CP Music For The Masses
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
A roundup of hot new electro, house, trap and vocal tracks for the week..
Dirty South ft Sam Martin - Unbreakable - [ASTRALWERKS]
Looks like Sam Martin is giving Matthew Koma a run for the money as the lead male vocalist on the hottest EDM tracks. Following up the David Guetta/Avicii track "Lovers on the Sun," the Con Bro Chill lead vocalist sings about overcoming challenges in an unsure world. The beautiful lyrics fit the production, which features a quite moving violin part. In its original version, it's a gorgeous, radio-friendly progressive dance pop track that is instantly lovable. No doubt, there will be harder and more aggressive mixes forthcoming. One suggestion, retitle it as "Unbreakable (You're Beautiful)," as that second lyric is the more memorable one. And just so you know, he is singing about tornados growing, not tomatoes.
Don Diablo - Anytime - [SPINNIN]
"House time is anytime and anytime is house time." Those lyrics, repeated over a modern take on jack house is quite refreshing. This is one of the many reasons to follow Don Diablo as you just never know what he is going to come up with next. His last few tracks "M1 Stinger," "Starlight," "Edge of the Earth," and "Origins" have been excellent and sound different. "Anytime" is an energetic floorfiller without being a banger or so aggressive that you need to rage to it. It's that perfect track for DJs to bridge between Nu-House and harder electro. If you were a fan of "Jack" by Breach, here's another one for your mp3 purchase list.
Armin van Buuren - Ping Pong (Dani Deahl Remix) [ARMADA]
Here's an Armin track like you've never heard it before. Basing a track on a ping-pong sample has been done before (look up Enrique Iglesias' "Do You Know"), but in the hands of trance master Armin it became a big room electro monster with a retro-rave feel. The remixes by Hardwell and Kryder & Tom Staar were both big room and epic but didn't really push the song that far from the original. Simon Patterson was onto something with his breakbeat mix, but leave it to Chicago producer Dani Deahl to take it trap. The last thing you'd ever expect to hear in an Armin song is the word "twerk," but it comes across so fresh that it elevates the track to a new level. Completely unexpected, this remix is one of those WTF moments that just works, literally.
Vato Gonzalez ft Tjen - Monkey Riddim - [DIM MAK]
Dirty house maven Vato Gonzalez has been on a Riddim kick lately - Triplet, Sushi, B52, Ganja, Badman, Bio. With "Monkey Riddim," he goes full-on stomping electro and aggressive with a manic rock feel. While the track might seem a bit similar to a lot of other ones out there, it is the evil-sounding yet humorous vocal samples that make it stand out. Between "Who let the beast out" and the monkey noises, you can't help but smile as you jump up and down to it. I am wondering who will be the first person to do a mashup with the infamous Parker dubstep monkey track.
Sbtrkt ft Ezar Koenig - New Dorp, New York - [XL RECORDINGS]
Named after a Staten Island neighborhood, "New Dorp" is a shuffling mix of dub-inflected broken beat with bubbling noises and other random sound effects. The vocals of Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig are effected every which way and fit the strange and entrancing vibe of the track. There's something so bizarre about this song that it just sucks you in as you keep noticing something different every time you hear it. At one point, I could swear that it would make a perfect backing track for a 2014 remix "I Want To Be Like You" from the Jungle Book. Then again, maybe I've just been listening to "Monkey Riddim" a bit too much. Watch out for Sbtrkt's forthcoming album 'Wonder Where We Land,' which will feature collaborations with favorite Jessie Ware, A$AP Ferg, and more.
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