Archive for January, 2014

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If I Lose Myself (Win & Woo Remix) – Win & Woo vs One Republic

January 31, 2014

Win & Woo
Win and Woo decided to take on One Republic’s hit, “If I Lose Myself”, and see what they could make with it. The result is a magnificent remix, and one they were unwilling to call just a remix. So they labelled it part mashup, mashed with their original work, as well. Their pride is justified. This remix is glorious. They built up a fabulous synth hook to add to the vocal hooks, as well as crafting some truly beautiful more quiet interludes. Enjoy this one.

If I Lose Myself (Win & Woo Remix) – Win & Woo vs One Republic / Or from Facebook

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Don’t Shine – Raz Simone

January 30, 2014

Raz Simone
Sorry for the brief break in music, folks. My cat of sixteen years is dying and it’s bumming me out. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming. Raz Simone has made some pretty amazing music in the past, but this takes his craft to a new level. “Don’t Shine” is filled with the kind of lyrics we’ve come to expect from Simone, dark and gritty. But his pacing is based around a beat that has several movements, keeping things fresh. His rap sections have a conversational tone and his sung sections feature gorgeous harmonies. A dramatic drum section emphasizes the faster sections while a marimba or xylophone line emphasizes the mournful beauty of the song. This song is intense and in your face and intense and quiet by turns. It’s incredibly compelling. Give it a listen!

Don’t Shine – Raz Simone / Or from Raz Simone

BONUS: And here’s the video that goes with the song. I’m not really a video critic, but I think this is a good companion to the drama of the song. It does some interesting things with speed, making the world in slow or fast motion while Raz Simone’s lips still move to match the speed of the song. The only color in this predominately black and white video comes when the song moves faster and the frames get distorted. Check it out.
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Brighter – The Two Friends ft. Jeff Sontag & I Am Lightyear

January 27, 2014

artwork for 'Brighter'
The Two Friends are back and today they have something wonderful to share with us all. “Brighter” is a gentle progressive house track that show cases two amazing vocalists, Jeff Sontag and I Am Lightyear. Not enough songs contain paired male and female vocalists any more. If anything, one ends up playing back up vocalist to the other. But in “Brighter” this is a true duet. These vocalists sing to each other. The effect is truly sweet. This song feels happy and cute. I’ve seen artists like We Are The In Crowd and Owl City have success with paired vocals and I’m glad the Two Friends are bringing this in to play. Their instrumental complements the vocals perfectly. With some major quiet sections to set the stage for the vocals as well as some euphoric synths bursting forth, this track is well balanced with a solid hook. The song is hopeful at times and triumphant at others. I can’t get enough. This is the radio edit, but if you’re looking to add this to your sets, or just listen even more, the Facebook download link includes the full version of the song. Enjoy it.

Brighter (Original Mix) [Radio Edit]- The Two Friends ft. Jeff Sontag & I Am Lightyear / Or from Facebook

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Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXIX

January 24, 2014

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It’s been too long. Far too long. But the time has come. It is now time. For mashups!

Doug Bogan will start us off with his mashup “Theater Kids”. This is one of the most enjoyable versions I’ve heard of MGMT’s “Kids” in ages plus you can dance to it! What’s there to say no to?

Theater Kids – Doug Bogan / Or from Facebook

Next up, Troika takes on “September”, giving it a modern spin. This one is triumphant and has a great start. The intro is mostly vocal and when the synth line drops it feels like the night is starting out right. Enjoy it!

Dancing In September (Troika ‘Reloaded’ Edit) – Troika / Or from Facebook

Now let’s get a little more intense with a track from Poppingmelons. With this beat, we can see just how intense B.o.B. can get. This song may take a little to get past its build but once it gets there, it pounds. This electro coupled with intense bass and a more spare, ominous beat with a hint of trap is the kind of song that crowds get sweaty to. Check it out.

