Crooked Colours deftly juggles multiple genre influences on Capricious – imperfect electronic horn stabs and a driving baseline reminiscent of Jai Paul or Ben Khan, melodically spooky and echoed trap-esque drops, and a mix of very organic percussion peppered with raw electronic drum samples. Something about it fits well in a ‘things-have-gone-too-far’ drug montage.
Seattle-based Odesza released their second LP on Friday, evolving their percussion-driven, downtempo sound with a roster of guest vocalists and a smattering of world music influences. Very relieving to see a group that created their own style not only adhere to and evolve it, but also fly in the face of other current electronic trends. Not only that, but you can see their efforts from the 2013 EP My Friends Never Die and 2012’s Summer’s Gone (both available for free download here) helping influence some of bass music’s more tribal and organic styles of late.
Special recognition to the track All We Need featuring Portland native Shy Girls, an incredible collaboration that highlights the best of both groups.
Portland welcomes Toronto based DJ and producer Grandtheft tonight at downtown’s Whiskey Bar. With him will come a spate of dance music genres that are bound to elicit a couple of “HEY” chants from the crowd – a sampling of his songs have been added to the Pump U playlist, listen below for trap (Technicolor edit, Keep it 100 ), jersey club (Heavy Hitterz), big room (Close remix) and some top notch top 40 remixes.
Among other indie-dance greats such as Satin Jackets, Wayward, Route 94 and Chordashian, Switzerland-based Nora En Pure is establishing an indie dance/nu-disco sound that is not one to be ignored.
And three cheers for the female DJ: the production side of electronic music isn’t exactly known for its gender diversity, and there are bound to be hurdles that she has to overcome because of that. It’s encouraging to see her so proficiently carving out a name for herself
A smattering of upbeat-yet-not-quite-bangers today. Particularly excited about the latest remix from Bixel Boys, who continuously put out dance-floor friendly tracks without necessarily adhering to a specific genre or trend, something that’s pretty refreshing in the Soundcloud universe. Also want to call out The Rooftop Boys proving themselves once again with a remix of David Guetta (their only other sound was the out-of-nowhere take on Kanye West’s Bound 2, which you can hear a little further down the playlist).
- BIXEL BOYS: Golden Features – Tell Me Ft. Nicole Millar (Bixel Boys Remix)
- Oliver Heldens: Can’t Stop Playing (Oliver Heldens & Gregor Salto Remix) [Preview]
- David Guetta & Showtek – Bad (The Rooftop Boys Remix)
- Long & Harris – Perception [EDM.com Exclusive]
- Bondax: All I See (TCTS Remix)[Annie Mac, BBC Radio 1 rip]
- Chilly Gonzales – You Can Dance