[The Midday Mixes #1] Featured Artist Mix: Karma Fields

Since their debut on Monstercat in mid-2015, Karma Fields has been one of the most hyped artists of the label, boasting several more teaser videos than some of Monstercat’s founders. Why? Well, concepts. Karma Fields is really good at concepts. That and one more thing, Karma Fields has some of the COOLEST videos in the history of EDM. The best one?

The mix starts with the teased song from their newest LP: Edge of the World. With one of the catchiest glitched-out melodies I’ve ever heard, this song made the mix on pure bounciness alone. The track starts with calm choral music, which is definitely odd, to say the least. A good odd of course.

The mix then slowly starts into Stickup. This song is genius! Take somebody’s story of a robbery and put it to music. Again, their concepts are amazing. The original is explicit, but the mix has been censored. That’s what the extra weird voice glitches are.

My favorite of the mix is actually the acoustic mix of Skyline. As a light version of Skyline (the music video posted above), the track has been featured on multiple shows on K-UTE.

Check out the mix here:

Mixes are posted a week after they air live on our SoundCloud, and two weeks after they air live here. Tune in live Friday nights, 7-11pm

[The EDM Underground] Featured GENRE Mix: Video Game Remixes

The following article contains references to Undertale, but no spoilers. Still, you’ve been warned.

Video games, or ‘Nintendo’ as collectively referred to by those over the age of 30, are one of my passions. I’d never list on anything, or answer with it if you were to ask me, but it’s most definitely there. I figured it’d be fine if I mixed that passion with my passion for music. The resulting mix ended up rather long, clocking it at over an hour and 20 minutes, and contains ALOT from my latest game obsession: Undertale.

The mix starts off with one of those remixes: Megalovania from Undertale. The artist, VideoGameRemixes (such creativity, much wow), is one of the artists I kept returning to in the mix (In fact, his music makes up 19% of the mix), and for good reason. For being remixes in only the lightest sense of the word, this artist managed to transform the 8-bit songs from Undertale into something a little more mix friendly. And by a little, I mean…just give it a listen.

Another artist of note: DJ Jo. As an artist I’d found my Junior Year of High School, I’d written him off since he started delving into more Japanese styles (think Hatsune Miku Remixes), and that’s just not my cup of tea. Upon making this mix, I almost completely forgot about him, but he’s now the most prominent artist in the mix. Boasting an incredible 28% of the mix, his music definitely shaped the style of most of the mix.

Here the whole mix here:

Mixes are posted a week after they air live on our SoundCloud, and two weeks after they air live here. Tune in live Friday nights, 7-11pm

[The EDM Underground] Featured Artist Mix: Montee

Montee is a special kind of house artist: niche. If you’re into glorious synth melodies, wonderful harmony, and vibrant, bouncy, festival music, he’s the man for you. I couldn’t find his real name anywhere, but the Ukrainian based artist has been turning heads with his music for years. If you want something you can really jam to, get out those headphones. You’ll want them.

The mix starts with one of his softer songs (don’t want to jump straight into partying) entitled Sirius. The song, true to its name, sounds as if you’re floating around the sky like a cloud. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this one. The melody is clearly present in the first drop, and though the melody is amazing, that’s not the best part of the song. The melody only slightly lingers in the second drop, enough to remind you of it, but not enough to actually be there.

The middle of the mix contains a song that I was excited to hear in its entirety. Having never been posted to SoundCloud, I’d never heard the full version of Royal Taste until I was doing this mix. The melody! The melody is the best part. Give it a listen. It starts at 8:40-ish. That’s all I can say. Go listen to it.

I cheated. There’s a song in the mix that isn’t by Montee. It’s a remix of Royal Taste. I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader/listener to find it.

The mix ends with my all time favorite: Quasar Journey. This drumstep song features EVERYTHING that makes Montee, well, Montee: vibrant, bouncy, fast, and full of more energy than even Rob Gasser has managed to create. That’s saying something.

Check out the mix here:

Mixes are uploaded to SoundCloud one week after they air live. Tune into the EDM Underground Fridays from 7-11pm (MDT) (mixes typically play at 8:30 and 10:30.)

[The EDM Underground] Artist of the Week: Haywyre

To celebrate the beginnings of Haywyre’s Two Fold Pt. 2 Tour, the EDM Underground has mixed together the best tracks by the musical genius. The Minnesota based Martin Vogt’s style is based primarily upon piano improvisation. Much like Zedd, Haywyre is classically trained, and it shows in everything he does.

The mix starts with the first two tracks off his latest album, Two Fold Pt. 2, entitled “I Am Me” and “I Am You.” These two tracks were literally made for each-other. Haywyre opens his concerts with these two songs played one after the other; therefore, my mix does too.

Immediately following is my favorite track Vogt has ever made: Dichotomy (Soft Mix) from his Two Fold Pt. 1 album. Surprisingly hard for something labeled a soft mix, this track blew my socks off the first time I’d heard it and I HAD to share it.

Near the end of the mix come a few more of my favorite tracks: Endlessly and Insight. Showcasing the best of his piano improvisation skills in a wobbly synth melody, Haywyre’s talent is most apparent in these songs. With several classical jazz elements on top of a gritty bass line, these tracks earned a permanent part of my personal library after just the first few seconds of their drops.

Listen to it here:

 

Mixes are uploaded to SoundCloud one week after they air live. Tune into the EDM Underground Fridays from 7-11pm (MDT) (mixes typically play at 8:30 and 10:30.)