A roundup of great electro, future bass, chill, deep house, future house, and progressive tracks.
Botnek - Clickbait - [DIM MAK]
“What happens next will shock you?” No, not really, unless you really think about it. Canadian duo Botnek preview their forthcoming EP with the electro track “Clickbait.” No strangers to novelty tracks (remember their infamous remix of “#Selfie”) they use the meme as tease for a few throwaway lines about a few of the most irritating pop culture celebrities. Is it shocking? No, not really, but it is actually quite intelligent how they rework '90s influences like L.A. Style, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, and KMFDM for the industrial techno-flavored track. At least they’re not recycling '90s R&B songs over future house beats. For something a bit more edgy, if not shocking, check out the hybrid drum & bass / gospel song “Deeper Love” that they did with I See MONSTAS a few months back.
Tommy Trash - Luv U Give (Remixes EP) - [FOOL’S GOLD]
“Luv U Give” is one of those tracks that may not hit you immediately. The synth-pop flavored electro track is one that grows with every listen as that repeated vocal sample sucking you in. Without even realizing it, I put three different mixes of the track (original, the bouncy booty house take by Shift K3Y, and the trippy downtempo NGHTMRE version) in the same mixshow. What makes the song even more special is how it is just one part of a full, fleshed-out three track EP tied together with a stop-motion video that tells a real story. The supporting tracks, the indie dance-flavored collab with Anna Lunoe “Me & U” and the surprisingly aggressive “Body Movin,” hold up on their own and sound even better when remixed by MSCLS, Brenmar, and Wax Motif.
Galantis - No Money - [BIG BEAT]
The Swedish duo seem to embrace a bit of the bipolar with their releases swinging between serious and emotional progressive pop (“Runaway,” “Firebird”) and jovial, goofy tracks (“Peanut Butter Jelly,” “In My Head”). “No Money,” their first track not on the Pharmacy album, strikes a happy medium mixing progressive synths with hip-house samples and modern vocal manipulations. The vocals are the best use of a children’s refrain since “D.A.N.C.E.” by Justice.
Julian Jordan - Pilot - [REVEALED]
It’s quite interesting to watch how the really young electronic producers develop over just a few years. Erik Arbores exploded at age 14 making trance and is now working with DJ Fresh. Reid Stefan has moved from doing top 40 remixes to pioneering a fusion of booty bass and ADHD electro. Julian Jordan is following a similar path experimenting with dancehall and chants to expand the more aggressive sounds of electro. “Pilot” is remarkably fresh and sounds unlike anything he has done before. Like others, he is reworking '90s techno sounds but completely turning the into something different and new. It wouldn’t be surprising to hear this track with a topline ending up on Major Lazer’s forthcoming ‘Music is the Weapon’ album.
Daniel Portman - No Good - [SPINNIN]
Again with the multiple versions of '90s classics... Actually, that isn’t true as this isn’t an update of Prodigy’s “No Good” but a reworking of a Kelly Charles song from the late '80s. Fedde Le Grand and Sultan & Ned Shepard's aggressive take from a few years ago was quite the festival anthem for most of that summer. This month we have two new versions - Joe Maz & Scotty Boy and Daniel Gold. The former is a pretty straightforward future house take using all of the elements that you would expect in that idiom. Daniel’s mix gets more adventurous with jump up beats and dynamic rhythmic changes throughout. Doubling the female vocal with the effected male vocal also puts it into a different realm. There is some talk that Daniel’s take is just a remix of Fedde’s previous version and while the two are similar, it seems more inspired by Fedde in the same way that Fedde was inspired by Prodigy.
Hugel & Jasmine Thompson - Where We Belong - [BIG BEAT]
While most of you will probably recognize Jasmine Thompson’s sweet honeyed voice from from her update of “Ain’t Nobody” with Felix Jaehn, she has a lot more to offer that song covers. Her solo song “Adore” was one of the highlights of summer 2015. With a similar vibe, she teams up with French producer Hugel for a gorgeous summery pop dance song. “Where We Belong” is what you might call a modern take on classic morning music. I can already envision a dancefloor full of people singing along at the end of the night, when the party doesn’t stop until 6am. On that note, be sure to check out the version of Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy” that she did with The Six as it is equally as breathtaking.