SONG OF THE DAY: Ruff Loaderz & GroovEternal – “Alive”

The funny thing about British remixers is how many different aliases they work under. The guys behind Ruff Loaderz have also been part of Soul Seekerz, JDS, Perpetual Motion, and Jochen Simms. As Ruff Loaderz they’ve produced updated takes on club classics like “Let Me Be Your Fantasy,” “Music Sounds Better With You,” and “Hold Your Head Up High” with a credible edge- as well as making strong original productions like “Anthem.” Their new track with GroovEternal, “Alive,” is reminiscent of the current Zedd track “Spectrum” in the way that it seamlessly blends many of the current EDM subgenres – electro, glitch, dubstep, and progressive, then smoothes them together into a coherent, unique sound. Their commercial spin is definitely there, yet it’s definitely cool enough for the credible big names to support. Mark Hartley’s soulful vocals are reminiscent of Seal even as they are stretched and manipulated to become another rhythmic hook on the track. Another similarity to “Spectrum” is the constant mood and vibe changes; if you don’t like one part of it, wait thirty seconds and something different will come in, almost as if ADD has gone EDM. If you prefer a more stable, non-twitchy mix, check out the Swedish House Mafia-esque take by the Beat Service.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Zedd ft Matthew Koma “Spectrum” 

There’s a lot of buzz around this track, and for once- it’s justified.  “Spectrum” is the rare effort that combines elements of multiple genres to create a cohesive track that is even better than the sum of its parts.  Sections of the song are chill, dubstep, electro, progressive, and big room – there really is something for everyone here – but in Zedd’s hands it flows together perfectly.  Enlisting the help of up-and-coming Cherrytree singer/songwriter Matthew Koma for vocals is the masterstroke that could break this song big from the underground to the pop scene.  Not a shock coming from the guy who wrote the hook for the massive Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso featuring Ryan Tedder track “Calling (Lose My Mind).”   Could this be this year’s “Take Over Control”?