Sunday 5elect – Vol. 041

I’m back, and this week is full of music that will blow your mind. Enjoy below.

1. PETIT BISCUIT – Sunset Lover (Slow Hours Remix)

Slow Hours turns PETIT BISCUIT’s chill, atmospheric track “Sunset Lover” into an absolute banger with a retro vibe in their latest release. The French collective does their countryman justice with this hard-hitting wall of sound bookended by orchestral suites. If for some ungodly reason you’re not satisfied by the first drop just give Slow Hours a chance to convince you with the second.

2. blackbear – do re mi (Y2K Remix)

blackbear is a very talented vocalist and musician – and for that reason electronic producers have found creative and beautiful ways to fit his voice into genre-bending tracks that, above all, sound great. This song goes like “do re mi” and I’m digging it hard. Y2K keeps blackbear in the spotlight and as soon as his voice gives out he fills the space with powerful synth fills and guitar riffs dripping in reverb. An absolute jam.

3. Mura Masa – WAVE

First off, I’m so hyped for Mura Masa’s upcoming album in July. Even though he lost me a bit with “1 Night” his unexpected decision to release two free tracks on Soundcloud showed me an evolved version of the producer whose sound I fell in love with on his last two EPs. This track is spacey, minimalist, and captivating. I want to be on a boat in Paris on a wave…

4. louis the child – love is alive (girardot flip)

We’re all about the up-and-comers on the 5elect and girardot won his spot on my watch list with this remix of LtC’s heartwarming hit “Love Is Alive”. He does just enough. Vocal chops flit across your headphones echoing the original melody while the underlying electronic instruments get scrambled. One of my favorite things about this flip is that it’s hard for me to describe it. I can’t generically label it a “future bass” track, or a “tropical flip”. It’s just girardot’s sound and I’m digging it.

5. DROELOE – Diplo & Friends Mix

DROELOE are on that bitbird train and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch and hear their ascent. This mix is beautiful, bumping, and honestly one of the best sets I’ve heard on Diplo and Friends. An artist that knows how to showcase their own sound while bringing others into the spotlight – all the while never breaking the overall “vibe” – is a true DJ.

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.

 

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

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 036

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 future bass vibes. Enjoy below!

1. ODESZA – Late Night

New ODESZA for the first time in years is something that every electronic music blogger, including myself, has been extremely hyped about this week. Breaking their musical silence by releasing two tracks in one day, ODESZA showed the world that they remain a premier musical talent with a lot of new content waiting to be released. “Late Night” is by far my favorite out of the two, channeling what many have dubbed an “old-school” ODESZA vibe akin to what you’d hear on Summer’s Gone. It’s energetic, lighthearted, and atmospheric in the best way.

2. Jerry Folk – Purple Feelings ft. Rainsford

Jerry Folk also broke a musical silence this week, releasing “Purple Feelings” and announcing an upcoming EP titled Purple Evenings. Folk always hits the right vibe of funky and future for me and his original tracks have steadily improved in quality to rival the remixes with which he blew up. I have no doubt that the EP will be bumping.

3. San Holo – We Rise (Acoustic)

San Holo first teased this beautiful, albeit far too short, take on “We Rise” as the intro in his Diplo and Friends set. It was captivating then, it remains captivating now. Tracks like this serve as a healthy reminder that when you break it down there is always a melody underneath all of the intense synths, and that the artist chooses the synths deliberately. Regardless, it’s nice to hear the acoustic version and cleanse out your ears every once in a while.

4. DNMO & Sub Urban – Broken

Broken was one of those random clicks while Soundcloud Surfing that really pays off. After a brief intro that sounds like it could be an early 2000s alt-rock track this song immediately gets down to business with a heavy handed synth that slowly pans through your headphones. Lyrics are apathetic, sinister, and catchy. Great job by DNMO and Sub Urban.

5. Bronze Whale – SXSWHALE

Bronze Whale’s SXSW set is a fantastic collection of feel good, energetic, and sometimes pretty hard future electronic sounds. Wish I could have been at the Beautiful Buzzz showcase for this one – the vibe here is perfect for an afternoon dance party.

 

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. 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.

New Portals – Winterskin (The FVRY Mix)

FVRY is an up-and-coming producer from N. Ireland who has found a unique sound – a prerequisite to success in this oversaturated electronic world. By blending the distorted synths of 80s-style synthwave with the hard-hitting bass of the modern future-bass era, FVRY is able to transform “Winterskin” into a deep, vibey track that packs a punch. Check it out below!