The farther you are from past events, the more they blend together. Time periods – years, decades, centuries – make for easy, automatic categorization of those events. “Take on Me”, “Just Like Heaven”, and “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” are distinctively “eighties” music in the public consciousness; today anything that sounds like synth-pop, from 1989 to “Seasons (Waiting On You)”, is an ‘80s throwback. Decades are efficient, well-defined genre descriptors, to the point where decades like the ’80s and ’90s feel so musically distinct that phrases like “1985-1994 in music” sound meaningless to someone who wasn’t around back then.
Getting into the electronica scene these days can get a little overwhelming. Trap, deep house, progressive house, jersey club, future R&B, dubstep, future bass and many more… the list just goes on & on. The subgenres of EDM can be extremely intimidating. If you ever feel personally victimized by your electronica-loving music snob friends, you should probably educate yourself on a few artists in the scene. Luckily for you, I’ve got some recent releases in store to keep you hip to some of the best beats on the block.
For those of you who don’t know, Snakehips is a British duo. From their breakout onto the scene with their remix of Wild Belle’s “It’s Too Late,” they’ve come quite a long way. Snakehips hasn’t released any new material for a long while until just a few days ago. This newest release, “Gone” featuring Syd, lives up to their usual high standard of quality production. With sultry vocals emanating from a backdrop of layered synths and chimes, Snakehips’ new jam is the perfect addition to any late night playlist. Check it out below:
Hailing from France, deep house remixer TEEMID is another artist to watch. His remixes of older pop songs as well as female covers of well-known songs are stellar. TEEMID recently dropped a remix of “Sun Goes Down,” a track originally by Robin Schulz and Jasmine Thompson. I really don’t know what to say about it other than you should seriously check it out. It’s the epitome of deep house ~vibes~.
Kaytranada might be one of my favorite artists of all time. From producer to DJ to musician, Kaytranada is no one trick pony. He’s produced songs from up-and-comer Vic Mensa’s “Wimme Nah” to Shay Lia’s “3 Months,” and he’s released tons of fantastic remixes over the past few years. One of his most recent standouts is his flip of BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Kaleidoscope.” Though Kaytranada usually shines brightest through his remixes of Hip Hop/R&B songs, his remix of BADBADNOTGOOD’s jazzy jam is truly stellar. If you like this, you should also definitely check out his remix of “Be Your Girl.”
Another genre you might’ve heard about is tropical house. At the forefront of this island vibe movement is Kyrre Kørvell-Dahll, a.k.a. Kygo. Though his music sounds like the product of a cheerful inhabitant on a tropical island in the Caribbean, Kygo is actually from Norway. Plot twist, huh? Anyway, I digress. Some of his most famous remixes like Seinabo Sey’s “Younger” and Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” exemplify his signature style. Lately he’s been working on more solo work, such as his new single, “Firestone.”
Last up, we’ve got a tune by Terence N’guyen. More commonly known as Darius, this French artist is known for his innovation in fusing elements of funk, disco and house through his remixes. One of his most recent releases is a remix of Flight Facilities’s song “Two Bodies.” With its slow tempo and dreamily percussive bass, Darius’s work is a deep house masterpiece. Listen below.
So next time one of your friends starts talking about deep house, EDM or anything in between, make sure you throw in your two cents. If you can name off anything other than “Animals, “Sandstorm” or Skrillex, they’ll probably be impressed.
When WRVU announced the winner of 2014’s edition of our annual AOTY (Album of the Year) tournament, hardcore rap duo Run the Jewels emerged on top. Run the Jewels joined the ranks of Vampire Weekend and Tame Impala, who won the tournament in 2013 and 2012, respectively.
The tournament isn’t the whole story though. While its an exciting way to narrow down an overall winner, it doesn’t completely explain why we liked what we did. Additionally, there’s a worry that popular voting is biased against niche releases; it’s certainly not required that voters listen to each and every one of the 32 contenders to better inform their decision.
In the interest of calling out as much great 2014 music as possible, this post compiles the individual top 10 lists from our DJs. But first, a few tournament-related consolation prizes.
The Alternate Universe WRVU-AOTY Award
I have to level with you guys here. I am not a big fan of Christmas music. This is probably an side effect of working retail for the past three years, but somehow holiday music does not get me in the appropriate festive spirit. Unfortunately, as the 25th edges closer and closer, it becomes more and more difficult to avoid listening to it altogether. So for those of you who like me do not enjoy this particular subsection of music, I hereby present Laura Hillsman’s Christmas playlist for people who don’t like Christmas music.