Updates for the week of Nov. 18th – Nov. 26th; New Music, Albums and Buzzing Video Games like Pokémon and Red Dead
Trendy and buzzing topics for the week of Nov. 18th:
Taiki Nulight’s recent LP “Murky Manor”
The Club – Mix Cut – Reebs
Falls (TOKiMONSTA Remix) – ODESZA, Sasha Sloan
Satisfied (feat. MAX) – Armand Van Helden x Cruise Control Remix
Standout from A State of Trance 888 “Amsterdam”
Pokemon: Let’s Go! Pikachu & Eevee – Quick Impressions coming up!
Red Dead Redemption II – Review coming soon.
(Upcoming) Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – News coming soon.
Boris Brejcha’s “Tomorrowland 2018” Set
(Catch “Blue Lakes” and any other song in his Tomorrowland set, which is tracklisted in the info on Youtube. This video starts at Blue Lake 52 minutes in)
Progressive DJ Boris Brejcha put on a hell of a set at Tomorrowland 2018 in Belgium. Several standout songs were in his set, which featured exclusively only Brejcha’s own music. The German DJ had fans locked into his realm of entrancing soundscapes for over an hour and a half and received rave reviews for his performance (as well as many others he has done as of late). Be sure to check it out!
This is another EDM Origins post. As the name suggests, without tunes loke these, we may have never gotten to the point where dubstep, trap, glitch, and future house would have become popular.
Karmatronic’s remix of Michelle Williams’ “We Break the Dawn” takes an incredibly different spin on the song pulling a total 180° from the original. From a slow, pop-laden R&B track to a complex, layered and simply moving progressive track, everything about this song is top notch. The remix benefits from a faster BPM, making it more danceable, and wavy, calming synths accentuating the hook/chorus.
Can’t Sleep – Above & Beyond
Above & Beyond has been a name in the electronic genre for decades. They’ve released groundbreaking music, long before many of today’s acts even existed. Two popular favorites include the transcendental vocal trance cut, “Satellite” and the equally deep in trance elements, “Can’t Sleep” which has been remixed by Araabmuzik, Above & Beyond themselves, and countless others.
Cazztek delivers a bass thumping, yet ethereal big room “feel” take on Tchami’s “World to Me”
Tchami – World to Me (feat. Luke James) [Cazztek Remix]
Tchami’s “World to Me (feat. Luke James)” was one of the songs hot enough off his album to warrant its own EP. I’ve covered the Rootkit Remix & the Dillon Nathaniel Remix but there’s another flip just as epic that deserves not to be overlooked.
Cazztek’s remix of the song takes it in an interesting direction. A fusion of bass house, dance house and Future House this remix blends all these elements for an uplifting, atmospheric remix with plenty of energy.
A catchy beat and vocal sample play over the opening hook, “Baby, you should know/that you mean the world to me” with trance synths into a bass filled future house drop. The drop alone, heavy enough to fill dancefloors, refreshingly devolves back into broken down layers at the second chorus/full hook.
Ending out with warped bass and synths and then the return of the distorted vocal sample results in a song so upbeat, so funky, so different it’ll turn just about any person’s head.
Check it out above as well as more remixes from Tchami’s “Confession” label YouTube page.
This EDM Origins post focuses on some of the early trance and progressive house sounds responsible for today’s EDM with a sick remix of Michelle Williams by Karmatronic
[Hard House/Anthem Trance]
Future Breeze – Second Life (Club Mix)
For Our EDM Origins of today we have two very influential and treasured songs from my music library. Both released during the forefront of EDM’s emergence into American culture during the ripe year of 2008. Our first selection “Second Life (Club Mix” by Future Breeze is a highly slept on, heavy bass-synth trance track I happened to stumble across on iTunes one day.
[Spoiler:] For the young and restless skip ahead to the 3:01 mark for the epic drop. The song continually builds over futuristic synths that were likely foundations for the Future House and Synth House we have today. After a nice little intro the music cuts. Slowly but surely a tiny synth chord begins, growing louder, until the epic drop that rides out for the rest of song. Trance lovers will not be disappointed.
