Archive for September, 2013

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Amber Shade Pt. III: 「Siam Breeze」- Snow Fox Apprentice

September 24, 2013

Traverse album art
Snow Fox Apprentice is back with another EP filled with fantastic sounds of nujazz and hip hop. If you don’t remember his previous work, “Wanderlust”, be sure to check that out here. The new EP is entitled “Traverse” and you can listen to and download it here. “Amber Shade Pt. III: 「Siam Breeze」” is a gorgeous track, filled with sweet piano lines and steadfast drum beats. Atmospheric string synths fill out the song and bring it together. The song is at once mournful, nostalgic, and resolute; relaxed yet alert. This song is powerful and engaging. For more like it, be sure to check out the album. Enjoy it.

Amber Shade Pt. III: 「Siam Breeze」- Snow Fox Apprentice / Or from BandCamp

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Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXVIII

September 23, 2013

a unique heart for mashups
It’s been awhile. And since it’s Fri- since it’s the weekend- since it’s Monday… It’s time for mashups? Well it’s time and past time for mashups so I’m going to throw these up and you’re just going to have to enjoy them. Oh well.

Opening with the powerful and iconic synth line of Basto’s “Again and Again”, Chonald builds a beautiful mashup. Using the beautiful vocals from “No Beef” this song starts out beautiful and stays strong all the way through. Check it out!

No Beef Again in the Mammoth – Chonald / Or from SoundCloud

The Two Friends put this mashup together awhile ago and it’s about time I put it up. They successfully combine pop EDM from the current scene with pop from another. Jackson 5 adds a certain spice to this otherwise excellent mashup. Give it a listen.

Battle Scars (The Two Friends 25K Mashup) – Lupe Fiasco x Jackson 5 x Zedd ft. Foxes x Avicii ft. Salem Al Fakir / Or from Facebook

Dionysus teamed up with Poppingmelons to make this mashup, beginning with Coldplay. Building from that solemn start, they add dubstep, pop R&B and EDM. It builds to a very satisfying dubstep hook. Enjoy it!

Holy Paradise (Au5 x Jay Z x Nero x Coldplay x Seven Lions) – Dionysus and Poppingmelons / Or from SoundCloud

KDrew mashed up Aerosmith with one of his own songs. That means classic rock meets some wild dubstep featuring some rather industrial sounds. Check it out.

CitaDream (KDrew Mashup) – KDrew x Aerosmith / Or from SoundCloud

As usual, mashups that Koyote puts together sound like they were meant to be put together that way despite the diverse amount of material they draw from. Featuring a barebones electro hook, this song pulls the listener in. Give it a listen!

Wildfire (Koyote Bootleg) – Skrillex vs Dog Blood vs Birdy Nam Nam vs A$AP ROCKY vs KRUNK! / Or from Facebook

Using some of the same vocals as the previous song, DJ Schmolli gives this mashup a very different sound by throwing the Cure under the spotlight. Along with that this turns into a drum and bass track in no time. It’s a great party track. Enjoy it!

Never Hold Back Hooligans In Heaven From Goin’ In – DJ Schmolli / Or from ZippyShare

KTHRSIS does mashups in a style that I don’t really like. They put together songs in a simple A+B format, but then lose interest and switch it up after a minute or so. This means there are some awesome mini mashups inside every song but I feel they are never fleshed out enough. While this bugs me in a listening at home context, it is great in a live show context. Check out all the great mini-mashes in this track.

American Gangsta – KTHRSIS / Or from SoundCloud

DOSVEC is always quick to mash up a new pop hit and I for one am grateful. It means that I almost never have to listen to originals if I don’t feel like it. This time DOSVEC gives Miley Cyrus’s latest a festive EDM makeover, utilizing playful synth lines for the verses and heavy duty festival house synths for the chorus. This is a great one to include in a dance set. Give it a listen and have a great week!

Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus vs Dave Darell) – DOSVEC / Or from Facebook

BONUS: How could I make a mashup post without a song from Mashup-Germany? I couldn’t. So here it is. Another masterpiece. Mashup-Germany’s genius truly shows when he combines rock songs. Combining AWOLNATION, Metallica, Queen, Blink-182, System of a Down, and Robyn is an accomplishment and should be properly appreciated as such. Mashup-Germany uses Avicii to tie the loose ends together and it all comes together beautifully. Enjoy.

