Category Archives: Dance & Choreography

[EDM Origins: Techno Music] Ellen Gee – Movin’ On (Extended Moon Mix) // [Dance/EDM:] Neon Trees – Lessons In Love (feat. Kaskade) & TCS Vs. Level 42 – Lessons In Love (1985 Re-make SideChain Remix)


[Eurodance / Techno:] Movin’ On (Extended Moon Mix) – Ellen Gee

Once again letting my nerd/gamer geek flag fly, in today’s origins post I will be highlighting “techno” music. The first track I’m highlighting, is Ellen Gee’s Movin’ On (Extended Moon Mix)“, best known for its inclusion in the Japanese music-and-rhythm dancing simulation game, Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix. This somewhat rare song, was featured on only one version of the game and for a LONG time was only available in its 1:30s length form (all DDR songs are cut from their full version to make them more playable and less exhausting). DDR sampled MOST of its licensed music through a Japanese DJ/mix series called Dancemania that was hosted by Toshiba-EMI, along with a lot of original productions from Konami (the publisher) itself. Some of these original productions actually made the video game singers into real stars/artists (ex: Naoki, beForU, dj TAKA, Paula Terry, Riyu Kosaka, Aaron G., Des-Row, DJ TaQ and more…For more info about DDR, see below:


[Dance / Electronic:] Neon Trees – Lessons in Love (Kaskade Remix)

Next up, we have two songs of the same name, but both good in their own right. Neon TreesLessons in Love (Kaskade Remix)” remixed by the legendary, on-of-a-kind, kaskade, featured on his EP Fire & Ice. The song is a great combination of electronic sounds and alternative rock feel.

Our second “Lessons in Love” comes from TCS vs. Level 42 with their re-make of the 1985 classic rock song of the same name, remixed by EDM artist/producer, SideChain. Check it out above!

About Dance Dance Revolution:
Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) was a revolutionary arcade game, that later expanded into the console market (on Playstation 1 and 2, but subsequently almost every system of its time), where players would step on a dance mat (or metal dance pad at the arcade) with arrows on the ground. As the music plays (much of it was Japanese pop, eurobeat, techno, dance music, but DDR was known for having a little of everything), arrows rise on the screen and once they reach the top, the player must step on them. The game became wildly popular in Japan after its initial release in 1998, eventually made its way overseas and had quite a cult following in America as arcades imported Japanese arcade cabinets and people around the country met up specifically for “DDR seshs” and even tournaments arose, with prizes in the $1,000s or more for those competing in national and international tourneys.

[Trap/Funk/House] NGHTMRE & SLANDER – Gud Vibrations // [EPIC House/Ambient & Smooth Chill Trap] Faded [Remixes]


The very funk inspired “Gud Vibrations” is quite a nice blend of trap and house sounds coming from the collaborative mind of EDM producers, NGHTMRE & Slander.

Next we have two incredible remixes of EDM artist Zhu’s “Faded.” The first comes from the remarkably talented EDM producer Enda who certainly injects a heavenly atmospheric vibe into the original. The result is an instantly chilling, instantly soothing ambient track to chill and vibe out to.

Another rising name in the EDM scene, Lido, also remixed “Faded” with a much more trappy, but still chill feel. This comparably slower version fits more in lounge type scenarios then in a dancehall or club but is still very moving. Check out both remixes and more from their artists above in the links. I have also reviewed Enda’s “It’s Alright” which can be found here:

[SAXUAL REMIX:] Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (Alex Brandt’s Saxual Edit)


[Chill/Ambient:] Stolen Dance (Alex Brandt’s Saxual Edit) – Milky Chance

The smash-hit single “Stolen Dance” by alternative electronic band, Milky Chance gets yet another remix, this time a Saxual take from EDM artist and producer, Alex Brandt. This particular “edit” doesn’t change a whole lot from the original song but, it doesn’t need to. The addition of some saxophone riffs and melodies further complement the extremely chill vibe of the original and the song as a whole. You can’t go wrong with what sounds like a Jazzy Club remix of Milky Chance! Check out more from Alex Brandt below:

Alex Brandt’s Facebook

Alex Brandt’s YouTube

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.

