Music for the Masses
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
A roundup of great electro, indie dance, future bass/house, deep house, and progressive.
Ladyhawke - A Love Song - [Mid Century/Universal]
Ladyhawke exploded on the scene in 2008 with a string of singles (“Paris is Burning,” “Dusk Till Dawn,” and “Back of the Van”) that received a lot of love from both the club kids and the indie kids. Maybe waiting four years to release a follow up album wasn’t a great idea, but Anxiety didn’t receive the same reception. Here we are in 2016 and the addictively sweet “A Love Song” previews her forthcoming ‘Wild Things’ album. In its original form it does sound similar to her earlier indie dance-pop songs. Though considering how ahead of their time those songs were, “Love Song” sounds like current radio pop but with much more intelligent lyrics. It is not nearly as saccharine as it sounds, since the story has real depth and true soul in the vocal delivery. The flashback video is lo-fi fun telling the story of a video store clerk finding love from everyone who walks in. Househeads will dig the way the KLP remix dubs it out leaving just the chorus in place. Adam Turner transforms the song into a glittering Hi-NRG confection that will take you back to 2008- or even 1988.
Martin Solveig ft Tkay Maidza - Do It Right - [CASABLANCA / REPUBLIC]
Ready for the summer, lovable prankster Martin Solveig switches up his sound for his new track. Moving away from the electro/progressive sound of “Intoxicated” and “Plus One,” he brings in the sound of the islands on “Do It Right,” with steel drums and slight hints of reggae riddims in the mix. Don’t worry, he isn’t going to piss off Mr. Vegas by completely co-opting dancehall like the Canadians (Justin Bieber, Drake), rather he is simply incorporating a few elements mixed in with the basslines and keyboard lines that will sound quite familiar. Even with the change in sounds, Martin’s playfulness is in the forefront as is the soulful pop voice of Tkay Maidza, who was last heard rapping on Motez’s hooky “Down Like This.” Listening to “Do It Right” incessantly, as we do with every track Martin makes, we just love the Pantone-themed video that accompanies it. It makes us even more excited for his upcoming fifth artist album.
Kream ft Mark Asari - Another Life - [BIG BEAT]
The Norwegian duo is two for two. Following up the brilliant “Love You More,” Kream enlists the vocal talents of Mark Asari for the more soulful sounding “Another Life.” Their signature sound is chilled yet energetic, an odd duality, but in this context you can dance to it or just lounge. Whereas their debut single had a future house feel, “Another Life” captures the vibe of '90s British R&B groups like Another Level. It will be interesting to hear how their sound develops which each new track. The idea of an artist album with them exploring a variety of styles with different vocalists sounds divine.
Malaa & Maximono - Arsenic - [CONFESSION]
With the early championing by DJ Destructo, G-house brought a rougher and rowdier edge to future house beats. As you are digging the stream of tracks by Shiba San, Vanilla Ace, and Amine Edge & Dance, take a listen to this new track by Malaa & Maximono. “Arsenic” features tough beats with more than a bit of grime, and a male rap cut and spliced beyond recognition. It shows that a house track can hype a crowd just as much as a banger without the unnecessary agression. Listening closely, you will hear why Tchami chose to sign it to his Confession label as it sounds like a track he could have made himself.
Fiorious - Dance Dance Dance [FIORIOUS MUSIC]
What an inspired cover. A favorite from Lykke Li’s debut album ‘Youth Novels,’ “Dance Dance Dance” embraces the awkwardness and shyness of speaking to someone you care about by expressing it through dancing. Though it has been bootlegged and remixed a few times over the years, Fiorious’ magnificent new version keeps the vibe in place and amps it up just a bit for dancefloor action. Somehow the '60s-sounding dreamy male vocals just work over the hypnotic new wave-inflected house beats. If you prefer a bit more acid, check out the Bawrut remix. This is the song that belongs on a mixtape for the one you want to talk to but the words never come out right.
Caravan Palace - Wonderland / Lone Digger - [Café de la Danse / Le Plan]
What do you get when mix big band music and dance beats? Clear those nasty Doop flashbacks out of your heads and embrace the sounds of Caravan Palace. The shuffling beats of “Lone Dagger” meld classic swing rhythms with a playful vocal over a fun electro track. “Wonderland” has more of a slower groove reminiscent of when Blu Cantrell brought the hit 'em up style. For DJs who insist on more pumping beats, “Mighty” keeps the big band feel of the French group in focus while amping up the energy for a true floorfiller. No one else is making music like Caravan Palace right now and we can only imagine how frenetic their live shows are.
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