By: Jordan Calvano
One major attribute of a good producer in today’s EDM world is the ability to strike up a synthetic balance between heavy and melodic soundscapes. Artists who can do this are able to craft cuts that can move the soul while moving bodies, simultaneously.
Ananda Goldsmith has achieved this balance. The Ashland, OR artist produces under the moniker DJ Toast aka Golden Toast, and has quickly found a way to orchestrate glitch-hop and midtempo-infused dubstep tunes that drop with passion and energy. Toast has put his own buttery spin on classic songs from artists like Thievery Corporation, Led Zeppelin, and Etta James, while also busting out a long list of powerful originals on a pair of EPs: ComaToast and Roller Toaster.
His most recent burst of creativity is a hard-hitting, snare-driven remix of the Halloween inspired indie jam, “Viices,” by M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS.
Toast takes on the 808 beat of Sabzi from the critically acclaimed northwest hip-hop collective Blue Scholars, and does his part to turn the song upside down. Goldsmith adds some slap to the already impressive tune while re-routing the sensational vocals of Kellzbellz to create a monster drive to the song. The cut opens up with an eerie groove that eventually transitions into awe-inspiring bass tones.
Goldsmith adds captivating string sections that weave their way through unique drops; building off each other to avoid a repetitive flow to the song in true Toast fashion. Precisely placed pauses riddle their way throughout this musical joy ride, which makes it even more thrilling when the music drops back in and returns to the listener’s ears. Grab some butter and heat up the toaster, because breakfast is served.
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