Music for the Masses

Music for the Masses

by DJ Ron Slomowicz
09.30.2016

A roundup of great house, electro, progressive, drum & bass and bass house tracks.




Leon Reverse - Gonna Be Alright - [3Beat]

“Reach for me, I’ll be your lifeline, it’s gonna be alright.”  That is such a wonderfully uplifting message to hear in the lyrics of a dance song.  Whether sweating it out on the dancefloor while working out the troubles of the week or singing along to the song on an mp3 player, these are words that can literally lift your spirits to a better place.  All clichés aside, producer Noel Wayne throws in a nice pun (Leon Reverse) to keep it lighthearted, and this gorgeous piano house track will keep that smile on your face.   This is an instant, undeniable, love at first listen track, so hunt it down and add to your playlist.





Chase & Status ft Tom Grennan - All Goes Wrong - [MERCURY]

If “Gonna Be Alright” is positive and uplifting, “All Goes Wrong” is about the struggle to get there.  Following up their brilliant “Spoken Word” with George the Poet, drum & bass/dubstep producers Chase & Status enlist soulful indie vocalist Tom Grennan for the equally moving “All Goes Wrong.”  The emotional and powerful lyrics about recovering from a dark relationship waver between staying or leaving.  The equally emotional drum and bass production echoes the sentiments of the lyrics with beautiful symphonic flourishes contrasting the aggressive beats.  Speaking about moving, the video shows two possible outcomes of the possibly relationship-ending argument, though the climax makes you wonder if it was all a dream about what could or should have been.




Standard & Push - No Way Out - [CIRCUS]

If you prefer your beats a bit more dirty, London-based duo Standard & Push are for you.  Their new two track EP pushes (excuse the unintentional pun) the limits of electro and glitch from listenable to eccentric annoyance. If dubstep can be described as robots having angry sex, “Physical” sounds like a snake hissing while caught in a skipping tape machine.  Or maybe it’s a video game soundtrack for the ADHD generation because rather than changing beat structure every measure, it is wildly changing the rhythm every few beats.  It is challenging yet brilliant at the same time.  The title track isn’t necessarily a softened version of that idea, but with the vocal and the slightly more dancefloor-friendly glitched-out electro house, it might just be the introduction to the main event. For all of you fan boys of Fono, Standard & Push should be on your radar as well.




Ardee - Blitz Zare - [WHITE LABEL]

Indian producer Ardee, aka Diddee Risabh, makes a strong and impressive debut with “Blitz Zare.”  A fusion of electro, bass, and progressive, the track fits into the current model of big room tracks that the superstar DJs seem to release on a weekly basis.  What makes this track stand out is the traditional string instrumentation heard in Indian music. In the intro, the sound is literal, but throughout the track, that melodic hook is transformed through effects and different synth pads. All it takes is a little bit of something unique to make a track special. The title translates to “the blitz continues” which might just be an allusion to the new international flavors of EDM conquering the world.




MAKJ & Timmy Trumpet ft Andrew WK - Party Till We Die - [SPINNIN]

It isn’t often that the lyrics to a dance song touch your soul and bring you to a more enlightened sense of being.  With a title like “Party Till We Die,” you can probably guess that spiritual fulfillment is not the theme.  The banging bounce track by MAKJ and Timmy Trumpet is a peak hour jam, full of energy that will make any dance floor go wild.  However, it is the incredibly catchy chant of rocker of Andrew WK “O-E-O -Party Till we Die” that makes it the EDM version of a pub-styled sing along.  This could easily become one of those stadium tracks that gets embraced for sports arena game days - it is just that full of testosterone.  On second thought, maybe there is some spiritual fulfillment here, if the spirits are alcohol-based.




Showtek & Major Lazer - Believer - [SKINK]

Here’s a track that’s been floating around for nearly six months online in set-rips finally getting released.  The teaming of dancehall/reggae/pop trio Major Lazer and Dutch hardstyle/electro duo Showtek sounds pretty much like what you would expect - a mixture of their individual sounds.  It starts off with a pop reggae vibe which builds to a hint of hard electro but instead goes to trap.  Then it goes back to the reggae vibe which builds into the harder electro sound which we would expect from Showtek.  This is one of those rare times when you clearly parse out who is responsible for what.  The hybrid of sounds works incredibly well and this will be quickly embraced by DJs.  In view of their recent tracks “Swipe” and “Mellow,” “Believer” feels more like a Showtek track, though we are thankful for their willingness to experiment. With Major Lazer’s recent pop hits (“Cold Water,” “Lean On”), don’t be surprised if this track sees commercial success in Europe, though we would imagine a new topline by a major pop artist would be required for crossover in the US.  Of course, we would love to be proven wrong.
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