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. 027

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 a healthy mix of chill future sounds and intense bass music. Enjoy below!

1. smle – By My Side

Zed’s Dead new label – cleverly named Deadbeats – has released its first compilation EP and it features some of the best rising stars in the electronic scene – smle, Kid Froopy, and REZZ being my personal favorites. “By My Side” is a downtempo example of what made people start listening to future bass in the first place: pleasant synth chords that bounce with the beat and pack a punch of their own. You can hear how each swing of the chord brings with it a little rumble of bass that adds considerable depth to the track.

2. Tennyson x Mr. Carmack – Tuesday

So apparently Red Bull hired Tennyson and Mr. Carmack to produce three songs in three days, and Red Bull is releasing them for free on Soundcloud. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me, and out of the three songs (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), Tuesday is definitely my favorite. This genre-bending track mixes flitting fills and full, lingering bass to create a relaxed, almost jazzy atmosphere. It’s the ideal chill electronic track.

3. Shawn Wasabi – SPICY BOYFRIEND

In the Valentines day spirit, Shawn Wasabi released an absurdly happy and almost unbearably cute track titled “SPICY BOYFRIEND.” It’s a futuristic sound that wouldn’t be out of place on a Moving Castle release, with light horns, organic sounds, and heavily filtered vocals that come together to create a feeling of carefree joy.

4. WHAT SO NOT – JAGUAR (LUCA LUSH LIFT)

Luca Lush pumps out music at a prodigious rate, and each of his songs always seems to have at least three different drops, so every new release is a 3-for-1 deal. Taking on What So Not’s legendary bass tune “Jaguar,” Luca Lush does what he’s best at – he traps it the fuck out. What’s most impressive, however, is how well he keeps the feel of the original underneath the distortion and heavy synthwork.

5. josh pan – djing on acid ep. 1 ft. gta & getter on holy ship

This set somehow made me want to go to Holy Ship! even more than I already did. Josh Pan puts on an intense bass house set with GTA and Getter (not to mention, Oshi, Herobust, and Party Favor) all while tripping balls on acid. Before uploading it to Soundcloud, Josh added in some hilarious commentary where he explains how he was feeling at various points during the set (and how he fucked up the set because he was tripping too hard). All in all – the set is an amazing journey into the harder side of EDM, and I can’t even imagine how lit it would have been live.

Flowvember

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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

Enjoy!

 

Droptober

 

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Fall is a time of transition, and in the world of live music that means the end of festivals and the beginning of the autumn touring season. Indoor shows often offer a more intimate experience – you’re closer to the artist and the crowd tends to be more into the music. In this month’s playlist I offer up the best tracks released so far this fall, some of which you’ll hopefully have the chance to enjoy live in the next couple of months.

We start our journey with the biggest hits in the electronic scene right now, songs that are high-energy tributes to the constantly evolving and improving world of music. Future-bass, electro-funk and deep house are all included. Then we take it down a notch and focus on calmer tracks with an emphasis on lyricism and melodic vibes. This primes us for a slow and steady increase in energy that culminates in twenty-song streak of straight deep house and trap music. This is a small glimpse of the deeper, darker side of electronica that is perfect for a dance floor or weight room. To change sounds but maintain high energy levels, we switch to some unique future-bass and then transition to some melodic house. Then the playlist begins to get less structured. The last section is an eclectic mix of alt-rock and indie electronica that is worth showcasing, but hard to classify. These tracks give way to fifteen calm tracks that border on ambient – a perfect way to transition back to the real world. Enjoy below.

Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – Love Me Harder (Gryffin Remix)

After being silent for four months, Gryffin is finally back to end 2015 on a high note. Combining the iconic vocals from this pop hit with the signature Gryffin cloud-pop sound creates a smooth listen that is at once familiar but new. Enjoy the track below, good for chilling.

Recember

Recember

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.

Lostboycrow – Powers (Kill Paris Remix)

Lostboycrow jumped into the indie scene last year with an impressive string of debut tracks that highlighted his vocal ability as well as impressive production quality. Now we have a sweet remix of one of his best tracks, courtesy of Kill Paris. An upbeat, future-pop song with a bit of 8-bit thrown in, this song is a smooth, energetic listen good for a cardio workout or the beginning of a party. Enjoy below.