Wick-It the Instigator decided to remix R. Kelly. My first expectation was exuberant dubstep, but as the “DTF” label suggests, this remix is sultry and deliberate in its pacing. The resulting track blew me away. Wick-It starts with synths that really sound like drips and drops, a sound that R. Kelly has gone for before, in song and out. Soon rippling reggae chords join the heavy drum that forms the beat. Kelly’s powerful vocals fit seamlessly with the sexy slowness of this track. In the last minute, Wick-It joins the production with a fitting guitar solo. It’s hard to argue with a guitar solo. Enjoy this one and have a great weekend.
I love it when people show me new music. My friend passed on a mix of complextro that a friend had given them and in it I found one song from Vonikk. I was immediately hooked and looked them up. “Nova” soon became my favorite. Lending meaning to the genre title, Vonikk fills this song with a multitude of synths, from dubstep, to prog house, to electro, to techno sounds. Despite the complexity of the sound, the music comes together with a couple of hooks. This is where EDM should be heading. Check it out!
BONUS: And here’s a remix that Vonikk did of Krewella. Keeping the signature vocals, Vonikk enhances the instrumental with new synths and more exciting hook. Enjoy!
Come on! A cover of the Bee Gees? How can I pass that up? Capital Cities seems to have gotten the formula for rebooting classic hits right because the last song I blogged of theirs was also a fabulous reboot. Starting right off with the signature backbeat to a disco track, Capital Cities uses a synth evoking the disco scene that would be at home in any progressive house or electro house track to build the instrumental of their cover. I’ve mused on the links of disco to house before, their mutual love of a very regular backbeat and little interest in syncopation. This just drives that home a bit further. Capital Cities’ signature smooth vocal harmonies take this cover to the next level. Enjoy this fun and well crafted cover!
The Polish Ambassador had today chosen as a special day for quite some time now. Today he released his album, “Ecozoic“, and that should be a pretty special day for anyone. But he had a surprise up his sleeve for all of his loyal fans. Unbeknownst to them, he had prepared a double album. While he had published a ten song track list and steadily released singles, he reserved eleven other songs to announce to the public on the day. As far as surprises go, this was a pretty great one for his fans. The Polish Ambassador let me in on the secret a few weeks ago and I’ve been enjoying his album since then. This is my favorite track of the double album. As the title of the song implies, this song is playful. It starts with a high, bright ringing sound, perhaps xylophone. Creating a cheerful hook, it is soon joined by a plucked-string instrument that may or may not be guitar, bass drum, and ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’. Mixing electronic sound with sampled and analog sound, the Polish Ambassador creates one of the happiest songs I’ve heard without lyrics. Then about seven minutes in (yeah, this is a ten minute song) the song shifts gears completely, becoming a chill electronic song with reverb-filled vocals. Enjoy it and be sure to download the whole album here.
Mashup-Germany starts strong with a combination of Macklemore and “Crocodile Rock” and doesn’t get any weaker. Macklemore had a stellar instrumental for “Can’t Hold Us” and Mashup-Germany obviously had fun adding verse after verse to it. Check it out!
How could I ignore a mashup of “Chumbawamba”? The Catalina Rhyme Mixers knew I couldn’t. They also knew that adding “Gangnam Style” would make it even more irresistible. They don’t stop there, but don’t take my word for it. Give it a listen!
I’m new to Fatwave, but every track of theirs that I’ve heard is great. It’s been awhile since I’ve really gotten into “We Found Love” but this brings it all back like it was only two years ago. Enjoy it.
I like funky mashups and DJ Schmolli made one last month. Featuring Justin Timberlake’s signature song at the moment, Schmolli exploits the funky rhythm of his vocals and gives it more a more appropriate backing. Give it a listen!
3lau masterfully merges more than half a dozen songs to make this one. The progressive house build drops into an exciting festival track that sounds like a call to arms. This militant air is dropped and a vulnerable side is emphasized with practically acapella airy vocals. The contrasts in this song are great. Enjoy them.
Doodle Monster brings “Radioactive” an intense dubstep sound by combining it with the sound of Spektrem. The melodramatic vocals of “Radioactive” match the the intensity of “Dirtybuzz” in a very satisfying way. Check it out!
Troika has some amazing mashups out there. This is one of the simpler ones but its simplicity has its own appeal. Brostep meets popstep in a very enjoyable union. This is dubstep at its most accessible. Give it a listen.
DJ Ellipsis streamlines these songs into a single track so tight it’s hard to remember that they were once separate. The bass and 808s makes this the most aggressive I have ever heard “Flashback”. This track is hands down amazing. Enjoy.
BONUS: And here’s DJ Bahler‘s track which inspired Change‘s track above. I really like the eerie sound that Bahler emphasizes out of Phoenix’s instrumental. It’s hard to highlight much more than vignettes of this mashup because of the sheer number of songs in it, but most are great and they are all good. Enjoy it and have a great weekend!