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Best of 2014: Electro/Big Room/Future House

Electro-House and Big Room House: pretty much two mainstays in the dance music world. But wait, what’s this Future House you speak of? Oh, it’s just another new sub-genre made up to describe a sound we had never heard before. Two key names emerged as leaders of this new Future House genre: Oliver Heldens and Tchami. Many producers tried to replicate and I’m sure we’ll see more to come in 2015 as Melbourne Bounce rotates out making room for this funky fusion of Electro drops and groovy basslines. Heldens, and even veteran Laidback Luke, describe Future House as a cross between Deep House and EDM, but I don’t quite see it that way. Regardless, you’ll notice our main stage banger category is now lumped into Electro-House, Big Room House, and Future House.

Because these sub-genres are always some of the biggest in any Dance Music category we opened up the list to 15 songs. Unlike the worlds of Deep House, Tech-House, and Techno, the Electro/Big Room/Future House tracks are most often played in the clubs, on the stages, and all over the world on respective radio stations/podcasts/mixes. These songs amp up the crowds, get bodies moving, and truly let you know what the drop sounds like. It’s great to see veterans like Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Axwell, Knife Party, and TJR make this list. I was also particularly excited when the DJ’s DJ Sander Kleinenberg dropped his Future House track “Can You Feel It”. Other notable entries, for me, include Alex Metric & Oliver’s “Hope”, Oliver Helden’s “Overdrive”, and Tchami’s “Untrue”.

In no particular order, check out our top-15 Electro/Big Room/Future House songs of 2014:

    1. Knife Party – Begin Again
    2. Wolfgang Gartner – Unholy
    3. Mutiny UK & Steve Mac – Feel The Pressure (Axwell & No_ID Remix)
    4. Nero – Satisfy
    5. Galantis – You
    6. Oliver Heldens – Overdrive
    7. Deorro – Five Hours
    8. Don Diablo – Anytime
    9. David Guetta & Showtek – Bad
    10. Ummet Ozcan – SMASH!
    11. Sander Kleinenberg – Can You Feel It
    12. Deniz Koyu – Ruby
    13. Tchami – Untrue
    14. Alex Metric & Oliver – Hope
    15. TJR – Come Back Down

MSCLS – Time To Move feat. Carmen Clayton

It was over thirty years ago that Carmen Clayton released Time to Move to very little acclaim, but over the years this funk single has continued to reinvent itself. In the modern era, most of us all know this sample from the widely popular NERO track, Must Be A Feeling. As much as we all loved that track, I couldn’t be more excited to showcase MSCLS‘s rendition of Time to Move. Flexing their softer side with this release, the vocals are paired perfectly to a slow moving, classic disco funk theme. While most of MSCLS’s releases have been heavy on the future-bass, this offering shows us his versatility which we will hopefully be hearing more of very soon. MSCLS quickly told THUMP how this track came to fruition.. “I was just kinda digging around youtube to spark some ideas and ran across the vocal from Carmen Clatyon,” he tells THUMP. “I decided to throw it over the track just to see what it sounded like and then kinda fell in love with it.” Enjoy the free download on this one.

HARD Red Rocks & HARD Summer 2014 Super Preview!

The weekend we’ve been waiting for is finally just a couple weeks away. On Thursday July 31st, the HARD team drops down on the famous Red Rocks amphitheater – featuring sets by Nero, Dillon Francis, Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore, and Samo Sound Boy. Then, just two days later, HARD returns to its home base of Los Angeles for HARD Summer 2014 – a two-day festival at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area featuring a massive lineup of some of the best DJs in the world. Headliners for HARD Summer include Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, Flosstradamus, Tiesto, Disclosure, Dillon Francis, and Nero. Tickets for both events are still on sale but they are going fast! Let’s dig in to HARD Red Rocks and HARD Summer 2014 a little deeper and see why these have the potential to be the biggest parties of the Summer.


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Nero “Satisfy” The World With Their New Single

Over 160,000 plays in one day alone. More than 53,000 Likes. Almost 6,000 reposts. And guess what – that’s just on SoundCloud. Nero are fucking back, and they’re back with a vengeance. It’s been a while since we heard new material from the British duo-turned-trio, all the way back to 2011 when Nero released the critically acclaimed Welcome Reality LP, featuring the platinum-selling hit “Promises”. And yes you read that correctly: Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray have invited vocalist Alana Watson to join Nero full-time, a move I highly approve of since Alana’s voice is so powerful and she is mesmerizing to watch live. “Satisfy” was premiered by Zane Lowe as his “Hottest Record in The World” on BBC Radio 1 and it hints at Nero’s long-awaited return from the shadows. With little other information offered, Alana’s haunting tones and the deep rolling bass of “Satisfy” can’t help but make me anxious for more material.

Nero, from a production standpoint, are so talented and so unique that it’s hard to hold them to nothing but the highest standards. When I read today that they were releasing a new single I instantly opened SoundCloud for a listen. Maybe it’s because they had been on hiatus for so long, which to me means they were hard at work in the studio, or maybe because I’ve come to expect perfection from them, but I knew Nero would not disappoint with “Satisfy”. And boy was I right. My reaction when hearing the first drop of “Satisfy” was “WOW”. It’s an incredible track falling into a genre I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s almost like heavy metal meets dance music, with eerie highs and devastating lows. The BPMs come in around 124, technically making it a House track, but it definitely doesn’t feel that way. I’m reminded of something the Chemical Brothers might put out if it was 10 years ago. Either way, Zane Lowe is accurate in calling “Satisfy” the hottest track in the world and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Make sure you catch Nero live this Summer!


2012 In Review: Dubstep

Dubstep, now a house-hold name, has been an integral part of enlarging the EDM culture in our country and continues to be a thriving genre of music distinguishable musically in its own right. The term dubstep has many different interpretations to all people of all walks and colors and is a hotly disputed genre. But this evening we would like to take a stab at what we consider to be the best dubstep of 2012. Although times have changed and we have been introduced to so many new artists due to the increasing access to music production technology and new and improved ways to share these products and software with, this list certainly consists of some of the forerunners that now have become household names such as Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, and Monsta . So please take some time and observe this nice list that we have put together for you, we welcome comments and polite discussion so please feel free to tell us what you think. We are very excited for what 2013 has to bring us in music and culture.

  1. Monsta – Messiah (Alvin Risk Remix)
  2. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix)
  3. Birdy Nam Nam – Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin Hard Remix)
  4. Knife Party – Bonfire
  5. Flux Pavilion Ft Example – Daydreamer (Radio Edit)
  6. Above and Beyond – On My Way To Heaven (Seven Lions Remix)
  7. Skrillex & Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem
  8. Monsta – Holdin On
  9. Nero – Won’t You (Be There)
  10. Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Remix)



Nero – Won’t You (Be There) Remixes EP

A few weeks back, UK dubstep duo Nero unleashed their new track “Won’t You (Be There)” to the world for free. They now follow up that release with a full EP, featuring another new original track – “Etude” – and remixes from Baauer and Club Cheval. The preview of Baauer’s remix from the Annie Mac show had us excited and the final release does not disappoint. Baauer is straight up on fire these days since he exploded with “Harlem Shake” and he turns up this already awesome Nero song to the next level with his trap treatment. “Etude” is also a nice track that features syncopation similar to that KOAN Sound style, though it doesn’t quite touch the title track, in my opinion and really gets more and more awesome the more I listen to it.

Nero – Won’t You (Be There) (Baauer Remix)

Nero – Etude (Original Mix)

Pick up the whole EP over on Beatport or iTunes now.