Italian duo Alessandro Miselli & Simone Pioltelli, better known as Lush & Simon, follow up their banging track “Adrenaline” with the gorgeous “City of Lights.” The new track flips the script as the prior was hard with a little bit of pretty, the new one is pretty and uplifting with just a touch of aggression to keep it club-friendly. The drop is especially noteworthy, with the pretty yet rock-influenced guitar sound leading the hook (slightly reminiscent of Alesso’s “City of Deams”). It sounds like something that one of the big guys like Armin or Zedd would be releasing for the fall season. As a track it’s incredibly strong, but it feels like it’s calling out to have a great topline on top of it. With the title “City of Lights,” the lyrics are almost in mind as I hear the song play.
At just 20 years old, it’s surprising that the Vicetone duo didn’t spin at the Outbreak Electro Freshmen 13 WMC party along with fellow rising stars Audien, Walden, etc. Following up their much buzzed about remix of “Weapon” by Cazzette, they unleash “Stars,” a primetime rock-tinged stadium/progressive electro monster featuring the prophetic vocals of Jonny Rose. You might remember Jonny from the incredible “Where Is Love (Love is Hard to Find)” that he did with Mysto & Pizzi a year ago, and with “Stars” he has a strong track to sing his heart out on. The production, both track and vocal, are quite strong and especially interesting is the R3hab-ish stabs in the energetic part. It’s not exactly chainsaw, but there’s a level of aggression not often heard in progressive tracks. Although “Stars” is released on April 1st, it’s no joke and only a fool would pass on it.
What’s up? There are so many tracks showing up on Beatport every week that it takes a lot to stand out. Following up his vocal tracks with Ruby Prophet (“These Are the Days”) and Databoy (“Just Once”), producer Audien aka Nate Rathbun goes right for the jugular and unleashes the massive big room “Sup.” The track starts off like any other with a building, structured beat until
it cuts to an 80s influenced power ballad instrumental. Then it hits, the second time the musical line is played–the massive electrotrance synth that pierces your soul. The hand clap-feeling kick drum comes in and increases the energy to an explosion. A sudden drop to a quick, Middle Eastern rhythm and a sampled female vocal “Hey” (reminiscent of Lords of Acid-era Techno) shakes things up before the full electro madness kicks in. The second breakdown midway through the track is a bit extended yet even more powerful, with an electric guitar highlighted in the buildup that further elevates the energy. DJs looking for an unexpected surprise mid-set should throw “Sup” at their crowd. The results will be mind-blowing.