Going back to school? At least there’s plenty of great music to share with your friends back at the dorm room! David Guetta and Sia pull a modern day “thriller” with “She Wolf”. Jagermeister meets Vodka with Arty‘s latest remix of Zedd‘s “Spectrum”. Dennis Shepherd and Molly Bancroft does makes some noise with latest trance hit “Silence”.
Don’t call it a comeback! David Guetta explodes onto the charts with his latest collaboration with Australian pop star Sia in “She Wolf”. Michael Calfan does a brilliant job on the remix, introducing his fascinating quick paced keyboard stylings.
Well, you might as well follow a formula for success. Last time Guetta collaborated with Sia, they created this “little” track called “Titanium”, which is still charting to date. The instrumental is amazing. It is very quick paced, yet has great composition with the symphonic violins in the background. Sia does a great job as usual on vocals, capturing the listener’s mind.
Guetta has been playing a very risky game of selling out and going to “poppy” by collaborating with artists like Nicki Minaj and Usher and pumping out hip hop sounding beats with added bass. This track does have a pop star on it, but the track is EDM at its finest…with a lot of help from Michael Calfan.
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Zedd is back in the top #5 this week, with a remix of the track provided by Russian wonder kid Arty. If you thought the original version was good, this one might be better. Arty does what he always does and transforms the track into a gorgeous piece of progressive house.
One of the elements that keeps the track together regardless of the mix is Matthew Koma on the vocals, who does a stellar job. This definitely will not be his last track on vocals for a DJ. Like previously mentioned, Arty’s rendition makes the track a bit more spacy and airy, with some more vibe than harsh electro synths.
Between their combined total age of 42, which makes them still younger than Benny Benassi, Arty and Zedd are on absolute fire. This is one style of music, where you’re either born with it or you’re not!
Think about some of the EDM tracks you started listening to. You probably think of Armin, Tiesto, Eric Prydz. Well, I can guarantee you that 4 Strings was one of the other artists, with “Take Me Away”.
This classic trance hit was marvelously remixed by the dynamite duo Gabriel & Dresden back in 2002 when the track was released. This is an example of the brick and mortars of the genre.
4 Strings goes down as an iconic figure for the EDM music scene. This is a track that helped get some mainstream exposure to help spread EDM worldwide.
The young 25 year old German DJ/Producer Dennis Sheperd has absolutely knocked this track out of the ballpark. “Silence”, if not for being released in such an amazing week for music would be a #1 any other week. It definitely doesn’t hurt putting a legendary, hall of fame type vocalist on the track, such as Molly Bancroft.
“Silence” is vocal trance at its finest. The track flows in and out of interludes composed of gorgeous symphonic elements and soothing vocals. Once it picks up, the listener is exposed to a quicker paced and catchy festival friendly beat.
Sheperd and Bancroft made up a perfect combination for this hit. As with all of the young producers, they seem to pop out a couple big hits, but it is the talented ones that keep going. Sheperd is on the track of being one of the “talented” ones.
The Italian house master, David Jones, drops by at the #4 spot on this week’s chart. “Darky”, which is a rather interesting name in itself, is hard to define. It’s not the typical funky house that you’re used to hearing from Jones. It is a blend of electro house and progressive.
The track is fascinating to listen to in entirety. It goes from some smashing, Nicky Romero style bass out into some more airy keyboard ladden riffs. The cohesiveness of the instrumental is what earns it the #4 spot.
Jones didn’t win 2012 Beatport Remixer of the year for no reason. He instrumental ingenuity and creativeness is what makes him one of the top DJs in the game.
Anjunabeats all-star Jaytech just this week released his new album “Multiverse”. One of the stand out tracks on the album is “Everglade” which features Serenade on vocals. If you didn’t know Jaytech is an Australian and is also a classically trained pianist. This clearly explains why he is able to lay down magical riffs on the keyboard.
The track itself feels like deep house, yet is more representative of progressive. This is actually a great fit for Anjunadeep, as its mellow yet upbeat, the signature style of the label. The filters on the track are great and the flow is silky smooth. Serenade, who our team has never heard of before does a great job adding a lounge vibe feel to it.
It is awesome to see an EDM artist actually release a full length album that doesn’t feature a dozen pop artists. This is trance/progressive house/deep house at its finest from beginning to start. You really DO need to hop on Beatport and buy this album. It’s well worth the money.