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Edwin Van Cleef – Nala (Summer Best Pals Mix)

Aside from having a mouthful of a name that’s a pain to type and funny to say, Edwin Van Cleef consistently releases top notch productions that run the gambit from the disco to the deep to the tropical. “Nala” is a fusion of these styles. Van Cleef is also no stranger to these parts, as his and Jane Hanley’s cover of  “Lisztomania” is a perfect 10/full blown EMPT classic. EVC is also a proud member of what I refer to as the “No Drop Zone,” meaning he makes great dance music that doesn’t rely on shock value. Like fellow Brits Russ Chimes and Louis La Roche, Cleef makes a very smooth and awesome mixture of House and Nu Disco that bobs and weaves its way through the zone, rather than simply climbing for the inevitable smack in the face. And like those other stellar Brits, anything put out by EVC is generally a 5-star effort.

EVC’s “Summer Best Pals” rework of “Nala” is a fluid jam along the lines of the Falke classic “8:08 PM On the Beach.” There are no lyrics and not tremendous variation within the song, but the synth work and loops will have you in a very summery trance. I have a really strong affinity for songs without words that are able to fully distract me from my inner thoughts and dominate my ears. Good electronic music doesn’t really need words (although they are nice)–it’s the ebbs and flows that carry the music. Very awesome/my favorite producers like Alan Braxe, Lifelike, Falke, Chimes, and an assorted bunch that includes EVC have this innate ability and touch. It’s a very magical one.

“Nala” captures that European beach party vibe, if the beach is a private one with your closest friends. And I’d be remiss not to add that Nala is, of course, the name of Simba’s girl in The Lion King. Which is just a phenomenal title choice for a song. Grab a pal, pop a cold one, and pump this jam up.

Edwin Van Cleef – Nala (Summer Best Pals Mix)

Bonus:

While the instrumental work is clearly dope, it’s a shame EVC doesn’t work with vocalists more frequently, because when he does, it’s sex in a bucket.

Usher – Climax (Edwin Van Cleef Remix)

 

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Edwin Van Cleef – Lisztomania (Feat. Jane Hanley), Phoenix Cover

This cover has been out a few weeks but this is for those who have yet to stumble upon this amazing cover of Lisztomania by UK native, Edwin Van Cleef. The cover features a different spin on the vocals from Australia’s Jane Haley who sings with fervor giving the track a new vibe to groove to. The track seems suited for a chill Sunday and to jump start your month of May on a good foot. Enjoy.

Edwin Van Cleef – Lisztomania (Feat. Jane Hanley) Phoenix Cover

– Joel

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Data – Rapture (Edwin Van Cleef Remix)

“I’ve been walking in the rain again
Too bad for the record we were never friends
I want you with your back up against the wall
I want you in the hallways at the shopping mall..”

Anyone that’s ever had one of those intensely sexual relationships will probably have some serious flashbacks reading those last two lines. Sebastien Grainger, ex-singer of the now defunct band Death From Above 1979, sings about a girl who brings him this intense pleasure but never really opens up otherwise. My advice to any dude dealing with that:

From a young G’s perspective… You never know she could be earnin’ her man,
And learnin’ her man, and at the same time burnin’ her man..” Snoop Dogg (1992)

What Sebastien is neglecting is the fact that you can’t cage a bird and expect it to be happy. Your selfish ways might work for a little but it’s only a matter of time before that free spirit feels the urge to get out. In terms of friendship, intense romance and equally strong friendship seems to be a rare occurrence and that seems to bother a lot of people. I find it just fine because it’s that very difference that makes it special. Plus, when it’s serious it’s serious and when it’s fun it’s fun. Anyways, this is all too complicated and requires looking at yourself from the outside which is no fun for most people so for now just listen to the song and enjoy.

Data – Rapture (Edwin Van Cleef Remix)