[Alternative Dance/Electronic/Rock] Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (DiMMi Club Edit) & FlicFlac Edit


Alternative rock/electronic German band Milky Chance has been growing in popularity since their first album release, Sadnecessary in 2013. The band is most recognized from their single “Flashed Junk Mind” which was featured in a popular Budweiser commercial. I have blogged about that song and it’s remixes as well which can be found on this site.

Now comes two great remixes of another of Milky Chance’s hit songs “Stolen Dance” (featured in popular Vine user AlliCat’s 50 Shades of Grey Vine) from two great EDM artists,  the DiMMi Club Edit & the FlicFlac edit. Both remixes incorporate the memorizing repeating melody and chords of the original, the rest is up to personal preference. DiMMi’s edit sounds more dance club ready, while FlicFlac’s edit is more house-influenced (although still “clubbable”). Check them out!

[Funny Stuff/Memes] Oh Don’t Do It! Oh my god… BDotOMGMovement Vine


Oh Don’t Do it, OMG Dance Vine (original and compilation vines below:)

If you don’t know already and have been living under a rock, one of the newest Vine crazes is the “Oh Don’t Do it” / “Hoe Don’t Do It” OMG movement. I decided to do my own take on the song and dance, captioning my video with some funny comments. All jokes aside, the song has already hit viral/meme status and compilation videos on YouTube (like the one posted after the jump) are nearing 500,000+ to 1 million views.

The original video features a questionable black man getting ready to dance and asking his friend, the camera man if he is ready. His friend replies “BRUH just go for it right now, HERRY (hurry) UP!” A hip-hop/snap style instrumental plays in the background. Next the lyrics of the song say the now legendary “Oh/Hoe Don’t Do it! YAHH! Oh my god…” as the man from before proceeds to dance to the song. [NOTE: The original creator of this vine/song lyrics/movement is credited as to BDotAnthony5 or B.A. Brandon Armstrong, rapper and basketball player whom I also attended high school with).

The video has become a meme of its own on Vine and several other social media platforms. There are several compilations featuring the song, many with a person or something about to happen, then at the “YAAAHH!! OMG!” the person usually does something disagreeable, gets smacked, a FAIL ensues, or just a general statement where you would see something and say “Oh my gawd,” and then probably shake your head in disapproval. The very hilarious trend is catching on, and has a song of it’s own and remixes.

UPDATE 5/18/15: I discovered the origin of this song and why it’s so damn funny! It was originally a song by unsigned hype rap group The Krew titled “Krew-Libs” a track they made simply for fun with random ad-libs to a beat.

[House/R&B] Don’t Kill the Fun (feat. Chris Brown) – Sevyn Streeter [SINGLE] *SICK INSTRUMENTAL


R&B songstress, Sevyn Streeter’s very unique, unconventional duet with Chris Brown, “Don’t Kill the Fun” is climbing music charts and preparing for its music video release. Sevyn has previously worked and sung with C.B. on “It Won’t Stop”. Her single “nEXT” also achieved some mainstream success.

Receiving airplay on Atlanta radio stations such as Streetz 94.5 and HOT 107.9, her latest single combines jazzy saxophone style riffs combined with ambient, very house/lounge inspired backbeats. The track itself has a very different feel and variable rhythm / time structure. It also doesn’t really have a dedicated, discernable “chorus.”

The result, which admittedly, had to grow on me after several listens, is catchy. Even if the vocals/lyrics aren’t your thing, one can at least appreciate the genius of the instrumental. Props to Sevyn and Chris for experimenting with a sound and lyrical content that bucks the mainstream trend of trappy beats and sex or money-infused messages.I foresee remixes of the song already and/or people rapping over this beat as it grows in popularity.

The music video for the song will debut later today (Feb. 10th). Sevyn’s fans & her Behind the Scenes video of the making of the MV hint towards complex choreography by Chris Brown, and possibly Sevyn herself.

Sevyn Streeter, R&B songstress and singer-songwriter from Haines City, Florida has been in the music industry since 2001. She has been involved in music and singing from a young age and has not only been in a female R&B group, but has also written many songs for several hit artists such as  Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Fantasia Barrino, Ariana Grande, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Estelle, Brandy and more. She also has worked with producers like Timbaland, Polow Da Don and Swizz Beats.