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Electro Relaxations 2014

Basically, beats to blaze to

At my job that actually pays, we’ve been trying to figure out what relaxing electronic music should be categorized under on our website. It was originally classified as ‘electronica,’ but the name was often confused with electronic, especially with Spanish speakers. Downtempo & trip-hop were other good options, but we decided on chill as it seems to be the most popular term used now.

I thought about naming our Electro Relaxations playlist something similar, but as popular as chill is now I gotta imagine it’ll fall off as fast as it came in. I’m still not too set on Electro Relaxations, but it seems like the best option for now. And who really cares, the music speaks far better than any name could.

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Grynpyret · Airplane Food

The funk is freaky with this one

We haven’t had a single on Silence since Embody’s Make A Stand, which was over two months ago. I guess we’re all about the playlists now and singles are even more selective. But Grynpret has something special with his Airplane Food.

I cannot tell you what this style of electro is going to do for dance, though it’ll take a few years to even have a chance mainstream. This vaporware style I can best refer to it as takes from anime & classic video games, I believe Yoshi is on here, and slaps some solid electro funk in. The sound is penetrating, for better or worse, but is exactly the right formula for the progression of dance music, at least for one style.

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Beyond Wonderland 2014

with our list of this year's best bass music

Beyond Wonder 2014 - Boombox

The same styles of EDM from last year seemed to dominate Beyond Wonderland this year. Mainly progressive house and various forms of bass music. I like a lot of both, but this mainstream shit sounds so manufactured. It’s like old people buying into infomercials, but at least they have an excuse (they’re old).

I know I sound like the typical music blogger bitchin about the mainstream, but I bring it up so someone will help me understand why people settle for this shit. There are just so many better alternatives. And a few were actually on side stages at Beyond. I guess the lack of awareness is the biggest problem.

So every year, since last year, we’ve put together a list of our favorite EDM tracks for Beyond. Since we’ve already covered house this year with our tropical house & deep house playlists, we decided to go for bass.

It does include deep house & electro funk, but we tried to highlight as much glitch & lazers & shit as possible. Just remember, bass is more for the feeling & dance than for the sound.

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Tropical House

Under the sun (over the pool)

Like the iPhone every year, this is our best playlist yet! It really is.

House has been my obsession for the past few years and my favorite kind is the mid-tempo, upbeat summertime jams. Which may or may not turn out to be called Tropical House. Or Summer House. Or Horizontal Disco. It’s up in the air really.

A few tracks do stereotypically incorporate the steel drums, but we did cover more ground than that. We also decided this should be more comprehensive than our usual playlists because we wanted to get all the trop house personas in one place. There are quite a few interesting characters.

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Deep House & UK Garage 2014

This year's bass is sounding much better than last.

This list is best for the late hours at the club and seems to be replacing glitch & bass music for the darker side of dance – as apposed to its more feel-good Disco House counterpart.

It really should have a two words tops title because Deep House & UK Garage is too much. I thought deep dance fit well, but I don’t think I like it enough. Help me out, word people.

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Embody · Make A Stand (feat. Barnaby)

Laid back disco with a lil something more

‘Make a Stand’ reminded me of the laid-back disco guys like Chris Malinchak are pushing into popularity, but something is slowly added at the beginning to completely transform it by the end.

I don’t know exactly what this sound is called, all I can think of is glam rock but in the electro sense. Not that glam rock sounds like this (I’m not looking it up). But glam with electro sounds fitting.

I actually first heard it in Jade Blue’s Instinct I think.

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Odesza · Memories That You Call

I have a feeling this'll be album of the year

Odesza is releasing their next album, In Return, in September and this is the perfect track to preview it (along with Sun Models). They’ve always had that Phil Spector “Wall of Sound” going on, at least in the electro sense, and ‘Memories That You Call’ continues it with a film worthy, chorus sound added on.

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Linden Jay · Be Like You

Everyone out there wants to be like, you

Disclosure‘s influence appears to be popping up all over the place. They may not have created the sound, but they have undoubtedly popularized it. We’ve found many who try to dup their style, but few can do anything well with it.

Not only is Linden’s sound not just some blatant repeat, but he brings in vocals from Sam Frank on ‘Be Like You’ that bring much more than good sound. Lyrics usually don’t resonate too profoundly with me, but Sam Frank’s message is so telling of our time. I never really got people’s obsession with performers… without acting on it at least.

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Creep Crawl Flash · At Bay

I need more downtempo in my life

Never have I ever (love that game) been so impressed by a mixtape’s intro than on Goldroom’s latest Verano mix. Not only is it a thrill of a chill track, but it’s so unexpected coming from Goldroom.

Creep Crawl Flash’s ‘At Bay’ reminds me of my earlier years with downtempo, especially our second beats to blaze [plug], and it’s good to get back to it. We need to start fishing out more music like this.. for mixtape purposes of course. Recommend!

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Electro Funk 2014

Weird sounds make for good dance moves

Nothing is better to dance to right now than this style of electronic music. I thought electro funk sounded fitting as a title, but it’s more commonly known simply as electro and to some extreme electro house and bass music. Though this naming shit is getting outta hand, as necessary as it is.

The sound actually sounds like something between disco-house & bass music, but more experimental than the former and more soulful than the latter. It gets a little strange at times, but that’s exactly what dance music needs right now.

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