places and has a great hook. Enjoy it!

Violence – MoonBeat / Or from Facebook

As always, Ravi has put together a beautiful prog house song for us all to enjoy. Using his signature mastery of synths, Ravi backs some overwrought male vocals in a more cheerful manner than the lyrics suggest. I think it may impossible for Ravi to make a song that’s actually bad. For reference, Ravi was formerly Sex Ray Vision. Check it out.

Surrender (Ravi Remix) – Hook N Sling, Evermore / Or from SoundCloud

Dave Edwards has been making some amazing tracks lately. This is one of them. This remix of the Knocks plays up an excellent, yet simple synth riff that gives this song depth and traction in prog house circles. It’s catchy, with an indie flavor that just declares summer. Give it a listen!

Modern Hearts (Dave Edwards Remix) – The Knocks ft. St Lucia / Or from Facebook

BONUS: I also have to share this track from Redeye with you all. Starting off with some highly energetic drum n bass, this moves through other genres like dubstep and trap, while making it sound like the logical next step of the song. Enjoy it and have a fabulous weekend!

Prototype – Redeye / Or from SoundCloud

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NineTwoFive (Super Hero With a Day Job) – Mvstermind

June 27, 2013


While working at his nine-to-five, Mvstermind was asked to play a show for the company he was working for. They told him he could sell his CDs there if he performed for them and wrote a song about how great it was to work for them. In the space of a day, this is what he put together. In his well-established style of downtempo beat, abstract background singing, distorted dialogue interludes, 8-bit infused instrumentals, and clever, fast lyrics, Mvstermind demonstrates his talent when working on a deadline. Check it out for yourselves!

NineTwoFive (Super Hero With a Day Job) – Mvstermind Einstein / Or from SoundCloud

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The Transition 2: Bright Lights, Big City [Mixtape] – YONAS

June 26, 2013


YONAS makes some fun songs. His lyrics are catchy, his beats are danceable and appeal to the EDM-minded among us, and his choruses are singable. That’s why I was excited to hear that he had come out with a new mixtape. The mixtape is full of great songs that follow this formula and here’s a good one. “Leaving You” tells the story of a break up. It’s not a depressing song, more celebratory than sad. The lyrics aren’t deep but they’re very accessible and this is the kind of song that the fans shout along with the chorus while dancing. Enjoy the song and if you haven’t yet, you can listen to another great song featured on his mixtape here. Download the entire mixtape here.

Leaving You – YONAS / Or from SoundCloud

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Dreaming – Smallpools

June 24, 2013


I only really post songs that are free to download, as provided by the artist. This way I get to rehost the song and cut down the complicated music players to a minimum. Here’s why I’m embedding this one. 1) While Smallpools provides their song free to download here, 2) the song is also available for purchase on iTunes here and Amazon here, and 3) I don’t know how long this offer will last. So I apologize for having an embed, but I think if you give it a listen, you’ll forgive me, simply because I’ve introduced you to the song. “Dreaming” is an unashamedly happy indie pop song with synthpop influences. The vocals are catchy, reminiscent of Passion Pit with a bit more clarity of tone. One of the guitar riffs they playfully switch between is reminiscent of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, giving the song a summery feel. Meanwhile the song is fast-paced enough to stay exciting and fun; this is no lazy summer song. This is one of my favorite original songs I’ve heard this year. Enjoy it!

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F92381431&color=86d1eb&auto_play=false&show_artwork=false&show_playcount=true&show_comments=falseSmallpools – Dreaming by Smallpools

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Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXVI

June 21, 2013


How better to catch up with music I haven’t posted than with mashups? Since I have no answer, I better post the mashups. Without further ado…

Two weeks ago I posted a live mashup from D.veloped. Today I post another one because it’s better than most people’s studio arranged mashups. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I hate that Icona Pop song, “I Love It”; they’re better than that. But D.veloped can take this atrocious song and make it catchy and pleasing to hear. This is skill you have to check out!

