Music for the Masses
by DJ Ron Slomowicz
A roundup of great house, electro, indie dance, trop house, trance, electro pop and progressive tracks.
Nora en Pure - Convincing - [ENORMOUS TUNES]
Deep and funky, this is the perfect music to transition from summer to fall. Nora en Pure is the most reliable producer in the deep house / indie dance genre. Reliable meaning that every track she releases is of exceptional quality and able to be played as is. She has a signature sound, yet each song has a different spin or flavor. For “Convincing,” she seems to be inspired by Kungs’ tracks which incorporate vintage bluesy soul into the mix. The track itself has that deep house groove you would expect; with the addition of a plucking guitar and deep vocals, it would feel perfectly in place at a bluesy dive bar. Listening to Nora en Pure’s music is always a treat, no convincing is needed.
Vato Gonzalez ft Kris Kiss - Sonic Boom - [DIRTY HOUSE]
Following up the buzzing Jamaican-flavored track “2 Step,” Dutch producer/DJ Vato Gonzalez does exactly what you would expect - something completely different. For “Sonic Boom,” Vato embraces the ADHD electro meme and interprets it as a powerful hybrid (a track that changes tempos yet keeps a steady intro and outro for easy beatmixing). The track starts with electro-infused retrohouse which slows down to symphonic string stabs with Kris Kiss doing a high quality Example impersonation. This builds up to an aggressive, but not irritating, interpolation of future house before slowing down to a pretty hip-house beat that again accentuates the symphonic elements. A final build leads to a fresh-sounding take on bouncey future house. With a title like “Sonic Boom,” you would expect to be attacked by incessant aggression and irritating festival electro, but thankfully this is something so much better. “Sonic Boom” is so well-constructed and perfectly vocalized that it could be the “hybrid” track that breaks the genre to the mainstream. Although this is signed to his own label Dirty House, expect a major label to pick it up for international distribution.
Marlo ft Chloe - You and Me - [A STATE OF TRANCE]
It’s easy to hear why all the trance DJs are going wild for “You and Me.” It is topping the Trance chart of Beatport with that perfect mix of club trance and vocal dance pop that is neither too underground nor too pop. Think “Concrete Angel” by Gareth Emery and Christina Novelli for a reference. It sounds of the moment yet feels like classic trance-pop from the Perfecto '90s - and that’s a compliment. Chloe’s vocal are perfectly on point, she sounds great but we can’t wait to hear her sing it live, preferably without the backing vocals so it reflects a bit more of her true emotion. If this breaks as big as we are expecting it to, it won’t be long before Ellie Goulding and Tove Lo start calling for Marlo.
Overjoy - Holiday
We mentioned Dim Mak’s Free Noise downloads last week and here is another quality freebie. If you look past the sarcastic irony of the band’s name, you will hear the subtly chill electronic beats and beautiful melodies of Overjoy. It’s all about the synths as this is as much synth-pop as it is a modern yet lo-fi 4AD take of tropical house. It’s hard to use lethargic as a positive adjective, but in this case the vocals just float like an instrument in the mix though they do tell a story. I found myself getting addicted this song, similar to Chris.i.Am’s “Deeper Love” as they both share a vibe of gradually working their way into your psyche until you can’t live without it. The visuals are quite intoxicating as well.
International Baby - Monkey Flute - [BOY’S DEEP/ULTRA]
This track surfaced as a white label last month and has been gaining buzz as “that flute track.” Can you guess what the main instrument is? There is so much pseudo-deep house out there right now that when a producer (or duo) adds something new or different they capture our attention. The track is good but it’s that flute line that grabs you and sucks you in. The na-na-na vocal line, which sounds eerily similar to Gala’s “Freed From Desire,” also adds to the charm. This song is so fun and unique that it could easily go one of two ways - either a novelty track that everyone falls in love with or a total massacre if Pitbull decides to rework it.
Ferreck Dawn and Joe Stone - Sublime - [SPINNIN]
I wonder how DJs and producers are creating cover versions of songs and then changing the title. “Sublime” is a mondegreen (aka misheard lyric) of “so blind” and the title of this cover version of Mariah Carey’s “Someday.” Following up their take on Toni Braxton’s “Man Enough,” Ferreck Dawn and Joe Stone pretty much do the same thing and get equally compelling results. This isn’t brain surgery, it is their modern take of deep house with the vocals resung with different phrasing. It sounds great, and if you listen closely you can imagine that a house remix of Mariah’s version would have sounded similar if released in 1991. Now, please don’t take this as me being ungrateful or disrespectful, but haven’t we heard enough '90s covers from the Spinnin' camp. You’d think they had some engineer locked up in the basement churning these out under duress with the label assigning each one to a different producer in their camp. Just kidding, of course…
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