Sunday 5elect – Vol. 028

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. This week has a chiller vibe. Enjoy below!

1. ZHU x MIGOS – Bad and Boujee.

Legendary producer and singer ZHU has pulled off the first remix of “Bad and Boujee” that I’ve really liked. It’s a dark, house take on the track that sounds almost nothing like the original, but it bumps hard. Just when you think there’s nothing more to add, ZHU himself pops in with his signature falsetto and guides us into a second chorus with an even more intense beat. Truly an underground house banger.

2. Billie Eilish – Bellyache

Billie Eilish has dropped this lowkey, indie electronica hybrid piece on us and it’s catchy as all hell. Her voice alternates between a dark, sultry sound and a lighter, longing tone as the song’s mood shifts from bemused detachment to melancholy energy. The instrumentals switch up accordingly, making a flawless transition from acoustic guitar strums to rumbling bass. An easy listen for any time.

3. Speaker of the House – Hi

SotH has announced that with this new track “Hi” a new era of his music has begun, filled with diverse music and different forms of house. This song, and the announcement, are a breath of fresh air from an artist with a lot of talent that risked keeping his sound too narrow. “Hi” has the trademarks of a SotH release – light vocal chops, a fun, pulsing beat, and a touch of future bass – but it is distinguishable from much of his older work in a way that hints at progress toward evermore musical achievements.

4. TastyTreat – Fallin’ In Love

TastyTreat have blessed us with a lighthearted valentines celebration of fallin’ in love. Up until the drop I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the wait was worth it. It’s not that the structure of this song is anything crazy unique. The sound is just so clean and catchy you can’t help but get pulled in by the oscillating fills.

5. BENZI – GIRL TRAPZ 11

BENZI (your girlfriend’s favorite DJ) premiered this volume of the legendary GIRL TRAPZ series over Valentines Day weekend and it’s filled with endless fun, energetic drops and tasteful indie EDM selections. This is a great mix for a pregame, hitting that ideal spot between recognizable tracks and weird beats that keep it interesting.

 

Kidswaste – Spleen EP

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Kidswaste’s debut Spleen EP is out today and it’s a beautiful soundscape of chill beats and playful instrumentals peppered with ambient samples that give a feeling of serenity. The three new tracks on it are Time,” Alone” and “Friends,” and each one is a different take on Kidswaste’s core sound. “Time” evokes feelings of calm nostalgia with a simple guitar riff accompanied by the tweeting of birds, a light percussion, and vocals that are light to the ear. “Alone” is a mostly instrumental track that’s heavier on the percussion than its siblings. It has a strong sense of movement without progress, kind of a listlessness that may be explained by Kidswaste’s self-proclaimed emphasis on “pensive sadness or melancholy” in this EP. “Friends” is my personal favorite new song, and it breaks through its self-imposed melancholy vibe into a celebration of longing for friendship, and the happiness that it brings.

All around, this is an extremely strong debut for Kidswaste, and I look forward to a long and successful career from the young French producer. Enjoy below!

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 027

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. This week is a healthy mix of chill future sounds and intense bass music. Enjoy below!

1. smle – By My Side

Zed’s Dead new label – cleverly named Deadbeats – has released its first compilation EP and it features some of the best rising stars in the electronic scene – smle, Kid Froopy, and REZZ being my personal favorites. “By My Side” is a downtempo example of what made people start listening to future bass in the first place: pleasant synth chords that bounce with the beat and pack a punch of their own. You can hear how each swing of the chord brings with it a little rumble of bass that adds considerable depth to the track.

2. Tennyson x Mr. Carmack – Tuesday

So apparently Red Bull hired Tennyson and Mr. Carmack to produce three songs in three days, and Red Bull is releasing them for free on Soundcloud. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, and out of the three songs (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), Tuesday is definitely my favorite. This genre-bending track mixes flitting fills and full, lingering bass to create a relaxed, almost jazzy atmosphere. It’s the ideal chill electronic track.

3. Shawn Wasabi – SPICY BOYFRIEND

In the Valentines day spirit, Shawn Wasabi released an absurdly happy and almost unbearably cute track titled “SPICY BOYFRIEND.” It’s a futuristic sound that wouldn’t be out of place on a Moving Castle release, with light horns, organic sounds, and heavily filtered vocals that come together to create a feeling of carefree joy.

