Sunday 5elect – Vol. 038

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 a goddamn trap fest. Enjoy.

1. SLANDER & BASSTRICK – DROP IT

Apparently Slander and Basstrick hooked up on the GUD VIBRATIONS tour and had the brilliant idea to create this trapsterpiece. The first drop is deceptive, with top notch sound design going into those slow, hard-hitting synths that are quickly repurposed into a high-bpm bass-house switch up that blew me away.

2. TastyTreat x ESQ – Lemön

Before this track I had TastyTreat pegged for solid future bass releases whenever I saw the name. Now I know they have strong potential to trap out. With the help of the homie ESQ, they’ve cooked up a hard-hitting track that’ll leave you headbanging. Blast it.

3. k?d – glitch boy

Now this is some signature, synth-y k?d. A clean, lighthearted buildup slowly guides you to what you know will be a distortion-filled future bass drop that’s satisfying every time you hear it. Powerful, dreamy, and unique – k?d adds another solid track to the discography with “glitch boy”.

4. graves – Meta feat. bbno$

Our last trap track of this 5elect is a choice song off of graves’ new Hilo EP – a solid collection that recently hit #1 on the iTunes electronic charts. Every track on the EP has a different flavor – this one hits the spot with a blend of trap and rap vibes.

5. Dancing Astronaut Mixes – The Radar 84: Mixed by Rainer + Grimm

Rainer + Grimm caught my ear a while back with their hit “Talk To Me” and they’ve been producing solid house tracks ever since. This mix is a perfect, energetic vibe for people looking to explore some deep house but not get too lost in the sauce. Enjoy below and vibe out.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 037

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 filled with happy, energetic vibes. Enjoy below!

1. Gill Chang – Story (feat. Cimo Fränkel)

Gill Chang took his bouncing synth sound in a different direction with this catchy track. “Story” lures in the listener with a soft horn before Cimo Fränkel comes in with some amazing vocals that certify this song as “radio-ready”. The horns in the chorus are the cherry on top.

2. DR. FRESCH – Sick (Original Mix)

This beat is sick. Dr. Fresch continues pumping out heat with this intense bass house track with a self-descriptive title. Classic vocal samples (including an on-the-nose robot voice) give “Sick” a familiar vibe while contributing some very solid content on the production.

3. Lorde – Green Light (Hotel Garuda Remix)

Hotel Garuda have such a powerful, fun sound that when you put vocals as stunning as Lorde’s on top of one of their tracks then you have a guaranteed indie dance hit. Stylistic touches like a pronounced breakdown before the first drop make this an homage to the original’s pop sound while taking it in a danceable EDM direction.

4. Kill Paris – where r u

The new Kill Paris track “where r u” came with great news – there’s an EP on the way too. The song is all good vibes. There’s no drawn out drop, super pleasant vocal chops and samples, and the rumbling bass during the chorus makes me happy. Can’t ask for much more than that.

5. The Magician – Magic Tape 70

The Magician dropping a new Tape is something I can look forward to every month. As always, the transitions are impeccable, the house music is new, and it’s perfect to do work to. A great resource to have for finals week.

 

Monthly Mix 028 || April 2017

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Oooh baby. April was a fantastic month of music. If you took all of my favorite electronic artists and put their names back to back it would look pretty DAMN. close to this month’s playlist. Per usual, artists start putting out work as soon all of the festival tickets go on sale and I’m not complaining. Recently locked in going to Bonnaroo myself and I’m beyond hyped. Almost every one of these songs is conducive to some sort of party, get-together, or happy time with friends – whether it’s raging at a concert, bouncing at a club, bumping at a house party, or vibing with your close friends.

We start off with the best of the best. A new release from ODESZA, a banging remix from Win & Woo, a stunning take on Wall Fuck by Gramatik and Ramzoid. After a brief venture into indie pop thx to SAKIMA and kiiara we experiment with some chiller indie electronica full of pleasant melodies and warm chords. Enjoy it while it lasts – the more energetic the songs become the closer we are to a massive house, deep house, trap section of the playlist that gets continually more experimental and (sometimes) absurd. This section is the cutting edge of sound experimentation in electronic music, and when it hits you in new ways it’s hitting right.

Once you pass through the gauntlet you’re in for some nice hip-hop courtesy of Frank Ocean, D.R.A.M., Goldlink and AMINÉ that blends seamlessly into a brief bit of funky electronica. The home stretch is a great selection of upbeat and happy future bass and general electronica that gently slows down to a quiet end with acoustic vibes. Enjoy below!

Vibe guide:

  • 1-26: Energetic electronica
  • 27-43: Increasingly aggressive deep house music
  • 44-62: Trap
  • 63-70: Hip-hop
  • 71-95: Energetic future bass
  • 96-99: Chill electronica and acoustic vibes

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. 033

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 energetic and fun. Enjoy below.

1. Kasbo – Found You (feat. Chelsea Cutler)

Kasbo first teased “Found You”  a couple of months ago in his fantastic winter mix for Snowglobe music festival, and I am very excited that it’s finally out. From the first piano chords and filtered vocals you can sense the relaxing yet melancholy vibes that permeate, but don’t overwhelm, the song. For me, the defining aspect of this track is Chelsea Cutler’s passionately sung lines “I didn’t have to / but I’m so glad I found you” that inject the song with a sense of wonder and carefree happiness that perfectly balances out the slightly more subdued instrumental. The bouncing synths that follow Cutler’s voice are a very tasty cherry on top of the cake.

