WILDFIRE, “Let It Go”
“Let It Go” is meant to be played from huge speakers at an outdoor club pool party, with enough high-end future bass sounds to resonate around the block. It’s all brought to you courtesy of Toronto-based producer Wildfire (aka Paul O’Brien) with bright and shiny synths and a crisp female vocal. The rhythm of “Let It Go” struts along well until a few well placed drops cause you to lose control and let your body flow right along. I do believe Wildfire has a lot of potential with “Let It Go”, and the producer has already received past support from the likes of The Chainsmokers and Alison Wonderland.
AADYSI, “Myth” (free DL)
Joining the mystique of fellow producers like Alan Walker by wearing a partial mask, the otherwise NYC-based Aadysi (say it like ‘odyssey’), who’s a student of the ICON collective (like Jauz or NGHTMRE), has a lot going on in his instrumental “Myth”, which is available below for free while it lasts. It’s a striking song that has a lot of different movement within, from isolated piano sounds to grinding, wild ‘forbidden bass’ trap and almost industrial flavours. “Myth” somehow all works because it’s so unpredictable and makes you anticipate that Aadysi’s music could be a lot of fun in the offering. Its nearly 3 minutes come and go in a flash, so I’ll definitely be interested in hearing what’s coming from Aadysi.
DONKONG and KA NEXT LEVEL, “Plang”
Yes, the headline is true – “Plang” is all about the rhythm, with elements of deep house and future bass finding a happy marriage with dancehall, courtesy of forward thinking German producers Donkong and vocalist/lyricist Ka Next Level (who in the song give an alias as “Yung Coconut”). The results are enjoyably different and highly original, and everything gels to keep you going full tilt right to the end. “Plang” will ring those bells in dance clubs, and will corral dancers to strut their stuff. Gotta hand it to Ka Next Level for helping to take this song way beyond ordinary dancehall with a voice that at times will remind you of Shaggy and mini-stories within that will keep you entertained. Add “Plang” to your Dance & Shout playlist using the Spotify link above.
KO:YU and THE CLIQQUE, “Trippy”
Now stylizing his name as KO:YU, veteran producer Deniz Koyu returns with a change of pace in collaboration with German buddies The Cliqque with the futuristic sound of “Trippy”. Featuring a delightful uncredited female vocal, “Trippy” is all about taking love to the extreme and letting it spiral out of control. Indeed, KO:YU and The Cliqque send your head spinning with high end, percussion-laden dubsteppy breakdowns that punctuate a solid pop melody without throwing the song off course. This makes the song sound quite effortless and its 3 minutes flow by with amazing ease. Add “Trippy” to your Love Gone Wild playlist using the Spotify link above.
OOMLOUD, Pyramids/Yummy Funk (EP)
Could there be any more room in the dance music world for yet another fine pair of Dutch producers? The answer is a resounding YES, as Oomloud make their case with a two song EP Pyramids/Yummy Funk, which follows up a debut single that featured none other than Bingo Players. The guys in Oomloud – their name is a fun play on the word ‘umlaut’, the diacritic symbol ¨ usually representing a ’rounding’ sound change in some languages, but also often used for unofficial effect, such as by Rüfüs Du Sol, your linguistic lesson for the day 😛 – know their way around a deep house groove, and in both songs they don’t hesitate to get both dirty and playful, with full intention on blowing up club speakers to the max. The drops in “Pyramids” are resounding, while “Yummy Funk” messes with you like a good European mix should. The songs are already getting support from the biggest in the biz – David Guetta, Robin Schulz, Afrojack – so you can expect these songs to last long into the Fall months.
PLS&TY, “Down For Me”
It’s been a few minutes since we had new original music from Florida-based producer PLS&TY, though he’s kept us busy with remixes for songs by Jocelyn Alice and SAINT WKND & MAX among others. “Down For Me” shows him in slick form with rhythmic future bass that has both impressive beats and a chill factor to keep it quite interesting. Add an uncredited sultry and memorable female vocal, and there’s very little to quibble about. “Down For Me” is club and radio friendly, a stylish no-brainer that gives you an impressive taste of what PLS&TY will be bringing this year.
BREATHE CAROLINA & SUNSTARS, “Feel It”
It’s been about five years since Denver-based Breathe Carolina evolved from an edgy electronic alt.rock band into an in-demand production duo. But they haven’t let down any guard at all with the powerful summer punch of “Feel It”, created with Italian production trio Sunstars. All of the futuristic effects are well-placed, with a well-matched uncredited vocal and an instrumental chorus break that will definitely have you jumping. “Feel It” might seem a tad too aggressive at first, but it’s one that will grow on you quickly, and is guaranteed to boost a mid-evening nightclub set! Add “Feel It” to your Don’t Stop, Just Dance playlist using the Spotify link above.
OUT THERE and ELLA POLETTI, “What To Do”
“What To Do” is a bubbly, future bass-inflected dance tune which is only the second single from L.A. producer Out There. It features a breezy, striking vocal by Indiana-born singer Ella Poletti, who came to some attention not long ago when her viral cover of Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” started to be played on MTV. In “What To Do”, Ella reminds me a lot of another impressive singer in the alternative dance genre, Elohim. Her vocal travels with the rhythm and even when the production is sparse underneath it nicely fills any needed gaps. This leads up to a climactic future bass drop loaded with high end synths that all make “What To Do” really sparkle. Add “What To Do” to your Breezy & Effortless dance playlist using the Spotify link above.
BELLS AND ROBES, “Jackal and the Moon”
Atlanta production duo Bells And Robes are not your typical electronic dance music makers. Drawing a lot of inspiration from zen and other philosophies, their latest effort “Jackal and the Moon” is almost fairytale-like in structure. The premise – two new lovers dancing in a foreign land, not knowing that their relationship is never meant to be – is intriguing and put across beautifully by uncredited vocalist Kaisune in a passionate and committed performance. Amid all of Bells And Robes’ electronic experimentation – sometimes house, sometimes future bass with dashes of trap, thriving from what sounds like it could have been a classical piece originally – the vocal holds the song together and retains your interest throughout. “Jackal and the Moon” is going to be a tricky sell, but there are electronic dance music fans out there who enjoy music that’s a little more left field, and college radio may also be a good home for it. Check it out at the link above.
Who knows how some songs get their titles, particularly instrumentals. For every “Pizza” by Martin Garrix there is a “Charlie”, the latest from Sweden’s Brohug. The boys swing in kind of a flamboyant but classic house style in this one which could end up being the opening song in one of their sets. “Charlie” is playful and cheesy as it gets deeper and dirtier as it goes along, and there’s lots happening in the mix to make the song’s three minutes fly by. “Charlie” is a fine one for clubs where DJ’s can mess with the multi-coloured and strobe lighting and help make the song as flashy and sassy as it should be. Add “Charlie” to your Drop That House playlist using the Spotify link above.