Sunday 5elect – Vol. 039

Hey all, I graduated from the University of Notre Dame today so I’ve spent my week focusing on people and experiences in the real world before we part ways. Nevertheless, I’ve been listening to some tunes and here are my favorite five for the week. No write-ups this time, I’ll be back in full force next Sunday. Thanks for understanding.

1. Shallows – Matter (BLU J remix)

2. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still (Medasin Remix)

3. Rahn Harper – Stay [Prod. Mic Kellogg]

4. Mija & Vindata – Better (Electric Mantis Remix)

5. Ekali @ Coachella 2016

 

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 030

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 energetic, but in a lot of different ways. Enjoy below!

1. Gravez – Ruler

Gravez dropped a surprise EP on us yesterday titled Rize and each track is a heavy trap banger with hip-hop influences. “Ruler” is the first song on the EP and it sets a heavy tone with synths that sound like points of light rolling into an abyss of heavy bass and raw fills. My only complaint about this track is that it’s too short – thanks to Gravez for deciding to drop this on us.

2. REZZ – I

REZZ (a.k.a. Space Mom) has re-released this 2014 track to celebrate its inclusion in a new Versace ad campaign (yes, that Versace) and it provides us a powerful glimpse into how her sound has changed over the past couple of years. While still embodying the “dark” style that REZZ has become famous for, this track sounds a lot more deep house-y than her more modern work like “Purple Gusher” or “Melancholy,” which feel more disruptive and glitchy. Obviously because REZZ made it, it still bangs, and it’s worth an inclusion on your darkest playlist.

3. SNBRN & BLU J – You Got Me feat. Cara Frew

SNBRN and BLU J have more in common than having all caps artist names – they’re two of the hottest indie house artists in the game right now. This track hits the ideal spot between deep and poppy, and I really enjoy how you can hear each artist’s distinct influence on the track. SNBRN can be felt in the deep, sustained chords that carry you across measures, while the boys from BLU J tastefully add their signature rolling bass when needed to spice things up. A very solid track.

4. ZHU – Nightcrawler

Originally teased in a cryptic and mildly controversial video last week, ZHU has released the original track “Nightcrawler” and it’s a simmering dark house/r&b track that effortlessly bounces from one beat to the next. The video features a tombstone with the crossed out names of several “mainstream” electronic artists such as MARSHMELLO, KYGO, The Chainsmokers, and Steve Aoki, leading many of those artists’ fans to become butthurt and attack ZHU on social media. Was it a publicity stunt? Does ZHU dislike these artists? Does anybody actually care? The song bumps and I’m gonna have it on repeat for nighttime drives.

5. MYRNE – Monochrome II

MYRNE has released the second installment of his Monochrome mix series and it’s a fantastically mixed and expertly curated hour of energetic electronic music. This set flawlessly transitions from indie pop and chill electronica to heavy trap music and intense future bass. I’ve really enjoyed listening to it and look forward to the next installment.

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.

 

Wary

wary

In the depths of winter, people look toward the warmer times ahead. Tickets are going on sale for Coachella, Firefly, Gov Ball, Paradiso, (insert every other festival here) as we speak and as the Festival Bubble continues to inflate the lineups continue to get more ridiculously packed with great artists. It’s not the worst thing, you can see many of your favorite artists for a (usually) reasonable price and devote a whole day to nothing but enjoying music and friends. However, as I’ve begun to enjoy intimate, $10 concerts in underground venues or club-based events the sheen with which festivals used to shine in my eyes has faded to a dull luster. There’s another up-side to the phenomenon, though, at least for consumers of music: artists time up some of their best releases with the sale of the tickets to grab people’s attention and thus the depths of winter are full of songs that may well become summer jams. I’ve collected some of those for you below.

We start off with the energetic, happy electronica that I (and hopefully you) have come to love. Louis the Child has graciously presented us with another hit, Griz and Gramatik teamed up for a funky banger, and Pluto continues his journey to the stars with a hard-hitting remix of Yeezy and Future. We briefly flirt with some high-BPM bass of the “future” and “drum and” varieties before settling into some poppy, yet crisp house music and light trap. Trap music’s low BPM provides a smooth transition into some chill electronica and alt-rock – the focus here is on the calming bass and the emotional vocals that make this my favorite part of the playlist. The calm vibes eventually give way to house, and then rap, and then, inevitably, bass house, techno house, and full-on disgusting trap music. You know this part of the playlist, insanely aggressive but fantastic in the right context. The last part of the playlist is less eclectic than usual – you can think of it as a toned-down version of the start of the playlist. These songs aren’t any worse, they’re just a bit less energetic and more scattered across the vibe spectrum. To go out with a flourish, I have some funky house and alt-rock for you in the last couple of songs. Be sure to like and repost on Soundcloud if you’re feeling the set. Enjoy!

Vibe Guide:

  • 1-15: Energetic electronica
  • 16-19: Pop house
  • 20-24: Chill trap
  • 25-40: Chill electronica and alternative
  • 41-44: Electronica with rap
  • 45-47: Bass house
  • 48-51: Techno house
  • 52-58: Trap
  • 59-74: Electronica
  • 75-86: Funky house
  • 87-95: Ambient electronica and alt-rock

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.

 

BLU J X MOONZz – GDBYE

Another deep house banger for you guys today. San Francisco based project BLU J has teamed up with L.A. native MOONZz to create a dancefloor anthem that will be sure to dominate clubs for the next couple of months. Enjoy below.