Music for the Masses
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
A roundup of great electro, indie dance, future bass/house, deep house, disco house, trap and progressive tracks.
Thanks - Dizzy - [COPENHAGEN]
Thanks makes their “comeback.” The lead singer and guitarist, both named Anders, from the Scandipop guilty pleasure Alphabeat unleash the quirky energetic party track “Dizzy.” Changing from the retro '90s house sound of their debut single “Comeback Girl,” they’ve embraced a more mashed-up aesthetic, with elements of old school Daft Punk and Basement Jaxx (lo-fi electronics, funky basslines, adventurous grooves) with various effected vocal samples and a chorus that will make you “feel it” and sing along. This is what Junior Senior would sound like in 2016. The video captures the vibe of the song as it documents a traveling, pirate radio dance party that is out to conquer the world. Now that actually sounds likes a great idea...
Bombs Away - GhettoBlaster EP - [CENTRAL STATION]
Keeping the party vibe of “Dizzy,” Bombs Away bangs out with their explosive Ghetto Blaster EP. The Aussie brothers make you bounce with the title track and its sick big beat breakdown. Most DJs will be spinning the banging future bass track “Bulletproof,” with just a touch of trap to surprise their crowds. Trap guys will be all over “Inflatable.” Those of you who first discovered Bombs Away through their recent viral hit “Damn Daniel” will realize that there’s more to the duo from down under than novelty tracks. Be sure to check out their classic “Swagger” and their recent hit “Better Luck Next Time” for additional flavors.
Tiggi Hawke - In The Wild - [TILEYARD]
Last week, I was gushing over the Baby Raptors “I Am My Only Love,” and this week Tiggi Hawke joins my summer pop playlist. “In The Wild” is uplifting and inspirational synthpop, with Tiggi’s sparkling voice shining through the downtempo production. For club consumption, Tobtok ups the tempo with a shuffling house groove while keeping the vocals in the forefront. The verses are layered over a downtempo, almost melodic, trap beat and the chorus is full-on house tempo. The contrast of textures keeps the vibe of the original intact. After a few listens you will be awaiting her debut as anxiously as I am.
Bad Royale ft Bunji Garlin - Bun It Up - [MAD DECENT]
Sometimes you can tell what label a record is signed to. Listening to Bad Royale, it is obvious that the track is one that Diplo would sign on first listen. The mix of world beats, dancehall reggae, and festival beats is intoxicating as it draws you into its beat. The flow from Bunji Garlin is fresh and just leads the floor as the tempo goes up and down, always keeping the energy hype. The resulting party anthem is incredibly fresh and will make you want to “bun it up” on the dance floor as well. Featuring tracks with Kardinal Offishall, Richie Loop, and Agent Sasco, the Immutable Timeline EP from Bad Royal will be one of the best party soundtracks of the summer.
Junglebae - Backwardz - [KONTOR/NOUVEAU RICHE]
With the focus being on the DJ/producer, one thing that has been missing from the future house/bass house movement has been a singer/artist with a unique image that captures your attention. So welcome Junglebae to your playlist. The beats by Boaz van de Beatz have the perfect syncopated groove for Dutch Anilin duo Amy Lindo and Gianni Webster to lay down a sick flow. They are the polished offspring of Rich White Ladies and Azalea Banks with all of the sass and none of the delusional craziness. This is the kind of hip-hop/house hybrid that made David Guetta a pop superstar, and we wonder if Junglebae might get same kind of international play if it makes into the hands of the right DJs. Watching the colorful video with the obvious sponsorship by Royal Dragon vodka, it just might...
Oliver Heldens & Chocolate Puma - Space Sheep - [HELDEEP]
Marcus Schössow & Magnificence - 1994 [DOORN]
These two records are so similar in concept and theory that they should be reviewed together. Clubland is clearly at a saturation point with future house and the '90s cover records, so if the trends are to continue there need to be some fresh ideas in the mix. Both “Space Sheep” and “1994” bring in other elements of '90s dance music, the former bringing old school rave/techno elements a la Prodigy and Praga Khan while the latter infuses big beat elements inspired by early Crystal Method and Chemical Brothers. All of these sounds fit perfectly into the basshouse/future house tracks you would expect by these guys. There is enough familiarity to keep people dancing while introducing new sounds to keep the vibe fresh. Next question, who sings the topline? How about Shirley Manson on “Space Sheep” and Saffron on “1994.”
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