So, Redial is no joke. This took me totally by surprise, because it’s like, circus massive. There’s this gregariousness to the bass that’s almost Falstaffian (yea, I went there). For all of my people not up on Shakespeare, it’s almost a sloppy drunk bass, with some triumphant chords sloshing around there. This is what Mad Decent would sound like if diplo was from Brixton instead of Philly. And yea, I understand the gravity of those words. Ride along and see what I mean. Short, sweet & to the point, three minutes and it’s gone, and you’re left wanting for more. Exactly what’s needed to dive into the Soundcloud page and get more into the face. Dude doesn’t even play, so get up on this before it blows up.
This indie dance rework of Water Gun by Popeska is surprisingly euphoric. 30 seconds in, the chords slap you with the chorus pushing back into your awareness. Brass Knuckles provided a wonderful indie track to remix. With John Ryan providing on point vocals & Brass Knuckles pulling into some fun poppy dance, Popeska takes it and runs with it. It’s got a “Bomping it in your Camaro in the sunset” kind of feel to it, and doesn’t really try to get too heady about it. Does what it says on the tin, and I really want Popeska to get that water gun now. Or a platform for more of that smooth electro gorgeousness.
Mako kicked the door in & squatted in my head for an entire month last year, so I’m super pleased they’re starting to flex their production muscles. This pair of tracks straddle the line between anthem & symphonic interlude, walking the line with the confidence of a tightrope walker. They put out Part 1 a little while ago, and Part 2 is a punchy, anthem house rework of the cinematic opening. This is a tantalizing beginning to a much bigger sound I’m expecting from Mako and it leaves me wanting in such a big way. This focus on classical & more organic elements, straddling that synthetic sound is going to be huge, and the jam that Part 2 became leads me to get even more excited about where they’re going with it. You heard it here first, Mako 2015.
For Throwback Thursday, we’re not going very far. If you listened to dance music in 2011, this track was in your head whether you liked it or not. I, loved it. This massive anthem was the perfect way to give your crowd a scintillating breather during a set, while building back into a trance drop of startling proportions. It was played everywhere, and I recently remembered the drop during one of Shogun‘s crazy sets that year, after it had been played by Armin & dozens of other DJs. That moment of “man, that is a crazy good progression” & frisson inducing chords, that was shared by thousands across the world.
I’m all about glib & lolworthy music-related art, and my boy Jim dashed off a dope sketch featuring a gives-no-fucks Koala. Who knows, maybe if we help him get some replacement hardware he can draw some more animals spouting lyrics. Can someone please make woodland creatures dropping 2 Chainz & Taylor Swift?
Strife II has returned, rejoice & be glad! The crown prince of liquid (in my eyes anyway) released an opus clocking in well over seven minutes. This kind of sound is totally rare, but Strife II proves once again that he can do it like no other. The soulful, melodic chords & quiet piano progression are at the core of my favorite sub-genre in dnb. The smooth, emotional vibe glides across your awareness, packing a punch without jarring one’s senses. I am at a loss as to why this kid isn’t one of the biggest sounds coming out of the UK, but I’m going to keep yelling about him as long as I’m able. This is the future, or at least, I hope it is. I think it would lead to a better world, Wyld Stallions-style, but what do I know. Take a listen and tell me what you think.
This what happens when boys are left alone. If you ever wanted to see what happens when two friends don’t let a joke die, this is it. The dulcet tones of DJ Ele waft along with these two, gyrating and generally being dopey for what must have been way too long when it came to filming it on the street. There’s a quiet authenticity here without pretension that I’m really into. If you were taking anything seriously, you won’t after watching this. Abjo’s remix comes in for support, and plays you out. 4min 19 sec to keep you going.