Sunday 5elect – Vol. 035

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  bangers. Enjoy below.

1. Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – Easy Go (Pham Remix)

Pham’s remix of “Easy Go” is one of the best electronica releases I’ve heard in a while. It takes the upbeat and hopeful original and transforms it into an energetic, yet haunting electronica track.

2. Big Wild – Empty Room (feat. Yuna) [Win and Woo Remix]

Big Wild x Win and Woo was guaranteed to produce a banger. Recently had the opportunity to see BW live and it was one of the most fun experiences of my life. He knows how to turn up and explore the darker side of his style. Win and Woo capture the essence of that more intense, party-ready vibe in a way that remains faithful to the original.

3. Flume – Wall Fuck (Gramatik & Ramzoid Remix)

Flume’s experimental track “Wall Fuck” off of the album Skin has received so many creative remixes because of the unique sounds that it debuted to the electronic world. Gramatik and Ramzoid harness the original’s signature synths to much effect throughout the entire track – mixing it into the intro, drop, and soothing outro.

4. MADEINTYO – Skateboard P (Styles&Complete x Jayceeoh Remix)

Feeling blessed that this track appeared on my feed. An intense trap collab that definitely makes the drop the focus of the song. This is a pure banger.

5. Tchami – Confessions #2

Sometimes in order to understand why music is the way it is today, you have to look to the past. I’ve been exploring a lot of deep house and techno vibes recently and wanted to see where the genres’ roots lie. Tchami’s legendary Confessions #2 mix provides a perfect blend of deep house and hard trap.

Grouplove – Good Morning (PINES Remix)

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My favorite Australian duo PINES has put out their first track since trending #1 on HypeM and racking up over 100k plays on Soundcloud with their original hit “Tell Me” and it’s a fantastic add to their rapidly growing discography. Atmospheric bass synths and ever-crisp snare rolls perfectly complement the indie-pop vocals and create an upbeat vibe for this remix of “Good Morning”. Now that they’re done rocking SXSW I hope that time back in the studio means more new PINES releases coming through soon. Enjoy below.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 034

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.

1. SNBRN & Coyote Kisses – Show Me

“Show Me” is a perfect blend of the divergent styles championed by SNBRN and Coyote Kisses. You can hear the hard hitting 4/4 bass typical of SNBRN as well as the rapid oscillations and pseudo-vocal synths that Coyote Kisses love to use. The second drop is an unreal example of how a nice sub bass can make you feel.

2. JACKAL – Feel It (feat. Anfa Rose)

An intense, emotional future bass track from JACKAL. The way that the fills on the drop rapidly pan from ear to ear to ear is unreal, the vocals are pretty tight, and the energy never lets up.

3. Frank Ocean – Biking

I’m really enjoying this recent flurry of activity from Frank Ocean. Biking is a pretty chill, featuring Jay Z & Tyler, The Creator that starts of with some filtered vocals but then opens up with a verse from Frank and one from Tyler. Smooth always seems to be the go-to word when describing Frank’s tracks, so I’ll use it again here: it’s smooth af.

4. D.R.A.M. – Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty) [Chet Porter Remix]

Chet Porter infuses an irresistibly happy and energetic vibe into any track he touches. Broccoli is one of the most overplayed songs of this past year, but Chet waited for the hype to die out before releasing this pretty fresh take on the song. I like that there’s not really a huge “drop” and the focus is on the addicting vocals and bouncy production.

5. chris skorr – spring vibes

This is the first mix I’ve heard from chris skorr but I really like the vibe. It’s upbeat, happy, and has a lot of great future bass. Looking forward to exploring his summer vibes in a couple of months.

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. 030

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now.  This week is energetic, but in a lot of different ways. Enjoy below!

1. Gravez – Ruler

Gravez dropped a surprise EP on us yesterday titled Rize and each track is a heavy trap banger with hip-hop influences. “Ruler” is the first song on the EP and it sets a heavy tone with synths that sound like points of light rolling into an abyss of heavy bass and raw fills. My only complaint about this track is that it’s too short – thanks to Gravez for deciding to drop this on us.

