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Odesza · Sun Models (feat. Madelyn Grant)

The future of mainstream dance music, I hope.

Odesza is going from the duo with a song that I love to the duo that I love. Even most good artists fall off after a few good hits, but Odesza is on their way to making the next stage in dance music. At least in my ears. But that’s more about their sound, lyrics is a different story.

I’m never one to pay too close attention to lyrics, I usually make up my own. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with Odesza’s latest, ‘Sun Models.’ Let me know what you think the chorus is singing and I’ll let you know what I made up, but my version is really just a well popularized phrase of three words. But where these words may just be a cliched upper class phrase, Odesza’s music pictures it in a new light… even though they’re not even the right words.

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Jade Blue · Instinct

She's got a way about her

I don’t like throwin up previews, but someone won’t release their full ‘Instinct,’ so I’m gonna be all whiny about it. And I’m gonna praise Jade Blue on something I’m sure she like any female producer doesn’t really want to hear, but that’s what happens when you tease with previews!

I’ve gotta confession to make, I haven’t posted a female producer in a while. Ill-esha was probably our last. I know bloggers get to wrapped up in trivial things like this, but good female producers are rare. Good producers are rare.

And I wouldn’t be spoutin all this shit, let alone post it, if she wasn’t amazing. Just when I think Lxury is topping the best in the UK electronic scene, Jade Blue may be upping it one more. But we’ll have to see how the full version turns out first.

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Baby, Baby, Baby

Three songs wrapped around one word

So I’ve got a running playlist of what I want to talk about next on here and these three tracks were coincidentally placed one after the other on it. All of which subtly use “baby” beautifully. They’re all good individually, but better as our baby trio.

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Goldstar · Ain’t Ready To Go Home (Luminaire Rmx)

Compare it to the original and tell me sampling isn't an art

I need to see this in a much more massive way. Whether it’s at a huge festival or on a movie that depicts it better, this one has bigger than ballroom potential. Luminaire doesn’t change it up much in his remix of GOLDSTAR, but a little bit in a lot of ways and really flips shit towards the end.

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Jade Blue & Frequency · Lately

Taking the best from one song and lending it to another

The first comment that pops up on this song’s SoundCloud page is “deep.” I had my doubts at first, but Jade Blue & Frequency get pretty heavy with the textured bass.

Vocals sound like they’re coming from Disclosure’s infamous ‘White Noize,’ or more specific the one word lyric “lately.” Mind you, this rendition as well as Disclosure’s ring too well in my ear not to be from the same singer.

The world may never know (and I don’t want to).

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Hot Natured · Benediction (Lxury Remix)

Bringing electro from the East into London's new house style

When I post a remix it’s usually because I’ve found the most impressive vocals in a sound more my style. In Lxury’s case though, this ‘Benediction’ remix is more about his sound than Ali Love’s borrowed vocals. Lxury’s take on London’s new style in house blended with Japan’s vaporwave sound is rich, bold & a nice step forward for EDM.

Make sure to check out Lxury’s collab with Disclosure as well – a top number in our favorite EDM of 2013.

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Shak · Nothing Is

Electronic with an Affect

Shak’s ‘Nothing Is’ is a calming affect at its best with a high pitched stringed melody that keeps me thinking back about one of our first posts, Ian Pooley’s ‘Stonyridge Terrace.’ Stronyridge was part of our second edition of beats to blaze to: electronica and ‘Nothing Is’ may just be in number three. Though I think it’ll be classic rock centered.

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Zhu · Superfriends

Triple threat written all over it

Zhu’s ‘Superfriends’ starts with a pitched down rap that I can only assume isn’t original ’cause it’s laid out so damn cunningly and this is only Zhu’s second release that we know of. But I’ve exhausted my resources and the blogosphere claims this to be all Zhu’s doing, vocals and all. And that’s not even the best of it, her or she (who knows) can throw one hell of a fiendish beat together. Zhu’s got triple threat written all over her (I hope it’s a gal, somehow).

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Touch Sensitive · Slowments

This has been a long time comin'

Touch Sensitive may have been our favorite artist of 2013, or at least in the top two, and yet this is the first single we’ve posted from this Future Classic guy.

Part of the reason ‘Slowments’ is our first from Touch is because he doesn’t put out much, so basically he’s a tease. When he does put out though, he makes everything else seem like watered down work. Listen up to Touch Sensitive’s ‘Slowments,’ sampling ‘Moments in Love’ by Art of Noise. Bet it’ll be even better live.

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Lancelot · Givin’ It Up

featuring Antony & Cleopatra

The vocals on ‘Givin It Up’ was what first caught my attention, especially the switch up half way through, but the video deserves much more praise. The lyrics like in any song are up to interpretation, but the video solidifies the story with a well-played twist.

Also, thanks goes to Lancelot for the crafty piano work. Another song to add to our playlist of 2014′s piano players (should be out soon).

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