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A Rapid Burst of EDM VII

January 16, 2015 by mashix

Lasers for your EDM
Wow. It looks like it’s been even longer than a year since I last did an EDM roundup. On the bright side, that just means I’ve had a lot of time to save up some awesome tracks for this. If you’re getting ready for the weekend, I hope this will help. Here we go!

Let’s start off with a song I was mooning over way back in May. Crywolf is just so good at making truly gorgeous dubstep. By focusing on beautiful vocal harmonies and melodic instrumentation they make “Eyes Half Closed” solidly pretty. Then they add sampled vocals as a hook on top of a simple dubstep bringing it up to beautiful. Then they transcend with an epic and euphoric chopped up crescendo. Listen and enjoy.

Eyes Half Closed – Crywolf / Or Pay With a Tweet

Now as epic as that is, it makes it a hard act to follow. But Dakat is quite good at making epic music too. The intro is solemn, preparing the way for great things. And the drop to “Ghost” is great. So great. It makes use of the now popular method of pulsing a synth to simultaneously evoke brass and project epicness. The beat goes between simple claps and a trap line. Check it out.

Ghost (Original Mix) – Dakat / Or Follow to Pay

For those trap fans among you who felt like the last track, while epic, didn’t have the cool dark vibe that trap sometimes has, here’s one for you to try. The artist aywy. put together this growling, sneering song “Murder” that just makes you feel cooler than anyone listening to other music. The Snoop sample is great and yet it’s actually the weakest part of the song. Give this one a listen.

Murder – aywy. / Or from Dropbox

And now for something completely different! OMFG has made one of the most quirky songs I’ve heard in a while. This song relies entirely on some chopped and screwed vocal samples turned into a synth set. Every so often you can actually understand the vocals and it’s lovely. This is a goofy song but also a surprisingly catchy glitch hop song. Try it out for size.

Hello – OMFG / Or from their Website

Sticking with the whimsy of the earlier song, TheFatRat‘s “Unity” is relentlessly happy. The song starts out using chiptune synths to introduce a very fun hook. Eventually this theme drops into a tropical house synth and a vocal breakdown. It’s sweet, fun, and satisfying. Enjoy it!

Unity – TheFatRat / Or from Facebook

AObeats & Manila Killa‘s song “Ming” has a bit of whimsy to it too. Every so often, to accent the rolling glissandos and trap 808s, there’s feline meow. Then it drops into an aggressive trap bass movement before returning to the lovely lonely treble of before. This track is excellent, fun, and, every so often, funny. Check it out.

Ming – AObeats & Manila Killa / Or from SoundCloud

BONUS: I saw Figure over the summer at Moonrise Festival and I spent the beginning of his set maneuvering through the crowd to find the location with the best balanced sound. I was preparing for this song. And when it played, I went hard (more impressive when you consider how tired I was from the music and travel the day before). That’s right. In case you hadn’t heard, Figure remixed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme and it is perfect. Starting mostly unaltered, this track quickly adds a chiptune ramp up before dropping into an intense drumstep hook. Sprinkled throughout the song are little samples from the show. Give it a listen and have an awesome weekend.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Figure Remix) – TMNT / Or from SoundCloud

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Supa Hot Fiya (Sir Matty V Remix) – Tommie Sunshine & Deorro

January 14, 2015 by mashix

Sir Matty V
Tommie Sunshine & Deorro’s track “Supa Hot Fiya” was alright. But Sir Matty V‘s remix of it is wonderful. The hook is completely reworked and beautiful. The drop follows the perfect sample from Dexter. It’s a beautiful combination of Melbourne Bounce and electro. Up until this song, Melbourne had seemed like a one trick pony to me – fun to dance to, but without much creative opportunity. Sir Matty V saw the opportunities I had never considered. The bounce is still present, but instead of a constant switch between two notes, he added a tune. This hook is spectacular. Give it a try and just imagine dancing to it.

Supa Hot Fiya (Sir Matty V Remix) – Tommie Sunshine & Deorro / Or from Facebook

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Suddenly Mashups. Everywhere. LXX

January 9, 2015 by mashix

A heart, love of music, edm at its best
Good lord! Has it really been a year since my last mashups post? Clearly this is sorely needed. And Friday is the perfect day for mashups – a time to hype up with pop music in a new fun format. Ready for the weekend? This should help.

Let’s start with something a bit ridiculous and party friendly! Titus Jones combined Avril Lavigne, Lesley Jones, a Cash Cash remix of Katy Perry, 50 Cent, and Spice Girls for to make a hyper-powered pop mashup. It’s beautiful, girly, and over the top in all the right ways. I would totally dance like a doofus to this one. What about you? Check it out!

