CP Music For The Masses

CP Music For The Masses

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
07.18.2014

A roundup of hot new electro, house and vocal tracks for you to listen to.. 


Sigma ft Paloma Faith  - "Changing" - [3Beat]

Here's an absolutely brilliant collaboration.  Paloma Faith possesses a voice of such power and unique character that she doesn't feel of this generation.  Reminiscent of Anastacia or Taylor Dayne, it's just hard to imagine the sound is coming from that body.  Her retro-vibed releases highlight her voice perfectly.  Whoever paired her up with drum and bass duo Sigma (who recently topped the UK pop chart with a cover of Kanye's "Bound 2" retitled as "Nobody to Love") took a chance that led to "Changing," a mesmerizing song which just happens to be over a d&b beat.  It is rare that a track like this has such a fully-realized song to it, with intelligent and meaningful lyrics.  From the gospel choir intro to the full orchestra supporting the beats, "Changing" is simply unlike any other track out there.  - RS



Plastik Funk ft Grandmaster and Melle Mel - "Don't Push Me" [Tiger Records Germany]

"The Message"  by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five is an iconic rap classic which first demonstrated how rap could be socially conscious and not just party music. Listening to "Don't Push Me," it starts with a bit of a melody sampled, that laugh and the vocal "Don't Push Me Cause I'm Close to the Edge, I'm Trying Not to Lose My Head" repeating as the drum fill builds into a tribal/electro big room jam. The vocals repeat and you think, oh yay, some DJ's sampled one line of lyrics over the current trendy sound, or to quote someone beloved, "how reductive."  Then two minutes in, the track drops down to the full third verse of "The Message" and, after a build, comes the important lesson part of the fifth verse.  Since there is no way the full five verses could have been arranged for a modern club track, the way it was curated to keep the essential elements while keeping it club-friendly is more than brilliant.  Yes, you can definitely hear this as an iteration of the club anthem "Who" they did with Tujamo, but it is not identical and stands on its own.  Who knows, maybe "White Lines" is up next? - RS



Aylen - "Quack Attack" - [Main Course]

The "Bird Machine" by DJ Snake and Alesia had bird noises.  "Rattle" by the Bingo Players had the geese squeaking.  The deadmau5 mix of "Animals" had the whole farm.  So what about synthesized duck noises?  New Jersey-based DJ Aylen delivers just that on top of a playful, if not derivative, electro track. Something tells me that if he did a trap mix with the effect it would sound even better. - RS



DJs from Mars and David Puentez - "Welcome to the Darkside"  - [Dance and Love]

The boxhead duo of pranksters DJs from Mars team up with fellow Italian David Puentez for a journey through evil electro.  Starting with the eerie soundtrack from a scary movie set in a thunderstorm, the drum beat comes in and escalates to a drum fill- until a moment of silence where an evil voice says "Welcome to the Darkside."  Whether that is a Darth Vader sample or not, who knows, but what comes next is hardcore evil-sounding electro which bangs you mercilessly until the breakdown with a blend of operatic vocals and chilled dubstep beats.  The beats build again, even more intensely than before, with the intense electro banging you even harder.  The mixing of soundtrack and dark elements is similar in execution to the recent Moby and Darth & Vader "Deathstar" collaboration.  The video features some of the best animation in an EDM video since "The Veldt" by deadmau5 as the DJs journey through hell, avoiding the deadly sins until they are welcomed to the gates of heaven where they, of course, spin a party for those that are similarly blessed.  Wasn't it Faithless who once said that "God Is a DJ?" - RS



Alesso - "Tear the Roof Up" / "Heroes" - [ISLAND / DEF JAM]

The pattern of alternating aggressive electro big room tracks with pretty progressive vocal pop tracks seems to be the modus operandi of the superstar DJs.  Enter Swedish wunderkind Alesso. Best known for his vocal records with Ryan Tedder and Sebastian Ingrosso (Calling), One Republic (If I Lose Myself), and Calvin Harris and Hurts (Under Control), Alesso signed the track "Tear the Roof Up" to Def Jam for the US. Effective and banging with the prophetic line  "We getting loud in the booth and Imma tear up the roof" repeated throughout, it has the big drops and massive beats you would expect but it actually sounds kind of dated, like something that should have been on the last Far East Movement album.  Primed to be an even bigger hit is the vocal track "Heroes" that he played at EDC in Las Vegas.  Various performance rips have surfaced online, and the uniting and uplifting vocals "we are a different kind, we can do anything, we can be heroes" make it sound like a theme song for a new generation of PLUR-filled clubbers or at least the new incarnation of the Tomorrow People TV show.  The vocalist credited as "ID" sounds amazing. Watch for "Heroes" to be massive when it eventually gets released.  Sidenote, doesn't the artwork for "Tear the Roof Up" look like it should be for "Heroes" instead? - RS

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