Articles tagged with freestyle

August 16

Love Like This – the Establishment

French Express has been releasing great Balearic-influenced house all Summer, mostly via freely downloadable singles by artists like Isaac Tichauer and Jonas Rathsman. Late last night they dropped this new tune under ace producer Chris Malinchak‘s new moniker the Establishment. Malinchak has been killing it all Summer, and this one has Ibiza 1988 written all over it. He starts with a feel good gallop, adds jaunty pianos and a beautifully chosen sample from the chorus to Exposé’s freestyle anthem Exposed to Love. Took me a little while to place it, but yet it felt so familiar, and so perfectly picked. It’s a nice change of pace from the mid-90s R&B samples that have been done to death recently. Follow the link in the song title for a free download from French Express, you can’t beat that for promotion.

While we’re at it, here’s the track the sample originated from, off of Exposé’s actual official Soundcloud, where you can stream most of their backcatalog. I hope more artists go this route. Plus you can pick up this and a bunch of their other 12” mixes on iTunes.

April 28

Owl Eyes is Australian Brooke Addamo.  The first single off her unnamed, yet-to-be released album is Crystalized.  It’s not on soundcloud yet and Addamo’s web presence doesn’t amount to much more than a Facebook page, and a one-sentence wikipedia entry.  She had two minor hits that didn’t make it far out of the Australian singles chart.  Further digging turns up that Addamo got her start as a finalist on Australian Idol.  Some might count that as a strike against her, but hey, I’ll trade for Kelly Clarkson.  Since You Been Gone is fun and all, but Owl Eyes lays her pop hooks over a simmering dancefloor banger that will have even the most uptight hipsters spilling their gin and tonics as they move to its infectious beat.

Crystalized is polished in the way we’ve come to expect from Aussie dance pop.  It has that sheen that Kylie made great use of, but the chord changes and particularly the rhythm have a real 80’s Freestyle thing going on.  The simple stop start bass is the musical crack sauce you usually find slathered on a Tony Butler or Midnight Star single.  The high keyboard melody is a little Lisa Lisa and the hand claps seal the deal.  Clocking at just three minutes and forty seconds, Owl Eyes is unapologetically poppy.  But don’t dismiss her, when the chorus drops on this track, people are gonna lose their shit.  I can’t wait for this to get remixed.

-Dope Werewolf