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. 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.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 026

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 fun, chiller vibe. Enjoy below!

1. Kidswaste – Wild (feat. Khai)

One of my favorite rising stars, Kidswaste, is back with one more single before his debut EP titled Spleen comes out on February 24th. If music is truly self-expression, then this young producer must be one of the most happy, chill people in the world. Acoustic guitar riffs, gentle snares, and Khai’s soothing voice come together to create an atmosphere of calm joy. I’m looking forward to the EP.

2. Deadmau5 ft. Grabbitz – Let Go (FVRY Remix)

Just a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to interview FVRY, an aspiring producer out of N. Ireland with a unique synthwave sound, and yesterday he released a dark, genre defying remix of Deadmau5’s “Let Go.” Infused with sci-fi movie dialogue and glittering synth breaks, this new remix starts off haunting and descends into hard, rolling beats that leave the listener feeling intense and focused. A huge addition to FVRY’s discography.

3. Tchami – Adieu

Tchami’s new track is a chill deep house masterpiece that hits the sweet spot in between bumping and relaxing. Slow build-ups and rewarding doses of bass make this a track that ebbs between anticipation and release.

4. FRND – Substitute

FRND has a passive-aggressive, smooth pop vibe that seems to focus on dysfunctional relationships within friend groups, and I find his tracks strangely addicting. It’s probably the immaculate production combined with pure catchiness that makes each of these songs sound like candy to the ears.

5. Defunk – All Good Radio Ep. 08

When introducing me to this mix, a friend introduced Defunk’s sound as “like GRiZ, but trappier.” I think that this is a pretty accurate description – imagine a more future-bass Big Gigantic. This is one of the best sets I’ve heard in a while. It’s so smooth, funky, and the perfect balance of turn-up and chill. I strongly recommend it.

 

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 024

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 goes really hard. Enjoy below!

1. Kaskade & deadmau5 – Move for Me (Hex Cougar Remix)

Hex Cougar has quickly emerged as my favorite producer in the game right now. Some of his best tracks are hidden away on his remix account Hex Cougar’s Hextras but these are professional-quality remixes that take songs in directions you never though they’d go. His remix of “Move for Me”is the perfect example. The airy vocals slowly fade in and out of the track while the instrumental slowly but surely builds up into an explosion of sound that is grating and powerful. This is a song hand-crafted for an amazing live experience.

2. Pluto – I Won

Aspiring producer Pluto has boosted his astronomical rise in the indie EDM scene with “I Won”, a heavy-hitting remix of the Kanye x Future song of the same name. Iconic lyrics interweave with bass-heavy production to create a party anthem ready to be loved by EDM and pop-rap fans alike.

3. Loud Luxury – Something To Say (AFTER:HRS Mixcut)

I caught this smooth house track in The Magician’s latest Magic Tape and was instantly hooked. The vocals are hypnotic, and when the bass hits on the first drop it’s impossible not to start bouncing. The lyrics are odd but the way they keep moving forward and tell a detailed story is captivating.

4. BIG GIGANTIC – THE LITTLE THINGS (LUCA LUSH REMIX)

When Kasbo remixed this same tune by Big Gigantic into a chill masterpiece, I thought that I had heard the last re-imagining on the song. Then walks in Luca Lush. It would be hard to imagine a remix in a further direction from Kasbo’s, and it’s pretty amazing in its own, fucked-up, overwhelmingly aggressive trap way. In the right setting, at the peak of an amazing set, this song could be the highlight of someone’s night.

5. Vincent – Snowglobe 2016

Future-trap producer Vincent had the chance to strut his stuff on the main stage of Snowglobe this past December and he made the most of it. Full of his own remixes and a few promising IDs, this set perfectly walks the line between trap and melodic future bass music. Energetic, uplifting, and at times aggressive this is one of my favorite mixes I’ve heard in a bit.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 021

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 diverse mix of future bass, hip-hop and downtempo vibes. Enjoy below!

1. it’s different – Shadows (feat. Miss Mary)

it’s different has been pushing out fantastic remixes for prestigious artists like The Chainsmokers, Illenium and MAX, but his most recent achievement is an original song titled “Shadows”.  Blending a drum-and-bass style beat with more accessible future-bass synths, it’s different succeeds in creating a danceable and moving track.

