September saw remixes from Feede Le Grand, John Dahlback, Afrojack, Deniz Koyu, and Dada Life but none were better than Tiesto’s remix of Calvin Harris and Florence Welch’s ‘Sweet Nothing’ in our minds. What was your favorite remix of September and check out the full list here.
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Maison & Dragen has still gotta be one of my favorite producing groups out there today. They have pretty much created a new subgenre of EDM in Trouse ‘Trance/House’ with releases like ‘Don’t Play This’ ‘Rio De Janeiro’ and ‘Digital Freedom’. And they have just released a new remix which is of Spencer & Hill’s track ‘Let Out Da Freak’ which features vocals from Mimoza. Maison & Dragen take the original vocals and give them one clean but heavy synth track… It’s nice to hear the heavier and housey side from Maison & Dragen, it’s got me excited to see what they produce next. Enjoy
In this edition of Throwback Tuesday I have Afrojack’s classic jam ‘Pacha On Acid’, Porter Robinson’s remix of Spencer & Hill’s ‘Less Go!’ which features Lil’ Jon, and finally I Have Lazy Rich & Porter Robinson’s collab Hello which features vocals by Sue Cho. Pacha On Acid is easily one of my favorite EDM songs because of how high the production value on this progressive gem is. I loved when Afrojack put out these progressive bombs, and really hope he puts another one out sooner rather than later! ‘Less Go!’ is an essential track for any DJ… I used to open up all my sets with this banger because Lil’ Jon’s vocals get everyone into it and those synths that get dropped into electro madness really will get everyone going! My final track is Hello by Lazy Rich & Porter Robinson featuring vocals by Sue Cho. This one has amazing vocals and a heavy electro that’ll get everyone going. Enjoy!
P.S. Sensation White(Pictured Above) Is Comin’ To America!!! See ya in Brooklyn in October!
Mahalo you fucking surfers! I guess I’m the new guy here, though my wisdom far exceeds my years and I can’t wait to get started. Now, a half birthday wouldn’t be something to normally go wild about, but who doesn’t like a party? With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the best songs in the last six months from my perspective. I did my best to eliminate duplicates, but there were a few that simply had to make the cut. I will start off with the most recent tracks and work my way back into November. This list, along with the others posted by ELB, should get you very excited for the rest of the year. Enjoy!
E Rich’s Favorite Tracks:
The first song I’d like to highlight is a Jakob Liedholm remix to a song by Fun, the band probably best known for the popular jam “We Are Young.” While that song serves as an anthem for my college days, “Some Nights” is actually the song I prefer, as it provides a fun (no pun intended), theatrical opening to the group’s album. Jakob Liedholm, a 15 year old Swedish producer, remixes this pop vibe, creating an awesome progressive track that sounds great at high volumes. I guess 15 is the new 25 over in Sweden if this is what their teenagers are capable of. Check out some of his other tracks as well… this kid’s got some skills.
The next song comes from a bigger Swedish name, the one and only Avicii. I’m a little surprised this song didn’t make anyone’s list since it’s an absolute jam. I have to admit that it took a little time to grow on me, but once it did, nearly every time I have jumped in the car I have put this one on at some point. It showcases a slightly different side of Avicii which I like, and Madonna’s sexy vocals add a lot to the track. Now I just need to find my own girl gone wild…
Next up comes Deniz Koyu’s remix to the classic “So Much Love” by Fedde le Grand. Deniz Koyu adds a big room vibe to Fedde’s beautiful original, creating synths you want to hum along to while in a state of happiness that the original provides. Most importantly, Deniz Koyu keeps the beautiful simplicity of the original melody while creating something of his own that is pretty different.
I am going to revert back to Avicii yet again for this next one, but this time it’s the Levels (In Reverse) remix by George Monev. When I first heard this song, I wanted to go play it for everybody, hoping that at the drop it would trick everybody by going in reverse. The plan worked well until everyone else had heard the song, and pretty soon thereafter the reverse version of Levels had replaced the original in everyone’s rotations. This anecdote speaks to the quality and creativity inherent in this remix, as well as the straight-up brilliance of the original that it could be just as good (or better) played in reverse. I’m sure you’ve heard it, but if not, enjoy.
The next song is a popular one to remix, although this remix may have flown under the radar a bit given that the likes of Tiesto have also remixed Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know,” a song that I really enjoy as an original. I actually one I heard this mix from a former brother of mine who’s attending DJ school with dBerrie, and since it was the first remix of the track I’d heard, I was immediately hooked. Since then, I’ve heard a lot of different takes on editing this track, but I still enjoy dBerrie’s mix the best. I really love how he builds it up with the lyrics, provides a wildly exciting drum beat, and follows it all with a progressive drop that resembles the original while fitting into a big room. Great work by an extremely talented young DJ.
The next song is a repeat, but it is one of my absolute favorite jams and needed inclusion on this list. The lyrics are soothing as fuck, and coupled with a fantastic drop and catchy synths, this song has been one of my most played songs of 2012.
The Special Features remix of Dada Life’s Happy Violence was the very definition of a remix providing the extra kick I needed to fall in love with a song. The original has a catchy tune and great lyrics (who the hell doesn’t like happy violence??), but Special Features bring out the full potential with some head-nodding synths that keep building and building as the song plays.
This song is one of my absolute favorites, and to this point in the list, it’s my favorite (to be jumped by two more songs later). I think the best way to describe this song is uplifting, between Andreas Moe’s lyrics and John De Sohn’s piano-sounding synths. I really think my favorite part of the song is when there is a small pause in the melody, and the lyrics bellow in over the quietness. Sheer beauty that just makes me want to dance and sing. Another great piece of work by an up-and-coming Swedish DJ… Gotta wonder what’s in the water over there that makes these guys so fucking happy and talented.
Ahhhh on to my favorite. I am pretty sure El Jay already spoke volumes about this track, but why not keep going? Cazzette’s remix of Spencer & Hill featuring Nadia Ali’s ”Believe It” is my favorite song of the last six months. Stemming from “Rapture” and “Pressure,” I do believe that any song featuring Nadia Ali’s vocals is an automatic jam, since she has the perfect voice for a house track. Cazzette brings awesome synths to the remix, forcing you to turn up your speakers as loud as you can and jump around, but I think my favorite part of the song are the underrated wobbles that are placed throughout the drops. Finally, as is Cazzette’s tradition, he gives it a pretty sweet name, although I am not sure what androids sounding hot actually means. Overall, there isn’t much more to say about this song but to download it if you already haven’t… Can you feel it?
I guess this was a good time for house music as my number two favorite song of this time frame is up next. I am choosing the original “Resurrection,” although I do love Fareoh’s bootleg “Resurrecting Timebombs” as well which give this song pretty great lyrics. This song has by far the catchiest hook I’ve heard in a while, so props to Michael Calfan for creating that piano-sounding feel. Overall, I’ve got to praise this song for its simplicity and the fact that every time I hear it, I want to run it back a few times.
Next up is kind of the odd duck in this list, as it’s pretty hard electro and that usually isn’t my favorite genre. But Antidote (and it’s respective Tommy Trash remix) is a great collaboration between Knife Party and SHM, and I believe it owns up to its hype and deserves a spot on the list. The lyrics coupled with the violent bass line are great pump ups, and like many of the other inclusions on this list, its relatively unforgettable in how catchy it is.
To end this list off, I’m going with Chuckie’s big room remix of Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love.” The original track is a personal favorite of mine, and even though its been played over and over on the radio, it still hasn’t managed to grow old on me. Calvin Harris is a brilliant producer (“Ready for the Weekend” is one of the best electronic CDs ever, in my opinion), and coupled with Rihanna’s beautiful vocals, this song is pretty impeccable. Plus, it’s fun to hook up with girls, and then ask them if they have found love in a hopeless place . Anyways, Chuckie, who I saw as a headliner of Sensation White a year and a half ago, takes the awesomeness of the original and…. doesn’t really change much! He does add some more prominent synths and a heavier base, making the original more suitable for a club atmosphere.
Hope you guys love the lists that ELB has posted this week. I’m going to be helping out on the site a little bit now, so get used to the emoticons and awesome music! I’ve got a very wide range of music I love, so I can hopefully continue to bring that to the table. Now that everyone’s a DJ these days, it’s especially important to continue to bring top notch music to our fans. A special shout out to ELB, which has grown substantially in six months, and is poised to continue its growth. Another special shout out to the APNs, I love and miss you guys. Happy half birthday ELB, and enjoy guys and girls!
- Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose
Everything Looks Brighter is a 1/2 year old today! We would like to commemorate this occasion and thank you for your support by giving you a list of our 12 to 13 favorite songs since the blog started back in November. Mikey and I will both be doing our own list as well as featuring a list from a new member to the ELB team and a list from Mikey’s girlfriend Brittney! The list is in no particular order but I will be giving some awards like the “Under the Radar Track”, “Most Valuable Track”, “Crowd Pleaser” and “Favorite Remix”. Now let’s get to the list, I’ll start with oldest and make my way to the newest of the tracks.
El Jay’s Favorite Tracks:
Imma kick off my list with one of ELB’s first ever posts, which is Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman’s remix of Mikael Weermeet’s and Audible’s ‘Free’ which features vocals by Max C. The vocals by Max C set the track up while Vangelis & Wyman progress the song into a synth heavy banger. I have almost listened to this song daily since November because it is so god damn uplifting and catchy.
Another one of the biggest tracks from November had to of been Cazzette’s remix of Spencer & Hill’s track ‘Believe It’. The song features vocals from the incredibly beautiful and talented Nadia Ali and one epic drop from the Swedish duo. The song is about working for the weekend which is basically the story of my life, and the drop will leave you craving Friday more than ever. This one has been a staple of my sets and for this reason I’m going to dub it BEST REMIX.
In late November Axwell, and Michael Calfan brought us ‘Resurrection’ which was easily one of the anthems of 2011. Then in December Fareoh brought us his Fuck Finals EP, which included ‘Resurrecting Timebombs’ which is one of my favorite bootlegs to date. The song includes Calfan’s Resurrection and Laidback Luke’s ‘Timebomb’, when combined the two make one unforgettable track. I am constantly being asked for the title of this song and where people can download it, for this reason this track is crowned BIGGEST CROWD PLEASER!
When I think of last summer a few tracks come to mind and one of those tracks had to be ‘Sending My Love’ by R3hab, Swanky Tunes, and vocals by Max C. In late December Afrojack made one unbelievable edit of the song which featured Hard Rock Sofa’s remix for the intro but it kept the original song’s unreal drop. When put together you get one epic tune. I remember seeing R3hab open his set with this tune at Pacha NYC’s 6th year anniversary show and thinkin’ damn Tommy Trash’s remix of this is so sick. Turns out I was wrong about that one but honestly, who cares?
Next up is a song that may have had a little hype, Ivan Gough, and Feenixpawl’s ‘In My Mind’ which you might remember was used to push Axwell’s Cosmic Opera. The track features unreal vocals by Georgi Kay, and one unforgettable drop that’ll have you pressing repeat for sure.
Tiesto released his mix album Club Life Volume 2: Miami a couple of weeks back and on that album he featured Avesta’s anthem ‘Arena’. Arena was released on Musical Freedom back in Feburary and has been a absolute club banger ever since. The song features a beautiful piano line which is progressed until Avesta takes the track and drops it into absolute chaos.
Jump forward a week and the progressive jam ‘Trio’ was dropped in preparation for UMF, I assume. The song is a collabartion of super producers Arty, Matisse & Sadko, and features a great piano line that is progressed into a unreal synth line that will have you fist pumping like no other.
Third Party had a huge year with releases like his ‘Otherside’ Remix, ‘Duel’, and his remix of Tiesto’s What Can We Do (A Deeper Love), but no track was as big as ‘Feel’ in my opinion. The song features vocals by Cicada and one of the happier synth lines you’ll hear today.
The Bingo Player’s were easily one of ELB’s favorite artists in the first six months with releases like ‘Mode’, ‘L’Amour’, and ‘Rattle’ just to name a few. Their label Hysteria Records is also becoming one of the best labels that EDM has to offer producing huge hit after huge hit. One of the biggest hits released onto Hysteria had to have been the Bingo Player’s edit of Carl Tricks’ track ‘Mad Dash’. The song features a harmonic build up and in classic Bingo Players fashion they take that beautiful intro and turn into absolute electro chaos.
