“Losing You” from Ephixa and Laura Brehm is a cosmic journey through space, time, and progressive vibes.
Losing You – Ephixa and Laura Brehm [Progressive House:]
It’s hard to go wrong with Monstercat as the depth and variety of the label certainly has something for everyone. “Losing You” will scratch your progressive house itch while providing some very spaced-out IDM vibes.
Canadian producer James Leusink, better known as Ephixa, and Monstercat songstress Laura Brehm helm this one, and it’s definitely one to get lost in.
Brehm’s vocals set the tone for a journey through space, time, making one contemplate the inner fabrics of the universe, or something damn near it. Underground beats coalesce into a cosmic wonderland worth checking out.
[from the Compilation album Monstercat 030 – Finale]
Australian based DJ, Jyye, delivers an uplifting remix of Rachel Costanzo’s “Comfortable.” Channeling future house vibes, bass lines and great vocals is a deep floor-filler with a depth of sound that is nicely realized, as much of the music featured on Selected.’s YouTube channel is.
This song certainly “keeps it comfortable” settling with a comfy sound and BPM perfect for house lounges and late night set sessions.
Kaskade’s “Tight” featuring Madge blends elements of dance house, tech house and the soft, sultry vocals Kaskade is known for.
[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.”
French Bass and Future House producer Malaa does it again with “We Get Crunk.” G-House samples and vibes meld well with a more deep/tech-house feel or vibe making a heavy track that mixes well as a great transitory tune into the next floor filler.
Malaa and his Confession label mate Tchami have been on fire recently releasing new music and touring all around the US and Europe.
Listen to the track on Spotify or other music services here.
Be sure to check out more from the Confession label on their YouTube page.
Off the Alchemy Volume III EP, Rootkit’s “Take a Shot” blends heavy industrial sound with Future House.
[Dark House/Future House:] Take a Shot – Rootkit
Fresh from the Confession label’s Alchemy Vol. 3 is a new song from Future House producer Rootkit. Track six on the album, “Take a Shot” combines heavy bass, and a dark atmospheric sound to create a future house track that exudes a full bodied, yet minimalist sound.
As the sampled voice in the background repeatedly commands “Take a Shot,” sounds of echoing synths and tribal sounding wails combine to creating a very industrial feel.
[Commercial with Cool Music:] My Favorite Things (Urban Noize Edit) – Nora Khalif
Commercials have increasingly turned to EDM to be featured in their adverts. Car companies have probably been sampling the electronic genre’s gems for quite some time, since the rise of dubstep almost a decade ago. Volvo stepped up and featured a remix of a traditional song (along the lines of Toyota’s Bippity Boppity Boo EDM Remix).
In a rare twist however, a full version of the remix was also released and uploaded to Youtube. Often when EDM is used in commercials, the song will be a snippet produced only for the commercial and a full version is never released. Volvo made a smart move featuring Urban Noize’s remix of the song which also has a full version. Enjoy it above!
Louis the Child’s “Better Not” offers up futuristic synths alongside tropical, island beats.
[Downtempo Dance House:] Better Not (feat. Wafia) – Louis the Child.
Just in time for the summer is a cut with plenty of cool, tropical vibes. With a repeating reggae tin drum in the backbeat helping to create the dreamy, calm atmosphere of “Better Not” Wafia‘s vocals fit right in.
Louis the Child creates an interesting flow with this one, which initially resembles a contemporary pop song.
Though that may be true, by the first hook the track intrigues as the synths pick up. Then by the first “drop” you’ll find yourself humming and swaying to the beat and echoing the chorus of “You better not…” This is a great song for the season and not to be missed.