Attention, people. There is some serious hardstyle coming your way.
…No, wait, it’s house.
…No wait… damn. It’s complex.
Young producer Jay Sillito aka Krix takes you back to school with this one, because you will have to learn about at least three different styles of music. With the affinity to quickly change between genres and even tempo, Krix got me confused on how to categorize what exactly he is doing. But then again, this made me decide to pitch his new track “Wandering Planet” in your direction.
At first, this one seems like a regular hardstyle track. Every element is there, the intro is building up nicely, and I really like the octave-hopping arpeggiated main synth. That reminds me of some of those trucks passing by when I went to the last open air festival, keeping you moving constantly. But wait, what’s this? All of a sudden the pace changes, leaving hardstyle behind and switching over to another rhythm and another tempo, almost like some DJ decided to hop to another artist. I like the attempt to create something new here. Obviously it worked because this is an eyebrow raiser for most of the people, although this might be interrupting everybody dancing to that tune. Being creative and thinking outside the box is a key element in being successful out there, so Sillito did the right thing there in my opinion. Also, those changes aren’t that easy to accomplish, so this just shows what he is capable of.
Overall, in my opinion this track has too many changes to go big out there on dancefloors. But I don’t think that was the intention of the producer in the first place. Changing again and again while using several elements like chiptune synths and massive sub bass, the track works for me as kind of a showroom for what Krix is able to do within several styles and genres. This is solid work, and I’m sure of the fact it will continue to be. With this skill set, I really hope that Krix will be producing more steady ones soon, because he has what t takes to make a name for himself out there. You should also check out his available tracks on Soundcloud and Youtube to find out more about this uprising talent.
Finally I found a track for my dancing playlist again. Imagine the floor filled with people, eagerly awaiting some melody and hard hitting bass. That’s where Skyblast’s new track comes into play. Lights, effects…and there you have it, people. Let’s dance.
You probably know me as one of the never-tired dancers, right. The new track of Skyblast, a duo of two promising producers from Szczecin, Poland, feeds my playlist of tracks to dance or workout to.
Starting with beat and a base synth, they take off with the track after the main melody is introduced. One of the used synths there reminds me a bit of those chiptune synths, clear and crisp, and somewhat 8-bit style. Merging everything where it belongs, the main synth is classic dancefloor-based. I like how the track uses a solid baseline and seems to sidechain the synth with the drums there, that gives the track that feeling that every track is connected with one another, everything sort of flows together. Also, these little stops every now and then are putting sort of a trademark into the track – it’s sort of a risk to full stop several tracks without interrupting the feeling going on, but here it does work really well.
But to mention a negative aspect (yay, freedom of speech, hehe), I think that there are several changes made within the track that weren’t really necessary. Like the use of too many build-ups or drops. In my opinion it wouldn’t have hurt the track at all if there had been more linear drum-based sequences with just base and synth. Like the ones you can find on these extended dancefloor mixes or something. Besides that, the track is done great.
Mateusz Kminikowski and Jakub Wamka, the guys better known as Skyblast, have done a solid work with this one. I can see and hear them on dancefloors down the road if they manage to continue their work within this genre and scene.
Great build-ups, a solid piano main melody, smooth drum and bass segments…this one has potential to be played on main stages.
I’ll take this one on the next workout with me. Why? Because it keeps me going. With the use of a nice melody and great transitions, the track fits the genre and can be your motor when you need something to keep you motivated. (Of course, this also refers to dancefloors and dancing. 😉 )
Within the track you’ll find several cuts that slow down the song just long enough to build up and restart, if you will. (You know, these are the club light technicians’ favorite tracks where he/she can show what he/she is capable of.) Other than that you have a great tune with several effects that make sure the track keeps being interesting and not too monotonous, be it several swuushes or audio effects. What made me raise an eyebrow though is the fact that the piano is sounding very artificial plus mixed a bit harsh in there…could have been a different vst or mixed with more reverb in my opinion. Other than that the artist knows about the elements of a dreamy track like this and how/where to use them.
German producer Christoph Gonder aka DJ-MPG is definetly on the right path, but there are some rough edges which have to be cut before reaching the top. Nevertheless, “Far Away” is a track I recommend giving a listen to.