Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

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Beautiful Light – Uppermost

July 20, 2016

Uppermost

It’s Wednesday. For me that means it’s time for some chill music that will get me going and in a relaxed mood. Uppermost provides. The song starts off with a vocal sample and soon gains a casual drum line that always reminds me of a loping run. Added samples weave in and out of each other, making the song jazzy with the aid of reverb and a lovely relaxed backing tune. The vocal samples give the song a couple different hooks, starting with one, breaking into a second about halfway through. And then at one point the sample is allowed to break out of the loop, revealing that the source is Michael Jackson’s vocals from “Say Say Say.” I couldn’t say with any certainty whether the sampled hooks are all from the same song, chopped and screwed as they are. All in all it’s a lovely song, relaxing and beautiful with a hint of nostalgia. I hope this helps smooth out your hump day!

To download this track for free from the artist, go to SoundCloud and click download.

Want the whole album? You can download it free by clicking here.

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Once In A While (feat. Sonya Kitchell) – Break Science

July 18, 2016

 

Break Science

I’m not going to make it to Big Dub this year, which is sad, but I’ve had several lovely vacations this summer already and that makes it less of a loss. But Big Dub is still very much on my mind. After my first Big Dub, in 2014, I had one track on replay – this one. Break Science threw down an amazing set, melding a live band with samples, synths, and electronic sensibilities. “Once In A While” was the perfect song to recover from an overstimulating weekend of dancing, meeting people, and not doing much in the way of sleeping. As such, it’s a good Monday song. A shuffling drumbeat pushes the song forward steadily, allowing the vocals to drift in and out of focus with the aid of copious amounts of reverb. The treble synths complement the airy vocals, trilling and echoing, while the bass synths keep the drums company, pushing forward steadily. Every part of this track is a little bit fuzzy, a little out of focus, and it is beautiful. Enjoy it, and if you’re going to Big Dub, enjoy that for me too.

To download this track for free from the artist, click here.

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River – Oh Be Clever

June 1, 2016

Oh Be Clever

If you’re a fan of Halsey, you should give Oh Be Clever a listen. Their song “River” has all of the high drama you may expect from that intro. Gorgeous vocals paint an incredible soundscape: imperious, passionate, and powerful. It’s a song about pain, about not having it all together, about being broken, but seeing yourself as wonderful in the mirror of someone’s loving eyes, about hoping that is enough. It’s a darkly beautiful song and worth several listens. Enjoy.

To download this track for free from the artist, click here.

BONUS: Like that track? Check out their latest original track, “Love You Now.” By featuring a stuttering drum beat, the song seem almost nervous, simulating a skipped heartbeat, a flutter in a stomach. Yet the lyrics seem confident, those same beautiful vocals from the previous track crooning a song offering love and protection. Check it out!

To download this track for free from the artist, click here.

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United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop) – DJ Earworm

January 1, 2016

Earworm 2015

Happy New Year everybody! How better to welcome in a new year of music than with a retrospective of the last year’s top music? DJ Earworm holds a special place in my heart for mashups and he even got a term about end of year mashups coined – the “yearworm”. 2008 was pretty universally greeted as his best yearworm, probably because Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” provided such a good backing instrumental to work with. This year starts out a little shaky but pulls together quite well. He’s taken the difficulty up a couple levels; this year he mixed together the top 50 tracks, not just the top 25. I think it was around the 3:00 mark that I really started jamming along and unreservedly enjoying this mashup. Tell me what you think!

To download this track from the artist, visit SoundCloud and click download.

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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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All I Want (Manila Killa Remix) – Dawn Golden

July 23, 2014

Manila Killa
Happy birthday Manila Killa! You make awesome music and give us the gift of this remix on your birthday. How nice is that? Dawn Golden’s track “All I Want” is given a beautiful new instrumental, turning it from a song filled with longing but also a sense of defeat into a song with dreamy vocals cut through with a clarion call to action. The sleepy vocals meet an incredible set of synth lines, one piping call that promises more to come, simple powerful progressing chords, and a beautiful staccato hook that hints at tropical dance. So listen to this and think a happy birthday toward Manila Killa!

All I Want (Manila Killa Remix) – Dawn Golden / Or from Facebook

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Uma (Jenaux Remix) – Panama Wedding

July 16, 2014

Jenaux
It’s been a busy and tiring week so far. Here’s to hump day! Only two more days until the weekend. Here’s a song that really recharges me. Jenaux‘s remix of Panama Wedding’s “Uma” is smooth and crescendos in gorgeous swells that sooth just like the vocals. The chorus features vocal harmony that truly brings a sense of harmony to the listener. The original of this song features a much more staccato instrumental, creating a counterpoint to the smoothness of the vocals. Jenaux takes this song and pushes the instrumental in a smoother direction. He turns it into something entirely dreamy, yet filled with incredible energy. After the first chorus Jenaux turns the track into a bouncing house hook while retaining a blurred beauty. Listen to it for yourself!

Uma (Jenaux Remix) – Panama Wedding / Or from SoundCloud