Unconventional “Moan” by @yourVALNTN in a @therealShiShi remix will keep you listening

VALNTN featuring TREVOR DERING, “Moan” (ShiShi remix)

In a progressive remix where some sexy flute sounds marry with the classical repetition of subtle synths, “Moan” by German producer VALNTN (now based out of Boston) will keep your ears transfixed.  We got to know the global sounds of New York-based producer/remixer ShiShi last Fall with his Bollywood/disco fusion of “Aarti”.  There are definitely some south east Asian tones placed nicely within “Moan”, which complement American singer Trevor Dering’s gritty and very committed vocal.  “Moan” could have ended up sounding silly in the wrong hands, but instead it ends up being memorable and quite the perfect song to have been released on February 14, given after all that it is by VALNTN 🙂  Be surprised and check out “Moan” at the link above.

Published in: on February 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“100” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter @Kaufaudio is edgy, cinematic electronica

KAUF, “100” 

A singer/songwriter who is very passionate about his craft is L.A.-based Ron Kaufman.  His songs would usually appeal to those who enjoy James Blake or Jean-Michel Jarre, with influences back to 80’s new wave and other progressive electronic artists.  The music of Kauf is highly cinematic and begs for accompanying images, but “100”, from his recent album Regrowth, is edgier and more suited for club goers.  Its pulsating melody with sharp guitar riffs and layers of synths is well-suited to Ron’s expressive voice and his songwriting, which tends to remind me a lot of Depeche Mode’s late 80’s and early 90’s heyday.  Kauf can acquit itself nicely in band format – keyboards, guitars, drums – as I witnessed again this past Friday in concert in Toronto.  Check out “100” at the link above, as well as the entire Regrowth album, available on Bandcamp right here.

Published in: on January 21, 2018 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Seattle production duo @weareSolstis bring on the crunchy, progressive instrumental “Open Your Eyes”

SOLSTIS, “Open Your Eyes” (free DL)

Seattle producers Solstis are out to convincingly make their mark with “Open Your Eyes”, their latest original song from their upcoming album Nowhere.  It’s a busy, crunchy instrumental that fuses trap with old school industrial electronic dance music.  You can hear classical influences as well as 80’s inspiration that alternately recalls The Art Of Noise and Ministry, not quite what you would expect in one song.  “Open Your Eyes” is indeed an aggressive dance track, not suited for every club.  But its complex and unpredictable arrangement will compel you to listen, and at the end of its 3:26 length you will want to hear more.  Download “Open Your Eyes” by Solstis for free at the link above.

Published in: on January 19, 2018 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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French producer @Khamsinmusic goes huge future bass with “Second Guess” featuring @Anukamusic

KHAMSIN featuring ANUKA, “Second Guess”

At times sometimes sounding a bit contrary to its lyrics, “Second Guess” comes confidently from French producer Khamsin, who, along with Kidswaste and Rusty Hook, is another member of the collective Slow Hours.  With a major bonus, it features vocalist Anuka, who you’ll remember from her persuasive singing in last year’s “Heavy Hearted” by Murky.  When the song is quiet, the arrangement surrounds Anuka’s voice like a velvet envelope.  But when it’s loud, it’s almost a future bass battle cry complete with knights, catapults, and castles all a rage in your head.  “Second Guess” has a big movie soundtrack with a fairy tale love story of uncertainty.  It will make you shiver and then want to cheer.  Khamsin isn’t about to leave any stone unturned in in this majestic production.  He is definitely one to watch with “Second Guess”.  Add it to your big and loud electronic playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on January 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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NYC-based duo @weareAnden return with progressive electronica of “Retrograde”

ANDEN, “Retrograde” (extended mix)

NYC-based producers/remixers Anden (aka brothers Pete and Tom) follow up the originals they released in 2017 with possibly their most dynamic song yet with the progressive-sounding”Retrograde”, which is featured on the EP Unified Vol. 7 jointly with songs with Max Ruby.  Definitely go with the 7 minute extended mix of “Retrograde”, which starts with a slow-burn tribal introduction but proceeds to show off a lot of inspiration from 80’s electronic music that would stand comfortably beside songs of that era by Duran Duran, Thomas Dolby or Jean-Michel Jarre.  There is an abundance of contemporary flash with a barrage of flowing synths and minimalist-styled vocals that will keep you entertained.  Add “Retrograde” (extended mix) to your playlist of electronic wizards at the Spotify link above.

Published in: on January 13, 2018 at 8:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chicago’s @iamSnowmass returns with stunning, progressive original “Crossfire” featuring L.A.-based @MonaMoua

SNØWMASS featuring MONA MOUA, “Crossfire” (free DL)

Regular readers of this blog know about my admiration for Chicago producer/remixer Snøwmass through his fascinating, mysterious, and sometimes pretty down ‘n dirty remixes of songs by the likes of Canadians Sterling Grove and Ellyn Woods (“Sound Of Home”), as well as Cut Snake (“Echo”) and Convex & Titus (“Bad Kids”). 

For the last several months, Snøwmass has been off social media and hard at work on a full album which he will release soon with the strange title of Amongst An Acid Wolfpack, and the first taste from it is “Crossfire”, featuring L.A.-based singer Mona Moua. 