Wannabe At My Birthday Party? – Titus Jones / Or from SoundCloud

Trademark also utilized a bit of Cash Cash in this lovely mashup. Trademark knows how to make a beautiful mashup, pulling together gorgeous female vocal hooks from several songs and placing them according to their differing moods to shape a song. All of this is coordinated while maintaining consistency with a gorgeous progressive house instrumental. Enjoy it.

Take Tonight (Cash Cash x Zedd x NONONO x Nico Cipriano) – Trademark / Or from SoundCloud

Now let’s chill it out for a bit with a mashup from the Fabulous Beatmashers. This beat from Mr. Probz made the rounds this summer and while simple, it is really catchy and exudes a casual cool. Snoop Dogg’s West Coast rap style is a good fit for it and the samples from Fatboy Slim put it over the edge. Check it out.

Drop Mr. Probz Waves (Champion Sound) – Mr. Probz vs. Snoop Dogg / Or from Facebook

Here’s another laid back mashup from Kosher Kittens. Combining Passion Pit with Milky Chance effortlessly, this is one of those mashups that just works. Guitar sample meets vocals. Give it a listen.

Stolen Away (Passion Pit X Milky Chance) – Kosher Kittens

Next up, lobsterdust has a funky mashup for you. With a fun and funky instrumental from Alex Metric & Oliver, lobsterdust adds Trey Songz’s vocals with just the right combination of smoothness and attitude to fit. When sings his hook of “Na Na Na” it lines up perfectly with piano hook from the instrumental. Enjoy the sexiness.

NaNaxy (Trey Songz vs. Alex Metric & Oliver) – lobsterdust / Or from SoundCloud

Building upon a relaxed yet alert instrumental Mashup-Germany pulls together material from seven different tracks and adds instrumentation to even it all out. The snippets of Eminem and and Coldplay complement each other perfectly while the drama of the instrumental grows. Check it out!

Call it magic – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

One album this year that made me very happy was Porter Robinson’s. Apparently the The Hood Internet agreed. They brought Porter together with Beyoncé in their signature style of unlikely pairings that work better than you ever might have thought and make you start dreaming of impossible collaborations. Both Porter and Beyoncé put out albums that fly in the face of pop conventions, or at least ignore many of them, and they combine here beautifully. They both rise and fall an impressive range and that is lined up flawlessly for display here. Give it a listen!

DiviniXO (Beyoncé vs Porter Robinson) – The Hood Internet / Or from their Website

BONUS: Here to help you celebrate the new year and wave farewell to the old is Mashup-Germany‘s mashup of 2014. 70 songs in six minutes, not bad. I hope your New Year is wonderful and your weekend is ushered into awesomeness with the discovery of some of these mashups. Enjoy and have a good one!

Top of the Pops 2014 (Days and Nights) – Mashup-Germany / Or from Facebook

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I Want It That Way – Cheeky Charmander

January 7, 2015 by mashix

Cheeky Charmander
Happy New Year, all. I don’t really make resolutions, but it felt like a good time for new beginnings. So here we go. No promises on frequency of this blog but I’m definitely not retiring it. Let’s kick off with a late night song. Cheeky Charmander remixes Backstreet Boys in this song. His version of “I Want It That Way” is slowed and stretched, creating something entirely different. This is the perfect song for the chill room of a rave at 4 or 5 in the morning. This is the song that you understand on a primal level when you’re too exhausted to dance but too hyped up to consider sleep yet. This song is an altered state all on its own. At the same time it tickles our nostalgia centers with a pop song that everyone knew. Don’t understand yet? Listen to it. Still don’t understand? Listen to it when you’re exhausted, coming home from a long night out. And enjoy it.

I Want It That Way – Cheeky Charmander / Or WAV from Mediafire

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Sleepless (Jenaux & Prince Fox Remix) – Cazzette

September 5, 2014 by mashix

Artwork for Jenaux and Prince Fox's remix of 'Sleepless'
I have been waiting for this remix. Cazzette‘s song “Sleepless” became one of my favorite songs of the year the moment I first heard it. If you haven’t listened to it yet, fix that now. I have been waiting for a free remix of “Sleepless” that could both capture its beauty and showcase something new as well. Jenaux and Prince Fox teamed up to make this remix. When I saw those names together, I knew I was in for something special. The opening is a splash of sound announcing to listeners that this is not the original. But the new instrumentation backs off almost immediately to showcase the gorgeous distorted vocals I know and love from the original. As the verse comes to a close the music builds into an incredibly satisfying drop. The vocals are chopped to accent the incredible instrumental hook that Jenaux and Prince Fox put together. The synths sound like festival synths but with attack and release that sound a bit like some of Flume’s work. It’s gorgeous, but don’t just take my word for it, listen to it! Now.

Sleepless (Jenaux & Prince Fox Remix) – Cazzette / Or from Facebook

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