Here’s one of those leftfield tracks that has been around for a few months and keeps popping up in different places. “We Are Together” is a mix of progressive and indie dance with random elements coming in throughout the track – whistling, guitar line, effected baby voices, sparse keyboard stabs. It isn’t a peak hour club banger but more a of a listening track- like those concept albums that progressive rock bands made in the ’70s. Actually, it has a similar vibe to the progressive track “Bullit” by Watermat that we wrote up last week. There is definitely a rock influence, but rather than aggressive it is much more mellow and hazed out. With all the talk of the big EDM tracks sounding the same, it’s starting to look like progressive is going to be the next sound to filter up after the nu-House. Actually, “We Are Together” could be seen as a track that could bridge the mellower EDM world with the rock world. One thing for sure, after the first listen it is quite addictive and you will probably find yourself whistling along. For club consumption, there are nu-Disco and Deep House mixes by Jody Wisternoff, HOSH, and Piemont.
Oftentimes you will notice that producer/DJs alternate big room EDM tracks with commercial, vocal songs to show both their talent in the studio and to expand their reach in various arenas. New York-based duo and frequent collaborators with lovable long-haired prankster producer Tommie Sunshine (as Fries and Shine), Disco Fries does just that with their recent releases. Released during the Winter Music Conference, “Love Me Right” is an energetic hands-in-the-air commercial electro record featuring a diva vocal performance by Amba Tremain (recently heard on Boy George’s album ‘This is What I Do’). The song stands out for just that reason – you can count on one hand the number of recent tracks where you hear a singer with a strong voice really SINGING boldly – and the lyrics almost qualify as Nu-House since those classic themes haven’t been explored in dance music lately. Teamed with rising Dutch producer Loopers (who recently did a banging remix of the Matthew Koma vocal version of Showtek/Justin Prime collab “Cannonball (Earthquake)”), the Disco Fries duo unleash the banging big room track “Exposure,” which combines many of the current electro sounds with a progressive-sounding drop. The contrast of the hard and soft make the track stand out from recent releases as well. These two tracks show their depth as producers and when combined with their energetic DJ performances (as seen multiple times during Winter Music Conference), it’s easy to see why they continue to rise in the world of EDM.
Discovered at age 14 by Armin van Buuren and signed to Armada records, Erik Arbores (born Erik van den Boom) is the youngest DJ to ever spin during the Amsterdam Dance Event. His debut Bliss EP created a lot of buzz and garnered a lot of club support. He has gone on to collaborate with Esmee Denters and has recently signed to Universal and Spinnin’ records. Together with Martin Garrix, TV Noize, and Julian Jordan, he is part of a group of teenage up-and-coming producers who are changing the EDM world.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: How old were you when you first discovered EDM? Erik Arbores: I have been listening to it my whole life, but I started producing when I was 11 or 12 years old.