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.
1-6: Chiller, happy electronica
7-10: Future bass
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
80-85: Hard deep house
86-88: Chiller deep house
89-94: Misc. electronica
95-106: Increasingly chill electronica
107: Pure yeezy
In the depths of winter, people look toward the warmer times ahead. Tickets are going on sale for Coachella, Firefly, Gov Ball, Paradiso, (insert every other festival here) as we speak and as the Festival Bubble continues to inflate the lineups continue to get more ridiculously packed with great artists. It’s not the worst thing, you can see many of your favorite artists for a (usually) reasonable price and devote a whole day to nothing but enjoying music and friends. However, as I’ve begun to enjoy intimate, $10 concerts in underground venues or club-based events the sheen with which festivals used to shine in my eyes has faded to a dull luster. There’s another up-side to the phenomenon, though, at least for consumers of music: artists time up some of their best releases with the sale of the tickets to grab people’s attention and thus the depths of winter are full of songs that may well become summer jams. I’ve collected some of those for you below.
We start off with the energetic, happy electronica that I (and hopefully you) have come to love. Louis the Child has graciously presented us with another hit, Griz and Gramatik teamed up for a funky banger, and Pluto continues his journey to the stars with a hard-hitting remix of Yeezy and Future. We briefly flirt with some high-BPM bass of the “future” and “drum and” varieties before settling into some poppy, yet crisp house music and light trap. Trap music’s low BPM provides a smooth transition into some chill electronica and alt-rock – the focus here is on the calming bass and the emotional vocals that make this my favorite part of the playlist. The calm vibes eventually give way to house, and then rap, and then, inevitably, bass house, techno house, and full-on disgusting trap music. You know this part of the playlist, insanely aggressive but fantastic in the right context. The last part of the playlist is less eclectic than usual – you can think of it as a toned-down version of the start of the playlist. These songs aren’t any worse, they’re just a bit less energetic and more scattered across the vibe spectrum. To go out with a flourish, I have some funky house and alt-rock for you in the last couple of songs. Be sure to like and repost on Soundcloud if you’re feeling the set. Enjoy!
- 1-15: Energetic electronica
- 16-19: Pop house
- 20-24: Chill trap
- 25-40: Chill electronica and alternative
- 41-44: Electronica with rap
- 45-47: Bass house
- 48-51: Techno house
- 52-58: Trap
- 59-74: Electronica
- 75-86: Funky house
- 87-95: Ambient electronica and alt-rock
As the northern hemisphere slowly descends into a deep freeze, we all need something to be happy about. For some, this happiness will come from the company of loved ones, the altruistic spirit of the holidays, or the warmth of a yule log softly crackling as snow drifts from the nighttime sky in the timeless dance of winter. For more fun people this happiness will come in the form of great indie EDM tunes that make every one of the above situations more enjoyable. Luckily, November was full of great tracks that will warm your heart and get your holiday parties trapping.
As always, we start with some bangers. Flume and Point Point kick us off with some heavy future bass, and Virtual Riot and Bearson fuse popular elements of EDM into great songs to sing along to. After about a dozen tracks we start to slow it down with some brand new Jai Wolf, Vallis Alps, and Fhin. This is some of the best downtempo electronica out there, and each song deserves multiple listens to appreciate its profound musicality. Chill vibes eventually transition to some pop-house electronica, which then melts away in the face of some hardcore trap. Fans of RL Grime’s Halloween V mix may find these ragers familiar. A bit of grimey rap and deep house sneak in there as the trap beats fade away, and before you know it we’re back to uplifting EDM. Don’t stop listening here, though, there’s a treasure trove of alt-rock still left for you to enjoy. As per usual, the end of the playlist is a pleasantly weird mix of tracks that bounce around the ambient side of the electronic spectrum.
In order to navigate this playlist and personalize your experience, here is a general breakdown of the vibes:
- Songs 1-9: Upbeat electronica
- Songs 10-22: Downtempo electronica
- Songs 23-32: Pop/house/funk electronica
- Songs 33-50: Trap/rap
- Songs 51-55: Deep house
- Songs 56-65: Upbeat electronica
- Songs 66-77: Alternative rock
- Songs 78-100: Miscellaneous electronica
Our playlist today marks the last monthly playlist of 2015, and with it a time to remember all of the sick tracks that have come out this year. At times it is easy to get caught up in the hype of a new song and not linger very long on the ones that you’ve already found and cherished. “New” can easily replace “good.” While these tracks below are all pretty “new,” they’re also very “good” and come from a diverse set of Soundcloud sub-genres. I decide to hit hard with my favorites up front and keep the energy of the playlist pretty high for the first ten or eleven songs before toning it down a bit and introducing a bit of a more positive vibe. The positivity won’t long, however, as we quickly build up to the second turn-up section of the playlist around the twenty-fourth song. We rage for a bit, but then take a slow, twenty song journey down songs of differing energy levels and more diverse genres to end with a couple of alt-rock tracks. I honestly didn’t frontload this playlist as much as I usually do, so I encourage you to explore different sections of the playlist and make sure you get to the last twenty songs (especially if you’re feeling really chill). Also, keep your eye out for some special end-of-year-treats from your favorite purveyor of electronic bangers: The Economix. See you soon.