I Love The Feeling (D.licious Live Edit) – D.veloped / Or from Facebook

Troika has tons of talent, so I thought I’d share another track of theirs. This one takes the chilled out sounds of Deadmau5 and Kaskade adds more recent music of a similar ilk. I missed the chilled out synths, and Troika scratches that itch. Give it a listen!

Piece Of Me (Troika Mashup) – Deadmau5 x Tom Budin x Kaskade x Zedd / Or from SoundCloud

Doug Bogan has been out of sight for a few months but a few weeks ago he proved that it was worth waiting. He combines beautiful prog house pop with the grimier side of EDM easily and everyone should be happy. Enjoy it!

I Could Be Alive – Doug Bogan / Or from SoundCloud

Foxfire dropped this gem a few weeks ago and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. By sampling the original and two remixes of a Kelly Clarkson song, Foxfire was able to set up a versatile soundscape with a unified sound. On top of that the Maroon 5 and Don Omar vocals stand out in exciting and pleasing ways. Check it out!

Stronger – Foxfire / Or from Facebook

Last month DOSVEC brought us this grimy and wobbly mashup. DOSVEC uses Zeds Dead remix of the Rolling Stones to create a stellar backing for B.o.B, lending a very intimidating, ominous backing to his sometimes playful lyrics. Give it a listen!

We Still In This Bitch (B.O.B. ft T.I. & Juicy J vs The Rolling Stones (Zeds Dead Mix) – DOSVEC / Or from Facebook

If you’re not a trap fan, skip this one. If you are, get ready for a crowd-pleaser. San Dalva gave this song a rather heavy trap backing without sacrificing the fast paced energy of “Express Yourself”. Enjoy it!

Came To Express Yourself (Kennedy Jones x Major Lazer) – San Dalva / Or from Facebook

Fareoh put together Lamar and Gaga with some of his own original content as a way to get fans excited for the release of his upcoming EP. The progressive dubstep track spends a lot of time with casual piano chords but crescendos into a faster wobbly hook. The simpler parts back the vocals easily and the more complicated parts are showcased as hooks. Check it out!

ID vs Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe – Fareoh vs Kendrick Lamar & Lady Gaga / Or from Facebook

KTHRSIS contacted me recently and encouraged me to check out some of his mashups and I’m glad I did. Although his mashups are made in the ADD style that Girl Talk and Super Mash Bros favor, he puts together some songs in incredible combinations. This track starts off with Phoenix’s “1901” backing some fun rap then progresses to Basshunter backing Ludacris then to Fort Minor’s version of “Sweet Child of Mine” backing the Offspring and Michael Jackson. The Basshunter section is amazing and this is a great dance mashup. Give it a listen!

Blame Cupid – KTHRSIS / Or from SoundCloud

And how could I not end with this one? KosherKittens put together this fun mashup. Combining Taylor Swift’s current hit with Biggie Smalls is hard to argue with. As is often an issue with KosherKittens, the quality is a little unequal between the two songs, likely because some acapellas are better than others. But the concept is gold and is catchy enough to listen to several times over. Enjoy it and have a great weekend!

22 And Red Hot – KosherKittens / Or from SoundCloud

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Summer Colors

June 21, 2013


Sorry for the brief break in content. I was a spending a lovely week with my girlfriend, who I won’t see for six months. Music will return to our regularly scheduled rhythm soon. But first! You may have noted the exciting new colors the site is sporting. I’ve had this lovely blog logo and header for several years, courtesy of the talented graphic designer Matt Glickson. But I wanted to spruce things up a bit. So I decided to rotate several color palettes seasonally. Matt Glickson saw my vision and made it reality. So for the next few months, enjoy these colors.

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So Beautiful (Tim Gunter 808 Bootleg) – Parker Ighile

June 11, 2013


Tim Gunter knows how to make a hit. This remix has been in almost constant rotation since I got it. Gunter takes a song with strong vocal hooks and does very little to change it. Instead he adds to it, giving it a trap beat and a higher energy instrumental for the chorus. These changes seem simple yet together they form a truly excellent song. Enjoy it.

So Beautiful (Tim Gunter 808 Bootleg) – Parker Ighile / Or from Facebook