Revisit the magic in Feint’s 2016 single “Words” with Laura Brehm
Words – Feint | Drum ‘n Bass
I’m a big fan of drum and bass, so I was already vibing when Youtube Music shuffled to the dancefloor tinged “Words” by Monstercat regular Feint. The 2016 release opens with powerful drums, ambient synths, and vocal blessings from Laura Brehm. The drop and flow are closer to dance BPM than traditional drum and bass, providing the perfect amount of head nodding rhythm.
Be sure to check out more from its compilation album Monstercat 029 – Havoc featuring appearances by Marshmello, Pegboard Nerds, DROELOE, Jauz, San Holo and several Monstercat label acts.
Dutch producer Inova employs a slick range of sounds in “Cruelty” spanning darker, heavier music, and enervating, uplifting melodies. The EP as a whole continues the intriguing gravitas of Inova’s music, and while it sticks well within the confines of drum & bass and future house, it does it well.
The seven track EP is a pretty solid ride, sticking to generally fast BPMs throughout. There is a mood present that conveys something deep, heavy on the horizon of great importance. “Cruelty” shines in the varied ways it delivers this message and the subsequent feels.
Take the intro track named after the EP itself. Opening with beautiful violins and bells, it builds up an atmosphere of massive energy. The choral chanting adds to this as twinkling chords give way to a massive drop.
Echoing chants continue going into Brave accented by bursts of thunder and a very addictive hook and drop. My personal favorite, Burst, is full of high energy drops and streams of futuristic synths.
One of the most interesting cuts, Lift Me Up, breaks away from the sort of darker moods and sound and flips them upside down. This is the album’s bright and bouncy track, with a speedy drum & bass drop, soothing vocals and relaxing shamisen-sounding chords.
There are moments where the songs seem to blend. Both “Grime” and “Paradise” came off to me as a bit generic, with “Paradise” being the better of the two. “Cruelty” closes out with “Dedication” which gets back to a more dance centric space, but still with heavy atmosphere and some very nice vocal chops.
Cruelty is a great listen for fans of Inova and future house/bass music with some great “pump-up” tunes, that also feel worthwhile and moving.
You don’t need to
emerge from nothing
You don’t need, to tear away
Fischerspooner is one of the DJs that laid the foundation for much of today’s house music. The American DJ trio formed in New York, has had their music featured in movies, video games, and numerous advertisements Fischerspooner’s most popular single, Emerge, was featured in the video game SSX 3 remixed by Junkie XL. With a pounding, head nodding beat the track is everything progressive house should be. Music that you can bob your head to as it gets progressively deeper and entrancing. Check it out above.
For the best revenge, I AM!!!
On the flip side, for something a little darker, but just as deep if not more, check out “The Best Revenge.” While it may seem like the song builds up for an eternity (a tenet of true progressive house music) it is well worth it. By the last drop, once the guitars are added back into the mix and the lead vocalist screams “I AM!!!” the beat will have hit you so hard, you won’t know what has happened. Great music to fade away, nod off or daydream to.
Before this post I have some housekeeping news; I actually meant to post this song quite awhile ago, alas my blog has been slightly neglected due to my busy schedule.
As I finish up school I promise to get back regular (and I’m even planning on expanding back into Hip-Hop / Atlanta local music, so lemme know what you think about that!).
Paradise (ft. Bright Lights) [Sam F Remix] – Laidback Luke & Maid in June
I haven’t heard a lot of Bright Lights’ music before but they are always headlining festivals and their name is everywhere these days. Featured in this song with Laidback Luke (whom I am learning more about as my recent fondness for BROHUG develops) and Made in June, the pair have a pretty chill dance number with “Paradise.”
The Sam F Remix only ups the intensity and adds entrancing synth chords along a “not quite dubstep” drop. Sam F, if this is the same guy, was also the resident DJ who did the music for the DJing episode of “American Dad,” which was absolutely hilarious.
Regardless the track is fulfilling and not too over the top. You can dance and sway to it (as opposed to mobbing/moshing like much of EDM’s “bro” type genres) and meld away to it’s futuristic chill vibes.
Some new chill future bass music from APH x Renz, the Australian electronic-DJ duo, A Purple Heart & Renz Beatz. Both hail from Brisbane, Australia and produce electronic music in genres such as FUTURE BASS, Deep Bass, Space Jizz, Jersey Club and more. Look out for more chillwave music from our fellows from waaaay across the pond!
“Amazon Rain” is a beautiful track that builds a melodic overtone throughout the song getting stronger and climaxing midway through. If you don’t have time for the lengthy though ear-pleasing build-up that lasts around 4 minutes skip to about the 4:30 mark where the drop crescendos into intense energy. It certainly makes me want to move, and feels great for driving or racing (but leave it to the games, please).
Just about as unique is another deep cut from B-Complex that is just as atmospheric in its melody and complex in its beat structure with haunting vocals is “Broken Windows (feat. ill-esha)”. Check it out below – https://youtu.be/FlXOzqNJkm0