Category: Random Playlist

I’ve been writing about a lot of Trance lately, so let me get back to my other genre of interest at the moment – Trap. I’ve been able to convert a fair amount of people into Trap fans already, but I know some of you are still skeptical.

I didn’t include this in my last post, but one of the wildest concert moments I’ve ever experienced was when Porter Robinson dropped “Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)” on New Year’s this year. As I’ve said before, I was pretty behind on the Trap game so I had never heard this song before, but clearly no one else had either. I was kind of expecting the J.Rabbit Remix (so filthy) when I heard “Satisfaction” coming in, but what happened on the drop was unlike anything I’d ever seen at an EDM show. People were getting fucking down. Like BUCK (Sidenote: I love the song “Get Buck in Here” and heard it for the first time when the Jabbawockeez threw down on MTV at 2:33). It was wild and even stood out for me among so many other phenomenal “Satisfaction” remixes.

Also, HARD Summer is coming up in just under a month and I can’t wait! The lineup is insane and I don’t think HARD has ever put together a more highly anticipated event. Literally every Trap DJ you would want to see is playing, mixed in with some solid Electro. I also can’t wait to finally see French producer Gesaffelstein, but I don’t really know how to classify his music. It’s not Trap.

I don’t have much else to say, but the songs I included below are my second rendition of Trap songs you should know. They are definitely not regarded by the community as the best, but I dig them and find them to be pretty accessible for the casual EDM fan. They are all worth a listen and this will provide you a much larger pool of the Trap that is out there.

  1. RL Grime – Pockets
  2. Mr. Carmack – Pay (For What)
  3. Jay Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Brillz & Z Trip Remix)
  4. Gents & Jawns – Turn Up
  5. Seven Lions – Days To Come (Slander, 7DS & Direwolfe Remix)
  6. Baauer – Slip
  7. Chief Keef – Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
  8. Tommy Trash – All My Friends (Oh Snap!! Remix)
  9. Knife Party – Internet Friends (heRobust’s Run Da Trap Bootleg)
  10. Deadmau5 – I Remember (Zubah’s Trap Edit)
  11. Yo Majesty – Club Action (Smookie Illson Boot)
  12. Showtek – F.T.S. (Say My Name Remix)
  13. Nicky Romero – Symphonica (BARE Remix)

So I was looking over my featured artist post about Above & Beyond (my favorite DJs in the world) from last year and was just appalled. The list is atrocious. Not that any of the songs are bad, some are sub-par (i.e. “Formula Rossa”), but it’s missing so many of their masterpieces. Honestly, it just shows my former naiveté of Trance in general and Above & Beyond’s library at that time.

Which leads me to this Random Playlist featuring Sirens of the Sea Remixed, originally by OceanLab. For those of you that do not know, OceanLab was a Vocal Trance side project by Above & Beyond and vocalist Justine Suissa. Sirens of the Sea is one of my all-time favorite albums, but fits more into the Downtempo genre. Then came Sirens of the Sea Remixed, an album which hearkens back to the harder (and sometimes 138 BPM) Trance that I fell in love with. Remixed was released almost a year after the original.

The reason I decided to feature this album as a random playlist is because for a good five or six months it was exclusively the only thing I listened to. I mean I stopped finding new music and just played it on repeat all-day, every day. Often times, I still do.

Now I didn’t come by each of these songs because of the album. Many I discovered earlier on as I browsed through Above & Beyond’s library, such as “Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix)” and “Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix).” But everything really came together when I listened to it the whole way through. Because some of these songs are so amazing, I am going to provide a little description of some of my favorites. I don’t actually know which one is my favorite because I have about five, but here goes nothing.

  1. “Sirens of the Sea (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” [138 BPM] – The title track on the original album; this remix features what I think are the best vocals on the album. Beginning with the breakdown at about the 3:45 mark, this song gets real deep. I’m also a sucker for songs about sirens, including one of my non-EDM favorites “There There” by Radiohead. I’m certain if Above & Beyond ever played this in one of their live sets these days, which they won’t, I would definitely choke up.
  2. “Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix)” [140 BPM] – First of all, fuck yeah 140 BPM! I’m really into Trance songs that sort of desensitize you with really strong bass in the beginning, only to come back with an unbelievably beautiful, drawn-out build. Another great example of this is “Rebound” by Arty and Mat Zo. But I have to say this version of Satellite may take the cake. When the opening Psy Trance part drops out and all you have is mostly the bass line I get fucking pumped – immediate head banging. The Floris de Haan Remix must also be mentioned.
  3. “Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix)” [138 BPM] – A song that I think is about saving the environment (?); ultimately has a very similar feel to “Satellite.” It starts out pretty hard, but then drops off into a very minimal build with excellent vocals from Justine. It’s definitely one of those songs that you just sort of stand at a show, close your eyes and belt out the lyrics in anticipation of the drop. Even though this track is 138 BPM, I still find it rather calming.
  4. “Breaking Ties (Above & Beyond Analogue Haven Mix)” [138 BPM] – I’m running out of things to say, but this is another Above & Beyond remix masterpiece at 138 BPM. Beautiful melody, beautiful vocals – just listen. Love the acoustic guitar at 3:01.
  5. “Sky Falls Down (Armin Van Buuren Remix)” [138 BPM] – I’ve said before that I am not the biggest Armin fan, but this song stands out above the rest for me. It’s probably because it’s on an album I’ve listened to over and over again, but nonetheless, this is my favorite Armin song (remix or otherwise). Maybe because it’s Vocal Trance, but who knows.
  6. “Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix)” [134 BMP] – So I’m not sure why, but this song was definitely one of the first 10 Trance songs I ever heard. I love it, it’s great. But I want to include it on this list because I just wanted to proclaim: WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU GARETH?! “Come back because I’m…” missing your old sound!
  7. “On A Good Day (Metropolis)” [134 BPM] – Well it’s not on the album, but make sure you listen to one of the most iconic Trance songs ever in my opinion.

I’ll leave the list at that, but absolutely suggest you check out the rest of the remixes as well as the original album.

Random Playlist: Trap

For my return post to this blog, I would like to write about an EDM genre that has just recently found its way into my music library and into my heart. That genre is Trap.

I remember the first time I heard of Trap (sometime in early spring of 2012), my friend Brian played “Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)” in his apartment. The song was unlike anything I had heard before and I thought it was so dirty. Having never heard of the genre, I went home and tried looking it up on Google and Urban Dictionary. However, Trap was such a new genre that there was no existing definitions on either site.

A considerable amount of time passed before I heard about the genre again in the winter. I was pretty late to the Trap game, which can mostly be attributed to me only listening to the Trance on my phone for the entire summer. But I digress…

For those of you that don’t know, Slander is a DJ group comprised of my friends Scott and Derek (they are dope and you need to check them out RIGHT NOW). They have had a HUGE influence on my taste in music over the years and I accredit them with turning me onto Trance, as well as my favorite song of all-time – “Rebound”. Anyway, Slander used to DJ mostly Trance and for whatever reason decided to make the switch to exclusively Trap over the summer. Naturally, this move intrigued me so I had to give it a listen.

Scott sent me a bunch of songs and none struck me more than “Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)”. I regard the original “Spaceman” as the best EDM song of 2012 by a long shot, yet Carnage’s remix still finds a way to make it sound even grimier. I then decided to attend a Slander show in the fall where they played to maybe 50 people in Orange County. I remember the set starting off pretty slow and I remained skeptical until about 15 minutes in when they played “F.T.S. (Say My Name Remix)”. The drop at 2:43 is still my favorite Trap drop to this day and the crowd went wild when it played.

After that show, I still didn’t take the time to really explore the genre, but decided to attend two more Slander shows within the month. Trap was really catching my ear and there is no dance move in the EDM space more fun than the Trap dance. I couldn’t find a great video, but it’s all shoulders and elbows. It’s awesome. I then attended Coachella with Slander and all of my Trap-loving friends, and have been hooked ever since. Also, seeing Baauer live is one of the most fun shows I’ve ever seen. Go see him!

***Now I have to make a disclaimer about Trap. The genre pretty much sucks on the whole. There are not nearly enough quality tracks out there and only about five or six solid producers in the genre in my opinion. That being said, it’s still fairly new and when a Trap song’s good, it bangs. If you are looking for specific producers, I suggest checking out Baauer, RL Grime and Flosstradamus to start.

The purpose of this post is to serve as an “introduction to Trap” for those of you who don’t know the genre very well. I’m not saying the songs below are the best the genre has to offer, but I think it is a great starting point to show its diversity.

