Category Archives: Trance / Ambient / Big Room

[EDM Origins] [Deep House / Club Dance:] Marcus Schössow – Mr. White (Original Mix) [Remix] [Reuben De Ronde Remix] // [Chill Ambient Trance:] John O’Callaghan – Take It All Away (Marcus Schössow Nu Prog Remix)


[Deep House / Club EDM:] Marcus Schössow – Mr. White (Original Mix) [Remix] [Reuben De Ronde Remix Blend] from Trance the Ultimate Collection 2007

EDM Origins’ post today will feature the Swedish electronic producer and DJ, Marcus Schössow and two epic EDM tracks of his, the entrancing “Mr. White” and his epic ambient Nu Progressive remix of John O’Callaghan’s “Take It Away” Both tracks exemplify the core values and foundations of EDM. “Mr. White” and it’s many remixes make successful blends of the original’s use of “female robot” vocals (a la Knife Party), the rhythmic toy or video game synth chords (a la Eric Prydz) and that infectious backbeat present in all today’s club bangers, the 2007 single was way ahead of its time. Two of the better cuts of the song are the “Original mix” and the version of the song that was mixed and included in Trance: The Ultimate Collection 2007.

*epic [Chill Ambient Trance] John O’Callagan – Take It Away (Marcus Schössow’s Nu Prog. Remix)

“Take It Away” is a much more trance-house inspired tune, but just as epic and golden in the world of ambient music. Starting out as expected for a vocal trance tune, the song quickly sheds its cookie-cutter frame as layers of deep house sounds envelop the listener and heavenly, soothing vocals reminiscent of 4 Strings or Tiesto begin. As if this wasn’t good enough already, the song halfway through showcases haunting vocal effects during an a capella, and shortly after drops the unforgettable, addictive melody that caresses the aural senses until the end of the song.

Both tracks are worth checking out, simply for how good they are on their own but also as exemplary cuts embodying the core values of electronic dance music.

Marcus Schössow on Soundcloud

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[Trippy ‘N Trappy] the25thHr – Zeal (Original Mix) // [Chilled-Out Ambient Hip-Hop/Rap:] Drake – Ain’t No Frontiers (MWTM Mash-Up)


[Trap / Chill:] the25thHr – Zeal (Original Mix)

This absolutely trippy yet trappy chill future-bass track comes to us today from Toronto based EDM producer, the25thHr. “Zeal (Original Mix)” is a mellow ride-out tune with soulful sultry vocals layered between atmospheric melodies and far-out synth sounds. The result is a chilled-out futuristic banger with plenty of bass and future sounds to compliment any mix, set or dancefloor.

Find out more about the25thHr here:

the25thHr Soundcloud
Download the song here:


[Chilled Out Ambient/Hip-Hop Trap:] Drake – Ain’t No Frontiers (feat. Stwo) [MWTM Mash-Up]

Monsters With Tiny Mustaches brings us another chill-hit in their re-make/mash-up of Drake featuring Stwo in “Ain’t No Frontiers”; a mash-up of Drake’s “No Tellin” Stwo’s “Frontiers”.

Adding layers of chill and ambient relaxed sound to the original and some trappy snares to further mellow out, yet also make the track more vibrant and lively. This smooth ambient track should fit right in to any music lover’s library, DJ set for a slower cut to round out the night or as a track for intimate occasions.

Download this track for free on MWTM’s Soundcloud.

[Epic Ambient Trance] Vector Lovers – Neon Sky Rain // Some History: Waxing and waning on EDM Music


Neon Sky Rain – Vector Lovers

Welcome to another EDM Origins post, this time featuring “Neon Sky Rain” one of the standout tracks from independent artist Vector Lovers, an alias for British EDM producer, Martin Wheeler. The song incorporates a very spacey-vibe with futurstic, space-like synths and chords, reminiscent of distant solar systems. The track, released back in 2003, was so far ahead of its time, it isn’t even funny. EDM artists today could take a page from songs and artists like these, who clearly came from a background, foundation and genuine love for electronic music they create. Not like many of these “iMac DJs” or “DJs” who just learned what “Darude – Sandstorm”, or “specialize” in Trap or another fad genre. Continue reading [Epic Ambient Trance] Vector Lovers – Neon Sky Rain // Some History: Waxing and waning on EDM Music

[Throwbacks][Rap:] Riff Raff – Judo Chop (Freestyle) // [Ambient / Chill EDM:] Little Jinder – Keep On Dreamin’ – Mat the Alien Remix


Got two throwbacks for you today. Our first comes from the wildly popular rapper, RiFF RaFF, the Diplo label mate who got his start on MTV’s “From G’s to Gents” thug-makeover TV reality show. RiFF RaFF has since been all over the music scene, especially as he has evolved in his sound. This single, “Judo Chop” is one of his more popular songs. If you haven’t heard it, check it out above.


Keep On Dreamin’ (Mat the Alien Remix) – Little Jinder

Keep on dreaming… (you gotta)
keep on dreaming…

Keep on dreaming… (you gotta)
keep on dreaming… (it could all fall apart)

Next up is a great remix from accomplished and established Swedish electronic-dance pop singer, Little Jinder. This special remix from Mat the Alien puts a whole new chill-ambient spin on the original song and has a much more vibe-able beat and bassline. Check it out and download it for free on Mat’s Soundcloud.

