[Remixes:] Without Me (Illenium Remix) – Halsey
Halsey’s “Without Me” is enjoying national and international radio play as well as good positioning on the music charts. Now, dance music giant, Illenium, has remixed her hit single taking the song to new heights and adding great depth to the track. Halsey, once again, has this remix uploaded on her official YouTube account. Something I first noticed when looking up Autograf’s equally entrancing remix of her song “Bad At Love” after hearing it at Shaky Beats. This shows Halsey supports the artists and DJs who remix her music and is happy to promote them.
Illenium’s signature sound, cascading rhythms and layers of sound, heavily ambient waves of synths and sound add great atmosphere to the original version. These are accentuated by vocal samples of Halsey and an acoustic guitar softly plucking in the background.
Both drops, while not super heavy festival or rage out of your mind style drops, instead opt for an endearing eruption of majestic, magnificent soundscapes that sound like they’d be more at home at a symposium or in an orchestra, than a rave.
[Dance:] Say My Name – David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin
Latin flair meets dance music in hit “Say My Name”
Music powerhouses David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin are enjoying their time in the spotlight while trending all over the interwebs as “Say My Name” continues to blow up. With over 20 million views on Youtube (as of Nov. 29th) for the official music video, the song is a certified hit.
The song adopts a slower, more latin-influenced flair than what French DJ, Guetta is usually known for. The result of Bebe’s sultry vocals along with J Balvin’s Spanish crooning produces a mix that works incredibly well.
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[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.
[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.
This is another EDM Origins post. As the name suggests, without tunes loke these, we may have never gotten to the point where dubstep, trap, glitch, and future house would have become popular.
Karmatronic’s remix of Michelle Williams’ “We Break the Dawn” takes an incredibly different spin on the song pulling a total 180° from the original. From a slow, pop-laden R&B track to a complex, layered and simply moving progressive track, everything about this song is top notch. The remix benefits from a faster BPM, making it more danceable, and wavy, calming synths accentuating the hook/chorus.
Can’t Sleep – Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond has been a name in the electronic genre for decades. They’ve released groundbreaking music, long before many of today’s acts even existed. Two popular favorites include the transcendental vocal trance cut, “Satellite” and the equally deep in trance elements, “Can’t Sleep” which has been remixed by Araabmuzik, Above & Beyond themselves, and countless others.
[Tech House/Groove House:]
Mark Knight – We Get High from the Music
Check out this groovy Tech-House cut, embodying the core elements of the house genre.
A steady, funky beat. House synths and effects alongside driving vocals produces a classic hit, and great transition track for the dancefloor into some harder house or something light. Check it out above.
[EDM/Rap:] Flux Pavilion – Stain (feat. Two-9)
Atlanta Rap Collective group Two-9 has teamed up with one of the biggest DJs in the game (and major headliner of this weekend’s Imagine Music Festival), Flux Pavilion. The result is an eardrum destroying massive track that is guaranteed to do nothing except blow up in popularity.
Congratulations to the Two-9 family of artists, local Atlantans making big moves!