“Rogue” is wily, trap-inspired darker dance music from @iamDNMO and @Akaciamusic

DNMO and AKACIA, “Rogue”

Hailing from Cornwall in the UK, producer and songwriter DNMO (aka Aiden Morgan) is probably the most noteworthy teen on the rise in the biz and definitely shows a different side of what he can offer with the dark “Rogue”, featuring a sly but beautiful vocal by Australian singer Akacia.  With its almost metronome beat to build momentum, “Rogue” teases you with the soft voice of Akacia, but what she’s singing about continues to make you wonder what’s going to happen next.  There’s a bit of controlled foreboding and lots of attitude present, and then a brief trap-influenced drop surfaces to reassure you that something out of the ordinary is about to happen when the singer goes ‘rogue’.  The folks behind Deadbeats Records are going to push the music of DNMO to its limits so expect to hear much more very soon.  “Rogue” is an intriguing and adventurous next step for DNMO.

Published in: on June 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Vancouver duo @WeAreFurymusic bring the emotional goods with “Killing Me Slow”

WE ARE FURY, “Killing Me Slow” (free DL)

“Killing Me Slow” brings you to a tale of a poisonous relationship where you keep giving to no avail, which makes a perfect set-piece for an engaging new song by Vancouver duo We Are Fury.  With a soulful vocal that will please fans of The Weeknd and a steady rhythm that borrows from hip hop but stays firmly in the dance realm, “Killing Me Slow” takes what would be described as emotional trap music to another more accessible level.  There’s a lot going on inside the song that keeps your ears tingling for what’s next, and the song ably sustains its 4+ minutes in length.  The guys in We Are Fury seem to know what gels together and are a pair to watch.  You can get your copy of “Killing Me Slow” for free at the link above.

Published in: on May 31, 2018 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Progressive dance duo @SayLessmusic return with blistering trap of “Rapture”

SAYLESS, “Rapture” (free DL)

When you think Nashville, you often think of country and pop music more than other genres.  It’s a diverse place musically, so finding a creative progressive dance duo from that city may not be entirely unexpected.  I wrote about the duo SayLess last year, and their follow up song is “Rapture”.  Taking cues from acts such as Say My Name, VVL, Lit Lords, and Bailo, “Rapture” straddles melodic and accessible pop dance music with a heavily creative and dirty side, featuring a blistering drop and impressive instrumentation that should make it stand out within the trap sub-genre.  The song structure is appealing, and not a turn goes by without SayLess keeping you wondering what’s coming next.  I don’t know a lot about trap as a sub-genre, but I do know when songs will ring bells with their intended audience.  “Rapture” will have hard core trap fans sold, and should also draw in dance music fans looking for something a touch different and well done.  Get to know SayLess by downloading “Rapture” for free at the link above.

Published in: on May 5, 2018 at 10:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Australian R&B singer @hisnameisWilson shares emotional, edgy “Even If I Know”

WILSONN, “Even If I Know”

New Australian singer Wilsonn has some of the same mystique happening with “Even If I Know” that would parallel that some of us didn’t expect when we first heard Terence Trent D’Arby back in the 80’s.  This is the kind of song that wears its pain and emotion on its sleeve, surrounded by surreal synths and trap inflections, but guided by a soulful voice and an almost live-off-the-floor vibe.  Not your typical song to be sure, and that’s exactly why it stands out and becomes memorable.  Wilsonn anchors you with a lilting and soothing melody in the song’s calmer moments, and you’ll be taken aback by the wild ending.  Wilsonn definitely takes risks and isn’t willing to compromise, but that’s the magnet-in-hiding.  Check out “Even If I Know” at the link above.

Published in: on April 5, 2018 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Kyiv’s @DJTeriMiko collaborates with Italy’s @Gojamusic for D’n’B infused “All I Want”

TERI MIKO & GOJA, “All I Want”

Two promising new acts in dance music collaborate for something a little different in “All I Want”.  Kyiv, Ukraine brings us Teri Miko, who is already getting rave reviews for energetic live shows and opening for the likes of Marshmello and DJ Snake at some festivals.  Italian producers Goja have been one of the more talked about new names in dance music with support already from Diplo and Dillon Francis.  “All I Want” dabbles nicely in pop territory, with attractive uncredited female vocals providing a worthy introduction.  But then the song segues smoothly, albeit sneakily, into engaging trap and drum ‘n bass synth antics which will seal the deal for clubs.  Add “All I Want” to your Electric Eclectic playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on March 18, 2018 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hard-hitting but smooth flowing “Soldier” arrives from @SCRVP featuring @RicoActmusic

