A roundup of hot electro, progressive and energy for the weekend!
Lazy Rich & Hot Mouth - "Bonk!" - [SPINNIN]
Sometimes it is easy to create a hypothesis about the ideas that inspire someone to make a record. For Bonk, the idea was probably something along the line of "take the '70s funk-inspired loop from Hard Rock Sofa & Skidka's "Arm Around Me," cut it up to make it sound really funked up, layer it with a bouncy TJR vibe, and throw in a maddening drum fill build that speeds up to 1000bpm." Bonk is surprisingly more than the sum of its parts, making it intense to the point of maddening and perfect for driving a crowd of festival ragers nuts. Don't be surprised if this ends up with as many mashups as "Cannonball."
Manic Science - "You Gotta Move"
Genres collide and sometimes magic is made. Manic Focus and Break Science have collaborated and blended not only their names but elements of trap, house, bass, and blues. Using a spiritual from blues artist Mississippi Fred McDowell gives the track a sense of authenticity and gravitas, while the track does something you rarely hear, going aggressive while staying melodic. While it may not be the most club-friendly song, "You Gotta Move" is original and will catch your attention on first listen. As the first taste of a forthcoming EP, let's hope they keep mixing and mashing styles together for even more fresh-sounding music.
Cash Cash - "Surrender" - [BIG BEAT]
Listening to "Surrender" made me think of Plastik Funk. Not because they sound the same, but because both teams have a distinct sound that is identifiable as their own, yet malleable enough to be fresh for each new track. If you listen to "Take Me Home," "Here and Now (with Kerli)," Krewella's "Live for the Night," and the new song "Surrender," it is obvious they share the same DNA but the songsall have different flavors. With vocals by Julia Michaels, best known for Borgoeus' "Invincible,""Surrender" is club-friendly progressive-ish electro with enough of a commercial feel that it will be an easy fit for dance and commercial radio. The song is also quite instant as I first heard it with a crowd of people at Life in Color in Nashville and by the second chorus, the paint-drenched kids were already singing along. If that's not the sign of a hit, I don't know what is.
The Magician ft Years & Years - "Sunlight" - [POTION/FFRR]
We all have different visions of what the savior looks like and if you believe the classic Faithless song "God is a DJ," then it's not a stretch that his son would unite strangers to dance on a beach. That's the theme of the video for "Sunlight," a summery pop song that blends mellow groovy house from the early Hed Kandi years with the current "deep" sound that is bubbling up. The song is instantly familiar with so many hooks that sound familiar that it will drive most trainspotters crazy. Put all that aside and just enjoy the song for the summery fun that it reflects. While the extended version definitely works well, the remix package is one of the most creative in recent memory. Blonde goes bassline house. while Darius turns it into slow jam R&B. Because of "Bullit," Watermat has been in clubbers' minds all summer, and the remix is just so strange but lovable- in that hairless cat kind of way. With seemingly random dropouts, strange sound effects, and unexpected keyboard lines, Watermat obviously had a lot of freedom to really mess with the track and he definitely did that.
Eric Prydz - "Liberate" - [ASTRALWERKS]
You may ask why we are writing up one of the biggest songs of the summer now. Simple, we are all rabid fans who will give our left arm to hear and see his Epic 3.0 three-hour set at Madison Square Garden next week. In case you missed them, be sure to check out the nu-house-vibed remix by Lane 8 and the sick drum and bass mix by Matrix and Futurebound. And if you are lucky enough to see his set at MSG, please instagram videos to us.