[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.
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.
Check out two absolutely jammin’ Future House/Bass cuts fresh off the musical cutting block…!
[Future Bass / Funk House] Autolater & Father Dude – About Face
Don’t about face we’re 25,000 miles away that’s my distance from you…
[Future Ambient Chill] Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep is Your Love? (Liva K Remix)
How deep is your love? Is it like the ocean? Pull me closer… How deep is your love? Is it like Nirvana? Hit me harder… how deep is your love
New Future House, Bass & Ambient Music:
We’ve got two atmospherically deep future tunes for you in this post, delving deeper into one of EDM’s fastest-growing, widely appreciated genre subsets: Future House. Our first comes to us from Autolaser & Father Dude in their Future Bass tune “About Face” admirably combining elements of funk and house music. The progression of synths blend smoothly creating a wavy line of synth chords in the instrumental breaks, very reminiscent of one of Future House’s pioneers, Minnesota.
The second a deep ambient-house track complete with calming melodic rhythms and synths, female vocals, chants through a vocoder (“so tell me how deep is your love can it go deeper”), and entrancing saxophone riffs. “How Deep is Your Love (Liva K Remix)” originally by Calvin Harris & Disciples gets some majestic remix treatment from Liva K. This remix channels sounds of the ocean and a very Latin House vibe with the perfect amount of ambience.
Liva K is a popular name among the house circuit with several hit tracks and remixes including a remix of fellow house vocalist, Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”.
We’ve got two eclectic EDM highlights today coming from some very talented artists.
Our first selection is an amazing future-lounge remix (think music played in posh waiting rooms in 2025), of Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding’s monumental classic “Outside” remixed by Anevo. Anevo’s take on the song adds additional layers of chill, Ellie’s smooth vocals, calming “beach-song” guitar chords create a perfect combination of dance music elements. The result is a “future-banger” ready for downtempo clubs, and waiting rooms (heh, couldn’t help) across the world.
Also check out another smash-remix of Anevo, his cut of one of my favorite new electronic groups, Years & Years, “King (Anevo Remix)”
[Festival Anthem House-Trance] Eric Prydz – Opus (Original Mix)
Eric Prydz has been a staple EDM artist/DJ/producer since before the term “EDM” even existed. Having released music under numerous aliases, such as Pryda (also the name of an iconic album Prydz released in 2012). “Opus” is the culmination of the evolution of electronic, house music, and dance festival anthems. The Original Mix of the song has a lengthy build-up which peaks with a “drop” further cementing a sound reminiscent of Daft Punk or deadmau5. Check out more from Eric Prydz below with some of his other hit songs and links to his web presences below: