Electronic

‘Wow’ by Ty Showers

For a slice of upbeat uniqueness check out ‘Wow’ by Ty Showers! A dubstep, electronic, jazzy fusion of amazing proportions, Ty Showers continues to top himself by consistently bringing us cool and unusual music. Music Lover’s Tip: Play this one on your best headphones or speakers…the drums really do give a good thump!

Lyric-less and rhythmic, this track is all groove. Indeed, this instrumentation is so spot on that it would likely take away from the tracks had lyrics been added in. Despite the lack of lyrics, the track in conjunction with promotional picture seem to tell the story of a man who is simply smitten by the beauty of an unnamed woman…and decided to compose a song to speak to the awe inspired by her elegance.

A soundtrack of sorts, be sure to play this track every time you find yourself in a situation that is indescribably awesome. Whether it’s the beauty of a mysterious woman, the fact that you just got that long shot of a promotion, an amazing meal, a marriage proposal, or just an overall fantastic day…put this track on repeat and let Ty Showers speak for you. Indeed, we all have those moments in life that makes us go…’Wow’!

Venus L

‘Just Dancing’ by Ty Showers

Are you in the mood to have fun and let loose?! Crank up the radio and play ‘Just Dancing’ by Ty Showers! A house/electronic/dance music fusion, this is certainly one for the clubs..or at least your personal version of one…

A step in a different direction for the singer/musician, this highly dance worthy house music fusion is perfect for all people who love to dance. Rhythmic from beginning to end, the extended intro preceding the cool, robotic sounding vocals is what solidifies this track as a certified hit. Dripping in disco, this tune is simultaneously a throwback track and a thing of the future. Furthermore, with a funky midsection and a futuristic sounding outro this track takes an array of unexpected twists and turns that are sure joyously jolt the senses.

Filled with special moments, perhaps the most charming part of this track is the singers’ mention of the ‘magic of the band’. As many already know, and some may just be finding out, Ty Showers is the band! A one man band who plays a plethora of instruments and is skilled in recording as well as musical engineering…So, when the voice of the fictitious band leader speaks about listeners not being able to resist the ‘magic’ of his band, this is merely playful wordplay on behalf of the man behind the music.

Another almost genre-less track with massive appeal. Regardless of age, nationality, or demographic, play this song when you want to dance!

Venus L

‘I Like to Party’ by Ty Showers

Party people, this one is for you! An electric, R&B, funk-filled fusion complete with fun lyrics, “I Like to Party” by Ty Showers is the ultimate party track! Fresh and exciting, yet reminiscent of Motown-esque dance tracks, this tune has the makings of something truly timeless. An ode to all things fun, “I Like to Party” is a track perfect for nights of fun and folly.

The tune begins with a funky, electronic intro fused with interesting drum patterns, which are immediately followed by a crooning Showers. He sings about the many different ways he likes to party, or “turn up,” as the younger generation says. Whether it’s playing a guitar, riding around in limousines or anything in between, Ty Showers likes to party and he’s hoping you do, too!

Keeping in touch with his unusual song arrangement style, this track alternates between a singing Showers and funky dance breaks. All elements are held together by the repetitious nature of the track; including the refrain, “I Like to Party.” More of a call to action than a regular party track, Showers is creating an ambiance with this song that makes it virtually impossible not to party.

If you’re new or old school, the track is sure to charm the partier in you. Life is crazy at times, sometimes you just need to unwind…that’s where music comes in. Ty Showers has a track for almost anything. Laugh, cry, love, contempt, it’s all a part of life…but today…today we party!

Venus L

‘I’m Glad You’re In My Life’ by Ty Showers

Celebrate the love of your life with awesome Electronic/R&B fusion by Ty Showers! A song of love and jubilance, this track is a perfect ode to those folks we all feel lucky to have in our lives. Funky in its own right with a new age feel, the track defies age parameters and categorization.

It begins with a funk-infused, rhythmic and bluesy intro that is quickly decorated with the vocal stylings of Showers himself. The track progresses into a more electronic feel before the chorus proclaims,

‘I’m glad you’re in my Life
My lover and my wife
Also my best friend
It’s amazing how we blend’.

