It’s been two weeks since my last Future House Fridays post, with my last one discussing another example of plagiarism within the industry. That song aside, after browsing through my usual sources for new tunes, I slowly fell into a state of mild depression. Every song, I mean every god damn song, that I listened to used the same FM bass synth heard in “Gecko”, or was at least derived from it. I guess the majority of producers haven’t learned from watching the demise of big room that recycling sounds isn’t the way to get noticed, I mean for crying out loud, the genre is called FUTURE HOUSE.
I thought about ending this post and starting a new one, similar to how I stopped writing Melbourne Bounce Mondays, but then I realized that I would only be fueling the fire of artist using recycling sounds. Rather, from now on, I will only post future house tracks that don’t use the “Gecko” sound. But my self-realization isn’t the only thing causing the death of the “Gecko”….
Oliver Heldens showcases a new sound with his aptly titled “Melody”
Between Tchami and Oliver Heldens, they pretty much single hand-idly created the future house genre. So when one of the creators of future house finally ditches his “signature” sound, that signifies a couple of things. 1, Using the FM bass sound anymore would be beating a dead horse. 2, In order to stay on top, he needs to innovate.
For his latest tune, “Melody” Oliver Heldens ditches his “Gecko” sound in favor of a groovy piano synth. While other producers have used this type of sound in their productions before (cc: Michael Calfan), Oliver just has that knack for using his sounds perfectly. The melody has a slightly darker feel to it, while still managing to maintain an overall groove. The thing I love the most about this track is while on the surface it sounds like a plain piano, it just isn’t. It has a somewhat grittier, almost metallic (futuristic?) quality to it, and I simply can’t get enough of it. Be sure to support the prince of future house himself by buying the track on Beatport when it’s released March 9th!
Don Diablo and CID “Make Me Feel Better”
This is probably my 4th post about Don Diablo, and for good reason…
The man is a production wizard.
For his latest release with CID, the two team up for a remix of Alex Adair’s “Make You Feel Better”. This release marks the first on Don Diablo’s new label, Hexagon Records, and it could not be a more fitting first release.
Listening to a song like this makes me remember why I fell in love with dance music in the first place. This song isn’t trying to be “filthy” or “so sick bro”. Don Diablo and CID just “Make Me Feel Better” whenever I pop this track on. The wispy vocals of Alex Adair are laced perfectly with groovy piano chords that take us back to a time when house music was simpler. People who listened back then didn’t bitch and moan about “this preset” or “that kickdrum”. Everybody just listened and enjoyed the music. I pray for more music like this in the near future.