Music for the Masses

Music for the Masses

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
09.04.2015

A roundup of great electro, house, nu-jazz, future house, progressive, and vocal tracks.




Michael Woods - Easy Tiger - [DIFFUSED] 

From the intro with the hollow strings plucking the melody,  “Easy Tiger” is a beast of a track.  Classic-sounding big beats amp the energy and lead to a surprise dropout.  A pretty synth line comes in that supports the melody as the energy increases.  Then it comes, the build, the fill, and the explosion of big room energy.  A common complaint is that so many of the big festival tracks are so similar that they are interchangeable.  Michael Woods draws on his trance background to bring a unique flavor to his brilliant productions.  While you are checking out Michael’s Soundcloud, be sure to go back and listen to “Get Around,” his massively underappreciated collaboration with Roni Size and Sam Obernik.  



KSHMR & Bassjackers ft Sirah - Memories - [SPINNIN]

Last week, I was listening to the new Siouxsie Sioux song “Love Crime” with a friend and wondered out loud what it would sound like if she did an EDM track. “Memories” pretty much captures it.  The darkly beautiful track is a haunting balance of banging electro and industrial beats with gorgeous symphonic overlays.  Sarah, best known for “Bangarang” with Skrillex, channels early '90s Siouxsie singing about the end of an emotional relationship.   Quite a brilliant track, the “Memories” are so vivid that the song just might make the crossover to radio as well.






St Germain -  Real Blues - [PRIMARY SOCIETY/WARNER]

Since everybody is on the nu-house train, let’s go back to the '90s and enjoy the music of one the masters of nu-jazz. Ludic Navarre, aka St Germain, crafted a unique sound mixing nu-jazz, house, and chillout by blending samples and live instrumentation.  With nearly fifteen years since his last album, he is back with “Real Blues,” where he updates his sound and enlists the help of legendary singer Lightning Hopkins.  Whether the lyrics are sampled for “Bossman” or “Late Night Blues” or another Hopkins classic is unclear, but the unique blend of instrumentation, broken beats, and vocal samples might be the starting of a Nu-Blues subgenre.  For clubland consumption, Atjazz keeps the vibe and instrumentation while making it 4/4 and dancefloor-friendly. Terry Laird’s remix is wild and experimental, yet somehow uses more lyrics than the original.  As the first taste of the forthcoming ‘Real Blues’ album, we anxiously await what St Germain has in store for us.



Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved (Bojan Remix)

The name Bojan Orama may not sound familiar to you, but you surely know Wawa.  Not the gas station chain, the Polish production team behind massive tracks like “Sombrita,” “Promiseland,” and “Never.”  The future house bug bit Bojan and he has been releasing some sick remixes of club anthems like Size 9/Josh Wink “I’m Ready,” Junior Vasquez “Get Your Hands Off My Man,” and Bump/No Control “I’m Rushing.” For his new white label “Could You Be Loved,” Bojan takes the classic reggae song by Bob Marley and amps it for a perfect future house track.  The way he reworks the instrumentation and drops down to the original is quite masterful.  It’s the best use of reggae in a club track since Zoofunktion & Reid Stefan’s “Gangsta Girl.”  Check out Bojan’s Soundcloud for some great future house updates as we await an original production that will no doubt set the world on fire.








Ivy Levan and Diplo - 27 Club - [CHERRYTREE/INTERSCOPE]

“27 Club” is a rather dark concept considering the amount of talented musicians who died at age 27 (Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison  Kurt Cobain,  Janis Joplin). Ivy Levan, who turned 28 earlier this year, penned this song about following her dreams with passion, that she’d “rather burn out then spend my life waiting.”  Produced by Diplo, the Motown vibe highlights the power and emotion of Ivy’s voice, similar to her early buzz record “I Don’t Wanna Wake Up.”  Seriously, she sounds like a cross between Paloma Faith and Anastacia.  With such a strong song, it’s no surprise that the remixes by Scotty Boy, Varun, Diplo, and The Riddler are all pretty incredible. 
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