I can’t help but draw comparisons lately between this week’s top duo, and dance legends Daft Punk. Maybe it’s the futuristic aura about them, but I think their level of dedication to each musical project has something to do with it as well. It’s becoming pretty rare for electronic artists (and fans alike) to have the patience to wait for a full length album to come together. Nero has their second in the works, and we’ve been given yet another track to be excited about in the meantime. ‘Etude’ conjures up atmospheric builds resembling a sound scape straight out of Daft Punk‘s Tron score, and then drops into some heavy funkin’ electro. This doesn’t sound too far off from previous full length ‘Welcome Reality’, but hey… I’m not complaining.
#1 Nero – Etude
Rusko always brings upbeat party tunes to the table, and while this one a little different in terms of style, it gets the same job done. Coming in at more of a hip-hop/moombahton tempo, ‘Like This’ shows he isn’t afraid to step out of his dubstep kingdom and experiment like everyone else. I’ll be catching Rusko alongside moombah-giant Dillon Francis this weekend, and in a blind listening test… I think I may have assumed this track was done by the latter! Either way, that’s a win.
#2 Rusko – Like This
Ok… tell me if you’ve heard something like this before. London Trio The McMash Clan does a wonderful job here, blending moombahton and swing music into something very unique. Starting things off with the dance music of 70 years ago, ‘Swing Break’ kicks into a full on bouncing beast of a moombahton tune. With little in terms of style to compete with, this one should have some extended shelf length.
#3 The McMash Clan ft. Kate Mullins – Swing Break
‘Jah No Partial’ is already one of my favourite Major Lazer tunes. Throwing his own spin on the track is Flux Pavillion, who I think was a great choice to have on board, taking the reggae fusion up a notch. I don’t know the specifics of who did what, but my ears tell me Flux was on bass duty here.
#4 Major Lazer ft. Flux Pavillion – Jah No Partial
Filling out a moombah-soaked (yeah, sometimes I throw moombah on words and make new words) top 5 is Dillon Francis alongside Kill Paris, with their stellar remix of Monsta‘s ‘Where Did I Go’. Boy, Monsta must be so pumped with the attention they’ve been receiving on this EP!
#5 Monsta – Where Did I Go (Dillon Francis & Kill Paris Remix)
#6 Xilent – Let Us Be
#7 Netsky ft. Billie – We Can Only Live Today (Puppy) (Camo & Krooked Remix)
#8 Pegboard Nerds – Self Destruct
#9 Tom Staar – Cheyenne
#10 Killbot – Feel Alive
*#1 Last week* Seven Lions ft. Birds of Paradise – She Was
*#2 Last week* Subscape – Graveyard Shift
*#3 Last week* Boys Noize ft. Snoop Dogg – Got It