This Week’s “Hot Ones & Essentials” Music Playlist

Get the boost you need for this week with this week’s Hot Ones & Essentials for drum & bass, house and rap.


How’s it going? Hope your week is going well. Here’s quite a few EDM (and maybe a few rap) tunes to get you started on the right foot and make it to that all-too-precious weekend (we’re about halfway there kings and queens).

Week of September 12th Hot Ones & Essentials

9/12 Hot Ones & Essentials Playlist. Click above to open the playlist in Youtube

Notable Listens

This essentials runs the gamut from some of the most well-known artists to some very under-rated gems. Check out several breakdowns below and let me know in the comments what gets you through the week!

Bishu – “Hurt Me Too (feat. McCall)”

Opening with Bishu’s “Hurt Me Too” this excellent Monstercat label release is the perfect blend of melodic drum ‘n bass.

Apparently its creation may have been for a challenge for Bishu, whom comments on his videos vouch is very funny, under-rated and worth following. I got a chuckle out of a quick video I pulled up and the guy seems very light-hearted and easy going. Check him out and decide for yourself. If he makes music like this for fun or a challenge, I’d agree.

Ghastly – “Every Night”

Ghastly never ceases to amaze me. His sheer variety of styles are always refreshing, and “Every Night” is no exception. This quite intriguing blend of bass, house and lounge music is available copyright free from the Dim Mak label.

Internet Money – “Blast Off (feat. Juice Wrld & Trippie Redd)

What more is there to say. It’s Trippie Redd and the late great Juice Wrld.

Droeloe – “Collisions”

I haven’t heard much from Droeloe that I don’t like. I’ll admit I only recently discovered them but their music not only challenges my brain in thinking what exactly, EDM “is”, but I often forget “what exactly was I doing” as I get lost in many of their tracks. Droeloe collabs are also very fire.

Smiley – Over the Top (feat. Drake)

A Different Way and its remixes, DJ Snake, Lauv

Originally from an exclusive DJ Snake livestream this timeless bop with incredible vocals from Lauv has gotten some solid remix treatment and a future house remake from Nalestar.

Another take on the classic.

Seb Wiggins – Waiting for the Answer

“Waiting for the Answer” has got some excellent vocals and marvelous progression from it’s very light intro evolving into a more progressive house vibe.

Hotboii & Future – “Nobody Special”

Still bangs, no doubt.

DJ Snake – “Middle”

Another one for times when you need something a bit more downtempo, “The Middle” from DJ Snake’s 2016 album “Encore” is perfect for sunset viewing, life reminiscing, and pool lounging.

Without listening to the whole album it’s easy to assume gems like this weren’t among far more mainstream tracks like “Ocho Cinco.” They do say don’t judge a book by its cover.

Jake Robertz – Time (Protostar Remix) [ft. Teasha Huns]

Talk about some melodic drum ‘n bass, you know I’m here for it. Protostar’s remix of Jake Robertz “Time” with vocals from Teasha Huns has been on repeat all week.

The buildup between drops is just too great with Huns lush vocals, “I just wanna spend my time with you / I’m feelin’ everything you do” before I’m head bobbing, almost banging to the pure DnB drop.

Animadrop – Nobody Like Me

I have to be thankful to Youtube Music for actually showing me Animadrop. He clearly puts a ton of thought into his work and the interplay between levels, fields of sound within his songs.

He also often makes “making of” videos great for producers. “Nobody Like Me” feels wonderful to ride in the whip with, bass blaring as you declare “ain’t nobody like me.”

Phlegmatic Dogs – High Volume

THIS should be played at high volume…preferably. Hey, he said it not me.

[Transcendent Trance] Animadrop – Aethra

Animadrop’s Aethra is the embodiment of both old era and new wave trance.


[Transcendent Trance:] Aethra – Animadrop

Carry me off to the sky…

Animadrop brings all the feels with this absolutely uplifting embodiment of trance “Aethra”. Multiple trance synth filled drops, hypnotizing vocals and an overall air of transcending time abound. This 2019 cut feels like it easily could’ve released in the 2010s era of industrial trance music capturing and updating the allure, and power of the genre.

Check out Aethra and more from Animadrop on Soundcloud.

Video Games and EDM (Part 1)


Part of a series I’m writing for an EDM website, I’m going to be exploring the relationship between EDM and video games. This is an excerpt from that story, which begins by chronicling some of the earliest instances of EDM in video games, part of a shift that helped raise awareness of electronic in the US in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Video Games and Electronic music enjoy an intertwined relationship


Electronic music and video games, in some respects go hand in hand. Whether it’s promotional trailers often featuring EDM, locations and dance clubs actually a part of the game, or the game soundtrack, the industry seems to have taken notice. The same feelings that make EDM fun to dance to and get hyped to, are also fun to game to.

Not only can a lot of EDM be found in today’s video games, but even in the past, video games helped give electronic artists and video game music producers a platform for their music to shine. Before we talk about today’s EDM in video games, let’s talk about some of the earliest instances of electronic music in video games.

