House | Tobu – Infectious (Original Mix)

Posted by on June 26, 2014

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Latvian producer Tobu released an infectious little ditty “Infectious” and if I was a songwriter I’d be writing to it ASAP, because this instrumental is a hit pop record waiting to be written on. So if you’re Carly Rae Jepsen, Katie Perry, Ariana Grande, or even Calvin Harris, take note, you might have something with this one! I’ve been playing this tune on repeat, and either I’m a sucker for cheesy vibes, or this is just really good. What do ya’ll think, yay or nay? Either way, it’s a must listen and a must download in my book!

Free Download: Tobu – Infectious (Original Mix)

Albums, Electronic, Pop | Ellie Goulding – Halcyon (Album Review)

Posted by on October 9, 2012

Over the past three years, Ellie Goulding has achieved an extraordinary level of fame and recognition, even as she has maintained a foothold outside of the full-bore pop mainstream. Sure, it’s basically impossible to listen top 40 radio these days without hearing the synthy intro to the belatedly popular “Lights,” but there remains something sufficiently quirky and offbeat about Ellie — her distinctively elfin timber, perhaps, or her often dark arrangements, or her affinity for unlikely (but uncanny) melodies, or the fact that she’s the undisputed remix darling of the underground. In other words, she’s managed to steer clear of Carly Rae territory, even as she has built an increasingly high profile for herself.

In Halcyon, the British songstress may be playing for the now-considerable audience who will purchase her material by default, but it is clear that the album is first and foremost the fulfillment of an intensely personal and specific vision. Accordingly, there are moments of sheer, sparkling brilliance — and also a few misfires. The overall vibe is haunting, gothic, and at times ragged, ranging from heavy and driving to delicate and stripped down, but never do we lose sight of the looming emotional matter that served as Ellie’s inspiration. And this is where the album falters — certain tracks simply begin to feel roundabout or redundant, especially as we move through the ballad-heavy second half, where Halcyon starts to seem like a synthed-up 21 with slightly less lyrical depth.

But when Ellie shines, she truly shines. The jangly (if rather abstruse) “Anything Could Happen,” released well in advance of the album, is a fresh and unlikely anthem. “My Blood” is a bona fide showstopper — Ellie’s birdlike voice is simultaneously fragile and powerful, undergirded by a thumping bassline and carrying us through a terrifically stratospheric chorus that will give just about any music fan chills. The dubsteppy “Figure 8,” produced by recent OWSLA signees MONSTA, exists at the catchiest possible intersection of electronic music and pop. The ethereal and slightly more upbeat “Atlantis” is beautifully (and eerily) arranged. And Calvin Harris brings his user-friendly dance cred to “I Need Your Love,” coming soon to every single fratty bar near you. In all, Ellie may have moved in a more self consciously artistic direction on Halcyon, but her ability to weave catchy, interesting melodies with lush electronic arrangements is as on display as ever.

Rating: 3.5/5

Note: Bonus track “Stay Awake,” produced by Madeon, is only available on physical editions purchased at Tesco in the UK. Check it out here.

iTunes: Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

Moombahton | Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (:Dface Remix)[FNT Exclusive]

Posted by on May 21, 2012

I have been wanting to release an exclusive track from :Dface ever since I started getting into his Moombahcore remixes a while back. Well I finally got it all worked out and we are left with this unexpected, yet mindblowing Dirty Dutch transitioning to Moombahton remix of the popular, Call Me Maybe. This track won me over after the first play. :Dface uses the vocals superbly by accompanying them with his melody, then building up to the dope Afrojack styled drop which surprised me coming from him. It isn’t over there, because the second drop is even better. He incorporates his signature Moombahton style into the end by slowing down the second drop and slamming us with those Moombah flavored drums mixed with the dutch synths.