Sunday 5elect – Vol. 036

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. This week is packed with future bass vibes. Enjoy below!

1. ODESZA – Late Night

New ODESZA for the first time in years is something that every electronic music blogger, including myself, has been extremely hyped about this week. Breaking their musical silence by releasing two tracks in one day, ODESZA showed the world that they remain a premier musical talent with a lot of new content waiting to be released. “Late Night” is by far my favorite out of the two, channeling what many have dubbed an “old-school” ODESZA vibe akin to what you’d hear on Summer’s Gone. It’s energetic, lighthearted, and atmospheric in the best way.

2. Jerry Folk – Purple Feelings ft. Rainsford

Jerry Folk also broke a musical silence this week, releasing “Purple Feelings” and announcing an upcoming EP titled Purple Evenings. Folk always hits the right vibe of funky and future for me and his original tracks have steadily improved in quality to rival the remixes with which he blew up. I have no doubt that the EP will be bumping.

3. San Holo – We Rise (Acoustic)

San Holo first teased this beautiful, albeit far too short, take on “We Rise” as the intro in his Diplo and Friends set. It was captivating then, it remains captivating now. Tracks like this serve as a healthy reminder that when you break it down there is always a melody underneath all of the intense synths, and that the artist chooses the synths deliberately. Regardless, it’s nice to hear the acoustic version and cleanse out your ears every once in a while.

4. DNMO & Sub Urban – Broken

Broken was one of those random clicks while Soundcloud Surfing that really pays off. After a brief intro that sounds like it could be an early 2000s alt-rock track this song immediately gets down to business with a heavy handed synth that slowly pans through your headphones. Lyrics are apathetic, sinister, and catchy. Great job by DNMO and Sub Urban.

5. Bronze Whale – SXSWHALE

Bronze Whale’s SXSW set is a fantastic collection of feel good, energetic, and sometimes pretty hard future electronic sounds. Wish I could have been at the Beautiful Buzzz showcase for this one – the vibe here is perfect for an afternoon dance party.

 

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 035

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. This week is packed with  bangers. Enjoy below.

1. Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – Easy Go (Pham Remix)

Pham’s remix of “Easy Go” is one of the best electronica releases I’ve heard in a while. It takes the upbeat and hopeful original and transforms it into an energetic, yet haunting electronica track.

2. Big Wild – Empty Room (feat. Yuna) [Win and Woo Remix]

Big Wild x Win and Woo was guaranteed to produce a banger. Recently had the opportunity to see BW live and it was one of the most fun experiences of my life. He knows how to turn up and explore the darker side of his style. Win and Woo capture the essence of that more intense, party-ready vibe in a way that remains faithful to the original.

3. Flume – Wall Fuck (Gramatik & Ramzoid Remix)

Flume’s experimental track “Wall Fuck” off of the album Skin has received so many creative remixes because of the unique sounds that it debuted to the electronic world. Gramatik and Ramzoid harness the original’s signature synths to much effect throughout the entire track – mixing it into the intro, drop, and soothing outro.

4. MADEINTYO – Skateboard P (Styles&Complete x Jayceeoh Remix)

Feeling blessed that this track appeared on my feed. An intense trap collab that definitely makes the drop the focus of the song. This is a pure banger.

5. Tchami – Confessions #2

Sometimes in order to understand why music is the way it is today, you have to look to the past. I’ve been exploring a lot of deep house and techno vibes recently and wanted to see where the genres’ roots lie. Tchami’s legendary Confessions #2 mix provides a perfect blend of deep house and hard trap.

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.

Shatter

Shatter

This one is designed to get you moving. Whether it’s your weekly rager or your daily workout, the songs on this playlist will add enough energy to your routine to push it over the edge. It’s kind of pointless to try to classify most EDM music, but this would largely be considered trap, house, and future bass in this playlist. You might notice that this playlist is very aggressive and very long. I stacked most of my absolute favorites near the front, but I encourage you to shuffle this playlist to discover some of the gems in the back and make each listen a unique pump-up experience. Enjoy below, not for the feint of heart.