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

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 010

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 edition has a great mix of artists at different stages in their careers – from blowing up to just getting some momentum. Enjoy below!

1. Virtual Riot – In My Head (Ft. PRXZM)

I’d heard a bit from Virtual Riot before but nothing that captured my attention so quickly. What begins as a quietly catchy indie EDM tune quickly and seamlessly escalates to a total jam with bouncing synths and crisp vocal chops. One of my favorite tracks this fall.

2. STéLOUSE – Let Go (ft. Andrew Paley)

STéLOUSE (pronounced “stay loose”) has been known to produce some bangers and “Let Go” is a great example of how he’s taking that to the next level. The track starts out sounding very experimental with oscillations that slowly crescendo and fade away. Then, unexpectedly, the track becomes a bit more structured and melodic. This abrupt transition has a happy feel to it and instantly grabs the listener’s attention and energy. A really great song all the way through.

3. Jai Wolf – Like It’s Over feat. MNDR

I’ve been a fan of Jai Wolf for over two years now and have had the opportunity to see him live a couple of times. It’s been awesome to watch his style and sound develop and I’m beyond excited for his debut EP Kindred Spirits coming out on November 18th. “Like It’s Over” is the first track off the EP and it’s chill, uplifting, and intricate. Jai Wolf relies on the soft melodies to tell the tale rather than an attention-grabbing beat or sick drop. Give it a thoughtful listen.

4. Point Point – Au Revoir (Kidswaste Remix)

Kidswaste is the master of chill remixes. This time around he turns fantastic source material from Point Point into a downtempo, borderline ambient, track dotted with trumpet riffs, guitar twangs, and soft synths. Use this song to clear your head.

5. Louis the Child – Diplo and Friends Mix

Louis the Child are blowing up right now with their latest single “Fire” getting millions of plays within a couple of weeks of its release, and a slew of hits under their belts already. This mix could be a rough approximation of my favorite songs from the last few months. Full of jams, and more LTC than you can handle, this is a great mix to have on repeat during a chill session with friends.