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.

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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.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 028

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 has a chiller vibe. Enjoy below!

1. ZHU x MIGOS – Bad and Boujee.

Legendary producer and singer ZHU has pulled off the first remix of “Bad and Boujee” that I’ve really liked. It’s a dark, house take on the track that sounds almost nothing like the original, but it bumps hard. Just when you think there’s nothing more to add, ZHU himself pops in with his signature falsetto and guides us into a second chorus with an even more intense beat. Truly an underground house banger.

2. Billie Eilish – Bellyache

Billie Eilish has dropped this lowkey, indie electronica hybrid piece on us and it’s catchy as all hell. Her voice alternates between a dark, sultry sound and a lighter, longing tone as the song’s mood shifts from bemused detachment to melancholy energy. The instrumentals switch up accordingly, making a flawless transition from acoustic guitar strums to rumbling bass. An easy listen for any time.

3. Speaker of the House – Hi

SotH has announced that with this new track “Hi” a new era of his music has begun, filled with diverse music and different forms of house. This song, and the announcement, are a breath of fresh air from an artist with a lot of talent that risked keeping his sound too narrow. “Hi” has the trademarks of a SotH release – light vocal chops, a fun, pulsing beat, and a touch of future bass – but it is distinguishable from much of his older work in a way that hints at progress toward evermore musical achievements.

4. TastyTreat – Fallin’ In Love

TastyTreat have blessed us with a lighthearted valentines celebration of fallin’ in love. Up until the drop I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the wait was worth it. It’s not that the structure of this song is anything crazy unique. The sound is just so clean and catchy you can’t help but get pulled in by the oscillating fills.

5. BENZI – GIRL TRAPZ 11

BENZI (your girlfriend’s favorite DJ) premiered this volume of the legendary GIRL TRAPZ series over Valentines Day weekend and it’s filled with endless fun, energetic drops and tasteful indie EDM selections. This is a great mix for a pregame, hitting that ideal spot between recognizable tracks and weird beats that keep it interesting.

 

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.

Alexx Mack – Whatever I Want (Kapre Remix)

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Our boy Kapre is back with a tune that’s on a whole new level. A new, refined production approach and perfectly chopped vocals make this track an addicting hit. Energetic drops rumble with bass in a way that adds tons of energy but doesn’t overwhelm, and the calmer verses allow the listener an opportunity to enjoy Alexx Mack and recharge. Enjoy below!

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 025

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 has a darker vibe. Enjoy below!

1. REZZ X K?D – FOURTH IMPACT

REZZ and K?D is a dream collab for those on the heavier, techier side of the electronic spectrum. Both artists are known for powerful, four-to-the-floor bangers that fill the entire sonic range when they blast out of speakers. “FOURTH IMPACT” is a techno house composition with both of the artist’s styles imprinted on the track. The first half of the song sounds like a pure REZZ tune, while the second drop (my personal favorite) sounds like a dark take on a K?D production. Only listen to this track loud and with bass-infused speakers.

2. tails. – YAYO

tails. channels his signature trap sound into a hip hop-influenced party track titled “YAYO”. Rap samples and trap beats have always gone well together, and tails. focuses the attention of the listener on his high-quality production by keeping the track simple. A bouncing bass, rolling snares and powerful fills are all he needs to whip up a banger.

3. Billie Eilish – Six Feet Under (BLU J Remix)

Wherever there is a smooth female vocal sample to be found, you can bet that a talented deep house producer will find it and work it into a bumping remix. BLU J teased this track in his recent Too Future. mix and the full version exceeds expectations. Rather than just using the vocals to prime us for the drop, BLU J made an effort to edit Billie Eilish’s soothing voice into the beat itself, bring the track closer to the feeling of an original than a remix.

4. whereisalex – we’re going down

I always appreciate this type of downtempo trap production because it needs to be so crisp, clean, and meticulously put together to be good. These tracks feel like minimalist interpretations of music that focus on how individual sounds can interact in a clean space to produce a unique vibe. They also bump hard. It seems like whereisalex only uses each sound once or twice to create a sort of journey as you progress through the song. Give it a thoughtful listen.

5. Dom Dolla – Selected Deep House 850k Mix

It’s been a while since I’ve featured some deep house on here – so here’s an hour of it. Dom Dolla is a pretty chill producer and this mix is a calm, driving exploration of bass and low-key vibes. It’s never over the top, sometimes borderline ambient, and always pleasant. Check it out for lots of nice house instrumentals.