Michelle Williams – We Break the Dawn (Karmatronic Video Remix)
Next up, how can we forget Karmatronic’s magnificent remix of Michelle Williams “We Break the Dawn”. Turning the song into a groovy, downtempo and danceable house track. This remix stands out to me today the same way it did when I purchased it solely off its 30 sec. preview back in 2008. It’s one of a growing minority of older songs I still keep in 8000+ library. I guess it’s the overall natural feel of the melodies blending into something smooth and harmonic without losing the original’s identity. A welcome change from a time awash with similar “remixes” of pop music and Top-40 hits that populated dance charts throughout the early to mid-2000s.
This remix is a great song for riding, relaxing, getting things done, or just to find your own little groovy moment in it.
Origins’ posts of the day include a hip-hop throwback from one of the game’s legends, Eminem. On the flipside, EDM Origins covers two deep-trance throwbacks, one, vocal chill the trance, the other a festival-ready trance-hit.
Today’s Hip-Hop Origins / Throwback Post:
[Hip-Hop/Rap] Eminem – Seduction (prod. by DJ Kahlil)
From his 2010 album “Recovery” which Eminem has rapped about in his semi-unreleased single “Syllabes” featuring Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Stat Quo & 50 Cent, claiming “Encore he [I] was on drugs, Recovery [I] was flushin’ em out” Eminem recognized this wasn’t his strongest album, but despite that a few bangers are still present. “Seduction” is a deeply-emotional track with a very solid beat and rhyme structure where Mathers compares the rap game to a woman he wants to seduce with lines like “One minute she loves you / the next she don’t / she’s been stolen from you / it’s like a (verbal) seduction when I tell ’em ‘Girls on the floor…”
Eminem is contanstly brought up on comment sections and internet forums as one of the “Greatest MCs of All Time,” whether true or not, no one can deny the “not afraid to take it there” rapper, “8-Mile” star-actor, and ever-controversial Marshall Mathers lacks longevity. Eminem’s music is a shining beacon of originality in a music scene, that, at times, completely lacks it. Ever since hearing “My Name Is (Slim Shady)” at summer camp probably around the age of 10, knowing “my parents would kill me if they knew I was listening to such profane music” (lol) I knew there was something special about Eminem. He had a very unique sound, that sounded authentic, not faked, and some killer back-up in production and features. Working with Dido, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent and countless other artists Eminem certainly has a spot in the circle of “Greatest Rappers of All-TIme.”
Check out this classic throwback and leave comments below about what you think of Recovery and Eminem as a rapper.
Eminem on Twitter
[Deep Trance] Tom Klous – Secretly
[Eurodance / Festival Trance] 4 Clubbers – Secrets
Next we’re highlighting two classic trance tunes, Tom Klous’ “Secretly” and 4 Clubbers’ “Secrets (Club Mix),” two great EDM tracks showcasing the moving power of good trance music. The first “Secretly,” from EDM DJ-producer, Tom Klous, is a chill vocal trance track with heavy layers of instrumentation coupled with mesmerizing vocals (from Tiff Lacey). The second “Secrets,” by 4 Clubbers, is much more energetic and incorporates this energy into fist-pumping, festival-ready synths alongside a very European-style dance/bass structure.
Check out two strong progressive house tracks from superstar DJ and producer, Kaskade.
Start Again – Kaskade feat. Becky Jean Williams
Kaskade’s iconic Dynasty album helped propel him into the forefront as EDM music was coming up around 2008. With soothing vocals, calming guitar chords and brain-melting synths, “Start Again” is just one of many songs showcasing the musical depth and variety that Kaskade is well-known for. Dynasty was probably one of Kaskade’s last albums of the ’00s-’10s that had a very strong progressive house focus (Fire & Ice had a more dance-pop, dance-house feel; Dynasty seemed very trance-influenced).
Just listen to another signature track from the album, “Human Reactor” featuring Polina, which features a heavy progressive electronic/house vibe over entrancing and uplifting vocals melding seamlessly with rising synth arpeggios.
Human Reactor – Kaskade feat. Polina
And I’ve woken up to sobriety
Just another day you’re not with me
Wish I could escape reality
And drown in the beats I’m so lost in