December Music Favorites 2015

A collection of the best things I heard this month, minus the obligatory holiday music I started listening to before Halloween.

San Holo

This Dutch future bass artist is most known for his remix of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode”.

His soft yet energetic electronic style is similar to the sounds of artists like ODESZA and marshmello, and he’s reeled me in with tracks like BWU, We Rise, and Fly.

What So Not

While I wrote in my latest music review that I didn’t exactly love What So Not’s newest EP “Gemini,” I’m still utterly obsessed with his remixes.

What So Not’s sound has veered off a bit since Flume left the former duo, and the style has lost some of its playful liveliness, but I still thrive on the deep, slow beats.

ODESZA

Though I saw them perform earlier this year, I only thoroughly discovered the magic of the deluxe edition of their album, In Return, in the past few weeks.

I raved about them in my November Music Favorites, but my newest discoveries include “Bloom” and “It’s Only (feat. Zyra)”, the same artist who provided the soft, lusty vocals for ‘Say My Name’.

Also, if you haven’t seen this yet, watch it. Such a mindfuck:

Louis the Child

This local duo appeared on my radar shortly before the Lido concert back in November. Their live set got me so intrigued, I explored more of their mixes and edits after the fact. For weeks, I was wholly obsessed with their remix of Bombay Bicycle Club’s “Home By Now”, as well as their Solé Fixtape mix and their Weekend Workout mix!

Mr. Carmack

I’m prepping for his January show in Chicago with Sam Gellaitry. I saw him live early last year at a small venue (Double Door), where his set was pretty chill and vibin’, all in all an amazing performance.

At Freaky Deaky, however, he did a complete 180 and had the crowd jumping up and down with bangers and more festival trap.

I’ve been a huge fan of his for years, and I love what he puts out every step of the way. His music is indescribably creative and unique.

This month, I’ve been absolutely JAMMING OUT to “SIMPLER” and “SOLUTIONS, with Donnis“. Here, check out this playlist I made:

Jack Ü

Skrillex and Diplo’s album, which came out earlier this year, has consistently been one of my go-tos this year. For running, for getting hyped, and just for fun. These artists are two pillars of EDM music who came together to create arguably one of my all-time favorite albums.

Favorite tracks: Febreze, Jungle Bae, Mind, Holla Out

The Chainsmokers – Roses

Heard this at a formal. Didn’t know what song it was. Went back and started listening to it and fell in love. It’s kind of been on repeat ever since. The end!

Disclosure – Omen (Dillon Francis Remix)

The original is great, but the remix is even better. Dillon Francis adds drama to the track by laying down an 80’s R&B beat under some parts, but slowing other parts down to give it a sensual, dance club vibe.

Jauz x Ephwurd – Rock the Party

I turned on my cell data usage for Soundcloud for 10 minutes so I could listen to this song. If you ever want to see me spontaneously dance, just put this song on.

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  1. Pingback: 10 undiscovered EDM artists you may not have heard of, pt. 2 | Catherine Zhang

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