Music for the Masses
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
A roundup of great house, electro, progressive, trap, bass and vocal dance tracks.
Diskord - Electrify - [CIRCUS]
The vibrant trap music scene continues to grow by incorporating other influences. Circus duo Diskord embrace the '80s with a the melodic bassline intro of “Electrify.” A striking similarity to the Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait”/Iggy Azalea “Fancy” bassline is pretty clear, yet it is reworked into something fresh and even more engaging. The build up to the trap drop is explosive and energetic - everything you would want for a primetime club monster. How can you not love a track that used Johnny 5 from Short Circuit as the cover model? Or such a quality track that is free for download on Soundcloud?
Inner City - Good Luck - [KMS]
Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson has been teasing the new track “Good Luck” in his sets and Facebook posts for the past few months. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of KMS records, the song is set for release. While it is not a part two of “Good Life,” the collaboration with his son Dantiez features classic and deep underground vibes as the main focus with a modern feel of groovy house to make it 2017 friendly. Singer LaRae Starr (“Let Me Go,” “Hold On”) gives us life with the strong vocal performance you would expect. Although not due for release until the end of the month, watch for “Good Luck” to be one of the anthems of WMC/MMW 2017.
Western Disco - What Do You Say - [PROPANE]
That recorder song... Western Disco, the duo of Italian producers Daniele Davoli (Black Box) and Steve Evanston is best known for the gorgeous track “The Sun,” which featured that inimitable rhythm played on a recorder. Limiting their releases to one per year insures that they put out the best music, and “What Do You Say” lives up to their standards. The focus instrument is an acoustic guitar that plays a simple melody which is repeated and transformed through the track. There’s a country music vibe with a sing-along feel, yet it is definitely in the melodic house vein. Watch for an enterprising DJ to mashup the title line “What Do You Say” and chorus with Dennis Ferrer’s “Hey Hey” as it is a perfect fit.
Offaiah - Run - [VIRGIN/EMI]
Speaking of woodwind instruments as the main hook, Offaiah follows up his massive debut record “Trouble” with the equally infectious “Run.” Rather than basing the track on a vocal sample (Charlie Puth’s refrain from Lil Wayne’s 2015 hit “Nothing But Trouble”), the energetic house track is built around an eerily familiar flute melody. I am not saying that it is similar to the recorder part in “The Sun,” but it could have easily been the inspiration. The flute melody is cleverly manipulated, especially the playful way it distorts at the end of each B-line. While there is clearly a signature Offaiah sound, “Run” brings in a more electro vibe and thankfully doesn’t sound like “Trouble” Part 2. Don’t be surprised if this hooky track becomes a WMC/MMW record and resurfaces later this year with a vocal top line for pop crossover.
Cloudland Music - Miami 2017 Sampler Part 1 [CLOUDLAND]
Just about every label is releasing Miami-inspired compilations of what they predict (or hope) will be the big smashes. Catching our attention is this delightful sampler from Nashville-based independent label Cloudland Music. Mainly know for trance and progressive, these four tracks expand their horizons. “Rydia” is banging energetic trance which makes a nice contrast to the uplifting and dreamy “6000 Miles.” “Chamber of Dreams” is an excursion into deeper Prydz-esque progressive. The standout is the lushly-layered “Ghost Stories” which could easily be a new track for Enya. As the first of three samplers from the “Cloudland Music: Miami 2017,” we anxiously await the next two editions.
Lucky Charmes & Awiin - Bass 187 - [SPRS]
Genre labels are pretty much irrelevant, right. Call it future house or bass house or whatever you want, a good track is a good track. “Bass 187” is a modern take on speed garage, or bassline-driven house. The energy is frenetic and will lift you up to #beastmode as the gym rats would say. Or as Fenrir did say, on his track “Beastmode” (where the trap vocals are sampled from). While using the code for murder 187 in the track title may imply a gangsta slant (or a tribute to the classic speed garage 187 Lockdown), “Bass 187” is far too jovial and playful for such serious overtones. Even with the aggressive lyrics, it is mindless fun, perfect for primetime club play.
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