While I haven’t been writing as of late for one reason or another, including being away for a week, you can bet that I have kept listening to submissions I’ve received and other songs that have caught my attention. Some songs will get their own blog posts but here are six that are definitely worth your attention 🙂 :
Ahhh those vocals, that atmosphere!
DAWNCALL & SUBSETS and AYELLE, “Ghost”
“Ghost” covers a lot of bases, pairing relative newcomers Israel’s Dawncall with the UK’s Subsets to create an attentive, eerie, seductive song that showcases UK singer Ayelle’s crisp and captivating vocal, recalling her recent work with Taska Black. It’s definitely one for club DJ’s to offer up after a big, loud set heading into the wee hours.
SNOWMASS and MONA MOUA, “Wait For Me”
Everyone’s favourite Chicago snowman/producer returns with a similarly progressive track to his previous release “Crossfire”, also featuring the unique voice of Mona Moua. It’s a taut and always interesting production that goes really big and then equally quiet at times, always keeping your ears peeled for something unexpected.
All about the remix
ODESZA and WYNNE & MANSIONAIR, “Line Of Sight” (Chet Porter remix)
Hey if my fellow Torontonian Chet Porter is going to resurface with something new – even if it’s not his own song – then why not make it with a glowing official remix of “Line Of Sight” from Odesza’s Grammy-nominated A Moment Apart. As always, for this fan favourite, Chet zeroes in on the melody and transforms its hook from anthemic trap to electronic synth bliss that soars for miles…
HENRI PURNELL and PARULA, “Mama Say” (Anthony Keyrouz remix)
Lebanese producer Anthony Keyrouz adds some magic to “Mama Say”, a fine pop song in its own right by German producer Henri Purnell featuring vocalist Parula. He pitches down the vocal a bit and adds a percolating rhythm and Latin-sounding guitar work to conjure up images of the sunny Mediterranean countryside, taking the song in a slightly different but most welcome European folk-infused direction.
Who needs words anyway?
French producers Betical bring a lot of intrigue to the fore with “Strangers”. With a heavy, dark atmosphere laid out with future bass rhythms, “Strangers” is perfect for late night spins with lots of flashing lights which will augment the echoing vocals that are appropriately layered deeper into the mix.
From the Moe Shalazi stables comes Polish producer Sikdope with “Rave”. It’s a bouncing, fun, progressive tip of the hat to all fans of raves and their music. Play this one for a huge crowd and it’s guaranteed to make everyone respond, so it has future festival fave written all over it.