EDM Digest: Volume I
Bringing SR top-flight mixes and singles from the world of EDM every week
1. First up, we have the newly released BBC Essential Mix from none other than Maceo Plex. The DJ/producer formally known as Maetrik has been on an absolute tear the past two years, quickly becoming the face of the taste-making Crosstown Rebels label. His debut album, Life Index, was an instant classic and one of the best electronic albums released in 2011. Combining sultry lyrical samples (some he does himself) over deep house and techno, Maceo’s sound is simply addicting. If you don’t know, now you know:
2. For those looking for a deeper sound need look no further than Coat of Arms’ March mixtape. The duo of Chris James and Eats Everything have been stellar the past year, a rise punctuated by the fiery single “Is This Something” off FutureBoogie Recordings. These guys have been really pushing the low-end side of deep house, cultivating a sound full of bass and subtle rhythms. The result is hypnotic and unique; both relaxed and menacing. Definitely a group to keep an eye on:
3. Next up, an expertly crafted mix from Swiss maestro Deetron. This recording exemplifies the type of eclectic and adventurous mixing that I can’t get enough of as an EDM fan. Deetron’s track selection is flawless and never safe, and it’s amazing hearing him meld together tracks like silly putty. Truly a master at work. Cool little interview with the man himself as well. This one’s been on repeat for a couple of days now:
4. On the disco side of things, LA producer and DJ Plastic Plates recently released a brand new single dubbed “More Than Love,” and I fell head over heels immediately. I got a chance to see this guy in D.C. recently and he is unequivocally the real deal. Underscored with the chugging bassline that has become Plastic Plates’ trademark, this track quickly takes off and spirals into the atmosphere around the 1:10 mark. So fun.
5. Lastly, a track from a relative unknown: Craig Stewart. Signed to OneThirty Recordings (home to label mates Karol XVII & MB Valence, another fantastic duo out of Poland), the UK native has had a couple of releases on compilation EPs and samplers – but this one in particular caught my eye. Something about that synth progression and kick makes me think of spring and pool parties. Check him out: