Sunday 5elect – Vol. 040

Postgrad travels have taken me across the western US over the last few days in an LTE-deprived adventure filled with friendship. Here are my top 5 tracks that i’ve been listening to when I manage to control the AUX. Sorry for the lack of write-ups again – I hope you enjoy the music.

1. Autograf – Simple (ft. Victoria Zaro)

2. Win and Woo x Bryce Fox – Chicago

3. No Mana & Zashanell – Clear (REZZ Remix)

4. Jerry Folk – Money

5. Solé Fixtape Vol. 37 | Louis the Child + Splash House

Monthly Mix 028 || April 2017

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Oooh baby. April was a fantastic month of music. If you took all of my favorite electronic artists and put their names back to back it would look pretty DAMN. close to this month’s playlist. Per usual, artists start putting out work as soon all of the festival tickets go on sale and I’m not complaining. Recently locked in going to Bonnaroo myself and I’m beyond hyped. Almost every one of these songs is conducive to some sort of party, get-together, or happy time with friends – whether it’s raging at a concert, bouncing at a club, bumping at a house party, or vibing with your close friends.

We start off with the best of the best. A new release from ODESZA, a banging remix from Win & Woo, a stunning take on Wall Fuck by Gramatik and Ramzoid. After a brief venture into indie pop thx to SAKIMA and kiiara we experiment with some chiller indie electronica full of pleasant melodies and warm chords. Enjoy it while it lasts – the more energetic the songs become the closer we are to a massive house, deep house, trap section of the playlist that gets continually more experimental and (sometimes) absurd. This section is the cutting edge of sound experimentation in electronic music, and when it hits you in new ways it’s hitting right.

Once you pass through the gauntlet you’re in for some nice hip-hop courtesy of Frank Ocean, D.R.A.M., Goldlink and AMINÉ that blends seamlessly into a brief bit of funky electronica. The home stretch is a great selection of upbeat and happy future bass and general electronica that gently slows down to a quiet end with acoustic vibes. Enjoy below!

Vibe guide:

  • 1-26: Energetic electronica
  • 27-43: Increasingly aggressive deep house music
  • 44-62: Trap
  • 63-70: Hip-hop
  • 71-95: Energetic future bass
  • 96-99: Chill electronica and acoustic vibes

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 035

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 packed with  bangers. Enjoy below.

1. Grandtheft & Delaney Jane – Easy Go (Pham Remix)

Pham’s remix of “Easy Go” is one of the best electronica releases I’ve heard in a while. It takes the upbeat and hopeful original and transforms it into an energetic, yet haunting electronica track.

2. Big Wild – Empty Room (feat. Yuna) [Win and Woo Remix]

Big Wild x Win and Woo was guaranteed to produce a banger. Recently had the opportunity to see BW live and it was one of the most fun experiences of my life. He knows how to turn up and explore the darker side of his style. Win and Woo capture the essence of that more intense, party-ready vibe in a way that remains faithful to the original.

3. Flume – Wall Fuck (Gramatik & Ramzoid Remix)

Flume’s experimental track “Wall Fuck” off of the album Skin has received so many creative remixes because of the unique sounds that it debuted to the electronic world. Gramatik and Ramzoid harness the original’s signature synths to much effect throughout the entire track – mixing it into the intro, drop, and soothing outro.

4. MADEINTYO – Skateboard P (Styles&Complete x Jayceeoh Remix)

Feeling blessed that this track appeared on my feed. An intense trap collab that definitely makes the drop the focus of the song. This is a pure banger.

5. Tchami – Confessions #2

Sometimes in order to understand why music is the way it is today, you have to look to the past. I’ve been exploring a lot of deep house and techno vibes recently and wanted to see where the genres’ roots lie. Tchami’s legendary Confessions #2 mix provides a perfect blend of deep house and hard trap.

Sunday 5elect – Vol. 023

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 fantastic mix of house music, future bass, and trip hop. Enjoy below!

1. Alex the Flipper – Wonder

Alex the Flipper first popped into my headphones with his lighthearted, ODESZA-esque single “Sands” and now he’s back with another track to help get your groove on. “Wonder” has a fun, house vibe that hits a sweet spot between energetic and chill. The bass thumps and filtered synths weave around catchy vocals to create positive vibes while the slow BPM and breaks in the song keep the energy level low enough to be a relaxing experience. Can’t wait for what’s next from Alex.