2. REZZ – I

REZZ (a.k.a. Space Mom) has re-released this 2014 track to celebrate its inclusion in a new Versace ad campaign (yes, that Versace) and it provides us a powerful glimpse into how her sound has changed over the past couple of years. While still embodying the “dark” style that REZZ has become famous for, this track sounds a lot more deep house-y than her more modern work like “Purple Gusher” or “Melancholy,” which feel more disruptive and glitchy. Obviously because REZZ made it, it still bangs, and it’s worth an inclusion on your darkest playlist.

3. SNBRN & BLU J – You Got Me feat. Cara Frew

SNBRN and BLU J have more in common than having all caps artist names – they’re two of the hottest indie house artists in the game right now. This track hits the ideal spot between deep and poppy, and I really enjoy how you can hear each artist’s distinct influence on the track. SNBRN can be felt in the deep, sustained chords that carry you across measures, while the boys from BLU J tastefully add their signature rolling bass when needed to spice things up. A very solid track.

4. ZHU – Nightcrawler

Originally teased in a cryptic and mildly controversial video last week, ZHU has released the original track “Nightcrawler” and it’s a simmering dark house/r&b track that effortlessly bounces from one beat to the next. The video features a tombstone with the crossed out names of several “mainstream” electronic artists such as MARSHMELLO, KYGO, The Chainsmokers, and Steve Aoki, leading many of those artists’ fans to become butthurt and attack ZHU on social media. Was it a publicity stunt? Does ZHU dislike these artists? Does anybody actually care? The song bumps and I’m gonna have it on repeat for nighttime drives.

5. MYRNE – Monochrome II

MYRNE has released the second installment of his Monochrome mix series and it’s a fantastically mixed and expertly curated hour of energetic electronic music. This set flawlessly transitions from indie pop and chill electronica to heavy trap music and intense future bass. I’ve really enjoyed listening to it and look forward to the next installment.

Fibruary

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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.

Vibe guide:
1-6: Chiller, happy electronica
7-10: Future bass
11: Funk
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
76-79: Techno
80-85: Hard deep house
86-88: Chiller deep house
89-94: Misc. electronica
95-106: Increasingly chill electronica
107: Pure yeezy

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 029

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now.  This week’s vibe has a little bit of everything – from chill, to future, to trap and R&B. Enjoy below!

1. PINES – Tell Me (feat. Water Park)

It’s been a minute since I’ve heard from my Aussie buddies PINES so I was very excited when I saw them pop up in my inbox the other day with a new song. “Tell Me” is a perfect example of what makes this Adelaide-based duo so appealing: chill vibes, crisp production, and an artful blend of melodic synths and calm vocals. In addition to all that, PINES will be playing at SXSW in Austin on March 16th and 17th so if you’re gonna be in the area go and support them!

2. Kill Paris – Good Love

Kill Paris has followed up the success of his fresh remix of The Chainsmokers’ “Paris” with an even fresher original track titled “Good Love”. He doesn’t waste any time getting to the drop, which is a light, yet powerful future bass vibe that’s cleansing to the ears. I’m excited for what’s next.

3. Lane 8 and Kidnap Kid – Aba

Lane 8 is the master of the chill deep house song, and he’s teamed up with Kidnap Kid to produce this magnificently relaxing original track. As always, Lane 8 eases you into it slow and steady, allowing you to really feel each layer as it’s added to the track. Put this on in your room, light a candle, and let the stress melt away.

4. Kanye West – BED YEEZY SEASON 5 (FEAT. THE DREAM)

So Kanye West and The Dream done gone and made an 18 minute remix of the R&B hit “Bed” and it’s a beautiful musical experience. Don’t expect Kanye to drop any heat verses (or any at all), he’s on this track solely as a producer. Apparently this is the song that was playing as he debuted YEEZY SEASON 5, and I’d be willing to bet it’s also the song that was playing last time he put Kim to bed.

5. EKALI – Awakening – Mix.1

One of my all-time favorite electronic artists EKALI has started a mix series titled Awakening in which we get a taste of what’s been going through the artist’s headphones as he flits around the world playing shows and producing tracks – and the first edition is amazing. It goes hard, but EKALI makes it a point to creatively transition between songs in ways that blend even the most abrasive of sounds without a problem.