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Ellie Goulding · Hanging On (Mr. Wonk Remix)

A dubstep remix just the way I like it, with melody

The Dubstep Queen gets another healthy dose of dub smeared all over one of her latest, ‘Hanging On.’ Thankfully, Wonk went with the more melodic side of this bass driven style, because I’m getting sick as shit of the mindless mess dubstep’s drops are going through right now. Still not feelin Tinie Tempah’s feature towards the end, but Wonk put enough bass in to keep me occupied.

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AnagramNorton · Bombshell

· · · · · · No vocals needed · · · · · ·

Few producers can do the trick without vocals, but AnagramNorton’s ‘Bombshell’ is of the few that pulled it off this year. Alotta electro run dry & boring without the needed vocal input, but ‘Bombshell’ keeps up the momentum with a few interesting flavors along the way. The sound reminds me of Daft Punk, but that’s like saying any pop rocker reminds me of The Beatles.

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Big Gigantic & GRiZ · Power

We need to see more collaborations like this

I thought I heard something about a Big Gigantic // GRiZ collaboration. Weren’t they callin themselves Big Griz or Grizantics or some shit like that Whatever they’re goin by, their first single is one step up for this power-house duo. ‘Power’ is an anthem of a song with an electro-funky, industrious style. But the best part of all, that Gigantic of a sax solo, I gotta thing for the brass.

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Never Say Never ·· The Morning After

This label is doin' disco right. Very, very right.

I could count the times on my toes where someone made a mix with as much soul as this. And to top it off, this Never Say Never label has all these acts in the bag, signed. There are many nu disco flavors on this Morning After mix, all with some sort of funk charm thrown in, but one sticks out over many other solid tracks. I’ve been putting ‘Alright with Me’ on heavy repeat and I can stop playing it…and I like it!

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Tim Ismag · Ouch (Original Mix)

All sorts of electro madness wrapped up with a lasso

This is one slick rick song. It’s got a lasso for a melody fused with all sorts of electro madness. And vocals are spot on with the beat. It’s actually got me seriously considering compiling a “songs to get in a gun fight to” — think it could work

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Restoring Poetry in Music · Catfish Blues

Just a taste of Kingdom of Fireflies for now

I’ve been sittin’ on Restoring Poetry in Music’s Kingdom of Fireflies for too long, so I thought I’d at least share a piece for now. The thing is, it’s not that easy for me to do a write up on a full album, it’s hard enough to do just a song. More importantly though, this is a band that’s so special to us. RPM’s second album, Pyramids in Moscow, was one of the main reasons this blog ever came about — it’s still one of our best finds!

So instead of halfassing a write up on Kingdom of Fireflies, I thought I’d just throw y’all a taste. ‘Catfish Blues’ is definitely the track that takes me back to what I originally loved most in RPM. Raw Poetic’s heavy flow always seems to flow smoothly on top these trip-tronic tracks.

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DJ Ellipsis · Sexy Girl on Girl Again

Wolfgang Gartner & LMFAO get one hell of a mashup

I’ve had a little “buyer’s remorse” while writing this post up. But I didn’t write it to highlight the pop shenanigans LMFAO. This praise once again goes to a masher with an ear like no other, Ellipsis. You may be sick as shit of these not-so sexy vocals, but Ellipsis mashed it up with Gartner’s ‘Girl on Girl’ to a precision that I rarely hear. For all you mashup artists out there, this is a well synced song. Love the other samples thrown in there too, it’s a nice touch.

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Seven Lions · Days To Come (Coyote Kisses Cover)

Reinventing electro-guitar rock outs

Just when I needed a lil pick-me-up, Coyote Kisses saves the night. I have yet to compare this cover with its original, but this one got some gnarley bass. And Thank You for changing it up, CK, always nice to hear something so fresh.

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Mt. Wolf · Climax (Usher Cover)

One delicate voice doin Usher right

I first got the opportunity to listen to Mt. Wolf in a remix of ‘Life Size Ghosts’ by Catching Flies. And where that was a hypnotic chill of Kate Sproule’s delicate voice, their cover of Usher’s ‘Climax’ is a straight-up delicacy, though still chilled.

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Last Lynx · Killing Switch

These two can sure tango

Just when I thought I picked another unfound gem, I look over at the good ol’ Hype Machine to find it’s hitting the top 5 on the popular charts, hate when that happens. Well, I may not have been the first to find ‘em, but I’m like one of them. :P

Last Lynx’s ‘Killing Switch’ is a good tango between Robin & Fredric’s vocals with a pop beat for this emerging generation [electrofied]. I do wish they would’ve played out their vocies a little longer, seperately & especially together – it just feels cut short.

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