[Future/Deep House:] Work (Beave x Martin & Rami Remix) – Rihanna
Well, it certainly is refreshing to hear a new remix of Rihanna’s “Work” and a version that doesn’t make you roll your eyes as soon as you hear it (a la the Original). Beave, Martin & Rami’s remix is smooth, funky, and downright enjoyable to listen to. It’s got the right elements of bopping dancefloor number, and chill EDM song you might look out over an oceanic sunset to.
My only small gripe about this remix is that the original’s beat isn’t incorporated more, granted in this remix they do channel the original song at 2:31, but I wish they had let the original’s beat (the steadily rising in tone synth from the original) ride out for a little bit longer. The Liam & Keegan Remix does a really good job of this, albeit it’s a little older and more mainstream but still good (I’ll post it below for comparison). Either way, this remix is great, don’t miss it!
Work (Liam & Keegan Remix) – Rihanna
[Dance-House:] Bodak Yellow (CID Remix) – Cardi B
Just when I thought I would never really like this song, house and bass master, CID, went and remixed “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B. OK, maybe it’s not that I’d never like it, it’s like one of those songs you maybe kinda like, but don’t go out of your way to hear (for me anyway).
By adding a steady bass-boosted backbeat and some house flair CID turns the stripper turned socialite’s smash hit into a house club ready remix. Adding danceability and mixability without going too over the top, this remix is a welcome addition to any EDM fan, DJ, or just anybody’s music library.
Check out more from CID on his Youtube channel and look below for some clips I took of CID’s performance at Atlanta’s Shaky Beats 2017 back in May.
Me and another random festival-goer singing along and dancing to “All Night Long” at Piedmont Stage
Another DJ (forgot who sorry!) playing CID’s Secrets Live
[Rhythmic Future House:]
Zonderling’s remix of Moguai & Younotus’ “Lessons” is amazing. Featuring the vocals of Nico Santos, the Zonderling remix melds truly uplifting synth chords, and heavenly strings. Funky and mesmerizing. Everything a future house song should be. Check it out above!
[DIRTY Future/Deep House:]
Dua Lipa – New Rules (Shaun Dean Remix)
So I’ve heard a couple remixes now of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules.” Most of the ones I heard before are a more chill, melodic house vibe. This remix is not that at all. Shaun Dean’s remix brings filthy, grimey bass vibes too strong to hear and sit still. While still managing to keep the soft silky vibes the original vocals bring, Dean flips this track upside down with dirty wobbly synths and bass rolls. Truly epic, don’t sleep on this!
[EDM Origins] Drafted May 2016, Published Sept. 2017
[House:] Kreo – Burn for You
No set of house music would be complete without these two gems here. The first, the essential dance-house track, “Burn For You” by Kreo. First introduced to me through the music video game series Dance Dance Revolution, this song was way ahead of its time (released around 2005) with it’s deep, future-house sounds.
Though a little more pop/mainstream, the simple repeating synths create a sense of calm and a neotopian ‘this must be what elevator music in 2099 will sound like’ kinda vibe.
[Dance/House:] Calvin Harris – Bounce (feat. Kelis) [Twibak & Martysounds Edit]
Next up is a great remix of Kelis’ “Bounce” with Calvin Harris. The “Twibak & Martysounds Edit” gives the song just the right amount of ‘lo-bounce’ while keeping an uptempo vibe. Music like this laid the foundations for today’s future-house. This remix was released at a time where dubstep and generic trap ruled the EDM sphere, a welcome relief from that aural assault on our ears.
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.
[Independent Hip-Hop:] The U-Express (feat. Defcon) – 9th Wonder
Got some real hip-hop for ya hip-hop heads. This throwback comes from my earlier days (circa 2007-2010) when I was still a much bigger rap head. I had good friends who were plugged into some life-changing rap music from artists such as 9th Wonder, Chaundon, Murs, Little Brother, Cam’Ron, The Alchemist and more. Music from these guys and from that era will live with me for the rest of my life. Not simply because it is real hip-hop, without all the bling, gimmicks, etc. But this is music that will always bring me back to those days several years ago, and anytime I listen to it I feel…uplifted.
Take some time and rewind with this very chill, independent hip-hop number, fresh from my nostalgic mind.