By: Jordan Calvano
The mantra of Crack Tracks is simple: “We scour the Internet so you don’t have to.” Every single day we find stunning tracks that we don’t have time to post, and that can get frustrating. There are too many good artists going unnoticed on The Untz, and this series is our attempt to further put a dent in all the electronic music that continues to stream from far reaching corners of the world.
Milo Mills – Ocean Gang
Starting things off today is some new Dolphinstep. While this isn’t an official genre just yet, we feel it’s an accurate way to describe “Ocean Gang.” The most recent serving from Austrian producer Milo Mills takes you on a journey through the deep blue seas, swimming with aquatic animals while dancing in unison to dripping wet synthesizers and majestic vocal samples. Finding Nemo meets bass music, and the result is undeniably blissful from start to finish.
With Crack Tracks, we want to focus on artists and specific styles that aren’t getting as much attention here. This weekly series will highlight some of our favorite songs that we haven’t already covered, targeting artists releasing music more addicting than crack itself. The type of music you can’t get enough of. One hit just won't suffice. Are you ready to get high with us?
DCUP – Someone Told Me (La Felix Remix)
DCUP isn’t the type of producer who drops tracks on a weekly or even monthly basis, so anytime he uploads something new there’s reason to celebrate. “Someone Told Me” was no different, captivating listeners with a smooth disco backdrop and lofty female vocals. Somehow though, La Felix found a way to make the already harmonious tune even more appetizing. The fellow Aussie didn’t stray from the song’s disco theme, but did make the remix his own by injecting a more dance worthy feel and talkbox effects on some of the vocals.
Sir Sly – Gold (Phazz Remix)
Although “Gold” from Sir Sly dropped over a year ago, it seems the addicting jam from the LA based trio is just now getting the attention it truly deserves. For good reason too, and we have a feeling this won’t be the last stunning remix we hear of their breakout single. PHAZZ takes this switch-up in a completely different direction than you might expect, one again showing off his capacities for creating something entirely unique. We still get dosed with lyrics from the original, this time floating in the distance over serotonin-heightening instrumentations from the young Frenchman.
Mapei – Don’t Wait (Giraffage Remix)
“Don’t Wait” just won’t disappear. The alleviating vocal number from Mapei came out over five months ago, but still continues to gain consistent traction with a steady stream of remixes, lots of blog love, and an enticing acoustic version. Giraffage decided to keep this trend going, putting his own definitive touch on the Swedish vocalist’s bewitching melodies while layering a sturdy foundation of shimmering synthesizers and gentle snare claps underneath. Could this be heaven?
kuma – If Only You
kuma just appeared on the Crack Tracks radar this week, but since our initial discovery we’ve had our ears plugged deeply into each poignant treat on his Soundcloud. The burgeoning producer is relatively new to the world of electronic music, but it quickly became clear to us that kuma is no rookie to production. “If Only You” is guaranteed to convince listeners of this within the first few seconds, immersing anyone nearby with emotional waves of sound that touch down well beyond surface level, creating a state of tranquility that can’t be broken.
BABEL. – Acts Of The Apostles
Bringing live instruments into bass music is a game-changer. You open yourself up not only to newfound song structures, but also to entirely divergent realms of emotion. BABEL’s music is a testament to this, consistently showing off his love for horn sections on many of his recent racks. First it was saxophone on “Life Of Eve,” and now we get the trumpet treatment on his most recent burst of musical craftsmanship entitled “Acts Of The Apostles.” Can you feel that sensual groove? How good does that sound?
NOVA – Kyabe Knights
We hit you with a couple downtempo jams. Maybe you closed your eyes and zoned out for a few minutes, or got up and boiled some tea. Now it’s time to get buckwild again, starting with this juicy bass laden anthem from the British trio NOVA. The introduction to “Kyabe Knights” reads like an ominous rock song, starting with darker guitar tones that gently sit alongside visceral string sections. Soon enough though, we witness all hell break loose with a series of scratchy synths and relentless 808’s. This momentous fluctuation continues for the rest of the song, but you won’t find us complaining.
Ariana & The Rose – In Your Bed (Oliver Nelson Remix)
Oliver Nelson has quickly become one of the current masters of Nu-Disco, consistently injecting his upbeat and nostalgic sound into anything he touches. Has the Swedish producer ever let us down? Have you ever heard a remix from Oliver and not found yourself happier than you were before clicking play? “In Your Bed” follows suit with this general rule, tackling Ariana & The Rose’s recent tune and packing it full of bounce and lush soundwaves. Fingers crossed for some original songs from Oliver Nelson in the future, but for now we’re more than satisfied with his steady stream of remixes.
Mincha – Lovin’ (SevnthWonder Remix)
SevnthWonder truly knows how to make our Sundays that much better. Every week he gives us something fresh to chew on, and each time we’re left with unyielding smiles firmly embedded across our faces. With the first Sunday of March, the Boston based producer drops off an ethereal take on Mincha’s new song, leaving listeners breathless with a minimalistic sound design that does not disappoint. You can’t help but listen in awe as SevnthWonder’s ambitious synth work slowly creeps along. He has a weird sixth sense, and seems to know exactly what you need to hear before ending a long week.
Samuel Truth - She
Samuel Truth is on fire right now. Homie is absolutely crushing it, and there is simply no denying that. The producer from New Zealand seems to put out at least two tracks per week, but never has he once sacrificed quality for quantity. “She” is one of his most glacial numbers yet, lightly sampling Laura Mvula while whipping up an enthralling batch of instrumentations that are bound to take listeners to cosmic realms unknown to man. Lean back, close your eyes, and take it all in.
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