I wasn’t previously familiar with Caden Jester, but this single came through my inbox and quickly caught my attention. Titled “Vacant Love”, it’s a Blake Rose assisted cut that dives into utterly infectious electronic territory. The verses have a traditional main-stage flair that hints at a big-room climax, but the drop provides a welcomed switch up worth multiple rewinds as its propulsive, punchy low-end is draped with gritty synths. It’s the type of innovation that I love to hear in the genre as past and present approaches intersect for a modern sound.
In general, I love how electronic music has looked to the past for uniquely present outputs. Some of my favorites included Virtual Self’s dive into pure turn-of-the-millenium rave candy, Ross From Friends’ lo-fi house, and minimalist bass music that feels like a worthy successor to the early aughts of dubstep. It all provides a sense of familiarity to make the listening experience comfortable while generating excitement around the innovation it provides. Here’s to more music that transcends time and space.
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