Welcome to The Landing, EDM Identity’s weekly post highlighting fresh tracks you may have missed!
Since the introduction of streaming sites like SoundCloud, YouTube, and Spotify, as well as release mediums like Bandcamp available for artists to release on, new music is hitting us faster than ever. The abundance of releases can almost be overwhelming, as the tools for production and releasing music are easily accessible for anyone around the world. We know that it is a difficult task to keep up with every release from every artist, so we’re here to assist you with some gems that “land” in our inboxes. In every edition of The Landing, we intend to highlight some tracks that you may have missed, or perhaps shine a light on new music for you to fall in love with.
This week’s edition of The Landing features fresh tracks from DJ Licious, W&W & Vini Vici, Oliver, Nevada, Paul Oakenfold, Wishlyst, Aly & Fila, Flux Pavilion, Afrojack & Mightyfools, and Nora En Pure!
The Landing || September 17 – 23, 2017
House beats can’t be stopped with DJ Licious!
Debuting this week over on Hexagon, a label ran by Don Diablo, is DJ Licious’ sugar-sweet House tune “I Can’t Stop.” Featuring a blend of pop elements into a House format, the track’s vocals of “I can’t stop loving you,” repeatedly chopped into segments, offer a catchy hook for a standing chorus. The verses establish a good narrative as well.
Oh, and as this is a House track, expect a well-produced dance-able beat that is set well into a solid groove. I literally can’t stop feeling this tune’s something fun! Grab your copy by clicking here!
Controversial collaborations energize the “Chakra”
Controversial collaborations don’t get bigger than this! Crossing Psy-Trance rising stars Vini Vici with former Trance turned Big Room House artists W&W (who awkwardly “returned” to Trance as NWYR) makes for some interesting discussions. For what it is worth, “Chakra” offers plenty of the sound that Vini Vici has become associated with over the last few years while still retaining a Big Room appeal.
The Big Room synth stabs of W&W pierce the triplet bass line and chanting feels right at home with current Psy-Trance trends. However, it is the guitar here that really grabs this listener’s ear – it feels like it should come from a Clint Eastwood Western… and that’s an excellent thing. I’m sure you’ll hear this one on the year-end festival circuit as it’s already been hammered out by the big guns at the summer festivals!
Oliver drizzles their beats with “Chemicals”
Funky Electro beats course through the veins of “Chemicals,” taken from the debut album of Oliver – a collaboration of Vaughn Oliver & Oliver Goldstein. See what they did there? Anyway, back to the track. “Chemicals” is a sunny Electro tune that feels like a direct link to the evolution of the genre since the 1980’s. There is plenty of retro flair – the vocoded vocal stab and the shiny synthesizers – but there is also a sense of uplifting beauty in today’s world.
The vocalist, MNDR, coo’s so sweetly over the beats you’d be hard-pressed to not feel a bit better about your day. Beauty in simplicity as the sun sets on the horizon. DIG IT! Grab Oliver’s debut album Full Circle out now on all major platforms.
Traveling past the borders of Dance Pop with Nevada as they remix “Boys”
What happens when you give the reins to a Pop song from the UK in the hands of a qualified creative producer on the rise? You get this remix – literally on fire with this one Nevada. A higher breakbeat BPM mixed with a truly catchy beat blended skillfully with Charli XCX’s vocals really captures the ear.
Easily found on repeat, there is just something infectious about this remix. Tested even on another set of ears, I was told it’s instantly better than the original. Bravo Nevada! I’m ready to hear more from this talent in the future! This remix is out now – so grab a copy!
Paul Oakenfold channels sounds outside the norm on “Deep Space”
This summer has been a busy one for trance pioneer Paul Oakenfold as his Generations tour has inspired a unique artistic drive culminating in the release of “Deep Space”; a track that nods to Oakenfold’s out of the box sounds and styles that break the boundaries of the expected trance norm. Blending elements of house, electronica, progressive, and trance, Oakenfold delivers a piece of work that will quench the thirst of dance music enthusiasts no matter what style you may be into these days.
With playful kicks, a pulsating bassline, hypnotic echo’s, and dynamic synth structures, this is a track that will get you grooving in all the right ways! Out now on Perfecto Records, Paul Oakenfold invites you into an ethereal world where the music takes on an eclectic character all its own.