2. Aryay – Never Gonna Leave (DNMO Remix)

With this remix DNMO spins the already energetic, future-bass “Never Gonna Leave” into a much more danceable and fun version of itself. Reminds me of a 2015 Whethan song.

3. joneses – no1nextoyou

This is the first track I’ve heard from joneses and I gotta say I like his vibe. Very chill, downtempo and slightly haunting “no1nextoyou” is a prime example of how a simple track with clean production can be emotionally powerful.

4. MADEINTYO & 24HRS- MY WORD (PROD BY IZZIE)

MADEINTYO and 24HRS team up for this downtempo, emotional hip-hop track with a positive vibe. A far cry from “Uber Everywhere” or “I Want”, this song is a touching tribute to keeping one’s word to one’s homies and hoes.

5. Louis Futon – Zoned Out Vol. 2

This is one of the most fun mixes I’ve heard in a while. A lighthearted mix of classic party hip-hop and modern indie electronica, Louis Futon hits the spot with some supreme DJing.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 018

Welcome to this week’s edition of Sunday 5elect, where Economix readers get insight into the top five tracks dominating my headphones right now. The vibe on this edition is rap-heavy with a strong EDM influence.

1. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (FVRY Remix)

Coming at ya straight out of N. Ireland, FVRY delivers a unique take on the Kendrick classic “Swimming Pools”. Adding boosted bass and crisp snares to each verse, FVRY lets you sing along before the future-bass hits you in the chorus. This track does the perfect amount of justice to the original while allowing FVRY to showcase his production talent.

2. Vic Mensa – heathens freestyle

Vic Mensa delivers a heated verse laid over the iconic instrumental of Twenty One Pilots’ iconic hit “Heathens”. The verses speak for themselves.

3. Childish Gambino – Eat Your Vegetables (Cavalier Remix)

Four years ago Childish Gambino dropped one of the hottest tracks of his career with “Eat Your Vegetables”. Eleven days ago Cavalier decided to revive the track with a sick trap production that hits just as hard as Gambino’s bars.

4. Illenium – Afterlife feat. Echos (Dabin Remix)

Illenium just released his remix album for his hit album Ashes, and there’s some quality stuff on there. All of the artists incorporated the amazing source material into their own unique sounds, and Dabin is no exception. He transformed “Afterlife” into a more progressive, equally moving version of itself. If not for the second drop, this track would top the list this week.

5. Kasbo – SnowTape Vol. 5

The exceptionally talented and young producer Kasbo has had quite a year – he released his debut EP and several tracks on Soundcloud that have amassed over 1M plays each. To top it all off, he’ll be performing at the legendary Snowglobe festival, which this year can boast the best lineup I’ve ever seen in my life. Kasbo’s Soundcloud profile claims that his goal is to “make you wanna dance and cry at the same time.” This mix might do just that.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 017

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 an energetic vibe that will inject some fun into your daily routine. Enjoy below!

1. Hex Cougar – Sex U

Have you ever wanted to sex someone? Probably. Hex Cougar takes that latent desire and channels it into a sweet electronic banger that seems to effortlessly bounce out of your headphones.

2. Jai Wolf – Like It’s Over (Party Pupils Remix)

Jai Wolf’s debut EP Kindred Spirits is characterized by beautiful melodies and Party Pupils make the most of that in their remix of “Like It’s Over”. Keeping the soaring vocals intact, Party Pupils replace the instrumental with a bouncy synth that gives the song an air of playfulness. Great to dance to.

3. Pham – Talk To Me (feat. Anuka)

Polish producer Pham’s newest original is a downtempo track featuring deep synths and catchy vocals. An easy listen with just the right amount of complexity, this should go on anyone’s chill playlist.

4. SNBRN – Ghetto Ass Bitches

You could probably tell from the name of this song that it’s going to be aggressive. Straight deep house vibes from legendary producer SNBRN combine with a single vocal sample (guess what it says!) to make a dancefloor banger.

5. BENZI – GIRL TRAPZ Volume Ten

“Your girlfriend’s favorite DJ,” DJ Benzi is back on the mix with his tenth edition of GIRL TRAPZ, a super lit mix featuring the best EDM from the past couple of months adeptly blended together to create a musical journey. This is a perfect party mix.