Staff Picks Vol. 22
Every week, a member of the EDM.com team collects a list of their favorite tracks from the last week. This week, our Staff Picks are curated by Anita Obasi, who has curated a selection of electronic tracks ranging from a perfect break up song by AQUILO called "Better Off Without You" to a uniquely crafted remix of Rihanna's "BBHMM," spawned from a collaboration between Brasstracks and Luca Lush.
Here are Anita's 5 favorite tracks of the week:
NYMZ x Judah – "Way Up"
“Way Up” is so dope. It starts with a fast-paced trap beat and hype vocals that are serious about the turn up. My favorite part is when the main beat turns into a crazy dancehall-esque riff and then immediately transitions back into some sort of swagstep. I know I made that last word up, but just listen to the song and you’ll know exactly what I mean.
AQUILO – Better Off Without You
This song is pretty sexy. With vocals reminiscent of a smoldering Sam Smith track, AQUILO immediately sets the mood with a track that is not overwhelmingly electronic, but incorporates soft synthetic sounds to compliment the falsetto wailing that is emotive enough to make your ex cry.
Kanye West – All Falls Down (Instrum Remix)
Personally, I have a very love/hate relationship with tropical house. But Instrum successfully drew me in with this Kanye West remix. Who knew Kanye and tropical house could blend in such a chill, harmonious manner? The brass riffs are my favorite part of this song, keeping it energized despite the relaxed vibes instilled by the guitar and marimbas.
Rihanna – BBHMM (Luca Lush x Brasstracks Remix)
On the real, Brasstracks is kill-ing-it with their brass/drum/synth sound. Their latest collab is with Luca Lush, producing a vibrant remix to Rihanna’s relatively aggressive latest single. I think it’s hilarious how the beginning brass riff sounds so celebratory despite Rihanna’s threatening demand that “bitch better have my money.” The entire jam is still really intense, but the way Luca Lush and Brasstracks change up the vibe despite the seriousness of the lyrics is so creative. It’s genius.
(dc) – Real ft. Vada
The Film Noir collective is making moves, one killer single at a time. One of their members, (dc), released this track that features sultry female vocals with hip-hop undertones and ethereal sounding synths. There’s even a flute riff at one point, making this a laidback track with a ton of textures tastefully mixed in.