It’s heating up at EDM Charts! We “Love” NERVO again with their instant summer hit! Zedd introduces us to a “spectrum” of sounds. Gareth Emery continues his epic “saga” of genius productions.
1. NERVO “YOU’RE GONNA LOVE AGAIN” [ORIGINAL MIX] (ASTRALWERKS)
Well, it’s about time the ladies from down under release a new single. Apparently the wait was well worth it, considering the marvelous production just released in “You’re Gonna Love Again”. It is a smashing progressive house hit, that they not only produced but also do vocals on. And yes, if you’re still wondering, Avicii did not help produce this track.
The instrumental has an insatiable vibe to it, utilizing a catching little electro loop. The track is well placed, especially where breaks are logistically planned out. When taking a closer look at the lyrics, one must applaud them for some excellent writing, not to mention that the vocals are brilliantly executed.
NERVO is a great talent; and it is awesome to see two women DJs making a statement. Outside of their music, their monthly show on Sirius, NERVO Nation, has been very popular and is worth re-listening two on their Soundcloud if you get a chance.
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2. ZEDD, MATTHEW KONA “SPECTRUM” [ORIGINAL MIX] (INTERSCOPE RECORDS)
Zedd comes back on scene (not like he’s been missing) with a great new electro house, but with a progressive slant. The track is like a box of potpourri, mixing various elements of genres on top of some gorgeous vocals. It is something a bit different from Zedd, as it isn’t quite a hard-hitting as some of his most recent releases.
In the interludes, it is very progressive house, relying on clever builds and vocals. When the bass hits, it isn’t too overwhelming, as the electro chords are a bit more spread out than usual dubstep notes. There is even some quick play on a synth, which is rather reminiscent of Mord Fustang.
Zedd is easily one of the most talented young artists in the EDM arena. The songs and remixes he has recently put out are of superb quality. Let’s all hope for an upcoming album from the young German.
CLASSIC COLLABORATION: MORGAN PAGE, LISSIE “LONGEST ROAD” [DEADMAU5 REMIX] (NETTWERK)
What’s more classic than Morgan Page & deadmau5? Not much! This week’s classic track is Morgan Page’s “Longest Road”, the deadmau5 remix, featuring vocalist Lissie. It is one of the few masterpieces of the young genre of Progressive House.
First off, the vocals by Lissie are classic in their own right, adding a whimsical feel to the production. deadmau5′ added layers over the original instrumental add a dub feel. The looping is ridiculous, as it easily sends any listener into a “state of trance”. It is light and airy, and has been sampled by various others in all sorts of genres.
Morgan Page continues to impress fans both in the studio, on air and in person. Classic tracks usually involve classic producers, and Page surely is one.
3. GARETH EMERY “THE SAGA” [ORIGINAL MIX] (GARUDA)
UK DJ Gareth Emery is back in the top #5 yet again in 2012. With a great follow-up to “Concrete Angel”, Emery’s new release “The Saga” is new style trance at its finest. Unlike previous productions, this single is in your face from start to finish.
The track initially starts out very trance like in nature, using classic chords found in many trance productions. What separates this one, is when the breaks hit, listeners get some electro house and break beat. In addition, a few vocal samples are used, even using profanity, which is rarely found in any trance productions.
You have to give credit where credit is due, and Emery really deserves it on this one. He took a leap of faith by trying to bend the rules, and it worked this time.
4. TIESTO, SHOWTEK “HELL YEAH!” [ORIGINAL MIX] (MUSICAL FREEDOM)
Dutch DJs get together on a monster electro house track in “Hell Yeah!”. Just like the title appears, this track will surely get any crowd up and moving. It is hard hitting, full of energy and has “Club Life” all over it.
The track is electro house to its fullest. Only a very small vocal sample is needed before the instrumental takes over. It is actually somewhat similar to Tiesto’s previous production “Maximal Crazy”.
Tiesto is on a rampage right now, following up Club Life Vol. 2: Miami. He is clearly headed in the direction of heading towards electro house now, which isn’t a problem, because the best in the industry always are game changers and lead the way. Oh, and don’t forget to check out Showtek, they have some very legitimate productions.
5. DENZAL PARK “AMAROK” [FELIX LEITER'S NORTHERN HEMISPHERE MIX] (NEON RECORDS)
Australia must be in the house this week, as this is the second song in the top #5 with Aussie natives. Denzal Park lay down a great progressive house track in “Amarok”. For those wondering about the title, it is the Inuit word for “wolf”.
The remix by Felix Leiter is fantastic. It is airy, but at the same time packs enough punch on the bass. No vocals are necessary, as the instrumental is complex. The rapid chopping of the synths give it an edge.
This is a great track, that might not get much pop exposure, but is perfect for many radio shows and live progressive/trance sets. Denzal Park will continue to gain notoriety, as this isn’t their first big production or remix. Big ups to the folks from down under!