Fibruary

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As winter gradually loosens its grip on the Northern Hemisphere and we ease our way into spring, people everywhere are finding excuses to spend more time outside. From ambitious darties to brisk chill sessions, time spent outdoors in these transition months can almost always be improved with some tunes. Up and coming artists have not slowed their production at all these last few weeks, and I’ve collected the best for you below. Please hit up the “Vibe guide” below if you want to jump to music that’ll make you feel a certain way.

This time we’re starting off on a chiller, happier vibe with songs that are designed to instill feelings of energy and positivity. Then, as the BPMs go up and the synths get louder, we can start head bumping to some energetic future bass with pop influences. The colorful melodies eventually drop out and are replaced by more experimental, bass-heavy tracks that showcase innovative production techniques. When the beat stabilizes after all that chill trap, you’ll find yourself vibing out to some deep, but pleasant house music for a bit.

The house music eventually fades out to make room for very chill future bass – a calm sub-genre that lets you truly explore the sounds that the producer has arranged for you. Chill future bass slowly becomes less chill, and before we delve into the dark underworld of modern electronica we can enjoy some soaring melodies paired with oscillating bass that make you wanna jump up and down. Then things get intense. For almost the next 30 songs we are going as hard as possible with a mix of trap, techno, and hard deep house. This is the stuff of underground clubs and music festival side stages. In a half-hearted attempt to repair the damage done to you after listening to that, the playlist tapers out with some very chill, very beautiful electronica and a Yeezy remix. Enjoy.

Vibe guide:
1-6: Chiller, happy electronica
7-10: Future bass
11: Funk
12-17: Chiller trap
18-28: House, mostly deep
29-31: Energetic electronica
32-38: Chill future bass
39-57: Increasingly energetic future bass
58-75: Increasingly insane trap
76-79: Techno
80-85: Hard deep house
86-88: Chiller deep house
89-94: Misc. electronica
95-106: Increasingly chill electronica
107: Pure yeezy

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.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 028

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 chiller vibe. Enjoy below!

1. ZHU x MIGOS – Bad and Boujee.

Legendary producer and singer ZHU has pulled off the first remix of “Bad and Boujee” that I’ve really liked. It’s a dark, house take on the track that sounds almost nothing like the original, but it bumps hard. Just when you think there’s nothing more to add, ZHU himself pops in with his signature falsetto and guides us into a second chorus with an even more intense beat. Truly an underground house banger.

2. Billie Eilish – Bellyache

Billie Eilish has dropped this lowkey, indie electronica hybrid piece on us and it’s catchy as all hell. Her voice alternates between a dark, sultry sound and a lighter, longing tone as the song’s mood shifts from bemused detachment to melancholy energy. The instrumentals switch up accordingly, making a flawless transition from acoustic guitar strums to rumbling bass. An easy listen for any time.

3. Speaker of the House – Hi

SotH has announced that with this new track “Hi” a new era of his music has begun, filled with diverse music and different forms of house. This song, and the announcement, are a breath of fresh air from an artist with a lot of talent that risked keeping his sound too narrow. “Hi” has the trademarks of a SotH release – light vocal chops, a fun, pulsing beat, and a touch of future bass – but it is distinguishable from much of his older work in a way that hints at progress toward evermore musical achievements.

4. TastyTreat – Fallin’ In Love

TastyTreat have blessed us with a lighthearted valentines celebration of fallin’ in love. Up until the drop I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the wait was worth it. It’s not that the structure of this song is anything crazy unique. The sound is just so clean and catchy you can’t help but get pulled in by the oscillating fills.

5. BENZI – GIRL TRAPZ 11

BENZI (your girlfriend’s favorite DJ) premiered this volume of the legendary GIRL TRAPZ series over Valentines Day weekend and it’s filled with endless fun, energetic drops and tasteful indie EDM selections. This is a great mix for a pregame, hitting that ideal spot between recognizable tracks and weird beats that keep it interesting.

 

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!

Leonell Cassio – From Me, To You

Stockholm-based Leonell Cassio is back with another “emotional bass” track and it’s a chill experiment in future bass production. Natural melodies of soft vocals and light piano ease the listener into the track before Leonell hits them with a gentle drop with fills that bounce up and down with a lighthearted feel. Another step forward for this aspiring producer. 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!