EDM is a good thing… Hear me out!

Forget what the letters stand for a minute, forget what VICE said about all dance music being electronic and forget what your Skrillex hating mate says. Even forget every 16 year old spring breaker you have seen in the pulsating mosh pit of flesh tones and neon, screaming “’MURICA” or “BAUAUR FOR PRESIDENT!” and hear me out that this EDM thing isn’t quite as bad a thing as you may have thought.

This isn’t going to be an article panning the Americans bad taste and ignorance of dance music.  What America has done for dance music, pre EDM, is immeasurable, Chicago house, New York Disco, Disco in general. In fact, America without you and the influences of the music you have made over the years, dance music would be nothing compared to what it is today. But it does have to be said that it was the American music industry that took what they saw to be dance music and rebranded it EDM therefore what it looked like on the surface, completely ruined the image of what the rest of the dance world have been trying to create for well over 20 years (albeit an MDMA fuelled, debauched one)

The likes of Guetta, Skrillex, Bauaur, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris and the rest of the multi-million selling EDM crew seem to have successfully watered down the essence of dance music to a expensively packaged, superstar vocalist friendly, rap star guest appearance ready, Label fat cat enticingly, big hunk of cheese. Not a nice camembert or even a standard cheddar or even a dairylee triangle, but squirt after tasteless squirt of luminous plastic cheese foam straight into the mouth of the hungry salivating mouth of the public, cheese so processed and lacking of complexity and quality that even the laughing cow would take a step back to have a melancholy look at the state of the industry in which it resides.

But here is a question, didn’t you used to hate it when someone said “I love dance music, my favourite DJ is Alice DJ, oh and I really love that remix that the Wideboys did of that Freemasons track” (am I showing my age here… if not then good cos I could have gone further back than that… DJ Otzi anyone?) You did didn’t you. The reason for your hatred? because that’s not proper dance music now is it, that is the music of fools, of Magaluf loving, borderline gypsies that spend every weekend trying to suck their nearest town centre dry of Strongbow and cheap Pinot. Why should dance music as a whole be sullied by the actions of a DJ from the continent with no musical morals sampling the Macarena and slapping a 4×4 beat and “Can you feel it?” vocal over the top? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to distinguish between the vacuous hole of chav pleasing turgidity and the luscious waves and layers of Cosmic Disco or the slow building sparseness of Minimal Techno or the jagged rough cuts of Future Garage? To me… That is what EDM is.

EDM is a beautiful way of packaging a cross genre subset of dance music that I don’t want to listen to or be associated with. A handy moniker for the intelligent music lover that says “yeah you probably won’t like what you hear”. A government warning sticker to the cultured and true of mind stating “WARNING, MAY CONTAIN SHIT”. Now, I’m not saying that anyone should disregard a genre of music based on solely its genre, and I would encourage everyone to dip in and out of any scene once in a while even just to reconfirm that it isn’t generally for you. There is EDM music that I do like, I was just as excited about Skrillex when I accidentally got sucked into the vortex of dubstep from its inception all the way through to around about the SuperBad stage in which I realised that it was no longer an expression of grit and skanking but a way to give the ADHD children of this world a place to let off some steam. I still listen to the odd Trap/Juke crossover mix and find myself mindless nodding along.

What I am saying is that the term EDM is like one of those floating barriers that oil companies use to stop an oil leak spreading any further and causing incomprehensible and irreversible damage, leaving the rest of the ocean of amazing artistry and skill free of any detuned screaming or wobbly baseline infested contaminants.  It’s like the kids playground in the middle of the park on a sunny day, while all the children go crazy on the undulating apparatus of swings, drops and spinning, sweating and crashing into each other, everyone else is enjoying basking in the glory of the music’s subtle undertones and the breeze of euphoria when a beautifully crafted drop finally does make its presence known.

I’m not trying to over intellectualise non EDM dance music, it is for all intents and purpose music to get off your face too, an escape from the humdrum existence that is life, worship at the church of hedonism. Philip Glass can sleep easy knowing that his compositions aren’t being compared alongside the works of Richie Hawtin, Joe Syntax or Julio Bashmore. But what is clear is that having this clear divide between the mainstream, corporate, supersize section of what this planet longs for and what the rest of us would like to be associated with is something to be encouraged. I ask you to welcome the hashtag of EDM into your life and with it you will be on the right track to the path of dance music enlightenment without the wonky off key distraction of the steroid filled/ Ritalin rejecting dark side of EDM.

So the next time someone asks you what music you like, you can reply “Well I really have a broad spectrum of tastes, mainly in the dance scene… minus the EDM of course” and hopefully anyone of any music knowledge at all will instantly un-attach you from the horn wielding butt nugget whose only mission in life is to tear them self into as many sweating testosterone filled pieces as possible at the mere hint of a detuned bass whistle or full filter opened super drop. To me, surely, that can only be a good thing, can’t it?

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Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On (Aeroplane Remix)

Dave loved to relax on the baby g to P's rendition of Chocolate Rain

I promise this is going to be my last post for a while about both Chromeo and Aeroplane because even i’m getting bored of hearing their names. So as a finale to this chapter in my blog life, what could be better than Aeroplane remix of Chromeo? Potentially a Chromeo remix of Aeroplane? … It’s he first one… not sure i could have said Aeroplane or Chromeo more in that sentence if I had tried.

