Wolf Saga Feat. LYON – Where Are Ü Now

Wolf Saga and LYON have come together once again to give us a crazy-chill remix of the EDM sensation “Where Are Ü Now” by Jack Ü. Keeping the synth heavy and the vocals light, these two repeat a pattern that has seen success with covers of other songs like MGMT’s “Kids” (track also included below). Perfect for any chill session, put this one on to re-enjoy a beautiful song in a new light.

Tep No – Swear Like a Sailor

Toronto-based artist Tep No is back with an insanely smooth daytime disco track to follow up a string of chill hits that have topped the Hype Machine charts. A simple acoustic riff, wispy vocals, and a catchy bass pattern catch your ear and keep your head bobbing all song. I particularly enjoy the verse starting at 2:24 about his former lover in England who’s a “star like Taylor Swift.” Enjoy the ultra-chill track below.

P.S. – I don’t really think that it counts as “swearing like a sailor” if you only say “screw you.”

So Below – Sleep

Maddie North of So Below has released her second track under the moniker and it’s a powerful slow-burner. Tagged as “goth pop” this song presents a dark, bass-heavy sound complimented by Maddie’s smooth vocals. The powerful use of a simple echo effect that melds into an ambient chord during the chorus really solidified my affection for this song. Expect to see it on the next playlist (coming soon!). Enjoy and check out So Below’s two singles below.

Besade – “Far Alone” Remix (Economix Premier)

Welcome to a very special post on The Economix. Today I am joined by Besade to premier his new track “Far Alone” (Besade Remix) by G-Eazy. Besade caught my ear a couple of months ago with his original track “Sleep Factory” and our conversation began when I reached out to him to let him know how much I liked his song. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to ask him a few questions and learn more about him as an artist and musician. You can check out our conversation below. I’ve embedded all of his tracks within the interview for easy listening, as well as links to his social media pages. I encourage you to share his music, he’s a truly talented young producer who deserves more publicity. As for his new track, the remix of “Far Alone” takes a downtempo rap song and adds a bit of energy and electronic flair, turning it into a energetically chill song to play while warming up a party with your friends. It’s an impressive piece, and I am honored that Besade chose The Economix to premier it. Check out the track right here:

And keep reading for the interview below:

Hey Besade! Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today. I figure’d we’d start with a simple introduction: Who are you and where are you from?

Hi! My name is Besade and I’m from Toronto, Canada.

How did you first get into music production?
 

When I was around 12 or 13 I went to a science summer camp where we were given a demo copy of FL Studio (I think it was called Fruity Loops at that time) and we were given a quick lesson on how to make basic sounds. Coincidentally, my older brother had been introduced to FL at that time as well. We messed around with it for several years on and off before I got serious about production. I still use FL to this day and swear by it.

That’s really cool that you got introduced to production software at such an early age.  Since you’ve gotten serious, you’ve launched your career by releasing two originals and then a remix, an increasingly rare pattern in an age where many of our modern electronic idols started off with a string of remixes to accelerate their fledgling careers (The Chainsmokers and Kygo are good examples). Do you see your future content being based more on original tracks or remixes?

It’ll definitely be a mix of both. I think the idea of having the choice to pick which songs to remix gives me a sense of freedom that I really enjoy, which is a little counterintuitive. But of course, the feeling of writing your own song, and having something that is 100% yours is a really cool feeling as well. I actually approach remixes and originals in a similar way in that they both contain as much of my own written melodic material.

You can especially see that melodic independence in your newest track, you pretty much just keep the vocals and re-write the rest yourself. Is making music a full-time endeavor for you or do you have another career?
 

I’m actually just entering my last year of University. I would absolutely love to be Besade full-time, and actually have plans to do so when I finish school!

Awesome, I can’t wait for full-time Besade. Any passions besides music?
 

I’m trying to think of something that isn’t music-related and I’m struggling. It’s pretty cliche but music is such a big part of my life. I spend almost every waking hour looking for new music or thinking of ways to improve my own. Music has been my passion since long before I got into production.

Fair enough. If you could collaborate on a song with any artist, who would it be?
 
So many artists come to mind so I’m going to pick two. I would love to work with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow. I absolutely love his voice and Miike Snow is one of my favorite bands ever! Another that comes to mind is Avicii. He’s been a huge inspiration for me from the beginning and is part of the reason I decided to get serious about production.

Those are two great artists, but who would you consider your biggest role model in music?
 
I really look up to Porter Robinson. He has an incredible songwriting ability and his music is full of emotion. Worlds is one of my favorite albums and I always look forward to his new music.

I had the opportunity to see Porter Robinson live in concert a couple of years ago, and it was a mind-blowing experience. He knows how to give a crowd a show.
Earlier we mentioned your introduction to the music production process, and on twitter you stated that “around 50% of the shit in [your] songs happen by accident,” and that you feel like an imposter at times because of that. What’s an example of something in a song that came together “by accident” and ended up making a track better? 
 
