Archive for the ‘Techno’ Category

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Snowbound – Ahrix

May 16, 2016

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Ahrix offers a chill song in several senses. Opening with the whisper of a cold wind, a drum roll ushers in swelling chords and a sweet treble line. Eventually the beat drops and it sounds old school; electro, trance, or techno rhythms and synths. The breakdown introduces strings before returning to the fast paced child-like joy. It’s a sweet and cheerful tune. Savor it.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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You Got Me – IDestiny & RonPon

April 29, 2016

IDestiny (Photo by Cagle Johnson Photography)

It’s Friday again! And that means I want something celebratory and dance-able to put you all in the right mood for the weekend. IDestiny and RonPon provide this for us today. Their collaboration is filled with happy synth lines, sounds evoking water drips and drops, and chopped and screwed vocals used as one of several hooks. This has a lot of the same musical sensibilities you get in the realm of happy hardcore, but its rhythms are laidback trap. It’s catchy, it’s happy, and it’s what’s for breakfast. Enjoy the happy trap!

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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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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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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With Me (Spazzkid Remix) – Cashmere Cat

January 16, 2014

Spazzkid
Spazzkid put together this beautiful little number by using a piano intro from Cashmere Cat‘s latest song, “With Me“. Spazzkid’s song is playful and warm, filled with tinkling sounds and piano chords. Towards the middle there’s an interlude featuring a synth sounding vaguely like sampled vocals matched by a breakdown of the rhythm before a return to the playful forward motion of the main hook. This is the kind of song I could see in the background of a walk through the park, or a wide open green area, filled with laughter and breathless happiness. Give it a listen.

With Me (Spazzkid Remix) – Cashmere Cat / Or from SoundCloud

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Summer Lover (Gazzo X Dani Deahl Remix) – Patrick Baker

January 7, 2014

Gazzo
Gazzo teamed up with Danny Deahl to remix Patrick Baker’s track “Summer Lover” a month ago and I’m hooked. I’ve listened to it over and over at this point and it’s incredibly catchy. Using a repetitive synth hook can be annoying some times but in this track it is just right. This repetition somehow evokes the experience of thinking about something, turning it over and over again in your mind. I certainly found it conducive to just that. The synth is incredibly summer-y, which tends to indicate cheer and happiness, but the hook is not necessarily happy. It is practically pensive, still on the fence about the appropriate level of enjoyment. It is a nervous sort of enjoyment, not sure when it will be over. This fits the title exceedingly well, a relationship of fun and sun that seems impossible to maintain for long. Check out the song and see you if get the same read that I do.

Summer Lover (Gazzo X Dani Deahl Remix) – Patrick Baker / Or from Facebook

PS. For some reason the mp3 link doesn’t want to play in Chrome, so if it doesn’t work for you, here’s the SoundCloud player.