All posts by djluminus89

Music blogger, freelance journalist, space traveler.

[Chill House:] Dido – Thank You (Alternative Kasual Remix)


[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
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[Alternative EDM:] Grasscut – Pieces // Underground EDM, indie & rap from [adult swim]


[Alternative EDM:] Grasscut – Pieces

 

Grasscut’s “Pieces” is a delightfully unique offering in the electronic genre-sphere. Fresh from the Ninja Tune label, this “alternative electronic” track has elements of dance-pop collide with alternative rock/indie music that is reminiscent of bands like Death Cab for Cutie or Velveteen.

Beginning with sultry, subdued warped vocals, the song quickly begins an entrancing xylophone-like synth along bass and a steady beat. The accompanying video uses what looks like tripped out stock footage, in vintage 480p, adding to that underground/indie feel.

Appearing in an [adult swim] bump, the intermissions between their own shows and commercials, the network often promotes underground rap, hip-hop and electronic music. The network and Ninja Tune label are also closely associated with Big Dada records, Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus’ record label), and WARP records.
It is partly thanks to [adult swim], the network designed for 18-34 year olds, that eclectic acts such as Flying Lotus and Tycho and many more underground hip-hop acts (through label Definitive Jux) have been discovered, such as Aesop Rock, Cage, Despot, El-P, Murs, RJ-D2, and more received more widespread recognition.

The Ninja Tune and WARP records labels were radio stations in Square Enix’s Hong-Kong “GTA” video game, “Sleeping Dogs.” Within the game, playing the station would bring up underground EDM and ambient hits like Bonobo’s “Kiara,” artists like Stateless, Coldcut, UK rap/grime act Two Fingers, Emika & Lorn. It’s sister station “WARP records” played jams from artists such as Rustie, Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke. Truly revolutionary for it’s time (Sleeping Dogs was released in 2012).


More from Ninja Tune & Warp Records, Definitive Jux:

[Ambient/Chill:]

[Transcendent Ambient as seen in Sleeping Dogs]

[Hauntingly Deep Bass:]

[Underground, Thought-Provoking Alternative Hip-Hop:]

[Repost:] Mija Releases New EP “Just Enough” — Find Your Sounds


http://open.spotify.com/embed/album/7GETmmn0Pjgrq3nFSn06vp

LA artist, producer and singer Mija has released her new EP, Just Enough. The title represents the intention of the EP. In her own words, “I wanted to create something that felt raw, something that wasn’t over-exaggerated, over-produced or trying too hard…..but just enough.” The music touches on her underground house and techno roots formed while growing up […]

via Mija Releases New EP “Just Enough” — Find Your Sounds

[Concerts/Festivals:] [Deep Prog. House:] Boris Brejcha – Blue Lake (and more) @ Tomorrowland 2018


Boris Brejcha’s “Tomorrowland 2018” Set

(Catch “Blue Lakes” and any other song in his Tomorrowland set, which is tracklisted in the info on Youtube. This video starts at Blue Lake 52 minutes in)

Progressive DJ Boris Brejcha put on a hell of a set at Tomorrowland 2018 in Belgium. Several standout songs were in his set, which featured exclusively only Brejcha’s own music. The German DJ had fans locked into his realm of entrancing soundscapes for over an hour and a half and received rave reviews for his performance (as well as many others he has done as of late). Be sure to check it out!

 

[Deep House/Punk:] ATHRS – Shed Your Skin


Simply, shed your skin and
howl at the moon, with me…

ATHRS, the EDM punk rocker comes through with a quite deeper and more depth diving meld of deep house music and pop-punk vocals in “Shed Your Skin.”

The beat breaks down and builds up around deep house synths and an atmospheric soundscape prompting powerful emotions of breaking free and letting go (of troubles, the past, etc.). Do yourself a favor and check out this very unique track.

You can check out a feature I did on ATHRS and his response to an interview I did with him after his performance at Imagine 2018 on his experience at the fest.

Find more from ATHRS on his Youtube page.

[Bass/Dance:] Chocolate Puma & Tommie Sunshine “Scrub the Ground”


Chocolate Puma’s set was incredibly live at Imagine Music Festival 2018. Check out one of the insane tracks he dropped, “Scrub the Ground,” produced with Tommie Sunshine. They got that werk!

[Future House/Trap:] Khalid & Normani – Love Lies (Bro Justin Remix)


[Future House/Trap:] Khalid & Normani – Love Lies (Bro Justin Remix)

Being the musichead that I am, whenever I hear a song that sounds epic, I have to hunt it down. Youtube, knowing that I attend festivals, placed an ad for Breakaway Music Festival before a video I watched, and although I am too broke to go to another fest so quickly, I was transfixed by the song playing and the visuals of what looks like a pretty enjoyable festival not too far from me. Maybe if a miracle happens I’ll find myself there, who knows.

Anyway, enough rambling, Bro Justin’s remix of Khalid and Normani’s “Love Lies” has an uplifting vibe and sound, perfect for festivals, and for the summer season that has sadly drawn to a close. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it and rock out whenever the feeling hits you though!

Bro Justin is a Filipino electronic music artist who has several remixes that you can check out on his Soundcloud.