Also, I use my Soundcloud exclusively for Trap and repost any song I think is worth a listen. So follow me and see what else you might like.

As always, I appreciate your feedback and let me know what you think about Trap!

  1. Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)
  2. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Diplo & Grandtheft Mix)
  3. Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)
  4. Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (Dillon Francis Remix)
  5. Flosstradamus – Rollup (Baauer Remix)
  6. TNGHT – Goooo
  7. Major Lazer – Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)

Bonus “baby making” Trap: Usher – Climax (Flosstradmus & Diplo Remix)

Random Playlist: Valentine’s Day

For those of you that don’t know, I use to be extremely into emo music in high school before discovering Radiohead senior year and moving onto “better” music. I also used to love the shit out of Blink-182! I have since moved on from that genre and listen to exclusively EDM, but sometimes it is still nice to stop raging face from the moment I wake up until I go to bed.

Turns out this playlist was not even close to as easy to make as I imagined. Sure, there are plenty of EDM songs about love and/or heartbreak, but I was going for a very specific type of track for this Valentine’s Day playlist.

The lyrics must be a focus of the song and I would have preferred if none of them had overwhelming drops. Most of them achieve in this area with the exception of “Thing Called Love (Extended Club Mix).” Having a large drop often ruins the message of a song and people often forget to examine a track as a whole. Rather, I prefered the songs on the list to have a steady, soothing beat that does not waiver much.

There might be some obvious songs missing from this list, but I wanted them to be true love songs as opposed to songs about love stories. One of my current favorite Trance songs, “George Square,” falls into this category.

Other songs, as my friends from TaDeD would tell you, can bring you to tears at the right moment, but those are mostly about heartbreak or love lost and I wanted this playlist to be uplifting. Easily, the most moving song for me is “Man On The Run” by Dash Berlin.

I’m also not happy Avicii made this list three times.

I felt obligated to make this playlist with 10 songs, but the real heart of it can be heard in “Falling In Love With Brazil (Kaskade Mashup),” “Never Let Me Go (Extended Mix),” “On My Mind (Pierce Fulton Remix)” and “True Love.”

I wanted to prove to people that EDM is not just about partying with this playlist, but unfortunately that may not be the direction this music is headed. Nonetheless, enjoy the playlist and hopefully you can share these songs with someone you care about!

  1. Drowning (Avicii Remix) – Armin Van Buuren [Trance]
  2. Falling In Love With Brazil (Kaskade Mashup) – Haley vs. Deadmau5 [Progressive House]
  3. Let Me Show You Love (Ash & Avicii’s Hype Machine Mix) – Ash [Progressive House]
  4. Make My Heart (Avicii’s Replacer Mix) – Toni Braxton  [Progressive House]
  5. Never Let Me Go (Extended Mix) – Chris Reece [House]
  6. On My Mind (Pierce Fulton Remix) – Cody Simpson [Progressive House]
  7. Show Me Love (Hardwell Sunrise Mix) – Steve Angello & Laidback Luke [House]
  8. Thing Called Love (Extended Club Mix) – Above & Beyond [Trance]
  9. True Love – George Acosta [Trance]
  10. Youtopia – Armin Van Buuren [Trance]

Also since this is my blog and I can post whatever music I want, here is my favorite song ever. It shaped most of my teenage angst in high school.

Bonus emo track: Always – Blink-182

Random Playlist: Origins

I am very excited to share this post with everyone because it includes the 20 songs I accredit for getting me into EDM, hence “Origins.” All but four of the tracks were found on Hype Machine and are in order of when I discovered them. I also no longer have any of these songs because my hard drive was stolen.

I first got into Tiesto my freshman year in college when a few friends of mine would play his In Search of Sunrise albums on repeat when we would hang out or get ready to go out. I could not stop listening to Magik 6: Live in Amsterdam. My favorites included “Voyage” and “Fratty Boy,” but no track stuck out as much as “Silence (Tiesto In Search Of Sunrise Remix).” I miss Tiesto as a Trance producer and this song spoke to me even when I had very limited knowledge of EDM.

The next big step in my EDM journey was the discovery of Hype Machine. I have featured this website on my blog before in the Where I Find Music section, but if you haven’t visited, you are missing out on one of the best websites on the Internet!

I found HypeM in March of my sophomore year and have never looked back.

