Music for the Masses
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
A roundup of great electro, techno, house, vocal, experimental, future house, and progressive tracks.
DJ Snake - Propaganda - [INTERSCOPE]
Some tracks seem tailor made for videogames. DJ Snake’s “Propaganda” is a big departure from his recent pop hits “Lean On” and “You Know You Like It.” A hybrid electro/trap monster complete with backspins, grating synths, vocal samples, and retro rave noises, it recalls his earlier tracks like “Bird Machine.” It’s incredible how a lower BPM track can have such energy. The buildups and the title being shouted out make it fit a PS4 console game just as much as a dancefloor. Pair this up with Ummet Ozcan’s “Kensei” and you will be ready for any kind of digitized enemy coming your way.
Cyberpunkers vs DJs from MARS - Apocalypse Now - [FREAKZ ME OUT]
They went there. Continuing with the aggression of Propaganda, “Apocalypse Now” is fresh mix of hard metal and intense electro. With DJs from MARS doing the production, it might be hard to determine if the music is serious or satire. Those crazy Italians seem to always have a joke up their sleeve or under their boxed heads. The video makes it more clear - scenes of violence and riots are spliced together in sync with growling vocals and glitchy sounds. The track could be an homage to a certain movie or a protest anthem in the making, either way, when this is played on a dance floor there is no telling what the reaction will be...
Tundran - Kimono - [PRMD]
And for a change of pace, how about some indie dance-pop? Tundran follows up the singalong “Still Afraid” with the slightly more somber “Kimono.” In terms of bands you know, they transition from Chromeo to Empire of the Sun, with a more lushly-produced track that feels like an emotional soundtrack. It’s the kind of song that would sound great performed by a full band yet has a groove that would fit an opening DJ set or a hipster bar. Actually, the harmonies are so strong, this could even end up on pop radio.
Stanton Warriors & Tony Quattro ft Rell Rock - Keep it Movin - [NEST HQ]
One of the highlights of Stanton Warrior’s brilliant ‘Rebel Bass’ album was their collab with Tony One of the highlights of Stanton Warriors' brilliant ‘Rebel Bass’ album was their collab with Tony Quattro, “Get Low.” The playful breaks track with vocals by Eva had a fun, rhythmic bounce that energizes any dancefloor. “Keep It Movin” is a change of pace for the Warriors and closer to Tony’s joyous house sound. The track is bouncy house with a flavor of the classic coolie dance riddim. An effected male chant hypes up the intro and continues as the background for the spunky rap by Rell Rock. The female MC combines the spunk of Stush with the lyrical skills of Azealia Banks. “Keep It Movin” is so solid that it’s hard to believe that it is available as a free download on their Soundcloud.
Holl & Rush - Got Some - [REVEALED]
In a world of soundalike bangers, it takes something different to grab your attention. How about some old school stadium piano house? Not stadium house from the Avicii playbook, but the real-real, rave-styled stadium house along the lines of Utah Saints and The KLF. With all the flashback '90s deep house, the Dutch duo have brought in a fresh sound that hasn’t been explored recently in the electro world. Melody and harmony, what a concept! Don’t worry, there is plenty of big room electro to keep you raging, but wow, that drop to the piano is quite magical.
Sander van Doorn and Pep & Rash - White Rabbit - [SPINNIN]
After a million different electro covers and remixes of “Somebody to Love,” it’s quite nice to see a DJ rework another song from the Jefferson Airplane catalog. While the drug references in the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired lyrics of “White Rabbit” might seem quaint in a post-Molly world, the vocals really do work. The familiar future house beats drop down to a guitar-driven melody that is suitably trippy. A constant beat is maintained that keeps the energy and builds right back up. How many other dance tracks can you enjoy along with your grandparents?
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