By: Jordan Calvano
The mantra of Crack Tracks is simple: “We scour the Internet so you don’t have to.” Every single day we find stunning tracks that we don’t have time to post, and that can get frustrating. There are too many good artists going unnoticed on The Untz, and this series is our attempt to further put a dent in all the electronic music that continues to stream from far reaching corners of the world.
With Crack Tracks, we want to focus on artists and specific styles that aren’t getting as much attention here. This weekly series will highlight some of our favorite songs that we haven’t already covered, targeting artists releasing music more addicting than crack itself. The type of music you can’t get enough of. One hit just wont suffice. Are you ready to get high with us?
Ella Henderson – Ghost (Kastle Remix)
Kastle has impeccable timing. The Symbols boss man just knows when the world needs a dance-worthy remix to ring in the night, this time taking on “Ghost” from British vocalist Ella Henderson. Sticking to his classic garage-based palate, Kastle takes a similar route heard on certain songs off his self-titled album and mixes consistent drum beats with atmospheric synthesizers that draw you directly into the song’s epicenter. Festival season is here, and we can imagine more fresh Kastle is right around the corner.
Austin’s Fault – See You Space Cowboy
We absolutely love waking up to new music from Austin’s Fault. It often comes without warning, and shows off the mind of a young producer who just loves to invite the world into his progress. On his most recent gem, the Los Angeles resident simultaneously chops up some jazz piano, pays tribute to his favorite anime, and lays down a chilled out hip-hop beat. “See You Space Cowboy” takes a divergent route that many of the tunes we’ve premiered for him, but we’re beginning to expect this from his impulsive, late night creations.
Wiley – Snowball (Samename Remix)
There’s nothing like the rush ofdiscovering a new artist that you immediately know you’ll be hooked on for months to come. That was our reaction to hearing Samename this week, and we haven’t stopped abusing the replay button since. He just dropped a must-hear EP on Pelican Fly yesterday, and to celebrate the London-based producer has unveiled a couple free downloads to celebrate. This one truly caught our attention, taking on a classic Wiley tune and messing with the instrumental in proper fashion.
Tinashe ft. Schoolboy Q – 2 On (Lowself Remix)
Formerly known as Fake Static Noise, Lowself is constantly unleashing music that will stick to your soul like white on rice. The Belgian producer most recently touched up “2 On” from Tinashe and Schoolboy Q, and it’s nothing short of golden. Lowself retains much of the emotions that garnered the track so much attention, then births a fresh set of instrumentations possessing an often watery and hazy ambiance. Your only choice is to drift far, far away after pressing play.
Dot – Space Race
You can tell Dot had fun churning this one out. The producer out of Olympia and member of both Team Supreme and Alpha Pup has been keeping the good vibes flowing as of late with a string of exciting releases, this time providing fans with a Mario Kart inspired tune entitled “Space Race.” Pinning this down to any one genre would be impossible, but the best way to describe it would be flickers of 8-bit synths jumping in and out of sporadic 808’s and unorthodox drum beats. There’s a lot going on, but it still remains perfectly concise throughout.
Klimeks – Orca (Waved Edition)
Maybe it’s just us, but it seems certain subgenres of electronic music are continuing to become more and more influenced by the ocean and the creatures that lie beneath its surfaces. Water does take up a huge part of the world, so why wouldn’t producers all around take influence from its mysterious ways? Klimeks definitely falls into this category, taking a tune already called “Orca” and upping things up a whole notch on this Waved Edition. Best enjoyed while submerged or at least in sight of a large body of water, but it’s still majestic regardless of your location.
Maxx Baer – Caprisun (Hurley Remix)
The name Maxx Baer has been popping all over our Soundcloud feed these past months, and for good reason. The British producer has accumulated a visceral and exciting sound, and the world is truly starting to take notice of his Breathe EP. Just in time to, because Trapdoor Records just unveiled a remixed version of the release and the cuts flow from start to finish. One of the standouts stems from fellow Brit Hurley, mixing elements of purple, trap, and dubstep on one soulful and energetic gem.
OBESØN – Take It ft. Chris Diamond
Moving from the United Kingdom to Canada, we’ve got a brand new tune from the one and only OBESØN. Working with the downtempo route, “Take It” guides listeners through a minefield of luscious and often-pitched vocals from Chris Diamond mixed with invigorating soundscapes. It’s perfect for falling asleep to after a hard day’s work, or simply kicking back with your lover and letting the world pass you by. Keep your eyes peeled directly on OBESØN, because he definitely poised to have a big rest of 2014.
Karin Park – Shine (Nebbra Remix)
This bad boy is all over the place. Taking on “Shine” from Karin Park, Nebbra injects the daunting R&B number with a balanced supply of full-throttle synths and darker, more low-key sections to help listeners float far from the earth’s surface. The French producer wasn’t on our radar till this week, but he’s got a Soundcloud chock full of exhilarating tunes that are worth bumping from top to bottom. Get to know folks.
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