Archive for the ‘8-Bit’ Category

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Contrast – Alexander Lewis

April 27, 2016

Alexander Lewis

Alexander Lewis put together an incredible ride for us in this song. The track starts off quiet, evoking a ticking clock, adding urgency before even adding volume intensity. But soon he adds foot stomping chords and rhythms that place this song somewhere between trap and glitch, drawing on the crunchy sounds of 8-bit and reverb. In case you weren’t sure the trap rhythms were really there, Lewis throws in an undeniably trap section around 1:50, aggressive and featuring male vocals shouting in vaguely dog-like “ruff”s. This is a triumphant melding of trap and electronic, in an unpredictable and satisfying package. Check it out.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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This Summer (Dropwizz ‘Future Trap’ Remix) – Maroon 5

February 5, 2016

Dropwizz

Future seems to the adjective most used these days in the genre business. While future bass seems to mean almost anything, future house is firmly established and has a distinct sound. Now Dropwizz seems to be pushing for the establishment of future trap. I’m not sure this is the best term to use because he doesn’t seem to draw from the same hollow bass synth sounds that future house uses, instead adding a beautiful chaos of sparkling treble synths that edge into 8-bit here and there. It certainly doesn’t sound retro and neither does it sound like your standard trap remix. In that sense, Dropwizz is pushing for new and exciting sounds and genre synergy, moving us into the future.

Don’t let this boring genre musing scare you away from the song, though! This remix has one of the most expressive hooks I’ve heard in awhile, taking time off from following a melody in order to evoke a wail of pain, following Adam Levine’s crooned, “this summer’s gonna hurt!” It’s a wonderful remix and truly enjoyable song.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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A Rapid Burst of EDM VII

January 16, 2015

Lasers for your EDM
Wow. It looks like it’s been even longer than a year since I last did an EDM roundup. On the bright side, that just means I’ve had a lot of time to save up some awesome tracks for this. If you’re getting ready for the weekend, I hope this will help. Here we go!

Let’s start off with a song I was mooning over way back in May. Crywolf is just so good at making truly gorgeous dubstep. By focusing on beautiful vocal harmonies and melodic instrumentation they make “Eyes Half Closed” solidly pretty. Then they add sampled vocals as a hook on top of a simple dubstep bringing it up to beautiful. Then they transcend with an epic and euphoric chopped up crescendo. Listen and enjoy.

Eyes Half Closed – Crywolf / Or Pay With a Tweet

Now as epic as that is, it makes it a hard act to follow. But Dakat is quite good at making epic music too. The intro is solemn, preparing the way for great things. And the drop to “Ghost” is great. So great. It makes use of the now popular method of pulsing a synth to simultaneously evoke brass and project epicness. The beat goes between simple claps and a trap line. Check it out.

Ghost (Original Mix) – Dakat / Or Follow to Pay

For those trap fans among you who felt like the last track, while epic, didn’t have the cool dark vibe that trap sometimes has, here’s one for you to try. The artist aywy. put together this growling, sneering song “Murder” that just makes you feel cooler than anyone listening to other music. The Snoop sample is great and yet it’s actually the weakest part of the song. Give this one a listen.

Murder – aywy. / Or from Dropbox

And now for something completely different! OMFG has made one of the most quirky songs I’ve heard in a while. This song relies entirely on some chopped and screwed vocal samples turned into a synth set. Every so often you can actually understand the vocals and it’s lovely. This is a goofy song but also a surprisingly catchy glitch hop song. Try it out for size.

Hello – OMFG / Or from their Website

Sticking with the whimsy of the earlier song, TheFatRat‘s “Unity” is relentlessly happy. The song starts out using chiptune synths to introduce a very fun hook. Eventually this theme drops into a tropical house synth and a vocal breakdown. It’s sweet, fun, and satisfying. Enjoy it!

Unity – TheFatRat / Or from Facebook

AObeats & Manila Killa‘s song “Ming” has a bit of whimsy to it too. Every so often, to accent the rolling glissandos and trap 808s, there’s feline meow. Then it drops into an aggressive trap bass movement before returning to the lovely lonely treble of before. This track is excellent, fun, and, every so often, funny. Check it out.

Ming – AObeats & Manila Killa / Or from SoundCloud

BONUS: I saw Figure over the summer at Moonrise Festival and I spent the beginning of his set maneuvering through the crowd to find the location with the best balanced sound. I was preparing for this song. And when it played, I went hard (more impressive when you consider how tired I was from the music and travel the day before). That’s right. In case you hadn’t heard, Figure remixed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme and it is perfect. Starting mostly unaltered, this track quickly adds a chiptune ramp up before dropping into an intense drumstep hook. Sprinkled throughout the song are little samples from the show. Give it a listen and have an awesome weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Figure Remix) – TMNT / Or from SoundCloud

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Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXX

January 9, 2015

A heart, love of music, edm at its best
Good lord! Has it really been a year since my last mashups post? Clearly this is sorely needed. And Friday is the perfect day for mashups – a time to hype up with pop music in a new fun format. Ready for the weekend? This should help.

Let’s start with something a bit ridiculous and party friendly! Titus Jones combined Avril Lavigne, Lesley Jones, a Cash Cash remix of Katy Perry, 50 Cent, and Spice Girls for to make a hyper-powered pop mashup. It’s beautiful, girly, and over the top in all the right ways. I would totally dance like a doofus to this one. What about you? Check it out!

