Double your @musicbyBrooks pleasure with pairings with @Martin Garrix “Byte” and @Showtek “On Our Own” feat. @itsNatalieMajor

MARTIN GARRIX & BROOKS, “Byte”

SHOWTEK & BROOKS featuring NATALIE MAJOR, “On Our Own”

It looks like Dutch producer Brooks (aka Thijs Westbroek) is having simultaneous breakout moments paired in two heavy-hitting releases, the instrumental “Byte” with fellow countryman Martin Garrix, and “On Our Own”, and returning in a collaboration with Showtek with a slick vocal by Natalie Major.  While Brooks has worked with people like Bassjackers in the past and remixed Morgan Page and David Guetta as well as both Martin and Showtek, this one-two punch should not be ignored.

It’s hard to pass up such a big song as “Byte”, with a (needlessly) flashy video (I would have much preferred seeing the two producer/DJ’s hard at work) that has had almost 8 million You Tube views already.  The song is full of huge moments which help sustain the four minute length, not the least being what sounds like a few bars of signature trappy Martin Garrix, recalling his earlier work.  “On Our Own” isn’t quite as heavy but powerful nonetheless.  Showtek has already released some interesting and varied songs thus far in 2017 and seems to be moving into a new direction with this one.  

Both songs will send club goers spinning on the dance floor and it’s great to see someone talented but less prominent like Brooks benefit from the exposure amid what is obviously a lot of hard work to make these songs happen.  Watch the video for “Byte” above, and check out “On Our Own” on Spotify at the link below.

Published in: on April 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fast & Furious: NYC’s @ReidSpeed’s “Animal” is a triumph of tough melodic dubstep featuring @Burnheart_music

REID SPEED featuring BURNHEART, “Animal”

If you like your trap mixed with drum ‘n bass and lots of melody, then “Animal” by NYC producer/DJ Reid Speed is for you.  She concocts a mix that does not let up, with beautifully sweet melodic moments in stark contrast to some of the hardest dubstep and trap you’ll hear in a song that has big crossover potential.  It’s aided fittingly by a deep and soulful vocal by L.A.’s Burnheart (aka Scott Bernhardt) that takes “Animal” to yet another level within one song.  I was not familiar with Reid Speed before this song but I can see why she is being touted as one of North America’s most innovative producer/DJ’s regardless of gender.  Check out “Animal” above and be prepared to have your senses twisted and turned and eventually reassembled.

Published in: on April 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Snappin’: Progressive, trap-influenced “Portrait” by @Bamfsounds

BAMF, “Portrait” (free DL)

“Portrait” by London electronic artist Bamf is a song that could easily get lost if the sum of most of its parts was wrapped around the more quiet elements of the song.  After a real long tease of a slow start, Bamf gives listeners a BAM all right with an instantly potent synth drop right before the minute mark and by then you’re curious as to what “Portrait” is all about.  It’s essentially an instrumental that relies on a wildly creative mix with many percussive moments to keep it flowing.  “Portrait” becomes one of the more unique songs out there as a result and is well worth checking out at the link above, where you can download it for free.

Published in: on February 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Swipe” by @Showtek with a handsome rework by @Dropwizz and @weareSavagez

SHOWTEK, “Swipe” (Dropwizz and Savagez ‘Festival Trap’ remix)

Dutch duo Showtek are always noted for releasing something fun that stands out, and “Swipe” certainly does that, perhaps in a more novel way than usual, if you happen to be wondering what that song you hear about a private Tinder party might be.  My fellow Torontonian Dropwizz and US duo Savagez temper the novelty and slow the pace down to an appropriately sexy grind, and as the remix title says, give it an entertaining hybrid of both Festival and Trap styles.  To me this works better than the original.  Club DJ’s can focus a set around “Swipe” to make the gals and guys get a little crazy.  EDM fans will definitely enjoy and can download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on January 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Meet Me” by @MickeyValenxy featuring @_ibNoe is cranked up by remixer @itsWaitWhat

MICKEY VALEN featuring NOÉ, “Meet Me” (Wait What remix)

After dazzling us with a riveting remix of “Supernatural” by Boombox Cartel & QUIX, Californian Troy Skinner aka Wait What returns, this time reshaping “Meet Me” by New York producer Mickey Valen featuring French singer Noé.  I wrote about this song in the Fall, and in this remix, the sexy coyness is substituted with a variety of different EDM flavours to make it pop on the dancefloor.  Some nifty trap/dubstep breaks surround a slower paced rhythm augmented with some fresh synths and instrumentation to alternately isolate the verses and then crank up the beat.  It’s a pretty creative remix, and taking risks to make the changes standout are what it’s all about.  Check it out at the link above.