Luckily, one of the first songs I found on HypeM was “Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix),” which I still consider the best EDM track of 2010, even though “One” by Swedish House Mafia takes that title by a landslide.

Around this time, Deadmau5 was just blowing up on the web and I began to encounter hits I had heard the previous summer during his 2009 set at Lollapalooza, including “Strobe.” I decided to look deeper and LOVED nearly every Deadmau5 song I unveiled on HypeM. For a while, his remixes of “You And I” and “The Longest Road” were the only songs I would listen to on repeat.

HypeM also exposed me to Dubstep, which I had not heard previously. I am sure the genre had been around for a while, but it really grew in popularity with the emergence of Skrillex and Rusko all over the web.

I continued to visit HypeM daily for the next five months or so, consuming all the most favorited EDM, hip-hop and indie music on its popular feed. And then I discovered “Salt Skin (Alex Metric Remix).” This song encouraged me to look deeper into Alex Metric, which led me to his August 2010 mix on his Soundcloud page. It’s a pretty incredible mix that blends Nu Disco with some of the best House out there at the time. The mix showed me there was a whole world of EDM beyond Deadmau5 and what is popular on Hype Machine.

The final step in my EDM journey is a DJ who goes by one name – Afrojack. “Take Over Control” was released during the same month as the Alex Metric mix, but this was different. I absolutely loved Afrojack’s Dutch House sound that was unlike anything else I had heard before. So, of course I listened to every single song of his on HypeM and was immediately hooked.

From there, I investigated other DJs who I had seen pop up on HypeM regularly and sought out a list of the Top DJs in the world.

The rest is history…

  1. Silence (Tiesto In Search Of Sunrise Remix) – Delerium [Trance]
  2. Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix) – Ellie Goulding [Indie Dance/Nu Disco]
  3. Shine On (Heiko & Maiko Gute Laune Mix) – Sunloverz [Progressive House]
  4. Get Shaky (Ian Carey Vocal Mix) – The Ian Carey Project [House]
  5. I’m Not Alone (Deadmau5 Mix) – Calvin Harris [Progressive House]
  6. You And I (Deadmau5 Remix) – Medina [Progressive House]
  7. The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix) – Morgan Page [Progressive House]
  8. Hold On (Sub Focus Remix) – Rusko [Dubstep]
  9. Faxing Berlin (Grifta Dubstep Remix) – Deadmau5 [Dubstep]
  10. Phantom II (Boys Noize Unreleased Turbine Remix) – Justice [Electronica]
  11. Swoon (Boys Noize Summer Mix) – Chemical Brothers [Electronica]
  12. Spaceship (Pance Party Remix) – Benny Benassi [Electro House]
  13. Mornin’ After Dark (Wolfgang Gartner Remix) – Timbaland [Electro House]
  14. Falling In Love With Brazil (Kaskade Mashup) – Haley vs Deadmau5 [Progressive House]
  15. Heartbreak (Bare Noize Remix) – M’Black [Dubstep]
  16. Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs [Indie Dance/Nu Disco]
  17. Salt Skin (Alex Metric Remix) – Ellie Goulding [Indie Dance/Nu Disco]
  18. Rainbow Trout – Joe And Will Ask [Progressive House]
  19. Dance The Way I Feel (Armand Van Helden Club Mix) – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool [House]
  20. Take Over Control (Extended Mix) – Afrojack [Electro House]

Random Playlist: Top 40

The majority of my readers are people who like EDM, but do not seek it out for themselves. So this week, I decided to create a random playlist, featuring all Top 40 songs remixed into House bangers. If you thought you were on the fence about EDM, take a listen to these popular songs in their new and improved version (in my opinion). If you still don’t like them, then I am afraid EDM is lost on you and you can go listen to Country.

I provided several different remixers to showcase the range of EDM. Most of these remixes are considered Dutch House, a subgenre of Electro House and sometime Progressive House. Actually, only four songs are not Dutch House. Maybe if you have been reading my blog long enough you can figure it out.

“Coming Home (Dirty South Club Mix),” “Party Rock Anthem (Alesso Remix),” and “Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix)” all made my Top 50 of 2011, and “Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirthy South Remix)” would have made my Top 10 of 2010 had I made a list.

Hopefully these songs are a gateway to EDM for some of you. Enjoy!

