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.
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?
Elliphant feat. Skrillex – Only Getting Younger (NGHTMRE X Imanos Remix)
You had to know this was coming. The unorthodox Swedish songstress Elliphant released a stellar EP on Mad Decent featuring some mighty production from Jack U members Skrillex and Diplo earlier this year, and now we’ve got a full package of free remixes touching up the hit track “Only Getting Younger.” One switch up that truly caught our attention was the effort from rising producers NGHTMRE and Imanos, rejoining forces one again and injecting a massive trapped out tinge into the already bass heavy number.
Benson feat. Lex Famous – Hot Mess
There’s just something about warm summer nights that call for deep vibes, and that’s exactly what Benson brought with this gorgeous anthem. It’s nearing the end of winter where this Melbourne based producer hails, but you wouldn’t know it from the vibrant serving he unleashes with each successive note of “Hot Mess,” bridging housey vibes with the luscious vocals of Lex Famous. This song has been stuck in our heads since we first pressed play, and we simply can’t wait to hear it blasting through nightclubs everywhere as it catches on.
Tensnake & Jacquest Lu Cont- Feel Of Love (JackLNDN Remix)
Keeping the deep vibes flowing, we’ve got a dance-worthy remix stemming from the British boy wonder known as JackLNDN. This track has been everywhere these past few weeks, getting touched up by the likes of Kaytranada along with Boys Noize and Djedjotronic, but there’s just something about the wizard like touch applied by this aspiring producer that has us pressing repeat like it was the only song we owned. Sing along, jump up and down, and let the night take you away.
GRMM & Maxx Baer – Turn Me
Hegemon is an artist collective that you need to know about. The burgeoning group is just now kicking into gear, but they already possess a roster that boasts eleven forward-thinking producers ready and willing to take over the globe. This recent offering entitled “Turn Me” coalesces the production abilities of GRMM (Sydney) and Maxx Baer (Bristol), mixing nicely to provide listeners with a well-balanced dish of palatable future bass synthesizers and catchy, often pitched vocal samples. These two got next.
J Sigsworth – Dakota
J Sigsworth has mastered an anthemic style of electronic music that has become mostly commonly known for its association with the world of extreme sports. We usually hear him laying down ambient and dare we say epic instrumentations that carry the soul into different dimensions, but “Dakota” had us double-checking to make sure we were actually listening to J Sigsworth. Don’t get us wrong; this bad boy definitely has ambient moments and an overall epic feel, but it is much heavier and more driving than his previous work, taking on elements of artists like The M Machine. We like it, and can guarantee you will too.
Raury – Cigarette Song (Snakehips Remix)
Snakehips and Raury might seem like they have nothing in common, but let’s take a closer look. Sure, Raury is a young vocalist out of ATL catching the attention of artists like SBTRKT and Childish Gambino, while Snakehips is an electronic duo out of the UK known for their ability to remix anything. What they do have in common though is their ability to create a buzz, each racking up love from blogs across the world with their own unique sounds. This little ditty sees Snakehips taking on Raury’s most recent jam, stretching the limits of “Cigarette Song” to the maximum with fluctuating synths and an unstoppable dose of their classic sidechain.
Wonderful Humans – Edge Of The Night (Daktyl Remix)
We featured Daktyl’s nostalgic remix of Japanese Wallpaper in our first edition of Crack Tracks back in January, and at that point we knew absolutely nothing about him. He popped up on our radar while scouring Soundcloud for rising producers, and we figured he deserved some love. Next thing we know, the dude is everywhere and has quickly become one of our personal favorite producers. The fellow Hegemon member’s recent effort takes on Wonderful Humans, mixing 8-bit feels with pitched up vocals and an uncanny flow that has us filled with utter joy.
Sam Gellaitry – quas
If you pay any attention to Soulection, you already know that Sam Gellaitry is killing the game. The 17-year old phenom based out of Scotland has been dubbed a “young Carmack,” just signed to Soulection, and has been tearing apart Soundcloud with a sporadic flow of insane tracks each week. His latest tune titled “quas” samples “Broad Factor” from Quasimoto, injecting the track with a certain bounce that has also been compared to the earlier work of Kaytranada. These are incredible people to be mentioned next to, but the young gun is developing music that is truly his own and is just getting started.
Pham – Movements
This is one of those tracks that just makes you smile for the immense creativity stemming from so many upcoming producers these days, utilizing Soundcloud and social media in general to spread a sound that pushes the boundaries of what can be considered electronic musc. Pham is based out of Poland, and his latest original tune “Movements” blends a solid dosage of bass filled instrumentations with a hip-hop backdrop to create beats that will instantly have heads bobbing. We’re hearing well-crafted triplets, chopped up vocals, and a mesmerizing groove throughout, and it’s truly worth exploring.
NEUS – Discokiller feat. Andrew Hunt
Closing things out today is a feel good disco jam from NEUS off his SUN EP, diving into a pop backed sound that will immediately remind listeners of works from Chromeo. The aptly titled “Discokiller” takes the lofty vocals of Andrew Hunt for a ride over melodic soundscapes, allowing you to get lost deep within the music as all your worries and concerns travel further away with each note.
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