Lucky Finds: [House] It’s Too Late (Snakehips RMX) & [Trance/EDM Origins] Holding On to Nothing (Alex Gold RMX)



I’ll bet you want me, it’s too late (it’s too late) / Boy when you got me, you don’t care…


Standin’ in the rain / twisted and insane / we, are, holdin’ on to nothing…
Feeling every breath / holdin’ no regrets / we are looking out for somethin’

It’s Too Late: You ever have songs that you just hear once and know you HAVE to find, or you tell yourself not to forget about them and make a note for yourself, or search for them endlessly? That is how I felt about these two great EDM tracks that I nearly missed discovering. It took months but I eventually tracked down the smooth Electronic/Future House Snakehips remix of Wild Belle’s “It’s Too Late.” I initially heard the song on Georgia State University’s FM radio station WRAS Album 88.5 during a late night drive home last year after covering a concert.

As it played I took out my phone and recorded it as this was such a unique and different sound. I have a weak spot for the old-timey swing vibe, especially incorporated into EDM as I have with other old “remakes” (SEE: mostly everything by Parov Stelar); whichever DJ was on the decks that night at GSU, had phenomenal taste in music. It must have been EDM/IDM night as the playlist continued with more “indie” sounding tunes, a perfect fit for the night and enough to have me beaming with pride at my school’s own radio station. Unfortunately they have lost most of their programming to a merger with Georgia Public Broadcasting / NPR that forces Album 88.5 to play late at night and into the wee hours of the morning to make room for public news broadcasts. Though they didn’t go out completely without a fight, numerous petitions were not enough to stop the partial dissolving of one of the US’s top college radio stations and also the station with the largest signal power/reach of any college radio station ever.

EDM Origins Late 00s Trance: Holding On to Nothing (Alex Gold Edit) – Agnelli & Nelson:
The latter, I heard at Club IRIS in Atlanta, an EDM venue in North Atlanta off of Buford Highway .There are 3 different rooms in the club and that night, one was playing trap/hip-hop, on the main stage, dubstep-ish mainstream music, and off “in the corner”, straight up trance and eurodance. This was a welcome relief to hear in 2014 as Trance music of this style and genre itself was most popular around the 2000s-Late 2000s. Through these years dance music began to develop a growing niche market in the US as European techno (dance music) became more and more acceptable. Though it took a back seat to hip-hop and rock music in most areas of the country, artists of the era such as: Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Royksopp, Deep Dish, Above & Beyond, Kaskade, BT and Ferry Corsten brought EDM to the masses shortly preceding the industry-changing creation of dubstep.

Another iconic remix of the era was dance/trance hit “After All” by Delerium, remixed by Svenson & Gielen. This popular remix was featured on the popular Japanese music game series, Dance Dance Revolution.

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