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.

Grouplove – Good Morning (PINES Remix)

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My favorite Australian duo PINES has put out their first track since trending #1 on HypeM and racking up over 100k plays on Soundcloud with their original hit “Tell Me” and it’s a fantastic add to their rapidly growing discography. Atmospheric bass synths and ever-crisp snare rolls perfectly complement the indie-pop vocals and create an upbeat vibe for this remix of “Good Morning”. Now that they’re done rocking SXSW I hope that time back in the studio means more new PINES releases coming through soon. Enjoy below.

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. 029

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’s vibe has a little bit of everything – from chill, to future, to trap and R&B. Enjoy below!

1. PINES – Tell Me (feat. Water Park)

It’s been a minute since I’ve heard from my Aussie buddies PINES so I was very excited when I saw them pop up in my inbox the other day with a new song. “Tell Me” is a perfect example of what makes this Adelaide-based duo so appealing: chill vibes, crisp production, and an artful blend of melodic synths and calm vocals. In addition to all that, PINES will be playing at SXSW in Austin on March 16th and 17th so if you’re gonna be in the area go and support them!

2. Kill Paris – Good Love

Kill Paris has followed up the success of his fresh remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” with an even fresher original track titled “Good Love”. He doesn’t waste any time getting to the drop, which is a light, yet powerful future bass vibe that’s cleansing to the ears. I’m excited for what’s next.

3. Lane 8 and Kidnap Kid – Aba

Lane 8 is the master of the chill deep house song, and he’s teamed up with Kidnap Kid to produce this magnificently relaxing original track. As always, Lane 8 eases you into it slow and steady, allowing you to really feel each layer as it’s added to the track. Put this on in your room, light a candle, and let the stress melt away.

4. Kanye West – BED YEEZY SEASON 5 (FEAT. THE DREAM)

So Kanye West and The Dream done gone and made an 18 minute remix of the R&B hit “Bed” and it’s a beautiful musical experience. Don’t expect Kanye to drop any heat verses (or any at all), he’s on this track solely as a producer. Apparently this is the song that was playing as he debuted YEEZY SEASON 5, and I’d be willing to bet it’s also the song that was playing last time he put Kim to bed.

5. EKALI – Awakening – Mix.1

One of my all-time favorite electronic artists EKALI has started a mix series titled Awakening in which we get a taste of what’s been going through the artist’s headphones as he flits around the world playing shows and producing tracks – and the first edition is amazing. It goes hard, but EKALI makes it a point to creatively transition between songs in ways that blend even the most abrasive of sounds without a problem.

Kidswaste – Spleen EP

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Kidswaste’s debut Spleen EP is out today and it’s a beautiful soundscape of chill beats and playful instrumentals peppered with ambient samples that give a feeling of serenity. The three new tracks on it are Time,” Alone” and “Friends,” and each one is a different take on Kidswaste’s core sound. “Time” evokes feelings of calm nostalgia with a simple guitar riff accompanied by the tweeting of birds, a light percussion, and vocals that are light to the ear. “Alone” is a mostly instrumental track that’s heavier on the percussion than its siblings. It has a strong sense of movement without progress, kind of a listlessness that may be explained by Kidswaste’s self-proclaimed emphasis on “pensive sadness or melancholy” in this EP. “Friends” is my personal favorite new song, and it breaks through its self-imposed melancholy vibe into a celebration of longing for friendship, and the happiness that it brings.

All around, this is an extremely strong debut for Kidswaste, and I look forward to a long and successful career from the young French producer. Enjoy below!

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.