Those who follow my blog know that I often cover video games 99% of gamers have never played. If you’ve been reading my online articles on our Insight page, you’d know that I review music in genres that most people don’t know exist. I like to consider myself a hipster, just one that doesn’t dress in vintage tees and frequent coffee shops filled with local art. Not that any of that is a bad thing- it just isn’t my style right now.
Today I’m going to introduce you to a couple of songs that I just have to keep repeating because they elicit a sort of spiritual fullness in me. Or maybe it’s just happy energy. In any case, here are some of the grooviest beats you’ve never heard.
5. Blackstone Rock by Quantic
This track is an example of what I would call sampling genius. The sample this song was built around somehow never gets old.
4. (My 1st) Big Break by Cut Chemist
Cut Chemist is the stage name of Lucas MacFadden, a talented DJ who (in addition to releasing his own fantastic solo album) is a member of Ozomatli and Jurassic 5. I recommend this track for its hypnotic atmosphere and the creativity Cut Chemist exemplifies in his sample choices.
3. Eple by Röyksopp
Röyksopp, like most of the artists on this list, is not American. It’s a Swedish electronic duo. You can count on Northern Europe to produce the best house music and metal in the world. Eple is an eerie, floay track best enjoyed in solitude.
2. Work to Do by Average White Band
I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to this song. It would have to be over 20. Over 19 of those times I was prepping myself for, well, the work I had to do. This song also works as a pump-up song before a workout, a date, an interview- you name it, if Work to Do doesn’t make you relish life at that moment, you need to re-evaluate your humanity.
(2.) Work to Do by Isley Brothers
This version is just as good, but slower and easier to dance to, if that’s your thing.
1. Memory Lane by Netsky
Let’s say I make a sandwich out of the electronic music artists that have most influenced me. If Deadmau5 is my bread, and Daft Punk my butter, Netsky’s gotta be my jam. I was listening to him nonstop in 2012 and although I eventually realized all of his songs followed the same pattern, they remain addicting to listen to nonetheless. Memory Lane is probably my favorite original mix by Netsky.
That wraps up my list for this week. If you liked any of the songs I posted, tell me in the comments and I’ll start doing these song lists more often!