Andrew Bayer has a new track out and 1:15 onward is perfection. I love the build up and something about Bayer’s recent tunes like this and “Celestial” put me at peace. I think that over the past year the average quality of his songs has been the highest of anybody on the label. I’ve written about many of them before but have included them again to have all of this Bayer goodness in one place.
I love the show Stranger Things. It is a great blend of a many things I love namely horror, sci-fi, the 80s, and Indiana. I also loved the eerie synth filled theme, so did deadmau5. He whipped up an awesome remix. Check it out here.
This new release from Kaskade and deadmau5 featuring Skylar Grey is beautifully haunting. Magic always happens when these two team up. The combination has produced possibly my favorite track of all time in “I Remember” which I wrote about here and another solid production called “Move for Me“. This new track is up there with “I Remember” in its beautiful emptiness.
As much as I love the video that has been made for this track, I think that it is important to give first listen to a song without an accompanying visual imposing its view of what the song should make you feel or imagine.
Now to the video. This is an incredible video that kept me entranced as it unfolded. It opens in the aftermath of a car accident on a mountain road overlooking Los Angeles. The camera zooms in on an injured female who remains in the car while her male counterpart lies motionless on the pavement, presumably having been violently ejected. She begins to rise and limps away from the scene of the accident. She seems to be in shock and detached from the horror of what just happened, and she slowly becomes aware of her wounds. As she leaves the scene of the crash and walks in the opposite direction we become aware of a growing light that she is walking towards. The camera leaves her, approaching the intense white light, and pans over to the previously motionless man who now gets up and runs to the car. He desperately tries to arouse the woman and pull her from the wreckage. At the very end she takes a breath as her soul returns and she is pulled back from the white light.
Blackgummy has a new EP out on mau5trap called “Impactor”. Lets dig into the delicious dark beats of Blackgummy.
My favorite is KT. This one nearly blew me out of my chair and certainly agitated my neighbors when I had it on my good speakers. You can find the rest of the EP on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.
New Strobe Remixes are below. I really like the one by Lane 8 and ATTLAS. The Dimension remix has a fun Drum and Bass feel and the Com Truise remix has an 80s electro vibe.
I don’t usually listen to the big room tracks of labels like Spinnin’ unless I am actually in Vegas. I don’t feel like they translate well to small headphones or casual daily listening. I might add one or two to my gym playlist but thats about it. Since I don’t listen to that music much I wasn’t familiar with DallasK who opened for Tiesto when I was at Hakkasan last weekend. I actually enjoy these big room tracks in their native environment and had an excellent time listening to DallasK’s set. His tracks and mixes are hard hitting and have the appropriate ADHD rapid fire drops and transitions that you want to keep you entertained and energized at the start of a 4 hour stretch in the club.
This is a great example of his style. 1:07 really knocks you on your ass in person.
This is a collaboration between the two that was just released.
First of all. Be excited for this years lineup. It is going to be an extremely long event packed with new tracks from some of my favorite artist. Check out the lineup in this video. I’d stay home and watch it all day if I could.
To get you excited for the host city of Amsterdam, enjoy this remix of a classic.
Alright, on to the new music. First up is a pair of tracks from the combined powers of Ilan Bluestone and Jason Ross. I really enjoy them both. They are solid from start to finish and everything you’d expect from such a massive pairing.
This is a lovely Maor Levi vocal track. Its so nice to hear an occasional male vocalist on a track like this.
The flipside of the warm and rich male vocals of the previous track is the airy sound of Sue McLaren on this Genix track.
The next two are from a new artist to Anjunabeats, Tuskana. These tracks are more in the progressive vein and remind me a lot of Grum. While not my go to sub-genre I do enjoy progressive occasionally.
Sliding further down the spectrum we arrive at deep house. Here are some highlights from Anjunadeep over the past few months.
This funky little number would work well in a tightly packed and intimate club at 3am. Would love to hear it in person.
Where would Anjunadeep be without the thrumming dark sounds of Yotto.
While not released on Anjuna, Lane 8 just released a masterful new track. Check out 2:00 onward.
One of the most iconic electronic tracks of all time, Porcelain is almost flawless. Can it be remixed? Should it be remixed? Is it sacred ground? Well, Above & Beyond and Arty tried their hand at remixes. I generally like them both, but there is no way to improve upon the original. Porcelain can only be made a bit more modern sounding and fresh but with that goes much of its charm.
Let me know. Can Porcelain be done justice in a remix? Did these two accomplish that? Which do you like better?
Above & Beyond
I feel like they share my sentiment about Porcelain being perfect. However, I think this caused them to avoid altering the iconic parts of the song resulting in a remix that feels a bit disjointed at the start. Its a hard balance to strike, but I think the track finds it more towards the end.
Arty just goes for it. He gets his hands on it and really makes it his own while respecting the original.
Its time for a big update. These are some trance and progressive tunes that I’ve picked out over the past few weeks.
If you’ve visited this blog at all in the past you can probably guess why I love this one. Im a sucker for that contrast between intense bass and lonely sounding sparse piano notes.
I love the next track for similar reasons.
No this is not a flashback. This is just some high quality trance from one of the best, Paul van Dyk. You absolutely must listen to 3:51. This stretch is what I love about the genre.
Here is a piano fueled intermission at 2:10 that is breathtaking.
Another things that I love… vocals sans lyrics.
Here is another deadmau5 minion with a very deadmau5 sounding track.
I wrote a post about tropical house and I think it has a musical relative along the trance branch of the family tree. I don’t know exactly what to call it so lets call it beach trance. Like its cousin this sound takes you to a warm sandy beach but instead of partying you are watching the sun set.
Lets end on a weird note. Enjoy.
I was in Vegas this past weekend and the current ambience of that city is now set by tropical house flavored pop/EDM piped into every casino, hotel, pool, and outdoor area. In all of my time following EDM I don’t think I have ever seen a specific and formerly niche vibe come to pervade almost all of popular EDM and many pop radio hits. Below is a sampling of some of the tracks I heard constantly throughout my trip. I’ve also included a link to an Apple Music playlist that really embraces the sound if you want more.
Its easy to understand why trop house is so popular. We all want to be perpetually on vacation on a sandy beach with a cold drink and not a care in the world. Trop house aims to take you there for 3-4 minutes and you get addicted. Below are great examples of the genre and the videos capture the spirit of the genre. Tan, beautiful, rich, infinity pool, boat, beach palm tree, stylish, carefree. We all want to be these things and experience them. Trop house gives that to us for a brief moment on our commute to work, daily workout, or while doing housework. It is a temporary antidote to the mundane.
Here are a few that are a bit more on the pop side. I know many people aren’t big Bieber fans, but he has smartly ridden the trop house wave and is featured on many of them.
Sometimes its nice to take a trip back down memory lane. Take a listen to this 11 year old flashback to remember what real trance felt like. 4:50 onward is where it gets really good.
Speaking of Memory Lane. That is the title of Kyau & Albert’s newest track. I really enjoy this one and the awesome vocals make it easy to listen to again and again without getting old.