Here is the fourth installment of the Electro Chronicles, which is long overdue, I know. I should be writing a paper right now, but I’ve made this playlist and written this article instead – all for your listening pleasure.
A detailed tracklist follows below.
1. Firepower (Munchi Moombahcore Remix) – Datsik. Munchi, a Dutch producer, works his moombah magic on Datsik’s dubstep record. Moombahton is a subgenre of electronic dance music that is slower than house (usually around 128 beats per minute – bpm), around 112 or so. Get down.
2. I’m Not Contagious – Chromeo. Chromeo, one of my favorite acts, are an electro-funk duo based in Montreal. They make some pretty groovy tunes.
3. Calling (Original Instrumental Mix) – Sebastian Ingrosso + Alesso. Ingrosso is a part of the trio called Swedish House Mafia, a powerhouse in the EDM scene with hits like “One (Your Name),” “Miami 2 Ibiza,” and “Save the World.” Alesso, another Swedish producer, is a newcomer to the scene, but has very quickly risen to prominence. This collaboration in an uplifting banger.
4. The End – Tommy Trash. Tommy Trash is an Australian house producer, who is another recent star in the EDM scene. This track rose to prominence in clubs around the world in 2011. Gotta love the instrumentals in this one.
5. Breakn’ a Sweat – Skrillex + The Doors. In the unlikeliest of collaborations, electro house producer Skrillex who has become the face of popular electronic music in the past several years, teams with the remaining members of the Doors to produce this amazing track.
6. Phantom – Justice. In the third installment of the electro chronicles (the bass-heavy final exam playlist), I included the Boys Noize remix of this track. The French duo’s extraordinary sound has won them global acclaim during the past decade (you all have heard their hit D.A.N.C.E), and with good reason. One of my favorite Justice tracks.
7. The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance (Miike Snow Remix) – Vampire Weekend. Miike Snow are a electro-pop band from Sweden, and they remix this Vampire Weekend record to perfection. I love the synth riffs in this track.
8. Mandy – Ratatat. Ratatat, an American electronic duo based in New York City, are one of my favorite acts of all time. “Mandy” captures their sound perfectly.
9. Take Over Control (Spencer + Hill Remix) – Afrojack. I would be surprised if you haven’t heard of Afrojack, a Dutch house producer, or his hit “Take Over Control.” This remix by Spencer + Hill, a German electro house duo, hits harder. And better.
10. Illmerica – Wolfgang Gartner. Wolfgang Gartner is an American electro house producer, and is one of my all-time favorites. He consistently churns out incredible records, and “Illmerica” is no exception. Let your mind be blown.
11. Kate – Arty. Arty is a Russian progressive trance producer, and while he has only been active for a few years (he is only 22), he is signed to the Anjunabeats label, owned by the legendary duo Above + Beyond. This is an incredible, heartwarming track that will have you thinking the best of thoughts.
12. Toulouse – Nicky Romero. Nicky Romero is another newcomer to the scene, but like Alesso, Tommy Trash, Skrillex and Arty, he has rapidly risen to stardom. This Dutch progressive house producer has a wide range of sounds that leave you breathless. “Toulouse” hits hard.
13. Escape (The Bloody Beetroots Remix) – The Toxic Avenger. The Bloody Beetroots, an Italian fidget house duo, remixes “Escape,” a track by French electronica producer Toxic Avenger. A little dark but very enjoyable.
14. Easy Love – MSTRKRFT. A Toronto-based dance duo, MSTRKRFT (pronounced “mastercraft”) are known for their groovy records. I challenge you to listen to “Easy Love” and not bob your head.
15. Mode – Bingo Players. Bingo Players, a Dutch house duo, rose to prominence in 2011 with their record “Cry (Just A Little),” which was truly a summer anthem. This track bespeaks their incredibly eclectic sound and production ability. It slaps.
16. Raise Your Head – Alesso. As mentioned above in track number three, “Calling,” Alesso again demonstrates his unique sound. This record kills it.
17. Purple Haze (Benny Benassi Remix) – Jimi Hendrix. Benassi, an Italian house producer, is a veteran of the scene, and his remix of “Purple Haze” is nothing short of dazzling. Jimi purists might disagree, but I think this track both does justice to the original while taking it to new levels filled with dancing potential.
18. Walking Alone – Dirty South + Those Usual Suspects feat. Erik Hecht. This dazzling track, born of collaborative effort between Australian house producer Dirty House, and Australian house duo Those Usual Suspects, will have you believing you’ll never walk alone.