Sapient Dream – Slushii

July 27, 2016

Slushii (Photo by Donslens)

Here’s a bit of calm for your week. Slushii starts this song minimal, a staccato treble setting the stage before dropping a bit of a trap rhythm. Then a pitched up vocal swoops in, singing ambient soaring notes. It’s a moment of peace, a relaxed song that invites you to let go for the moment and take a deep breath before continuing on. Enjoy it.

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Darling (Ft. Missio) – Said The Sky

July 22, 2016

Said The Sky

From the very start this track wants to lift you up and put you in a good mood. With a whisper of wind and birdsong, the song fades in and a keyboard begins gently before the driving drum line enters. Said The Sky made this beautiful, bright-eyed, chirping song and it’s one of my favorites. The amount of cheerful wide-eyed whimsy in this song never fails to make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Gorgeous earnest male vocals contrast nicely with the pitched vocal samples as they sing the tale of the glory of new love through the eyes of a pair of ingenues. Trap drum rolls stutter like a too fast heartbeat or a caught breath; the sample of a laugh captures a frozen moment of surprised delight. This is a love song that makes you feel. Savor it.

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Beautiful Light – Uppermost

July 20, 2016


It’s Wednesday. For me that means it’s time for some chill music that will get me going and in a relaxed mood. Uppermost provides. The song starts off with a vocal sample and soon gains a casual drum line that always reminds me of a loping run. Added samples weave in and out of each other, making the song jazzy with the aid of reverb and a lovely relaxed backing tune. The vocal samples give the song a couple different hooks, starting with one, breaking into a second about halfway through. And then at one point the sample is allowed to break out of the loop, revealing that the source is Michael Jackson’s vocals from “Say Say Say.” I couldn’t say with any certainty whether the sampled hooks are all from the same song, chopped and screwed as they are. All in all it’s a lovely song, relaxing and beautiful with a hint of nostalgia. I hope this helps smooth out your hump day!

To download this track for free from the artist, go to SoundCloud and click download.

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Once In A While (feat. Sonya Kitchell) – Break Science

July 18, 2016


Break Science

I’m not going to make it to Big Dub this year, which is sad, but I’ve had several lovely vacations this summer already and that makes it less of a loss. But Big Dub is still very much on my mind. After my first Big Dub, in 2014, I had one track on replay – this one. Break Science threw down an amazing set, melding a live band with samples, synths, and electronic sensibilities. “Once In A While” was the perfect song to recover from an overstimulating weekend of dancing, meeting people, and not doing much in the way of sleeping. As such, it’s a good Monday song. A shuffling drumbeat pushes the song forward steadily, allowing the vocals to drift in and out of focus with the aid of copious amounts of reverb. The treble synths complement the airy vocals, trilling and echoing, while the bass synths keep the drums company, pushing forward steadily. Every part of this track is a little bit fuzzy, a little out of focus, and it is beautiful. Enjoy it, and if you’re going to Big Dub, enjoy that for me too.

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Safe Till Tomorrow (feat. Angelika Vee) [Lash Remix] – Morgan Page

July 15, 2016


Lash took Morgan Page’s rather beautiful, but fairly subdued, song “Safe Till Tomorrow,” and turned it into an energetic track, with a strong house beat peppered with syncopation from the future house tenor synth and led by a soulful chopped-and-screwed vocal sample. It starts out quiet, with leashed power growling beneath a sweet exterior, but drops into frenetic energy with the hook. While the song is beautiful, it holds a large amount of tension. This song nails the frantic energy of dancing away your cares, but knowing in the back of your head that tomorrow, they’ll still need to be dealt with. Enjoy the song and enjoy the weekend!

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Dle Yaman (116 Deep Mix) – Hrααch

July 13, 2016


I recently spent some time in Berlin and found it to be an eye opening musical experience. Spending 16 hours straight immersed in Berlin club music, I gained a new appreciation for deep and tech house. I like the long build, the minimal synths, and the power the constant rhythm builds up. I love how much emotion can be implied and shared with just a few notes, a growl of bass here, or a pause there. Hrααch was not a DJ I heard in Berlin, but is a DJ I’ve come across since coming home and searching for more music that sounded like Berlin. This track features those slow builds and minimal synths, but it may be a bit easier to ease into for those new to the deeper side of house because it also features vocals. Hrααch started with an Armenian folk song about missing one’s love, a song that has taken on the connotation of a love lost permanently to death, and gave it a house makeover, preserving the mournful, ominous mood with his synth arrangements. Listen to it, and give it a chance to hook you, longer than you might in a 3 minute pop song. Let it wash over you.

To download this track for free from the artist, go to SoundCloud and click “Download.”

BONUS: Let’s keep the Deep House rolling! If you’re hooked by the last track, you’ll want more. So here’s a collaboration between Hrααch and Armen Miran that continues the vibe of the previous song. This one has no vocals, relying instead on a very expressive violin and a whole series of other synths and instruments providing tiny sets of notes to complement and continue the song. It’s all held together by the constant rhythm. Enjoy.

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Want to go deeper? For your independent study on Berlin House Music, check out this mix my friend put together after our 16 hours out dancing in Berlin.



Freeze Time (Kenway & WildVibes Remix) – Manse Feat. Alice Berg

June 16, 2016


I’ve been incredibly busy in the last few weeks and I will continue to be for the next few weeks. But I hope to have gotten back to my normal posting schedule by the second week of July. In the meantime, here’s a gorgeous house anthem that Kenway and WildVibes made together in this remix. Alice Berg’s sweet vocals ride the instrumental like a wave, bringing vulnerability and hope and wonder with it. The instrumental hook is a tweaked version of the original that gets rid of some of the syncopation by adding notes, turning a bouncing, implied tune into a decisive, declarative tune, with the rhythm of a trotting horse. It’s a significant change to the tune but it’s done with surgical precision, leaving the bones of the song in place, still clearly recognizable. Enjoy it!

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