A roundup of hot new electro, trance, and deep house for the week.
Ferry Corsten ft Nat Dunn - Hyper Love [FLASHOVER]
It looks like being one of the New World Punx is rubbing off on Ferry Corsten. At a time when so much of commercial-leaning dance music is sounding the same, Ferry is bringing something new (or if we are following the '90s meme - bringing back something classic) - breakbeats. "Hyper Love" starts with a keyboard hook and pretty female vocals leading to a stomping kick - no shock there. Then after the drop, the breakbeats kick in. Actually they feel more like Fatboy Slim's big beats, but if they insist on calling it breakbeat let's not argue semantics. The title "Hyper Love" has the best stutter vocal effects since BT set the standard with "Somnambulist." When the beat kicks back in, the varied elements work quite well together - electro, trance, and breakbeats in perfect harmony together. Looking down under for a vocalist was also a smart, as vocalist Nat Dunn sounds fresh and a bit different than the angelic voices that seem to be the norm of the moment. There are probably going to be some harder mixes coming quite soon, but in the meantime listen for "Hyper Love" to pop up on ever dance radio station around the world.
16 Bit Lolitas - Deep In My Soul - [ANJUNA DEEP]
So yeah, it's been decided that deep/progressive house is the next thing after the big room EDM festival sound. That's not exactly news to anyone - as all the major dance labels have Deep imprints (Spinnin, Armada, Anjuna). Lovers of progressive house have been following 16 Bit Lolitas for a while, look up their brilliant "Between U" for an underground classic. "Deep in My Soul" is more summery, breezy, and chill - a poolside treat for those who like it deep but want a bit of a vocal loop effected on top. Is that a sample from "Fired Up" by Funky Green Dogs? If you are a fan of the big tracks by Mr. Probz, Klingande, and Nora en Pure,"Deep in My Soul" should definitely be on your playlist as well.
Andy Moor & Lange feat. Fenja - Top Of the World [LANGE RECORDINGS]
Coming off a massive tagteam set at FSOE earlier this month at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Andy Moor and Lange are set to release their massive "Top of the World" collaboration. This is one of those rare tracks that stands out by combining elements of different genres (trancey synths, progressive chords, classic techno samples, and big room electro builds) for a truly unique sonic journey. The uplifting message of the vocals by Fenja, similar in style to the classic "Rapture" by Iio, fits quite perfectly as well. It would be easy for these two highly esteemed producers to rest on their past work and classic sounds, but by continuing to evolve with the times while staying true to their roots, their music sounds just as fresh as their groundbreaking debut tracks did 10 or 15 years ago (Tilt "Invisible" and Lange "I Believe").
Dash Berlin & Jay Cosmic ft Collin Mcloughlin - Here Tonight [ARMADA]
One of the highlights of 2014 is surely going to be the much anticipated 'We Are' album from Dash Berlin. Following up the melancholic "Earth Meets Water" comes "Here Tonight," a collaboration between hard-edged producer Jay Cosmic and singer Collin McLoughlin. The hands-in-the-air, anthemic progressive pop track seems perfectly placed for radio crossover with memorable hooks and lyrics about challenges and struggle of a difficult romance. Comparisons to Maroon 5 are quite obvious given the vocal style (and realizing that Collin was on Adam Levine's team for Season 3 of The Voice). Blending that pop-rock sound with this kind of track is a perfect match. The incredibly strong remix package ranges from banging big room (Carlita La Nina) to hardstyle (D-Block & S-te-fan) to chilled progressive (Lush & Simon). Of special note is the cut & paste mix by Blinders which on first listen is hard to identify as a remix of "Here Tonight" The Polish producer really reworked the track with so many different elements that it feels like a completely different track on its own.
Sultan & Ned Shepard vs The Boxer Rebellion - Keep Moving - [PROTOCOL]
Here's a track you might have missed when it was released last month, I know I did. Writing up the Sultan & Shepard collab with Dillon Francis and Chain Gang of 1974, the track Keep Moving kept coming up in searches. The similarities are there - superb emotional big room progressive production and quirky unique male vocals from an indie artist. Quirky and unique is meant as a compliment because singer Nathan Nicholson segues gracefully from his melodic voice to a touching falsetto that sounds natural and just pulls on your heart strings, as do the self-deprecating, though uplifting, lyrics. It's also one of those rare songs that will not only heighten your respect for the producer but will probably make you hunt down other non-EDM tracks from the singer/band.