Music Monday Highlights 9.16.13: Bamboora, Firebeatz, and BARE!

bamboora as of now

After the dust has settled on yet another crazy New Music Monday I want to call your attention to a few highlights that dropped today. The first release is by our good friend Bamboora in collaboration with Odd Job called “As of Now”. For those who don’t know, Bamboora is a mainstay in the Northeast dance music scene. Known for his residencies in and around Boston and his versatile styles (I’ve literally heard him play Big Room sets, Tech-House sets, and Bass Music sets), Bamboora has always strived to do something different. Starting out as a DJ first, he’s been working hard in the studio to really make a name for himself and when I first heard “As of Now” I could see how much better he’s gotten. This is probably my favorite Bamboora release to date and I’d like to call equal attention to Boston area producers Odd Job who undoubtedly made this Electro-House gem as polished as it is. I favor the intricate breaks of this track more than the chainsaw-fueled drops, but that’s just me. Pay special attention to the final drop as we really hear some crazy Electro cadence. If you like what you hear show these guys some love!

Continuing with the Electro-House madness is the latest release by Dutch heavy hitters Firebeatz, in collaboration with fellow Dutch producer Schella, called “Wicked”. I absolutely love the opening of this one, with a unique Upright Bass sound that you don’t normally hear in Electro-House music. The vocal hook is simple yet catchy, exclaiming “Let’s groove on, it’s time to move on” before building up to say “Hear the drummer get wicked!”. What happens next is something the Firebeatz have cleverly worked into many of their dance floor destroyers: a couple bars of funky break beats that act as a precursor to the Big Room/Electro drop that you know is coming. The drop doesn’t have a 100% “Go-to-War” style sound, though it definitely reminds you of some of the bigger tracks that have circulated over the Summer. Often times I find myself avoiding main stage bangers, but the Firebeatz have impressed me again and I have no doubt this one is going to be blasted over speakers in the coming months. I just wish these types of tracks didn’t drop off so drastically right in the middle, no one likes that when you’re trying to get your dance on.

Firebeatz ft. Schella – Wicked | Purchase on Beatport

Lastly, how about a little Trap? This one comes to you from LA-based Trap producer BARE, who is quickly becoming one of the most exciting new talents to emerge from the genre. Sebastian Ingrosso has shown huge support for BARE’s remix of “Reload” and his remix of Nicky Romero’s “Symphonica” has been in the Beatport Hip-Hop Top 20 chart for three months, making him undoubtedly one to watch. This time he’s back with a Trapped out remix of Gina Star‘s track “1000 Years”. This thing goes HAM – what was originally an uplifting House track has been turned into a thugged-out Trap storm full of 808s and booty-shaking fire. Check out what I mean and if you like it don’t hesitate to pick it up!