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The Weekly List: For your EDM friends

December 2, 2014

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You are an Indie Alternative fan. Most people have not heard of the artists you listen to, and you like it that way. Unfortunately, being the one with the outlandish music taste can have its faults, especially in the 18-22 age demographic. Your friends often prefer music with hard bass and nightclub level synth patterns. Social gatherings can become anxiety-ridden nightmares as you try and deal with a stream of aggressive, 6-minute drum machine loops. Your subtle attempts to steer the Pandora station towards something calmer are constantly suppressed. Lucky for you all, Halftime has compiled a musical peace treaty between you and your EDM associates. This is a playlist that you can bond with them over. Along the way they may realize the appeal of the lesser-known scene while you may grow to love the fun world of Steve Aoki. Who knows? You may even end up at Tomorrow Land next year.

Electro House centers on clear, fast-paced, dancey beats and bass drops. A nice track to start with is “Go” by Grimes. Grimes stays loyal to her more brooding tracks like “Oblivion,” while dropping into hardcore, syncopated bass lines. Starting off true to the song’s original version, Elimate’s remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” follows similar suit.

As an indie fan often caught in these musical disagreements, I find remixes to be a happy medium between my more electronically inclined friends and myself. Sylvan Esso’s “Hey Mami (Big Wild Remix)” puts the original track to an upbeat yet soft synth line. Those seeking calmer music can find relief as the beat drops into a fun, whistling version of the track’s rhythm reinforced by an ensemble of horns and other instruments. Another, soothing-style remix is Stop the Car’s version of Towers, originally recorded by Bon Iver. Songs like this and Charli XCX’s steamy cover of Kitten’s “Cut It Out” evoke the necessary chill that EDM can lack.


Beyond remixes or genre experimentation, there are certain songs innately electronic enough that one can only hope EDM fans will admire. CHVRCHES’ “Lungs” and Smallpools’ “Dreaming” are blissful, upbeat tracks that combine bass hits and strong bass lines into something that all music fans can enjoy. For something more dancey, look no further than “Kids” by MGMT or “H.S.K.T.” by Sylvan Esso. Although shying away from the traditional, heavy EDM style, these tracks combine synth hits and quirky bass lines to create something all music fans can enjoy.

That’s it for this week’s edition of the Weekly List! I wish you all the best of luck in your attempt to bridge a long-running musical gap, and may you all learn to appreciate a new genre in the process.

The EDM Playlist:


Kids- MGMT

The Reeling- Passion Pit

Black Out Days- Phantogram

H.S.K.T.- Sylvan Esso

Hey Mami Big Wild Remix- Sylvan Esso

Towers (Stop The Car remix)- Bon Iver

Go- Grimes ft. Blood Diamonds

Young And Beautiful (Eliminate Remix)- Lana Del Rey

Dreaming Smallpools

Cut It Out (Charli XCX Vs TWIN IDoL Remix)- Kitten

Internet Killed the Video Star- The Limousines

Bridges- Broods

If I Had a Heart- Fever Ray


Photo: comebackanddance.co.za

Michael Bergin
Mike Bergin is the former executive culture Editor for the Georgetown Voice. You can follow him on Twitter @mbergin95

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