The Launch

Welcome to The Launch, EDM Identity’s weekly playlist series made up of fresh tracks that we love.

Music connects each and every one of us, whether you are listening to trance, house, dubstep, or any other genre, we are all one with the beat. Exploring new genres and a crucial element to falling deeper in love with music and opening doors to new experiences in life. Every week we will be taking you on a journey of musical discovery, highlighting five new tracks that we are currently listening to. This week’s edition of The Launch is presented to you by…Grace Backer.

Grace’s Blurb:

Hi all, so excited to take over The Launch this week and give you a peek into my favorite tracks of the moment. Music is a constant part of my life, I’ll put it on whenever and wherever possible. Just ask my roommates, constantly begging me to turn off the house music at 10am. This past month I’ve studied in Barcelona, and have had the chance to travel around Europe on the weekends. The tracks below are some of my favorites that I’ve listened to throughout my month of traveling, whether it be on a plane, while getting some work done, or before going out to explore the nightlife in a new city. While there is a focus on bass music, you’ll find a variety of genres within these tracks that I hope you will thoroughly enjoy. I hope you find a new track (or five) that you love in this week’s edition of The Launch–nothing is better than discovering new music!

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 Collarbones - Turning (TRAILS edit) - The Launch
5. Turning (TRAILS edit) – Collarbones 

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My first pick is an edit by TRAILS of “Turning.” I’ve followed German producer TRAILS for a while now–I love his feel of a deeper, darker version of Flume (he might see himself as that as well, considering his variety of Flume remixes and tributes). His take on Collarbones’ track “Turning” features his signature deep bass line but also brings in a house inspired sound, chopping up the vocals for a bouncy drop. This edit keeps growing on me each time I listen; the first time heard it I wasn’t the biggest fan but the more I listen the more I love it! It’s a great track to throw on before going out.

Chasing the Wild - Hippie Sabotage
4. Chasing the Wild ft. Daisy Guttridge – Hippie Sabotage

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Hippie Sabotage, in my opinion, makes a type of music that nobody else comes close to right now, and “Chasing the Wild” perfectly captures their dually light, chill and dark, bass-heavy hip-hop influenced sound. The track starts off with Daisy’s soft vocals and flows into a mellow first drop. Daisy Guttridge is absolutely perfect in this song–her voice is overlaid and harmonized for an overall wonderful effect. About two minutes into the song, the bass comes in harder, vocals get darker, and the track starts speeding up into the last drop that is much different from the first two. I love how this track manages to flow seamlessly from beautiful, chill vibes at the beginning to a crazy bass-heavy ending.

Party Favor- Little Bit of This Remix (The Launch)
3. Little Bit Of This (PARTY FAVOR Remix) GTA ft. Vince Staples

PARTY FAVOR –  Facebook | SoundCloud || GTAFacebook | SoundCloud 

I have always been a fan of PARTY FAVOR’s high-energy trap and bass music, so seeing a new remix on my SoundCloud feed got me too excited. His “Little Bit of This” remix is definitely a bit of a different sound than we’re used to from PARTY FAVOR, but I love hearing this other side of him. It slows down the vocals from GTA’s original “Little Bit of This” and adds in filthy trap drops, each a bit different from the next. Vince Staple’s vocals always sound dope over any trap beat, and this is no exception. This remix is perfect to throw on at a pregame, and I definitely see it in many festival sets in the future.

Lone - Slow Hours Remix (The Launch)
2. Lone ft. JOY (Slow Hours Remix) – What So Not 

Slow Hours –  Facebook | SoundCloud || What So Not Facebook | SoundCloud

This massive remix blew me away. I had never heard of Slow Hours before this remix, but after hearing the track I looked more into who created this impressive take on What So Not’s “Lone.” It turns out Slow Hours is a collaboration between the six French producers Lain, Astre, Kultur, Khamsin, Kidswaste, Rusty Hook. The remix stays true to What So Not’s sound–keeping the song in the same key and with the same vocals, but with a heavier bass drop. It’s one of those tracks that is so multifaceted that each time you hear it you’ll pick up on a different element if you listen closely. I can’t wait to see what else Slow Hours has to come for us! If this first official release is any sign of what’s to come, I see nothing but incredible music in the future from this collective project.

Grizmatik - As We Proceed (The Launch)
1. As We Proceed – GRiZMATiK

GRiZMATiK –  Facebook | SoundCloud || GRiZFacebook | SoundCloud || GramatikFacebook | SoundCloud

There is nothing better than a new GRiZMATiK track! “As We Proceed” has been on repeat since it dropped on January 20th, providing me with good vibes and funky beats no matter where I am. The focus is on the melody provided by the saxophone and bass, with female vocals belting “well I’m holding on” sprinkled in here and there. The production duo GRiZMATiK is a collaboration between the two artists GRiZ and Gramatik, both of whom incorporate live instruments into their music and sets. Knowing that they recorded it live makes the music even more special to me. This is definitely my favorite track of right now– I love the groovy verses and funky bass drops, and any track that provides vibes as good as these will be kept on repeat for me. Give it a listen!

Grace has been listening to electronic music ever since she tagged along with her friends to EDC Las Vegas 2014. She fell in love with the music and the culture under the Electric Sky, and she hasn't been able to get enough of it ever since. Her favorite artists include Porter Robinson, Adventure Club, Kaskade, ODESZA, Jai Wolf, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, and Chris Lake. Grace seeks out her favorite genres of bass, house, trance, and dubstep at music festivals across California and beyond. Her top festivals to date are EDC Las Vegas, Lightning in a Bottle, SnowGlobe, and ASOT Utrecht, and she hopes to attend countless more in the future. While pursuing her musical interests, she is also a student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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