A roundup of great progressive, electro, future house, deep house, trance and vocal tracks.
Borgeous & David Solano - Big Bang - [Spinnin]
Constructing a track as a festival anthem is often a hackneyed undertaking. The results are often mediocre and don't really reflect the vibe. As a big fan of Life in Color, I am happy to say that is not the case for "Big Bang," this year's anthem by Borgeous and David Salano. Yes, it's a banger with the requisite dropout, but the energy matches the traveling party, and the repeated vocal is quite true. If there was one complaint to be lodged against the track, it would be for the unexplainable lack of Sheldon Blake footage in the video clip. The mustached maestro of madness is an integral part of the show and should be featured in the video as much as the colorful paint is.
Felix - Don't You Want Me - [Armada]
Classic records never die, they come back every few years with new remixes. Released in 1992 on the seminal UK dance label deConstruction, "Don't You Want Me" was based on a vocal sample of Jomanda's "Don't You Want My Love" with an eerie and iconic synth line that brought drama to the techno production. For the 2015 remix, they've amped up the energy with a new Turbo mix and brought in Dmitri and Like Mike to give it a festival-friendly rerub. The only misstep is that they didn't use the original Jomanda vocal sample. It isn't that the new vocals are bad, they just don't match the urgency and power of the original. The new video is cute though. While we're mentioning this brilliant classic track, take a moment and rediscover Meck's rework of the track called "Feels Like Home" and mashup version "Feels Like a Prayer," both of which reinterpreted the track with a fresh progressive vibe.
Nero - Between II Worlds - [MTA/Virgin/Cherrytree/Interscope]
The title track from their forthcoming album sees the British trio following the path of Madeon, exploring ambient and cinematic soundscapes with infused electro beats. The 7-minute track is an artistic statement which might not be understood by the EDM/festival generation, but lovers of electronic music and true artist albums will be anxiously awaiting 'Between II Worlds,' which will be released in August. Also tempting is the '90s industrial vibed "Satisfy" (very Hallucination Generation) and the downtempo grooved "The Thrill," which sounds like it could have been the hit follow up to "Promises" from their last album. Listen to the Porter Robinson remix of "The Thrill" for a uniquely-styled moody and glitchy take that resembles the clean, nuanced remixes of BT from the late '90s.
Zedd ft Bahari - "Addicted To A Memory" - [INTERSCOPE]
While Top 40 radio is banging "I Want You to Know," Zedd's single with girlfriend Selena Gomez, another single from his forthcoming 'True Colors' album has been released. "Addicted to a Memory" has a more clubby vibe, showcasing Zedd's trademark ADHD production style by jumping between different sounds about every thirty seconds. Alternative folk trio Bahari contribute their soft vocal harmonies over the nearly beatless intro and return again for a climactic chorus. The interplay of their voices with the divergent production makes us imagine how wonderful a Zedd remix of their debut single "Wild Ones" would sound.
Zenbi ft Rachael Starr - Mad World - [PORNOSTAR]
Originally a breakthrough UK chart hit for Tears for Fears, "Mad World" has been covered by artists as varied as Michael Andrews and Gary Jules (on the Donnie Darko soundtrack) and trance pop DJ Pulsedriver. Getting ready for summer, producer Zenbi mixes groovy house and a throbbing bassline. Rachael Starr delivers an understated yet emotional vocal which fits the diffuse and dreamy lyrics. deadmau5 protege Sydney Blu takes the track a bit more progressive- mixing downbeat, classic house and a bit of tech for a mix that is interesting, yet a bit disjointed in execution. It would be easy to imagine a tight edit of the original version as a pop radio record or on the soundtrack of a holiday teen angst movie.