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.

 

ALIGN – Daydreaming

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If you need a reason to be even more excited for this summer you need to check out Chicago-based producer ALIGN. His sample-based electronic style is clean, refreshing, and warm to the ears. “Daydreaming” is a perfect example of how happy his music can make you feel. Peaceful ambient sounds are expertly intertwined with gently rumbling bass and sparkling synths to create an atmosphere of sunshine and relaxation. Perfect for a drive down a sunny road or a beach vibe session. Enjoy below and give ALIGN a follow on Soundcloud!

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

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. 034

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.

1. SNBRN & Coyote Kisses – Show Me

“Show Me” is a perfect blend of the divergent styles championed by SNBRN and Coyote Kisses. You can hear the hard hitting 4/4 bass typical of SNBRN as well as the rapid oscillations and pseudo-vocal synths that Coyote Kisses love to use. The second drop is an unreal example of how a nice sub bass can make you feel.

2. JACKAL – Feel It (feat. Anfa Rose)

An intense, emotional future bass track from JACKAL. The way that the fills on the drop rapidly pan from ear to ear to ear is unreal, the vocals are pretty tight, and the energy never lets up.

3. Frank Ocean – Biking

I’m really enjoying this recent flurry of activity from Frank Ocean. Biking is a pretty chill, featuring Jay Z & Tyler, The Creator that starts of with some filtered vocals but then opens up with a verse from Frank and one from Tyler. Smooth always seems to be the go-to word when describing Frank’s tracks, so I’ll use it again here: it’s smooth af.

4. D.R.A.M. – Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty) [Chet Porter Remix]

Chet Porter infuses an irresistibly happy and energetic vibe into any track he touches. Broccoli is one of the most overplayed songs of this past year, but Chet waited for the hype to die out before releasing this pretty fresh take on the song. I like that there’s not really a huge “drop” and the focus is on the addicting vocals and bouncy production.

5. chris skorr – spring vibes

This is the first mix I’ve heard from chris skorr but I really like the vibe. It’s upbeat, happy, and has a lot of great future bass. Looking forward to exploring his summer vibes in a couple of months.

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.