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.

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.

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.

What So Not – Lone (Slow Hours Remix)

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It’s not easy to take a What So Not track and turn it up another notch, but the newly formed French collective Slow Hours has pulled it off. Coming together to create a better network of young producers in France, Slow Hours is made up of Kidswaste, Khamsin, Lain, Kultur, Rusty Hook and Astre. I’ve been a big fan of some of these artists for a while now, and I have a feeling I’m about to become a fan of all of them. This track hits hard on the first drop and doesn’t let up. A perfect blend of future bass fills, soaring vocals, and glitchy distortion make the song aggressive but subtly melodic. I’m looking forward to more from Slow Hours. 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.

 

Wary

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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