Music for the Masses

Music for the Masses

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
04.03.2015

A roundup of great progressive, electro, drum and bass, future house, deep house, and vocal tracks:



Eric Prydz - "Generate" - [PRYDA]

One of the biggest buzz records from Miami this year was "Generate" by Eric Prydz.  The progressive house track is deep and accessible, while at the same time recalling a track like "Pjanoo," a track that sounded like nothing else out at the time yet was instantly recognizable and enjoyable to every listener.  Taking the word progressive in another direction, the lyrics are sung in a voice reminiscent of Dennis DeYoung, the lead singer of Styx (a band known for their killer progressive rock albums in the '70s).  Actually, if you listen closely, the kick in intro sounds quite similar to the intro of "Call On Me."  Not that we would ever accuse Eric of recycling, especially since "Generate" follows the path of his last single "Tether," which showed how the talented musician could take something deep and outside of the popular spectrum and make it sound radio-friendly.  Watch for "Generate" to explode when it is released later this month. There's a reason BBC Radio One DJ Danny Howard has championed it so much.



James Egbert - "Jettison" - [TRICE/ARMADA]

I want some moody synth-rock. No, I want some sick guitar solos. Dammit, I really need some glitchy Skrillex noises. Actually, some breakbeats would give me life.  Rather than be like DJs who transition through divergent genres in an hour-long set,  James Egbert decided to do it in a 5-minute track. The brilliant producer blends the pieces together masterfully and creates an original track that is both familiar and fresh.  The real question is where the title came from.  What did he remove from the track to make it more stable?  Maybe all of those random sounds will be the the inspiration for the followup?



DJ Fresh & Adam F - "Believer" - [MINISTRY OF SOUND/POLYDOR]

Let's invite everyone who is trying to update '90s dance tracks to take a listen to the right way of doing it.  Don't just slow it down and amp the bassline- take the brilliant raw material and do something creative and different with it.  DJ Fresh (along with Sigma) have been mixing drum and bass tracks with pop, gospel, and R&B vocals for some of the freshest sounding tracks of the past few years.  On "Believer," he and Adam F grab elements of '90s jungle track "Terrorist" and rework them into a fresh and current-sounding d&b track.  Vocialist Yola Carter belts out the lyrics with her gospel-inflected, soulful voice that will take you to church.  If there was ever to be a follow-up or part two to Sigma & Paloma Faith's "Changin," this would be it.  "Believer" is quite special, though I still have one request. Can we please get a full-length album?  There has been six brilliant singles in a row ("Earthquake," "Dibby Dibby Sound," "Make U Bounce," "Flashlight," and Gravity"). If he waits any longer, the next album will be more like a greatest hits reissue package.




Darude ft AI AM - "Beautiful Alien" - [WARNER]

Best known for the massive "Sandstorm," Finnish producer Darude continues to release quality electro and progressive tracks, often times with a pop feel.  If you listen closely to the quiet parts and backgrounds of "Beautiful Alien," you may notice that there are pads and synth parts reminiscent of "Sandstorm," but this is definitely not a sequel.  The vocal part is quite fun, with the singer proclaiming she is an original, "Not like You" but a beautiful alien. The campy vibe balances the progressive electro track quite well.  As a radio-friendly dance-pop song, this definitely hits the mark.  Random question - does anyone else think that Darude and Kaskade are the same person?  They look so much alike...



Don Diablo ft Maluca - "My Window" - [SPINNIN]

The original dirty Dutchman can always be counted on to put a fresh twist on things.  Teaming up with Maluca, DJ/producer Don Diablo takes the future house sound and messes with it - making it dirtier and adding some progressive bits that sound like 8-bit video game noises.  The "la la la" hook is so catchy you can't help but sing along.  If his sets in Miami are any indication, this summer Don will be dominating the festival and club scene around the world.  That he can play so many of his own productions with none of them sounding too similar is a testament to his creativity across all the subgenres.
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