Two More EDM Songs (Minus The ‘D’) [Free]

If the title left you scratching your beautiful little head, we’re sorry.

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Please let us explain.

After stumbling upon both of these tracks in the very same day, we thought it proper to share them with you. The particular quality or motif that both of these songs share is a very simple concept to understand, however its role may be vitally important to the music industry as a whole. As stated in the title, both of these jams are EDM (Electronic Dance Music) without the ‘D’ or, more simply, Electronic Music.

Yeah, we get it. “EM,” as it shall be called, is most assuredly not a new concept in popular music. Hipsters have been doing it since they started making corduroy pants and fixed gear velocipedes (quintessentially indie way of saying “bicycles”)…and that’s a long time.

Trust us.

However, both of the tracks by artists AFK and Matchbox Orchestra incorporate particular qualities of Electronic Music that are more closely related to those heard in Electronic Dance Music. More and more these days we are begging to see these electronic sounds pop up in any and every other genre of already established popular music. Instead of boring you with the details of what we mean exactly, we figured it might be more fun if you just listened. Try and tease out these concepts yourself. See if you can understand exactly what we are talking about.

Both “I forget” by Matchbox Orchestra featuring CubeKin and AFK’s remix of “Bride Side” by Protohype and Ras feature a more minimalistic electronic approach than most EDM productions. We say this because both artists are EDM producers by trade.

If anything, the two songs sound more like regular old rock jams than anything. In our opinion, this method serves to make the individual breakdowns all the more dulcet and indicative of the emotion the vocalist is trying to convey in their lyrics. Instead of being stagnantly satiated with overwhelming electronic arrangements, they are saved for a time when the song truly NEEDS it.

Good luck getting either of these tunes out of your heads.

1. Protohype – Bright Side ft. Ras (AFK Remix ft. DKS)

2. Matchbox Orchestra – I Forget ft. CubeKin

Muse | Starlight (Cignature Remix)

This next young, up and coming producer by the name of Andrew Cigna draws his influence from a source very different from most modern EDM musicians. What makes Andrew’s situation so unique is that EDM production and DJing in general have not been around nearly as long as most other types of music. Therefore, there is not necessarily loads of tradition that shape the creation of new music; it’s just kind of a free for all. However, this is exactly where Andrew Cigna’s father, DJ Ross “Rosco” Cigna, comes into the picture.

DJ Rosco was a man of many talents. Not only was he an A&R for Capitol Records, but Ross Cigna also worked for MK Promotions, supporting some of the most famous artists of the 80’s, like Prince and Duran Duran. However, DJ Rosario did not simply stop there. He also moonlighted as a professional disc jockey at KISS 108 FM (Boston) and spun in clubs like The Roxy, The Palace and the ever so famous, Studio 54. All his hard work eventually payed off in the form of a place amongst the Top 100 DJs in America, which even brought the man before Congress in 2000 for a standard meet and greet (you didn’t know Gore and Bush liked beats did you?).

So you see, what makes Andrew Cigna, aka Cignature, so unique is that his trailblazing father paved a path of sorts into what we currently know as modern electronic music and DJing. Not too many current EDM artists can say that they have their fathers listening in and giving them industry-experienced critiques on their latest productions. It will be interesting too see how this fact reflects in any future releases by Andrew.

But for now we bring you a special track from Cignature. European rock legends, Muse, have always been a band that we truly admire. Not only are their songs absolutely massive, but they utilize techniques from various genres and styles in order to synthesize the frankenstein-like amalgamation that is their “epic-rock.” You may recognize this original jam as it was all over the airwaves a few shorts years ago (2006, really? dammit we are getting old.)

The simplicity in Cignature’s remix is what we enjoy most. This progressive house revamp of “Starlight” hits in all the right places. Slowly progressing and teasing in the beautifully dulcet original synthesizer chords from Muse, Andrew’s drop is nothing short of nostalgic bliss evolved.

Good work mate.

And this next producer is just getting started. Stay tuned for more and show this dude some love via the following links.





Peace, Love, and Savoy – Three Against Nature EP [MEGA TEASE]


We’ve always been particularly enamored with this Brooklyn-based, rock-edged, electro group that goes by the name of Savoy.

The trio, which includes Gray Smith, Ben Eberdt, and Mike Kelly, have stolen our hearts with countless productions such as: ‘I Dare You‘, ‘I’m Fine‘ and ‘Under My Skin (DIY)‘. Not only are they sick in the studio, but these boys put on one hell of a show (with lasers). We were fortunate enough to all experience this first hand when they came to The Mid in Chicago. Check out our second and third most recent twit-pics to get a taste. We forget to post most of our photos, sorry. Should we get an Instagram? Lol.

Speaking of acquiring a taste, Savoy has left our mouths watering for the rest of their new EP titled ‘Three Against Nature’. Much like Pavlov’s dog, classical conditioning has trained us to salivate on command for new Savoy productions. It’s certainly a bit different from their norm however. To this Rager, it has more of a Daft-Punk, funky sort of feel to it. The second song on the forthcoming EP, ‘Make Me Feel Good‘ reminds us of DP’s gigantic hit ‘Robot Rock’. Don’t get me wrong, it still has that hard edge that we are used to hearing from our friends at Savoy, but with a twist.

The four song EP is set to drop May 23rd via Savoy’s website.  Give it a listen because we are sure that you will fall in love. We’ll definitely have the full EP up when it’s posted.