A roundup of great house, electro, progressive, chill and vocal dance tracks.
Loud Luxury & Ryan Shepherd - Something to Say - [AFTR:HRS]
While we still question the concept of covering a song and changing the title, when the results turn out as good as this, we don’t mind looking the other way. With the recent comeback of Craig David, it seemed only a matter of time until his songs started getting updated. “Something to Say” is a cover version of “Fill Me In” done in a modern house style mixed with rhythmic breakbeats in the intros and drops. The new singer does a good job communicating the emotions of the original, though Craig’s vocal over this new track would be quite incredible. Keep your eye on these Canadian talents as they move from remixes to covers to original productions. Check out “Going Under,” the track Loud Luxury did with Borgeous, for a taste of what’s to come.
Sikdope - Old School - [MUSICAL FREEDOM]
Though the song might be mistitled, the artist’s name is perfect for his tracks. Just take a listen to Sikdope’s mix of “Bun Up the Dance” and you will hear why. “Old School” is a mashup of electro, glitch, and trance elements that crescendo to a surprising trap drop towards the end. It is unexpected and quite fresh. DJs looking for a sick track to drive their floor crazy should instantly add this to their playlists.
CID ft Conrad Sewell - Secrets [BIG BEAT]
Though he is best known for his songs with Avicii (Taste the Feeling) and Kygo (Firestone), Conrad Sewell is one of the best singer/songwriters out there right now. Give him even a mediocre track to write to and something good is bound to come from it. Pair him with a great producer like CID and the results are truly magical. “Secrets” has the current flavor of club sounds (a mix of electro and house) with an emotional lyric and superior vocal performance that will make it work on radio just as well as it will in clubs. For another great song by Aussie Conrad Sewell, be sure to check out the Throttle and Steve Smart remixes of “Hold Me Up.”
Amba Shepherd - Wide Awake & Dreaming [SUPERRLATIV]
It’s hard not to talk about incredible Australian singer/songwriters without mentioning Amba Shepherd. One of the most in-demand vocalists, Amba follows up her debut solo masterpiece “Prelude” with the equally enchanting “Wide Awake & Dreaming.” The concept of blending consciousness and unconsciousness is a great analogy for the production as dreamy synth chords layer effortlessly with groovy future house beats. The wave of the energy flow glides up and down to induce an almost narcotic vibe. The lyrics about finding the love that you’ve dreamed of could also have a double meaning of finding the recognition of being an artist on your own terms and not in someone else’s shadow. As meta as that sounds, “Wide Awake & Dreaming” is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful and intelligent dance songs of recent memory.
JX - Son of a Gun (Mat Zo Bootleg) - [HOOJ CHOONS]
Color us confused. This new version of the JX Nu-NRG classic “Son of a Gun” is labelled as #trance. Maybe electro or future-NRG, But this update is not trance. However, it is a complete surprise coming from Mat Zo whose recent releases have been trippy trap and trop or deeper house. This new bootleg captures the Hi-NRG hands-in-the-air exuberance of the original with all of the keyboard stabs, rhythms, and vocals (sampled form Barbara Roy “Ecstasy, Passion & Pain”) resequenced over a mashup of electro, future house, and glitchy beats. Available as a free download through Soundcloud, you should grab it quick before the publishers get involved.
Eelke Kleijn - Home - [DAYS AND NIGHTS]
In the idealized perfect world, home is a place of warmth, comfort, and love. This debut track on Eelke Kleijn’s new label Days and Night is the musical illustration. It isn’t chill out music, as a subtle groove drives the melody. The chords embrace you like a hug as the drop captures the same emotion as classic trance anthems. The build back up to a rhythmic beat is both euphoric and cathartic. While there are a few lyrics interspersed throughout, the track itself tells the full story. Eelke’s style of production has been influence by his work scoring films, and that makes him stand out.