Sunday 5elect – Vol. 038

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 a goddamn trap fest. Enjoy.

1. SLANDER & BASSTRICK – DROP IT

Apparently Slander and Basstrick hooked up on the GUD VIBRATIONS tour and had the brilliant idea to create this trapsterpiece. The first drop is deceptive, with top notch sound design going into those slow, hard-hitting synths that are quickly repurposed into a high-bpm bass-house switch up that blew me away.

2. TastyTreat x ESQ – Lemön

Before this track I had TastyTreat pegged for solid future bass releases whenever I saw the name. Now I know they have strong potential to trap out. With the help of the homie ESQ, they’ve cooked up a hard-hitting track that’ll leave you headbanging. Blast it.

3. k?d – glitch boy

Now this is some signature, synth-y k?d. A clean, lighthearted buildup slowly guides you to what you know will be a distortion-filled future bass drop that’s satisfying every time you hear it. Powerful, dreamy, and unique – k?d adds another solid track to the discography with “glitch boy”.

4. graves – Meta feat. bbno$

Our last trap track of this 5elect is a choice song off of graves’ new Hilo EP – a solid collection that recently hit #1 on the iTunes electronic charts. Every track on the EP has a different flavor – this one hits the spot with a blend of trap and rap vibes.

5. Dancing Astronaut Mixes – The Radar 84: Mixed by Rainer + Grimm

Rainer + Grimm caught my ear a while back with their hit “Talk To Me” and they’ve been producing solid house tracks ever since. This mix is a perfect, energetic vibe for people looking to explore some deep house but not get too lost in the sauce. Enjoy below and vibe out.

Septremor

And we’re back. School’s in full swing, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling some tectonic shifts in my lifestyle, self-perception, and goals. Luckily, my taste in music hasn’t changed. The past few weeks have provided us with a virtual treasure trove of great songs and it was difficult to narrow it down to only 53. Regardless, cuts had to be made and we’re left with only the best. If someone ever asks you “What type of music does Seamus listen to?” just play them the first 20 songs of this playlist because it’s pretty much the perfect sample with appearances from artists as diverse as Kiiara, GRiZ, and NGHTMRE. After that I took it down several notches with the energy’s nadir occurring somewhere in between Kygo’s two Piano Jams. With a few acoustic indie songs as a bridge to bring us back up to normal energy levels, I attempt a return back to an energetic, yet slightly alternative peak with a flavor of deep house courtesy of Slaptop. The rest of the playlist is a bit of a hodgepodge of random songs that I couldn’t truly make flow but was not willing to cut out of the playlist because I like each of them very much individually. Be ready for a few mood swings along this journey. Enjoy below.

BTS

To celebrate the beginning of the semester and the impending sylly week I’ve decided to put together a playlist of the hardest fucking songs I can find. The result is below and decidedly NSFW. We begin with that dance hall trap music that I’ve come to know and love. These heavy, downtempo beats persist until about song 21 when we make the transition to progressive house for my less aggressive listeners. The respite is very brief, however. By song 25 we’re back into the Moombahton that rocked my world when I saw Dillon Francis live. This vibe persists for a few songs before we have a brief stint of rap/hip-hop vibes and a full-on regression into late 00’s dubstep. The end of the playlist gets a little raunchy so only go there if you can handle songs that are a bit rough around the edges. Enjoy below and party irresponsibly.

Equilibrium

I kind of feel like I’ve gotten into a rhythm here in D.C. I know the city, know my friends, and am pretty content with what has been an awesome summer so far. This playlist is another “general” playlist, but has a kind of stability to it. I tried to not branch out into crazy genres that I question if I even like myself, keeping it close to a core sound that I know I enjoy. The playlist starts out with a lot of indie-pop, demonstrating that you don’t have to have a staff of writers to create a catchy pop anthem. Then we move into the world of “future-pop,” with glitchy vocals and rolling snares. This is my “home” with modern music. Anyone who follows this blog knows its my favorite genre right now. We briefly dip into some alternative rock before popping the tempo back up with some more trap and hip-hop influenced electronica to fill the second half of the setlist. As always, I’ve included a few acoustic songs to close the set and clear your head. Favorite artists on this list include: The Chainsmokers, RATATAT, Hudson Mohawke, and Snøwmass. If you only listen to one song on this playlist, let it be “Roses.” Over and over and over. Enjoy below.