Archive for February, 2016

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Until It Falls Apart – Glimpse & Madi Larson

February 29, 2016

Glimpse

I almost think this song is a dark retelling of Selena Gomez’s “Come & Get It.” Glimpse opens the track moody and subdued, bass thrumming  while a simple slow rhythm is rapped out. The bass is leashed, growling loudly every so often to remind us it is out there prowling back and forth. Madi Larson‘s vocals are similarly subdued, bleak and quiet but beautiful. The track features a quiet, mournful movement where the bass backs off and a chopped and screwed vocal track is used to create a sweet little tune before dropping back into the instrumental hook. The hook brings the bass back but also introduces a distant alto synth that reminds me a bit of the Selena Gomez hook. All I know is that I want to start singing “When you’re ready come and get it na na na na…” over it. It’s a magnificent song. You’ll have to tell me if you hear the resemblance as well.

 

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If Only I Could – Brooks

February 26, 2016

Brooks

Happy Friday! Do you have the weekend energy yet? Let me help get you in the mood. This track by Brooks has a epic aura to it, starting hushed and tightly leashed before breaking into a driving track. This song exudes a sense of urgency, a need to achieve a goal, moving swiftly and with purpose. The beautiful female vocals are framed by a heavily filtered robotic voice singing along, turning something sweet into something portentous, ominous. Brooks uses the broad future house synths to push the energy of the track a step higher. It’s an intensely energetic track and it means business. Check it out.

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Define (Phlegmatic Dogs Remix) – Dom Dolla & Go Freek

February 24, 2016

Phlegmatic Dogs

You know what we need more of on this blog? House. Outside of raves, the dance music I’ve been really enjoying lately has been house music bumping through sweaty afterhours clubs. Something about the rhythm of house music really makes me feel like dancing almost endlessly. Phlegmatic Dogs put together this future house remix and it bumps. I quite enjoy when the hook is such a deep bass that you feel it about as much as hear it. Future house tracks certainly deliver this. Check it out.

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Sorry (Johannes Agust Cover x Siselski Remix) – Justin Bieber

February 22, 2016

Siselski

Remix culture is a wonderful thing. It brings inspiration and talent together where they would otherwise almost never meet. Here we have a simple and beautiful acoustic cover of Justin Bieber by Jóhannes Ágúst, as remixed by Siselski. The remix adds gentle production that turns it into a layered and genuinely engaging song in its own right. It features a hook made by chopping and screwing the vocals into a new melody. It’s lovely.

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NYC (Mysto & Pizzi Remix) – The Chainsmokers

February 19, 2016

Mysto & Pizzi

One of The Chainsmokers latest tracks features some darker lyrics than their usual fare. Mysto & Pizzi take that mood and expand upon it with the dark hollow sound of future bass synths. Their version is no longer house, but an ominous electronic trap soundscape that deserves the label of future trap. This futuristic sound, grimy and exciting, dangerous and ear catching, matches the lyrics. It paints a night in NYC, where the opportunity for fun toes the line of the opportunity for danger. It’s melodramatic for sure, but entirely satisfying.

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Birthday Cake (Liquid Stranger Remix) – Rihanna

February 17, 2016

Liquid Stranger

First off, I love this Rihanna song and always want it to be longer and featuring only her. I first heard it dropped at a rave in the woods in the west of Virginia and the crowd really went wild for it. In the midst of dubstep and drum & bass, this Rihanna song seized the crowd’s attention. So it should be no surprise that it also caught the attention of one of the original ravers, Liquid Stranger. If you want to get a sense of what’s going through the mind of Liquid Stranger, I present this interview to you as recommended reading, and Big Dub as the recommended festival. This remix is dark and dirty, filled with hints of dubstep, 808s and claps that evoke trap without actually deigning to be trap,  a couple stark big room synths to convey a sense of vast empty space, and a rhythm that flirts with moombahton. It’s a genre amalgam that feels original and innovative. So happy birthday, my fellow Aquarians; enjoy it.

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The Light Would Work For You – nimino

February 15, 2016

nimino - Photo taken by Ryan Fitz Photography

nimino has made some of my favorite chill music. It always sounds fresh and unhindered by genre convention. This latest track is one such track. It makes use of a crooning vocal distorted by taking the style of Kanye in “808s and Heartbreaks” to a level where the vocals express emotion without any intelligible words. This song pours out emotion. Opening with simple piano, the stage is set starkly, simply sad, while the vocals add a tender reverberating sense of loss. After nearly two minutes, nimino adds a drum section, a gentle rhythm that buoys the melody without overwhelming it. It’s practically a Drum & Bass rhythm, but more relaxed. Then a hint of tropical flavor is added with a gentle marimba line. It’s a gorgeous, emotional track that invites listeners rather than demands. I hope it starts your week off with a sense of calm.

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