Music for the Masses

Music for the Masses

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
01.22.2016

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





EDX ft Mingue - Missing - [SPINNIN]
Luca Schreiner ft Kimberly Anne - Missing - [ULTRA]


Here we have a battle of the covers.  Every few weeks it seems like there is a stampede of producers/DJs covering/remixing/reworking the same classic song at the same exact time.  A few weeks ago, it was Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”  This week it is Everything but the Girl’s “Missing.”  Todd Terry’s landmark remix of the melancholy pop record marked one of the first times that a dance remix became the hit pop version that crossed over.  Fast forward twenty years and narrowing the field down to the best two contenders, it is a race between Italy and Germany.   Fresh off a remix of Omi (yeah, there are followups to “Cheerleader”), German producer Luca Schreiner enlists every vocal effect and delay possible to distort the vocals of singer Kimberly Anne over a trop-inflected deep house groove.  Part of what makes “Missing” such an incredible song is the pretty and somber vocal performance by Tracey Thorn.  If you listen to Kimberly Anne on Sam Feldt’s cover of “Show Me Love,” you hear that her raw voice would have communicated the story much more effectively than the digital mess that Luca created. If the goal was to make Kimberly sound like something nonhuman on the chorus, then mission accomplished. Far more successful is Italian producer EDX (who happened to do the hit remix of the Sam Feldt track) and his version, with a trop-inflected deep house groove (déjà vu) and subtle elements of the original production. EDX’s version is simpler, with the elements feeling more raw and allowing Mingue to sound much more emotional.  The mix of happy and sad comes with the energy level of the track that contrasts the lyric brilliantly.   Take a listen to both versions and let us know what you think.



Herve ft TT - Dance To My Beat - [SKINT]

The Count is back with some sick beats.  The title track of his new 4-track EP, ‘Dance to My Beat,’ is aptly titled.  The bouncy mix of hip-house and old school electro beats takes the classic sounds and modernizes them for 2016.  On first listen, the B-more flavor is so present that you might think Spank Rock was making the beats.  Bringing in a Baltimore rapper was the perfect choice, and Miss TT lays down a sick flow.  The video captures the mashed '90s vibe with colors, wardrobes, and choreography that will take you back (and bring you forward). That all four tracks on the EP are just as strong as this one comes as no surprise and we anxiously await his new artist album coming later this year.



Madeaux - Kill For Me - [FOOLS GOLD]

While not a brand new track, “Kill For Me” is catching a wave of buzz with a breathtaking new video.  Off of his humorously titled EP ‘ New Wav, ‘ Madeaux blends future house with synth-pop, rave noises, and a bit of a trap for a bouncey track with some oddly dark vocal samples. Imagine Oliver Heldens going bipolar and you get the idea.  The video is a hallucinogenic mix of ballet slippers, spiders, metallic sculptures, and surgical equipment morphing in and out of focus in a nonlinear exploration of visual stimulation.



Fedde Le Grand - “Keep on Believing” - [ULTRA]

Fedde seems to time his massive releases to go with the Ultra Music Festival and the Winter Music Conference.  Last year he closed out his Ultra set with Denny White singing “Cinematic” to an exuberant crowd response.  For 2016, Fedde brings back the progressive-fused electro track “Don’t Give Up” (which had major buzz at WMC 2014) with a slight update in production on a gorgeous vocal topline.  Can you get any more inspirational than lyrics like “Keep on Believing” and “Don’t Give Up?”  That beauty is translated into video via frames that come to life with lenticular motion.  The vertical lines, clearly symbolic of reaching to a higher power, continue as the visual theme for the memorable visual clip.  



Melsen - Feeling - [FLAMINGO]

Going from Fedde Le Grand to Flamino is a natural step, as he co-founded the heritage Dutch Dance record label.  “Feeling” is a joyous piano house record full of energy with hints of classic Italo house and and little of electro in the buildup.  The dropdown to a bit of a ragga beat is quite fresh as well.  Originally posted as an “ID” track, it was incorrectly listed as being made by Tom Staar & Robbie Rivera.   An easy mistake to make as the track marks Kaj Melsen dropping his first name and changing his sound from harsh electro to a more flowing house groove.  With “Feeling” as the leadoff, we anxiously await more great tunes from him.
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