Night Vision (Ethyr x B.o.B. x Fall Out Boy) – Poppingmelons / Or from SoundCloud

Let’s chill out a bit. The Melker Project dropped this pretty little track the other day and it showcases his skills. He recreated Jay-Z’s beat instead of actually sampling it and then went to town. It’s chill and sweet. Give it a listen.

Show Me Pound Cake Ft. Jay-Z, Ellie Goulding, Chris Brown & Kid Ink – The Melker Project / Or from Facebook

“Stay the Night” has been making the rounds and here’s DOSVEC‘s take on it. The trance house synths backing this make me very happy. The understated smoothness is gorgeous and really fills up the space of a room when the vocals drift away. Enjoy this one

Stay The Night (Zedd ft. Hayley Williams vs EDX) – DOSVEC / Or from Facebook

Dave Edwards is rapidly becoming one of my favorite remix artists. His production is happy and always reminds me of summer fun. This remix has that fun production but also pulls from both Daft Punk and Avicii. How’s that for a creative remix? Check it out.

Dear Boy [Dave Edwards Remix] – Avicii x Daft Punk / Or from Facebook

RAGE CANNON brings something epic to share in this song. Although this song is completely instrumental, it is in no way boring. RAGE CANNON draws from different sounds to keep it fresh; prog house, dutch house, electro, techno, and trance to name a few. Now this track may have been taken down, so if people want it gone, send me a message. In the meantime, give it a listen.

Renzokuken the Animal (Razihel x OVERWERK x Milk N Cookies) – RAGE CANNON

Trademark knows how to electrify a crowd. Opening with an incredible vocal hook from Avicii, Trademark then blows the song wide open with epic festial synths. The festival sound continues when the drop takes the song to a big room sound, relying on reverb. It’s huge and exciting. Enjoy it and have an awesome weekend!

Still Believe (Avicii x Tritonal x Martin Garrix x Feri & Multi) – Trademark / Or from Facebook

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Sunrise – Hona Costello

January 23, 2014

Hona Costello
Hona Costello is preparing to drop “Penelope”, his 18 track album, on June 2nd. Only 13 of these tracks will be available to download free. You can preorder the whole album here. “Sunrise” is the first single from this album and it is pretty stellar. Backed by a hardcore back beat and a flowy electronic instrumental, this song has already convinced me to like it. On top of that, Hona Costello’s vocals are as catchy and well placed as ever. This is an ode to a lifestyle of partying and while that’s nothing new, it is really well crafted. Check it out.

Sunrise – Hona Costello / Or from SoundCloud

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Own It (Sevag Area-201 Remix) – Mack Wilds

January 22, 2014

Sevag
Sevag‘s remix of Mack Wilds is epic in scale. The opening to the remix lasts over a minute and sets the stage with grand big house festival riffs before dropping out to allow the original vocals to make their debut. Along with a rolling deep synth line, these vocals are energetic and hopeful with a hint of apprehension. The song soon returns to the intense house hook and lets the listener enjoy it for a while. The song paces itself well, starting with intensely energetic dance music, pausing to appreciate vocals then repeating. Enjoy this dance track.

Own It (Sevag Area-201 Remix) – Mack Wilds / Or from Facebook

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Holy Grail (Remix) – L.E.D x BPace x Adam McInnis

January 21, 2014

Photo of Adam McInnis by Sanjay N. Patel
L.E.D, BPace, and Adam McInnis teamed up to make this remix of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s song “Holy Grail”. But remix is such an incomplete term for this song. These artists made it part cover, part remix. They added their own instrumentation and vocals to the original lyrics, but they also added their own verses to give it some individuality. Then they added to the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” reference in the original by continuing the lyrics a bit and closing the song with it. Now this song is clearly theirs, sharing little but some lyrical content with JT and Jay-Z. L.E.D’s vocals are as incredibly powerful as ever and she worked with some serious talent to make this. Listen up.

Holy Grail (Remix) – L.E.D x BPace x Adam McInnis / Or from SoundCloud