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Dle Yaman (116 Deep Mix) – Hrααch

July 13, 2016


I recently spent some time in Berlin and found it to be an eye opening musical experience. Spending 16 hours straight immersed in Berlin club music, I gained a new appreciation for deep and tech house. I like the long build, the minimal synths, and the power the constant rhythm builds up. I love how much emotion can be implied and shared with just a few notes, a growl of bass here, or a pause there. Hrααch was not a DJ I heard in Berlin, but is a DJ I’ve come across since coming home and searching for more music that sounded like Berlin. This track features those slow builds and minimal synths, but it may be a bit easier to ease into for those new to the deeper side of house because it also features vocals. Hrααch started with an Armenian folk song about missing one’s love, a song that has taken on the connotation of a love lost permanently to death, and gave it a house makeover, preserving the mournful, ominous mood with his synth arrangements. Listen to it, and give it a chance to hook you, longer than you might in a 3 minute pop song. Let it wash over you.

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

BONUS: Let’s keep the Deep House rolling! If you’re hooked by the last track, you’ll want more. So here’s a collaboration between Hrααch and Armen Miran that continues the vibe of the previous song. This one has no vocals, relying instead on a very expressive violin and a whole series of other synths and instruments providing tiny sets of notes to complement and continue the song. It’s all held together by the constant rhythm. Enjoy.

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

Want to go deeper? For your independent study on Berlin House Music, check out this mix my friend put together after our 16 hours out dancing in Berlin.



Amber Shade Pt. III: 「Siam Breeze」- Snow Fox Apprentice

September 24, 2013

Traverse album art
Snow Fox Apprentice is back with another EP filled with fantastic sounds of nujazz and hip hop. If you don’t remember his previous work, “Wanderlust”, be sure to check that out here. The new EP is entitled “Traverse” and you can listen to and download it here. “Amber Shade Pt. III: 「Siam Breeze」” is a gorgeous track, filled with sweet piano lines and steadfast drum beats. Atmospheric string synths fill out the song and bring it together. The song is at once mournful, nostalgic, and resolute; relaxed yet alert. This song is powerful and engaging. For more like it, be sure to check out the album. Enjoy it.

Amber Shade Pt. III: 「Siam Breeze」- Snow Fox Apprentice / Or from BandCamp


Dali (Original Mix) – Jetlag

August 22, 2013

Jetlag art
Together, Miguel Fernandez and Renato Marquez are Jetlag. For this original song, they enlisted the aid of the vocalist Moise and soprano sax player Luis Marquez. They build this song gently from suspended chords of guitar and synth. At first a simple beat accompanies the song but soon drops out to build atmosphere for the entrance of the gorgeous vocals of Moise. After Moise’s verse, the beat returns and the song gains a sense of traveling forward, onwards. This is a seven minute song, an epic in this day and age, and it is no accident. The song does not seem unduly long. In fact, it seems merely well paced. The song sooths the mind and time means a bit less in a trance-y sort of way. Announced by another dropping away of the beat, the saxophone takes its spot in the limelight for a time. This song is simply entrancing. Enjoy it.

Dali (Original Mix) – Jetlag / Or from Facebook


Wanderlust – Snow Fox Apprentice

July 18, 2013

I love email submissions. Every so often I get something I’d never ever had heard before that’s just amazing. Snow Fox Apprentice fits that description. Hailing from the southern end of the Philippines, Snow Fox Apprentice makes nujazz, hip-hop influenced songs like this one. “Wanderlust” is the final song off of his debut EP, “Monogatari​”. Layered with piano, plucked string, snaps, and drums, this song sounds sweet and gives the sense of walking in great strides. Snow Fox Apprentice peppers the song with faded vocal samples that evokes a long distance call. The effect is stirring, nostalgic, and beautiful. If you’re enjoying this song, be sure to check out the whole EP here.

Wanderlust – Snow Fox Apprentice / Or Download Whole Album from BandCamp


Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXIII

April 5, 2013

Friday. It means freedom. It means the end of the drudgery. It means a time of release. Here at PaperMashMusic we observe Friday by listening reverentially to mashups. Join us in our observation of this ancient holiday.

This day we celebrate for a long awaited song. Elocnep finally released a download for this funky smooth mashup of “Thrift Shop” and it is spectacular. Enjoy.

The Sly Fox Is Thrift Shopping Better Than He Ever Has – Elocnep / Or Download EP from Facebook

We give thanks with this Stylust Beats mashup. The funkiness is practically dirty with bass and it provides a energetic backing to the old school hip hop. Check it out!


Mashup-Germany shares this short mashup in contribution to the acknowledgement of the greatness of Friday. It is a good transition between funk and pop and the German rap gives it certain shine. Give it a listen.

Bilder im Kopf (Hör mal wer da hämmert) – Mashup-Germany / Or from SoundCloud

Reggae meets reggaeton in an inspired mashup from Jejah. The horns and shortened guitar echoes make quite the counterpoint to the rapid autotuned Spanish. Enjoy it.

