Music for the Masses

Music for the Masses

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
01.09.2015

Gazzo & Dani Deahl ft Crywolf - Control Myself - [FLAMINGO RECORDS]

The title line "I can't control myself" couldn't be a better description of the DJ and production style of Dani Deahl and Gazzo if they'd market researched it.  The two of them harness a frenetic energy, mixing different styles, genres, and BPMs to create dynamic sets and standout productions. The track starts as a somewhat typical progressive track and then it drops down a hypnotic male vocal from from Crywolf.  The lyrics suck you in as you sing along and then the beat builds up and slams back into a big room banger.  So it's a perfect track for Flamingo, but what makes it uniquely them is the second drop-out which brings in a sick breakbeat. It's that kind of unexpected creativity which makes Deahl and Gazzo standout from all the soundalike EDM tracks flooding Beatport.

Above & Beyond ft Alex Vargas - All Over the World [ULTRAA]

With just a third single released, it is clear that Above & Beyond's forthcoming 'We Are All We Need' album is going to be a highlight of 2014.  Following up the title track, A&B team up again with singer Alex Vargas (who sang the first single, "Blue Sky Action") for another emotionally moving experience.  The track is a mix of progressive, chill, and classic trance elements with touching lyrics that have a universal message of both estrangement and hope.  A set of varied remixes is no doubt forthcoming, but for now you can enjoy the video which follows their trope of movie inspirations.  Their last video for "We're All We Need" was based on 'Thelma and Louise,' and this new one is based on 'Catch Me If You Can.

Henrix ft Celeda - The Underground [CR2]

Looks like the house inspirations are moving from the '90s to the '00s.  Originally produced by Peter Rauhofer, "The Underground" is one of the many classic anthems ("Music is the Answer," "Be Yourself") performed by the inimitable Celeda.  Her voice has presence and power tempered with the emotional depth that makes your feel every word. The original tribal production is updated with a modern big room flavor by Brazilian producer Henrix.  When the breakdown hits, it feels like there is a marching band coming through with a staccato drum line and a horn fanfare with a regal flare.  Since they are paying tribute to clubland royalty, that feels about right.


Matt Caseli & Terry Lex ft Alexander Sky - We Fade (My Digital Enemy Edit) [ZULU]

You ever hear a song that just sticks with you? "We Fade" has been on my mind for the past month and it's been hard to describe in words.  Starting off as a beat-driven indie pop track with a shoegazing '60s feel, the middle part is nu-house with a slight electro feel. The two sounds are so different but flow perfectly together.   The vocals sounds like Gotye as produced by Above and Beyond - emotional with a quirk.  "We Fade" sounds like nothing else out there and is well worth tracking down if you like something from the leftfield.


Years and Years - King - [POLYDOR/INTERSCOPE]

Why can't all pop be this good?  The trio behind "Desire" and "Sunlight" (with The Magician) are previewing their new UK single "King," which isn't due out until March.  And yes, it is worth the wait.  They've managed to take Kygo's trop house sound, shine it up with catchy pop lyrics, and add enough vocal effects to keep it indie and cool (is that an homage to the gated echo of Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy" I hear?). If this is a sign of where pop is going for 2015, this is going to be a great year to listen to the radio

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