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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.

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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.

 

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Sunday 5elect – Vol. 025

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 darker vibe. Enjoy below!

1. REZZ X K?D – FOURTH IMPACT

REZZ and K?D is a dream collab for those on the heavier, techier side of the electronic spectrum. Both artists are known for powerful, four-to-the-floor bangers that fill the entire sonic range when they blast out of speakers. “FOURTH IMPACT” is a techno house composition with both of the artist’s styles imprinted on the track. The first half of the song sounds like a pure REZZ tune, while the second drop (my personal favorite) sounds like a dark take on a K?D production. Only listen to this track loud and with bass-infused speakers.

2. tails. – YAYO

tails. channels his signature trap sound into a hip hop-influenced party track titled “YAYO”. Rap samples and trap beats have always gone well together, and tails. focuses the attention of the listener on his high-quality production by keeping the track simple. A bouncing bass, rolling snares and powerful fills are all he needs to whip up a banger.

3. Billie Eilish – Six Feet Under (BLU J Remix)

Wherever there is a smooth female vocal sample to be found, you can bet that a talented deep house producer will find it and work it into a bumping remix. BLU J teased this track in his recent Too Future. mix and the full version exceeds expectations. Rather than just using the vocals to prime us for the drop, BLU J made an effort to edit Billie Eilish’s soothing voice into the beat itself, bring the track closer to the feeling of an original than a remix.

4. whereisalex – we’re going down

I always appreciate this type of downtempo trap production because it needs to be so crisp, clean, and meticulously put together to be good. These tracks feel like minimalist interpretations of music that focus on how individual sounds can interact in a clean space to produce a unique vibe. They also bump hard. It seems like whereisalex only uses each sound once or twice to create a sort of journey as you progress through the song. Give it a thoughtful listen.

5. Dom Dolla – Selected Deep House 850k Mix

It’s been a while since I’ve featured some deep house on here – so here’s an hour of it. Dom Dolla is a pretty chill producer and this mix is a calm, driving exploration of bass and low-key vibes. It’s never over the top, sometimes borderline ambient, and always pleasant. Check it out for lots of nice house instrumentals.

 

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Sunday 5elect – Vol. 024

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 goes really hard. Enjoy below!

1. Kaskade & deadmau5 – Move for Me (Hex Cougar Remix)

Hex Cougar has quickly emerged as my favorite producer in the game right now. Some of his best tracks are hidden away on his remix account Hex Cougar’s Hextras but these are professional-quality remixes that take songs in directions you never though they’d go. His remix of “Move for Me”is the perfect example. The airy vocals slowly fade in and out of the track while the instrumental slowly but surely builds up into an explosion of sound that is grating and powerful. This is a song hand-crafted for an amazing live experience.

2. Pluto – I Won

Aspiring producer Pluto has boosted his astronomical rise in the indie EDM scene with “I Won”, a heavy-hitting remix of the Kanye x Future song of the same name. Iconic lyrics interweave with bass-heavy production to create a party anthem ready to be loved by EDM and pop-rap fans alike.

3. Loud Luxury – Something To Say (AFTER:HRS Mixcut)

I caught this smooth house track in The Magician’s latest Magic Tape and was instantly hooked. The vocals are hypnotic, and when the bass hits on the first drop it’s impossible not to start bouncing. The lyrics are odd but the way they keep moving forward and tell a detailed story is captivating.

4. BIG GIGANTIC – THE LITTLE THINGS (LUCA LUSH REMIX)

When Kasbo remixed this same tune by Big Gigantic into a chill masterpiece, I thought that I had heard the last re-imagining on the song. Then walks in Luca Lush. It would be hard to imagine a remix in a further direction from Kasbo’s, and it’s pretty amazing in its own, fucked-up, overwhelmingly aggressive trap way. In the right setting, at the peak of an amazing set, this song could be the highlight of someone’s night.

5. Vincent – Snowglobe 2016

Future-trap producer Vincent had the chance to strut his stuff on the main stage of Snowglobe this past December and he made the most of it. Full of his own remixes and a few promising IDs, this set perfectly walks the line between trap and melodic future bass music. Energetic, uplifting, and at times aggressive this is one of my favorite mixes I’ve heard in a bit.

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Sunday 5elect – Vol. 023

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 fantastic mix of house music, future bass, and trip hop. Enjoy below!

