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

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Happy Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year to spend time with family and eat way too much food. You will likely receive the question “How’s school?” approximately 3,000 times, so practice your stock answer now. If anyone happens to ask you what you’ve been listening to, just send them this playlist. Your grandma doesn’t understand what trap music is? Give her an education courtesy of The Economix. I’ve changed my song-discovery techniques this time around in the effort of spicing things up and getting a broader view of the indie music scene. Regardless, the quality of the product remains the same. Of course, we begin with the best indie electronica out there and move into some more downtempo stuff with an alt-rock flavor before going on a future-bass rampage. It took me a while to figure out what “future bass” was (mostly because there’s not that much bass in it), but it’s an interesting genre that seems to be blowing up right now. Songs in that vein begin at “Time (DSFGR Flip).” Of course we calm  it down a bit, add some hip-hop in there, and finish up with some weird songs to keep it interesting. Gobble up the playlist below.

Matt D’Emic – Guest Curator

Matt D'Emic

My good friend Matt D’Emic has recently dropped a couple of playlists that I think are definitely worth a listen from any fan of The Economix. Without Matt’s encouragement and guidance during my early ventures into the blogosphere I may have never made a home for myself in this wonderful world of online music. I reached the event horizon of the black hole that is MP3 blogging when Matt showed me Hype Machine, the website that serves as my primary tool in finding new music.

For people that constantly share music, opinions, and thoughts, Matt and I diverge significantly in how we listen to, curate, and explore music. I’d liken my own style to the intensity of a laser beam – extremely focused on individual songs or artists and how they relate to each other in meticulously ordered playlists. This occasionally leads me to overlook the broader scope of the music industry and the innumerable relationships between artists that make it a truly exceptional thing to explore. Matt does not seem to have this problem. He is more like a floodlight – a broader, more relaxed approach to a complex industry that takes into account the total body of work of each artist and their development over time. You can see that in his playlists – they’re meant to be put on shuffle and just vibed to. Order doesn’t matter, only mood.

Take the time to flip that shuffle button on and press play. “watch me unfold” is an ideal playlist for when you’re being “a freak in the sheets” (Matt’s own words), while “forest fires” is a collection of Matt’s favorite hip-hop songs. Hip-hop is an under-addressed area on this blog so I definitely appreciate any insight into that genre. Check out the playlists below and give him a follow on Soundcloud.