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. 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. 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.

Wary

wary

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!

Vibe Guide:

  • 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