Haha yeah that’s true. It’s not necessarily entire songs that come together by accident, more like little pieces and riffs here and there. I think it’s the fact that some of the most prominent sounds in my songs are usually accidental to some degree. For example, I knew I wanted vocal chops in Sleep Factory, but nothing I tried seemed to work with the song. I ended up accidentally arranging the vocal chops in scrambled order. And that’s how it stayed in the final version. Now those vocals are my favorite element of the song.
 
I’m a sucker for vocal chops so I’m glad it worked out. How do you deal with unexpected setbacks in the creative process?
 

That’s really tough, my mood really depends on how smoothly the songwriting process is going for me, and it can get really frustrating when something that you’ve worked on for so long just isn’t coming together. I try to clear my mind, go for a walk, listen to some really inspiring music. The right mentality is key, be confident in what you’re doing and be prepared to make mistakes.

Good advice for any path in life. Your two original songs are percussion-heavy instrumental tracks that incorporate melodic electronic vibes. Have you ever attempted to classify yourself by genre, and if so, what genre of music would you say you make?
 

I really don’t worry about genre at all. I think it’s important to some degree to classify your music so that people are able to find it, but is not something that I’ve put much thought into. “I make electronic music” is good enough for me.

While you might not have a genre, you have a defined style that is consistent and easy to identify throughout your four tracks. Did you have a specific “sound” in mind when you began making music or did your style just emerge organically?
 

Now that’s something that I have put some thought into, at least in the beginning. It’s really important to have an identifiable style for any artist, and luckily mine came mostly organically. Of course I’m still evolving as a producer and songwriter so I expect my music to sound different down the road. When I look at some of the stuff I was making even last year, you can clearly hear differences. I also think that the “sound” you’re referring to is usually a combination of an artists musical inspirations. It’s basically impossible to make something that is 100% original because everything is derivative, and I don’t think music is any different.

I agree, it’s not about where you got the idea, it’s what you added to it. In between the releases of your debut track “Sleep Factory” and its follow-up “The Lights” you tweeted that you were completely out of your comfort zone. What made you uncomfortable in the process and how did it affect the final product – “The Lights”?
 
The Lights was an incredibly challenging song for me. It went through so many iterations and I had so many nights of work that I ultimately decided not to keep in the final song. I think the fact that the song is essentially split up into two very different pieces is something that was intentional but very challenging to get right. That being said, I’m very happy with how it turned out.
 
I am too. What steps do you take to ensure that you push yourself musically, and how have you seen your work develop because of that?
 
Constantly pushing myself is so important to me as an artist. In fact, I hate doing the same thing twice. I’m always looking for new sounds or arrangements or harmonies that I can explore. That’s the kind of stuff that keeps me going. In terms of my songs, I’d like to think that so far my songs have all been unique in there own way in terms of production and musicality and that’s definitely the direction I want to continue in.

Constant innovation is a great goal. If you could say one thing to all your fans out there, what would it be?
 
Thanks for listening! Seriously, getting positive responses on my music is the absolute best feeling so I really appreciate all the love.

What’s next for Besade?

There will be plenty of new music coming in the next few months and into next year! I would especially love to work with vocalists for some original songs.

Thanks again for speaking with me, I’m looking forward to the next release. Keep up the good work! 
 

My pleasure, I appreciate the support.

Besade’s social media:

The Weeknd – The Hills (RL Grime Remix)

If you want a banger to up your Wednesday I have one for you right here. RL Grime has been putting in work with his signature trap sounds but he’s also been rocking shows under his progressive house moniker Clockwork. This track could be said to be right in the middle of those two sounds, showing his talent in the production of diverse sounds. While he keeps some of the original’s sensual vibes, he immediately lets you know that this track is gonna be a party song with the clapping effect to lead the song and catch your attention. He re-introduces the effect for the drop and proceeds to kill it. Enjoy below.

TroyBoi – Afterhours (Feat. Diplo & Nina Sky)

TroyBoi is one of my favorite producers for sick trap beats. Always somewhat downtempo, you never expect TroyBoi’s drops, but they always hit you hard. Here he teams up with Diplo and Nina Sky for his debut release on the Mad Decent label. Mad Decent has become legendary in recent years, and not just for its Block Parties. If TroyBoi is here to stay expect to see his production quality only increase and his beats get even dirtier. It’s inevitable once you become a Mad Decent producer. Enjoy the track below.

P.S. – Be sure to stick around for the switch-up at the end.

Ambiance

Whether you’re in school or at work, fall signals an end to the lazy days of summer. For us students, it also means the approach of midterms, papers, and job applications. I’ve whipped up this playlist with the intention of having it on shuffle in the background as I prep myself for all of these tests of academic ability. With a heavy focus on instrumentals but not exclusively so, this playlist will gently soothe your ears as you focus in on whatever task is at hand. Enjoy below.