4. WHAT SO NOT – JAGUAR (LUCA LUSH LIFT)

Luca Lush pumps out music at a prodigious rate, and each of his songs always seems to have at least three different drops, so every new release is a 3-for-1 deal. Taking on What So Not’s legendary bass tune “Jaguar,” Luca Lush does what he’s best at – he traps it the fuck out. What’s most impressive, however, is how well he keeps the feel of the original underneath the distortion and heavy synthwork.

5. josh pan – djing on acid ep. 1 ft. gta & getter on holy ship

This set somehow made me want to go to Holy Ship! even more than I already did. Josh Pan puts on an intense bass house set with GTA and Getter (not to mention, Oshi, Herobust, and Party Favor) all while tripping balls on acid. Before uploading it to Soundcloud, Josh added in some hilarious commentary where he explains how he was feeling at various points during the set (and how he fucked up the set because he was tripping too hard). All in all – the set is an amazing journey into the harder side of EDM, and I can’t even imagine how lit it would have been live.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 026

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. This week has a fun, chiller vibe. Enjoy below!

1. Kidswaste – Wild (feat. Khai)

One of my favorite rising stars, Kidswaste, is back with one more single before his debut EP titled Spleen comes out on February 24th. If music is truly self-expression, then this young producer must be one of the most happy, chill people in the world. Acoustic guitar riffs, gentle snares, and Khai’s soothing voice come together to create an atmosphere of calm joy. I’m looking forward to the EP.

2. Deadmau5 ft. Grabbitz – Let Go (FVRY Remix)

Just a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview FVRY, an aspiring producer out of N. Ireland with a unique synthwave sound, and yesterday he released a dark, genre defying remix of Deadmau5’s “Let Go.” Infused with sci-fi movie dialogue and glittering synth breaks, this new remix starts off haunting and descends into hard, rolling beats that leave the listener feeling intense and focused. A huge addition to FVRY’s discography.

3. Tchami – Adieu

Tchami’s new track is a chill deep house masterpiece that hits the sweet spot in between bumping and relaxing. Slow build-ups and rewarding doses of bass make this a track that ebbs between anticipation and release.

4. FRND – Substitute

FRND has a passive-aggressive, smooth pop vibe that seems to focus on dysfunctional relationships within friend groups, and I find his tracks strangely addicting. It’s probably the immaculate production combined with pure catchiness that makes each of these songs sound like candy to the ears.

5. Defunk – All Good Radio Ep. 08

When introducing me to this mix, a friend introduced Defunk’s sound as “like GRiZ, but trappier.” I think that this is a pretty accurate description – imagine a more future-bass Big Gigantic. This is one of the best sets I’ve heard in a while. It’s so smooth, funky, and the perfect balance of turn-up and chill. I strongly recommend it.

 

Death Team – Work

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Swedish duo Death Team caught my ear last year with their catchy single “Messed Up,” an energetic and poppy electronic production with an addicting sound. “Work” is a solid follow-up that explores their sound with less of a party feel but just as much replay-ability. Electronic chords bounce around the background while Icona Pop-esque vocals lament the necessity of work and question the meaning of life – an intense theme set against a happy instrumental in an ironic dichotomy. Enjoy below!

What So Not – Lone (Slow Hours Remix)

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It’s not easy to take a What So Not track and turn it up another notch, but the newly formed French collective Slow Hours has pulled it off. Coming together to create a better network of young producers in France, Slow Hours is made up of Kidswaste, Khamsin, Lain, Kultur, Rusty Hook and Astre. I’ve been a big fan of some of these artists for a while now, and I have a feeling I’m about to become a fan of all of them. This track hits hard on the first drop and doesn’t let up. A perfect blend of future bass fills, soaring vocals, and glitchy distortion make the song aggressive but subtly melodic. I’m looking forward to more from Slow Hours. Enjoy below!

Leonell Cassio – From Me, To You

Stockholm-based Leonell Cassio is back with another “emotional bass” track and it’s a chill experiment in future bass production. Natural melodies of soft vocals and light piano ease the listener into the track before Leonell hits them with a gentle drop with fills that bounce up and down with a lighthearted feel. Another step forward for this aspiring producer. Enjoy below!