The track is in classic Aeroplane style starting subtle then dropping into not only ivory mashing piano love, but also a synth solo as good as any this side of Russ Chimes. Be warned though, it is a bit of a grower so give it about three listens.

Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On (Aeroplane Remix)

Also, I have to link you to Tour De Force’s new mix, because, instead of doing it mostly because he was a mate, this mix is actually worthy of some serious praise, perfect blend of new tunes and tunes you probably haven’t heard before all mixed perfectly into an hour of “sit back and wish you were on the beach” audio goodness.

Tour De Force – August Mix

Gary Numan/Bonar Bradberry – Music for Chameleons/Carlos The Jackal

Carlos the Jackal? no no no no… It’s that Alan Partridge air bass tune. A tune that I had spent potentially days working out was Gary Numans “Music for Chameleons” Some years back. Now confronted with what seems to be exactly the same track jammed between two cosmic cousins by way of a mix I was suprised that Bonar Bradberry had taken it upon himself to rename it giving no reference to Mr Numan.

To make sure I am not reprimanded for not knowing the link between the seemingly new name Bradberry has given the track which makes it wholey acceptable for him to do so, I am going to say… I don’t care. It’s a good idea for a re-edit and one I hope to hear a bit of, but not too much in the million cosmic mixes made every 4 minutes, plus I think I like the new name better anyway…

Bonar Bradberry – Carlos the Jackal aka Gary Numan – Music for Chameleons (Bonar Bradberry Re-Edit)

Alternatively, Listen to the original on Spotify… or don’t…

Gary Numan – Music For Chameleons

Aeroplane – Superstar

Insert "dogfight" joke here

As you all know, the now solo artist that is Aeroplane has an album coming out, and from what I hear its going to be not quiet what you expect. Still definitively Aeroplane, but quite a diverse when it comes to styles. But we shall see.

I’m not sure if I have this first but I can’t find it anywhere else so it’s probably the most upfront I have ever been on this blog. What is it? Well it’s a track from the new album isn’t it! It’s pretty good too. Sounds like a mix between ELO and Daft Punk. Its called Superstar… and it will be track 3 on the album

No download link as the label wouldn’t be too happy… but stream and stream again.

Aeroplane – Superstar

Friends of cMaN… The Mixes

George Michael... stupid hand shape tan mark

As you may or may not remember a couple of weeks ago I featured a friend of mines mix… Tour de Force. seems he is getting a bit hooked on it… fine by me, because he shares probably the most similar music taste to me possible. So now he has done three fabulous mixes featuring pretty much every track I have loved over the last year or 3. I’m not even gonna take any credit of being some kind of inspiration and help to him (even though he knows its true ;))

Hop over to his mixcloud and check them all out… You WILL love them.

Quackcandle... pardon?...

Actually you might not… and the reason would be because you don’t “love all that cosmic Balearic bullshit” and prefer your music a little stankier? If so… Check another good friend of mines mixes, Goes by the name Quackcandle and has two dubstep mixes and one mix that he would class as “fidget wonk” or “wobble donk” or some other ludicrous genre.

Skip over to his mixcloud and check them out… you CAN’T hate them

Right… I have no more friends… that do mixes… so that’s all, and I promise to give you some real new music next time and not let my mates do the work.

Calvi On The Rocks – In The Mix

Making a break(bot) for it...

As i’m not really into doing things twice,  I have written (with my good friend MJ) all about the only festival I am interested in going to ever again for inthemix.com.au so if you want the story… Go HERE to check it out. If I had my way there would be a UK version of this site, hopefully thats in development heh?

One last thing, my track of the festival is below, imagine lying on a beach listening to Holy Ghost! play this amongst other gorgeous New York Disco.

Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Jacques Renault Remix)

Tour de Force… Apparently not a Homosexual

A very good friend of mine has done a mix… Yes that’s right, his girlfriends away in Ibiza so he is bored… and however much it pains me to say it. I like it. It’s very now, hopefully it will be a while before it becomes “so five minutes ago”.  A lot of these tracks are the inevitable fallout from our trip to Calvi On The Rocks. A French festival so cool, even the French go there… I’m a bit tired if you are wondering why this isn’t really going anywhere… Anyway… Listen… Enjoy… but not too much. Stupid mixcloud doesnt work with stupid WordPress so you will have to click out to listen.

CLICK HERE FOR THE MIX on mixcloud or alternatively just listen to from the soundcloud

TRACKLIST

1. Daft Punk – Something About Us (Def Starr Version)
2. Miami Horror – Make You Mine (Fred Falke Remix)
3. Holy Ghost! – I Will Come Back (Classixx Acapulco Nights Version)
4. Midnight Magic – Beam Me Up (Jacques Renault Remix)
5. Still Going – Still Going Theme
6. Dj Mujava – Township Funk (Crazy P Remix)
7. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
8. Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better, I’Ll Go To The Disco
9. Breakbot – Baby I’M Yours (Aeroplane Remix)
10. Tensnake – Coma Cat
11. Azari & Iii – Reckless With Your Love
12. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
13. Duck Sauce – Barbara Streisand (Manila Killa Edit)
14. Washed Out – Belong