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Kleerup Ft. Titiyo – Longing For Lullabies (John Dahlback Remix)

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The 29th annual Winter Music Conference started on Friday in Miami. Often overshadowed by the affiliated Ultra Music Festival, the conference is a deep dive into the world of electronic music, featuring the usual spread of panels, demos, and expos. And lots of clubbing.

Since the conference’s launch, electronic music has exploded from the underground and become a commercial force. The entry cost has dropped to the point that anyone can make a beat and post it online. This has, in some ways, cheapened the electronic experience, which once connected a true international indie community. The outsider quality is still present in certain cities and venues, but you wouldn’t know it in the heat of a Miami night. Imagine: the cavernous room packed wall to wall with bros raised on Likin Park, who wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to techno in their teens, fist pumping and taking selfies with scantly clad women who know one song by that one DJ.

I’ll go out on a limb and say the single worst musical experience one can have today is listening to said bros sing along to soaring female trance vocals. If you don’t know the lyrics, and can’t hit the high notes, save it for the ride home when your tired friends just want you to shut up but you’re still rolling and THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE. Thus, authenticity is deformed into an image-driven, commercialized and commoditized fad fest.

In this scenario, the music comes second. The attraction springs from the idea that electronic music has replaced rock and roll in the “sex, drugs,…” hierarchy. But now, instead of a rebellion, engagement is a neon sign screaming “Look at me, I’m at a rave,” a symbol of conformity. Where rockers were wasted all the time because they were diseased alcoholics, ravers are wasted because that’s what it’s all about.

But of course, that isn’t what it’s about at all. Electronic music began as the domain of computer nerds and loners, who found solace through each other during a heartless era of rapacious globilization. The “cool kids” wouldn’t be caught dead at some shady warehouse on the outskirts of town back then. But as we know, the “cool kids” are always catching up.

Now they have, and it’s time to move on. I’m not saying it isn’t fun or worthwhile to go to big electronic concerts. There are many brilliant producers out there who deserve our attention and will get your body moving. Consider John Dahlback, a Swedish producer who is somehow only 28. He may have crossed over to the dark side already, but before EDM went viral, he was churning out minimalist synapse-snappers like this remix of “Longing for Lullabies” and his standout track, “Blink.” His shows are, I’m sure, wild, loud, and heavy on new production.

Hey bro, you can keep the drop and the tropical drinks. Keep your molly (who knows what you just ingested). You can find me at WMC checking out the newest production tech. The computers that make all the bleep-bloop-bangs you love so much. Then men and women behind the strobes. I’ll stick with the piercings, the weirdos, the crate-diggers and the hoodies in the dark corners.

Kleerup Ft. Titiyo – Longing For Lullabies (John Dahlback Remix)

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EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: DJsiah – “Lights Are Getting Closer”

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Jesiah, AKA DJsiah, is a busy man. Between his professional music pursuits creating music for commercials and major labels, he finds time to indulge himself in the artistic. His sonic creations are always immaculate, with transparent mixes, effective sounds, and a clear production style.

One of his recent efforts, “Lights Are Getting Closer”, is the perfect mix of EDM maximalism and indie melodic ideas. It’s infections melody is reminiscent of Passion Pit’s hit “The Reeling”, and is just as adept at working it’s way into your mind. Framing the melody are seriously dynamic drums, which ground the whole tune with a hard hitting foundation. Try and sit still while you listen, it’s not that easy.

Lights are getting closer

You can checkout more of DJsiah’s work on Indaba Music Soundcloud and on his website..

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EMPT Presents: Indaba Music Weekly – AmYx “Sexy Time!”

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It’s not everyday you come across a track that’s so vibrant, so full of the kind of originality that only comes from mature audio theft, that you can’t help but be taken aback. Listening to AmYx’s whimsically titled “Sexy Time!” is an aural trip. With the emergence of trap, there’s been an obvious injection of hip-hop into dance tracks, and generally they follow the tried and true, Baauer tested tradition of repackaged Lex Luger (dare I say, Lil’ John) beats. AmYx injects hip-hop into his track, but that’s where the comparison with trap music begins and ends. “Sexy Time!” is an ever evolving, expertly crafted piece with shuffled future-garage drums, flipped samples, and understated synths.

Sexy Time!

Check out AmYx’s other work on his Soundcloud page.

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EMPT Presents Indaba Music Weekly: Minoru Amino – Hyperbolism

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Funky. Psychedelic. Retro. These are a few of the words that come to mind when listening to Minoru Amino’s music. A traditionally trained guitarist in his native Japan, Minoru was initially influenced by the guitar god Jimmy Page. Later, as his tastes matured, he became infatuated with fusion and jazz.

Minoru Amino – “Hyperbolism”

In his track “Hyperbolism”, you can hear the push and pull of the more visceral Led Zeppelin rhythmic concept with the aural and musical complexities of fusion. When Minoru’s earlier influences are then further combined with the synth tradition of
EDM, the effect is immediate. It’s impossible to sit still.

Check out more of Minoru’s music on Soundcloud.

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Rogue – Air (Summer Chords)

Lately, I’ve been feeling the ache of a seven day work stretch on top of the rest of life. Oh, and I had to visit the dentist today. As he was drilling into my teeth and I was drifting away on novacane, I thought about how quickly time slips away from us. I remembered this song and understood the urgency under the music. It’s almost a frantic beauty that wraps you up and won’t let go.

Meet Joel Hunt, the 21-year-old adorable Brit behind Rogue. He’s relatively new to the electro/dub/moombahton scene, his first tracks showing up just last fall. But he’s certainly making all the right noise so far. His stuff is pretty strictly instrumental which can be a nice release on a quiet summer day. Air (Summer Chords) feels a little like your floating around through some digital landscape. Look to your left and you might even see a pixelated unicorn.

Rogue – Air (Summer Chords)