“The Hive” is an electronic dance track straight out of Kattacomb’s brand new album “10 Days On Titan” which has as a basis it’s very own fiction story providing context to the tracks. This track itself, heavily based on driving rhythms which emerge as sounds are juxtaposed in the building of a tight texture, is a lot more than one can expect from an electronic dance track. The sounds used are carefully chosen and interwoven in a crisp and intense combination which drives curiosity for what’s about to happen next, and in fact the music keeps evolving until the very end.
A few moments after the mid point of the song, Kattacomb carefully takes out all instrumentation and prepares us for the final development and climax. Apart from this instance the track is not short of builds and drops either, making for a well structured dance track that is sure to have everyone moving. As his music keeps climbing up the charts, this budding producer definitely surpasses expectations with his creative approach to electronic music production.
Tee Noah is a rare phenomenon in today’s musical climate. Someone who is able to blend accessible R’nB, dance, pop, even rap and hip-hop vibes together into songs which are both familiar yet fresh and on top of that create something which rises above mere commerciality. He has found or rather deftly created that magic combination of tracks that are infectious and accessible, and at the same time mature and exploratory. Not something you stumble across that often in a genre normally aiming for the quick buck.
But his debut ep, Out of My Mind is a brilliant showcase of how you can play to both ends of the market. The pop kids and club goers will certainly find a lot to love in its sultry grooves and vibrant moves but his ability to wander way outside the usual generic boundaries, throw in rock guitars and neo-classical harmonies will also appeal to those looking to see where popular music goes next.
Imagine if Frank Zappa had made experimental dance music instead of existential rock. Then imagine if he was also a multi-media artist working in the realms of dance and visuals. Now imagine if he spent his creative life on a permanent sugar induced rush. Oh, and there are two of him. Even that gives you just a glimpse of the world of the wonderfully named Damn The Witch Siren.
It’s always great when you come across artists who invent their own genre and become a musical religion of one. Bobbi Kitten and Z Wolf do just that blending hi-octane EDM with glitchy, staccato pop, Day-Glo club sounds and rave attitudes. It is brighter than the sun, hotter than hell, saccharine sweet and wonderfully demented.
With Holy Light Brandyn Kaine sits at the cross roads of many different influences. You can still hear some of the alternative hip-hop vibes that he has used as a core for previous songs but here he adds some intriguing additional sounds. Dreamy electro-pop and infectious dance grooves push the song in a much more obviously commercial direction but do so without abandoning the more urban soul sound that will keep him sweet with more underground tastes.
But that ability to cater to those who are more discerning in their musical choices and those who just want to hit the club floor and forget the world for a few hours is a neat trick if you can do it, few can. Brandyn Kaine certainly can.
Although an album called Ain’t That A Beach Party Vol. 2 is going to put all sorts of preconceptions in the mind of the potential listener, even before the first notes have been released into the summer air, A Fresh Delight, which can be found in this compilation, manages to rise way beyond any notions of throw away seasonal hits. Instead it revels in a sort of elegant jazz delivery put to a joyous house beat but even rises beyond that with a smoky and languid vocal sitting contrastingly over the vibrant beat below.
It means that there is something for everyone here depending on how you approach the song. Those looking for a party will find a groovesome track with a great vocal, perfect as part of the soundtrack to your summer fun but approach from a different angle and you will find a fantastically soulful jazz-pop vocal being driven towards more commercial waters one beat at a time.
If ever there was an argument for doing away with dance music labels, Peter Czak is probably it. It splices strong beats with chilled musical passages, a dance ethic with after party vibes and balances contemporary club culture with future possibilities.
Before The Rise is a straightforward and unfussy song; it does what it sets out to do with a minimum of fuss, that is, build a clean-limbed and eminently danceable track, one that meanders within pathways of its own choosing. But even with the simplest of lines, most easily recognisable of beats and very few extraneous details or musical embellishments it still manages to find somewhere new to take dance music. House, chilled techno, downtempo, Nu-Disco, ambient, trance? Don’t worry about it…just dance!
There is a wonderfully simple ethic at the heart of Tribal Saints… “If it doesn’t groove, it won’t move you.” This writing and production team are dedicated to making music that falls into the pop and dance realms but which is built on beat and percussion, groove and pulse and whether they playing with rock guitars, pop synths or dance samples there is always an infectiousness at the heart of the music.
My Heart Bleeds is both radio friendly and stadium ready, equally at home blasting from the car stereo as from festival speakers and with the song featuring America’s Top Model breakout star Cory Wade, this song has all the right elements to catch the cultural zeitgeist of the moment.
Electronic music has fused with pop in myriad ways and for all but the most avid listeners, the endless variety of labels and subgenres can be daunting. For many, there’s simplicity under the umbrella of pop. Even when influenced by other scenes and sounds, there’s never a need to dedicate oneself to fitting into a singular box of what fits the cultural image. Fairy Tale by Chris Martines is a great example of pop music staying true to simple, catchy structures while decorating them in a variety of electronic inspirations.
While the song may not be a major dance number, there’s a hint of R&B sway that finds itself in a comfortably slow tempo. This lets the vocal performances breathe and be as expressive as they need to be, without resorting to a backing of monotonous minimalism. The synths might be the most notable elements of the track. They stand out for their brightness, lending some of the charm from synth pop into a much more intimate song than you’d expect. Fairy Tale breaks some rules without treading into Avant-garde territory and proves to be an easy listener for anyone with a curiosity towards pop and beyond.
Danny Strikes is a talented EDM producer who knows a thing or two about creating memorable melodies and lush sounds. On his brand new release, “Forever”, he actually teamed up with Andreia Da Silva, a talented vocalist with a unique approach to melody. The song has all the punch you would expect from the best electronic dance music production, but it also has a melodic sensibility and an edgy appeal that’s typical of pop music.
Andreia Da Siva did a great job matching the song perfectly with some great tones, while Danny Strikes certainly added a special touch to this production. The mix is punchy, crisp and loud, yet incredibly clear and sophisticated.
This song is surely going to help people relax and unwind the rest of the summer – it could be a club banger, but also one of those tracks you could just enjoy while your out driving in the sun or simply chilling at home on a nice summer day.
With such great melodies and uplifting grooves, you simply can’t go wrong!
If some videos are just a way of promoting a single to a more visually receptive audience and others little more than an afterthought, Yamasaki is a refreshing combination of sight and sound. Even without fully understanding the intricacies of the narrative found in this amazing anime sequence it merges with the music to become a hypnotic masterstroke.
As EDM beats and writhing synthetic hooks play out a futuristic and energetic dance score, the animated story line is the other half of this futuristic opera, one breathing extra life into the other to become an inseparable package of sensual delights. Instrumental dance music is often a very abstract concept, designed as a catalyst for energetic nights out and hi-octane dance floor antics, Jutty Fennix reminds us that its potential as a film score is an area which needs to be explored more. And this is the man to do it.