The progressive house throwbacks “Da Hype” and “Stupidisco (Dare Me)” from Italian house DJ, Junior Jack, withstand the test of time and are shining examples that foreshadow EDM’s launch into mainstream America. The building progressive rhythm of both songs are characteristic of house at its core and capture the spirit of many “early” EDM songs.
Electronic and dance music released in the early to mid-2000s catalyzed the evolution of the genre and certainly were ancestors of the soon-to-be popularized “dubstep.” Released back in 2004, “Da Hype” is forever a favorite of mine; it was part of the first real collection of EDM and house music I had acquired…back then would’ve been about 9th grade. Several years after I was introduced to the genre (when I was 10 or 11) but about two years since I’d really gotten into the scene (mainly from video games soundtracks w/EDM: Need For Speed Underground, SSX 3 come to mind).
I am forever grateful for my exposure to artists such as Junkie XL, LCD Soundsystem, BT, Deep Dish, DJ Tiësto, Röyksopp and many more that solidified my interest in EDM. Artists like these were pioneers of the genre and helped drive it to what we know today. We musn’t forget however, that quality is always over quantity. The ubiquity of electronic music today is refreshingly satisfying, but we should all take note of the sheer originality and creativity expressed during those years and even earlier before.
Our first highlight today is a massive remix of Gwen Stefani’s “Yummy” re-titled by Portugese EDM DJs Dash Groove, who turn Stefani and Pharell’s pop song into a simply groovin’ house cut, resulting in a completely brand-new, fresh take on a song which was originally released in 2006 on the album, The Sweet Escape.
Next up is an excellent continuous mix of hip-hop and house from 33hz (Courtesy of Mix Feed), opening with a deep-house, wobbly-bass remix of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” then segueing into deeper hip-hop/house cuts. Check out the mix above and more from the Russian music group Mix Feed here:
Aly & Fila have been huge names on the EDM scene (mainly in the trance scene) for some years now; and for good reason. The variety and uniqueness they bring to the musical table is top notch, and as such they have been featured in and had guest appearances by a number of top EDM artists. Often featured in Armin Van Buuren‘s A State of Trance trance mix series and their own label’s Future Sound of Egypt. For “Perfect Love” the duo collaborated with fellow trance DJ, Roger Shah (a.k.a. Sunlounger, and brother to Pedro Del Mar, trance DJ and creator of the Mellomania trance radio show) and vocalist Adina Thorpe. “Perfect Love” starts out with uplifting female vocals, characteristic of a trance hit, then slowly segues into a full-blown festival dance song (as evidenced in its music video). Take a minute and enjoy today’s smash throwback, released in 2012.