Sunday 5elect – Vol. 042

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 full of happy music that makes you feel good. Enjoy below.

1. Whethan – Good Nights (feat. Mascolo)

“Good Nights” is Whethan’s latest hit and the perfect song for chill summer hangouts. Low key but complex production underlies Mascolo’s good vibe vocals and pushes your mood upward. A great indie electronic track is subtly creative while still being familiar enough to love on your first listen. Louis the Child have mastered finding this balance. Looks like Whethan may have, too.

2. The Weeknd – Starboy ft. Daftpunk (k?d Remix)

k?d has applied his glitchy sound to The Weeknd’s legendary anthem “Starboy” and it’s an intense track with a lot of vocal filters and energy. The way k?d switches up the distortion levels from drop to drop keeps the song fresh and adds a lot of replay-ability.

3. San Holo – The Future (ft. James Vincent McMorrow)

San Holo is rapidly becoming one of my favorite artists ever. I saw him live at Bonnaroo and then was inspired to dive a bit deeper into his discography afterward. I only found tracks and mixes that increased my respect for his production and DJing skills. “The Future” is a lighter, calmer track that incorporates light melodies and full synth cords. It has a pleasantly emotional vibe.

4. Kasbo – Lay It On Me (Feat. Keiynan Lonsdale)

Kasbo teased this track on his Cry/Dance mix and I really think it is one of the best examples of how his sound can make you feel energized and happy but bittersweet and nostalgic at the same time. A lot of his music feels like a fond memory.

5. San Holo @ EDC Las Vegas 2017

The worst part about not being at EDC Las Vegas is having to watch what you’re missing on social media. Sick drops, insane crowds, and crazy visuals that you can never really replicate in a video. However, a few artists have blessed us with full recordings of their live set, and after seeing San Holo at Bonnaroo just a couple weeks ago I had to check if it was the very same set that had blown my mind in person. Lucky for me, it was, and I get to re-live this masterfully crafted mix and share it with you all. Enjoy.

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. 018

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. The vibe on this edition is rap-heavy with a strong EDM influence.

1. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (FVRY Remix)

Coming at ya straight out of N. Ireland, FVRY delivers a unique take on the Kendrick classic “Swimming Pools”. Adding boosted bass and crisp snares to each verse, FVRY lets you sing along before the future-bass hits you in the chorus. This track does the perfect amount of justice to the original while allowing FVRY to showcase his production talent.

2. Vic Mensa – heathens freestyle

Vic Mensa delivers a heated verse laid over the iconic instrumental of Twenty One Pilots’ iconic hit “Heathens”. The verses speak for themselves.

3. Childish Gambino – Eat Your Vegetables (Cavalier Remix)

Four years ago Childish Gambino dropped one of the hottest tracks of his career with “Eat Your Vegetables”. Eleven days ago Cavalier decided to revive the track with a sick trap production that hits just as hard as Gambino’s bars.

4. Illenium – Afterlife feat. Echos (Dabin Remix)

Illenium just released his remix album for his hit album Ashes, and there’s some quality stuff on there. All of the artists incorporated the amazing source material into their own unique sounds, and Dabin is no exception. He transformed “Afterlife” into a more progressive, equally moving version of itself. If not for the second drop, this track would top the list this week.

5. Kasbo – SnowTape Vol. 5

The exceptionally talented and young producer Kasbo has had quite a year – he released his debut EP and several tracks on Soundcloud that have amassed over 1M plays each. To top it all off, he’ll be performing at the legendary Snowglobe festival, which this year can boast the best lineup I’ve ever seen in my life. Kasbo’s Soundcloud profile claims that his goal is to “make you wanna dance and cry at the same time.” This mix might do just that.