2. Win and Woo – Killer With A Smile (Feat. Molly Moore)

Chicago-based duo Win and Woo’s second original track “Killer With A Smile” is an upbeat, crisp song with a lot of feel-good energy. Molly Moore provides the catchy vocals while Win and Woo do their magic with the instrumental. Something that I’ve always loved about Win and Woo is their ability to fill a track with loud bass but not let it overwhelm the song. That ability is on full display in “Killer With A Smile”.

3. Mansionair – Easier (Electric Mantis Remix)

Electric Mantis is an artist with his finger on the pulse of EDM. It seems that whatever style is in vogue Electric Mantis can harness its tone and bend it in a way that matches his unique style. In the past he has applied his bit-heavy, futuristic style to house songs, trap, and even some psychedelic funk. “Easier” has a dark tone emphasized by heavy bass hits, sorrowful vocals, and amazing future bass fills that rapidly ascend and descend in a way that conveys feelings of volatility and intense emotion.

4. oshi – #oshicanrap / throne

oshi has had an intense couple of months on social media with repeated calls for help, a brief hiatus, and now a few very dark track releases in a row. Music is a form of self expression and “#oshicanrap / throne” expresses recognition of being in a bad place but determination to keep grinding and take the throne. And damn, this beat slams. oshi mentions that he recorded the rap on his phone and “yes its horribly mixed” so maybe we’ll get a refined version in the future. Until then, this is more than enough for me.

5. Too Future. Guest mix 073 – BLU J

BLU J consistently put out house bangers so when I saw their name on top of a Too Future. mix I was sure I was in for a bumping, clubby time. What I found was very different, and truly an amazing set. BLU J masterfully mixes future bass, house music, deep house, and their own unique brand of house into a fun-filled and very energetic 42 minutes. A must-listen that accurately captures this moment in electronic music.

 

The Chainsmokers Ft. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down (Win & Woo Remix)

Win and Woo are back and taking it in a new direction. After months of self-reported writer’s block, the Chicago duo have released a big remix of The Chainsmokers’ new single “Don’t Let Me Down”. It departs from the bass-centric tropical house vibes that dominated their sound in 2015, but that’s not a bad thing. As I mentioned in my review of Boehm’s new single, I was worried for a while that some of the artists that came to prominence in the tropical-dominated, Phoebe Ryan remix-filled days of early 2015 would falter for lack of adaptability. In this case, I am happily shown that my worries were for naught. The new remix has a faster pace to it than most Win and Woo tracks, and while their mastery of bass riffs is on prominent display, the duo is messing around in the higher registers a bit more. They even have some sweet horns to highlight their excellent synthwork. Another pleasure to listen to. I have a strong feeling that going into the future Win and Woo won’t let me down.

Louis the Child – It’s Strange ft. K.Flay (Win & Woo Remix)

Chicago-based house duo Win & Woo have decided to take on the behemoth that is Louis the Child’s “It’s Strange” and they’ve definitely done it justice. Adding their own bass-heavy house sound and expertly utilizing K.Flay’s iconic vocals, these two have started off 2016 right. In their own words, this song is “like that movie when you walk into a room michael jackson slow mo style and just shuffle your way through the party and then start dancing on the pool table while never breaking eye contact with the 10 at the bar.” Can’t say I knew the feeling until now, but I like it. Enjoy below.

Win & Woo – The Untitled Five

“As a thank you to everyone for all of your support over the year” Chicago-based indie-EDM duo Win & Woo have released an hour-long mixtape featuring all of their favorite songs from the past year as well as a few of their own tracks. I usually grow bored of mixes, but this one kept me engaged and energetic the entire time. It closely mirrors their live show, which was a fantastic experience. The flow is impeccable, and the song curation is on point. Some of my favorite tracks that are included are: “Belong” by EDX, “Better Off” by Filous, “Age of Innocence” by Elephante, and of course every Win & Woo track (but especially the “Mine” remix!). Check out the track below and download it for free from their website, it’s been awesome to follow these guys this year and honestly their music is one of the reasons I even got into this whole blogging adventure. Thanks Win & Woo!!!