A more than suitable track for long-term love affairs and the like, “I’m Glad You’re In My Life” is timeless. A timeless cut that centers on the never-ending concept, unconditional love. Fun and playful, yet deep and profound, this tune is a sonnet to commemorate the longevity of love.
This mellow track is ideal for love-filled celebrations of all kinds.

Play this at your next wedding reception, graduation, or party, and feel the love. If you’re glad they’re in your life, let them know!

Venus L

Trends In Electronic Music

Trends In Electronic Music

 

Many probably have noticed how electronic music grew from a somewhat fringe, and underground form of music to popular, mainstream success over the past few years. This sudden rise in popularity began with the emergence of an unknown genre known as “Dubstep.” There are many talented producers within Dubstep. The rise in popularity has caused a lot of heated debate within the electronic music community.

Electronic music, initially became surrounded by an underground “off the grid” culture of listeners. In recent years, the music attracted a mainstream fan base, to the disdain of many elder rave kids. While the sound of the music itself is loved and hated by many, the credibility of the fans seems to be what is taken into question the most. A developing “trend” can attract a lot of bandwagon fans. In other words, people become fans based on the overall popularity of the trend in question. To some elitist groups of electronic enthusiasts, the bandwagon fans seem to be poisoning their community.

Of course, there’s no right or wrong in this ongoing battle, but certainly it is an interesting situation. The sounds that turned into Dubstep started in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s when producers began to take garage music into a darker, more drum, and bass sound direction. Over time, the sound was perfected and around the late 2000’s hit America and blew up. The development was the first time electronic music became commercially successful, and evident by television commercials adopting the music to sell products.

The trends In electronic music did not stop at Dubstep. After Dubstep became a staple in modern electronic music, a more tribal sounding music known as “Moombahton” began to take form. Even though a lot of previous Dubstep producers and DJ’s made the choice to hop on board, the music style, didn’t go far. Moombahton was a shortly lived fad. However, a few years later another extension of this wave of trends began to happen to much higher acclaim, this music became known as “Trap.”

Trap was an electronic take on the drum beats used by trap rap artists such as Gucci Mane. This music style was a more successful sound than Moombahton. The sound quickly gained a lot of attention. Even many previous Moombahton DJ’s began to make trap music because Moombahton did not take off.

What’s the main point to all of this? Well, it is really up to the reader to decide, but the chronology of electronic music provides some interesting food for thought. Feel free to leave opinions below on what you think the rise in commercial success of certain forms of electronic music has done to the community overall. Whether or not you like the music, you can’t deny electronic has taken music in an entirely new direction.

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Damian Frederick

Mellow Euphemisms

Surprise, Surprise, Euphemize – Mellow Euphemisms by Calima Shatiday

This might just be my favorite track on Calima Shatiday’s November 2013 release, Chill Out Nymph. It has everything listeners want from downtempo—and a few things you’d never expect.

The first sounds suggest surf (with human voices—a day at the beach) and a guitar. It’s not a surf guitar, though. It’s all softly-plucked, acoustic resonance, and it sets up what feels like 6/8 time, so we think we know where the pulse is. As drums and keys establish pulses of their own, we begin to realize that the tune has more than one heart. If you gave it an electrocardiogram, multiple lines would diverge and converge, all held in cohesion by a crisp drumbeat that would probably be easiest to notate in 2/4. You do the math, but believe it, or not, everything arrives together.

Shatiday has a knack for the simple melodic motif, and it doesn’t get much simpler than what he does with the four-note figures here. There’s a shimmering quality to the ladder of sound that those notes ascend and descend, with a kind of busy bee buzz weaving in and out toward the end. I may have dreamed or hallucinated that, actually—the tune did put me in something of a trance.

When I first ran down the list of tracks, I wasn’t sure about the title of this one. Now “Mellow Euphemisms” seems exactly right. The tune itself is like a euphemism for “gently unexpected.” It comes up behind you and puts its hands over your eyes. You guess, and you might be right. Or maybe you’re in for a surprise.

Jim Howard

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