[Future Wave / Breakbeat:] Fatboy Slim – Mad Flava (Autograf Remix) // [EDM Origins: Progressive House / Trance] Avril Lavigne – Alice ( Michael Conway Remix)


Future Wave/Breakbeat: Mad Flava (Autograf Remix) – Fatboy Slim

EDM producer/group Autograf was lucky enough to be honored by being called upon by alternative rock/trip-hop group Fatboy Slim to remix their single “Mad Flava“. Putting an absolutely amazing future feel to the song, I almost didn’t know what to coin this genre of music. Maybe all these Future modifiers (in front of House, Trap, Dance, whatever) should just all be condensed into FUTURE. That begs the question, what will we call it when it is the future, say in 20 years?

Sillyness aside, Autograf has more than their fair share of stunning remixes. Be sure to check out their songs on their Soundcloud, where you can download them for free! Next up for our ORIGINS post (below) we highlight some Progressive House remixed by Michael Conway as well as a legendary trance track from Trance God DJ, Ferry Corsten, Down on Love” from his monumental album L.E.F.

Autograf Soundcloud
Fatboy Slim Youtube


Progressive House: Alice (Michael Conway Remix) – Avril Lavigne

This is probably the second remix of Avril Lavigne song that I actually like, and this will take first for the best (in my opinion) as the general feel of this awesome, beat-building progressive house remix of Alice” from EDM producer Michael Conway is much more widely applicable to any situation; compared to the eurobeat-ish, happy hardcore sound prominent in the Revo-luution remix and Nightcore’s take on that same remix (below):

Hello Kitty (Nightcore Revo-luution Remix) – Avril Lavigne
 

Trance: Down on Love – Ferry Corsten

Finally, last but no way in flaming hell, least. Is smash trance-track “Down on Love” from Dutch trance, EDM DJ and artist Ferry Corsten. Well known for working with and remixing tunes from the likes of DJ Tiesto, Above & Beyond and more Corsten has been a signature name on the scene since the early to mid-2000s (much like Kaskade, Benny Benassi and several other DJs who “came up” during this time period).

Released back in 2006, I was a high school junior when Corsten’s second studio album droppedI copped it of course, during a time where the cashier at Best Buy looked at my funny, or as if I was crazy, this black teenager buying EPs from BT (Emotional Technology) or the even more rare, obscure and EDM foundation builder, Norweigan group, Röyksopp’s The Understanding. Below you’ll find two standout singles from BT and Röyksopp and two more deeper cuts.

Communicate – BT (also check out “The Great Escape“)

Learn to use your words so we can…
Communicate, communicate
communicate, communicate now…

What Else is There (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) – Röyksopp [2005]

It was me on that road,
but you couldn’t see me
too many lights out, nowhere near here,
I’ve got a golden ear,
I cut and I spear —
and what else is there?

Only This Moment (Original Mix) [MV] – Röyksopp [2005]

Only This Moment (Röyksopp’s Forsiktige Massaje Remix) [2006]

[Exclusive/Rare Remixes:] FREEZEPOP – テニスのボーイフレンド (Tenisu no Boifurendo) (Kodomo remix)


Notable/Quotable lyrics:

Japanese romaji with English translation undernearth:
anata wa taitei
zuibun ogenki desu ne?
tenisu no boifurendo
totemo ii desu yo!! [repeat 2x]

You are usually
very lively, aren’t you?
[My] tennis boyfriend
[It/You] are very good!! [repeat twice]

anata to… [You and…(I)]

anata wo… [You…]

anata to [you and…(I)]

Te, tai-taitei [usu…usu…usually]
tawa, tawa, tawa, tawa [no meaning chop up of taitei – usually]
tawa, tawa, te, te (anata wo) [anata wo lit. “you at least are” / “regarding you…”]

anata wa taitei [Lit. You, yourself are usually (and no one else)]
zuibun ogenki desu ne? [very lively/healthy right/aren’t you?]
tenisu no boifurendo [Lit. boyfriend of Tennis -> Tennis Boyfriend [my]]
totemo ii desu yo!! [Lit. a lot, it’s good I say / assert. // it’s very good!!]

[EDM Origins House & Alternative:] Kaskade – Steppin’ Out // Kosheen – Same Ground Again


Kaskade is probably one of the most popular and sought-after American producers of electronic and house music. Chances are, if you watch TV, play video games or went to the movies you’ve heard one of his songs. His music is featured in many different forms of media, much akin to fellow EDM producers and DJs, like BT and Paul Oakenfold.

Our feature is one of Kaskade’s signature songs from the early 2000s, the completely chilled-out, smooth house single “Steppin’ Out

Kaskade is largely known for growing the house music scene in his hometown of Chicago in the early 2000s. Though Kaskade has varied in musical styles during his growth, as a whole, his music can be said to be fulfilling for the soul, or music to put you at ease. Much of his house music includes sultry female vocals alongside soft, harmonic melodies that become instantly recognizable, simply from their uniqueness. Take the song that introduced many, including myself to Kaskade, his absolutely astonishing remix of David Morales & Tamra Keenan’s “Here I Am” featured in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada.


Next up was a random song that my iPod shuffled to today. An EDM/progressive-house tune I bought and downloaded back when I was a senior in high school (2007). This one comes from Alternative Electronic band Kosheen, one of their bigger breakout singles, “Same Ground Again“. In fact, their whole 2007 EP, Damage is chock-full of good alternative-sounding electro music that still holds up today. Check it out above and see more from Kosheen at the links below: