[Dance House:] Emoji – Galantis
Swedish EDM duo Galantis’ newest song “Emoji” is a very welcome affair to the EDM world. Beginning with very soft, yet sultry vocals reminiscent of ones oft used by fellow House DJ, Kaskade, the beat picks up into energetic, fun, light-hearted sound. A nice change of pace from the high energy drops so often the go to’s at modern EDM shows and festivals.
Oooohhhh weeee / Send me an emoji, lemme know how you feel croons the female vocalist. Accentuated by light piano chords and a light rhythm, the song certainly makes a perfect “wind-down” number for house DJs.
The music video, directed by Dano Cerny is a cute visualization of a member of the duo spending time alone at his house with an emoji/heart. The ending is really sweet and the video goes well with a fun little tune like this one.
Learn more about Galantis on their Facebook, and hear more music from them on Spotify.
[Pop Rock/Showtune Soundtrack:] The Greatest Show – Panic! at the Disco
One of the biggest buzzes in music news this week is the return of Panic! at the Disco with their song “The Greatest Show” in a re-imagined, re-worked soundtrack of the Oscar nominated musical “The Greatest Showman.” Brendon Urie, front man of the band said he was “excited to add a little of [his] own theatrics” to the song, according to The Rolling Stone.
The song certainly channels that signature Panic! at the Disco sound. Moments after the song starts it is instantly recognizable to anyone who’s been a fan, or even those casually exposed to Panic!, like I was for most of my senior year of high school. Their unique sound, and an impressive performance, won Urie the “Best Alternative” award at the European Music Television Awards on November, 4th, in Bilbao, Spain. Check it out below:
The re-worked version has incredibly uplifting energy and theatrical harmonics certainly deserving of awards. Also on the soundtrack are other songs from the film, re-imagined by other popular artists. These include songs featuring P!nk’s already-released “A Million Dreams,” as well as a reprised version sung by her daughter, as well as new covers from Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Pentatonix and more.
Be sure to check out Panic!’s stellar song, and also the re-imagined The Greatest Show soundtrack on Spotify.
[Big Room/High Energy House:] Booyah (ft. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson) [Breathe Carolina Remix]
One of the most classic high energy EDM tunes “Booyah” gets a remix from Breathe Carolina. The Denver based electronic music duo has certainly been on the rise as of late releasing numerous singles and remixes. Their remix of “Booyah” leaves in the high energy bass and drops, combined with reggae vocals, but adds a little more feel-good energy and a breezy vibe reminiscent of enjoying shoreline waves on a beautiful beach.
The signature drop from the original was changed up a bit, but the remix as a whole is still very enjoyable and very much a club/festival banger. The outro has a very nice dance/house sound that will transition well into other similar BPM tracks.
Listen to more of Breathe Carolina on their Soundcloud.
[Dance/Bass-House:] In My Hand – BROHUG
BROHUG does it yet again with their latest track, “In My Hand,” a satisfying blend of Disco house like vocals with their signature bass house sound.
The DJ trio seems to almost come up with unique ways to present their tunes and even drops that sounds the same still come across completely different. Not an easy accomplishment. BROHUG songs always energize, are face-melting or just plain raw in the best possible ways.
Check out their YouTube page and label page for more.
[Hip-Hop/Rap:] Major (ft. Key Glock) – Young Dolph
Rapper Dolph has taken over airwaves with his rap anthem “Major.” Combining darker sounds with catchy hooks and straightforward ad-libs (no Migos sh*t) this is one for the streets.
[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