Published in: on December 31, 2016 at 12:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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High-powered #EDM for a good cause: @iamDMNO remixes “Never Gonna Leave” by @Aryay

ARYAY, “Never Gonna Leave” (DMNO remix) (free DL)

I’m glad to see EDM performers and remixers involved with more philanthropy and supporting great causes, and a great example comes via Chicago’s Aryay and British remixer DMNO.  A new high powered trap-fused future bass mix of “Never Gonna Leave” has arrived with a classic Chicago house sound at its roots.  It’s not too relentless though as DMNO makes some sweet adjustments in the mix to tantalize your senses before you bust loose again.  If you support the song then be sure to donate to Kids Off The Block, which will help at-risk youth get the support they need to keep them off the streets and out of harms way.  Donate right here and download the song for free at the link above.

Published in: on December 24, 2016 at 12:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Warm, reflective, downtempo “Know Myself” is by @Owkeymusic featuring @hithisisAshdown

OWKEY featuring ASHDOWN, “Know Myself”

“Know Myself” is a slick, soulful, downtempo EDM ballad that deserves to be high on clubland’s radar when bringing down a set for some on the floor romance.  It’s brought to us courtesy of relative newcomers, Denmark’s Owkey and British singer/producer Ashdown.  It might take a few listens but you’ll find yourself drawn to the warm and rich production and the versatile vocal by Ashdown.  The trap effects help build the attraction to the knowing lyrics to which anyone can relate.  The Heroic label has an uncharacteristic winner with “Know Myself”.  Check it out on Spotify above.

 

Published in: on December 24, 2016 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Edgy and bold, check out “Tail Lights” by Australia’s @WasteLandmusic featuring #MelinaCortez

WASTELAND featuring MELINA CORTEZ, “Tail Lights”

We in the rest of the world often forget how much Australian performers continue to contribute to the dance music scene, witness the huge success of Flume in 2016.  With an accessible yet edgy and bold sound, WasteLand is another new Aussie name to know, with support already from BBC Radio.  “Tail Lights” has all of the right traits to rattle you – sharp trap beats, sharp effects, and a resonating vocal by American singer Melina Cortez. It’s also off to a great start debuting on the ARIA club chart. WasteLand has no formula here, just absorbing pieces of the best of the best and concocting his own sound.  There’s also an intriguing video for “Tail Lights” shot in Perth’s Murray Street Mall, in one take guerrilla-style starring Aussie drag queen Scarlet Adams, which you can watch below.

New producer/remixer @itsWaitWhat refashions @BoomboxCartel & @Quixofficial’s “Supernatural” feat. @Anjulie

BOOMBOX CARTEL & QUIX featuring ANJULIE, “Supernatural” (Wait What remix)

Berkeley, California producer remixer Wait What (aka Troy Skinner) has refashioned “Supernatural” by Boombox Cartel and Quix featuring Anjulie, and the results not only make the song his own but are highly complimentary to the original.  “Supernatural” as released contains a beautiful, other-worldly vocal by Anjulie which is most present in the first minute, before the song takes a wild dive into heavy futuristic trap, and glides into an enjoyable progressive EDM track.  Wait What takes advantage of the excellent vocal and uses it throughout the song, creating his own future bass trap/dub step arrangement in the process that completely works.  He adds some anthemic vocal effects which gives the song a hip hop spirit.  The result is a confident mix that doesn’t get too wild and focuses on a lot of strengths of the original song.  If you like it by listening at the link above, you can vote for it as a part of a contest at this link by clicking the “Like” button.

“Imaginary Friends” by @missMollyMoore gets a different perspective in @thePlutomusic’s remix

MOLLY MOORE, “Imaginary Friends” (Pluto remix)

“Imaginary Friends” is one of three songs previewed in advance of the release last week of Molly Moore’s second EP Now You See Me, and I’ve written about them all 🙂 The song now gets a remix courtesy of German producer Pluto.  And what in its original version is about the pain of loneliness when relocating to a big city receives a change in perspective from the remixer.  Its new futuristic trap surroundings bring out a more hallucinogenic, almost nightmarish side of the song – more of a companion piece to Molly’s “Just A Dream” – wherein you realize that the friends are indeed all in one’s head.  As much as I enjoy the focused production of the original of “Imaginary Friends”, Pluto’s remix takes you on a different journey and will sit well with dance club patrons.  Give it a listen above – it’s available as a free download.

Published in: on November 12, 2016 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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