Want more “Deep Space” in your life? Check out the Petar Dundov remix right here!
Skrillex finally gives us another bass-heavy banger with this fire remix of “Humble”!
Just when you thought Kendrick’s rap hit “Humble” couldn’t get any better, make way for Skrillex! This is the drop I’ve been waiting for–for the first time since “Purple Lamborghini” Skrillex has released an absolute banger and I can’t stop playing it. Once again he’s proven his unreal production skills and ear for what goes off; I see many, many festival plays in the future for this one.
The remix is multi-layered yet unbelievably clean, completely transforming the catchy piano beat of the original. That bass drop chopped up with Kendrick’s vocals hits hard as nails, and he changes it up with each succession, every variation better than the last. We even get a little taste of old Skrillex in the light melodic keys of the bridge before the last drop.
It’s the perfect balance of heavy to please me and my fellow bassheads, while also being loved by my less EDM-oriented friends. Skrillex knows the market like the back of his hand and has the musical talent to give us the bangers that we so desperately desire.
Wishlyst goes the “Distance” in her debut original track!
Wishlyst’s debut original track has been due for quite some time! Earlier this year, we profiled the artist formerly known as Baroqueen before she made her transformation into Wishlyst. Though she had been in the music game since 2013, Wishlyst mainly focused on releasing original mixes and remixes. This summer she moved from the east coast to sunny Los Angeles and made a few changes to her repertoire.
“Distance” is not just a representation of her cross-country move but also Wishlyst’s evolution as an artist. The catchy pop-infused track shows off Wishlyt’s talents by featuring her original production, mixing, vocals and songwriting. The lyrics tell a story of being tempted to stay in a situation that may not be working but having the strength to leave, which is likely akin to her cross-country jaunt to the west coast. The track easily stuck in my mind well after I was done listening.
Aly & Fila Track “You & I” is a trance masterpiece
Aly & Fila released their newest album, Beyond the Lights. One of the tracks that stopped us instantly was their collaboration with Emma Hewitt for the song, “You & I”. After many listens, this is one of the most beautiful tracks out this year. A collaboration that took 12 months in the making was well worth the wait. Hewitt’s voice captures you at the beginning of the song and as she sings the orchestra’s sounds intensifies the meaning in the song. If Aly & Fila plays this song at any show, it’ll be a hard thing to not cry your eyes out.
Flux Pavilion releases Hip Hop EP, Stain / Saxophone Doom on Circus Records
Touring hasn’t stopped Flux Pavilion from continuing on with his quality productions that consistently blow fans away. Featuring two tracks, “Stain” and “Saxophone Doom”, Flux’s latest release dips into the world of Hip Hop with highlighted collaborators Two-9. The collective takes on the track “Stain” to bring forth some quality trap vibes, while members Jace and Curtis Williams take the lead on track “Saxophone Doom” with a sick lyrical flow.
With trap music crossing the boundary between the electronic and Hip Hop scenes, it is always great to see these collaborations take place. Take a listen to the EP below and grab your copy today!
Afrojack collabs with Mightyfools on new track “Keep It Low”
Afrojack is a name that is synonymous with club music, and this collaboration with Mightyfools proves once again that he continues to drop banging beats. The track was featured by Afrojack during his live set at Tomorrowland 2017 in Belgium this summer, and fans have clamored for an official release ever since.
The upbeat tempo of the track really gets fans moving, and you can hear elements from both Afrojack and Mightyfools highlighted from start to finish. Expect to hear this track played out not just by these artists, but any DJ looking to hype up the crowd and get things rowdy on the dance floor. Stream the track below and let us know what your thoughts about it are in the comments!
We’ve got a “Fever” for this fresh track from Nora En Pure
As one of the artists that consistently impresses fans and tastemakers across the spectrum of electronic music, Nora En Pure is back with yet another masterful track. Dubbed “Fever”, the track follows the release of her massive tune “Tears In Your Eyes” on Spinnin Deep. The tune itself is funky, drawing on a bouncy bassline with some soulful vocals that have gotten dancefloors grooving already.
This track is a definite must-add to any house music lovers collection, or to that playlist that serves to get people dancing the night away. If you missed Nora En Pure at the recent #NoXcusesSD show, you should do your best in catching her soon as her sets have become renowned as some of the best on any lineup.
Grab the tune on your favorite platform!