1. Alex the Flipper – Wonder

Alex the Flipper first popped into my headphones with his lighthearted, ODESZA-esque single “Sands” and now he’s back with another track to help get your groove on. “Wonder” has a fun, house vibe that hits a sweet spot between energetic and chill. The bass thumps and filtered synths weave around catchy vocals to create positive vibes while the slow BPM and breaks in the song keep the energy level low enough to be a relaxing experience. Can’t wait for what’s next from Alex.

2. Win and Woo – Killer With A Smile (Feat. Molly Moore)

Chicago-based duo Win and Woo’s second original track “Killer With A Smile” is an upbeat, crisp song with a lot of feel-good energy. Molly Moore provides the catchy vocals while Win and Woo do their magic with the instrumental. Something that I’ve always loved about Win and Woo is their ability to fill a track with loud bass but not let it overwhelm the song. That ability is on full display in “Killer With A Smile”.

3. Mansionair – Easier (Electric Mantis Remix)

Electric Mantis is an artist with his finger on the pulse of EDM. It seems that whatever style is in vogue Electric Mantis can harness its tone and bend it in a way that matches his unique style. In the past he has applied his bit-heavy, futuristic style to house songs, trap, and even some psychedelic funk. “Easier” has a dark tone emphasized by heavy bass hits, sorrowful vocals, and amazing future bass fills that rapidly ascend and descend in a way that conveys feelings of volatility and intense emotion.

4. oshi – #oshicanrap / throne

oshi has had an intense couple of months on social media with repeated calls for help, a brief hiatus, and now a few very dark track releases in a row. Music is a form of self expression and “#oshicanrap / throne” expresses recognition of being in a bad place but determination to keep grinding and take the throne. And damn, this beat slams. oshi mentions that he recorded the rap on his phone and “yes its horribly mixed” so maybe we’ll get a refined version in the future. Until then, this is more than enough for me.

5. Too Future. Guest mix 073 – BLU J

BLU J consistently put out house bangers so when I saw their name on top of a Too Future. mix I was sure I was in for a bumping, clubby time. What I found was very different, and truly an amazing set. BLU J masterfully mixes future bass, house music, deep house, and their own unique brand of house into a fun-filled and very energetic 42 minutes. A must-listen that accurately captures this moment in electronic music.

 

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Sunday 5elect – Vol. 021

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 diverse mix of future bass, hip-hop and downtempo vibes. Enjoy below!

1. it’s different – Shadows (feat. Miss Mary)

it’s different has been pushing out fantastic remixes for prestigious artists like The Chainsmokers, Illenium and MAX, but his most recent achievement is an original song titled “Shadows”.  Blending a drum-and-bass style beat with more accessible future-bass synths, it’s different succeeds in creating a danceable and moving track.

2. Aryay – Never Gonna Leave (DNMO Remix)

With this remix DNMO spins the already energetic, future-bass “Never Gonna Leave” into a much more danceable and fun version of itself. Reminds me of a 2015 Whethan song.

3. joneses – no1nextoyou

This is the first track I’ve heard from joneses and I gotta say I like his vibe. Very chill, downtempo and slightly haunting “no1nextoyou” is a prime example of how a simple track with clean production can be emotionally powerful.

4. MADEINTYO & 24HRS- MY WORD (PROD BY IZZIE)

MADEINTYO and 24HRS team up for this downtempo, emotional hip-hop track with a positive vibe. A far cry from “Uber Everywhere” or “I Want”, this song is a touching tribute to keeping one’s word to one’s homies and hoes.

5. Louis Futon – Zoned Out Vol. 2

This is one of the most fun mixes I’ve heard in a while. A lighthearted mix of classic party hip-hop and modern indie electronica, Louis Futon hits the spot with some supreme DJing.

Top 10 Tracks of 2016

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Happy New Year! In this special New Years Day edition of the Sunday 5elect I have included my top ten tracks of 2016. These rankings are not based on anything but my subjective experiences with each song over the last year, and are not meant to be rankings of “the best written songs”, “the most talented artists”, “the songs that had the most impact on the EDM scene” or anything else that broad. These are songs that caught my attention when I first heard them and I came to love through experiences that ranged from headphone listening, to pregaming in a London flat, to live at a music festival with hundreds of other fans. The only two hard requirements for this list were that the song be released in 2016, and that it be freely available on Soundcloud. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I have.

1. Flume – Say It ft. Tove Lo

Flume’s album Skin contained multiple electronica-pop crossovers that earned unparalleled praise and admiration from the electronic community and mainstream listeners alike. This speaks to the track’s flawless, unique, and ultimately very Flume production style and songwriting ability. Grinding, rolling synths form both the percussion and melody of the track while Tove Lo’s sensual vocals fly above and interplay with the rest of the meticulously crafted soundscape. This was an easy pick for #1.

2. Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter

This monster, one-time surprise collaboration between legends is like candy to the ears. Unrelentingly energetic and positive, this progressive house masterpiece showcases elements of each artists’ unique style while seamlessly blending them together. The Shelter US tour was said to be one of the best live music experiences ever, and its music video is a miniature cinematic anime experience. I think that what propelled this song to greatness is its exuberant positivity and great vibes.

 

3. Ty Dolla $ign – Blasé (Louis The Child Remix)

For me this song means hilarious pregames with cheap liquor in a London basement flat, and I love it for that. Swag lyrics and rumbling bass get everyone singing along before the drop brings the beat to a screeching halt and you have no choice but to turn up. Louis The Child had a great year with a couple of high-quality original tracks like “Weekend” and “Fire”, but this remix is special to me.

4. Flume – Say It ft. Tove Lo (Illenium Remix)

Illenium is one of the all-around greatest electronic artists out there right now. His 2016 debut LP Ashes was a massive hit with emotionally intense vibes paired with beautiful musicality, his live show I witnessed at Red Rocks was a work of art, and he has put out several massive remixes in the last two years alone. None of those mixes stood out to me as much as his take on “Say It”. Doing ample justice to the vibes of the original, Illenium adds his signature rolling bass touch to the chorus with rapid, hard hitting synth chords intertwined with Tove Lo’s emphatic lyrics and iconic vocal riffs. This track is a perfect upbeat party alternative to the original.

5. RUFUS DU SOL – Innerbloom (What So Not Remix)

“Innerbloom” was a beautifully crafted gem of its own before What So Not came around and turned it into a thumping party track that defined my spring. RUFUS DU SOL’s haunting lyrics and horn-like synths echo in the forefront of the track while What So Not rapidly builds up the energy in the background with a crescendo of bass and percussion that explodes into an iconic chorus. This song dabbles with the best elements of downtempo and uptempo future-bass and pulls it off perfectly.

6. Manila Killa – Youth (feat. Satica)

The artist community surrounding Manila Killa and the label Moving Castle is one of the most heartwarming things in the electronic music scene. Established artists like Jai Wolf interact with up-and comers like Manila Killa or Chet Porter in a way that gives off the vibe of a bunch of best friends hanging out and making fun music together. This song embodies that carefree but get-shit-done attitude. Happy instrumental vibes pair with melancholy, longing lyrics that are sung in a way that gives a dismissive signal to the problems of the past and turns a bright eye toward the future.

7. Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE – Need You

I’ve been to two of Dillon Francis’s shows and both were the most turn-up, fun experiences of my life. I think Dillon’s personal brand and music interact to create this intense but hilarious vibe, and it’s a bit of absurdity that we all need in our life. NGHTMRE is one of the heavier artists on the scene right now and his presence is heavily felt in this track. His touch gives the drop the “oomph” it needs to hit you just right. This song has complemented some of the most rewarding parties and workouts of my 2016.

8. kali uchis – ridin round ft. tory lanez (oshi redo)

Honestly how could I not include this song in my list. Oshi’s vocal filters and unorthodox production style combine to create an unnervingly unique but undeniably catchy tune that you can’t help singing along to while you’re ridin’ around your city with the top down. The beat may always feel like it’s a half-step off, but it’s always right where you need it to be.

9. Speaker of the House – Redwood

Speaker of the House’s melodic vibes speak to my calmer side. This track toes the line between chill and upbeat, and does so perfectly. The bass bounces, the vocal chops soothe, and the guitar riff gives the track a natural vibe that can’t be perfectly replicated by a synth. In this track, it’s the little things. How the vocal chops interplay with the rolling synth riffs. How the bass flits around the lower register of the track but never overwhelms. How there’s the occasional touch of a synth that sounds like it’s emanating from a wooden xylophone. This track puts me in the zone to just relax and enjoy the beauty that life has to offer.

10. FRENSHIP – Capsize

This song does not fit in with the electronica vibe of the rest of the playlist, but believe it or not my musical roots can trace themselves back to poppy alt-rock (shoutout to LIGHTS). When I first heard this song it tapped right into those roots and I felt a rush of euphoria. Smooth production, a fantastic male-female vocal duo and fun guitar riffs combine to make this song a cleverly crafted feel-good track that is perfect for any setting.