  1. Coming Home (Dirty South Club Mix) – Diddy-Dirty Money [Electro House]
  2. Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix) – Wynter Gordon [Electro House]
  3. Hangover (Hardwell Remix) – Taio Cruz [Electro House]
  4. Hello (Sidney Samson Remix) – Martin Solveig [Electro House]
  5. I Like It (Chuckie Remix) – Enrique Iglesias [Electro House]
  6. Party Rock Anthem (Alesso Remix) – LMFAO [Electro House]
  7. Rolling In The Deep (Tom Buster & Kidzoy Remix) – Adele [House]
  8. S&M (Sidney Samson Club Mix) – Rihanna [Electro House]
  9. Set Fire To The Rain (Thomas Gold Remix) – Adele [Progressive House]
  10. Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix) – The Temper Trap [Progressive House]
  11. Turn Me On (Sidney Samson Remix) – David Guetta [Electro House]
  12. We Found Love (Chuckie Remix) – Calvin Harris [Progressive House]
  13. Who’s That Chick (Afrojack Dub) – David Guetta [Electro House]
  14. Who Dat Girl (Deniz Koyu Remix) – Flo Rida [Progressive House]
  15. Without You (Armin Van Buuren Remix) – David Guetta [Trance – but not really, it’s the same BPM as House]

Random Playlist: Complextro

So it’s a little weird to jump from an Avicii playlist to one featuring Complextro, but this is a subgenre of Electro House that has really caught my ear as of late. The Electro House genre covers so many subcategories that I imagine Complextro came about as a way to differentiate these songs from their Electro House counterparts (Dirty Dutch House etc.). You can tell I don’t even know that much about this stuff, but it sounds great!

Reddit’s r/Complextro describes it as “A new genre that stemmed from ‘electro.’ This genre is complex, hence the name, with artists producing basslines/leads that are very intricate sometimes involving 8+ different synth sounds per 2 bar loop.”

Anyway, I was watching a Ustream video of Electro House DJs Zedd and Porter Robinson when I noticed a bunch of really hard hitting songs that seemed familiar to tracks I already loved. Naturally, I did some investigation and came upon the genre.

As many of my friends know, I enjoy exploring all facets of EDM, however, you would not hear me play this stuff at a party.

DISCLAIMER: Not everyone will enjoy this playlist. This music is not for those that buy into “high tones” like Avicii. It is very intense with low tones and all kinds of funky synth sounds, and I love it!

I created a playlist with 20 songs that each feature a different artist or remixer to show you the range of the subgenre. It is not a huge part of Electro House, but it continues to grow. If you like a song, let me know and I will make more suggestions.

Key Complextro artists: Lazy Rich (kills everything), Darth & Vader (found them yesterday and I was blown away), Porter Robinson (He’s 19), Mord Fustang, DallasK, Feed Me, and Knife Party.

This is the filthiest playlist I will ever post. Enjoy!

  1. Believe It – Spencer & Hill [Electro House]
  2. Call Your Girlfriend (Feed Me Remix) – Robyn [Electro House]
  3. Cool Story (Revolvr Remix) – Fatso [Electro House]
  4. The Devil’s Den – Skrillex & Wolfgang Gartner [Electro House]
  5. Discord – Midnight Conspiracy [Electro House]
  6. Dub Disco (Lucky Date Remix) – Spencer & Hill [Electro House]
  7. Internet Friends – Knife Party [Electro House]
  8. Less Go! (Porter Robinson Remix) – Spencer & Hill [Electro House]
  9. Levels (FTampa Remix) – Avicii [Electro House]
  10. Megaloud – Far Too Loud [Electro House]
  11. My Love Will Surround You (Dirtyloud Remix) – Dinka [Electro House]
  12. One Time – Chrizz Luvly [Electro House]
  13. One Touch Away (DallasK Remix) – Spencer & Hill [Electro House]
  14. Return of the Jedi – Darth & Vader [Electro House]
  15. Smash The Disco – Hirshee [Electro House]
  16. Stars Come Out – Zedd [Electro House]
  17. Super Meat Freeze – Mord Fustang [Electro House]
  18. Swede Dreams (Cazzette Meet At Night Mix) – Avicii [Electro House]
  19. Tomahawk – BT & Adam K [Trance]
  20. Under The Sun (Lazy Rich Remix) – fRew [Electro House]