Jidax produced in my opinion the best progressive track of the year, which is entitled ‘Rainfall’. The French producer created a song with the best chord progression I’ve heard in a hot minute. The song starts out with a simple synth which is paired with a cymbal and is progressed into a huge synth line that’ll definitely get you moving. The production value on this track is extremely highn and why this track went so far under the radar is unknown to me. That’s why I’m going to have to give Rainfall the award for Most Underrated Track!
Heard You Were Walking In Paris has been by far the most popular song ever posted to ELB, I mean no other song is even close in comparison. The song is a bootleg by MAKJ and Hardwell that combines Empire Of The Sun, Jay-Z and Kanye West, and Peace Treaty. The result is a huge track that is highly addictive and is also the biggest party pleaser I have ever heard. I absolutely love this track because it adds ‘Sing Along’ lyrics while maintaining it’s house roots making it a must have for any DJ. These are just a few reasons why the award for MOST VALUABLE TRACK goes to Heard You Were Walking In Paris!
Dirty South has had some huge releases as of late with tracks like Alive, Walking Alone, and of course his remix of Diddy Dirty Money’s I’m Coming Home. Since ELB was founded he has had some huge tracks as well like I Love Bullet Promises, Eyes Wide Open, and Rise but those tracks are nowhere near as big as his remix of Miike Snow’s ‘Devil’s Work’. The track opens with simple vocals that state ‘We All Need Somebody To Love’ that Dirty South progressively builds up with a nice bass line, the song then drops into the best synth line of the year, adds more vocals, and drops one more time. This one was easily one of my favorite songs from April and is quickly becoming one of my most played songs in Itunes.
My final track is by Wolfgang Gartner’s new track ‘Red Line’ which was released back in April onto Ultra Records. This is easily my favorite track that Wolfgang has produced to date and that’s saying a lot seeing ‘Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony’, ‘Illmerica’, and ‘Conscindo’ are a few of my all time favorite songs. This one opens up with a simple yet catchy synth line that is progressed perfectly with a second underlying synth as it adds a simple clap, and bass line to really get you into it. My fellow Canadian brother has made what I believe will be the song of the summer!
Thanks so much for being with ELB through it’s first six months, and we hope you stay with us through our next six and beyond! Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter if you get the chance. Love you guys! Enjoy the lists you rave babies!
Yesterday we brought you The Best of November: House and all the songs were original mixes, today I decided we needed to do a remixes edition because I couldn’t just not recognize these awesome remixes.
I loved Duck Sauces video for The Big Bad Wolf but never fell in love with the actual song. Dada Life fixed that for me adding a mega drop with speaker blowing bass.
R3hab drops an unbelievable amount of party starting remixes and this is one of his better remixes. Taking my future wife, Katy Perrys track The One That Got Away and turning it into a great party song, featuring R3hab’s signature drop. So excited to see him this Saturday at Pacha from 4-6am #chainsawmadness
Next up are a couple of remixes of David Guetta’s track Titanium featuring vocals by Sia. I love the original, but what Alesso and Arno Cost do to the song can’t go unnoticed. They both go a similar route by taking the drop and making it a bit heavier but really just giving you those uplifting synths that I love to dance to.
My favorite song on the radio has to We Found Love by Rihannah and Calvin Harris. Fareoh remixes the track, and gives it more of a EDM feel, giving it a great drop with those happy synths that I love.
Benny Bennasi’s Close to You has been a go to track for producers to remix this month. R3hab and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, jump right on it making two great tunes.
A track that I really got into this month was Cazzettes remix of Spencer and Hill’s Believe It. It features vocals by Nadia Ali which I can always get into, she sings about going out then the song drops and you can’t help but dance.
Another go to track for super producers to remix has been Coldplay’s Paradise. Sir Tiesto remixes it in November, although its not quite as good as Fedde Le Grands remix it is still very good, and is definitely a different take on the song.
Finally, Benny Bennassi remixes Labrinth and Tinie Tempahs Earthquake. Making it an awesome party track, Bennasi uses his usual synths to make you move and Tinie Tempahs verse is a lot of fun to listen to. “Don’t Do Girlfriends, One Nighters make “Ah” in C Minor”
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