[Dance/House:] Tight (feat. Madge) – Kaskade
In the club all night, see the end of the light
And you’re gonna do it right, if you keep it real
Keep it tight
American DJ legend and House producer Kaskade has had a very good year. Doing plenty of tours and appearing at festivals all across the nation, the past few years have definitely been Kaskade’s best for him.
“Tight” featuring songstress Madge conveys the efforts and progress Kaskade has made as an artist. The dance-house tune, with tech-house influences, is reminiscent of old-school Kaskade with soft, sultry vocals but the “drop” and bouncy sounds of this track are definitely “new-school” Kaskade.
At this point, whether an artist is good or validated when they return to, reference or completely abandon their original sound is a debate old as time. Some artists are lauded for never changing, some become bigger than they ever could’ve been before in changing up their sound, and yet others try to straddle a fine line between these two spectrums.
Check out the music video for Kaskade’s “Tight” above, directed by Will Kindrick and produced by Utah-born, but now in L.A. band “Sego.”
[Deep House:] Botnek – Don’t Need U
Canadian EDM duo Botnek delivers with solid house tune “Don’t Need U.” A nice classic cut that straddles the line between deep house and house more influenced by bass music. The nu-disco type vibes coupled with the Disclosure sounding vocal disclaiming, “I don’t need you anymore,” set up a nice groovy rhythm. Then the drop comes. Heavy bass, heavy synths and a heavier sound combine to mix the perfect harmony of chill and rage-worthy.
Be sure to check out more from Botnek on their Soundcloud as well as Youtube page.
Botnek on Beatport
[Deep House:] Malaa – We Get Crunk
French Bass and Future House producer Malaa does it again with “We Get Crunk.” G-House samples and vibes meld well with a more deep/tech-house feel or vibe making a heavy track that mixes well as a great transitory tune into the next floor filler.
Malaa and his Confession label mate Tchami have been on fire recently releasing new music and touring all around the US and Europe.
Listen to the track on Spotify or other music services here.
Be sure to check out more from the Confession label on their YouTube page.
[Deep House/Tech House:] Piem – Flip the Tempo
Sweat hard ’til the dancefloor, shakin’ the body around
Get down to the sound prevailin’
Piem’s “Flip the Tempo” will have you or patrons currently on the dancefloor shaking and gettin’ down to the sound, just as the song suggests. Heavy house vibes, a repeating background synth and “punchy beats with chubby bass” create a standout house track that combines the origins of house with current bass music for a truly enjoyable track. Don’t miss it!
Check out more great house from the Netherlands music group, Armada Subjekt on their Youtube channel.
[Dark House/Future House:] Take a Shot – Rootkit
Fresh from the Confession label’s Alchemy Vol. 3 is a new song from Future House producer Rootkit. Track six on the album, “Take a Shot” combines heavy bass, and a dark atmospheric sound to create a future house track that exudes a full bodied, yet minimalist sound.
As the sampled voice in the background repeatedly commands “Take a Shot,” sounds of echoing synths and tribal sounding wails combine to creating a very industrial feel.
Preview the Alchemy Volume III EP here.
Also check out a previously blogged about remix of fellow label mate Tchami’s “World To Me” where Rootkit also adds a heavy atmospheric sound to the original track.
[Chill House Music:] Dido – Thank You (Alternative Kasual Remix)
One of the greatest things about electronic dance music is that no matter how old, reused, well-known, done 1000 different ways any one song is, a remix can instantly make it brand new again.
Alternative Kasual’s remix IS no exception putting a refreshing spin on the Dido classic that is neither too mellow (and boring) and not too hyped either (this ain’t some headbanging bass banger, either thankfully).
This remix adds ambient future house vibes and melodies alongside a satisfying BPM for dancing and just enough energy to not be overwhelming.
Remixes of early EDM classics and pop culture hits from the 90s and 2000s are extremely popular and have seen a resurgence in the age of some songs having more than 100 remixes or more. Recent comebacks and originals being played at festivals by artists from Kaskade to Zedd, to Kygo and more include:
- One More Time – Daft Punk
- Next Episode – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg
- Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
- Kernkraft 400 (Stadium Chant Remix) – Zombie Nation
- Better Off Alone – Alice Deejay