“Get ready for lift off” was all I could think of during the opening for “Crush.” If the preview is a true indication, “Crush” is going to be taking us off for a wild electro house ride that won’t be stopping anytime soon. Riding the wave that electro house has been on for the last few years is paying off now as these jams are inescapable at shows across the country and globe. Immediately, I felt “Crush” being played at the Dada Land Compound or a killer outdoor set this summer. “Crush” has all the makings for a big electro house smash in 2014.
“Crush” is the first of many releases Bakman has planned for this year. If “Crush” is any indication of what we’re in for expect a year of blistering tracks, clever synths and nonstop body moving tracks to be rolling out. Dance floor anthems seem easy to create and hard to miss but a quality electro house track can be spotted almost instantly. Bakman is setting himself up for that kind of notoriety with tracks like “Crush.” Be sure to check out Beatport March 11th for the full “Crush” release.
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The duo of Galantis strike again with another euphoric, poppy banger for the big room. With Alvin and the Chipmunk-esque vocals and clever piano work the group create an original track that could have easily fallen into the rubbish pile. Where many have gone the generic route on tracks similar to this one Galantis took a stab at originality, and it paid off. “You” is one of those infectious jams that will put you in just the right mood before you’re set to lose your mind in the festival fields. I see an aftermovie soundtrack or two having “You” in it.
Oooh this is a good one. Le Youth takes on an almost insurmountable task in making a Chromeo track more danceable than its original. While “Come Alive” is awesome on its own this funky track gets turned up a notch with a house beat backing it. Le Youth did a great jump integrating Toro y Moi’s vocals to create another level of energy for a slight build. This track was enjoyable from moment one. Check this one out if you’re a fan of funky dance jams.
Taking on one of the ’90s most iconic songs and giving it a 2014 taste is Hexes. This one mixes glitches and house to create a chilled track that can be played at the beach just as easily as a change of pace on the floor. This is another great example of taking a signature track and making it your own. Hexes does a good job using just the right amount of “Wicked Game” to not abandon the original while making this one his own. This is a great, chilled remix that should get some serious spins.
Oliver Heldens is back to take on one of the biggest tracks of the last year. “Animals” didn’t particularly do it for me and after all the spins it got a bit stale. With Oliver taking this one to a new level I’m back on board. This tech fused remix feels like a full track. There were parts that felt like an actual adventure. The build up to the drop may not rival Garrix’s original but that would be hard to do, even for Oliver. Instead, Oliver did it his way and we all get to benefit from it. This is one of those beginning to end tracks that will have you hooked.
Ohhhh this one. Motez’s edit of a solid Goldroom track gives this one the signature pure house edit it so needed. The vibe of this one is recognizable from moment one. The bass is perfect while mixing with the midtempo pace. This is just another notch in the belt for the Australian music scene. That continent is cranking out quality music across various genres and house is at the forefront of this. While the original had the airy pop meets house sound the edit is a solid house banger through and through. Great work from Motez.
Trapping out Kanye West in a chilled way today, we get a chopped banger from his 808 days. There’s been some stellar remixes of this track over the past few years, and while this one is good it didn’t seem like it had enough to stand out from the others. On its own, it’s a solid remix that holds on to the same feel that Kanye conveyed on the original. There’s nothing wrong with this one but it seemed to be a little different than its initial sound out the gate. Maybe that threw it off for me.
Doing the official remix of “Red Lights” for Tiesto is Germany’s twoloud. With a similar intro to “TRACK ONE” I was skeptical for a second. Could this just be another one trick act? Nope! twoloud does a great job leading the intro into a trance-like section of positive energy. The sky opens up, everything is feeling great. The crowd begins to clap and the energy builds. This is a solid progression, and then you get hit with the drop. Get ready to lose it at that point. This one is legit. We’ll keep you posted for the full track.
Vicetone is back and this time there will be melodious reverbs. “Lowdown” is another example of why Vicetone is one of the best at progressive house. The guitar riff shakes this track up around the midpoint for a fitting change of pace. For a moment I felt like I was in a spy thriller. This could be James Bond’s first progressive house theme song, like they’d ever allow that to happen. With a euphoric kicker to bring this one home this one gets our full support.
Oliver Heldens gets the official approval from Robin Thicke for his take on “Feel Good.” While the original is a club topper already, Heldens turns the house up and doesn’t stop til the wheels come off. He made this one his own dance track while holding on to the original’s sound like any good remix should. Thicke’s voice works perfectly with the dreamy electronic high sounds before getting slightly brought to Earth with the signature low house sounds. This one is damn good. I just wish it didn’t stop.