“Crossfire”, simply said, is like none of Snøwmass’ remixes.  I would pitch it more to fans of fellow producer Crywolf’s originals as progressive electronic music with classic rock music at its base, perhaps with some classical melodic influence added.  The song is full of different moods and movements, with the beginning of “Crossfire” not leading to a place that you think you’d be at the end.  What throws the song into play big time is what sounds like an awkward transition at around 1:20 that ends up as one of the most memorable parts of the song.  Mona Moua’s vocal is perfect for “Crossfire”, soothing in the quiet that surrounds the dramatic, aggressive instrumental segments.  

“Crossfire” is definitely a huge, dynamic introduction to the next phase of Snøwmass which may catch listeners off guard.  It requires close listens and multiple plays, and will certainly prepare you for what Snøwmass has to offer next.  At the link above, you can dive in and get it as a free download while you can.

 

Published in: on November 8, 2017 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“ZULU” is large and in charge trap-style from @FarandFewmusic and @Dreamerkta

DREAMER and FAR & FEW, “ZULU”

It’s loud, busy, large and in charge, but what might you expect when with a title like “ZULU”?  Austin duo Far & Few pair up with New Zealand’s Dreamer via Tribal Trap for a song that will put your speakers to a great test.  Chunky bass drips with distorted synths and percussion nicknacks, following a ponderous rhythm interspersed with well-placed chants.  Yeah “ZULU” is pretty much for adventurous dance/EDM fans but it’s a fun three minutes where you can put your head and feet into a different space.  Check it out above and show your support by picking it up at one of the many online digital stores.

Published in: on April 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Netherlands’ @DROELOEmusic creates another fascinating instrumental with “See Through Me”

DROELOE, “See Through Me”

After some pretty relentless touring across the USA these past few months, the wildly creative Dutchmen of DROELOE are back with new music with “See Through Me”.  Recalling the drunken melody of their earlier “Shibuya”, “See Through Me”, like that song, takes us on a journey through several electronic movements with loud and quiet moments that will turn heads in an early-evening club set.  It’s music that gets inside your head and kind of makes you sway uncontrollably.  So perhaps these talented guys will find their way up to Canada for a show or two as well.  “See Through Me” is alt-EDM that I think will preface something a little more pop-oriented like their recent “In Time”.  DROELOE is getting quite the established repertoire intact and it’s great to see new label Bitbird (currently revelling in the success that is San Holo) behind them.  Check out “See Through Me” at the above link.

Published in: on April 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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High quality musicianship, ear-pleasing melodies all showcase @Cloudchord’s excellent new album “Imprint”

CLOUDCHORD, Imprint

Austin-based Cloudchord (aka Derek VanScoten) has released his first album under that moniker called “Imprint”, and it will definitely leave its mark on you, warranting multiple listens to beautifully layered songs full of striking and bright high end that will leave you in a great mood afterwards.  And it’s more likely to make you want to dance than not!

I’ve mentioned it before, but Cloudchord isn’t just an EDM producer/remixer, he’s a studied musician, and his diverse guitar work kicks Imprint up many notches.  The use of other live instruments like trumpet as well as top notch, complex synth melodies should call attention to other producers and arrangers.  The album is mostly instrumental, and seems to take a lot of cues from progressive ambient musicians like Brian Eno and Jean-Michel Jarre, with a lot of heavy jazz influence too from people like Pat Metheny (specifically his 80’s works).  But there are those slamming beats too, which fall out of deep house, tropical and future bass sub-genres, which should totally win over club DJ’s.

The release of Imprint was preceded by two of its songs, the sunny “Golden XO” (which I wrote about a while back) and “Light U”, with its perky rhythm and vocal effects.  The other songs that stand out to me are the imaginative “Aviator”, with all of its lovely melodic shifts – it could be made into a mini-movie in itself – the playful and complex “Lacuna”, “Sidewalk Spirits” (notable guitar work here), “Lavender Mimosas”, and “Birdbath and Beyond” (definitely loving some of the humour in the titles).  

If you enjoy your EDM drenched in variety within that genre, along with countless other influences, then Cloudchord’s Imprint is meant for you for a thorough listen.  Check it out at your favourite digital store using the link above.

Published in: on April 12, 2017 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Hi” on a happy vibe, courtesy of @SpkeroftheHouse

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, “Hi”

He had a great year in 2016 opening for The Chainsmokers as well as remixing for them, as well as for Elephante and Marshmello, and then releasing his own top notch originals like “Awake, Asleep” and “Wide Awake”, so L.A.-based Speaker Of The House (Dylan Orvell) continues with new originals with the progressive-influenced instrumental amusingly titled “Hi”.  Quite different from his other songs, this one takes ear-catching simplicity like we heard with Hellberg’s “All The Way” and makes it bright and joyous-sounding, with unobtrusive vocal samples, which is sure to put a smile on your face.  I really enjoy how the melody progresses and the song structure unfolds, which keeps you interested with its 4 minute plus length.  Give it a good solid listen at the link above and sway away!

Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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