Many studios out of the UK were already experimenting with EDM in games

Some of my first experiences with electronic music were while playing video games. Back in the era of Nintendo 64, the original Playstation and early 2000s PC games, games developed by British and European studios helped expose Americans to dance music. American studios did eventually catch on, but until the arrival of dubstep, electronic music was still very much a niche genre in the US.

If you were lucky enough to have stumbled across some of the more quirky games of the 2000s era, you would have been treated to some early electronic music, some in-house and some licensed. The frantic RC racer game, Re-Volt, was one of these games that helped cement my love for EDM. Several Nintendo 64 games, especially those developed by European studios featured UK house music, such as the action-adventure game Buck Bumble.


Re-Volt (N64, PSX, PC, later re-released on Android)

Published by Acclaim, this unconventional racer had players control RC cars along small miniature tracks scaled to the small RC cars size. Tracks within the game took you to locales such as the aisles of a local supermarket and its parking lot, or through a child’s room, littered with toys and teddy bears serving as obstacles. Just to add to the craziness, the game also threw in Mario-Kart style items like firecrackers, oil slicks, nitro boosts and even a self destructing bomb that could be passed off in “tag you’re it” style fashion.

As soon as you load up the game, you’re greeted by an upbeat house track with filtered vocals. Re-Volt was one of the earlier games to actually use MP3s in the game, and on the PC version, you could pop the game CD in your computer and the soundtrack would play directly from those files.

Each of the music tracks in the game, presumably created in-house, had electronic music flair, indicative of the UK based game developer’s studio. “Little Toy Carz 2” was one of a few insanely epic tunes for it’s time. Drum and bass, a bit of breakbeat, and techno sounds into a blazing fast BPM definitely set the tone for the lightning fast races within the game. The theme for the supermarket track, “Toys for the Boys” incorporates elements of speed dance, rave and Goa with an intro that I will never forget, some fifteen odd years later.

[Post-Dubstep:] Adventure Club & Crankdat – Next Life (ft. Krewella)

Powerhouse trio Adventure Club, Crankdat and Krewella unite for “Next Life”


Dubstep pioneers Adventure Club have teamed up with producer Crankdat and female songstress and DJ, Krewella for the energy filled track, Next Life. Elements of dubstep, future house and bass collide in this uplifting “post-dubstep” track with each artist bringing their unique flair to the mix. Opening with soft melodies that transition into air guitar like synths and layers of  sound makes for an interesting composition.

Krewella delivers magical vocals over Adventure Club’s one-of-a-kind soundscape; one that feels familiar but is also different enough from the dubstep that made them popular in the first place. The drop and the bassier elements of the track seem to be Crankdat’s doing, but I could be dissecting it wrong. Regardless, the trio deliver a powerful hit that successfully changes up a familiar format.

I’ll be waiting in the next life…

https://open.spotify.com/track/6PVujJYQmv8oJxa96v1ptT


Follow Adventure Club:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AdventureClub
Twitter – https://twitter.com/adventuredub
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/adventureclub
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/AdventureClub/

Follow Crankdat
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/crankdat
Twitter – https://twitter.com/crankdat
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/crankdatmusic
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/crankdat/

Follow Krewella
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/krewella
Twitter – https://twitter.com/home
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/krewella
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/krewella/

[Electronic:] 22 Bullets – Surya


[Electronic:] Surya (feat. rmcm) – 22Bullets

Electronic artist 22Bullets releases this powerhouse track “Surya” featuring rmcm, an energy packed electro number that’s got an early Zedd sound to it. Signed to KSHMR’s Dharma label, the track released through Spinnin’ Records is a perfect anthem for Summer 2019.

Check out more from 22 Bullets below:

Follow 22Bullets:
https://www.facebook.com/22bulletsmusic
https://www.instagram.com/22bulletsmusic
https://twitter.com/22Bulletsmusic
https://soundcloud.com/22bullets

Follow rmcm:

https://www.facebook.com/djrmcm
https://www.instagram.com/djrmcm
https://www.twitter.com/djrmcm
https://soundcloud.com/djrmcm

Follow DHARMA:
https://www.instagram.com/dharmaworld… https://www.facebook.com/DharmaWorldwide
https://twitter.com/DharmaWorldwide
https://soundcloud.com/dharmaworldwide
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC32W…

[Dance:] David Guetta, Bebe Rexha, J Balvin – Say My Name

David Guetta, J Balvin & Bebe Rexha’s “Say My Name” continues to trend as latin flair meets dance music.


[Dance:] Say My Name – David Guetta, Bebe Rexha & J Balvin

Latin flair meets dance music in hit “Say My Name”


Music powerhouses David GuettaBebe 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.

The beatc produced by 

Follow David Guetta:
http://www.davidguetta.com
http://facebook.com/DavidGuetta
http://www.twitter.com/DavidGuetta
http://www.instagram.com/davidguetta

[Dance House:] Galantis – Emoji

Swedish duo Galantis, delivers a fun, light-hearted affair with “Emoji.”


[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.