You’ve never liked “Hollywood” as dark and intense as brought to you by @iamDNMO featuring #Nevve

DNMO featuring NEVVE, “Hollywood”

At only 16, British producer DNMO has already been named by Soundcloud as one to watch for in 2018.  And if there’s a record to help crush that honour in only the best ways it’s his latest called “Hollywood” for Deadbeats Records.  It’s a dark, intense, grinding feat of electronica featuring the always resplendent vocals of Nevve, whose best recent work has been with the likes of Illenium and Elephante among others.  “Hollywood” goes by in such an instant at only 2:18 but it’s crammed with everything hard and loud that a lot of lovers of the genre enjoy.  Maybe some remixers should be enlisted for an extended version or two?  In any event, DNMO’s “Hollywood” is an enticing signpost of what’s fresh and defiantly futuristic.  Check it out at the link above.

Published in: on December 15, 2017 at 9:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The Hardest Part often is “Waiting On You” by @weareJRL & #Ludvigsson featuring @theMaxLandry

JRL & LUDVIGSSON featuring MAX LANDRY, “Waiting On You”

“Waiting On You” is a slice of Swedish pop that sincerely conveys the angst in relationships when waiting for the other half to make an important decision.  Production trio JRL and newcomer Ludvigsson let a bright future bass-influenced melody lead the way while US singer Max Landry, having previously worked with JRL as well as D-12 and Boldy James, sells the story with conviction.  And though “Waiting On You” will be very convincing in clubs come slow dance time, all involved manage to capture the essential elements of pure pop without dominating it with tricks and vocal effects which would detract from the core of what it’s about.  Listen to “Waiting On You” at the link above.

Published in: on December 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

L.A.’s @itsWaitwhat returns as a duo with big and crunchy “Alive” featuring @Riellemusic_x

WAITWHAT featuring RIELLE, “Alive” (free DL)

L.A.-based Waitwhat used to just be producer/remixer Troy Skinner, but now he’s brought in mate Damon Dokhani (after some early, promising remixes that I wrote about, no longer online) for some next level new original tunes.  Just out of the gate is big and crunchy “Alive” featuring NYC singer Rielle for Future Bass Records.  “Alive” has the chops to make the dance floor shake as Rielle’s alluring and commanding vocal directs the rhythm.  Waitwhat’s tight synth work doesn’t let up, bringing it down as appropriate to let Rielle’s voice take control, then punching it back up with its memorable melodic hook.  As we look forward to more from Waitwhat, you can download “Alive” for free while you can at the link above.

Published in: on November 11, 2017 at 8:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

“Survive” by @SaintWKND and @MAXgschneider gets an explosive remix by @PLSandTYbased

SAINT WKND & MAX, “Survive” (PLS&TY remix)

MAX (Schneider) has been so visible in 2017 with his own songs and countless collaborations that it’s been easy to miss one or two.  So I’m glad official remixes of “Survive” have surfaced because it was a song I didn’t pick up on upon release.  Mystery guy Saint WKND and MAX make an excellent collaborative force on “Survive”, which has been given an explosive future bass overhaul by remixer PLS&TY (who has already worked with Cosmos & Creature and others).  In its original version, “Survive” is milder dub-steppy electronica with a taut, soulful vocal by MAX.  In this remix, that old school R&B that is deep in MAX’s soul is unleashed as one of his most commanding performances that I’ve heard (it will be a bonus if I get to hear it in his upcoming concert 😉 ), aside his recent appearance on “No Hands” by It’s Different and Forever MC along with blackbear.  This remix of “Survive” doesn’t let up and leaves you breathless by the end, which you’ll discover after a listen at the link above.

Published in: on October 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Hard ‘n soulful trap from @VOVIIIdj with “CYFI”

VOVIII, “CYFI” (free DL)

“CYFI” by the Boston duo of Brandon and Josh who call themselves VOVIII (that’s actually 5-0-8) is one hard-hitting dose of trap/electronica that you won’t want to miss.  The main chorus of the song, featuring a powerful female R&B vocal, sounds like a sample from a soul hit of yesteryear – and maybe it isn’t – but it trades off with whirling synths, bright percussion sounds, and big bold beats.  This makes “CYFI” a must for fans of tougher EDM who like their music to leave them breathless.  After receiving support from folks you know like NGHTMRE and Borgeous, VOVIII are off to a wild start through powerhouses like Spinnin’ and MMXVAC which only makes you want to hear more.  You can get “CYFI” for free at the link up top.

