I gave you party music yesterday, so here’s something chilled out. Royale put out their self-titled debut album two weeks ago, and it’s quite good. “Out of Season” is short and sweet. Filled with warm acoustic guitar and dramatic drum rolls, this song is at once relaxed and hinting at high energy. The vocals are padded by reverb and vocal “ah”s. This is the perfect song if you’re gathering your energy, either in preparation of New Year’s Eve or in recovery the next morning. Enjoy it.
Archive for December, 2013
It’s been awhile, folks, and I apologize for that. I needed a vacation, I suppose. But I’m back now and I bet you can guess what my New Year’s Resolution is… It’s also been ages since the last time I rounded up some EDM, so I offer these songs of dance and party as tokens of my regard. Let’s get to it!
Let’s start with something fresh. Pegboard Nerds released “Coffins” four days ago. They use the vocals of MisterWives’s song “Coffins” and provide a whole new backing to it. This remix starts out with distinctive plucked strings and wastes no time in presenting the vocals, slightly sped up, to lead in to a build and drop. The song goes from DnB to trap, from indie pop to electro, and all in a satisfyingly catchy package. Enjoy it!
Now let’s follow up with something older. Also under the Monstercat label, Stephen Walking and Soulero released this song over six months ago and I’ve been meaning to share it ever since. With pounding lines reminiscent of Wolfgang Gartner’s complextro music, “Ampersand” is a brilliant instrumental EDM track, ready for enjoyment. Check it out!
Here’s another one I’ve been meaning to share for an age or two. Perkulat0r remixed Minnesota’s song “Stardust Redux” about five months ago. It is delicious. Filled with incredible wobbles on top of the beauty of the original song, this song delivers dubstep without the over the top brostep shrieks and screams. This is a chill dubstep song, wobbling and bubbling in the background, adding a bit of ominous bass to an otherwise ethereal song. Give it a listen!
Premiered on ThisSongIsSick, LOUDPVCK‘s remix of “Fuzzy Peach” is a glitched out and banging trap song that features chiming synths, vocals reminiscent of Die Antwoord, and some distorted bass beats. This song is party ready. Enjoy it.
Amp Live of Zion I and Dom of Big Gigantic teamed up to put together this exciting track. Featuring chopped and distorted vocals, saxophone, and heavy wobbly bass, this song feels epic in its choices of genre bending. Live saxophone and drums shift into a much more dubstep-trap sound. Check it out!
LeDoom released the single “Glow” as part of the “Play Me Records 50K Compilation” release. It’s big house, full of gorgeous synth lines followed by stacatto synth bursts punctuated by the reverb that gives big house its name. As usual, LeDoom delivers the goods. Give it a listen!
And I thought it would be good to end with something fun. Remember what the fox says? Or was that too long ago to be relevant? Tom Budin remixed this overplayed Ylvis song and did us all a great service. The original was on the verge of being a great (if rather inane) pop-EDM track. Budin’s remix gives it an edgier but still pop-y instrumental. The beauty of this remix is obvious in the chorus, where Budin cuts all the annoying theoretical animal noises and replaces it with an electronic hook. I think Ylvis was rather clever in choosing to subvert musical conventions by replacing the hook with something ridiculous and off-putting, but Budin’s version makes this song something to dance to. Enjoy it!
I’ve been sitting on this for over a week now, and it’s about time I posted it, already! Opening with a moombahcore beat, this remix of Kelis and Calvin Harris quickly adds intensity with an techno/electro build. Ryon Lawford showcases Kelis’s vocals for a verse and then brings back the build which drops into an amazing bell toned synth breakdown. You have to get to that breakdown before you judge the song because that’s where it goes from pretty good to awesome. Check it out!
I know I’ve blogged about The ERAera recently, but I can’t help it! They just make such engaging music! Today, I’m sharing a remix they recently released of their song “Question Everything”. Filled with a chaotic and aggressive dubstep hook, a trap-style 808 beat, and chopped up vocals, this remix puts the focus on the production, leaving the words (which are awesome) to the side for the time being. The remix has a verse from the original that gives a taste of the lyrics from the original, calling for accountability and reform. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the original song here. In the meantime, enjoy this awesome remix!