In the current ADHD club world of open format DJing and quickmix sets, songs like “Braver” fit perfectly. In the same way that a Zedd track is known for changing genres seamlessly throughout its length, “Braver” accomplishes the same thing but with even more opposite song textures. Created by producer Mark Maxwell, now known as SILAS, the track alternates between pretty keyboards, stadium progressive, retro 2009-era dirty dutch noises, backbeat builds, and aggressive “Tsunami”-style triplet beats. Tying the track together are the pretty yet powerful vocals of The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton, last heard on Tydi’s gorgeous “Stay” track. SILAS definitely has some great production chops, if “Braver” somehow doesn’t convince you of that, go back and listed to the Afroajck’s tragically underappreciated “The Spark” that he cowrote, produced the vocals for, and played guitar on.
Kiesza – Giant In My Heart (Arches Remix)
Netsky and Beth Ditto – Running Low (Todd Edwards Remix)
Arthur Baker ft Chromeo & Al-P – No Price (Armand Van Helden)
Etienne Ozborne, Zoltan Kontes & Ronn Carroll – Get On Up
The Young Punx – Supersonic (Speaker Bomb Mix)
Alesso – Tear The Roof Up
D-Wayne & Leon Boiler – Detonate
Dyro & Dannic – Radical
Aylen – Quack Attack
Laidback Luke & Marc Benjamin – We’re Forever (Novero Remix)
Cedric Gervais ft Coco – Through the Night
tyDi ft Dia Frampton – Stay (Hyperbits Remix)
Sigma ft Paloma Faith – Changing
Dutch electro duo Sick Individuals try their hand at pop success. Known for banging electro tracks (Spear, Shock, Rock & Rave), this new song “Wasting Moonlight” comes out of nowhere. It sounds like a Foxes record as produced by Arty or Tydi, pretty “progressive” house with memorable uplifting lyrics and a big chorus. While not earth-shattering or groundbreaking, it is quite good and could easily be a crossover dance and pop hit. I wonder what it would sound like if they remixed themselves and turned it into the aggressive banger that they normally create.