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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.

 

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!

Alexx Mack – Whatever I Want (Kapre Remix)

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Our boy Kapre is back with a tune that’s on a whole new level. A new, refined production approach and perfectly chopped vocals make this track an addicting hit. Energetic drops rumble with bass in a way that adds tons of energy but doesn’t overwhelm, and the calmer verses allow the listener an opportunity to enjoy Alexx Mack and recharge. Enjoy below!

Le Boeuf – Waiting For You (Kapre Remix)

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Our friend Kapre has released his 3rd track and it’s a feel-good song with a tropical house flavor. The young producer is rapidly building a strong content base filled with positive vibes and upbeat tempos. This one takes the acoustic vibes and smooth vocals of the original and channels it into a dance-floor tune that chases away the feelings of cold winter. Enjoy below!

Leonell Cassio – 2000 of 8 (ft. Charlotte Leone)

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Leonell Casio is an aspiring young producer and songwriter out of Stockholm who has produced a prodigious amount of electronic music over the last year. His most recent single “2000 of 8” is a downtempo future bass track filled with emotion. What sets this song away from most is the skillful use of drawn-out synth fills that slowly fade away after reaching a brief crescendo. They add a lot of depth to the track and showcase his production ability. Enjoy below!

Illenium ft. Joni Fatora – Fortress (Mr FijiWiji Remix)

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Another outstanding piece of work off of Illenium’s Ashes Remix album, Mr. Fijiwiji’s take on “Fortress” is downtempo and haunting. Bass constantly rumbles in the background creating an ominous energy. Joni Fatora’s vocals, passionate in the original, are now placed in a darker context. The nicest single touch that Mr. Fijiwiji incorporates into the remix may be the filtered vocal chops that slowly crescendo and recede into the background of the track, each one a musical accent that adds to the atmosphere of the song. Enjoy below!

Illenium – Without You ft. SKYLR (William James Remix)

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Illenium’s Ashes Remix album is full of gems – fourteen aspiring indie artists got to take a crack at re-imagining some of the best EDM tracks of the last year. William James’ remix of “Without You” is one of the best. Softening the production elements of the original while leaving the vocals intact, William waits until the drop to showcase what he can really do. Heavy chords blast from your speakers in regular intervals, allowing the listener to soak in each one. Each verse comes as a welcome reprieve from the intensity of the chorus, but each subsequent drop is as satisfying as the first. Enjoy below!