Yes, the EDM world has been saturated with stadium/progressive house tracks that feature similar three-chord melodies and THAT big drop-out. To stand out, it takes some creativity, and when I first heard “Ruby” on a YouTube video some guy recorded at a festival, I thought Jean-Michel Jarre had redone elements of “Chronologie” for 2013. It is really hard to describe that kind of twirling synth, when it feels like the sound is moving around in space, circling around you. Imagine the phaser effect that DJs use, but in the hands of a musician. Deniz Koyu brings the same kind of magic to progressive/stadium house with “Ruby” that he did with big room tribal on “Tung.”
Here’s a track that lives up to its name. “Dynamite,” the new track from rising Dutch stars Quintino & MOTi with Taylr Renee, is explosive, blending old school rave techno with electro- and a bit of raunchy fun. The stop/start phrasing of the siren hook amplifies the energy, bringing back the vibe of Afrojack’s earliest work with the harder techno edge that is in vogue right now. Just as Ke$ha has her trademark talk/sing sound, singer Taylr Renee is establishing her own scream/sing style, which while similar to Luciana and Kay has a distinctive edge that is uniquely her. Recent collaborations with Sick Individuals & Axwell, Tom Swoon, and Schoolboy & James Egbert show that she is one will be hearing a lot from. “Dynamite” is such a massive record that when a crowd hears “Boom Goes the Dynamite,” their reaction will be just that.