Attended my first Beyond Wonderland festival in The Bay and as a helluva time as it was the music wasn’t really my thing (it’s about more than just the music). It’s not like they lacked good EDM artists, loved Zeds Dead & WhiteNoize, but the majority of it suffered from the dreaded dead beat (see dirty bit) loved by the Molly driven audience plaguing the EDM scene.
So after the festival was over Saturday night, I wanted to blast a little of my own EDM favs on the ride home. And first to pop in my mind was a newly discovered remix of Whitney Houston’s “It’s Okay” by Arches. It may cop out to sampling some of the finest of the 90’s, but with its deep house depths Whitney has been revived with one helluva banger set for a massive audience. I’d love to see this tried out on a similar audience.
Jesus, I did not realize Brandy’s “Baby” was so hot! Thank ColeCo for the refresh with an all too funky bass. Makes me realize Brandy wasn’t just some 90’s teen tv actress. God, that voice with that bass!
Repetition drives me nuts sometimes but usually feels just boring & unfinished, however, if it’s got a catchy melody with vocals it can go a long way. Toyboy & Robin’s ‘Jaded’ has a pretty standard house beat, but gets deep on the chords and varies it up just enough to rise above most.
And like with most upworthy music, the vocals set it further apart. I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with vocals pitched up or down these days, but it works well (up) here.
This one’s even got a pretty sly message under it, but that’s not why Bodhi’s Imperfection has been keeping my attraction. Bodhi cuts up ‘Imperfection’ with finesse, giving a clean midtempo breakbeat performance. My favorite part comes 50 seconds in and lasts a good 15. A spine-tingling buildup.
One flaw I found in ‘Imperfection’ was at 2:47 and a few bars after, but after listening to it a couple more times through I realized that was all apart of the fun in ‘Imperfection.’
I miss hip hop. I can’t believe how little I’ve posted of it this year, but it’s not for a lack of listening. And actually more of a surplus in other soulful styles.
Electro music has stirred up disco, funk and R&B’s past. And as many of you may well be aware, I’m obsessed with the trio. Unfortunately, hip hop & electro haven’t blossomed together to what they will one day. In the meantime, leave it to the mashup & remix artists to bring back our attention to hip hop for a bit.
The Hood Internet has been mashing up my favorite hip hop artists for a while now, many good ones, and now they’ve introduced me to two more. Hood took Gunplay and Isaiah Toothtaker in Blue Sky Black Death’s ‘Frown’ and plopped ’em into Sasac’s funky ‘All Pleasure’ original. And as much as I love that funkyass beat on top, Blue Sky Black Death’s dark remix sets a mood just as well, albeit the opposite.
Someone needs to create a standardized database where samples are credited. Or maybe something like Shazam that can automatically figure out where the samples come from. Because so far on too many tracks today, noone credits nothin’ (you get what I mean).
The key to these disco-house beats are their vocals. Update vocals to something fresh like on ‘Get To This’ and trust me you’ve got me suckered in good. Solid bass line, Quinten 909.
Went to a Giraffage show a few months back in his San Francisco hometown, and of the handful of acts I’ve seen at The Rickshaw Stop, Giraffage’s night took the rest. I may not appreciate his music at home as many of my friends do, but take his set to a club and you know where it’s meant to play out. Giraffage’s latest remix of ‘Better Off Alone,’ may not be anything new from this dilated soul producer, but I guarantee this is fit right for the club.
Notta fan of Chipotle’s food, but their marketing team is far ahead of its time. I’m sure my children won’t be fooled by their artsy branding scheme, but I sure as hell don’t mind to be. This short story about a scarecrow gone rogue in the pursuit of something purer isn’t all that untold, but the beautiful visuals with Willy Wonka’s classic covered makes this ad something to talk about, especially that cover.
When I first heard Fiona Apple was doing a rendition of ‘Pure Imagination,’ I knew it was going to be postworthy, but I couldn’t imagine this. She takes the sentiment we all have for the original and makes it her own, all with a little electro undertone pressed in. Pure brilliance.
I really thought there was no point in posting this for the longest time. It’s Drake, everyone knows that dude. But when I hear as music as good as this, I can’t make this a popularity contest (or the opposite of one).
I’ve never liked a single Drake original, really not a fan of his rap, but like Gambino before him, I’ve finally discovered his soul voice is much better than his rap one. ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ seems clearly influenced from his protege, The Weeknd and I like where he’s going with it. Drake has completely turned me to the much more pleasant side of his sound.
Like the electro funk song I just posted, ‘The Way You Move’ sounds so familiar. The vocals either sound like some one hit wonder from the 90’s or I’ve stumbled on a chorus so good it’s already stuck up in my long-term memory. Either way, this is a polished 90’s hit with soulful vocals provided by Chuck New. He’s really what brings it all together, as vocals always tend to.
One thing I wasn’t feeling on Padrul’s latest is that vinyl-like scratching. I don’t mind it when used right, but when I think my speakers have gone to hell I know it’s not the right fit for this one.