A roundup of hot progressive house, electro, trance and funk for the weekend.
Planet of Sound ft Cider Sky - "We Are Together" - [Armada Deep]
Here’s one of those leftfield tracks that has been around for a few months and kept popping up in different places getting rereleased with a vocal topline. “We Are Together” is a mix of progressive and indie dance with random elements coming in throughout the track – whistling, guitar line, effected baby voices, sparse keyboard stabs. It isn’t a peak hour club banger but more of a listening track- like those concept albums that progressive rock bands made in the ’70s. Actually, it has a similar vibe to the progressive track “Bullit” by Watermat that we wrote up last week. There is definitely a rock influence, but rather than aggressive it is much more mellow and hazed out. The new vocal fits the track perfectly. The lyrics are about finding unity in spirit and coming, well, "Together," which is the new title. With all the talk of the big EDM tracks sounding the same, it’s starting to look like progressive is going to be the next sound to filter up after nu-House. Actually, “We Are Together” could be seen as a track that could bridge the mellower EDM world with the rock world. One thing for sure, after the first listen it is quite addictive and you will probably find yourself whistling along. For club consumption, there are nu-Disco and Deep House mixes by Jody Wisternoff (of Way Out West), HOSH, and Piemont.
Jacob Van Hage - "Floorburn" - [Flashover Electro]
When you hear DJs talking about making tracks that will explode on the dance floor, "Floorburn" is exactly what comes to mind. The aggressive electro track with an industrial edge has festival anthem written all over it, sounding a lot like many other tracks with the big difference being a breakdown to retro techno with some big beat and random screams over the staccato buildup. It's not rocket science, it's well-researched and composed by taking elements of what's proven to work and just adding something a bit special. With the vocal line boasting, "I bring the sounds that make the floor burn," after the first listen of the under 4 minute track you will say, "yes, Jacob van Hage you do."
Chicane ft Bo Bruce - "Still With Me" - [Modena/Armada]
This song might sound really familiar. "Still With Me" is a cover of the chart-topping song by Tritonal ft Christina Soto that was used in the trailer for the Batman: Arkham Origins video game. The decision to cover a song less than two years old with a similar feel seems odd, but being that it is Chicane who is one of the legendary producers in the pretty trance world, it actually does make sense. Enlisting Bo Bruce, the ethereal singer who was the runner-up on The Voice UK, was a brilliant move especially after her command performance of "U" by Gareth Emery. Since there isn't an "original" version of the Chicane version, it's hard to compare it directly to the Tritonal except that it is a little pounding and a bit more smoothed-out with a pop feel, while still bringing in the pretty soundscapes often heard in Chicane's productions. Just as Tritonal's version had a banging dubstep mix, Chicane enlists Keeno for a slamming drum and bass mix which transforms the track to a jump-up monster with all the pretty elements perfectly placed as downtempo breaks. The garage-vibed Andraes Van Hoog mixes will also fit the song quite well also.
Jane Jupiter - "Higher" - [Young and Modern Music]
When you listen to "Higher," you might wonder why we are featuring it here on ClubPlanet. The retro-feeling R&B pop jam has disco and electro elements in the mix and a talk-sung vocal that makes it feel like a radio hit from the mid-'90s. That it was produced by Chad Hugo of the Neptunes doesn't come as a big surprise. The surprise is that Jane Jupiter is Kid Sister. Yes, the rapper behind "Pro-Nails" and "Right Hand Hi" has made herself over into a pop alter-ego. Watching the video makes you wonder if she is doing this character seriously or if it is some sort of satire of selling out for commercial success. Listen to her incredibly strong and diverse mixtape "The Diary of Jane Jupiter" and decide for yourself. It's a free download on her soundcloud about.
Wasteland ft Jonny Rose - "Won't Let You Go" - [CR2 Records]
Just as a remix sometimes makes a song a club anthem, an alternate version can shed a new light as well. "Won't Let You Go" is a well-produced progressive pop song by Australian producer Wasteland featuring the vocals of Jonny Rose. The lyrics are about trying to love someone who is challenging or unreachable with a chorus that is catchy and made for singing along to. The thing is that every big name producer is putting out similar songs, and it's hard to stand out from the pack. As great as the song is, it was the acoustic version that really caught my attention. With just a gutar backing, Jonny's vocals are even more powerful and really hit the mark. Going back and listening to the electric version makes it even better.
The acoustic version below is a free download.