Music for the Masses

Music for the Masses

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
12.11.2015

A roundup of great electro, trap, vocal, experimental, future house, and progressive tracks.



Dropout - You Always Win - [BIG BEAT]

Following up the buzz record “Sorry” was going to be a challenge for Dropout, yet they managed to up their ante.  Their signature appears to be a trop house tempo track that brings in phrases of synth-pop, electro, and aggressive builds.  The contrast of elements make the track stand out from everything else out there.  While “Sorry” seemed a little gimmick-y with the over-effected vocals, “You Always Win” has a more heartfelt feel with playful lyrics sung by a vibrato-fueled male voice.  Seeing that this is on Big Beat, we can clearly expect a sickening remix package in the very near future (maybe Galantis), but for now, the original version will keep you grooving.



Blasterjaxx ft Courtney Jenae - Forever (Remixes) - [DIM MAK]

A big room track banging electro beats and a drop down to a pretty female vocal seems pretty predictable by now.  However something about “Forever” made it quite special, maybe it is the quality of the lyrics, the way they are sung, or just the way the harshness of the electro that makes them seem even prettier.  Released back in April,  a fresh set of remixes brings new life to the wonderful song.   EXALE turns the track into surprisingly danceable trip-hop, while Retrohandz traps it up and manages to flip the gender of the vocalist.  The Caked Up mix might be an example of what happens when you try to dirty something up a bit too much.   Max Moore’s mix sounds a bit muddy also. By taking the track in a more progressive house direction,  the prettiness of the music skews too close to the lyrics, which makes them run together.  Though on a big club sound system,  the mixdown will probably sound better.  In case you missed “Forever” the first time around, check it out now. To all the DJs who’ve rocked it since the summer, here’s a chance to give it a new spin.



A-Trak & Zoofunktion - Place On Earth - [SPINNIN]

You could call this piano house through the filter of ADHD electro production.  As classic piano house with diva vocals begins to spread into modern clubland, everyone is putting their own spin on it.  A & Z tease you with some big piano keys at the beginning before banging beats come in, interspersed with moombahton, electro, and random fills that just take it all over the place.  It is up and down like a trampoline and you really don’t know what is coming next.  While the cliché-filled lyrics would never win a songwriter’s award, the wailing vocal performance is from the heart (or the guts).  I am all for something different and unexpected, so “Place on Earth” will definitely be in my DJ sets for a good long while.




Alvin Risk ft Hodgy Beats - Beastmode - [FOOL’S GOLD]

Following “Place On Earth,” Beastmode is the ADHD production style with even crazier moodswings.   Starting with classic progressive big beats,  sampled lion roars usher in a crunchy noise and the video game chant of “BeastMode.”  Hodgy Beats’s flow is kinda sick, starting playful then going grimey and aggressive, which all perfectly match the constantly-changing beat.  The next build with the repetition of the title drops to a bit of old skool slow jam which then gradually changes to banging big beats.  Are you lost?  That is just the first minute.  It’s as if Alvin Risk is channeling classic Spank Rock.  Even if you aren’t a big fan of hip-hop, this jam should be on your radar.



Swanky Tunes and Arston ft C Todd Nielsen - At the End of the Night - [ARMADA]

Sometimes a song is just perfectly-titled.  With its pretty progressive production and thematic lyrics, “At the End of the Night” is on point for a closing track to the night.  While the production is good, especially the strings, the vocals by indie rock singer C Todd Nielsen are what take it over the top.  His heartfelt and emotional lyrics about our journey as clubbers sounds even better than you would imagine.  Actually, check out Todd’s cover of Elvis’ “Don’t Be Cruel” for another amazing vocal performance from him.
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