2. Just A Gent x smle – Leave It All (ft. Calica)

A fantastic collaboration of two future bass powerhouses was bound to produce a banging track, but what blows me away is how “Leave It All” seems to drive the genre forward with new sounds while also being catchy as hell. The punchy, addicting synth drops catch your attention because you’ve never heard anything quite like it, and then you realize that you want to hear much more. The vocals, variation in the drops, and all-around fantastic production make this an accessible, refreshing track for both electronica fans and the uninitiated.

3. Juelz – Shooters

Juelz is keeping the momentum strong with his latest banger “Shooters”. Hot off of releasing a few other sample-heavy trap tracks, Juelz decided to go balls out on this drop. It hits the perfect balance between hip-hop influence, grimy trap, and heavy electronica to make an aggressive, hybrid sound that’s intensely irresistible. My favorite part is around 1:47 where the track suddenly transitions into a drum + bass Tokyo drift kinda vibe.

4. lil hank – Pupperino

EDM’s favorite doggo is back with a bouncing future bass track that’s unlike any of his other releases. The synth rolls hit hard enough to really catch your ear but not take away from the tasteful addition of a simple melody line, shifting bass fills, and unique popping (or barking) samples. Big tunes from a small pupper.

5. San Holo – Diplo & Friends Mix

San Holo’s Diplo and Friends mix is an expertly crafted selection of the artist’s work available for your listening pleasure. Featuring acoustic versions of his own tracks, unreleased remixes, and an unbelievable amount of *sparkle* and *swirl*, this mix is energetic, weird, and very fun to listen to. If you want a little glimpse of where San Holo hopes to guide the world of electronica through his own work and his label bitbird, this is your best shot. Give it a thoughtful listen.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 032

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 has a mix of very different vibes – from chill indie electronica covers to intense deep house. Enjoy below!

1. ye. – noteven

Yea, ye. is on the 5elect again. Recently I’ve felt like new future releases have slowed to a trickle, but ye. is just getting started. His always masterful use of vocal chops is complemented this time by a new, sparkling synth vibe that echoes above the track at each of its peaks. It’s a great, innovative sound that takes this track to the next level.

2. SAKIMA – What I Know Now (feat. AOBeats)

Moving Castle’s latest release is a chill, vibe-filled indie pop song sung by SAKIMA and produced by AOBeats and it’s catchy af. Great for a hangout with friends or driving on a highway at night.

3. Phlegmatic Dogs – Keepmastik

Night Bass consistently pumps out hype bass music, and damn am I glad they put “Keepmastik” on my feed. It’s hard to define what makes this track “better” than so much of the deep house music that’s out there. Is it the insanely crisp sidechaining? Is it the fact that it doesn’t try to overdo it? Is it that i’m somewhat addicted to large quantities of bass being blasted into my ears for hours a day? The world may never know.

4  Lido – Solsbury Hill

Lido decided to release us his emotional, downtempo cover of Peter Gabriel’s 1977 rock song “Solsbury Hill” and it’s a touching showcase of his production and vocal talents. There is barely an instrumental – for most of the song there’s just an oscillating vocal chop that allows for long periods of silence underneath vocals that slowly crescendo with emotion. Then, because why not, Lido breaks up the song with a dissonant adventure into chill trap production before finishing it up with more beautiful vibes. It’s a minimalist track for a quiet moment.

5. Lane 8 – Spring 2017 Mixtape

Looking for calm energy to fill your ears while you sit down to grind out some work? Looking to fill the ambient space in your room with beautiful, relaxing harmonies while you read? Well look no further. Lane 8’s Spring 2017 Mixtape is three and a half hours of delightfully chill and pleasantly energetic deep house. Start it from the beginning and let the vibes take you away.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 031

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 future, house, and rap vibes for you. Enjoy below!

1. Sofasound x broski – Say

I caught this sweet future track on ye.’s Dancing Astronaut mix (below) and I can’t stop listening to it. Using an addicting sample from Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” Sofasound and broski hook you into the track and deliver on a catchy, bumping, electronic drop that will get your head bobbing and your finger clicking that Soundcloud “like” button.

2. Post Malone – Congratulations (Ramzoid Edit)

Ramzoid has continued his hot streak with a choice edit of Post Malone’s legendary track “Congratulations” – turning the melancholy hip-hop track into a simmering electronic anthem. Dull bass synths subtly whip around in the background while Post spits his verses, adding an ominous energy to the track that drives it forward in a satisfying way.

3. Goldlink – Pray Everyday (Survivor’s Guilt)

Goldlink just dropped a brand new album on us titled At What Cost and “Pray Everyday” is a low-key banger that will make you want to listen to the LP front to back. The beat is crisp as all hell and Goldlink’s tone is calm but the words hit hard and swing perfectly to the beat. Check out the rest of the album on Spotify.

4. Felix Cartal – Get What You Give

Felix Cartal put a lighthearted, almost tropical-house spin on the classic track “You Get What You Give” and it’s an instant mood-lifter. Clean Soundcloud vibes for the whole family!

5. Dancing Astronaut Mixes – The Radar 79: Mixed by ye.

ye. is one of the people that gives me hope for the genre of future bass and the future of Soundcloud. Here’s a young, energetic producer that’s producing quality content at an impressive rate – and better yet his sound is unique! In this mix ye. showcases several IDs, a bunch of great remixes, and some great vibes from his friends. An energetic and fun mix for anyone who’s looking to explore an artist with a great road ahead of him.