Archive for the ‘Dubstep’ Category

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The Only – Synchronice

May 9, 2016

Synchronice

Synchronice made this track awhile ago and I still love it. It starts out dreamy, fuzzy and quiet, before building a jazzy and hopeful hook. It has a dubstep rhythm without the other dubstep sounds, featuring instead a wailing synth that follows the example of a good treble electric guitar solo. The vocals are simple and fit the track well. The pauses in the song make the return of sound that much more satisfying. Give it a listen!

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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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.

To download 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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Stay – Crywolf & Ianborg

February 4, 2014

Crywolf
In collaboration with Ianborg, Crywolf released this gorgeous dubstep track today entitled “Stay”. Crywolf is amazingly good at making incredibly emotional songs, filled with heart-squeezing vocals and delicate higher synths. The dubstep elements of this song are refined and subtle. The drums are the first obvious marker, and while bass swells throughout the verse, it is not until the hook that the dubstep bass comes out to play. Even then the synths are not front and center; they are blended with chopped and euphoric vocals and hints of other synths. This song is simply beautiful. Enjoy it.

Stay – Crywolf & Ianborg / Or from Facebook

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Moondust (Sound Remedy Remix) – Jaymes Young

January 20, 2014

Sound Remedy
This is the best Sound Remedy track I’ve heard in a while, and that’s saying something. Sound Remedy consistently puts out stellar tracks, so when I tell you that his remix of Jaymes Young is incredible and a step above his previous tracks, that means a lot. Sound Remedy is willing to try new sounds and we are rewarded by this track. With hints of trap in the opening beat, Sound Remedy shows respect to a fun sound without making it central to the song. The vocals and opening synths are much more central to the song’s start than the beat, which retreats to the background. Within a minute, Sound Remedy emphasizes this hierarchy further by dropping the beat entirely to highlight a triumphal moment in the song and to prepare for an amazing drop. The crowning synth line in this remix drops at 1:36 and it is very satisfying. Evoking the seesawing sound of a dubstep synth, this hook is higher pitched without being shrill, opting for an airy sound instead. This sound meshes seamlessly with a line of electric guitar sound. This is an incredible song. Enjoy the experience.

Moondust (Sound Remedy Remix) – Jaymes Young / Or from Facebook

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A Rapid Burst of EDM VI

December 30, 2013

Brilliant shot of a glover ready to give a light show via http://weareedmofficial.tumblr.com/
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!

Coffins – Pegboard Nerds x MisterWives / Or from Facebook

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!

Ampersand – Stephen Walking & Soulero / Or from Facebook

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!

Stardust Redux (Perkulat0r Remix) – Minnesota / Or from Gravitas

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.

Fuzzy Peach (LOUDPVCK Remix) – Brillz & Minxx / Or from ThisSongIsSick

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!

Brass Knuckles (ft. Dom of Big Gigantic) – Amp Live / Or from Facebook

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!

Glow – LeDoom / Or from SoundCloud

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!

What Does The Fox Say (Tom Budin Remix) – Ylvis / Or from Facebook

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Bounce (Ryon Lawford Remix) – Calvin Harris ft. Kelis

December 6, 2013

Kelis
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!

Bounce (Ryon Lawford Remix) – Calvin Harris ft. Kelis / Or from Facebook