Kuduro´s Darling (Don Omar feat. Lucenzo Vs Seeed) – Jejah

In another relaxing mashup worthy of Friday, Kosher Kittens sets rap to Modest Mouse. The slow guitar riff was turned into a beat by YouTube User JahiMakesBeats and Kosher Kittens takes full advantage of it. Check it out.

Screw Up at Large – Kosher Kittens / Or from SoundCloud

You know that song “I Love It”? I must confess that I don’t love it. But DJ Schmolli does such a good job mashing it up that I find it appropriate to appreciate Friday with. Give it a listen.

I Love Clarity – DJ Schmolli / Or from SoundCloud

It is time to end this ode to Friday, but that does not mean that our celebration will cease. 3lau put this track together awhile ago and recently decided to reassemble it more to his satisfaction. It’s rousing and danceable and every time that Krewella’s vocals rise to the fore, I am happy. Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Guilty Pleasure (3LAU Re-Edit) -Paris & Simo, Wolfgang Gartner, Coldplay feat. Krewella & Pendulum


Around Us (Chainsmokers Remix) – Jónsi

January 31, 2013

I’m a fan of Jónsi, so my ears always prick up when I hear of a remix. I’m way backed up on my email, but this one caught my eye. The Chainsmokers put out this remix about a week ago and it is good. While it maintains Jónsi’s vocal hooks and practically ambient style, it brings some smooth EDM synths to bear. The track feels driven instead of airy. This track is atmospheric and dance-able, hard to do. Check it out and enjoy.

Around Us (The Chainsmokers Remix) – Jónsi / Or from Facebook


Happy TrapGiving!

November 21, 2012

So I’m headed out to the homeland for a celebration of cultural imperialism and thanks and stuff. But that means I might be too busy celebrating conspicuous consumption by overeating to blog the rest of this week. If that is the case, I’d like to leave you with a bit of a lump post to chew over. So without further ado, I thought I’d drop some trap for you all.

Trap is all over the place these days, and people who like to complain, complain that DJs these days ignore much of its roots in Southern Hip-Hop. Sure they’re right, but that’s what happens when something goes pop, and that’s exactly where trap is headed. I like when genres can pull from so many places under on banner. Yellow Claw and Yung Felix are definitely pulling from reggae, dub, hip-hop. It’s one of my favorites, simply for the part (about 0:54) when the vocals suddenly transform into a synth. It has the potential to be annoying but I find it mesmerizing. Enjoy it!

Jah No Partial (Yellow Claw & Yung Felix Remix) – Major Lazer / Or from SoundCloud

If you need an example in the extreme of genre mixing, here you have it. CRO¥DON pulls J-Pop into the trap movement (or is it K-Pop? I’m thinking J, but I sure ain’t sure) with the help of some snares, hi-hats, and bass. The sheer incongruity of this remix makes it fun. I don’t think you’d get much cred in the South with this, but it could be a fun party track with the right crowd. Give it a listen.

つけまつける (CRO¥DON x KNEEGAUZE RENOODLE) – きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ / Or from SoundCloud

Here’s one where the remix culture that DJs love (as do certain bloggers of free-to-download music) comes to the fore of trap songs. I believe Grandtheft labeled this remix “shoegaze trap” which has a certain ring to it, despite Crystal Castles, Robert Smith, and trap in general having little to do with shoegaze. But you can definitely pull shoegaze elements out of the quieter moments of the song and the bass and 808s pull this track inevitably toward trap. Check it out!

Not In Love (Grandtheft Edit) – Crystal Castles Feat. Robert Smith / Or from Facebook

Keys N Krates remixing Zedd, gives trap a whole new spread of musical genre to draw from. Zedd provides a pop dubstep element and Keys N Krates are known for their work in the moombahton community. Trap has definite links to moombah and I expect that a trap set could follow a moombahton set inspiring a ton of enthusiasm among the dancers. Spotted on the Music Ninja so you know it’s good.

Follow You Down (feat. Bright Lights) (Keys N Krates Remix) – Zedd / Or from Facebook

Here’s very EDM based take on trap from Zooly. I absolutely love all the vocal samples that add texture to this track. The synth sounds very inspired by Dutch House but is very clearly being used in the airhorn style that is favored in both hip-hop and rave communities. Together with bass and 808s the track is undeniably trap. Altogether this is one of the trap tracks that holds the appeal of being cool both at a party and on your car stereo. Check it out!

Shake That Ass – Zooly / Or from SoundCloud

Last up we’ve got a track from Luminox. Luminox uses synths common to EDM scenes but arranges it in a very hood-hop style. I would even say that this is could be considered a trap anthem simply from the way the track demands your attention. Heard this over at Robot Dance Music and wow am I glad I did. Hands down this track deserves the label “epic” and the use of your speakers. Enjoy and have a good week!

Leisure (Original Mix) – Luminox