Beta: 29 Lines Mix

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Hello music fans! It’s my birthday and I am still recovering from last night! It’s taken some time, but I’ve decided to man up for a little while before getting on to my family’s birthday dinner and drop this last stop on our tour of birthday mixes. This one is not quite done, but what the hell, a sneak peek is my gift to you guys! Spoilers follow:

Above & Beyond – “Alone Tonight”

Above & Beyond doing an acoustic album. Sounds sacrilegious. I listened to the whole album, and in general, it’s not bad. Given how I love electric versions of all of these tracks, I am a little biased, but after I heard this gem on Group Therapy, I grew to like it even more. Why? Because like they said on the show, it sounds like a James Bond theme. Maybe Broccoli/Eon would turn to a legit EDM artist for their next one, or get Above & Beyond to do it…

Oxygen feat Andrea Britton – “Am I On Your Mind (Flashtech Remix)”:

Andrea Britton has been on my radar since I was a freshman in college (that’s 2003, folks) and she has never really failed to impress me. This new remix of “Am I On Your Mind” reminds me of the progressive trance (back when there was a true difference) that I started listening to, and the trance that seems like is going to drop come the spring. If this is any indication, I can’t wait!

Mat Zo feat. Rachel K. Collier – “Only For You”:

One thing I would intensely enjoy is techno music (EDM, whatever the hell you want to call it) to have the same attitude in its sound like it did in the early to mid 90s when it was considered underground and borderline subversive. The opening synth line hearkens exactly that. The rest of the track sounds like the direct spiritual descendant of Daft Punk’s Discovery. Another fine track form the likes of Mat Zo. Rachel K. Collier is someone I’m just hearing for the first time, and based on this track, I’d like to hear some more. She’s got potential!


Beta: Summer 2013 (Backwards Compatibility Mix)

We have another Beta in the mix, and unlike the last time, I think we have a provisional title already: the Backwards Compatibility mix. It could turn out to be Miranda’s Riverfront Mix mk 3 if the weather turns up, and I start breaking Miranda out more.  The music releases are starting to step up for the summer, and my gang of usual suspects is starting to produce in force. Myon & Shane 54 is looking to represent hard in this playlist, courtesy of their riding shotgun on In Search of Sunrise 11: Las Vegas with Richard Durand. Two familiar artists from the last year of summer lists, Netsky and Krewella, are back with their newest joints. I want to get more tracks on this so I can pare down, but there are some real winners here already. Here’s a small taste:

Disclosure feat. Edward MacFarlane – “Defeated No More”

Disclosure first popped up on my radar this time last year when brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence dropped “Boiling” with the sultry vocals of Sinead Harnett. At the time, I thought that they were a one off. Turns out, they were just prepping for their debut album “Settle”. “Defeated No More” is the 6th track on the album, and provides that upscale club house feel to your evening.

Myon & Shane 54 feat. Natalie Peris – “Outshine (Myon & Shane 54 In Search of Sunrise Mix)”

Ever since my trip to Austin for my cousin’s wedding in 2010, I’ve had a bit of a link with Anjunabeats records since the soundtrack to all of my crazy late night partying there came courtesy of Above & Beyond’s Trance Around the World. That’s how I got linked up with two, among many, artists that are all over my playlists: Tritonal, and Myon & Shane 54. In addition to another track they have on this list (“Lights” featuring the absolutely GORGEOUS vocals from Aruna, one of the few vocalists I keep tabs on) Myon & Shane 54 has teamed with Natalie Peris to produce this absolute throwback to 2007 vocal house/prog trance. It takes me back to the heady days of the summer of 2007 where everything was just beautiful, an the clubbing was hot.  I’ve never heard of Natalie Peris, but if this is her breakout, I will look forward to hearing her on another track (Above & Beyond, Tritonal or Kaskade tracks would be awesome!)

George Acosta feat. Shakeh – “These Dreams (Richard Durand In Search of Sunrise Mix)”

Just when I think the names I “Grew up on” in the scene have gone away, they come back in big ways. Sure Tiesto and Oakenfold were never gone (on the contrary, in fact), but I had kind of left them alone for a while. George Acosta was a combination of both me moving away, an dnot being able to find his good stuff when I bothered to look. Acosta’s newest offering via a Richard Durand mix has me thinking, “what in the hell can this guy possibly do next?” I can’t decide if he’s gone away from his house upbringing and switched to trance, if he’s taken house to the next level, or if he’s straddling that prog house and trance divide and just making it uncanny for everyone. I don’t know, and I don’t care, this track is awesome.

As I construct this list more, there will be updates, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I had this ready to go in another week or two. Now if only Kaskade would drop his sooner…

Happy Listening!

Beta: Spring 2013

Hello music fans! We’re hard at work here at ProjectSkylon on the new playlist for the second half of Spring 2013. It’s as of yet unnamed, though there are a few candidate names being kicked around.

So the question you may be asking yourself is what’s on the slab for May/June? Well glad you asked. Let’s start with one notable that WON’T (so far) be on the list. Most of my playlists this time of the year have tended to feature at least one track from Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Well, she did drop a demo of her new track “Young Blood”. It’s not a bad track. A bit slow and “emotional” for me, so hopefully someone will remix the hell out of it and turn it into a Top of the Pops track.

So what WILL be on the list? So far, I’ve only got about eight tracks down, but we’re off to a pretty good start. Spoilers below:

Caro Emerald – “Tell Me How Long”  When I saw that Caro Emerald (real name Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw) had dropped another album, I was all about it. After all, when “Back It Up” dropped back in summer 2009, it immediately made my playlist at the time. Once I did get a hold of her latest offering, The Shocking Miss Emerald, I liked it, but will admit I did want a little more. I like her mix of contemporary pop and 1940s big band, but it seemed like there was more 1940s style than 2010s. The very last track on the album, “Tell Me How Long” is a perfect blend of both time periods, and is easily in my opinion, the best song she’s EVER put up. My only complaint: it’s too damn short! Gimme another reprise of the chorus or verse at the end!

Chihara Minori – “Kono Sekai wa Bokura wo Matteita” I’m an anime fan, and generally speaking, at least one Asian track, be it J- or K-pop, appears about this time of the year when I start watching the good spring anime. The first time I watched the anime that this song opens for, Suisei no Gargantia (That’s Gargantia on the Verduous Planet, for those who are exclusively English speakers, opening included below.), I was mixed on whether or not I was going to like the series, let alone the song. You know what sold it for me? The pitch bending synth mid-verse. That and the bitching drums.

Daft Punk – “Contact” I have been waiting with baited breath for Daft Punk to drop a new album. Ever since the Tron: Legacy soundtrack came out, I’ve been waiting to see what ridiculousness they’d come up with next, especially since Disney neutered the hell out of their sound (though “Derezzed” was what’s up). Random Access Memories finally came out, and for all the hype, it’s kind of mediocre. I get what they’re doing, and it is advanced, putting a future spin on a 70s throwback vibe, but at the same time it’s almost like they’re playing it safe by surrounding themselves with big names like Pharrell and Sergio Moroder. “Contact”, however, I feel is a departure from that. When I was a kid, back in 1998, after I was thoroughly brought into the EDM/techno fold via The Chemical Brothers, and realized that Daft Punk was behind “Around the World” and “Music Sounds Better With You” (via Stardust), I imagined what the two of them would sound like together. “Contact” is exactly that. Chemical Brothers circa Dig Your Own Hole mixed with Daft Punk circa Homework or Discovery. Also, for those rock purists, get on your drum sets and get down on the drum tracks (I’ve already seen one person on YouTube do it).

Beta? Are we talking fractal aliens?

Alas, we are not talking about the awesomeness that was the sadly cancelled Defying Gravity. We are talking about a playlist in progress. I’ll have a general look and feel established, and then start throwing stuff into a sandbox and seeing what I can get to stick.

Tl;dr? Sure: This section is where I talk about tracks and or artists that I really, really like, and will likely make an appearance on a playlist and why. This is also where I start kicking around names for the playlist (remember the “What’s In a Name” section of the crafting process post?). The playlist we’re talking about today is named after my very current, just became employers: the Proforma Mix

But I digress, let’s get back to the topic at hand: I’m in the middle of creating the spring playlist, just in time for the Eurovision Song Contest (which, unlike last year with the previous employers) I will be able to watch at work during lunch. There’s not as much good music as there was by this point in time last year, but spring has only just begun, so there’s still time. I have a few good tracks locked in, including my picks for the Eurovision Song Contest, but I will do that in a separate post very VERY soon (tomorrow). Here’s a few notables that will appear on the Proforma Mix:

“Missing You (Ridney Re-work)” – Artful & Ridney feat. Terri Walker

The second Kay Rush leaked this as being part of the recently completed and forthcoming Unlimited XV, and I found out about it, I hunted this track down like a lion hunter in the Serengeti. My search was so totally worth it. Terri Walker is already in the butter zone, but this track takes me back to the heady days of the summers of 2007 and 2008, spending time in some swank clubs, blissed out to some quality soulful house.

“Fever (Ibiza Mix)” – Timofey feat. Lyya Rokk

Generally speaking, when I see “Ibiza Mix” on a track, I stay away from it. Why? Because it tends to be some kind of unholy David Guetta/Bob Sinclar inspired horrible electro/French house abomination that just turns me off. This track however is very prog. Timofeyputs just enough of everything to make this a modern track, with a very familiar feel. In turn, Lyya Rokk’s vocals just drip with sex, as this song intends to. A very solid track for the summer, even if it dropped last year and the compilation albums are just adding it.

“Breathe (Zed’s Dead Remix)” – The Prodigy

I know I’m a bit late to the party on this, since it dropped on the Super Bowl trailer for Fast 6. That said, I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, and hadn’t seen the trailer until the last day of April. Now first and foremost, I have The Fat of the Land, so any changes to that for me are damn near sacrosanct. So when I heard the opening to it slightly slower I was like, what’s this, bad editing? Then when I heard the dubstep, I was like, what the fuck is this? Aw HELL no! They ruined a great song just to put some CL4PTR4P wub in it. But I stuck with it, and you know what? It’s really not that bad.

These tracks, and few more including my Eurovision picks will be on the Now Playing post for this playlist once it’s completed next week, with Spotify players and links galore.

Until then, happy listening!