Wannabe At My Birthday Party? – Titus Jones / Or from SoundCloud

Trademark also utilized a bit of Cash Cash in this lovely mashup. Trademark knows how to make a beautiful mashup, pulling together gorgeous female vocal hooks from several songs and placing them according to their differing moods to shape a song. All of this is coordinated while maintaining consistency with a gorgeous progressive house instrumental. Enjoy it.

Take Tonight (Cash Cash x Zedd x NONONO x Nico Cipriano) – Trademark / Or from SoundCloud

Now let’s chill it out for a bit with a mashup from the Fabulous Beatmashers. This beat from Mr. Probz made the rounds this summer and while simple, it is really catchy and exudes a casual cool. Snoop Dogg’s West Coast rap style is a good fit for it and the samples from Fatboy Slim put it over the edge. Check it out.

Drop Mr. Probz Waves (Champion Sound) – Mr. Probz vs. Snoop Dogg / Or from Facebook

Here’s another laid back mashup from Kosher Kittens. Combining Passion Pit with Milky Chance effortlessly, this is one of those mashups that just works. Guitar sample meets vocals. Give it a listen.

Stolen Away (Passion Pit X Milky Chance) – Kosher Kittens

Next up, lobsterdust has a funky mashup for you. With a fun and funky instrumental from Alex Metric & Oliver, lobsterdust adds Trey Songz’s vocals with just the right combination of smoothness and attitude to fit. When sings his hook of “Na Na Na” it lines up perfectly with piano hook from the instrumental. Enjoy the sexiness.

NaNaxy (Trey Songz vs. Alex Metric & Oliver) – lobsterdust / Or from SoundCloud

Building upon a relaxed yet alert instrumental Mashup-Germany pulls together material from seven different tracks and adds instrumentation to even it all out. The snippets of Eminem and and Coldplay complement each other perfectly while the drama of the instrumental grows. Check it out!

Call it magic – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

One album this year that made me very happy was Porter Robinson’s. Apparently the The Hood Internet agreed. They brought Porter together with Beyoncé in their signature style of unlikely pairings that work better than you ever might have thought and make you start dreaming of impossible collaborations. Both Porter and Beyoncé put out albums that fly in the face of pop conventions, or at least ignore many of them, and they combine here beautifully. They both rise and fall an impressive range and that is lined up flawlessly for display here. Give it a listen!

DiviniXO (Beyoncé vs Porter Robinson) – The Hood Internet / Or from their Website

BONUS: Here to help you celebrate the new year and wave farewell to the old is Mashup-Germany‘s mashup of 2014. 70 songs in six minutes, not bad. I hope your New Year is wonderful and your weekend is ushered into awesomeness with the discovery of some of these mashups. Enjoy and have a good one!

Top of the Pops 2014 (Days and Nights) – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

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Reach – Stereotypical

June 2, 2014

art for 'Reach'
After spending this weekend out and about, first seeing Zomboy then going to a wonderful outdoor rave, I’m in the mood to share some excellent EDM. Stereotypical released the free single “Reach” two months ago and it’s been my go-to happy, chiptune-influenced, electro track of choice. That may sound rather specific but I turned to it quite often. It’s relentlessly optimistic, with a soaring chiptune melody backed by growling electro bass and chopped vocal samples to round it out. It’s sweet, happy, and dance-y in a very innocent and enjoyable way. Check it out!

Reach – Stereotypical

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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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Acid Rap [Mixtape] – Chance The Rapper

May 30, 2013


A friend passed this mixtape on to me a month ago and it really blew my mind. Chance The Rapper is, as you might expect, a rapper. His style of rap really gets back to the lyrics. “Wordplay” is probably the best way to describe his dancing through puns, meaning, rhyme, and rhythm without seeming to exert much effort at all. This doesn’t mean he neglects his instrumentals. The entire mixtape can be downloaded here.

“Pusha Man” is actually a seven minute track, two songs separated by a bit of silence. While I find the first movement OK, the second one hooked me, and hard. So I cut it down to share the song I’ve come to love. The instrumental sets the stage with a bleak, uneasy, slow progression of distorted treble chords. Stepping to the fore swiftly, Chance The Rapper starts out slow and quiet, introducing the hook before starting the first verse. These verses showcase his syncopated, poetic, and effortlessly rhyming style of rap. His talent is obvious when he conveys a serious idea in entirely conversational rhythm, perfect rhyme, and a dose of humor. Enjoy it.

Pusha Man (ft. Nate Fox & Lili K.) (Prod. by Ceej for Two9) – Chance The Rapper / Or from SoundCloud

This track is an interlude, yet it’s a better song than many out there. It holds more of the great style that Chance The Rapper seems to have trademarked. This song begins with a series of puns built around the message that family and love is better than more individual activities, be it drugs, food, or work. It is incredibly clever and worth listening to several times over until all the lyrics are clear. He follows these puns with a joyous, “that’s love!” Give it a listen or three!

Interlude (That’s Love) (Prod. by Ludwig Gorransen) – Chance The Rapper / Or from SoundCloud

Built upon an instrumental of chiptunes and drums, this track tells the story of smoking and a mother’s love. Hectic verses drive home just how skilled Chance The Rapper is at rhyming while the chorus is enjoyable and entirely sweet. Check it out!

Cocoa Butter Kisses (ft. Vic Mensa & Twista) – Chance The Rapper / Or from SoundCloud