SCRVP. featuring RICO ACT, “Soldier”

More and more the transparent walls between hip hop and hardcore dance music continue to disintegrate with songs like “Soldier” as prime examples by leaders of the electronic such as MMXVAC’s scrvp. and featuring Minneapolis’ own Rico Act.  All of the grimy industrial-fueled trap and dubstep anchors “Soldier” musically while Rico Act’s hard hitting verses keep it moving with a telling hook like “I don’t Milly Rock / Boy I do the head bang”.  “Soldier” is right in your face and out to stay stuck in your head too.  Add it to your new, bold and powerful trap/dubstep playlist using the Spotify link above.

Published in: on February 13, 2018 at 10:33 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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A few words with huge props to @BTS_twt “DNA” and “Mic Drop” (@SteveAoki remix)

BTS, “DNA”

BTS, “Mic Drop” (Steve Aoki remix)

First off, I’m no expert on K-Pop and really have only had a fleeting interest as millions of fans embrace it around the world.  If PSY didn’t generate the interest 5 years ago with “Gangnam Style” because of that song’s novelty, he certainly paved the road for the right acts to come along to widen its appeal.  And so, with their appearance on the American Music Awards last week, introduced by their friends The Chainsmokers (who produced a song on their recent album Love Yourself: Her), the young septet BTS broke through with their riveting performance of “DNA”. 

Like many other pop music fans, I immediately bought the song.  The choreography and energy were all on-point in that performance (it didn’t even need live vocals), and it became the highlight of that show, which you can watch above.  Then this past week, a Steve Aoki remix of “Mic Drop” appeared, in two versions, one featuring Desiigner which stays more true to the original hip hop flavour.  But just to show that the walls of music genres can be torn apart right in front of you, the Aoki remix (without Desiigner, below) slams hard while keeping most of the original Korean lyrics intact along with some added English verses, if a trifle long at four and a half minutes.  And with dancing that good in the video, Aoki’s remix should have no trouble taking dance clubs by storm, allowing club goers to create their own fun choreography again too. 

I’m not sure how long seven talented guys can survive in one band with such an intense following, but BTS are here and now and will be one of 2018’s biggest draws.

Published in: on November 26, 2017 at 1:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Marination by @Meatportmusic” begins with a rework of @Linneyofficial’s “AloneTonight”

LINNEY, “Alone Tonight” (Marinated by Meatport)

In its original version, “Alone Tonight” by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Linney – known for her work with Robbie Rivera, covers like last year’s “Never Be Like You”, and her own originals – is a dreamy mid-tempo ballad about being with your special someone on a night at home when perhaps they should have company.  In the hands of producer/remixer Meatport however, that evening becomes vibrant and teleported to a rave where that person will have a great time.  Meatport’s trap “marination” draws heavily on late 90s/early 00’s techno to give “Alone Tonight” a really giddy bounce while retaining the wonder of Linney’s vocal.  It’s always fun to enhance a blog post about Meatport with some tenderizing seasoning 😉 given his own fun and sometimes wacky songs to date (“The Troll”, “Noobs”, and new Hallowe’en fave “Spook”).  However I’ll forego additional puns by encouraging you to check out Meatport’s seriously good remix of Linney’s “Alone Tonight” at the link above.

Published in: on November 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Spook” marks a trippy, melodic turn for the masked @Meatportmusic with @DJDeniZer

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MEATPORT & DENIZER, “Spook” (free DL)

If you like your meat à la crunchy, spicy bass house with strong melody for dessert, then the seasonal instrumental “Spook” by US masked producer Meatport and Austria’s DeniZer is just for you courtesy of Diverge Records!  Combine a James Bondian framework with a trippy-trappy coating where all of the tender pieces and juicy drops fall and jump out at you at the right times.  Then add a sweet dose of synth melody throughout, and “Spook” could be your meat (ear) candy for October and beyond.  Following up this past summer’s goofy but hard-hitting “The Troll” and “Noobs”, Meatport and DeniZer have taken a few more steps ahead by creating something equally as fun for the season but their credibility is not to be underestimated.  Become the latest member of the #MeatFam by downloading “Spook” for free at the link below.

Published in: on October 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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