Published in: on September 7, 2017 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

“Would You Ever” by @Skrillex & @PooBear gets a high class @SCRVP remix

SKRILLEX & POO BEAR, “Would You Ever” (scrvp. remix) (free DL)

Quickly following up his collaboration with Secret Sauce on “Give It All”, MMXVAC’s scrvp. totally nails the pop-flavoured “Would You Ever” by Skrillex and Poo Bear.  In his future bass remix, he isolates the catchy chorus and sends it in to high-end-la-la-land and it’s a real ‘wow’ moment in the song.  “Would You Ever” is a simple enough retrospective ode to taking risks, but with some kicking funky beats in the mix, scrvp. turns it into a dance party centrepiece.  The original is already on the pop charts in some places (like my country 🙂 ) so dance music radio should latch on to this one and wait for the listener reaction.  scrvp.’s remix of “Would You Ever” is a marvellous treat!  Get it for free at the link above.

Published in: on August 28, 2017 at 9:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Create your own adventure with “Talisman” by @Egzodmusic

EGZOD, “Talisman”

A lot of songs in the trap, future bass, and dubstep sub-genres can sound like one big mess sometimes, but exceptions like “Talisman” by US-based Frenchman Egzod always make it worthwhile to keep listening.  “Talisman” is a bold, aggressive instrumental that sounds like it wants to transport you to an Egyptian or other African adventure of some kind.  It’s meant to be played loud, and the melody shifts seamlessly away from big future bassy sounds to others with more high end percussion and keyboards.  There’s a lot going on here so don’t expect it to sink in with one or two listens.  Egzod definitely knows his craft and while making a splash with an instrumental is always no mean feat, continuing to incorporate vocalists or other talents into the mix on other songs will definitely give his songs the right attention.  

Published in: on July 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

“Gestures” is deep ‘n dirty trap EDM from Texas’ @FarandFewmusic and @TaylorTmusic

FAR & FEW x TAYLOR THOMAS, “Gestures” (free DL)

If you like your dance music downright gritty and grimy then “Gestures” is for you.  It’s aggressive, dirty trap from Austin duo Far and Few and Dallas’ Taylor Thomas.  This is not the kind of trap that will annoy the hell out of you and make you want to shut it off after a minute.  “Gestures” has a sinewy and funky undercurrent that burbles and sputters until the next surprise in the mix wins you over.  Take earlier Nine Inch Nails and Ministry and douse it with contemporary European EDM and you have a mix worth diving into, so make your own gestures on the dance floor!  And it’s well worth the sample – download it for free at the link above.

 

Published in: on June 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

“Higher” is new, dramatic and crunchy from @Lemaitremusic featuring Maty @Noyes

LEMAITRE featuring MATY NOYES, “Higher”

“Higher” is going to be one of those songs that club goers will be talking about and jamming to all summer long.  It’s a bit of a shift this time for Norwegian duo Lemaitre -who were more recently emphasizing a rock-inflected sound, particularly in concert last year with a full band and lots of guitars – to a dramatic, atmospheric sound thanks to the distinct vocal of dance music go-to Maty Noyes.  And aside from Maty’s glorious tones, the rhythm is crunchy future bass/trap that will have more than heads bobbing.  All in all, it’s an intoxicating mix that the most picky of dance/EDM fans will thoroughly enjoy, signalling signs of more terrific Lemaitre tunes on the way from their upcoming Chapter One album.

Published in: on May 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Classic dance update: @Tiesto’s “Just Be” gets a @Dzekomusic redux

TIËSTO, “Just Be” (Dzeko remix)

It may be a touch daring to update songs that are revered by a lot of dance music fans, but that’s sometimes what makes a remix stand on its own.  Such is the case with 2004’s “Just Be” by Tiësto from the classic album of the same name, also known for including “Love Comes Again” (with BT) and “Adagio For Strings”.  Toronto’s Julian Dzeko is definitely in the good books with Tiësto, so he took some license with the remix.  I like the update overall with its future bass drops and breaks, so it can slide into a set easily and catch folks off guard, though I miss many of the experimental elements of the original.  Kirsty Hawkshaw’s dreamy vocal is intact though of course much is edited out for such a short remix.  All-in-all, with Dzeko & Torres and their distinctive sound on hiatus, a representation of good things to come from Dzeko solo. 

Published in: on April 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , , , , , , ,