I’ve got a few cool tracks for you guys to listen to. I Found these while listening to a variety of playlists online, and I like to keep paper and pen handy to jot down tracks which I quite like. I’d like to share a few of these with you now, along with a little note of what caught my ear in these pieces. Enjoy!
“Biggest Part of Me” by Ambrosia (1980)
A funky soul number. Classic 1980′s sound with American 1970′s drum sound. Great vocal performances, and the instruments all create a great warmth and it never feels cluttered.
“Kei’s Song” by David Benoit (1987)
A dark piece of smooth jazz. Some beautiful chord changes that create great atmosphere. Beautiful string orchestrations; don’t often get to hear these sorts of beautiful skills anymore. Modern commercial string pop arrangers make the strings sound so dull and without emotion. Masterclass this one!
“25th Floor” by Bungle – DJ Marky & Bungle Remix (2007)
This ultra sexy and cool drum and bass remix is totally superb. Lo-fi drum breaks similar to that of LTJ Bukem, provide such great momentum. The splatters of vocal are well balanced from the sine bass and E.P chord vamp. Typical jazz influence as usual from this style of DnB, so called as Atmospheric DnB.
“Above your Head” by Anoraak (2010)
Similar in style to “A Real Hero” by College, as heard in the 2011 Ryan Gosling movie, ‘Drive’. ‘Above your Head’ has a late 1980′s sound to it; almost Pet Shop Boys, but with a less commercial sound. Just like in the College song, I like how the bass is really driving this track.
“Love the Way” by Danism – Crazy P Remix (2011)
Everything is just so great in this track. I totally love the piano; very little compression. I really can’t stand those artists today (Coldplay for example), who take a perfectly amazing piano and then compress the sound to bits. It really doesn’t sound great at all – please stop it Coldplay!! Now onto this track; the bass is well balanced and I like the subtle use of Dorian mode for the overall harmonic structure. A quality track that groove along. A great bit of engineering skill means this mix works well at all volume levels.
“Fireworks” by Wolfram – Johan Agebjorn Remix (2011)
Another track where the bass is proving substantial movement in the song. A lot of dubstep producers can learn a lot from these sorts of songs. The kick drum is very late 1980′s; I’m sure the S-A-W team would approve. The vocals are very subtle, but the exceptional use of double tracking, delay and reverb give the track a great dimension of space. The chorusing on the bass really works as it pulls the bass away from the middle of the mix, and feels like it is spread out. This greats a lot of space in the bottom end and cuts through the mix well. A little treat of a track this one!