The Rock Harmony – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

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Hello – Chad Future

September 20, 2013

Chad Future

Besides the numerous English remixes that he has worked on, Chad Future also has a professional music career with his own official tracks! The first anniversary for his official work just past a few days ago, so let’s take a look back at his debut song. Branding his style AKpop (American Kpop), he takes some fun techno beats, tosses in some Korean, stylizes the MV in typical Kpop fashion, and gives us “Hello”. This very much feels like the opposite of what you would usually hear in a Kpop song; while they tend to be mostly Korean with only a tad of English, this is mostly English with some Korean sprinkled in. Reactions were very hit or miss when this dropped, the reasons for which I could fill a whole other blog post with. I don’t really see what the issue is though. This is an exciting track, showcasing his confidence and lyrically acting as an introduction and explaining his mixing of musical styles. I really like what he’s trying to do, too. This provides an interesting twist to the music scene, and if this gets big, who knows what else could happen? While it’s yet to be seen how far this will be taken (he’s only released two official songs, the second of which is completely in English), I’m really looking forward to what else he has to offer. A full album does seem to be in the works according to his tweets, so hopefully we’ll hear more from him in the future! If you’re interested in getting “Hello”, you can find it over at iTunes.

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Dancing Naked – TheFatRat

September 18, 2013

Fabulous image of TheFatRat by Tyler Hill Photography
I wasn’t planning to share another EDM song tonight, but when I heard this song I was forced to share this with everyone in my vicinity and now with you. TheFatRat starts this song out with vaguely 80s synths and chord progressions which builds with the sped-up, chopped and screwed, rage vocal samples that I adore. The 80s feel is reinforced by the vaguely Michael Jackson-esque shout used to add emphasis to the end of a bar. Then around the 1:05 mark, the song builds to a drop of deep bass electro synths. This is a highly satisfying song. Enjoy it.

Dancing Naked – TheFatRat / Or from Facebook

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On My Own [prod by Dizzy] – Hona Costello

September 17, 2013

Hona Costello
Hona Costello builds this song from the ground up, setting the stage with dramatic opening synths before entering with vocals and building to rapid 808s. This drum line can’t help but remind me of trap, which is sort of reversing causality. Costello’s verses paints a picture of the price of the fight for success, juxtaposed with a mix of true and imagined successes. This is the prototypical song of the struggling artist, chasing success. Costello’s voice is compelling and keeps this song fresh. With a timbre similar to Drake’s lower octaves, Costello raps, sings, and murmurs. The result is a well produced, slick and sleek, radio-ready single. I’m hooked and think you should be too. If you want to show some fiscal support, you can buy this song on BandCamp for what you think is fair. If you can’t afford that right now, he also released it for free. Enjoy it.

On My Own [prod by Dizzy] – Hona Costello / Or from SoundCloud

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Another Lie – TRAEDONYA!

September 16, 2013

TRAEDONYA!
TRAEDONYA! has released her first single from her debut EP “High Fructose Corn Syrup”. “Another Lie” treats on a situation that, sadly, is widely shared by many in relationships. Being lied to in a relationship is always a sad and angering event, but complaining about being lied to is just the tip of the iceberg here. TAEDOONYA is addressing the stress and emotional pain of being treated like you’re crazy for being concerned about it, like you’re being unreasonable for not seeing it their way, like you’re making a big deal out of nothing. This is infuriating, a way to belittle someone and make them doubt themselves. Some call this gaslighting (for more on this, read this article). TRAEDONYA!’s lyrics give an account much like this with a message that she sees what they’re doing and she isn’t going to put up with it. It’s a very cathartic song. It’s sound combines jazz and funk with powerful and versatile vocals that prompted the UK press to call her sound “hipopera”. This song starts out with a lounge singer purr which crescendos to a powerful R&B chorus. Very enjoyable. Check it out!

Another Lie – TRAEDONYA!

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Alone Together (Krewella Remix) – Fall Out Boy

September 14, 2013

Krewella at ultra
How can I not blog this? In their weekly free release series to get us all hyped for the premiere of their album “Get Wet” on September 24th, Krewella dropped this amazing remix of Fall Out Boy’s “Alone Together”. I had seen some footage of Fall Out Boy and Krewella together in studio and been intensely curious as to what they were up to. I guess this is part of an answer. But if you watch this clip, you’ll hear that this is a different song. I expect we’ll hear a full collab on “Get Wet”. They also confirmed a collab with Blink-182. Talk about hitting up nostalgia to make new music. Very exciting. My favorite part of this song is when Kewella chops and screws the vocals to make a synth hook. Not that that’s the only hook or the only synth in play. Krewella keeps their songs layered and fun and that’s what this remix does. Adding original vocals and synths, this remix attacks on several levels. It enhances the original hook with synths and creates a brand new drum and bass hook to go with it. Simply excellent, as per usual. Enjoy it!

Alone Together (Krewella Remix) – Fall Out Boy / Or from Krewella’s Website